This is an opinion piece by Tone Vays, derivatives analyst and trader, founder of Unconfiscatable and Financial Summit.
As the fifth annual BitBlockBoom drew to a close, founder and organizer Gary Leland sat down on stage to reflect on the difficult road taken over the past two years, leading to a record crowd of over 600 Bitcoiners:
“During COVID-19, I personally wanted to attend Bitcoin events, but there weren’t many choices. I assumed there were others who also wanted to go out and have human interaction during COVID -19 This was my biggest influence moving forward with BitBlockBoom in 2020 and 2021. Turns out I was right and now in 2022 we have more than doubled the number of participants and vendors. My main goal has always been to host the type of conference I want to attend and it seems a lot of people approve, so the growth has been smooth.”
The incredible presentations and panels by Jack Mallers, Jeff Booth, Jimmy Song, Senator Cynthia Lummis and others are sure to be timeless and relevant for years to come. The biggest benefit, however, was how happy people were to meet their virtual friends in person. The popularity of Twitter spaces over the past year has really changed the landscape of social media, thanks in large part to Swan and Bitcoin Magazine’s initiatives bringing many new voices that would otherwise remain anonymous and silent. This was the first event where these small, dedicated groups of online-only voice hosts had the chance to spend time together in person.
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Jim the surfer (@surferjimw) said it well, when he said “I now have friends all over the world and events like this really allow me to meet my extended family.” Meet other Twitter personalities like TC (@Meditation_Man) and Ant (@2140data) were a highlight of his trip. The feeling was mutual when TC was asked, who showed her face for the first time while attending the event. “Meeting Surfer Jim and watching him take my stepmom’s orange pill was awesome.” said TC.
People all over the world tend to underestimate the importance of privacy. No community other than hackers takes it more seriously than Bitcoiners. Just the fact that so many people wanted to show their faces and come forward for the first time is a strong message to the world that we are ready to take on greater challenges and face greater scrutiny to stand up for what we believe in. .
While the conference itself was amazing, there were also many popular side events. This included a meetup at Unchained Capital’s Bitcoin Commons incubator, where NYDIG made a major announcement of its lightning accelerator called Wolf’s Clothing. Another side event which drew huge crowds was a chess tournament hosted by Mike Jarmuz of Bitcoin Blitz Chess Club. Sharing common ground with a group of like-minded people is an amazing thing to see as it leads to many steak dinners and poker games when Bitcoiners get together.
Conference attendees were also incredibly supportive of Hodlonaut and his ongoing legal battle that threatens to silence many voices in this space. There were several fundraisers and initiatives throughout the event highlighting the importance of this issue in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Gary Leland has announced that he is ready for a bigger challenge next year as the venue will likely double to accommodate 1,500 people and is expected to be fully booked again.
This is a guest post from Tone Vays, Founder of Unforfeitable and The Financial Summit. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.