Past Meetup

Blockchain and Beers Salon: Vancouver Decentralists Welcome Open Source Summit!

This Meetup is past

70 people went

the LED Sidewalk

436 W. Pender · Vancouver, BC

How to find us

to the left of Bangtown Hair Saloon at the SE corner of Richards and West Pender Street; ring the white doorbell to the right of the mysterious black door!

Location image of event venue


Since the AWESOME Linux Open Source Summit is in town (, we wanted to provide a casual drop-in Bsides event where folks can join us for a beer, relax in our unique downtown basement space, and chat about anything, from tech to philosophy to our dreams of the future!

The decentralized technology revolution whose best-known "killer app" was Bitcoin simply would not exist without the free and open source software movements that long preceded it.

Whereas many cities' cryptocurrency fandoms revolve around pump-and-dump day-trading and a constant obsession with price and profit, Vancouver is lucky to have a totally different scene. Here we "keep crypto weird" and pontificate together on the idealistic applications of these protocols to make the world a better place for everyone.

Some say we're nearly as stubborn about our values as Richard M. Stallman. We take such comparisons as the highest of compliments!

Doors will open to the public at 6pm, you are free to come and go at any time. We'll have multiple members on site to explain our commons model and the ways we aim to increasingly automate its administration over time. Ask us anything!

Most importantly-- we have literally no hidden agenda. We do not sell anything or conduct any profit-based activities. It's a great opportunity to stop by one of the few thriving peer-to-peer education spaces (run on consensus, with all members splitting the rent) left in North America. We are here to learn, share, and grow- a rarity in the modern world, and one we aim to fiercely protect!

DCTRL Community Commons ( has long provided education and onboarding help for new Linux users, and is a great clubhouse to geek out about F/LOSS in general. I'll reiterate-- public permissionless blockchains simply wouldn't exist without their Open Source software community ancestors, and our fledgling industry still has a TON to learn from the Linux space! (Hey we even noticed that Microsoft is playing nice with open source now :P) Together we can architect an amazing roadmap for the wider IT sector-- that starts by spawning a beautiful friendship :D