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Bitcoin: Getting Started

Cost: Free
Speaker: Andrew LeCody
Class is open to the public.

Have you heard about Bitcoin but don't know where to start or how it works? This class will cover the basics of the Bitcoin currency and network, including:

  • What is Bitcoin?
  • How to use Bitcoins, finding a good/safe wallet
  • How to get Bitcoins
  • What the heck is mining?

If we have time and interest we may also go over some of the intricacies of the protocol and software.


Andrew LeCody is an Open Source Software enthusiast, developer and current President of the Dallas Makerspace. He originally started using Bitcoins in mid 2010, and through his involvement in that community discovered the hackerspace movement.


Bitcoin is a digital currency, a protocol, and a software that enables:

  • Instant peer to peer transactions
  • Worldwide payments
  • Low or zero processing fees
  • And much more!

Bitcoin uses peer to peer technology to operate with no central authority; managing transactions and issuing Bitcoins are carried out collectively by the network. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment systems.

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