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Wellington Hashgraph Meetup #3

September 27, 2018
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We hosted the 3rd Wellington Hashgraph meetup a few days ago and had some international guests from around the world. About 15 people turned up so we are slowly growing (some new faces) and again, food and drinks were provided as well. We had developers Magnus Bondesson, Chi Hao Poon, Jonas Wallenius and Patrik Åkerlund join from Sweden to talk about their interesting game called BlockWars. (https://blockwars.live/) BlockWars is a map based war game running on the Ethereum blockchain and the team is looking to port this over to Hashgraph. The idea is to conquer the world by owning territory similar to the board game Risk. Above you can see Morne owning some territory in New Zealand and it was attacked by one of the BlockWars guys. Afterwards we had Shiv Aggarwal, CEO of  MyEarth.id talk about this project of creating an decentralised identity management system. It is an ambitious project and they raising capital. Afterwards, there was a good discussion about the up and coming hackathon and developers conference where we are looking to live stream the event. The next meetup is scheduled for October 17th 2018. More details can be found at: H18 – Hedera Hashgraph Developer Conference Wednesday, Oct […]
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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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BokkyPooBah’s Sydney Ethereum Workshop

August 24, 2018
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Bokky’s continues to run his legendary Ethereum smart contract workshop that has grown to over 700 members and it was his 82nd workshop since he’s been counting which is staggering. It would probably be in excess of 100 if he had counted from the beginning! This evening it was going back to basics talking about memory and registries of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), going through his mind map of Ethereum of Bunnies and also about FOMO3D. We all learn better when we combine individual learning with group discussions so Bokky’s contribution to the ecosystem is so vital. He is world class and I even noticed the accompanying snacks and beverages to be amazing too. Sharon Lu, the General Manager of Tyro Fintech Hub is the glue that brings everything together and does a wonderful job. To find out more about the meetup visit. https://www.meetup.com/BokkyPooBahs-Ethereum-Workshop/ Check out the mind map at: https://github.com/bokkypoobah/EthereumForBunnies There is also a forked copy of the Mastering Ethereum book (authored by Andreas Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood) in a nicer format also: https://github.com/bokkypoobah/MasteringEthereum
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Wellington Blockchain Meetup with NEO, Moonlight and Hyperledger

August 15, 2018
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Last night the Wellington community came together to talk blockchains at BizDojo. Some of us formed a support group to help get us through this crypto winter or crypto ice age we are experiencing at the moment also! Andrew kicked things off sharing his experience in the crypto space with some interesting stats on companies in China such as Alibaba and Tencent and how big these companies actually are. This was the basis of his interest in NEO. Next Elias Tan from Moonlight which is a decentralized platform, built on the NEO network that will change the way you recruit and scale your workforce. Elias talked about how they are using the blockchain as a means to record work experience and have it verified so that potential employers can trust someone’s work history and can also hire them based on this information instead of race, age or gender. “Trustless Hiring” it is called. For more info visit: https://moonlight.io/ Finally we had Sandy from IBM explain a bit about Hyperledger or technical Hyperledger Fabric or the “IBM Blockchain”. Here is a link for more information: https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/getting-started Thanks to BizDojo as always and if anyone has anything to share, let us know and […]
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First New Zealand Hashgraph Meetup

July 25, 2018
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A few nights ago Wellington held its first Hedera Hashgraph meetup to learn more about this new technology. It was very well organised with food, drinks and international guests as well. Shout out to Morne for organising the venue, food, schedule and testing all the tech to ensure a smooth meetup! Billy “Gossip Guy” from New York dialed in to give an overview of Hashgraph and some of the projects that are using Hashgraph. Then Edgar Seah (Head of Asia Pacific for Hedera) ran through some of the technical aspects of Hashgraph and how it works under the covers in terms of consensus algorithms and then Calvin Cheng, a Hashgraph developer advocate talked about the SDK and the public ledger and how one can start testing and developing using Hashgraph. For anyone interested in Hashgraph, here are some interesting links: Wellington Hashgraph Meetup Page Hedera Hashgraph Website Swirlds SDK Telegram Channel Discord (for devs)  
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Crypto Estate Planning, Tokenizing the World and Social Impact with Choice

June 1, 2018
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A great turn out to the Wellington Blockchain Meetup last night where we had three talks. Wendy and Lauchie from Wakefields Lawyers presented on Crypto Estate Planning. Some really good questions to think about even though most of the time we may not want to. The title of the presentation sparked interest. “Logging out of Life, Digital Estate Planning”. For more info contact www.wakefieldslaw.com I presented next on the Tokenization of Everything and touched on my research at www.theicotrain.com and how everything is going to be tokenized. I compressed all this knowledge into a book called Tokenomics with co-author and good friend Thomas Power. There were lots of other contributors to the book as well to make this happen. I then finished off by announcing the idea of the creation of a book worm loyalty token for book purchasers but the bigger play was a social impact cause to help take a portion of the profits to help fund primary school reading programs. The main event was Ossie and Fraser from Choice talking about social impact on the blockchain. $461 million in transaction fees from giants such as Visa and Mastercard go overseas. Choice is a new payment system based on […]
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Wellington Blockchain Meetup Summary

