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Bitcoinist Giveaway: Win a Free Ticket to TNABC 2016

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Bitcoinist Giveaway: Win a Free Ticket to TNABC 2016

The North American Bitcoin Conference is one of the biggest annual Bitcoin conferences in the world. This Miami conference always features panels and keynotes with the biggest names in the Bitcoin community. This year, the roster includes giants such as Patrick Byrne, Brock Pierce, Bobby Lee, Jerry Brito, Bruce Fenton, and Tone Vays. Big names are usually associated with big prices, and TNABC is no different. “Early Bird” and General Admission tickets are completely sold out, leaving only the $349 USD “Last Minutes Tickets.” However, Bitcoinist readers have a chance of getting a ticket for free in another of our exclusive giveaways.  

Also read: Mike Hearn Has Left The Bitcoin Building

Win a Ticket to TNABC 2016!

Entering for our giveaway is simple. All you have to do is sign up to our Newsletter. Once you are signed up for our newsletter, you will get a daily email from us containing important information and news stories from the week. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, so there are no obligations associated with entering the giveaway. The winner will be notified via the email address used to subscribe to the newsletter, so make sure you use an address that you check regularly.

The 2016 North American Bitcoin Conference starts on January 21 at 10 AM EST, and will run until January 22 at 6 PM. Don’t miss out on your chance to get a ticket to this highly-popular conference, sign up for our newsletter now!

About TNABC:

“The people from TNABC are passionate, informed believers in crypto-currency, evangelists in an ever growing and evolving worldwide community. They are professionals with a strong set of specialities in media, marketing, investment and IT.

“Our goal is to inform the community and the wider public on all things Bitcoin, helping to push it towards mainstream adoption.”

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and take advantage of your chance to win a ticket to TNABC 2016!

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Bitcoinist Giveaway: Win a Free Ticket to TNABC 2016

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The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead

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The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead

The Bitcoin Foundation has recently divulged its goals for 2016 amid controversy surrounding the organization.

Also read: A Timeline of the Cryptsy Disappearance Mystery

Is the Bitcoin Foundation Coming to an End?

Many of bitcoins earliest spokespeople have separated themselves from the group.

“It’s gonna cost money [to rehabilitate its image] and its lost so much credibility within the industry,”Trace Mayer said in a recent interview. “The problem is outside the industry people still kind of look at it and give it credence.” Mayer considered the notion of rehabilitating the foundation, but suggests “just winding it up.”  He does have one concern:

“What I would not like to see is it co-opted,” he said.

Moreover, law enforcement might also have its doubts about the group’s viability considering both Charlie Shrem and Mark Karpeles – two people who displayed disregard for law and order – sat on the foundation’s board.  

According to the Bitcoin Foundation, it’s 2016 mission will remain to “help advance Bitcoin and related technology through education advocacy and outreach across the globe by focusing on three primary areas:

1) Fostering Core Development

2) Furthering education & adoption

3) Working to limit harmful regulations and encourage technical rather than regulatory solutions

Core Development has grown more diffuse in recent years, with that trend speeding up in 2015. The Bitcoin Foundation has covered development funds in the past, but that does not necessarily need to only be done by the Bitcoin Foundation. Apparently the Blockchain can be used for that…

The Scaling Bitcoin conference has done nearly as much for Core Development than has the Bitcoin Foundation in a shorter history. The main tool Bitcoin cites for this is the DevCore conference, which has taken place in London, Boston and San Jose. That’s an average of one per year in the foundation’s existence since 2012.

The foundation also cites as a goal for the 2016 the “fostering [of] development is in the areas of exploring better ways to bridge the gap of knowledge between development and the public and corporations.”

Despite this, there are no reports of Bitcoin Foundation investing difference-making amounts into the information portals in Bitcoin. In fact, the foundation basically snubbed the entire community when it hired theAudience to handle those obligations, which has no Bitcoin ties. What theAudience does can, obviously, be done by a bitcoiner and probably better for a more cost-effective price.

The Bitcoin Foundation also plans to limit regulations. “We believe that it is most effective to focus on technical solutions rather than regulatory solutions such as by encouraging usage of multi-sig keys, solid audit standards, exchange proof of reserves and other technical based activities,” the foundation’s statement reads.

The foundations wishes to educate lawmakers and focus on elected officials “or the most senior officials possible.” The foundations strives to offer the most non-regulatory suggestions and solutions.

However, since the foundation has basically wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in bitcoins, why give them any legitimacy? Well, we’ll see if there is consensus on this topic shortly:

Do you think the Bitcoin Foundation should be shut down? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead