• Intro To Bitcoin: Decentralized Money

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    What is Bitcoin? Where did it come from? How does cryptography enable it? What is a p2p network? How is it secured? Decentralized money is cool.

  • Blockchain Gaming: Q&A with Volition CCG

    DCTRL Vancouver

    It's time once again for the monthly Blockchain Gaming Meetup, a series of events hosted by www.blockchaingaming.com, the first website dedicated to blockchain-based video games. Attention to this sub-industry has soared since the involved of mainstream developers and consoles, and we're going to cover every blockchain game one by one and livestream it to our YouTube channel. We took a hiatus in April to focus on the Blockchain Gaming Expo at CoinFest Vancouver. Now that the dust has settled, things are back to normal, and another guest from another new game development company is coming to visit us. Patrick Meehan is a self-professed cryptocurrency skeptic and ICO detractor. Nonetheless, he is also the CEO of Volition CCG (www.volitionccg.com), a game utilizing blockchain technology to secure ownership of hybrid physical/digital collectable cards. He's gonna tell us all about it while we enjoy a few Bitcoin beers; feel free to stay and play on our new pool table afterwards.

  • Meshnet Monday

    DCTRL

    Let's build a meshnet! I'll kick things off with an update about my work on the Althea project https://althea.org/ and ongoing efforts to create a community owned and operated network in Vancouver. I'm interested in getting people with line-of-sight to each other connected up around the city using affordable, high speed, point to point wireless antennas. We've recently put one on the rooftop of Dctrl as a starting point for people to begin connecting to. If you know anyone who lives downtown who can see the 436 West Pender rooftop, invite them out or put them in touch with me and I'll explain how it will all work. If we get enough people involved, we may be able to cover the cost of a dedicated backhaul connection that we could share and re-sell without violating the terms of service of anyone's residential Internet plans. In the meantime, there's lots of ground work we can get started with to get people connected and trained up on how to install and operate the antennas, routers, and software. So, bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, your equipment if you have any, and let's figure this out together! No experience required. Newcomers are welcome, we'll cover things as we go along. Can't make it out in person? Join the conversation online at https://discordapp.com/channels/477147257251299350/477147569646993409

  • Let's Talk Decentralization

    the LED Sidewalk

    Since the dawn of civilization we've organized ourselves through top down, centralized institutions. A centralized world is all we've ever known. Now there's a radically new way of organizing that has the potential to create a more egalitarian, efficient, transparent societies that are less prone to the corruption and coercion present in centralized models of organizing. The underlying invention of Bitcoin (Decentralized Consensus) along with the Internet, 3D printers, Autonomous Vehicles and Solar energy makes up the unstoppable Megatrend of Decentralization which has the potential to shift our society into a decentralized collaborative commons. Come on by to learn more! No technical knowledge required. Let's talk Decentralization!

  • Meshnet Monday

    DCTRL

    Let's build a meshnet! I'll kick things off with an update about my work on the Althea project https://althea.org/ and ongoing efforts to create a community owned and operated network in Vancouver. I'm interested in getting people with line-of-sight to each other connected up around the city using affordable, high speed, point to point wireless antennas. We've recently put one on the rooftop of Dctrl as a starting point for people to begin connecting to. If you know anyone who lives downtown who can see the 436 West Pender rooftop, invite them out or put them in touch with me and I'll explain how it will all work. If we get enough people involved, we may be able to cover the cost of a dedicated backhaul connection that we could share and re-sell without violating the terms of service of anyone's residential Internet plans. In the meantime, there's lots of ground work we can get started with to get people connected and trained up on how to install and operate the antennas, routers, and software. So, bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, your equipment if you have any, and let's figure this out together! No experience required. Newcomers are welcome, we'll cover things as we go along. Can't make it out in person? Join the conversation online at https://discordapp.com/channels/477147257251299350/477147569646993409

