That is an opinion editorial by Marek Feder, the editor in chief of Investro and a Bitcoin journalist who just lately attended the BTC Prague occasion.
Let’s begin with a disclaimer: I’m not related to the organizers of BTC Prague in any means, so on this article, I solely present my private expertise and views as an attendee. And another disclaimer: I’ve not been to many Bitcoin conferences, so my takes and impressions from BTC Prague could be outdated information for a few of you. Nevertheless, I do consider that it was the primary “enormous” Bitcoin convention not just for myself, but additionally for numerous others from Central Europe, so it could be good to sum up the entire expertise.
A Convention Actually For Anybody
The truth that the most affordable ticket to BTC Prague was solely 9 euro (about $11) signifies that this convention was actually for anybody. There have been clearly some limitations to this entry, however the most cost-effective ticket acquired individuals to the exposition space in addition to to 2 phases, which was positively effectively price it. This was in all probability one of many nicest touches by the organizers, as they made this convention accessible for plenty, even outdoors of Bitcoin.
This was additional enhanced by the truth that the programming on the “Czech Stage” was fully about Bitcoin fundamentals. It contained talks about what cash is; introductions to Bitcoin, privateness and self-custody; rationalization of the variations between Bitcoin and Ethereum; and far more.
For 2 days, newcomers to the Bitcoin world might have listened to a few of Bitcoin’s most interesting from the Czech Republic and Slovakia and obtain educations equal to these gained from learning for a whole bunch of hours. I consider this highlights the significance of in-person conferences and inexpensive occasions that may assist with orange pilling the mainstream.
Trade Day Rulez!
Whereas the principle convention introduced on the Czech Stage and programming for Bitcoin novices took half on June 9 and June 10, the trade day content material targeted on companies began on June 8, and I consider this was one of the best day for making connections and new pals.
To begin with, through the day, there have been “solely” two phases with talks and keynotes (the Czech Stage was not open at the moment), which means that there was much less of an official program. This allowed individuals to spend extra time within the well-thought-out and provoking exposition space, the place they might discover dozens and dozens of firms and Bitcoin organizations. With more than 70 stalls and booths, attendees had an opportunity to speak to mining companies, pockets suppliers, Bitcoin guide retailers, schooling organizations and numerous different Bitcoin-related companies.
And for the reason that expo space was not as crowded on trade day, it supplied one of the best likelihood for attendees to have in-depth conversations with the entire attending companies. Having spent a lot of the primary day within the expo space, I used to be actually stunned by not solely the openness and friendliness of all of the individuals, but additionally their willingness to have very thorough and informative discussions with anybody who was prepared to pay attention and ask questions.
A Prime-Notch Program
Michael Saylor, Adam Again, Eric Weiss, Giacomo Zucco, Stephan Livera, Marek “Slush” Palatinus, Ben Perrin, Peter McCormack, Rockstar Dev and plenty of, many others spoke at the event. The BTC Prague convention had an unbelievable lineup with Bitcoin specialists, builders, entrepreneurs, influencers and enterprise individuals flying from actually all throughout the globe. The keynotes, dialogue panels and talks had been unbelievable.
As of this writing, the recordings for under two of the on-stage shows have been launched on the official YouTube channel. Nevertheless, each of them are effectively price a watch. Saylor’s “The Future Of Bitcoin” and Zucco’s “Ordinals Are Retarded,” as an illustration, crammed the principle corridor to the final seat as individuals listened to those inspiring and academic keynotes. I extremely suggest watching each of them.
The talks additionally included some interesting announcements from the audio system, however detailing what was introduced would in all probability take up an entire article alone. Nonetheless, the bulletins by Vexl Foundation, AmityAge, Fedimint and Aleks Svetski are price wanting into specifically
A Plethora Of Fascinating Aspect Occasions
Earlier than the convention, a few of my Bitcoin pals had talked about that crucial components could be the expo space and aspect occasions. As bizarre as that will sound, I now perceive why they felt that means. Whereas I used to be not capable of personally attend the entire aspect occasions, I heard solely one of the best suggestions and opinions in regards to the likes of “dev/hack/day,” a Nostr meetup and different occasions.
If the attendees actually wished to benefit from the talks and keynotes, and thus didn’t spend quite a lot of time within the expo space, the aspect occasions had been a super likelihood for speaking to individuals in a much less formal means. From my statement, the overwhelming majority of the workers from the convention stalls and cubicles had been out and assembly with individuals even through the aspect occasions, giving the attendees an opportunity to speak with them in a extra relaxed method. Typically, this was accompanied by a pint of famend Czech beer at a restaurant serving home made specialties of the native delicacies, making it much more nice.
Room For Enchancment
Nicely, there’s not a lot that I might have modified or that I consider is important to enhance to make this occasion much more spectacular. Nevertheless, one minor enchancment might need led to much more satisfaction from attendees, but, it was not associated to this system, audio system or cubicles:
The meals vehicles had been a supply of friction that could be improved within the subsequent occasion. At instances, extraordinarily lengthy queues meant that folks had been ready for his or her meals for means longer than they need to have, which might price them treasured time in such a tightly-packed convention schedule.
Moreover, whereas Lightning Community funds had been accessible in the entire potential meals court docket areas, except for widespread areas of the corridor, the place I assume it was simply not potential to just accept Lightning funds, the meals vehicles typically battled with this cost choice.
I witnessed a number of issues with accepting Lightning as a cost methodology for meals or drinks myself. Whether or not that was on account of web connection, issues with the operations of point-of-sale gadgets or cellular wallets, or simply the pure frown on the face of a meals vendor who was clearly bored with yet one more “Bitcoin freak” paying with this web cash, the entire payment-in-Lightning expertise might have been improved.
Clearly, this was not an enormous deal and I can hardly think about a convention of this measurement being utterly with out flaws. And it needs to be famous that Lightning funds had been accessible, if the distributors and consumers confirmed a little bit of endurance.
All in all, this was not vital to the general feeling and end result of the convention, however ought to the organizers attempt for enchancment for the following 12 months, I might in all probability begin right here.
Will You Attend BTC Prague 2024?
And, talking of subsequent 12 months, the organizers have formally introduced that the second BTC Prague conference will happen, unsurprisingly, in Prague, between June 13 and June 15, 2024. If the extent of the following 12 months’s convention needs to be wherever close to the occasion I attended, will probably be a blast for positive.
This can be a visitor publish by Marek Feder. Opinions expressed are fully their very own and don’t essentially replicate these of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Journal.