COINFEST

We convinced many businesses to accept Bitcoin, made the news, and made Vancouver the biggest Bitcoin Meet Up in Canada. To celebrate, we're going to have Vancouver's first inaugural CoinFest! We signed up a Waves Coffee House to accept bitcoins for the very first time, and it's the biggest one in province! But wait: what is a CoinFest?



CoinFest is a fun gathering for people of all kinds who are curious about Bitcoin. Here you can practice and learn about the revolutionary technology and concept behind new digital money. CoinFest serves as a free platform for the exchange of goods, services, currencies and ideas--an exciting event of freedom and opportunity, where you can meet the innovators who drive this movement forward. Intended as a hub for the Bitcoin economy, CoinFest showcases how it works for anyone to see. There will be plenty of attractions, such as:


• Room for 150 new friends and associates, plus Waves coffee and treats available in return for bitcoins!

• Live ambient music from a volunteer musician playing in the background. If you enjoy it, please consider tipping the musician a little BTC for his or her hard work.

• Tables arranged for anyone who wants to set up demonstration booths for digital coin trading (altcoins are allowed), merchandise, or discussion about a service or cause. Accommodations will be chosen by and moderated at the discretion of the event organizer.

2 meeting rooms (1 large, 1 small), free for your booking any time during the event. Some activities may be given priority. If you have any ideas for a presentation, seminar, panel or discussion, start a comment thread about that idea or email me at [masked].

CoinFest has no rules beyond common courtesy (and decency) and those required by law; however, there are some guidelines that you should be aware of. The space and staff for this event are graciously provided by the chosen Bitcoin venue free of charge, so please purchase at least one item from the venue. This also encourages more venues to accept bitcoins in the future.


The organizer of this event does not charge any money to the Bitcoin venue or the event participants. It takes work, though, so if you want to, you may donate BTC to him at 13SH6sEaETA5Ca7Gb5kb1Yv5SjqxauvKdm. If you possess more than a few hundred bitcoins, or you are a business that will profit from this event, it is recommended that you donate and write him a nice message at [masked].

Individuals and businesses that support the CoinFest will be be recognized by the host and the community in many ways, and may be given preferred accommodations. For the inaugural CoinFest, 50% of the bitcoins raised will go directly to the Bitcoin Cooperative's Non-profit Bitcoin Outreach Fund, to be used for spreading Bitcoin awareness and acceptance in a manner chosen democratically by the community.


This event is a work in progress. The above guidelines are subject to change from one CoinFest to another as necessity demands. If you have any problems on the day of the event, you can reach Andrew Wagner at 778.918.7156.


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  • Gary

    Appeared to be a well-attended event. So how many newbies came in to get a free bitcent from the "physical bitcoin faucet"? I was in the large meeting room with the SFU Bitcoin Club for over an hour for a discussion & survey about the BC economy-- interesting, but not much talk about Bitcoin. On the opposite end of the cafe I saw one musician singing and playing his guitar. Then I left at 3:30pm. I wonder if I missed any presentations or other talks in the meeting rooms? Was anyone trading in alt-coins such as Litecoin, Feathercoin, PPCoin, ripples, etc?

    September 11, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      A lot of newbies redeemed free BTC. I gave away at least 1.25, which was easily more than half of my donations. :)

      I didn't see anybody trading altcoins, but you are allowed and encouraged to do so.

      I don't think you missed any major presentations, but you might have missed the afterparty at India Gate :(

      September 11, 2013

  • Don O.

    Thanks to the organizers of this great event. I'm so sad I have to miss it. Working 1 block away (maybe I'll sneak away to check you out!)

    1 · September 1, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      When do you get off work? I'm about to announce an afterparty event.

      1 · September 1, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Also, we will be playing Bitcoin poker. CoinFest is matching buy-ins for new Bitcoiners from other Meet Up groups. Be careful not to lose all your BTC :)

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    This event received a generous donation from Bitcoiniacs, to keep the free Bitcoin faucet flowing. They will have a Bitcoin Store at this CoinFest! They will give you a great deal on Bitcoins that you can use to get discounts at this event. See their website: www.bitcoiniacs.com

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    In this comment thread, I'm going to fill you all in on the fun stuff we have planned so far.

    I am implementing the PHYSICAL BITCOIN FAUCET: every person attending this event who has never had a bitcoin, before, will get a small amount, maybe $1 worth. I could give more, possibly, depending upon whether or not CoinFest receives more sponsors/donors. People will love you for it, if you want to be named ;)

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Thanks to a guy named Bryan Hellard, we will have a BITCOIN MINING DEMO: at this station, curious guests can see for themselves what Bitcoin mining looks like. So far, we have a block eruptor, laptop and Rasberry pi to show off.

      Bryan is hoping to start group buys for mining equipment, and he says that if he pulls any profit in resale, he will donate 50% of that to the CoinFest. This means at least 25% of his profit would go directly to non-profit Bitcoin outreach. Not sure, yet, what I'll do with the other 25%, but it will probably help spread Bitcoin indirectly, somehow. I certainly won't be selling any of it for fiat. :)

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Also, thanks to a guy named Matthew Sansom, we will have many choices of musician at the first CoinFest. Pick your favorite, and tip him well! We're using a busker system with QR codes. It will all be ambient or mellow, so as not to interfere with all the fascinating conversations.

      Matthew also invited many people on Facebook, which is helping make it go viral faster, so the Bitcoin community owes him one. I might be forced to make him a more integral part of CoinFest in the future. ;)

      August 27, 2013

  • peter m.

    Andrew, Your commitment and hard work to the the success of BTC are greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work!

    2 · August 26, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Thanks, man! I have well over 95% of my net worth held in crypto, so it better be successful. :P I would like to see Bitcoin used by everybody, everywhere.

      August 27, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Kudos will be given to those who bring products that are interesting and instructive to demonstrate. I guess we can do Casascius coins, again, but I'd also love it if somebody brought a portable miner. You will get choice set-up accommodations

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Bryan

      I got a miner I can lend you, but I'm unavailable that day.... :(

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      You can still have some kudos

      August 26, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    I'm going to be RSVPing for my most conservative estimate of guests from Facebook and Meet Up. This event will be in partnership with some Meet Up groups. So far, it has been added to http://www.meetup.com/Extremely-Shy-Looking-for-friends/, the biggest group in Canada. You can meet people from different backgrounds who are eager to learn about Bitcoin.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Sean

    Shoot. I'll be out of the country that day. Is there anyone that can meet or recommend a good place to buy bitcoins?

    August 23, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Aww, that's too bad. I think there might be an event planned on Sunday September 1st, possibly. ;) Otherwise, you can find a list of exchangers on the Co-op's webpage (www.bitcoincoop.org), which includes trusted members in different parts of the city and a unique physical Bitcoin Store on West 1st Avenue.

      August 23, 2013

  • Sean

    I hope to meet you on Saturday! Me (or my girlfriend) may buy coins from someone!

    August 23, 2013

  • Cheyne M.

    Great work Andrew. I'm really looking forward to this event.

    2 · August 21, 2013

  • Andrew W.

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