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US & Canada / CoinFest Vancouver 2017
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:43:57 AM »
CoinFest Vancouver is back in action this year! The text from our Meet Up (cross-posted to many places and also Facebook) is a great summary of events:


The crypto gods have blessed us with Bitcoin prices at all-time highs, and CoinFest has returned once again to celebrate! Lovers of alternative finance, blockchain technology and decentralization are all welcome, as well as curious newcomers who want to learn more while winning cool prizes.

For those who are unaware, CoinFest is the first and only decentralized autonomous cryptocurrency convention, with all funding held in a multi-signature address (as Satoshi intended). It is distributed to organizers around the world, who host free-to-attend events from April 3 to April 9 at event venues that accept alternative currency.

Last year, CoinFest Vancouver took a bit of a break, but now the organizer has returned! Thanks to our sponsors at and QuadrigaCX, as well as our partners at The Art Party, we have a lot of cool activities planned for CoinFest 2017.

The festivities will begin on April 7 at 10 AM at DCTRL, 436 West Pender, a hack space dedicated to decentralization. It will be 6 PM in the UK, where the largest CoinFest event will be held, and we're going to connect with them via the International Hangout. It serves to link CoinFest events around the world, and we may connect to other cities throughout the afternoon/evening.

We'll also have some cool demonstrations. You can expect the usual such as some old mining hardware, as well as new things like a virtual reality-based Bitcoin block explorer. Additionally, there will be a server in the UK hosting online games for Bitcoin prizes, as well as some blockchain-based video games to try out.

Doors will open the next day at 1 PM at the Tribe, 68 Water Street #401, with activities beginning shortly thereafter. They are a mainstream tech start-up incubator that only recently began accepting Bitcoin, and the focus of the day will be crowdfunding. We'll show them how it's done in the cryptocurrency world with some presentations and a workshop, wrapping things up around 7 PM.

Presentations will start again at DCTRL at 7:30 PM. After giving away some more prizes, founding members of DCTRL and also the Bitcoin Co-op will talk about decentralization and Bitcoin. When they're done, all remaining Bitcoin beer will be destroyed (in our stomachs), and we shall party the night away.

Global Activities / CoinFest Refreshment Grants
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:20:33 AM »
One of the primary goals of CoinFest is to stimulate cryptocurrency adoption. Therefore, it makes sense that CoinFest Global should use its funds in a way that helps accomplish that.

With this in mind, I propose we set up a grant system wherein CoinFest Global pays food/drinks at local CoinFest events. The criteria shall be as follows:

  • The local event must meet all existing CoinFest criteria
  • The refreshment provider must directly accept Bitcoin

Whether or not an applicant meets the criteria shall be judged by the CoinFest multisig custodians who issue the funds. You have to trust them to some degree if you were too lazy to claim a private key, but they are obliged to fairly consider public opinion. Merit (How much publicity and attendees did you get?) and need (What adverse conditions hinder fundraising for you?) will probably be considered in determining the quantity of funds to be dispensed.

Global Activities / CoinFest International Hangout 2017
« on: November 19, 2016, 08:12:17 AM »
So it's time to start planning the next International Hangout. In case you aren't familiar, that's where we have a conference call between participating cities around the world, linking the decentralized audience via webcams and projectors/monitors. It occurs in blocks (no pun intended) of time which must be carefully chosen to coordinate participants in various time zones, each of which has its own moderator/host.

We should brainstorm activities to hold during the Hangout. One idea is a competitive quiz game for BTC prizes; we could also give a teeny bit to any newbie who wanders on-screen and installs a sponsored wallet for the first time. I think we should use a significant fraction of CoinFest Global's funds this way.

The first Hangout block is 6 - 10 PM GMT on April 7. Participating cities confirmed so far are Vancouver, Canada and Manchester, UK. There will be another block--also with Vancouver and Manchester--that will start at 9 AM GMT on April 8, but the end time has not yet been decided. Moderators will be chosen, soon. Feel free to suggest other times and let us know if you can join any existing one.

