Welcome to Bitcoin 2020! – Bitcoin Magazine

Bitcoin Magazine is the proud host of the Bitcoin 2020 conference being held in San Francisco on March 27th and 28th, 2020.

Welcome to Bitcoin 2020, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating the dawn of a new technological paradigm and the counterculture behind it.

Bitcoin is about more than just money; it is a movement rooted in the controversial idea of freedom. Its first adopters were champions of liberty, privacy, sound money and cryptography, and it’s these very principles that have united a diverse and global community of cypherpunks, entrepreneurs, YouTube streamers, billionaires, mommy bloggers, athletes, pirates, mathematicians, makers, skateboarders and so many more… This group of misfits, rebels and pioneers represents a community spread across all ages, continents and identities.

I’ve described our vision for Bitcoin 2020 before: an annual gathering place for Bitcoiners to network, discover and inspire each other. We’ve replaced stuffy hotel lobbies with half pipes and beer gardens — this event is for the community, not Wall Street. When we meet in San Francisco, it will be to celebrate the technology that has given us so much hope for the future.

We at BTC Media and Bitcoin Magazine are honored to play our part in this grand experiment, and we take the responsibility of hosting this annual pilgrimage seriously (but not too seriously, clearly). We ask our attendees, speakers and sponsors to respect the ethos of the event, to maintain decorum (when applicable) and to treat each other kindly.

Our goal is to deliver the best Bitcoin-focused content in the most Bitcoin-friendly fashion — there are plenty of platforms for other topics. Each of our speakers has agreed to focus on non-forked, Nakamoto Consensus Bitcoin (BTC).

We know that you may have some questions about Bitcoin 2020, so we’ve preemptively answered a few of them below.

First and Foremost… Coronavirus

We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we are following all CDC guidance to make sure that we employ best practices. With that said, we are full-steam ahead to host Bitcoin 2020 on March 27 and 28 and are still on pace to sell out the event.

Here is a sample list of preventive measures that we will be taking to ensure the health and safety of attendees, in no particular order:

  • There will be hand sanitizer (proven to kill coronavirus) stations throughout the venue and we are working on providing sanitization swag as well
  • We have hired a professional commercial cleaning company to clean throughout the venue and wipe down common areas such as railings, stations, tables, etc.
  • We will have medical staff on site (which would have always been the case)
  • Our Chinese partners will be participating remotely (we have some creative ideas in the works here) unless they have international staff who can attend

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published a comprehensive article with thoughtful tips to keep in mind when traveling. It references the CDC three-level warning system.

It is in my nature to make a few jokes and lighten up any situation, but we are taking this very seriously and will provide updates should things change significantly. On to the fun stuff…

How Is Bitcoin 2020 Different Than Bitcoin 2019?

Bitcoin 2019 was the beta version of our biggest-ever Bitcoin conference. Bitcoin 2020 is 1.0.

Last year, we wanted to see whether this idea would even work. This year, we’re putting out a product that will blow you away. Bitcoin 2020 is on pace to sell out, with over 3,000 attendees.

Last year, we found that people had an appetite for more of a festival-style event, so this year we’re adding a block party, an SF Bitcoin week chock-full of activities and events, Whale Night (with a little poker fun), an official afterparty and a rooftop halfpipe that the one and only Tony Hawk will be demoing on with his friends. This year, we will be utilizing the entire venue, not just parts of it.

We also wanted to build on some of the successes of last year, so we’ve revamped the art gallery and given it some dedicated space, maxed out the swag store so that you can leave B20 as the ultimate Bitcoiner and expanded the Lightning Arcade so that you can play games and compete with friends (and maybe win some sats). We’ve even found some ways to gift you free sats so that your Bitcoin wallets can leave the conference a little fatter than when they entered.

If you’re a creative type, we’ve pushed out some challenges you should think about taking on as well: Design your Bitcoin citadel, create a Bitcoin campaign ad, build a Bitcoin application or memeify a Bitcoin t-shirt. We want to unlock those golden ideas that are sitting in the heads of Bitcoin enthusiasts, and we’ve got some amazing prizes to help sweeten the deal (in case winning, itself, isn’t sweet enough).

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