May 11, 2018
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It was good to get everyone out of the woodworks for another Wellington Blockchain Meetup. Morne talked about Hashgraph and had a great presentation zooming in and out of the various points and his fancy logitech pointer that could also zoom as well! Jevon presented CryptoFolio which is a web application allowing anyone to keep track of their cryptocurrency portfolio. Finally we had Del Rajan from Victoria University talking about a paper he co-wrote with Matt Visser on Quantum Blockchain Entanglement in Time. Just the title is enough to make you think wow. Keep an eye out for the next meetup, everyone is welcome and if you have something to share, get in touch!
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Wellington Blockchain Meetup

May 6, 2018
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We’ve got some great presenters at Wednesdays Wellington Blockchain meetup. 5:30pm at BizDojo, 115 Tory St. Catch you guys there. Blockchain Meetup Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:30 PM Bizdojo115 Tory Street Wellington, NZ 90 Members Attending Hi guys, It’s been a while. Looking to get things going again with all things blockchains, ICOs and smart contracts. Come along to meet others in the space, share and connect. Agenda: 5:30 pm: Welcome 5:35 pm: What is Hashgraph? – Morne Smart. Hashgraph is an interesting new technology created by Leemon Baird. Morne will help explain what it is all… Check out this Meetup →
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Smart contract workshop #2: Remix and MetaMask

January 14, 2018
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It was great to see the dedicated ones turned up yesterday on a beautiful Saturday morning to learn about MetaMask and Remix and deploy a hello world smart contract. We went through the following topics: Install MetaMask Get some test ether Mixing it up with Remix Hello World Compile and deploy captain! Interactive with your smart contract Understanding the code Bonus code It really was about downloading and installing MetaMask, getting some test ether, opening Remix and deploying 4 lines of code and seeing the contract on the Etherscan. It was great to see some new faces and hopefully the learning by doing is helping those who actually want to get a better understanding of what this technology can do. Next week we’ll be looking at MyEtherWallet (MEW) and also creating professional paper wallets on photographic paper with holographic stickers as souvenirs or gifts or just if you want something physical to tuck under your mattress. There will be a catch up meetup on Tuesday 5:30pm for the city folks. Details of that can be found at: https://www.meetup.com/smartcontracts/events/246629747/ If you missed the meetup but want to check out the topics, visit: https://blockchains.learndot.com/ and connect with us on Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/G84KThDRZaXOJsxa7oQHmw Catch everyone next week.
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Wellington December Blockchain Meetup

December 7, 2017
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We had a wonderful turn out for our last Wellington Blockchain meetup of the year. About 65 people attended and we even had pizza’s and drinks as well! The speakers were great. First we had Steve Lowe from Standards New Zealand talking about TC307. Blockchains will get it’s own ISO number soon!!! Geoff Ward-Marshal from DLA Piper shared the regulatory aspects of ICOs. There was a lot of information to consider. If you think you can raise $5M in 5 minutes and run away with your lambo, think again! Finally we had Jason and David from the NEM who are based in Melbourne and doing a tour of NZ promoting NEM and raising awareness of what NEM can do in the blockchain space.   Thanks to all that came, thanks to the speakers and wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas!
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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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SydETH: Plasma and Programmable Money

October 30, 2017
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The Sydney Ethereum meetup is bordering on a being a full on event. The meetups are scheduled but RSVPs are closed until 3 days before and when it opens at 6pm, the slots fill up fast. It was held at Optiver this time around which is a trading house with an amazing atrium!    The meetup was capped at 150 with 74 people on the waitlist. Everyone had to sign in and take an elevator to the 7th floor. There were drinks and pizzas that were sponsored and a mix and mingle session prior to the start.    There were two talks at this meetup.  Jeremy Lam, product lead from OmiseGO gave a great non-technical explanation on plasma. He spoke slowly and clearly and gave great analogies. One example was an explanation of sharding which is a way of splitting up data so that different computers can process them in parallel. This is like taking a dictionary and splitting it into 26 dictionaries dedicated for each letter of the alphabet. Nick Addison, co-organiser of the meetup and CTO of AgriDigital gave an overview of programmable money and has written a neat smart contract that distributes 1000 SydEth token to each member. Nick […]
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1st Lisk Australia meetup at USYD

October 26, 2017
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I tagged along with a friend of mine Sanjev to the first Australian Lisk meetup at the University of Sydney a few days ago. I had heard of the basics of Lisk and read the whitepaper but getting in front of people and asking a whole bunch of questions meant that I could 10x my knowledge in 2 hrs rather than 2 days of reading. Daniel Vassilev is the Australian ambassador for Lisk and has spent some time in Berlin to discuss the future of the project and learn more about the team. There was an open bar tab and of course the obligatory pizza offering which always brings the crowd. In a nutshell, Lisk is a platform that has it’s own blockchain allowing anyone to create their own blockchain called a side chain and run their own applications. Blockchain designers and architectures can customise any facet of the blockchain such as the consensus algorithm, the confirmation time, create their own tokens, their own “ICO” and a whole bunch more. It is very flexible.   Lisk ICO’d last year in Feb for $5.7 million US and will release their SDK next month. They ICO’d at $0.07 and now its$5! Below […]
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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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Wellington Blockchain Meetup Oct 2017

