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Bitcoin + Blockchain: Economic Freedom
Finance and payments seem to have the slowest technology advancements in our world, but we are experiencing a new evolution of money, called bitcoin. Through blockchain technology, store of value was created through cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. What does it look like? How do we use it? What makes it different from any digital currencies in the past? As user experience designers, how do we improve adoption and embrace blockchain technology? Join us to get a deeper understanding of bitcoin, blockchain technology and the effects on the future of finance, commerce and user experience. Bio: Wayne is an early adopter, speaker and investor in bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is the Co-founder of Assembly Block and Coincurve, a digital service to help Canadians buy bitcoins easily. Having previously held the position of Senior Director, Head of Product at nTrust, where he designed and developed a bitcoin wallet and exchange, Wayne is an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and economics. As an Advisor of Mogo, he has led Mogo’s blockchain projects in early stages. Commercialization and User Experience is Wayne’s primary focus to transform crypto businesses into usable applications. When: Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (BrainStation) Event start: 6:00pm sharp (BrainStation) Cost: We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit). Thank you to BrainStation for hosting us!


455 Granville St, BC V6C 1T1 · Vancouver, BC

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What we're about

The Vancouver User Experience Group is a diverse community of practitioners and students who are passionate about building better experiences and honing our skills. We meet regularly to share innovative research, diverse perspectives and inspiring real-world examples. We are also the proud hosts of the Vancouver User Experience Awards (

Organizational structure

The structure is a lean one, with two teams that provide direction, sponsorship, coordination and support.

Steering group
This team meets two times per year and provides direction and decision-making on the overall mandate, goals and purpose of VanUE. It is made up of the following people:

Darren Gibbons, Gordon Ross, Christie Atkins, Mallory O'Connor, Kurtis Beard, Ellisa Calder, Bradley Smith, JP Holecka, Ashley Pitre, and Devon Drumm.

Organizing team
This group also meets 2 times per year to plan and execute the monthly event series. This team is responsible for planning the monthly event calendar, balancing the types of events held (presentations, workshops, panels, lightning talks, tours, etc), venues and logistics. Each event requires publication on Meetup, ticket management, on-site logistics and speaker coordination.

Each member of the organizing team is expected to commit to a two season/year term (Sept-June). At the end of each volunteer term, members can either step down or transition to new volunteers.


The financial mandate of VanUE is to run revenue neutral events with the help and generosity of sponsors and volunteers. OpenRoad manages the VanUE account for funds collected at the door for events. We have kept access affordable (typical monthly sessions cost $5-$10). Funds from these events are used to invest back in future events or speakers, or occasionally used to cover a portion of a social activity after the event. From time to time, when we bring in an out of town speaker or have a special event, tickets can be up to $20, but only to cover expenses of venue, catering and our speaker.


Founding sponsors include:

Habanero Consulting Group

OpenRoad Communications

Additional sponsors include POWERSHiFTER, VFS (venue sponsor) and additional venue sponsors throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to provide a venue or help with travel or costs for an out-of-town speaker, please contact one of the organizers via Meetup or at


Via Meetup, the organizers share announcements of official VanUE events (and sell related tickets), UX related job postings and occasional cross-posting of related, local UX events and activities. There are usually 4-6 announcements per month.

Meetup members have access to a moderated VanUE community message board and can post messages directly to Messages must be posted using the email account associated Meetup.

Speaker/event suggestions

Suggestions for UX related topics are always welcome by contacting us at or by contacting the organizers on Meetup.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are a local UX practitioner or student and would like to help out with VanUE events, please contact .

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