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Coingeek London 2020
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Fear and Loathing at Coingeek 2020
February 23, 2020 chrismezz
For two days in London, the biggest names and brightest minds of the BSV ecosystem met to discuss the future of Bitcoin.
For many of us, this was the first time we were connecting faces to names (or Twitter handles). Shaking hands with friends and colleagues who we’ve shared ideas, sats, and memes with over the last few years on Twitter and twetch. A cartoon frog avatar turns out to be an industry leader with a clear and exciting vision. A hot anime waifu turns out to be a 50 year old man with a harelip.
The event included many famous celebrities
Many developers didn’t know what to expect from CoinGeek. While happy to build their products on BSV, not everyone was sold on the BSV blockchain. Were some devs just leveraging CoinGeek’s resources to hang out with their friends in London, or was this truly the chain and the team that they wanted to throw their weight behind?
It was unclear whether we’d get our answer. The cringey personalities were eager to make themselves known.
At the Four Seasons pre-event party, you’d find a creepy older man, with the sloppiness of too many pints and perhaps the cockiness of amphetamines, all too eager to tell you that he’s an important figure in BSV, as he attempts to stroke your shoulder.
Or the coked up psychopath at the after-party screaming “take a picture with me! Don’t you know who I am?!?!” (No one did).
The vibe at the actual event, however had no “dirty old money” associations. The presenters were for the most part young, passionate, and many were sovereign. So sovereign, in fact, that one spoke for 15 minutes and forgot to describe what their product does, instead choosing to focus on torus stones and good vibes (respect, dude).
The venue of Old Billingsgate was very professional. The room was packed wall to wall with over 1,000 people. Jimmy Nguyen did a great, (though sometimes heavy-handed) job of opening and closing the event. He cleanly and effectively introduced speakers, moderated panels, and impressively kept the whole event running exactly on-time.
At the same time, BTC was running a parallel event that could barely fill a short school bus.
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