What we're about

FREE Bitcoin and Blockchain 1.0 & 2.0+ education and social/ business networking for the beginner (curious) and intermediate interested parties.

Additional opportunities and network resourcing for the Advanced , the techies and developers; but no experience required. All are welcome, even the .gov's and bankers, renters and real-estate moguls (because they show up anyway). Snacks and beverages will always be provided for free or optional donation (in BTC or USD, [...Au, Ag, etc.]). Magazines, stickers, and various information resources may also be available at no cost, as available. Socially comfortable environment with various degrees of friendly and knowledgeable people to answer your most poignant philosophical, practical and technical questions on the subject.

Come learn more about the most disruptive breakthrough in modern history - that which has caused a consortium of 42 of the largest banks in the entire world to come together to try to compete with using this tech (search: "R3-CEV"). Explore the new paradigm of both decentralized currencies, as well as the underlying time-stamped and immutable ledger entry system capabilities of "programmable money" and "smart contracts" - utilizing this transparent, revolutionary, distributed and open source technologic invention. You will learn how to set up online, mobile, and paper bitcoin "wallets" (and maybe even "brain wallets!"), as well as the differences in security levels and protocols, "custodianship," and ease-of-use of each.

If you're interested in global economics, ingenuity and trade, this is the "next level." This is the future of money. Come check it out.

Upcoming events (3)

CoinFest 2016, Orange County, California USA (DATE: TBA)

CoinFest 2015 was a stunning success, taking Canada’s crypto holiday to countries around the world. CoinFest 2016 is building on that momentum, preparing a series of events for April with two dozen cities already planning to participate, and more in the works! The event will commence sometime between April 5–the rumored birthday of Satoshi Nakomoto–and conclude with the end of the weekend on Sunday April 10. Confirmed cities so far include: Vancouver, Canada Toronto, Canada Niagara, Canada Omaha, NB (USA) Kansas City, MO (USA) Tulsa, OK (USA) Orange County, CA (USA) Chicago, IL (USA) Tampa Bay, FL (USA) Washington DC, (USA) Fortaleza, Brazil Valdivia, Chile Manchester, United Kingdom Arnhem, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands St-Imier, Switzerland Copenhagen, Denmark Helsinki, Finland Tallinn, Estonia Saint Petersburg, Russia Moscow, Russia Seoul, South Korea Popayán, Colombia Caracas, Venezuela Valencia, Venezuela Maracaibo, Venezuela Jijel, Algeria Bou Sada, Algeria Freetown, Sierra Leone Kumasi, Ghana Gaborone, Botswana Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Nakuru, Kenya Origins and Purpose CoinFest started in 2013 as a relatively small gathering of 100 or so Bitcoiners, celebrating the adoption of Bitcoin at a Waves Coffee House in Vancouver. It was conceived as a way to incentivize cryptocurrency acceptance while educating the public about its importance and use. Its popular success prompted the Bitcoiniacs (now CoinTrader) to place the world’s first Bitocin ATM there, which we again celebrated. By 2014, CoinFest was growing in popularity, and that year it took a new direction: CoinFest spread across Canada and now internationally, exemplifying the border–defying and decentralized nature of crypto. Vancouver lead the way again by booking multiple venues simultaneously for a less centrally organized variety of exhibits, as Satoshi would have wanted. In 2015, CoinFest spread worldwide, and new ground was broken in Latin America and Europe. Now it is celebrated worldwide, with no real center of authority. We hope you’ll join the fun! How it Works CoinFest is the event equivalent to open source technology: the concept and name lie in the open domain, and anyone is welcome to start a CoinFest of their own so long as they adhere to the Spirit of CoinFest (http://bitcoinmagazine.com/15922/spirit-coinfest/). All you have to do is have an appropriate event around the same time as the rest of us. Although we legally cannot force your cooperation, we ask on behalf of the crypto community that you adhere to the following guidelines: Although anyone is welcome to join the movement, CoinFest requires a lot of coordination, so it’s imperative that organizers work together in good faith. All CoinFest events around the world are held on the same weekend, although you are not required to hold events both days. Especially for events occurring in close proximity, we will attempt to organize them by theme, to avoid confusion for the exhibitors and guests. This is a friendly competition, and we encourage the sharing of publicity and sponsors.CoinFest is strictly non-profit. To encourage the mainstream public to attend this fun and educational event, attendance is always free. CoinFest is funded by donations and sponsors, and all funds must be used to improve and promote events. If CoinFest.org and/or the current lead organizer receive excess funding, it will be given to regional CoinFest organizers, starting with those most in need. CoinFest was intended to transcend the traditional monetary system, so CoinFest.org and/or the lead organizer cannot hold a fiat bank account.To help prove the viability of a fiat-free organization and reward Bitcoin acceptance acceptance with customers and publicity, CoinFest events can only be held at venues that support alternative currency. Exhibitors and guests are discouraged from using currency backed by the host country, except for the purpose of purchasing alternative currency.To Freedom and Beyond No matter how big it gets, the founder hopes to always maintain the fun and inclusive nature of CoinFest. As its spirit and vision become cemented, the founder hopes to further decentralize CoinFest, gradually reducing his role until his guidance becomes obsolete. CoinFest will inevitably turn into a decentralized autonomous organization, to which the founder will grant ownership of CoinFest.com, .org, .net, etc.; various organizers holding additional CoinFest domain names or other assets are expected to do the same. The authority of the lead organizer will be gradually eroded as the functionality of the CoinFest DAO improves, until CoinFest is left truly uncontrolled or owned by anyone. Representatives and important decisions will be decided by vote on the blockchain, and representatives’ admin powers can be revoked at any time.

GUEST SPEAKER: Glyn MacLean from New South Wales, Australia to host via satelite

TIME AND LOCATION TBA SOON! (1st week of August or last week of this month) BBQ and refreshments, as always, plus friendly cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts always happy to share knowledge and insight in this space. Whether you are a "newb" or have "had beers with Satoshi back in the day," feel free to come out and have a good time and learn some new "stuff." TOPIC: BLOCKCHAIN EVOLUTION INTRO - Glyn MacLean BLOCKCHAIN EVOLUTION - What is Blockchain - What does it mean to businesses - How it helps businesses to help people BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION - Where we take it as a community - What we do with it next - The ethics we agree WORKSHOP – IDEALOGY - Bring an observable problem from your industry - Consider your own solution to that industry problem – the desired outcome not the process. - We will explore ideas for very broadly how blockchain could add value as a process to achieve the outcome

Hey guys, let's schedule another Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchain event soon!

Hello crypto-enthusiasts and curious. We will try to put together a small informal event somewhere in or near South Orange County, CA again soon to discuss all things crypto and blockchain. If any members have a specific crypto project they would like to speak about or present, please feel free to reach out. PM me. Thanks.

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