CoinFest History

CoinFest started in 2013 as a relatively small gathering of 100 or so Bitcoiners, celebrating the adoption of Bitcoin at a Waves Coffee House in Vancouver.

By 2014, CoinFest was growing in popularity, and that year it took a new direction: CoinFest spread across Canada and now internationally, exemplifying the border-defying and decentralized nature of crypto.

In 2016 CryptoBatesGroup brought CoinFest to the UK for the first time. Hosted and organised by Adam Rizvi and held in Manchester, the event attracted more than 200 people. The CoinFestUK 2017 event was hosted on April 7th & 8th 2017 at the Manchester Conference Centre. The event was a great success and was very well received. We hosted 5 workshops, 19 speakers and 11 exhibitions and had visitors from around the world.

Now our CoinFestUK 2018 approaches, exciting times!


CoinFestUK hosts a range of workshops aimed at all levels of enthusiast. We have beginner bitcoin workshops, mining education workshops, trading workshops, hardware wallet workshops and ethereum token workshops


At CoinFestUK we host a range of exhibitions from a diverse range of projects and companies. Learn about projects from around the world, buy some crypto collectibles, meet new and established teams and talk to developers.

Speaker Presentations

CoinFestUK host speakers from around the world. Our event isn’t focused on a particular cryptocurrency or project so hosts a diverse range of speakers covering a wide range of topics.


In-between speakers and workshops crypto focused activities will keep you busy! These will take place throughout the event.

We will have a few activities announced before the event (They will be included on this site) but will also be keeping some secret for the event!

Our 2018 Event

Venue location

Finding the venue and local information: Local Information (External Site)

Google Map directions from Manchester Piccadilly station, see our Google Map here (External Site)

Venue address:

Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB (External Site)


External Site (parkopedia): https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/m1_3bb/  (External Site)

Parking spaces can also be found on : https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/ – Enter the venue postcode (M1 3BB) to find the nearest available spaces (External Site)

2018 Speaker Schedule

(Speakers hosted in the Pioneer Theater)

CoinFestUK will be held at the Manchester Conference Centrethe venue address is: Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

Our event will open at 09:30

Theo Goodman – “Crypto Art – FOMO or F*ck it?” – 10:30 – 11:30

phasebox.io – “Future of Blockchain in the Music Industry” – 13:00 – 13:30

Gavin Brown – 14:00 – 15:00

B2Expand – “Gaming on Ethereum” – 15:30 – 16:30

International Google Hangout with CoinFests around the world – 17:00 – 21:00

Entertainment from the awesome “CryptoRaptor” – 21:15 – 22:00

Our event will open at 09:00

William Hern – “The Mysteries of Satoshi Nakamoto” – 9:30 – 10:30

Danny Brewster – “Why building is more exciting than the price” – 11:00 – 12:00

EthBits – “Market Manipulation and Copy Trading” – 13:30 -14:30

Dr. Dominik Thor – “Revolutionising the protection of intellectual property through Blockchain technology” – 15:00 – 15:30

Bitcore – “Technical overview in Altcoins : Bitcore v.s. Bitcoin” – 16:00 – 16:30

Crypto Panel Discussion – 17:00 – 19:00

International Google Hangout with CoinFests around the world – 19:00 – 21:00

Entertainment from the awesome “BitcoinRat” – 21:15 – 22:30

Our event will open at 09:00

Crown – “A decentralised cloud server platform” – 9:30 – 10:30

BitcoinRat – “The Bitcoin Rat, and the #bitworldtour – making bitcoin Fun.” – 11:00 – 11:30

Biyan Mienert – “Need and Chances of Crypto Regulation” – 13:00 -13:30

Mohamed EL KANDR – “Solving the scalability dilemma to enable highly performant Blockchain enterprise applications” – 14:00 – 14:30

rloop – “The Power of Crowdsourced Engineering” – 15:00 – 15:30

HackerFantastic “A Blockchain Quest” – 16:00 – 16:45

Glen Goodman – “How to Make Money Trading Cryptocurrency” – 17:00 – 18:00

The event will end at 18:30

2018 Workshop Schedule

(Hosted in Conference Room 6 & 7)

Conference Room 6

Blockchain Manchester  –  How to mint a ERC20 “CoinFestUK” token on the ETH Blockchain – 14:30 – 16:00

Conference Room 7

Portsmouth Crypto –  Bitcoin Basics – 10:00 – 12:00

Colmore FX –  Learn to trade crypto – 15:30 – 17:00

Conference Room 6

Glynn Bird – Intro to Blockchain Smart Contracts and Distributed Databases – 11:00 – 14:00

Conference Room 7

Portsmouth Crypto –  Bitcoin Basics – 10:00 – 12:00

Joe – InspiringCoUK – Lifting the Bonnet  – 13:00 – 15:00

Colmore FX –  Learn to trade crypto – 15:30 – 17:00

Conference Room 6

Blockchainers.uk – What is next for blockchain? – 11:30 – 12:30

Blockchain Manchester – How to mint a ERC20 “CoinFestUK” token on the ETH Blockchain – 14:30 – 16:00

Conference Room 7

Joe – InspiringCoUK – Lifting the Bonnet  – 13:00 – 15:00

Colmore FX –  Learn to trade crypto – 15:30 – 17:00

Discount Hotel Rooms

Should you need an hotel room for the night the venue is attached the Pendulum Hotel. CoinFestUK can offer discounted hotel rooms, you can book online at https://www.pendulumhotel.co.uk and use the offer code: DELEGATE

We encourage you to book your room early as we are expecting rooms to sell out.

