CoinFest 2020 Runs March 30th to April 5th in Decentraland

CoinFest 2020, a virtual cryptocurrency conference, is taking place from March 30th to April 5th, 2020 within the blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland.

But, before we get to that, I have a bone to pick with one of the crypto news organizations that is covering this event. Let me rant.

The CoinTelegraph cryptocurrency news website actually used the following image to illustrate an article titled Crypto Conference Defies COVID-19 Lockdown by Hosting in Virtual Realm:

What the in name of sweet minty Jesus is this?!?? Somebody needs to inform the folks at CoinTelegraph that this is a pandemic, and not some goddamned mix-and-mingle cocktail party with face masks added as the latest trendy fashion accessory. The tone-deafness of this is absolutely astounding, and frankly I find it offensive.

The accompanying article states:

The COVID-19 crisis may have put a stop to millions of sports events, work conferences and meet-ups across the world, but it has not halted those in the cryptocurrency space.

The Coinfest Conference, which runs until April 4, has found a way to defy the coronavirus lockdown by setting up shop in the digital blockchain realm of Decentraland. 

The first day of the virtual conference kicked off on March 30th, beginning with a round of games that offered users the chance to win MANA tokens — one of Decentraland’s native currencies.

All right, now that I have gotten that off my chest, let’s get back to the actual conference itself.

You can get free tickets for Coinfest here, as well as see a complete schedule of events taking place.

All events take place at the Meeting Center at the Decentraland Conference Center (that last link should take you directly there, although you might have to set up an avatar first if you’ve never visited before). The owner and operator of the Conference Center, Carl Fravel, has provided a guide to getting started in Decentraland.

Carl himself will be giving a presentation at Coinfest at 6:30 p.m. UTC (11:30 a.m. Pacific Time) in Saturday, April 4th, on the topic Decentraland – A Virtual World on the Blockchain. And, if you like, you can join in the party which starts at 5:00 p.m. UTC at this location.

See you there!

The Decentraland Conference Center Has Its Grand Opening This Weekend, Feb. 29th and March 1st, 2020

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The Decentraland Conference Center

Carl Fravel, who from the very beginning of the Decentraland project has been a tireless evangelist for the blockchain-based platform, announced today that one of his key projects, the Decentraland Conference Center, is having a grand opening celebration this weekend:

Come see the Grand Opening of the Decentraland Conference Center!

• Live Music with DJ Rosa
• Guided tours of the facilities
• Office Hours, door prizes raffle

Welcome Party, Live DJ Music at the Cafe
(Turn on your audio for the music)
Sat 10am-Noon PST =  Noon-2PM CST = 6-8PM UTC
Sun 3-5pm PST = 5=7pm CST = 11pm-1am UTC

(A tech note: we’ll be using &realm=hermes-xanthic)

Tours of the Conference Center
Saturday Noon PST = 2pm CST = 8pm UTC
Sunday 5pm PST = 7pm CST = 1am UTC


Decentraland Conference Center
Main Entrance if you arrive here, walk north and north east to get to the Patio and Cafe
Unity Café Patio, direct link to the opening party.  Live DJ Music sessions
Conference Center Information Office
Conference Center Map and teleport links

Other locations:

Information Center
Unity Museum 
Commercial Facilities demo
Corporate Complex
Small Amphitheater
Grand Theater
Meeting and Expo Center
Meditation Garden 
Large Amphitheater
CyberMike’s Showcase
Lotus Temple
Back to the Café

 Office Hours – Facilities, Capabilities, Rentals, Q&A
At the Conference Center Information Center
Sat 2-4pm PST = 4-6pm CST = 10pm-Midnight UTC
Sun 7-9pm PST = 9-11pm CST = 3am-5am UTC Mon

If you are interested in learning more about the vision and mission of the Decentraland Conference Center, you can start here.

Decentraland opened its doors to the general public on Feb. 20th, 2020. If you need step-by-step instructions on how to get started in Decentraland, here they are. See you there this weekend!