Dogecoin Founder, Enthusiasts Set For San Francisco Convention

Stan Higgins
Apr 16, 2014 at 22:16 UTC
Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 10:39 UTC

Dogecoin creator Jackson Palmer is set to headline ‘Dogecon SF’ in San Francisco, an upcoming gathering presented by Follow The Coin in partnership with Palmer and the Dogecoin Foundation.

The 25th April event will celebrate the short but dramatic history of the altcoin. Beginning at 4pm, Dogecon SF will feature food, fun, panel discussions and opportunities to win some dogecoin. Entry is free, although donations are encouraged.

Palmer told CoinDesk that the evening of all things shibe embodies everything positive about the dogecoin community:

“Dogecoin is based, at its core, around a passionate community of users who are a fine example of how generosity and light-heartedness can prevail on the often mean-spirited internet. Dogecon is an extension of that community drive, and my hope is that it’ll bring together shibes for a night of crypto-education, discussion and a heap of fun.”

An event for every shibe

A number of speakers are set to appear at the convention, billed as the largest dogecoin gathering yet.

Litecoin creator Charlie Lee will join Palmer for a “fireside chat”. Dogetipbot co-founder David Dvorak and Doge4Water creator Eric Nakagawa will lead a panel discussion focusing on the community’s charity efforts.

Andreas Antonopoulos, the bitcoin evangelist and author of the forthcoming book ‘Mastering Bitcoin’, will lead a talk entitled ‘Currency As A Language: Understanding value in a world of thousands of currency publishers’.

Following the panels, Dogecon SF will break into full-on party mode, with games and events that offer free dogecoins to lucky winners. Said Palmer:

“We’ll have pizza, beer, a DJ and even a best dressed content where I’ll award the finest dressed shibe with a whopping 100k DOGE.”

San Francisco’s Adam’s Grub Truck will serve refreshments.

Convention highlights dogecoin community

Palmer told CoinDesk that he hopes people who don’t know much about digital currencies attend Dogecon SF, and that one of the successes of dogecoin has been its attraction for those previously unfamiliar with the concept.

“We’re attracting and bringing in an entirely new demographic of users who mostly haven’t dealt with cryptocurrency before. All cryptocurrencies need to start reaching a wider circle of users, if they ever expect to see mass adoption.”

Dogecoin enthusiasts have grown steadily in number since the digital currency’s launch. This list includes reddit CEO Yishan Wong.

Earlier this month, a gathering of shibes was held at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

Image via Dogecoin Wiki