We look forward to seeing you!

Venue Bar & Coffee Shop

The venue is situated in the heart of Manchester so has access to alot of local amenities. The venue also hosts a bar area and coffee shop

Coffee Shop Menu:


Venue bar menu


2018 Workshops

We will be hosting a range of free workshops for attendees, these will range from beginner bitcoin workshops, hardware wallet workshops, trading workshops and ethereum workshops.

Our workshops will be a first come, first serve basis. Due to the number of no-shows we had at our 2017 event we will be using this system for our 2018 event. Times of the workshops have been added to the schedule section above.

2018 MC

For 2018 event we have the awesome support of Chris Coney who will work as MC / Crypto panel host to help the event run smoother and keep everyone informed.

Chris is host of The Cryptoverse podcast and founder of Cryptoversity, the online school for cryptocurrency.

2018 Artists / Rappers

We will have awesome music (Including never heard before raps!) from CryptoRaptor  and BitcoinRat throughout the event. We are also excited to see another potential collaboration between these two!

“The Bitcoin Rat is in his sixth year in the bitcoin community and is now an experienced Musical Troubadour at bitcoin conferences. Ratty brings us his own blend of unique material around the themes of Love, Lust , Betrayal and bitcoin.”

CryptoArtGallery Integration

Following feedback from our 2017 CryptoArtGallery event we have decided to blend our art gallery into our 2018 event. We are currently talking with artists who wish to display their artwork at the event. Our current artists include:

Lynx Art Collection is proud to present limited Bitcoin artwork available in both Print and Canvas mediums. All prints are printed on a beautiful 10 point cardstock, similar to a postcard. Canvases are stretched and mounted around a wooden frame. All pieces are limited to just 21, 50, or 100 pieces worldwide, respectively, and each have their own individual retirement date. For more information, visit: https://lynxartcollection.com/

2018 Exhibitors

We are very excited to be hosting a range of exhibitors at our 2018 event, we have a diverse range of projects being showcased so make sure to meet each team and learn more.

2018 Activities

Our event will host a range of crypto activities including: A crypto-themed cash grabber with custom Bitcoin notes:- get the highest score of the day and win a prize. We will also be hosting a crypto-themed photo booth, a crypto raffle (Linked to a unique ID on your CoinFestUK ticket) and some other surprise activities!

We will have an exclusive activity for our 2018 ticket holders. Guess the combination, every 2018 ticket holder gets a free guess (each day) at the combination to our safe, if the price is won that day a new prize will placed in the safe for the next day.

Crypto Panel - Hosted by Chris Coney (Cryptoversity.com)

For our 2018 event we will be hosting a panel discussion, this panel discussion will take place on April 6th between 17:00 and 19:00. We are currently working on topics with the current lineup of panelist.

See our current panelist below

2018 Speakers

We have had an overwhelming amount of applications for speaker slots at our 2018 event, so we have had to make some tough decisions on who we can fit into our lineup. We don’t feel happy having to turn speakers away so we are hoping to add more space. Here is our current lineup

2018 Awesome Sponsors

Our event wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors! Thank you to all our sponsors, they have provided amazing support and guidance.

We would especially like to thank Ethbits for their headline sponsorship of our 2018 event! Ethbits have now supported both our 2017 event and 2018 event, they will also be exhibiting at our 2018 show, make sure to visit their exhibition.

2018 Media Partners

Helping us spread the word of CoinFestUK are our media partners, they have provided amazing support! Make sure to visit their sites and read up on the latest CoinFestUK articles.

For our 2018 event we will have an exclusive media partner. CoinJournal will have exclusive rights to the photography and videography taken by our team at the event

2018 Tickets

To claim your ticket please visit the link below. Remember tickets are free but aren’t compulsory but we prefer attendees to obtain a ticket so it makes management of the event easier.


Ticket System: https://coinfestuk.org/tkts/


If you RSVPd on our meetup.com event page and didn’t action our messages on claiming a ticket we will still honor your reservation, please get in touch.

The two main benefits to obtaining a ticket are:

  1. Securing a slot on our workshops
  2. Entry into our free raffle (See below for details)

Goodies included in our 2018 raffle are shown below. We would like to thank bitcoinshirt.co and inspiringcouk for their donations to our raffle!

Remember only ticket holders can be entered into our raffle! Each ticket will hold a unique ID. We have 3 raffles – One on April 6th and one on April 7th (and one after the event for a charity raffle),  the winners raffle ID will be displayed on the LCD screen at the ticket desk.

Amount of tickets claimed up to now

Our 2017 Event

Our 2017 event was very well received, thank you to everyone who supported us and attended! We had an amazing time, received great feedback (Which we have built upon for our 2018 event) and made some great connections. Our event lasted two days and was packed with workshop, speaker presentations, exhibitions and activities.

Here are some statistics from our 2017 event

CoinFestUK 2017 Speakers
CoinFestUK 2017 Exhibitors
CoinFestUK 2017 Workshops
CoinFestUK 2017 Visitors

Below are some photos from our 2017 event, taken across the two days we have some great shots! These aren’t high resolution photos (They have been reduced to save website load time) you can view the complete gallery of high resolution photos on our Google Gallery page here: https://goo.gl/photos/yeiv7b2JYt2GMm4x9

Have a question? Ask the CoinFestUK team