The second day was a bit heavier for most of the attendees. A lot of them we didn’t see until after the coffee break. Nearly everyone did have small eyes and had a look of “I need more sleep” look on their faces. Nevertheless we were both present and after a good cup of coffee we were ready for the second day of inside Bitcoins.
The first session of the day was “Bitcoin stories across the world”. It was a fun first session where you got informed about how the Bitcoin community was doing in the rest of the world. Though informative it wasn’t as interesting as other sessions of the previous day.
The second session was a huge disappointment. The session was called “ the future of altcoins” though the organizers didn’t invite any of the altcoin developers. So basically it was a “let’s bash the altcoins because they are not Bitcoins” fest. Every single one of these “experts” had their start up or their business revolving around bitcoin. Naturally they will only be pro Bitcoin and will trash or beat the snot out of everything not Bitcoin related.
One of these guys replied to a question:” I do not care about altcoins because they aren’t Bitcoins”. Moreover they also used the terminology wrong, gotten facts mixed up, etc. Even Stewart Quealy, the organiser of the Inside Bitcoins conference, stood there with an expression on his face of “what the blazes are you talking about”. There were also a lot of murmurs in the room when those 6 people up front were talking. It is easy to criticize things when there aren’t any developers included in the panel. Constructive criticism, no that was apparently way too hard for these guys up there on the stage. Whatever the case, them being partly drunk or generally didn’t understand the purpose of the session, this was a wasted opportunity and a huge disappointment. Many others did share this view because we heard a lot of grumblings and even some pointed remarks about the knowledge level of the panel.
After that session we went on our networking rampage so to speak. The only session we really viewed was the Miss Bitcoin start up. The ideas behind Miss Bitcoin are solid. Encourage the ladies to get more involved with Bitcoin by offering things like handbags, clothing and other products for Bitcoin. It is an interesting concept and let’s hope the ladies of miss Bitcoin can pull it off.
The other sessions we didn’t actually visit because it was more opinionated based and based less on the facts. Besides, by networking we came into contact with interesting businesses and forged special alliances, all of which can be read in upcoming articles and interviews.