Join us for our two-part Bitcoin Seminar on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6:30pm-8pm in-person at The Mecca Center or live via Facebook. Presenter Ricardo Pena will cover what Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain are as well as the risks involved. This program is hosted by The Mecca Center Special Event Committee. If you plan to join in person, please register at Questions? Please contact

This two-part lecture series will educate you on cryptocurrency and how it will affect your life. In the first session our presenter, Ricardo Pena, will walk the community through what crypto currency is and how it was created. He will walk through the history and major concepts in a non technical approach. Learn about mining, blockchain, and ledgers. Mr. Pena will dispel some of the misconceptions of the crypto phenomenon and help educate the community to make informed decisions about crypto currencies.

The second session will build upon the first session with Mr. Pena covering the various types of currencies like the advent of Bitcoin, the differences between the currencies and how you can get involved with crypto currency. Beyond just Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies are exploding with the advent of things like Proof of Work (PoW) vs. Proof of Stake (PoS), Smart Contracts, DeFi, Staking, NFTs, etc. These are all concepts that will be covered in the second session.

Please note, these lectures are not intended to provide financial advice. These are for educational purposes so people can make informed decisions on their investment choices.

Ricardo Pena is a Senior Software Engineer at Redwood Logistics. He has a double Masters from Loyola University, an MBA with a concentration in Finance and an MS in Information Systems. Mr. Pena has been a Software Engineer and Architect for 23 years with a specific focus in the financial industry for the past 12 years. He has been designing and implementing financial business applications during that time.