Announcing the Bay Area Zcash Users Meetup


#1

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.

Sincerely,
Howard Loo


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#3

I love the WWII-style posters idea. I had the same idea a couple of days ago, because I was thinking of


#4

Agreed… those posters are a cool idea! Great initiative here everyone, thank you for organizing this for the community.


#5

Thanks to @sonya, our first ever Bay Area Zcash Users Meetup event is organized in association with the Zcash Foundation! Please join us on Saturday, May 26, from 6pm to 9pm, at Lost & Found Beer Garden in Oakland. (The venue is within walking distance of the 19th Street BART station.) This will be an informal event; we can discuss Zcash and also brainstorm ideas for future meetups.

Meetup event page:

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1678244655625997/

Zcash Foundation blog post:


#6

Hi buddy~ I think you meant “May 26”, a little typo here~


#7

Thank you so much @daniellsim for catching that; the typo is now fixed.


#8

Thank you @zooko and @Blazin8888 for voicing support above for the poster idea. I’ve submitted a grant proposal to the Zcash Foundation, and I’ve started a new discussion here:


#9

Meetup in San Francisco!

“The design of the Zcash Reference Wallet”

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: WeWork, 655 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA

RSVP via Meetup or via encrypted memo to:

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(If you RSVP via encrypted memo, please note that you’ll still need to bring photo ID for admission to the event per the security protocol of our venue. See below.)

Details

We are excited to welcome Joseph Van Geffen (@geffen), Design Lead of the Electric Coin Company. Geffen will give a presentation about the design of the Zcash Reference Wallet, which will be followed by a feedback session. This event is a great opportunity for you to give much needed feedback about the Reference Wallet!

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Important: WeWork is graciously hosting our event for free. Per WeWork’s security protocol, you will need to bring a photo ID and scan it at the guest registration tablets at the front desk upon arrival. If your photo ID does not successfully scan, check in at the tablet as a guest of “Meetup Event”.


#10

Reminder: Our Bay Area Zcash Users meetup is tomorrow in San Francisco! See below for details. Note that the venue is on the 7th floor (accessible via elevator). The presentation will begin promptly at 6:15 pm.

I would like to thank the ECC for sponsoring the food and drinks for this event.

Please RSVP so that we have a accurate head count. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!


#11

I signed up to go but I can’t. We are short of staff at my work, I’m called for duty, we take care of chronic dialysis patients.
People first.