What I take away from Bitcoin conferences or meet-ups
Meeting fellow Bitcoiner in real life is amazing. Yet, many people seem to miss out on these events. Continue reading to find out what I take away from these events.
If you go onto my Twitter profile now, you’ll see that I was a busy bee traveling for two weeks. All of these trips were because of Bitcoin. I either visited a Bitcoin conference or hung around fellow plebs at a meet-up.
These events often have a bad reputation. Either they’re too expensive, busy or so over the top that you think you’re at a university party and not a meet-up. In all fairness, there are a lot of events that are quite boring, but most of the Bitcoin events I’ve been to were amazing.
Before I get into the benefits of these events, I have to tell you that you won’t like them if you’ve been into Bitcoin for a while. The events are always focused on panels or talks on stage. Most of them cover the fundamentals and are generally quite repetitive. If you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all.
That’s not to say that there won’t be any good speakers with specific topics, but most of them are pretty general. Luckily, that’s not the reason we go to these events.
You get to meet your Twitter feed IRL and see how authentic they are
The biggest reason most of us go to these events is that we want to meet fellow plebs or see if that one big influencer is just as annoying IRL as online. I had the pleasure of meeting followers who told me how I’m completely different than on Twitter. Which always remembers me of this meme:
Most of us plebs are weird, nerds, or introverted and more comfortable online. Once you get to meet us, we might be different or more open to talking. I believe most of us play some form of character online, so that might add to the case of how we can be perceived as extreme.
I had this experience of meeting a pleb IRL and being surprised by their demeanor multiple times. I had it just recently with one big Bitcoin influencer. He always seemed obnoxious online and not very pleasant to talk to. Once I was able to ask him questions, I was surprised at how quick he was to answer them and how open he was about all the doubts I had.
These events are a great way to meet your Bitcoin heroes as well. Most of them are pretty chill and easy to talk to as well. I managed to talk to Lawrence Lepard in Edinburgh, where I got the chance to talk about orange-pilling gold bugs with him for about 30 minutes.
Some might say this can also be done online, but it’s pretty hard to get into their Twitter DM’s. In real life, you can just walk up to them and start a conversation.
Meeting volunteers and local Bitcoin enthusiasts
This point goes hand in hand with the first one, however, I wanted to point it out individually as well. Once you get to meet your Twitter friends, you automatically meet other Bitcoiner as well.
The beauty of Bitcoin is, how you immediately feel comfortable with other plebs. Most of us share similar interests. We might differ in specific political views or don’t have the same background, but most of us see a brighter future in Bitcoin.
If you’re really lucky, you might meet someone who lives close to you. More often than not, this is how I found local meet-ups and a small circle to meet more regularly.
Talking to companies and getting a feeling for the industry
This is a big reason why I like to be at these events. You have the chance to talk to the front workers of the peer-to-peer revolution.
Instead of talking to the social media team, most of them are lovely, I get the chance to talk to managers or in some cases even the project founders.
This often leads to deeper conversations or previews of upcoming features. I won’t say that you’re able to get some insider knowledge, but you’ll see innovation happening in front of your eyes. Especially in bear markets! This is when companies and developers get very creative and come up with unique solutions.
I managed to see some of these solutions at meet-ups and smaller events in 2018. Some of the prototypes I saw then are today’s go-to Lightning wallets. You never know what might flash before your eyes…
Don’t overthink this: Go to the next Bitcoin event near you!
As you might have guessed by now, I’m all pro-Bitcoin events. There are not a lot of drawdowns.
My tip for you is to start small and gradually upgrade to bigger events. Most of the local meet-ups are free anyway.
Once you have to pay, also make sure to follow the sponsors of the event. They often offer a coupon code for tickets.
With that in mind, have fun, and don’t be shy to come and say hi if you see me IRL. I would love to hang out and talk!
Gotta go now, I desperately need to pack for the next event!