The Bitcoin Conference: What A Difference A Year Makes Today

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What a difference a year makes.

The Bitcoin 2021 conference was my coming-out party as a Bitcoiner. Though I had been closely following Bitcoin since early 2013, career and family commitments had prevented me from becoming an “IRL” Bitcoiner up until that point. But that all changed last year when I hopped in our family minivan with another dad from my kids’ school, and started on the 18-hour drive from the Midwest to Miami last June.

As I headed to the conference with wide-eyed enthusiasm, I had a mission in mind as well. About six months earlier I’d started a tiny open-source project built around the idea that people could securely save and spend bitcoin using a device built with off-the-shelf electronic components and powered by free-and-open-source (FOSS) software.

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