On February 4th, Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen hosted a livestream featuring nChain CTO and Bitcoin SV Infrastructure Team Technical Director Steve Shadders, Bitstocks founder and CEO Michael Hudson, Liz Louw (one of the latest additions to the Bitcoin Association team), and Adam Kling, the CEO of FYX Gaming (formerly known as Kronoverse).
During the event—which was the Bitcoin Associations’ very first EMEA livestream of 2021—Jimmy and his guests discussed a range of topics starting with, a discussion with Shadders looking at where Bitcoin is today, as well as the Genesis protocol upgrade, which took place on February 4, 2020 – one year to the day for the meetup. Afterwards, there were guest appearances by Michael Hudson, who talked about the Bitstocks crowdfunding campaign and what it enables for the future of Bitstocks (such as the launch of the Bitstocks iOS app happening next month), Liz Louw, one of the Bitcoin Associations latest team members who talked about her new role at Bitcoin Association, and Adam Kling, who talked about FYX gaming—the rebrand of Kronoverse—and the value that the FYX gaming platform provides for creators and gamers alike.
Genesis protocol’s first anniversary
Jimmy opened up the livestream by taking a birds-eye view of Bitcoin.
“We are now a little over two years from the split [from BCH],” said Nguyen, before going on to say that over the last two years, building out Bitcoin’s technical infrastructure has been a primary focus, and that next, you will see more partnerships and opportunities come to fruition, more developer education, content, and technical training courses being launched, and more partnerships from within and outside of the blockchain and digital currency industry materializing.
One partnership that is already materializing today is the launch of the world’s first Bitcoin-SV focused MOOC. The MOOC, which stands for Massive Open Online Course, is a collaborative effort between Bitcoin Association and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. The MOOC will be free and open to the public, and course participants can expect to learn about the history, economics, development, tooling, and regulatory compliance associated with Bitcoin.
After Nguyen, Shadders took the stage and talked about what the Genesis protocol upgrade technically enabled on Bitcoin.
“[Genesis] was about restoring a lot of the lost functionality of Bitcoin which means we can focus on performance and scaling,” said Shadders before going on to discuss how the ancestor limit was recently raised, and a few Bitcoin’s use cases made possible by both technical advancements.
“it as an audit record of events and payment, it finds a way to prove the order that events happen in and that’s very important for a payments use case, anything that involves being able to audit the order of events can benefit from the Bitcoin blockchain because the chains of transactions themselves really represent that property.”
Shadders brought his presentation to a close by answering a few questions about Teranode, saying that we will be hearing more about Teranode in the next few months and that the reason it has been a bit quiet regarding Teranode is because it has undergone a long period of testing.
More meetups to come
Bitcoin Association’s Bitcoin SV Virtual Meetup – EMEA was the first of many to take place this year; if you are interested in tuning into future Bitcoin Association events, follow Bitcoin Association across Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay up to date with its latest developments. You should also keep an eye on the Bitcoin Association website for any new information regarding upcoming events, such as CoinGeek Zurich, the next CoinGeek conference that will take place in Switzerland—we hope to see you there!
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