Bitcoin is back! Not only has bitcoin successfully survived “crypto winter” but it has done so in style. Year-to-date, the price of bitcoin is up by over 175 percent, and its community is growing stronger than ever, which can be witnessed by the sheer number of bitcoin meetups taking place across the globe.
Bitcoin Meetups Have Grown Despite Crypto Winter
According to data compiled by Meetup.com, there are almost 1.7 million members taking part in over 4,700 bitcoin and cryptocurrency meetup groups in over 1,000 cities in 116 countries. This is a substantial jump in both the number of meetup groups and attendees compared to 18 months ago.
In early January 2018, at the height of the altcoin boom, there were “only” 3,727 groups with around 960,000 registered bitcoin meetup group members on Meetup.com.
Therefore, in the last 18 months, we have been able to witness an over 25 percent growth in local meetup groups and almost a doubling of the number of meetup groups members and attendees. This shows that while the 2018 crypto winter may have “flushed out” a few retail investors who lost money by jumping on the crypto bandwagon too late, the number of people who want to take part in the cryptocurrency community actively is higher than ever.
Every week, there are people who are getting together to discuss the latest developments in the community, brainstorm new ideas on how to tackle current challenges, make new business or personal connections and, of course, teach newcomers about how crypto and the blockchain.
Bitcoin meetups can range from informal weekly get-togethers to discuss topics such as mining, investing or technological developments to larger events with industry leaders taking part as guest speakers.
When bitcoin first started to gain traction in 2010 and 2011, bitcoin was very much a grassroots movements and small meetups – usually composed of only a handful of people – played an integral role in helping to grow the community to what has become a multi-billion dollar industry today.
While the first-ever bitcoin conference, the Bitcoin Conference and World Expo, was held in August 2011 in New York, local meetups have been taking place long before that.
Top 12 Most Active Crypto Meetup Cities
It will probably come as little to no surprise that the biggest bitcoin meetup hotspots are found in some of the most popular bitcoin trading hubs across the globe.
Ranked by the number of meetup.com bitcoin groups members, the most active cryptocurrency communities are located in Singapore, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Bangalore, Zurich, Buenos Aires, Paris, Amsterdam, Seoul, London, and Hong Kong.
A list of the biggest bitcoin meetup groups (by the number of members) can be found below:
- Singapore: Ethereum Singapore (8,149 members)
- New York: BitcoinNYC (8,146 members), NYC Ethereum (7,014 members), CryptoCircle a Social Bitcoin Meetup (5,749 members), Blockchain NYC – Blockchain | AI | Data Science (5,058 members)
- Toronto: TorontoStarts (8,035 members)
- San Francisco: San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup (7,874 members), Blockchain Founder Club SF/SV (7,148 members), Decentralized SF (DCSF) Blockchain Developer Group (6,292 members), SF Ethereum Developers (5,021 members)
- Bangalore, India: In Crypto We Trust – InstaCrypto (7,418 members)
- Zürich: Bitcoin Meetup Switzerland (7,395 members)
- Buenos Aires: Bitcoin Argentina (7,382 members)
- Paris: Coinhouse Store Events (6,652 members), Bitcoin Paris (5,834 members)
- Amsterdam: Bitcoin Wednesday Amsterdam (6,546 members)
- Seoul: Seoul Ethereum Meetup (6,242 members),
- London: Coinscrum (6,189 members), Blockchain & Smart Contract Innovators (4,789 members)
- Hong Kong: Bitcoin HK (5,635 members), Genesis Block HK (2,958 members)
If you are looking to attend a bitcoin meetup to learn more about digital currencies, smart contract or the blockchain, check out the bitcoin meetups section on the social network Meetup.com to find the ones closest to you. Click here to learn more about other blockchain and crypto related meetup groups.