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CoinFest Vancouver 2016

BitcoinCooperativeBitcoinCooperative Member Plus
edited March 2017 in Coinfest
It's that time of year, again. RSVPs are open for CoinFest 2016 in Vancouver... here are the details:

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CoinFest started in 2013 as a relatively small gathering of 100 or so Bitcoiners, celebrating the adoption of Bitcoin at the Waves Coffee House at Smithe and Howe. It was conceived as a way to incentivize cryptocurrency acceptance while educating the public about its importance and use. Its popular success prompted the Bitcoiniacs to place the world’s first Bitcoin ATM there, which we again celebrated.

By 2014, CoinFest was growing in popularity, and that year it took a new direction: CoinFest spread across Canada and now internationally, exemplifying the border-defying and decentralized nature of crypto. Vancouver lead the way again by booking multiple venues simultaneously for a less centrally organized variety of exhibits, as Satoshi would have wanted. In 2015, CoinFest spread worldwide, and new ground was broken in Latin America and Europe.

This year, CoinFest Vancouver will be hosted primarily at 436 West Pender, a local hub for decentralization supporters and fans. It will function as a base of operations for the International Hangout, which coordinates live virtual presentations beamed simultaneously to audiences around the globe. Speakers will include notable thinkers and leaders such as Paul Snow from Factom, Susanne Tempelhof of BitNation, and Chelsea Barabas from MIT Media Labs Digital Currency Initiative, who will air in the afternoon.

The Hangout will be over at around 4 PM, after which we'll be focused on local activities. There will be booths and demonstrations of things like mining hardware and other decentralized tech (to be announced). There will also be the Decentralized Arcade, which features decentralized games with prizes such as Huntercoin and Gamerholic's Grabbit, and an afterparty in the evening.


  • BitcoinCooperativeBitcoinCooperative Member Plus
    edited March 2016
    The Decentralized Doge Party is returning to CoinFest once again! Come ride the Dogecoin rocket to the Moon... here are the deets:

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    CoinFest Vancouver will once more be holding an awesome party for those who never got to experience CoinFest 2014. We will start by having dinner at India Gate, the world's first Indian restaurant to accept Bitcoin, a historic landmark in the Vancouver Bitcoin scene. Enjoy great food and drinks without the need for pesky Canadian dollars.

    After dinner, we're going to bring back the Decentralized Doge Party, an awesome twist on the Decentralized Dance Party for fans of cryptocurrency. If you can't imagine what that's like, watch this video... you absolutely won't regret it:

    Unfortunately, the City of Vancouver and its liquor inspectors will have a hissy fit if we do it at India Gate, again (boo, central authorities), so at around 8:30, we're going to clear out of the restaurant and head to another location (to be announced). The DDP will start at 9 PM, and if we get enough sponsorship funding and donations, will turn into a roving flash mob on the streets. Stay tuned!

  • We'll be selling these Bitcoin water bottles for $1 worth of BTC each at the CoinFest party. Actual dollars will not be accepted. Thanks to Great Canadian Water for accepting Bitcoin!
  • We'll be having a small gathering from 1-9 PM at 436 West Pender to participate in the International Hangout so we don't miss presenters like Andreas Antonopoulos. We'll also livestream local presenters Shane Golden, Alex Millar and Piotr Piasacki, set up pre-loaded Airbitz wallets for newbies, spin the Wheel of Bitcoin, and talk about what's in store for the events to follow.

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  • Piotr Piasecki, who completed his master's degree in Bitcoin, speaks about its future on the 2nd day of CoinFest. At the end, I ask him about his role as an /r/bitcoin moderator, and if it's true what they say about bias and censorship. His answer might surprise you.

  • BitcoinCooperativeBitcoinCooperative Member Plus
    edited March 2017
    Below is the schedule of speakers for tomorrow. We will be playing Grabbit at 6 PM, with .2 already donated to the prize pool by CoinFest Global. Still working on the Huntercoin challenge. All Bitcoin newbs get a preloaded wallet for free (.0025 BTC + double for tweeting), and anyone who spins the Wheel of Bitcoin can win even cooler prizes.

    10:30 AM – Chelsea Barabas (MIT Media lab)
    11:15 AM – Panel: Gaming on the Blockchain
    – Anari Sengbe (Gamerholic)
    – Michael Dugger (GameCredits)
    – Andrew Wagner (Huntercoin)
    12:00 PM – Paul Snow (Factom)
    12:45 PM – Susanne Tempelhof (BitNation)
    1:30 PM – Eric Duran (FairCoin)
    2:30 PM – Wheel of Bitcoin (Tim Tayshun)
    3:00 PM – Bitcoin wallets (Airbitz)
    4:15 PM – Alex Millar – history of money
    5:00 PM – Shane Golden – mining in a nutshell
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