• Wednesday Night {social}

    Sully's House

    Whether you’re new to the Bitcoin/blockchain scene or a seasoned expert, our evening social is an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and hangout somewhere fun in Chicago. No formal presentations or formal speakers. It’s a night about food, drinks, and socializing. All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you’re new, you’ll find friendly faces ready to share their stories and knowledge. If you’re already part of the community, join us and meet others who share your passion. Plan to arrive anytime after 6:00pm. We’ll be ordering food at ~6:30pm. The Social officially ends at 9:00 but we’re free to hangout at the bar after 9:00 and continue the conversation. Sully's House is located just south of North and Halsted, just a block from the Red line's North and Clybourn stop and near the Brownline's Sedgwick stop. We will be downstairs this time.

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  • BTCPay Server {Workshop}

    The Ambassador Public House

    BTCPay Server is a free and open-source cryptocurrency payment processor which allows you to receive payments in Bitcoin and altcoins directly, with no fees, transaction cost or a middleman. It is a cross platform, self-hosted server compatible with Bitpay API. https://github.com/btcpayserver/btcpayserver RockstarDev, one of BTCPay Server’s primary developers, will be presenting the project and showing us how to get involved. RockstarDev has been developing awesome tech for the last 20 years. He has worked in various US startups during the last decade, overseeing tech development from initial investment to multi-million dollar exits. He is a huge fan of Bitcoin, partially thanks to a childhood heavily influenced by hyperinflation, and is looking forward to the decentralized future of money. You can find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/r0ckstardev This workshop will focus on helping participants to join the ranks of developers working on Bitcoin infrastructure by going through process of creating pull request on BtcPayServer repository. This includes: 1. Setting up development environment 2. Overview of BtcPayServer architecture and history behind it 3. Joining collaborator channels and social accounts 4. Starting git, getting our hands dirty and implementing PR on whatever we can in short time frame. We will interact with community and get their feedback in real time while we code. You can get the most out of the workshop by getting your laptop setup prior to the event. 1. Installing IDE with .NET Core support: - If you are on Windows -> Visual Studio Community: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/community/ - If you are on any other platform -> Visual Studio Code: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/other/dotnet … 2. .NET Core 2.2 SDK: - If it's not setup as part of IDE installation, go: https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet-core/2.2 … 3. Installing Docker: - https://docs.docker.com/ (scroll to the bottom for downloads) We will be at the Ambassador Public House located at 310 S. Halsted St. It is just of I90/I94 & I290 just a few blocks from the Blue Line’s UIC stop. We will have a room to ourselves. Look for the BOB signs.

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  • Jack Mallers Zap PoS {workshop}

    110 W Hubbard St

    This is a BOB workshop with a bit of a twist. This event takes place on Saturday the 19th, at the Hubbard Inn, where we’ll hear about the new Zap Point of Sale system from Jack Mallers and buy our drinks via the Lightning Network! The event This is a celebration of how far Lightning has come, and a view into what the future of commerce will look like. It is a demonstration of the new Zap PoS application and custom hardware Jack has put together running Bitcoin Core, LND and BTCPay Server. It turns a normal brick and mortar merchant, ignorant to the inner-workings of Bitcoin, into a fully fledged Bitcoin merchant both on-chain and on Lightning. If you have yet to make a purchase using Lightning here is your chance! This is an opportunity to use the LN and have your questions answered! Bring your laptop and get guidance on setting up nodes, etc. Prerequisites This is not a beginner course. This is an opportunity for people who understand the Lightning Network to talk to Jack about his PoS project and buy drinks (some for Jack!) with LN payments. We recommend that you have a node (lnd, clightning, or eclair) set up and connected to a mobile app. (See the prep section below.) Logistics The event will run on January 19th 6-9PM on the First Floor of Hubbard Inn (110 W. HUBBARD ST.). Jack will introduce the product at 6:30 and then be available to answer questions. Drinks only will be available for purchase from 6-9 for those who chose to opt out to pay over LN or on-chain with BTC, fiat is accepted as well (but ew). While the event runs from 6-9 participants will be able to stay at the venue until close, and post 9pm all payment forms to the bar will revert back to fiat (cash + card) as they will be opening doors to normal Saturday night business. Prep Pierre Rochard's guide to connecting Zap to your LND node: https://medium.com/lightning-power-users/easy-lightning-with-node-launcher-zap-488133edfbd Zap tutorials: https://ln-zap.github.io/zap-tutorials/ Mobile wallets: Zap for iOS and Eclair for android. Zap iOS alpha link: https://testflight.apple.com/join/P32C380R Custodial Wallets (Not recommended as you don’t own your own keys, but less technical set up): https://walletofsatoshi.com/

