Years ago, CoinFest began with a specific purpose: to spread Bitcoin adoption among merchants and consumers. Good times were had by all (except the Federal Reserve) as we celebrated with free events at Bitcoin-accepting venues around the city and world-often simultaneously-in keeping with decentralized and open source principles.
Interest in spreading merchant adoption waned as transaction fees and confirmation times rose. Now, however, Bitcoin has been reinvigorated by institutional adoption of SegWit and the advent of the Lightning Network, a protocol layered on top of Bitcoin's and other blockchains. It allows for instant transactions that are not only vastly cheaper, but can be conducted across blockchains to link them together!
Therefore, in a new twist on an old tradition, we're going back to several of our favorite Bitcoin-accepting merchants to set up the Lightning Network using the demo of Adam's upgraded CoinOS POS system. That includes a FOOD TRUCK and a BREWERY, both of which will be bringing their goods to several of the events. The system will be very beta and require downloading the CoinOS mobile app, but standard network fees are now pretty low regardless for those who want to do it the old-fashioned way.
DCTRL Vancouver will host the first and last events and serve as a hub to coordinate activity. This includes hosting the International Hangout, which creates a decentralized audience by setting up projectors and camera feeds at multiple locations around the world. Other participating cities include Manchester, Arnhem and Gaborone.
Bitcoin restaurants and bars will also feature prominently in the event schedule. We will visit the home of the world's first Bitcoin ATM, the first Indian restaurant in the world to accept Bitcoin, the Bestie sausage parlor, and more to celebrate their Lightning Network conversion. Our partners at www.bitcoinandbeers.com will help guide attendees, and also be organizing a panel discussion at BC Dance, another newly-converted merchant that recently got an ATM!
We'll also be having major events at the offices of both CoinPayments and RightMesh with more presentations, demos, FREE BITCOIN BEER, and of course the Bitcoin food truck waiting outside. CoinPayments is right downtown, not far from the previous event at Bestie, while RightMesh is located in Maple Ridge. A free shuttle bus will take us to there from DCTRL and back again afterwards.
Vancouver's Bitcoin meetup is a space for people who share an interest in bitcoin or crypto-currencies to come together and share stories, ideas, or opportunities. Whether you are a neophyte or an "early adopter" you are likely to find someone who shares your ideas or is maybe even willing to challenge them.
We are open to any respectful people and ideas and encourage members to be open to new people and ideas. As this is also a financial technology, and many people are interested in its business and commercial applications, there may be people attending our events looking to do business or sell services or products related to bitcoin. You may also be a person looking to to business with others involved with bitcoin.
People are of course free to interact how they like. However we respectfully ask that you pay attention to the nature of the event you are attending as well as the attitudes of other attendees, and that you use discretion as necessary.
When conducting or discussing business with any other person you meet, you do so of your own volition and in no way does the "Vancouver Bitcoin Meetup" officially endorse any persons or associations attempting to conduct business or commercial activity at meetup events organized through this meetup group.
In all interactions with others at events for this meetup, all participants are expected to respect their fellow participants and Canadian laws while doing so.
And don't forget to enjoy yourself while we experience and enjoy this technological revolution!