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July Monthly Meeting

An update on the upcoming July 17th meeting  ... I came across a quite interesting video and online software tool that helps us all do the impossible - to predict the future price of Bitcoin. I said it helps all of us because it lets us adjust a multitude of factors that all affect the price. The user can increase or decrease the factors and watch the effect on the price. The video is about 20 minutes and the software tool is available online so as many as want to get on one of our lab computers can and can manipulate the inputs as they wish. Plus we'll have our usual great discussion and teaching tool development project to keep us busy.

June's meeting was a great success thanks to Damon Smith's presentation. For those that missed it, Damon is developing a Bitcoin education package that places more emphasis on tangible, hands on props rather than technical theory and it went very well. He had announced the idea at the previous Meetup and everyone thought it a great idea and this past meeting showed that to be true.

I think the educational format is a good one that we should continue to develop and I think the majority of the attendees would agree. So let me have the privilege to "pass the hat" for Damon and see if we can drum up some support.

I thought of this idea after the improvising we did and the presentation with napkins. I would like to put out a request to see if someone with a table saw would be willing to make some 6X8 "tablets" out of masonite wall board (that thin white [usually] stuff they put on bathroom walls). It works great for dry erase boards so the goal is to get a little dry erase board in everyones's hands. if not I'll swing by Homedepot and see if they will cut up a sheet for us.

With such a tablet, Damon would be able to not only repeat and perfect his last presentation but each tablet can also serve as a representation of a wallet and the block chain for other presentations as well. They could also help demonstrate how Bitcoin protects against the double spend, what a 51% attack is and a host of other "heady" issues that are daunting to the new bitcoin fans. This method works and Damon is on to something here!

Along the lines of "tangible props" I've got an idea of how to demonstrate the idea of "money as a store of value" and "Gresham's Law". We have heard many say that Bitcoin is a lousy store of value or that Bitcoin is hoarded and this little  demonstration helps shed light on the concepts.


At the restart of these meetings  back in April was it, I posted and asked people to step forward and make presentations and I really thank Damon for doing this.


Here's the original list of my ideas for topics that I have been posting if others want to present something:

 

Bitcoin, The Basics - What Is IT? (for newcomers) - Damon's got this one down!

Wallet Workshop (Discussion of all the wallet types), getting some installed etc

Legal Workshop

Political

Programming and Coding

Accepting Bitcoin at your business

Bitcoin In Education (I'll be doing one spot)

Bitcoin News/Links/Websites/Information

Bitcoin Internationally/Globally

Mining

Alt Coins

Bitcoin Startups

 

Post your own ideas and/or topics


I look forward to seeing you all here!

 

 

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  • Brandon

    I am in process to get information on reserving a space in downtown winter garden, does any object to meet there one of these months? I think this group will expand greatly after the Disney conference :). Bitcoin is about to get real exciting the next couple months!!!

    July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think moving around a bit may be a great way to at track different user groups to our meetings. I would also like to brainstorm outreach such as attending festivals or fairs.

      July 19, 2014

    • claregrace

      I like the idea because I like variety.

      July 19, 2014

  • claregrace

    Damon's visual representation of moving from banking to BitCoin was fascinating. I appreciated Robert's attempt to explain the use of a bitcoin "vault" that he has developed using shareware. It would be fun to see it in action. Perhaps next time Robert you could demonstrate your website Bungeebones.com and how it functions as an exchange. Are you ready for that?

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    After the meeting it came up that we may have a Meetup which aggregates very different interests into one rigid discussion. I have seen tech geeks, newcomers, financial investors, and cultural revolutionaries. Each speak a different language and have different goals. How do you feel about the dynamics of the Meetup? Would you be interested in topic based break out sessions where small groups can talk more freely and in depth?

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was honored to present the educational package I have been working on. Thank you all so much for the feedback and encouragement. I hope each of you had as much fun as I did.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look at the size of the group RSVP'd for tomorrow! I cant wait to see you all and talk about oir favorite technology.

    July 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whoa, a Bitcoin conference at Disney this October! http://lnc.hr/XrrQM

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Chip

    I am sorry, I have to back out of this one. Unfortunately, I have another engagement for this Thursday. Hopefully, I can make the next one in August. I do want to meet you all.

    Chip

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I have formalized a card based table top presentation as well as a digital teaching companion to educating the educators of Bitcoin. If you like, take a look at the digital teaching companion I will be using at our meeting:

    http://www.slideshare.net/DamonSmithNow/evolving-your-dollars-a-journey-to-bitcoin

    July 11, 2014

    • claregrace

      I took a look at you demo and it's great! I look forward to the table top presentation. It never occurred to me that philosophy could be applied to practical solutions to complicated issues like BitCoin. Thanks, it's a pleasure to know you and glean from your thoughts.

      July 11, 2014

  • claregrace

    Personally, I'd love to see a presentation by a business owner who would gives us the low down on how it works for him. Does any know a local business owner whom you could invite?

    July 11, 2014

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