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**Special panel** Bitcoin: A Disruptive Innovation

Join us for networking and a lively panel discussion about the disruptive innovation of Bitcoin, oh and some free drinks too. 

Panelists will include Brett Scott, campaigner, former broker, and the author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press). He writes for the Guardian and has a blog here.

Ian Grigg of FinancialCryptography.com who has over 20 years of experience working with pre-Bitcoin digital currencies.

Janina Lowisz, proponent of the Austrian school of economics and libertarian currently penning the thesis: How can cryptocurrencies establish as alternative to fiat 
currencies?



Bitcoin is the biggest invention since the internet but despite the media buzz, crypto currencies are far from being viewed as real alternatives to fiat money. The recent collapse of the major Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox revealed just how much work was still needed to sure up the currency and it's apparatuses before mainstream adoption would ever be achieved. So why are so many people excited about Bitcoin?

   •   How do crypto-currencies challenge mainstream financial systems?

   •   Is Bitcoin a safe alternative to fiat money?

   •   Is Bitcoin a currency or a commodity and which outlook is more favourable to it's long-term survival?

   •   What conditions do we need to create to encourage the mass adoption of Bitcoin?

   •   Will the emergence of cryptocurrencies force government-backed fiat currencies to innovate?

   •   Is 2014 the breakout year for Bitcoin?

These are some of the questions we will be asking.


With thanks to the ARCmedia research group at ARU.

Please consider donating a small amount towards costs - many thanks!

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  • Freya S.

    This event has now been podcast
    http://www.bitcoinukmedia.com/
    RSS: www.bitcoinukmedia.com/?feed=podcast
    or find it on iTunes 'BitcoinUK'

    May 13, 2014

  • Michael M.

    It was good to see a mix of Bitcoin owners and non owners. It may be an idea to talk to the Federation of Small Businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce and see if they would be intersted in an "Introduction for Business to Bitcoin". Accessibility is, as we know key, and as was discussed that's both sides of the transaction.

    May 9, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    People talking about recentralisation at the last meetup might find the following site interesting: http://keepbitcoinfree.org/

    Found through here: http://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets/comments/252cn7/1mb_transaction_limit_how_could_this_affect_the/

    I wasn't actually very aware of this potential threat until the meetup.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Freya S.

    We should have a dedicated mining event. I am a miner and would like to put heads together with others in this field and to noobs. Did you know ASIC are working on Scrypt miners? Maybe finally we can all finally turn a reasonable profit!

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Michael M.

      There are many groups now getting into ASIC scrypt mining. A popular way is to group buy. It is noticable though that the high prices are going to exclude your average miner by the time they become "retail" products we can all afford. I could be wrong but the speed with which these things are taking off means the Difficulty rate will be so high by the time retail is here it wont be as great an earner as we hope.

      May 9, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    Ok, so there is a role for the myriad of other "cryptocurrencies" - to keep small transactions off the Bitcoin network?

    May 9, 2014

    • Freya S.

      Other cryptocurrencies are called Altcurrencies (alternative currencies) Personally I mine altcoins as a way to obtain Bitcoin which is beyond the reach of 'bedroom' miners now.

      May 9, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Most Alt currencies are very closely tied to the value of BTC. Confidence in BTC is a bellweather for confidence in crypto as a whole. So far, no crypto has been immune to the variations in BTC value in the last 6 months. But yes, there is a role for alternative currencies throughout the commercial sector. Innovative technologies are being developed now to expand on the idea of the Blockchain. For smaller transactions where speed is important Alts work very well. So, BTC will be around for a while yet but there are a number of ursurpers waiting in the wings.

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really interesting discussion: came away with more questions than I arrived with! :-)

    May 8, 2014

    • Dan B.

      Here is a good 'beginners' guide:

      May 9, 2014

  • Jamie M.

    Unfortunately had to miss this one due to some last minute work commitments. Was it recorded? Hope to catch you all at the next one.

    May 9, 2014

    • Freya S.

      Hi Jamie, I am hoping to put the highlights out on the BitcoinUKmedia podcast on Monday

      May 9, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    I just wanted to let people know that I'll be going to the Coinscrum event in London this Friday (25th). Let me know if any of you have signed up for this, we could travel together (train). http://www.meetup.com/London-bitcoin-meetup/events/174462512/

    Also, this next meeting here in Cambridge: "Bitcoin: A Disruptive Innovation" on the 7th is bigger than most people may think. It's not like our regular meetup. Freya has organised speakers to travel in from London so bring your friends if they are new to or don't know about crypto! They will thank you in a year or two.

    April 24, 2014

    • Michael M.

      I'd love to go to the Londonones but htey always start too early, 4pm just isnt practical for those of us with a day Job :(

      May 8, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Good and informative

    May 8, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Excellent event and interesting insights from panelists

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    The security guard had to come and kick us out eventually... :P

    2 · May 8, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Hihi

    May 7, 2014

  • Don B.

    Excellent. Great presentation to start and a very insightful panel discussion!

    2 · May 7, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Will I miss much if I turn up at 7?

    May 7, 2014

    • Freya S.

      Hi, Panel is 6:30-7:30 so it may well be audience questions by then but there will be time to network afterwards so you may still feel it's worth joining us.

      May 7, 2014

  • Anastasia

    A warm-up for the Wednesday discussion by Lizzy Buchan @lizzybuchancn of the Cambridge News: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Cambridge-experts-will-gather-to-discuss-future-of-Bitcoin-20140506060140.htm

    2 · May 6, 2014

  • Stephen L.

    Anyone using Bitcoin on Ubuntu? Access to the wallet software (full client) has just got harder

    April 29, 2014

  • Michael M.

    A quick point to note. If we are to continue using a venue that takes BTC at the expense of a bit of sanity and noise, can people please actually spend their BTC at the pub. £13.80 worth of transaction among 25 Bitcoiners is disappointing to say the least and not a reason to stick to a venue that is difficult to communicate in.
    Is this important? I'd like to think so, my Company is about to rollout one of the largest BTC terminals roll-outs in the UK and I have struggled to link up with people at these meets due to noise.
    If anyone is interested in this project, email me as I believe we can get more done.
    [masked]
    See you at the next meet!
    PS: Justin D please contact me asap

    April 17, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Im easy either way as I drive to meets.

      April 17, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Freya, yes, it would be good to talk!!

      April 17, 2014

  • Dan B.

    I linked the vid on my G+ but I don't know how to link that here!

    April 14, 2014

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