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 Vancouver 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.
India Gate Restaurant and bar--the first Indian restaurant in the world to accept Bitcoins--will be hosting its own demonstration and games, today. The Bitcoiniacs/CoinTrader have generously sponsored this event, and we will use the bitcoins to fund several non-profit Meet Ups and exciting attractions for you all! Utilizing an HDTV, projector screen, sound system and ample space provided by the restaurant proprieters, we have planned activities including:
• Bitcoin poker free-rolls, where you can win bitcoins for playing without risking any money of your own! We also hope to include blackjack on the side.
• Video game systems hooked up with multiplayer games of all sorts, including music and party games. A tournament may be held, and prizes given.
• "Bitcoin Village," a game held during CoinFest that entices guests to visit each participating Bitcoin venue, earning stamps that can be redeemed for prizes. Stamp cards will be available from Jeff Tay all day--look for him in the morning at the CoinFest Currency and Commodity Exchange. Find him later in the Game Room.
• Appetizers will be available, as will drinks for bitcoins at the Bitcoin bar at India Gate. You can relax here at the end of the day!
• Those with computer/game/boardgame equipment are welcome to bring it along and add to the list of activities.
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 in the future. CoinFest is an ardent supporter of alternative 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.