TL;DR: From Ghana, Africa to Los Angeles, California, and most places inbetween, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) enthusiasts are meeting in real life. This year alone, peer-to-peer electronic cash meetups spread over every inhabitable continent, providing a way for those interested to learn more about cryptocurrency, ask questions, and even get cutting-edge announcements.
Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash Enthusiast Meetups Thrive in 2019
At a Bitcoin Cash meetup in London last month, news was made. Nearly 100 peer-to-peer electronic cash enthusiasts attended an event with insightful lectures on cash’s history and surrounding controversies, caught an early demonstration involving smart cards and BCH, and were the first to learn about a $200 million BCH Ecosystem Fund.
Granted, that’s not a typical meetup, but London speaks to the potential and power of gathering in meatspace as opposed to a solely online endeavor. And soirees like it have popped up all over the globe this year, according to Bitcoincashers.org. The latest statistics have Bitcoin Cash meetups in 30 countries, 6 continents, totaling more than 85 meetups with 11,338 members worldwide.
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In places such as Townsville, Australia, meetup culture spawned an entire ecosystem. Shops, hotels, taxis, restaurants, you name it, agreed to trade in BCH due to its fast, reliable, cheap transactions and easy onboarding. The phenomenon grew into a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency conference for the country this year as well. Such cons are usually dominated by ICO shills and booth babes, but Townsville, renamed Bitcoin Cash City, was where cryptocurrency was actually used … as a lifestyle … as peer-to-peer cash.
This month, enthusiasts in Bangkok, Thailand can mix with real go-getters. They not only know about Bitcoin Cash but work hard throughout the city to onboard merchants. The group highlights a discount for using BCH at each meetup along with a chance to replenish sats through a Bitcoin ATM. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the iconic Simpsons cartoon-inspired pizza establishment, Duff, in Maracaibo, Venezuela is where people looking to escape horrific government money inflation went to chat and learn about BCH.
Bangalore, India boasts a 7,000+ coin agnostic crypto group that recently explored Bitcoin Cash. They’re hosting a special meetup on the topic of remittances and how BCH can aid that giant market. “India is expected to retain the top spot among remittance recipients, with a projected figure of $65 billion,” organizers argue, “while China ($63 billion), the Philippines ($33 billion). A peer-to-peer system known as blockchain is responsible for running Cryptocurrency transactions globally without the need for central authority.”
Meetups have also become a how-to subject for those wanting to discuss BCH closer to home. Tips from bringing swag along, creating your own official Meetup page, and getting help from those currently active are all covered. Meetups can be as easy as a few drinks or as complicated as a lecture series, or some combination, but their proliferation in 2019 as a tool for educating more people around the world on the value of peer-to-peer electronic cash cannot be underestimated.
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