Bitcoin (BTC) is for everyone: babies, toddlers, hard rockers and even racing pigs. At a “Bitcoin Adventure” held in the Avon Valley near Bristol, bitcoiners and hobbyists share their knowledge, quips, and personal journey down the bitcoin rabbit hole despite the United Kingdom’s predictable wet weather. Better still, the “toxic maximalism” of bitcoin was MIA.
The world’s first for a bitcoin meetup, the “adventure” took place at a wildlife park. So while some of the UK’s household name bitcoiners headlined the main stage, the 250 attendees who bought tickets (paying in BTC, naturally) could also play with the park’s beloved bitcoiner mascot: raising goats, raising rabbits. And watch the pig race.
Organizer DB told Cointelegraph that “the aim was to create a family-friendly bitcoin event bringing people from all over the UK together to share ideas and learn in a relaxed, family environment.”
“While there was a belief that it could be a success, it was in many ways a step into the unknown. However, the positive response from everyone involved has been incredible and the event exceeded our expectations.
From zoomers to boomers—and with a gender balance that most bitcoin meetups can only aspire to—Bitcoin Adventure was a grassroots show to compliment the decentralized movement. There were zero corporate sponsors, “shady super coders” or bad actors using bitcoin to mislead banks – only “people giving their time.” Educated other.”
In fact, the most slippery customers were probably the hordes of mischievous meerkats:
For some punters, the bitcoin adventure was the day of losing its Lightning Network virginity. Bars accepted bitcoin on the Lightning Network using CoinCorner point of sale (PoS) devices – of bitcoin #LightningLunch fame – while QR code stickers “here with free SATs were hidden around the wildlife park. Plus, bitcoin stickers.” , novelty socks and even cufflinks can be obtained for some satoshis.
Ben Ark of lnbits, a self-proclaimed bitcoin FOSS (Free Open Source Software) hobbyist, gave a provocative presentation on open source tools. He can be found munching on LN hardware devices and QR code readers, no matter how small or elaborate, to answer questions.
The conversation of the day ranged from lessons on multi-signature wallets, thanks to Neil Woodfine of Unchained Capital; Risks and Rewards of Bitcoin Mining from Analyst and Miner, Jason Dean; And popular podcasters Daniel Prince and Nathan Day top the proceedings with discussions about bitcoin, homeschooling, and travel. His children then “rashed the stage” to answer questions.
Jordan Walker, CEO of Bitcoin Collective (the UK’s first bitcoin conference) and Event MC, UK Bitcoin Master mingled among newcomers to the digital, decentralized currency. And while people over the age of 18 gathered at bars to pay for PINs using the Lightning Network and discuss the finer details of the day, the kids had a wealth of bitcoin-themed activities to keep them occupied and entertained. Can go Organizer DB explains:
“It is important for children to learn through play and Bitcoin Ballers, Zebedee, Gamertron and Roboticchi give children the opportunity to have fun and learn about bitcoin.”
Coach Carbon, the bitcoin football coach behind Bitcoin Ballers, was helping teens “get out of the void” with an inflatable soccer goal. Elsewhere, bitcoin gaming and even “explaining bitcoin using Playdo” were featured as kid-friendly bitcoin presentations. Education for kids is a growing subset of bitcoin learning as more and more authors and teachers create content with their offspring in mind.
The team at Bitcoin Racing performed one of the fastest running commercials for bitcoin and El Salvador. Bitcoin “minors” took the driving seat of the Citroen C1 adorned with the flag of El Salvador that will race around the United Kingdom in the coming months:
Arguably, the highlight and hidden gem of the adventure was Roger 9000, a vibrant bitcoin musician. The one-man band started the day with songs inspired by Satoshi. The song includes “Bitcoin is the love machine”, while the song “Alle Canada” is a battle cry for bitcoin-backed trucker protests in North America.
As the sun went down at the opening ceremony, many attendees pitched tents in the campground. For organizer DB, the plan is to “let the dust settle, sit in the coming weeks and walk all day – what we could have done differently and what we could have improved.”
“Then we will put the wheels in motion for Bitcoin Adventure 2023”.
Let’s hope there are no more signs of bear meerkat until next summer’s bitcoin adventure.