The cryptocurrency landscape is a cluttered mess. Building a positive, inclusive community of supporters is an important way for Zcash to distinguish itself from other cryptocurrencies. We’re off to a great start; let’s keep it going! I’m excited to announce the launching of a new Meetup for those living in (or passing through) the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area Zcash Users Meetup:
Please note that I am not currently affiliated with either the Zcash Company or the Zcash Foundation. Nor am I currently affiliated with any cryptocurrency-related company. (I’m an attorney and a self-employed software engineer; I write software for law firms.) Rather, I’m merely a Zcash enthusiast who wants to contribute to building a great community of Zcash supporters.
I realize that the Bay Area covers a large geographic area, but I wanted to start off broad. Perhaps at a later time, it will make more sense to splinter into several different, more geographically focused Meetups. But for now, let’s encompass the whole Bay Area and see how it goes!
I think we have a lot to learn from each other, and meeting up in person is a great way to do so. I think our Meetup should be guided by some of the values that @amiller put forth in the “Values of the Zcash Foundation” document, like inclusivity and humility.
Everyone, please share ideas for events and meetup topics. Here are a few ideas to get us started:
1. Whistle-Stop Tour along Caltrain route. We’d start with an event in San Jose, and then slowly over a few months make our way north, holding events within walking distance of each Caltrain station, culminating with a marquee event in San Francisco.
2. Bay Area College Event Series. Many of the colleges in the bay area have student-run cryptocurrency-related groups. We could work with these groups to organize a series of on-campus Zcash-specific events.
3. Art-related Zcash events. As a community, I think we are underutilizing art as a way to spread awareness about Zcash. We could work with local graphic artists to create Zcash promotional posters in the style of vintage WWII posters, and then host a one-night exhibition of the posters. Participating artists would be invited to sell their art at the event, provided that they agree to accept Zcash as payment!
Again, these are just a few ideas to get us started. I would love to hear your ideas, and please consider becoming a member of the Meetup.