As a member of Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Centre (http://www.meetup.com/BitcoinMelbourne/) I was invited to speak at another meetup last night, Melbourne Mobile. http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/1/3/b/a/highres_448625050.jpeg (That’s me up front ).
Anyway, my talk gave some context for the crypto revolution, included Bitcoin, introduced the notion of distributed, P2P file systems not depending on blockchains, then delivered an outline of the Safenetwork. The message was that mobile devs should start to build an understanding of the emerging crypto space and in particular start to think about how they will integrate their apps with Safenetwork, consider Safenetwork as a completely new distribution venue and the value proposition of Safecoin.
While the audience was great, receptive, well-considered in their questions, etc, the general lack of awareness of crypto, even of Bitcoin, really surprised me. This was a professional group of mostly working devs. Almost without exception they develop native apps. They are quite sophisticated generally. Only about 5% had any real knowledge at all of what’s happening in crypto and the notion of a server-less world was very perplexing to all of them (quite understandably). So, my big take-away from the experience is the size of the gap between us insiders and everybody else, even tech professionals.
As part of my community work, I’m intending to try to take Safenetwork and P2P generally to other professional groups, with a focus on devs. This is difficult, because we still can’t really demonstrate a whole lot, so it’s really about potentiating the developer community so that when we can really start deploying, we’re not starting from scratch.
So, any suggestions on what to tell people at this stage, how to tell it, example stories, etc to help me make my presentations more engaging would be greatly appreciated.