Events 2 August 2018Ed Drake
One year on: CoinGeek’s Bitcoin Rebirth Party honors ‘timeless wonder’ Bitcoin BCH
August 1 marked a momentous event in the history of cryptocurrency—one-year anniversary of the rebirth of Bitcoin (now named Bitcoin Cash) on the original blockchain. And what better way to celebrate all things Bitcoin BCH than to party, CoinGeek-style.
Last night, 300 guests trooped to CoinGeek’s Bitcoin Rebirth party in the heart of London’s West End, where they were welcomed by geishas into a timeless Japanese-themed space. A DJ built the energy of the #BitcoinRebirth party, while half-dozen acrobats dressed as birds of paradise flew overhead as rollerblading ladies in brightly colored leather miniskirts circled the room, offering sushi, sake and Japanese beer. At the center of the room stood a giant Bitcoin vodka luge ice sculpture, from which flowed bespoke BCH cocktails.
‘New Bitcoin Cash’
The highlight of the CoinGeek London Party was the unveiling of the ‘new Bitcoin Cash.’
Introduced by the sounding of a Japanese gong, a retro Streetfighter-style video revealed the new Bitcoin BCH logo—causing whoops, cheers and laughter from the BCH revelers. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #BitcoinRebirth to see how it all went down.
In a speech, CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre welcomed guests to the event celebrating “a great moment in the history of money.” He also reminded everyone of the need to buckle down to “complete the task of fully restoring the original Bitcoin protocol, and then locking it down so that future application development happens on top of this battle tested platform.”
“I’m thrilled to see so much excitement for Bitcoin in the room, because that’s what I want to share—excitement for Bitcoin. As an Internet entrepreneur, I became excited about the Bitcoin cryptocurrency years ago when I saw its power to change the world’s money system and make it easier to do online business globally. Years later, I’m even more excited because I see the Bitcoin blockchain can become the global public ledger of the future and power unlimited new technology capabilities,” Ayre said. “With the Bitcoin protocol locked, there will be a Cambrian explosion of innovation on top of the Bitcoin platform. Any mistakes made at a layer on top of the Bitcoin protocol can be more easily discarded and will have no impact on the underlying platform’s ability to be money to the world. The fact that application developers can rely on this secure platform not changing is precisely why they will have the confidence to build their ideas on top of it.”
We are all Satoshi Nakamoto
Contrary to popular belief, the August 2017 hard fork did not create a new coin, but reverted to its original form that follows the vision of the Satoshi Nakamoto white paper. But who is Satoshi? At the CoinGeek Rebirth party, that question was answered: We are all Satoshi Nakamoto.
Our August 1 event wasn’t held in isolation as it was mirrored by fellow BCH revelers around the world, including Paris and Hong Kong. In London, Ayre outlined the exciting year ahead for Bitcoin BCH, as many applications are already being released on top of the original Bitcoin platform.
“We already know that there is a lot of development happening on top of the Bitcoin BCH platform. We expect tokens and steps toward first smart contracts by the end of this year. We are seeing unique business models being developed that take advantage of the unique abilities of the Bitcoin platform to reliably and cheaply process micro transactions, and to allow users to transact without trusted intermediaries,” Ayre said, as he invited everyone to attend the CoinGeek Week Conference in November.
Developers, merchants and industry movers of the Bitcoin BCH community will be on hand for CoinGeek Week on November 28-30 in London. CoinGeek Week, which will have an entire day dedicated to application built on top of the Bitcoin platform, is shaping up to be the must-attend event of 2018’s crypto calendar. We’re giving away free tickets to 50 individuals who can send pictures of themselves wearing a shirt saying, “Bitcoin BCH is the one true Bitcoin.” Ayre himself will personally review these digital submissions, so be creative.
Interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH? Join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.
Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (SegWit) chain are referenced as BTC coins; tokens on the Bitcoin Cash ABC chain are referenced as BCH, BCH-ABC or BAB coins.
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