  • Intro to Crypto-assets

    DCTRL

    How many people do you know who truly understand Bitcoin? Do you recognize other cryptocurreny names such as Ethereum, Monero, Zcash, Siacoin? Have you heard about the massive gains in this space? Since January 1st 2017, the total worth of all cryptocurrencies combined was 15 billion USD. This week the the total market worth broke 100 billion. Sounds too good to be true? Well the numbers don't lie. Here's the link: http://coinmarketcap.com/charts/ If you'd like to know more, join us at Dctrl located on the corner of Pender and Richards. Under the hair salon. I'll be hosting a meetup to go over what crypto-assets are all about, how they work, and where I think this market may be heading. Ask any question you want and BYOB. But seriously, ask questions. They`re super appreciated! Highly suggested watching before going into this talk is this video "Banking on Bitcoin". It is available on Netflix and periodically uploaded to Youtube. This will get you up to speed about the start of crypto-currency and crypto-assets. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=banking+on+bitcoin Have you been to this Meetup before and would like to know more about other crypto-assets? Dctrl also hosts an "Intro to Bitcoin" every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Taylor Rhodes puts on a great talk to get some basics in where this space got started and where Bitcoin may be heading! https://www.meetup.com/dctrlvan/events Also hosted by Dctrl is "Intro to Ethereum". This is also put on monthy. Matt Lockyer explains some basic working ideas on smart contracts, decentralized network frameworks, and other amazing things Ethereum has to offer. Check it out! https://www.meetup.com/dctrlvan/events If you are interested in more crypto-assets / blockchain talks and meetups in BC, check out the BC blockchain Calendar. Hosted by Frontier Foundry, this is a calendar where you can also create your own events for the crypto space. https://teamup.com/ksbwbageze8vf1ejkb

  • Build your own Hobbit House

    DCTRL

    Set of short planning meetings and seminars to teach you the skills and give you the practical experience to build your own hobbit house. Or be part of a solar punk village, with tree houses, mushroom houses, and hobbit houses you can live in. Main technologies under investigation are ferrocrete, cob, and hempcrete, but all construction methods and materials are on the table. The initial project is a 100 square foot hobbit house. Small buildings are so efficient they don't need any heating. For larger ones, we will be building a Russian brick stove that you can cook and bake bread on, but you don't have to worry about a child or toddler being injured by it. The end goal is to get enough people trained and ready to build a full solarpunk village to be lived in.

  • Intro To Bitcoin: Decentralized Money

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    What is Bitcoin? Where did it come from? How does cryptography enable it? What is a p2p network? How is it secured? Decentralized money is cool.

  • Meshnet Monday

    DCTRL

    Let's build a meshnet! I'll kick things off with an update about my work on the Althea project https://althea.org/ and ongoing efforts to create a community owned and operated network in Vancouver. I'm interested in getting people with line-of-sight to each other connected up around the city using affordable, high speed, point to point wireless antennas. We've recently put one on the rooftop of Dctrl as a starting point for people to begin connecting to. If you know anyone who lives downtown who can see the 436 West Pender rooftop, invite them out or put them in touch with me and I'll explain how it will all work. If we get enough people involved, we may be able to cover the cost of a dedicated backhaul connection that we could share and re-sell without violating the terms of service of anyone's residential Internet plans. In the meantime, there's lots of ground work we can get started with to get people connected and trained up on how to install and operate the antennas, routers, and software. So, bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, your equipment if you have any, and let's figure this out together! No experience required. Newcomers are welcome, we'll cover things as we go along. Can't make it out in person? Join the conversation online at https://discordapp.com/channels/477147257251299350/477147569646993409

  • Let's Talk Decentralization

    the LED Sidewalk

    Since the dawn of civilization we've organized ourselves through top down, centralized institutions. A centralized world is all we've ever known. Now there's a radically new way of organizing that has the potential to create a more egalitarian, efficient, transparent societies that are less prone to the corruption and coercion present in centralized models of organizing. The underlying invention of Bitcoin (Decentralized Consensus) along with the Internet, 3D printers, Autonomous Vehicles and Solar energy makes up the unstoppable Megatrend of Decentralization which has the potential to shift our society into a decentralized collaborative commons. Come on by to learn more! No technical knowledge required. Let's talk Decentralization!