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Wellington Blockchain Meetup September 2018

September 20, 2018
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It was time for another get together of the community and to see who the true dedicated enthusiast were in amidst this crypto winter. Only about 20 people turned up but the topics were certainly very interesting. Jevon gave an update on Cryptfolio.com, a site that keeps track of your crypto portfolio, and how all your trades can be pulled from various sources to help your accountant deal with tax. Although prefaced with the disclaimer that this was not financial or legal or tax advice, in NZ, each trade is considered a taxable event and needs to be tracked. Jevon even walked through several examples and there were great questions from the audience. Jevon gave a demo of extracting a bunch of trades from various exchanges and exporting it as a CSV. Then we had Andy from Horizon State talk about their new charity app Coin Pocket (https://coinpocket.hs.app). What was interesting was a tweet from Nimo, co-founder of Horizon State. Two #blockchain meetups this week. Two different countries. Two fire alarms go off. The only thing in common was me 😂😂😂 #blockchainflowerkids in da house!? — Nimo Naamani (@nimo_ni) September 20, 2018 We had an alarm of some sort go […]
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Developments in the Blockchain Ecosystem

August 27, 2018
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This evening there was a meetup under the Decentralised Future Education Program where there was  a panel discussion about the latest development in the blockchain space covering legal aspects including jurisdictional, privacy and tax issues. The panelists were: Anand Chawra (Principal @ Boston Consulting Group) Bonnie Yiu (Co-founder @ Consulere.io) Michael Bacina (Partner @ Piper Alderman) Nick Addison (Systems Architect @ Consensys) Tom Terado (moderator) There was also Zhongxing Ming (Founder & CEO) from BlockCloud talking about  Blockchain-based Advanced TCP/IP. There was a great turn out and the food was something from the top draw! I’m sure the sponsors, Adelaide Blockchain, bitfwd, NextGenius had something to do with that!   There are two further events coming up next Monday and the Monday after so keep a look out at: https://www.meetup.com/bitfwd/
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BitPrime Ross Carter-Brown

July 12, 2018
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Had a great catch up with Ross Carter-Brown from BitPrime, a cryptocurrency retailer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. BitPrime offer Kiwis a way to purchase a range of cryptocurrencies the old fashioned way, through a web order form but aim to provide exceptional customer service. This is because their target market is the average non technical market segment. They offer an ever growing variety of coins and tokens and also provide consultancy and support. Their prices are slightly higher than traditional exchanges but that is because they are helping their customers through the buying process and creating a longer lasting relationship as well.  
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Blockchain 101 with Crypto LaunchPad, Blueblock and NEM

July 7, 2018
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This week there were two events held in Wellington and Auckland explaining the crypto landscape and what some local Kiwi companies are doing in the space. The turn out in both locations were fantastic. Wellington Dalaney Davis talked about NEM and the community fund that is available to help get projects off the ground. James Waugh talked about his company Blueblock and his experience in the tokenomics advisory space. Adiraj and Zac explaining Crypto Launchpad‘s services around due diligence, advisory services and investment banking. Auckland There was a great turn out in Auckland as well with the audience coming from a wide range of background. Keep a look out for events in the South Island as well.
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Sydney Blockathon Day 1

November 24, 2017
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I have never been to a hackathon before so thought I’d volunteer and see what they are like. This one was pretty neat. It started on Friday at 5pm at the University of New South Wales at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre. After the welcome and  introduction to the mentors and rules it was pizza time! After dinner, it was time to head up stairs and start hacking. All the teams found a space to claim their own and started putting a plan together. Some teams had an idea already, others formulated ideas late into the night. This is Daniel Bar who put this whole amazing event together.  
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Melbourne Blockchain Centre

November 7, 2017
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I had the opportunity to visit the Blockchain Centre in Melbourne that I had heard so much about. It’s in the heart of Melbourne in South Bank, not far from the Crown casino. It offers co-working space in the day time and a meetup space in the evening time. The other times are spent expanding the Blockchain Centre franchise model. There’s a “museum” of bitcoin miners but the neatest part for me was Satoshi’s whitepaper enlarged  and hung on the wall. That was cool! The space is very new and officially opens this week.    On this particular evening there was also a packed (photo below was pre-arrival) Crypto Traders meetup which was absolutely fascinating. The presenter introduced all these Japanese terms, eg Kijunsen, and how to trade purely from looking at charts and understanding. It was an amazing learning opportunity. There are several meetups each week where generally Monday is for cryptotraders, Tuesday Ethereum, Wednesday Blockchains and Thursday privacy and security related. One benefit is that all these meetups converge at this one place. It provides a great consistency with a menu of evening learning & education and connecting & sharing which is great to see.
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Sydney Around the Blockchain Showcase

October 19, 2017
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I had the opportunity to be part of the Sydney Spark Festival blockchain event that combined a showcase, a talk and a meetup all in 1 day from 2pm through to 8pm at a co-working space called the Fishburners. The showcase consisted of startups Bitfwd, Blueshyft, Block8, Dappbase, Devery, Flux, Incent sharing what they are doing in the blockchain space. At the same time upstairs were a range of talks on: Peerism: The Skill Token Economy for Post-capitalism – Nathan Waters ICOs and the Law – Hannah Glass Todd’s Crypto Bag of Tricks – Todd Byrne Pizza’s arrived at 6pm and let’s say there was enough to go around! The evening meetup was actually an ICO announcement of Solara. A sensor that will measure the amount of electrons generated from the sun and allow the owner to monetise it in siloed communities initially. They want to raise $15M from 100M tokens initially for phase 1. The vision is huge and will take 5-10 years to come to fruition but could be a game changer. The community is vibrant. There’s lots of innovation happening and there are seriously talented people around.
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STEM, Blockchains and Collaboration

May 29, 2017
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The Hutt Valley STEM Festival was part of NZ tech week and I was asked to participate to talk on Technology and the New World of Work. There were 4 speakers in total. Gary talking about the importance of collaboration and communications. I talked about the importance of learning STEM, blockchains and how collaboration helped me with my “Ubering Energy on the Blockchain” project. Malcom talked about a sprout device which is this amazing device that allows not only 3d modelling, but changes the way we interact with computers. Gordan, the local 3d printing expert talked about how 3d printers work with tips for those going down the 3d printing path. The kids loved watching the 3d printer in action. Gordon in action speaking about 3d printing. Sean’s household electricity distribution board connected to a raspberry pi and a mac. It measures electricity consumption and displays it on a webpage. STEM, Blockchains and Collaboration presentation at the Dowse Art Museum.  
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HVHS Technology Scholarship Contribution

April 11, 2017
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I was invited to Hutt Valley High School this morning to meet with some students from the Technology Scholarship programme to share my industry experience on a project the students are working on. The goal for the students are to take an idea from inception to a proof of concept or prototype and document their journey. It is very detailed where lots of research is required, feasibility studies, requirements gathering, client relationship management, design, developing, testing the whole lot. It is amazing what the students nowadays have to do. Speaking with me it must have felt like stepping into a time machine because I talked about when I attended HVHS, mobile phones were the size of bricks and Google, Facebook and Twitter had yet to be invented. That was because it was the early 90’s and it was the Internet that was being invented. I was there to provide feedback on their ideas, share some industry experience and talk about some of the latest trends in technology. One key points I talked about was that one doesn’t need to have the best idea or the most unique or ground breaking idea because it’s about execution. Bringing the idea to life […]
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