Bitcoin Tour Colombia 2016: Venezuelans and Colombians Met to Learn About Bitcoin’s Benefits

This past Saturday, August 27th Bitcoin Tour Colombia held its first event in Cucuta, it was part of a series that were organized across several cities including Bogota, Medellin and concluding in Cucuta located in the north of the border with Venezuela.

This initiative was formed by a collaboration of diverse local Bitcoiners lead by Arley Lozano (Vakano) who is a passionate fan of Bitcoin who was inspired by his experiences abroad in the Bitcoin space wanted to spread knowledge of Bitcoin in Colombia.

The announcement was met with great enthusiasm by the local Bitcoin community in part because of the close proximity of the events to the border which made it easy for Venezuelan Bitcoiners to attend. This activity allowed the attendees to share their ideas, knowledge, and doubts about Bitcoin.

The event kicked off with Arley Lozano the organizer of the event who began with an introduction of what is Bitcoin, how transactions are broadcast on the Bitcoin blockchain, how to create a wallet for the first time. He also addressed several attendees who were victims of recent ponzi schemes using bitcoin, emphasizing that Bitcoin is not a pyramid based system nor an investment program. Bitcoin is a decentralized network where anyone can use it directly without the need of a third party.

Notably, the event had international participants including, Linda Martinez, known as BTCwoman a leading voice in the Venezuelan Bitcoin community who explained a series of services and applications that can be used for the development of web and commercial projects with Bitcoin. The event also counted with the special appearance of Virgilio Lizardo Jr., Head of International at Bitbank. Who during his presentation explained the evolution of Bitcoin in China as well as expressing the desire to gather information on the needs of the Latin American market to support the community, Bitcoin education, and to introduce the various services offered by Bitbank including Bitcoin finance and mining.

Final Thoughts

The Bitcoin Tour Colombia was a total success, having reached its objectives of bringing together the local communities in the most influential cities for Bitcoin in Colombia, providing educational support about what is Bitcoin and how it works, warning the community about pyramid schemes and engaging Venezuelan Bitcoiners located in the border areas. Finally, BitcoinTour Colombia aims to be the first point of reference that motivates others to organize events that promote the Bitcoin movement in the region.

Bitcoin Tour Colombia was made possible thanks to many collaborators and sponsors including Bitcoin Colombia, Bitbank, Panda Servers, Product Hunt, ATELIS,, DarWinos,, Analema Café, AirBitz, Ledger Wallet, RSK Labs, McCormick Bakery and Fátima Beer.

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Source and original author: Linda Martinez