Bitcoin in New Orleans: News, Meetups & More (Updated Sept. 2018)

Bitcoin is a fast-growing technological game changer that is sweeping across the world and changing the way we do banking, business, and more. With all the recent headlines around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it can be hard to keep up with all that’s happening around the country, let alone in our fair city. So what does Bitcoin in New Orleans currently look like?

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New Orleans & Louisiana Bitcoin News

Bitcoin has come a long way since it was first used in local stores way back in 2014. The first Bitcoin ATM was installed by Pelicoin at Cafe Luna back in the early 2016, and New Orleans has seen an expansion in the cryptocurrency’s reach since those early days in our city. As a fast-changing technology that’s already demonstrated an impact in the Crescent City, Bitcoin continues to make headlines across the Big Easy and Louisiana to this day.

Huge Cryptocurrency Conference Coming to New Orleans in December 2018!
New Orleans is known for playing host to a number of top-notched crypto-conferences, including Crypto Lounge put on by the CryptoVixens at Collision 2018. Digital Currency Con hosts premier blockchain and cryptocurrency conferences, and luckily the next cryptocurrency conference takes place right here in New Orleans!

From December 3-4, conference goers can enjoy a number of great speakers, including multiple keynote presentations from top blockchain influencers as well as blockchain panel discussions with crypto industry leaders.

For more information on this 2018 crypto conference in New Orleans, check out Digital Currency Con’s website.

Norco Attracts One of the South’s Largest Cryptocurrency Operations

Norco, the tiny industrialized town located about 25 miles from New Orleans out in St. Charles Parish, has been selected as the site of a recent move from a New Orleans data center by Coin Bayou. Although it doesn’t look like much right now, the tiny property on Airline Highway will soon host one of the largest Bitcoin operations in the Southern United States. The main reason for the move? Electricity. Louisiana currently has the third-lowest electrical rate in the nation, and this move guarantees that Coin Bayou will be able to access plenty of it in a small, defined space.

Bitcoin and Louisiana Law
Although the Louisiana legislature hasn’t taken a look at Bitcoin since the Office of Financial Institutions issued guidance in 2014 for cryptocurrency consumers and investors that described the state’s regulatory approach. The approach detailed that any business exchanging virtual currency “may be subject to licensure as a money transmitter by this Office,” but this may soon change. With Bitcoin gaining steam in statehouses across the country, it’s only a matter of time before the Louisiana Legislature takes up the issue once again.

Cryptocurrency in Other Louisiana Cities
The city of Lafayette has recently announced its intention to create its own cryptocurrency. A first for a Louisiana city, this move could put Lafayette on the fast track towards digital currency domination, and it will be interesting to see if other Louisiana cities like New Orleans follow suit.

New Orleans Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Meetups

Crypto Current Meetup
New Orleans’ next Crypto Current meetup, billed as a great environment to network and discuss the latest cryptocurrency news, takes place on Wednesday, October 10th, at 6:00 P.M. at Autocrat Social in Mid City. It’s a non-pretentious event that embraces all walks of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts, along with steak dinners for sale and a bar, so loosen up and enjoy the night with your fellow New Orleans crypto-fans!

Let’s eat, drink, and talk Bitcoin
As an emerging technology hub with a number of cryptocurrency advocates and businesses alike, New Orleans is turning into a hotbed of organic Bitcoin activity. New Orleans’ next Bitcoin, meetup, called Let’s eat, drink, and talk Bitcoin, takes place on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 P.M.

As they detail on the event’s page, this is a meetup for smart, interesting people who like to brainstorm and share ideas. The meetup will focus on Bitcoin, free markets, and anything else that comes up in conversation.

The event’s location will be at Cafe Luna, located at 802 ½ Nashville Avenue, but make sure you RSVP on the page before attending.

New Orleans Cryptocurrency Education & Technology Meetup
While the location is TBD, this newly-renovated, exciting event vows to benefit everyone needing help with fundamental analysis of crypto assets, strategies, and more! Bring your questions, thoughts, ideas, and energy. This is one meetup you don’t want to miss.

The group’s next meetup, taking place Saturday, October 6 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M, is titled “Crypto 101: Doing Your Own Research” and will mainly delve into the cryptocurrency hit DYOR (Do Your Own Research) Process. Everyone attending is encouraged to bring their knowledge, phones, and laptops to what is sure to be an informative event.

New Orleans Ethereum Meetup

With a meeting held just recently on September 19th, check this meetup page frequently to find out when the next New Orleans Ethereum meetup will be held. Note: the meetings are usually held at around 6:00 at NOLA Brewing Tap Room on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Lisk New Orleans: Blockchain Meetup
An open event for all levels of interested parties of Blockchain. Informative presentations and Q&A sessions will help start new dialog within the community. This meetup hasn’t been active in awhile, but let’s hope that the end of summer and the arrival of fall changes that.

Ready to Get Started with Cryptocurrency in New Orleans?

With all these recent happenings centering around cryptocurrency in Louisiana, you can always get started at a Pelicoin cryptocurrency ATM in New Orleans. Please don’t hesitate to contact Pelicoin at (504) 507-0879 or with any questions. With locations all over the Gulf South, you can conveniently get started today!