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COINFEST 2014: Mining and Hardware Demonstration @ Waves

Bitcoin is off to an amazing start in 2014, and Vancouver remains front and center! We now have about a couple dozen venues accepting Bitcoin in town, with more signing up every week. Bitcoiniacs have launched a new trading platform called CoinTrader, and QuadrigaCX has launched a free platform of their own. With more Bitcoin ATMs (courtesy of QuadrigaCX) on their way to different locations, we have the perfect opportunity to hold a truly decentralized currency convention!

For those who are not yet aware, CoinFest is a fun event where the Bitcoin community gathers to demonstrate how cryptocurrency works. Here you can practice and learn about the revolutionary technology and concept behind new digital money. It's also the perfect place for Bitcoin afficionados. Each venue will have its own activities and themes; they will all be within close walking distance, or access to Bitcoin-themed transportation will be provided.



Waves Coffee House was the first franchised coffee shop to accept Bitcoin, and is one of the most well-known to use Coinos. The Bitcoiniacs made international headlines by bringing a Robocoin-model ATM here--the first Bitcoin ATM in the world, which has already processed millions of dollars worth of bitcoins. Now their Vancouver offices are located here, and their new exchange CoinTrader is up and running in beta. Having partnered with Paul Szczesny of LibertyBit, CoinTrader is now sponsoring the Mining and Hardware Demonstration, which includes the following activities:

500 gigahashes of Bitcion mining equipment, shown in action and explained by notable Vancouver miner Bryan Hellard. He's working with Paul Dickson of Winrock Resources on a new mining enterprise. You can become a miner, yourself!

Script miners capable of mining both Litecoin and Dogecoin, courtesy of CryptoThinkTank. This group of companies has been involved in the business of Bitcoin mining hardware for quite some time.

A booth by FreeGeek, a beloved local non-profit that educates youth about technology. You can donate old equipment to them in accordance with the policies on their website (http://www.freegeekvancouver.org/donate.html), and they will talk about their organization.

Students from different schools, come to volunteer and learn about cryptocurrency from experienced professionals. Funds permitting, we may give Bitcoin scholarships for crypto-projects completed, on behalf of CoinTrader. CryptoMinor/CryptoYouth will join us for this noble cause, using Bitcoin to provide opportunity to at-risk kids.

• The Bitcoiniacs' Robocoin-model ATM, coffee and snacks available for BTC (as always), and the new home offices of the first physical Bitcoin exchange in the world.

• More booths to be announced, soon.



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 at the venue. This also encourages more venues to accept alternative currency in the future. CoinFest is an ardent supporter of alternative currency and does not work with fiat-only venues.


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. At least 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, including the funding of projects like CoinFest.


This event is a work in progress; the above guidelines are subject to change 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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  • Nick N.

    If you missed CoinFest 2014 or would like a recap check out http://www.cryptothinktank.com/community/first-time-coinfest-vancouver/

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, thanks for organizing this!

    February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has anyone's bitcoin balance gone down? Mine's down by $5 in past week or so!

    February 11, 2014

  • Nick N.

    We're testing out some builds to show off at the show. http://www.cryptothinktank.com/. Come by and say hi!

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    It turns out we'll probably only have about half a terahash of Bitcoin mining equipment on display. However, now we have script miners, courtesty of CryptoThinkTank! Yes, that includes Doge.

    January 26, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    The Bitcoiniacs have agreed to fund this event! The time has been moved, and a variety of awesome features have been added. Check out the updated description.

    January 22, 2014

  • Yosri

    I am looking to buy around 11 bitcoins, today or tomorrow. Give me a good price, I will pay cash

    December 15, 2013

    • Lisa

      I will give you a price, what's your email address?

      December 15, 2013

  • Graeme S.

    Interested in buying Litecoin. Anyone have any info? Is there a different crypto currency people will use? Just want some feedback. Cheers

    December 7, 2013

    • Mike X.

      One of the sponsors of the event, Quadriga CX, is a local Litecoin exchange.

      1 · December 14, 2013

    • Lisa

      I can sell you some litecoin, how much are you looking for though?

      December 14, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    The CoinFest at Waves is currently in limbo since Bitcoiniacs' leased the Waves meeting rooms for use as office space. Pending the permission of various parties, this event might be revamped for use as a morning meet and greet before the main events to follow--stay tuned for announcements about those. :)

    December 9, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    As you might expect during the early planning stages of a decentralized event, CoinFest is undergoing a lot of changes and additions. Some exhibits that are going to be moved have already been deleted from this page. Please stay tuned.

    December 7, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Some of the activities at this venue were moved to another location: http://www.meetup.com/bitcoinvan/events/153446662/. See the Co-op's Facebook page for an upcoming announcement.

    December 1, 2013

  • CanadianBitcoin

    Very excited. I would be happy to run a live tweet. @bitcoinnewscan I have all the materials and would set up for bitcoin donations.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • CanadianBitcoin

      Do you guys have a twitter handle. I am just going to start pumping #coinfest2014

      November 25, 2013

    • Andrew W.

      Most of our content is distributed via the Co-op's Twitter account, which is @TheBitcoinCoop. So far I have been using #CoinFest, since there has been and will be other CoinFests, and it's easier to build a single, shorter hashtag name.

      November 25, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    CoinFest is going to have its own art show, the first Bitcoin-themed art show of which I am aware. It is brought to you by the Artistrun Collective and the lovely Liza J. Lee! Check out their website at http://artistruncollective.org/about/

    All of the paintings will be made of de-circulated Canadian pennies and be available for purchase using bitcoins. Let's send a powerful message to the art community and leave a lasting commentary!

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    All 5 of the following Meet Up groups have been invited to CoinFest (more will follow):

    ESV - 4,753 members
    http://www.meetup.com/Extremely-Shy-Looking-for-friends/events/151227392/

    ESL - 2,968 members
    http://www.meetup.com/ESL-Conversation-Classes/events/152070862/

    Hello Van. - 1,139 members
    http://www.meetup.com/HelloV/events/151976622/

    VFE - 1,064 members
    http://www.meetup.com/VFEVFE/events/151977072/

    MSN - 1,017 members
    http://www.meetup.com/MSNMSN/events/151976332/

    Please be nice to our guests, so Bitcoin spreads far and wide. My estimated number of confirmed attendees so far (minus some for no-shows) is 50-60. I will open more Bitcoin venues and announce more Bitcoin events as this number increases. If necessary, CoinFest will evolve into a multi-day event.

    More announcements will follow shortly. Please spread the word.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Piotr "ThePiachu" P.

    [masked]? Nothing like planning a meetup ahead.

    November 13, 2013

  • Bryan

    I'll be back with more miners!

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    You can also RSVP for this event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/427623470671171/

    November 13, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    The final locations of some of the ATMs are still pending. At least one of them will definitely be present for demonstration at CoinFest, but not necessarily at the Waves event outlined here. Enjoy your speculation :)

    November 13, 2013

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