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  • 10 years of Bitcoin w/ Jameson Lopp {talk}

    Join us on January 3rd 2019 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Bitcoin genesis block! Our celebrations will feature special guest Jameson Lopp. Jameson is a Cypherpunk who enjoys building technology that empowers individuals. He is the CTO of Casa, founder of Mensa's Bitcoin Special Interest Group, the Triangle Bitcoin & Business meetup, and several open source Bitcoin projects. He is passionate about sharing his expertise and technical knowledge of crypto assets, his philosophical approach to understanding the systems, and his opinion on the consensus of their participants. Jameson will talk about his crypto security work and then join us for a chat about the first 10 years of Bitcoin. This is a {talk}, but it’s also a party! Please wear all your crypto gear! There will be food, beer, wine, music and a raffle featuring awesome products from local crypto businesses and artists including… A print of crypto artist Josie Bellini’s “Filter”, https://josie.io/ (Josie will also have more pieces available for sale at the event.) A Crypto Key Stack, https://cryptokeystack.com/ And a Casa node! https://keys.casa/lightning-bitcoin-node/ (Okay, not exactly local, but awesome!) Lightning Talks: This talk will include lightning talks by community members. In 2 minutes anyone can present their idea, ask for help, recruit partners, or launch new projects. It's a perfect opportunity to find co-founders, coders, advisors, designers, and clients to help make your idea a reality. If you would like to present, please send BOB a message via the meetup.com group. There will be a limited number of spots, first come first serve. Who should attend? All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you’re new, you’ll find friendly faces excited and ready to show you the ropes. If you’re a Bitcoin or open-blockchain expert, you’ll find like-minded people to discuss new or existing projects with. Logistics: The event will be held at 6pm at mHUB, which is an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing and a co-working community. It is located just east of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave, just a few blocks from the Kennedy expressway and the Blue line. We will be in the big room, straight down the hall. Look for the BOB signs when you arrive. You are welcome to BYOB. (Disclosure: Crypto Key Stack founder Chris Gonyo is a BOB organizer)

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  • Wednesday Night {social}

    Sully's House

    Whether you’re new to the Bitcoin/blockchain scene or a seasoned expert, our evening social is an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and hangout somewhere fun in Chicago. No formal presentations or formal speakers. It’s a night about food, drinks, and socializing. All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you’re new, you’ll find friendly faces ready to share their stories and knowledge. If you’re already part of the community, join us and meet others who share your passion. Plan to arrive anytime after 6:00pm. We’ll be ordering food at ~6:30pm. The Social officially ends at 9:00 but we’re free to hangout at the bar after 9:00 and continue the conversation. Sully's House is located just south of North and Halsted, just a block from the Red line's North and Clybourn stop and near the Brownline's Sedgwick stop. We will be downstairs this time.

  • {talk} Privacy and fungibility: how a blockchain does it (and doesn't)

    BOB is happy to host Sarang Noether of [Monero Research Labs][mrl] for a presentation on one of the most important topics in cryptocurrencies. Here is the abstract of the talk: Is Bitcoin private? Is it anonymous and are assets interchangeable? Despite many assumptions to the contrary early in "blockchain history", the answer is a resounding no. The transparent nature of many blockchain ledgers leads to methods of analysis that make them unsuitable for many purposes. In this talk, we will discuss the importance of fungibility and privacy in distributed digital assets, focusing in particular on how Monero works to achieve these. Along the way, we'll examine different approaches, probe them for weaknesses and practical tradeoffs, and look at what might be coming next. [mrl]: https://lab.getmonero.org/ Lightning Talks: This talk will include lightning talks by community members. In 2 minutes anyone can present their idea, ask for help, recruit partners, or launch new projects. It's a perfect opportunity to find co-founders, coders, advisors, designers, and clients to help make your idea a reality. If you would like to present, please send BOB a message via the meetup.com group. There will be a limited number of spots, first come first serve. Who should attend? All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you’re new, you’ll find friendly faces excited and ready to show you the ropes. If you’re a Bitcoin or open-blockchain expert, you’ll find like-minded people to discuss new or existing projects with. Logistics: The event will be held at 2pm at mHUB, which is an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing and a co-working community. It is located just east of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave, just a few blocks from the Kennedy expressway and the Blue line. We have changed rooms. Instead of the big room straight back, we'll be in a slightly smaller room on the other side of the co-working space. It's a bit trickier to get to. There will be signs and me and Ian will be around to direct you to the right location. Pizza and non-alcoholic beverages provided. You are welcome to BYOB.

