My name is Juraj Bednár. I am an entrepreneur, hacker and explorer. It is difficult to write something “about me”, because life is so complex and I try to do as many interesting things as possible.
I wrote my first program when I was 6 years old. Later I have become involved with open-source, Linux (as a user, then administrator and system architect) and redundant server solutions. It all goes hand in hand with security and cryptography. I am very interested in wider implication of technologies. I studied artificial intelligence and try to figure out what’s the real difference between computer programs and people :).
I am currently mainly responsible for strategy at DIGMIA, which I started with Vladislav Konečný in 2006 to deliver our vision in server computing. We are responsible for server farms at some of the largest web sites in Slovakia and several interesting server farms around Europe.
We also have a team of hackers (called penetration testers) under a brand Citadelo, which we started with Vladislav and Tomáš Zaťko. Our main security service is web application penetration testing using OWASP Testing Guide. We have tested several financial applications for insurance companies and banks and e-commerce solutions (credit card processor, e-shops, …).
I am always looking for new opportunities, friendships and ventures. I wanted to work in a company where a majority of people are technical, not managers … so I started it.
Entrepreneurship is key to creating abundance in this world. Creativity and productivity solve poverty and improve people’s lives in a way that no state agency can. I am involved with Bitcoin - an alternative currency that will probably make sending and receiving money easier for entrepreneurs and people around the world, not only in the “western countries”. This brought me to Austrian school of economics, which I study.
Travel; that’s how I learn about the world. I like hacking travel too.
I am a co-founder and active member of Bratislava’s hackerspace Progressbar.
30th Chaos Communication Congress talk:
My TEDxBratislava talk about hacktivism:
My freedom and cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) talk at Bitcoin Conference, London:
My generic Bitcoin presentation (from LibertyCamp):