This weekend many bitcoin cash supporters gathered in Japan for the Bitcoin Unlimited event, Satoshi’s Vision Conference. The three-day conference was filled with synergy as the event was the largest bitcoin-centric conference to-date in Tokyo.
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System
Over the last three days, an event was held in Tokyo Japan aiming to bolster the adoption growth of bitcoin cash (BCH) and on-chain scaling called Satoshi’s Vision Conference (SVC). The event was hosted by the Master of Ceremonies Taariq Lewis, the founder of Aquila, and saw many special guests including Bitcoin Unlimited’s Peter Rizun and Andrew Stone, Bitcoin ABC’s Amaury Sechet, Nchain’s Craig Wright, the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute’s Daniel Krawisz, Centbee’s Lorien Gamaroff, and many more bitcoin cash evangelists.
The night before the event saw an extremely large BCH Tokyo Meetup at the bar Good Heavens which was so packed there was another bar across the street to attend to the overflow. The following day Satoshi’s Vision began with registration and talk by Jerry Chan the president of SBI Holdings subsidiary SBI Bits. Chan greeted the crowd with a speech about how individuals can make bitcoin cash the best money in the world and how SBI Bits is helping fuel the cryptocurrency landscape.
Following Chan’s opening talk participants listened to Daniel Krawisz discuss how BCH proponents can entice him to support BCH alongside how they can entice others as well. Basically, Krawisz describes what would entice him to split his old UTXOs and sell BTC for BCH. Krawisz explains some of the key methods of persuasion:
“Investment is like survival — The key to success is convincing people who are paying attention that BCH will survive. Whatever is going on around here a long time from now, BCH will probably still be part of that mess.”
Participants also saw Cornell professor Emin Gün Sirer talk about scaling bitcoin x100000, Bitcoin.com’s Emil Oldenburg discuss colored coins, and other guests like the founder of Yours.org Ryan X Charles, and bitcoin XT developer Tom Harding among other on-chain scaling evangelists throughout the afternoon. Alongside that, the audience listened to a panel discussion which talked about tokens and colored coins, another hot subject right now within the BCH community. Following the day of speakers, BCH fans met up for another social held by the Bitcoin Cash Fund.
The following day saw great talks by the BCH Tokyo co-founder Ken Shishido, Bitcoin Unlimited’s Andrew Stone and Peter Rizun, as well as Bitcoin ABC’s lead developer Amaury Sechet, talk about the future of bitcoin cash. Bitcoin.com’s CEO Roger Ver told the crowd how BCH can increase economic freedom worldwide.
“We’ve heard about a lot of people that were involved in what used to be a digital currency mock the idea of using it as a currency,”
Ver explains talking about how core supporters don’t respect that bitcoin was made to be a currency and why he thinks bitcoin cash is the closest to Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper and the true intentions of bitcoin.
“But I think the people in this room are excited about digital currencies, not ‘store of value’ currencies that don’t work very well at storing value if they’re not being used as a currency.”
That evening SVC guests were invited to a special dinner hosted by Calvin Ayre’s firm, Coingeek, a strong supporter of bitcoin cash and on-chain scaling. On the last day of the event, attendees listened to Christina Storey who discussed how to be a “good investor” and a talk by Josh Ellithorpe on the bitcoin cash integration at Coinbase and the intricate steps the firm took to make it as smooth as possible for users. After lunch participants heard from Open Bazaar developer Chris Pacia and how his team is building an online decentralized marketplace. At the end of the discussion, Pacia noted that “Satoshi may or may not be speaking after me” just before Dr. Craig Wright entered the room to the Metallica song ‘Enter Sandman.’
Dr. Wright talked about the many things the community can expect from him and the blockchain company Nchain, such as research findings and studies on bitcoin and scaling the network. Further Dr. Wright delved into a slideshow touching on bitcoin network topology and small world vs mesh. However, he got the crowd really fired up when he stated:
“Bitcoin is all I work on, bitcoin is my life — For the next 10, 20, 30 years, bitcoin is all I will work on — My goal is for five billion people to use bitcoin daily.”
At the end of SVC, many participants said goodbye to the people they met for the first time in person and new friends who supported BCH. The last presentation had a panel discussion on bolstering bitcoin cash adoption and getting BCH on every phone worldwide.
Overall the event was a great success in the beautiful city of Tokyo, and it seems there is a very strong force behind BCH here in Japan. If you missed out on attending Satoshi’s Vision in Japan or didn’t catch the live stream you can still watch the entire SVC event here, and individual presentations can be found here.