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September 15, 2011, 01:25:30 PM
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Hello all,

as indicated a few days ago we're planning a Bitcoin event at the London Hackspace on 24/25 Sept 2011. We already have an amazing roaster of contributions lined up. Everyone's quite excited about this event; there have been very few Bitcoin contributor meetings so far, even outside the UK. We'll try to record the talks and will make the videos public.

We're now ready to announce details.

It's a weekend of talks, discussions and workshops for Bitcoin contributors, domain experts from a wide range of fields, enthusiasts, and everyone curious about Bitcoin. This is a great chance for everyone to meet new people and learn new things.

We will discuss the code, the infrastructure, the community, the legal and political implications; we will look into the mechanisms of currency systems, security concerns of running Bitcoin infrastructure, and run workshops that show you how to participate.

As the Bitcoin community grew it has become harder to separate hype from fact, charlatans from helpful guides. We will attempt to bring clarity, and to critique the Bitcoin system and community with a sober attitude. Though it's also worth pointing out that any social experiment worth having requires a fair amount of anarchy, playfulness, and suspension of disbelief...

The event will happen over a weekend:

* Saturday, 24 Sept 2011 from 14:00-18:00 we will have talks and discussions.
* Sunday, 25 Sept 2011 from 14:00-18:00 we will have workshops.

Thanks to the London Hackspace the event itself is free to attend, however you need to register so we know how many people to expect. Make sure to register early; we will make an attempt at managing a waiting list should that become necessary. Attendance will be in the low dozens rather than hundreds, but (as you may know) the London Hackspace draws a passionate crowd of specialists and hackers of all kinds of interesting backgrounds.

Details and schedule: http://wiki.london.hackspace.org.uk/view/Project:Bitcoin/Bitcoin_Weekend_2011

Registration: https://bitcoinweekend.eventbrite.com/

A preview of the current schedule:

Features:
* Bitcoin cake
* Bitcoin live song performance
* Documentary showing
* Domain experts from a broad range of fields: IT infrastructure, open source software, law, economics, ...
* Talks, discussions, workshops

Saturday:

* Keynote and a technical talk by Amir Taaki
* "How bitcoin works" video by John Baker
* Information bazaar by Jamileh Taaki
* The Social Impact of Privacy for Life: Bitcoin and the Dual-Use Dilemma by Dr. Catherine Flick
* Mining talk by Vladimir Marchenko
* Legal talk by Jason Chia
* Economics talk by Gary Mulder, with a few economists from London School of Economics and Work Foundation in attendance
* Roundtable and discussions throughout the day

Sunday:

* Security talk by Vladimir Marchenko
* Practical Bitcoin workshop by Zarren Spry of LinuxCoin
* Developer workshop - use Bitcoin on a simple PHP website by Amir Taaki

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September 18, 2011, 10:26:34 AM
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Sounds like an exciting agenda.  Would be nice to hear Amir's take on things.  Make sure you record the event for Youtube or Vimeo.

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September 18, 2011, 06:53:28 PM
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Dam why does the security talk have to be on a sunday Sad I could only attend for the one day but would love to hear what Vladimir has to say on securing bitcoin !!
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September 18, 2011, 07:31:24 PM
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Dam why does the security talk have to be on a sunday Sad I could only attend for the one day but would love to hear what Vladimir has to say on securing bitcoin !!

I could re-schedule it for the first day if you wish?

BTW why don't you give a talk on LinuxCoin? That's be interesting to know about. Smiley
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September 19, 2011, 07:18:44 PM
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Dam why does the security talk have to be on a sunday Sad I could only attend for the one day but would love to hear what Vladimir has to say on securing bitcoin !!

I could re-schedule it for the first day if you wish?

BTW why don't you give a talk on LinuxCoin? That's be interesting to know about. Smiley

If it's no trouble Cheesy Just a subject I'm interested in for obvious reasons. And give a talk lol me !! Believe me you don't want me to give a talk I'm not the greatest of speakers but would be nice to see linuxcoin get a mention Wink I have the latest version ready to go just waiting for the ATI guys to catch up with the latest version but everything else is in place.
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September 20, 2011, 03:53:22 AM
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Nice idea :)
Don't forget to take videos.

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September 20, 2011, 12:43:50 PM
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Nice idea Smiley
Don't forget to take videos.

We're trying. Hopefully it might work out but there's some factors that can conspire against us making recordings.

We just added Zarren Spry (LinuxCoin) to the 1 hour workshops on the second day!
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September 20, 2011, 06:15:15 PM
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Nice idea Smiley
Don't forget to take videos.

We're trying. Hopefully it might work out but there's some factors that can conspire against us making recordings.

We just added Zarren Spry (LinuxCoin) to the 1 hour workshops on the second day!

You lucky people !! Cheesy Looking forward to meeting everyone !!
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