October 5, 2017
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As Christmas draws near, the Wellington community came out in force for another blockchain meetup. This month we had a number of speakers from the community sharing their experiences in the blockchain world. I kicked things off with a talk on how I put my land title on the blockchain. Jose Higino shared his experience with Steemit, the blockchain platform where content creators can paid and the content is locked on the chain. Find Jose’s presentation notes, on Steemit of course, here. Tim Goggin talked about his experience of seeing how the state of Illinois are promoting grassroots communities and collaboration in the blockchain space with the launch of the Chicago Blockchain Center. See: US Government Supports Launch of New Chicago Blockchain Center Our final speaker Hamish MacEwan gave a hands on demonstration on an array of hardware wallets. In particular, Hamish show how paper wallets and the ledger nano works. Afterwards, we had the usual networking session also. Thanks to Jose, Tim and Hamish for contributing. I’m sure everyone managed to find something to suit their taste and walked away learning something new. Thanks again to BizDojo for hosting and see everyone next month.
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The Inaugural Wellington Executive Blockchain Breakfast

September 15, 2017
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The tag line was “We couldn’t let Auckland have all the fun!”, so this morning the Blockchain Association of NZ (BANZ) hosted an executive breakfast in Wellington CBD. It turned out to be an amazing opportunity to get together at a different time and under different circumstances…. breakfast, the most important meal of the day! BANZ had been hosting breakfast events in Auckland for ~6 months if not more, but as awareness, education and adoption continues to grow, the idea is to take this concept to other cities around NZ. The audience was certainly different, the conversations more intimate and discussions deeper. There were 10 of us there at Trade Kitchen which had a private room for the occasion. There were a great mix of people with backgrounds in law, business development, IT, students and representation from government also. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I’m sure the next one will even bigger and better. Stay tuned!  
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Wellington Blockchain Meetup August 2017

August 9, 2017
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After an interesting couple of weeks where the invention of another bitcoin, BitcoinCash or BCH arrived on the scene, the Wellington community turned out to talk bitcoin and blockchains again. It was another good solid turn out where just under 50 people participated with around 70% of them first timers which was great to see. Sean presented a project where he learnt how to write “stuff” to the blockchain and read data back out. This was put into a use case in the accounting concept where if transactions are done on the blockchain, which means the data is on the blockchain, then why don’t we do accounting on the blockchain? Next, Paul from BlockchainLabs shared the work they are doing with Xero and bitcoin integration. Then our main speaker was beamed in from Palmerston North. Bruce Thomson gave a great entertaining and humorous talk about his crypto adventures much of which you can read here. His talk was met with laughter at some of the crazy things he did. Depositing money for “furniture”, getting stuck between a rock (Inland Revenue) and a hard place (his accountant), and sleeping on the floor on the night bus from Auckland back down to […]
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Meeting Bruce Thomson

August 5, 2017
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In preparation for next weeks meeting where we’ll be beaming in Bruce Thomson as a guest speaker to the Wellington Blockchain meetup we pre-tested the technology and connectivity. What was suppose to be a short 10 minute test ended up as an amazing 60 minute conversation where Bruce talked about his background working as a contractor in his earlier years and being prudent enough to buy gold as part of his portfolio, his ah ha moment when he saw the shift from using slide rules to a 4 function calculator and his interest in Singularity. Bruce talked about the 6 D’s of technology distruption. Digitization, deception, disruption, demonetization, dematerialization, and democratization and how cryptocurrencies follow the same pattern. Bruce also shared some amazing stories trying to convert his gold to cash in order to buy crypto and how he actually bought the crypto. Here is his article for some background reading: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/92329364/palmerston-north-retiree-makes-a-mint-ditching-gold-for-cryptocurrency Look forward to his talk next Tuesday. If you are in the area, feel free to drop by. Details at: https://www.meetup.com/Blockchain-Wellington/events/242044728/  
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Wellington Blockchain Meetup July 2017

July 12, 2017
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Just under 70 people turned out on a cold winters night at Bizdojo to the Wellington blockchain meetup on Wednesday night. It was the meetup’s biggest turn out to date. This month was a little different with Mark Pascall giving a detailed talk on “A beginners guide to wallets, buying bitcoin/ether and trading tokens”. Stephen Nicholas chipped in around taxation as well. It was just under 90 minutes covering all sorts of topics ranging from the different types of cryptocurrency wallets, to exchanges, tokens and ICOs. There were great questions and also valuable contributions from audience members. In particular, beware of scammers that buy domain names with slightly different spelling to legitimate exchanges and ask for users private keys. Thanks to BizDojo and BlockchainLabs once again!
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