A community for discussing the research and development of the Bitcoin protocol, 'post-Bitcoin' protocols (e.g. smart contract systems, blockchain based cryptocurrencies), decentralized and distributed consensus mechanisms, their building blocks (e.g. cryptography, open source fintech) and the tools/companies that leverage these technologies. You can be well versed with or new to the topics, all are welcome. Be advised: discussion will be technical.
Socratic Style Meetups:
Our socratic events are formatted to foster debate, information sharing and lively discussion. The first half of the event is dedicated to a wide array of discussion topics: Bitcoin core development (e.g. bitcoin-development mailing list, pull requests, #bitcoin-dev, BIPs), weekly network statistics, building/modifying Bitcoin related software/hardware, scalability, attack vectors of the Bitcoin protocol, improvements to blockchain logic and other related topics in the crypto ecosystem. Members are encouraged to send the organizer topics they would like to discuss prior to the event (topics are NOT restricted to Bitcoin). To complete the meeting, members present their open source projects, companies, research and other relevant materials. A feedback and Q&A section follow. After the event the group gathers at a nearby restaurant to socialize.
Please contact the organizers if you'd like to present at a future Socratic event or have a recommended topic for discussion: bitdevsnyc at gmail dot com. A newsletter is sent out the day of the event which outlines discussion topics. Archives of discussion topics and presentations can be found in the event descriptions of past meetups.
A bimonthly journal club to discuss specific topics in the Bitcoin ecosystem. This is an academic-style journal club where one person chooses a topic or paper and presents it. Participants are expected to have read the paper or other material suggested by the discussion leader. The discussion leader doesn’t have to be an expert on the subject, but should be interested enough in it to read the paper thoroughly so as to give a decent presentation. After informally presenting the topic, the group can then ask questions or open discussion surrounding the topic. The presentation should be informal (slides are allowed, but whiteboard/chalkboard is preferred), and this should be a discussion, not a one-way transmission of information by the presenter. The reading material doesn’t have to be a whitepaper. In the case of widely-known topics (such as Elliptic Curve encryption) a chapter of a textbook, Wikipedia article, or other material can be suggested.
To propose a topic to present or volunteer to present a paper, please contact bmcelrath at sldx dot com.