FinTech & Decentralization / Gaming on the Blockchain
« on: September 14, 2016, 09:48:23 PM »
Now that I finally have the domain name, I can show off the website I'm working on,! It will promote the concept of blockchain-based video games, most of which I own tokens for. I think it'll be a huge thing

Unfortunately, I haven't designed a logo for Blockchain Gaming, yet, so the website shows up on social media as plain text, for now. For that and other reasons, I'm curious if anybody wants to join me on this project. I have not yet decided if I want to go non or for-profit. Theoretically it could have ads like IGN, Game Informer, GameSpot, etc.

Technical Development / Ethereum Wallet & DAO Development
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:17:53 AM »
In case you haven't heard/read, CoinFest is diving into Ethereum. Aside from its clear momentum and strong backing, it happens to possess capabilities beyond Bitcoin that we require, and which are easier for us to implement than with competing platforms.

We're going to start with a basic multisignature wallet like we have in Bitcoin, the open source code and download for which can be found here. One of the requirements to be an Ethereum signatory for CoinFest is that you figure out how to set this wallet (called Mist) up, which this guide explains. Feel free to ask any questions if it doesn't do a good enough job.

Once that's settled, we'll have a donation address. Meanwhile, I'm diving into Ethereum code... the wallet is open source, so I can modify it to suit our purposes without too much trouble. I'm more worried about GUI stuff (I have no knowledge) than DAO logic, if anybody here is good with design and wants to help :)

Technical Development / The Website
« on: May 24, 2016, 09:54:31 AM » has always been the public hub for CoinFest--a portal linking to all the nodes--and has stayed relatively the same. We may add more innovations in the future, but for now the updates are mostly just maintenance. Here are the most recent ones:

  • Fixed the Transparency Page, which was disrupted by our change from CoinKite to Copay. It now lists change addresses, one of which Copay creates for each transaction (still trying to convince them to make it possible to turn that off)
  • Took down the 2016 page, as CoinFest 2016 is over. All details from 2016 are now on the Previous Events page
  • Added the 2017 page. In order to be listed, you are now required to submit/post some basic details about what you're gonna do. We don't want duds on the map
  • Reset all Sponsors and Supporting Organizations on the homepage. Preparation for next year begins now

Let me know if you have any cool ideas!

Technical Development / Global Bitcoin Wallet
« on: May 03, 2016, 07:59:16 AM »
As you've probably heard, CoinKite went down, and we were forced to evacuate all of our funds to an emergency 3-of-6 Copay wallet. Unfortunately, this wallet creates a new address for each transaction, which has compromised our Transparency System used to publicly track CoinFest's finances.

For that reason--as well as to allow more signatories--we need a new solution to handle Bitcoin donations... any ideas? I'll post again when I've thought of one.

Fundraising / Sponsors
« on: May 03, 2016, 07:11:26 AM »
This is the thread where we'll list all of our latest sponsors so you know to speak nicely of them... existing sponsors can be seen on the homepage of You can also post about potential sponsors you think we might be able to convince, but if it's an involved process, we might split the conversation into another thread.

FinTech & Decentralization / Is Craig Wright Satoshi?
« on: May 03, 2016, 07:02:34 AM »
Here's the original article, in case you've been living under a rock and didn't hear the news:

I think he might be. Gavin Andresen--the person who was closest to Satoshi--thinks so. The reason he's not going to great lengths to prove it is that Satoshi didn't want to be found, but was thwarted by nosy journalists and some stolen documents.

Marketing & PR / CoinFest in the News
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:57:57 AM »
In this thread, we will list all major news stories about CoinFest as they come out. Old news stories are not listed here... please see the backlog at

Global Activities / CoinFest 2017 Activity Ideas
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:54:30 AM »
I know it seems far away right now, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that it's best to plan as far ahead as possible. We already have over 2.5 BTC in our wallet... what should we do with it come April 3-9? Good ideas will be split into their own threads.

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