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What is Bitcoin Pizza Day?
Bitcoin Pizza Day is a crypto community holiday, celebrating the famous first transaction with a cryptocurrency – bitcoin. Eight years ago on May 22nd, 2010, a man named Laszlo Hanyecz purchased two Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000 BTC.
Yes. We said 10,000 bitcoins.
Today, those bitcoins would be worth tens of millions of dollars. But regardless of the value of those bitcoins, Hanyecz did a monumental thing on that day in 2010. He made the first documented purchase of goods with a cryptocurrency.
Keep in mind he did not pay Papa Johns directly. Rather, he made a post to one of the most popular bitcoin forums of the time, Bitcoin Talk. He asked the community members to order a pizza for him, in exchange for his bitcoins. His post said this:
“I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I’m aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don’t have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a ‘breakfast platter’ at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you’re happy!”
The not-so-common way of ordering a pizza was a historical event in the cryptocurrency space. It is a story most community members know and enjoy. Now we have commemorated the day he sent his bitcoin, and a user by the name of “jercos” bought a pizza and delivered it to his house, as Pizza Day.
Bitcoin and Open Blockchain (BOB) Community Meetup of Chicago
As we said above, this day is a special one to those involved with crypto. In Chicago, there is a booming blockchain community. The Bitcoin and Open Blockchain (BOB) Community Meetup of Chicago is a headliner in the space, and has helped grow the community from a couple people, to hundreds in a matter of years.
Hannah Rosenberg is the organizer of the event. She is huge part of why this event took place, and also why the Chicago community has grown. (Check out our interview with her here!)
BOB hosts a lot of events in the Chicago area, ranging from full-on learning to simple socials, as well as great talks with big players in blockchain (see some of those Blockchain WTF’s covered here). They are a friendly community who hopes to spread the word to newcomers, and strengthen the community for those already involved.
Chicago community celebrations
BOB does a monthly social meetup, where people can come, socialize, and discuss all thing blockchain and cryptocurrency. This month, of course, they had to do their meetup on Bitcoin Pizza Day. And with what to eat? PIZZA of course! As the meetup page for this event states,
“Whether you’re new to the Bitcoin/blockchain scene or a seasoned expert, our evening social is an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and hangout somewhere fun in Chicago. No formal presentations or formal speakers. It’s a night about food, drinks, and socializing.”
The event had over 150 people attend at a bar just north of downtown Chi-town. For us at Blockchain WTF, the event was fantastic and one of the greatest ways to celebrate a day that will forever be in crypto and bitcoin history. Channel 2 News of Chicago was even there covering the event.
Blockchain WTF is also Chicago-based, and we sponsored the event! Below you can find a series of photos from us.
If you are interested in visiting us at a future meetup, be sure to check out the Bitcoin and Open Blockchain (BOB) Community meetup page here!