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  • {workshop} Dive into Monero

    mHUB

    BOB is delighted to welcome Sarang Noether of [Monero Research Labs][mrl] for a deep dive into Monero. Here is the abstract for the workshop: The Monero ecosystem is unique and driven by its community of researchers, developers, and users. As a result, a range of tools exists to understand and interact with the project. In this workshop, we'll examine Monero at different levels, depending on available time and participant interest. Play around with the underlying cryptography using simple prototyping libraries (Python). Or dive in and write some simple tests in the codebase (C++). The workshop will be very informal and a lot of fun. Participants interested in tinkering with Python tools should have: -- a basic knowledge of Python -- a standard Python installation -- a git installation Linux is highly recommended for this. Specific GitHub repositories will be provided at the workshop. Participants interested in tinkering with codebase tests should have: -- read the information at https://github.com/monero-project/monero/blob/master/README.md -- a basic knowledge of C++ -- a git installation -- the required Monero build prerequisites (see link) -- followed the instructions to clone and build the release-v0.13 branch (see link) Linux is highly recommended for this. It's not required to run the Monero daemon and download the entire blockchain in order to write and run tests. [mrl]: https://lab.getmonero.org/ Logistics The event will be held between 6:30pm and ~9pm at mHUB, which is an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing and a co-working community. It is located just east of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave, just a few blocks from the Kennedy expressway and the Blue line. We will be in the classroom straight down the hall, look for the BOB signs when you arrive.

  • Paralelní Polis {talk} - Running an organization fully on crypto

    Co-founder of Paralelní Polis and Paralelná Polis Bratislava, Juraj Bednár, will explain the concept of Paralelní Polis (parallel society) and share his experience running an organization of this sort. About Paralelní Polis: https://www.paralelnipolis.cz/o-nas/en/ Parallel Polis is a non-profit organization that only accepts cryptocurrencies for its services and runs fully on crypto. Jurja deals with volatility, funding issues and turning downsides to upsides. He will address questions such as, can you run a business on crypto? Does stability exist in this world? Can you run your own Parallel Polis or another organization based on these principles? Juraj is a cypherpunk interested in exponential technologies to increase liberty, he founded several IT companies, mainly focused on IT security (Citadelo, Hacktrophy). He is currently working on helping people exit the state system into a parallel society using cryptotechnologies.

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  • Wednesday Night {social}

    Sully's House

    Whether you’re new to the Bitcoin/blockchain scene or a seasoned expert, our evening social is an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and hangout somewhere fun in Chicago. No formal presentations or formal speakers. It’s a night about food, drinks, and socializing. All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you’re new, you’ll find friendly faces ready to share their stories and knowledge. If you’re already part of the community, join us and meet others who share your passion. Plan to arrive anytime after 6:00pm. We’ll be ordering food at ~6:15pm. The Social officially ends at 9:00 but we’re free to hangout at the bar after 9:00 and continue the conversation. Sully's House is located just south of North and Halsted, just a block from the Red line's North and Clybourn stop and near the Brownline's Sedgwick stop. We will be upstairs.

  • Blockstack {Developers}

    mHUB

    Blockstack will be joining us for our third event in the Bitcoin & Open Blockchain Developer Series! Overview The goal of this workshop is to introduce working developers to the Blockstack project which is “a new internet for decentralized apps”. Blockstack team member Aaron Blankstein will give us technical overview of the project. Prerequisites We will assume a working knowledge of blockchain tech and a solid development/blockchain vocabulary as the conversation will be very technical. Logistics The event will be held between 6:30pm and ~9pm at mHUB, which is an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing and a co-working community. It is located just east of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave, just a few blocks from the Kennedy expressway and the Blue line. We will be in the classroom, look for the BOB signs when you arrive. It is not necessary to bring your laptop, but you may enjoy doing so.

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