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February 18, 2012, 07:54:53 AM
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First, nobody I've spoken with has been able to confirm that the San Antonio conference is actually happening.

I realize it's short notice for 2012 but a bunch of guys were already planning on meeting in San Francisco early March so we figured why not make a conference out of it.  Who knows if we can put anything legit together in a matter of 2 weeks but at least we'll set some precedent for next year.

Here's why March 3rd-4th:

Nice weather.
Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco happens March 5th-9th.
SXSW happens in Austin, Texas Marth 9th-18th, which many people we'd like to have attend our SF conference will be at.
This puts it 5-6 months apart from the NYC conference, if that is to happen again.

So, in doing in the weekend of March 3rd-4th, we potentially grab some GDC early birds, and we can catch local guys before they take off for SXSW.  And, if you want to stay a few days beyond the Bitcoin conference, you can stand around outside the Moscone Center and drop Bitcoin propaganda on the GDC attendees.

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February 18, 2012, 08:13:41 AM
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I might be able to make this actually.

Any ideas where it would be held? Who would be speaking? What can we expect out of the conference?
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February 18, 2012, 08:25:59 AM
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I might be able to make this actually.

Any ideas where it would be held? Who would be speaking? What can we expect out of the conference?

Good questions.  This idea just came up within the last hour so we don't have much of a plan yet.  The last Silicon Valley Meetup had quite a few people at it, a lot working on interesting stuff.  It's now 12:20am Saturday morning in California so we may not have anything concrete to offer for a few days.  I'll spend the weekend getting in touch with local academics, venture capitalists, attorneys, entrepreneurs, all the Bitcoiner engineers at Google, Facebook, etc who might have anything to share.  Hopefully, by Wednesday we can have at least a rough idea of what things will look like.

There was also some talk of chartering a giant bus to drive a brigade of Bitcoiners from SF to SXSW sometime March 7th-9th.

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February 18, 2012, 11:30:27 AM
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http://bitcoin.travel/

I don't see anything near San Francisco on this map.

The closest thing is Memory Dealers at the following address:
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Make that part of your pitch! If you can get people to come and they are looking for a place to stay, try to get the hotel on this map!

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February 18, 2012, 05:34:15 PM
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Trying to put together a conference in 2 weeks is foolishly optimistic. A meetup with a minimal agenda, sure. But a conference? I think you underestimate how loaded a word like conference is.

If this is to be a conference, give yourself time and nail down a small venue first and figure out what it would cost for attendees.

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February 18, 2012, 07:05:22 PM
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Awesome!

As we were discussing in the email thread, 'confťrence' is a big word to use.

This will be an awesome weekend, and I plan to be in Salt Lake City on the 1-3 of March (Any Bitcoiners in SLC please PM me!) and then in SF 3-5th of March.

If this event turns out to big a large one, I would like to get a smaller group of business owners together to discuss strategy, latest regulatory updates and other business related things.

Im super excited to meet all the people I talk to every day!

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February 20, 2012, 06:05:31 PM
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Bump.

Any update on this?

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February 21, 2012, 10:12:11 PM
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I'd been keen to attend anything bitcoin related- I'm here in San Francisco for ~4 more weeks (until ~21st March).

I notice there are some meetup.com groups for San Francisco (e.g. http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bitcoin-Meetup-Group/). Perhaps if there is not enough interest for a conference, then a organizing a meetup would be still be good.

Either way, I would love to meet other bitcoin developers, as there are not many in Australia unfortunately!
   
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February 28, 2012, 04:29:47 AM
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Just got laid off... high likelihood of attending. What's the itinerary?

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February 28, 2012, 04:32:57 AM
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First, nobody I've spoken with has been able to confirm that the San Antonio conference is actually happening.


The San Antonio conference is happening.  See it's thread.

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February 28, 2012, 05:23:12 AM
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There are apparently only a few people in the SF Bay Area into Bitcoin so I guess itís a no go. I guess that makes sense since there arenít many tech savvy type people around here or maybe there are just fewer patsies. Undecided

I think a SF convention would be quite successful.  Three months of notice is good, but not always possible.  I am on the east coast and I would consider attending if the dates were good. 

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February 29, 2012, 02:46:14 AM
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Maybe Memorydealers should try to set something up down south in San Jose. SF just doesnít seem like the place. I donít get it?

I would be happy to do that some day,  but I spend most of my time in Tokyo.

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February 29, 2012, 03:07:09 AM
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Maybe Memorydealers should try to set something up down south in San Jose. SF just doesnít seem like the place. I donít get it?

I would be happy to do that some day,  but I spend most of my time in Tokyo.

Are you speaking literally or figuratively?

He means literally lol

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February 29, 2012, 03:29:39 AM
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Maybe Memorydealers should try to set something up down south in San Jose. SF just doesnít seem like the place. I donít get it?

I would be happy to do that some day,  but I spend most of my time in Tokyo.

Are you speaking literally or figuratively?

He means literally lol

Oh, well who runs the San Jose store then not that itís any of my business?

(I thought he might be making a pun about spending all his time on line with MtGox - lol)?


MemoryDealers has a few locations around the world. Roger lives and runs the company out of Tokyo  Smiley

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February 29, 2012, 03:42:55 AM
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Maybe Memorydealers should try to set something up down south in San Jose. SF just doesnít seem like the place. I donít get it?

I would be happy to do that some day,  but I spend most of my time in Tokyo.

Are you speaking literally or figuratively?

He means literally lol

Oh, well who runs the San Jose store then not that itís any of my business?

(I thought he might be making a pun about spending all his time on line with MtGox - lol)?


MemoryDealers has a few locations around the world. Roger lives and runs the company out of Tokyo  Smiley

Thanks Charlie, I didnít know that. Maybe his local people could coordinate some kind of Bay Area event someday.

fyi- I always get really hungry when I read your username

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February 29, 2012, 03:45:02 AM
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Thanks Charlie, I didnít know that. Maybe his local people could coordinate some kind of Bay Area event someday.

fyi- I always get really hungry when I read your username
I sort of have a truncated thirst when I read your sig.

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February 29, 2012, 03:54:05 AM
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Thanks Charlie, I didnít know that. Maybe his local people could coordinate some kind of Bay Area event someday.

fyi- I always get really hungry when I read your username
I sort of have a truncated thirst when I read your sig.

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