Last week I participated in the 5th edition of the Latin American Bitcoin Conference. I have attended all five of them, in Buenos Aires (2013 and 2016), Rio de Janeiro (2014), Mexico City (2015) and now Bogotá, Colombia.
First of all, I really like the idea of a travelling conference: every year the conference takes place in another Latin American city. As it was started and is still mainly organised by Argentinians, Buenos Aires already hosted it twice, but that will stay an exception. This concept connects and strengthens the various Latin American communities. And for us gringos it provides a good excuse to visit a new interesting country each year.
The LaBitConf team around Rodolfo Andragnes has a fine taste for selecting the right speakers and panelists, not only from Latin America, but also from the USA, China and Europe. There is no conference with such a high percentage of top notch speakers.
But what makes LaBitConf special is the experience beyond the conference: all those wine and coffee tasting, parties, receptions and excursion. They always try to connect their guests with specialities of the localculture. So of course we went to a Lucha Libre in Mexico, played Futebol (pronounced: Foo – tchee – bough) at the beach in Rio and saw a great tango performance in Buenos Aires.
This year we went to an amazing Colombian musicshow in the Gaira club. There was also some excellent Colombian food, but we were too busy dancing between the tables. This show was followed by a Karaoke, accompanied by a live band – a tradition that was started in Buenos Aires last year and continued in Bogotá.
My performance at last year’s Karaoke gained me the honour to be one of LaBitConf’s MC. I announced many of the speakers and panelists and had to entertain the audience while the video and sound system did not work because of a power cut.
More about that tomorrow…