Cointelegraph hosts the world’s largest Bitcoin conferences.

As the bear market continues, the die-hards, evangelists, and Bitcoin believers keep pushing forward. In this week’s episode of Decentralize with Cointelegraph, reporter Joe Hall spoke with CEOs, key opinion leaders, and cryptographic visionaries at two of the world’s largest Bitcoin (BTC) conferences: Bitcoin 2023 in Miami, Florida, and BTC Prague in the Czech Republic.

Although BTC’s price has remained stubbornly below $30,000 in 2023, the Bitcoin 2023 conference attracted 15,000 Bitcoin enthusiasts near Miami Beach. In June, the inaugural BTC Prague event broke records with over 7,000 attendees in the Czech capital, eager to learn about and engage with Bitcoin.

Despite taking place on different continents and about two weeks apart, the conferences shared similar themes and discussion points. Bitcoiners exchanged thoughts on the future of Bitcoin inscriptions known as ordinals, and some expressed concerns about the growing “toxic” Bitcoin maximalism. However, both conferences aimed to promote greater Bitcoin adoption.

While Bitcoin and crypto still remain a niche interest for the general public, the fact that United States presidential candidates, major companies like eToro, and even Stanford professors participated in the discussions at Bitcoin 2023 could suggest the mainstream acceptance of Bitcoin and the crypto space.

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As Christian Anders, CEO of BTC.X, explained, “Attending a Bitcoin conference feels like being at a big Christmas dinner rather than just a conference.”

Ultimately, while the discussions focused on how to change the world using arguably better money in the form of Bitcoin, most Bitcoin advocates were simply excited to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. Obi Nwosu, CEO of Fedimint, shared with Cointelegraph:

“Everyone is full of energy, but also slightly exhausted. They’re exhausted because they’re so busy with all the building and the progress being made, with so much returning to Bitcoin or expanding on it.”

Indeed, in 2023, the Bitcoin economy is a diverse ecosystem that includes CEOs of companies building on Bitcoin with their own tokens, like Muneeb Ali, CEO of Trust Machines and co-creator of Stacks, as well as Daniel Fogg of IOV Labs and Rootstock.

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Listen to this week’s episode of Decentralize with Cointelegraph for an on-the-ground investigation into the brightest minds in Bitcoin.

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