Talking point: A Consumer’s Alternative BTC Conference Coming to NYC

A unique alternativeto the Bitcoin conference is due to get underway next month in New York.

The New York Bitcoin Fair will be held every weekend from 15 June andoffer a range of products and services which customers can use Bitcoin to payfor.

Organizers of the fairexplain that the main advantage of the event will be the absence of the “prohibitive” ticket prices associatedwith typical events. The weekly event will focus on retail with increasingeducation socially, however, rather than drawing on figures from the community.

Costs involved aresaid to be reduced as the fair will take place as part of the Hester StreetFair in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are available without charge or with anaccompanying goodie bag for US$10, but this fee is waived if the event isshared on social media.

Significant interest

Curiously, thosechoosing to pay for the goody bag ticket option are unable to do so in bitcoinsdue to the ticket merchant Uniiverse not having the facility to accept suchpayments. Customers are encouraged to write to Uniiverse to request thisoption.

Nevertheless, thesocial Bitcoin fair’s aims are high. A wide range of vendors are on offer, withthe hope of appealing to as wide a demographic as possible, while variousevents and information resources will help “brandBitcoin in the media as a tangible form of payment that can be used easily andsafely in person,” as per the official website.

The fair has alreadystruck a chord, with sponsorship coming from xCubicle, which designed thewebsite, as well as Blockchain.info and Bitpay.

While organizersintend to “use sponsorship funds to growthe Bitcoin community by educating newcomers/vendors and organizing socialevents to spur innovation,” with support coming from such names as these,it is clear that the event is more than simply an advanced flea market.

Tickets and furtherinformation about the fair can be found here

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