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BPUK aims to bring together the community, policymakers, environmentalists, businesses, energy producers, and Bitcoiners to explore how we might utilise this groundbreaking technology to support UK households, businesses, and our communities in a sustainable and innovative way.
Our work covers three key pillars:
Mining and Sustainability
What BPUK has been up to this summer:
July and August were busy and eventful months for BPUK.
We met with energy, policy, environmental and data protection representatives, as well as attending several events across the UK.
The BPUK podcast, hosted by Kaitlyn Prince, has officially launched. You can watch the first episode and subscribe here:
FCA Guidance Consultation
Freddie New, Head of Policy, held meetings with several UK Bitcoin businesses to gather direct feedback on the FCA's upcoming financial promotions regulations. These impose certain restrictions on Bitcoin businesses and their ability to market themselves.
The piece has now been published, you can read it in full here: https://www.bitcoinpolicy.uk/post/bpuk-response-to-fca-guidance-consultation-gc23-1
The policy team meets with policy makers, businesses and thought leaders on an ongoing basis to gather feedback and educate them about the opportunities that Bitcoin presents.
Electronic Transactions Association
The team was asked to contribute to a briefing given by the Electronic Transactions Association to provide guidance on the Bolt Card, the Lightning network, and its integration into the Nostr protocol via Zaps.
Mining and Sustainability
Bitcoin Beach Retreat
Susie Violet Ward, Head of Mining and Sustainability, spoke at the Bitcoin Beach Retreat in Wales, where she gave two talks. One was about BPUK’s goals and vision, and the second talk was about CBDCs and Bitcoin in general, educating visitors on how the community can help out.
Bitcoin Policy UK advisor, Russel Rukin, was also in attendance and gave a talk about home mining and how people can get involved in the industry.
We are still crowdfunding for our Geyser Mining Project
You can contribute here: https://geyser.fund/project/bpukminingandsustainability
Bitcoin Mining Articles
Susie was also busy writing about Bitcoin, the mining industry, and the power of decentralisation in her City A.M. columns. We featured all of them in our media sections below!
July and August were a busy months for the Next Gen team, run by Krista Edmunds.
Training the Next Generation - Mi Primer Bitcoin (My First Bitcoin)
We’re delighted to announce that BPUK has become a node for the open-source Mi Primer Bitcoin (My First Bitcoin) program that was created and launched in El Salvador.
We have committed to delivering the program to 50 kids in the first 180 days via our first cohort of UK teachers who will be teaching the program in their communities from September onwards. This first cohort of teachers will be trained by a UK teacher who has delivered the program twice. You can read the piece he wrote on his experience here.
Ask me Anything - What you need to know to work in Bitcoin
Sign up for the session here.
27th September, 19:00-20:00 UK, we will host a YouTube livestream AMA with Neil Woodfine, the founder of British Bitcoin eSports company Dustup. Dustup makes esports tournaments simpler and more accessible. By automating registrations, check-ins, scoring, and bracket management, organisers are free to focus on growing their communities and streaming their competitions. Integrated Bitcoin payments provide an instant and global collection of entry fees and prize distribution here.
This session is an opportunity for those looking to work in the Bitcoin industry to gain an insight into how a Bitcoin business operates and the skill sets you need to work for a Bitcoin company.
Additional Events and Media Appearances
Susie appeared on GB News to discuss CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) and their potential impact.
The Future of Money
Susie was attendance at the ‘What is the Future of Money’ event in Liverpool.
The Great Crypto Debate
Susie attended the ‘The Great Crypto Debate: A Future Ecosystem of Digital Currencies in the UK’, an event organised by the Digital Pound Foundation.
Bitcoin Mining - Daniel Batten
Susie attended a session run by Daniel Batten on Bitcoin Mining using landfill gas.
The Payments Association’s Insights Webinar
Susie participated in a webinar by the Payments Association, where there was heavy discussion around CBDCs but very little about coverage on Bitcoin.
As many of you know Susie writes a regular column for City A.M.
You can read her latest pieces here:
Freddie New, Head of Policy, was announced as a Speaker at Bitcoin Amsterdam.
Susie Violet Ward, Head of Mining and Sustainability, was announced as a Speaker at Bitcoin Amsterdam.
Buy tickets for Bitcoin Amsterdam
If you want to meet them in person or experience what a Bitcoin conference looks like, head over to the Bitcoin Amsterdam website and book a ticket.
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