Tel Aviv Bitcoin Meetup January 2013

Floor 29.

The meetup will once again be hosted in the Tel Aviv offices of Google - but this time, in the new office building in Yigal Alon street.

The agenda:

17:30-18:00: Gathering and refreshments
18:00-18:15: Opening words and News updates (Meni Rosenfeld)
18:15-18:30: Bitcoin in Israel (Ron Gross)
18:30-19:00: What is mining? (Meni Rosenfeld)
19:00-19:15: Q&A session (Ron Gross and Meni Rosenfeld)
19:15-19:20: BitcoinX updates (Yoni Assia)
19:20-21:00: Free discussion

The talks will be given in Hebrew unless explicitly requested otherwise.

To make the most out of this meetup, if you are new to Bitcoin it is advised to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts, for example by reading the articles atמבוא-לביטקוין/.

Update: Note the venue change, and check back for any additional updates.

Parking in the building is possible but expensive. The parking lot in the nearby Azrieli Center should be much cheaper, and some parking can also be found in nearby streets.

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  • Ron G.

    The presentations from the meetup are available here:מצגות-ממפגש-ביטקוין-2013-ינואר

    No videos yet, we're working on it.

    January 25, 2013

  • Stas O.

    Thanks for the great event!

    As mentioned yesterday, it would be very nice to have an event for Bitcoin start-ups and business opportunities for Israeli entrepreneurs, in format similar to other start-up events, where people could meet and discuss opportunities in the Bitcoin eco-system.

    1 · January 22, 2013

    • Stas O.

      I would gladly do so, unfortunately don't have meeting space available for this.

      January 23, 2013

    • Ron G.

      Meeting space can be arranged, we have a few contacts that can provide it (e.g. eToro). I would start by gathering the audience, finding a good date range, and defining the scope & length of the meetup. When you have done this homework, Meni will be happy to help with finding a location.

      January 23, 2013

  • assaf

    To be honest, although the organizers seem to be great guys, I think the actual meeting was a big miss...especially due to the large amount of attendees, the full potential of the meetup wasn't even close to being met...things were very technical and dry with no "sex appeal" whatsoever. Nor did they discuss how local businesses and start-ups could use bitcoins to their benefit...Also, when people finally got to ask questions, most of them were "dryly" dismissed....I think that this is a fascinating subject that could have been presented totally differently to the benefit of both sides (organizers and attendees).

    January 22, 2013

    • Meni R.

      3. There's plenty of information online about what Bitcoin is and why it's good. I don't believe in preaching to the choir, and I believe that if people dedicate 3 hours of their life to come to a meetup, they can dedicate 20 minutes to do some basic homework.

      4. There's no basis to your claim that most questions were dismissed. We answered all questions. A few of the questions weren't good. In any case I don't think the Q&A session was the proper forum for debates and arguments.

      5. I meant what I said - the lectures are just an excuse and it's not practical to give a talk to 130 people which will be relevant for everyone. The real meat is the interpersonal discussions, and people should (and did) use that opportunity to ask more hands-on questions relevant to their interests.

      January 22, 2013

    • Meni R.

      6. We don't want all meetups to be the same. If we followed your lead all meetups would be just "Bitcoin 101" stuff, and we'll bore away the seasoned Bitcoin experts who can actually contribute to the conversation. At the meetup in Microsoft in October we gave some introductory talks. The mining talk was optional information for most people but also one that most people would be unfamiliar with. We didn't have such a talk yet so it seemed like a good idea.

      7. Despite the recent interest in Bitcoin in Israel, it is my opinion that Bitcoin is not yet ready for everyone and their grandmother to use it. Those who would need to be spoonfed the information you talked about are usually also those who would be disappointed if they did indeed try to use Bitcoin at this point. Those that are more serious about it will manage to ask the right people for the information they need.

      January 22, 2013

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    January 22, 2013

  • Ron G.

    Great meetup, lots of new & old faces, and interesting conversations.

    January 22, 2013

  • Meni R.

    Amazing meetup. I think there were about 130 people and things went more or less smoothly. I hope everyone had a good time.

    We will try to upload videos of the meetup soon.

    3 · January 22, 2013

  • Dana S.

    Sounds interesting. I may come.

    January 8, 2013

  • Ron G.

    FYI, my talk about Bitcoin forks is delayed to another time because we are expecting a large amount of people new to Bitcoin, and prefer to focus on introductory material and Q&A.

    1 · January 7, 2013

    • ilan p.

      That's good to hear :)

      January 7, 2013

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