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Bitcoin Miami: 21 photos of the crypto bonanza

Fortune logo Fortune 6/15/2021 Mia Diehl, Robert Hackett
a man wearing a hat: Bitcoin Miami 2021-Day 1-Attendee Bitcoin Necklace © Roger Kisby Bitcoin Miami 2021-Day 1-Attendee Bitcoin Necklace

As recently as a couple years ago, Bitcoin boosters commonly celebrated the dissemination of their worldview by saying “the virus is spreading.”

Thinking better of the catchphrase, the crypto set largely abandoned it in light of COVID-19. Still, there is something uncanny—something fundamentally epidemiological—in the way the idea gets passed around, takes on proselytizing hosts, and uses them to latch onto new ones.

The two contagions—Bitcoin and coronavirus—had the unusual opportunity to mingle earlier this month. On June 4 and 5, cryptocurrency enthusiasts descended upon Miami for Bitcoin 2021, the first major in-person conference since the pandemic started. Reports suggested that more than a few attendees were ripe for infection, in both senses.

Fortune sent a photographer, Roger Kisby, down to the Magic City to chronicle the bacchanalia. Adding to the weekend’s excitement, many businesses have been opening offices in the neighborhood as the city seeks to remake itself into a digital money Mecca. The city has been catering to the nouveau riche and corporate carpet baggers with low taxes and perennially warm weather.

If you didn’t attend the confab—whether for fear of contagion, disinterest in “digital gold,” or some other reason—you’re probably either grateful or regretful about your choice. Here are 21 photos that encapsulate what you missed.

a man looking at the screen of a cell phone: Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees take photos of NFT art in the Art Gallery section of the convention hall. © Provided by Fortune Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees take photos of NFT art in the Art Gallery section of the convention hall. a group of people standing in a room: Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees wear bitcoin and crypto related shirts. © Provided by Fortune Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees wear bitcoin and crypto related shirts. Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Japanese sumo wrestler Sumo Yama poses in front of a Bitcoin mural. © Provided by Fortune Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Japanese sumo wrestler Sumo Yama poses in front of a Bitcoin mural. a man and a woman sitting at a desk in front of a computer: Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Enigma X demonstration at the convention hall © Provided by Fortune Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Enigma X demonstration at the convention hall a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Jimmy Song poses for a portrait © Provided by Fortune Whale Day at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 3, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Jimmy Song poses for a portrait a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby The line to enter the convention stretched for a mile on the first Day of the convention © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby The line to enter the convention stretched for a mile on the first Day of the convention Michael J. Saylor standing posing for the camera: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees give a standing ovation for Michael Saylor And Max Keiser © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees give a standing ovation for Michael Saylor And Max Keiser a group of people standing in a room: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees at booths on the convention floor © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendees at booths on the convention floor a hand holding a cellphone: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby A representative from Foundation holds their new hardware wallet the “Passport” on display at their booth at the convention. Photograph by Roger Kisby © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby A representative from Foundation holds their new hardware wallet the “Passport” on display at their booth at the convention. Photograph by Roger Kisby a person holding Lauren Nelson et al. that are looking at the camera: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendee wears a shirt with anti Elon Musk message © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Attendee wears a shirt with anti Elon Musk message a group of people posing for the camera: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American entrepreneur and business executive, who co-founded and leads MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor stops to take photos with fans as he leaves the convention. © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American entrepreneur and business executive, who co-founded and leads MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor stops to take photos with fans as he leaves the convention. a close up of a person: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers in gold bitcoin body paint on the convention floor © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers in gold bitcoin body paint on the convention floor Tyler Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss sitting in a chair: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Cameron And Tyler Winklevoss speak on a panel for “The Future that Bitcoin Enables” © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Cameron And Tyler Winklevoss speak on a panel for “The Future that Bitcoin Enables” a group of people posing for the camera: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby I didn’t get the name of the person on the left. He was getting interviewed by the man on the right © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby I didn’t get the name of the person on the left. He was getting interviewed by the man on the right a man sitting on a table: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American entrepreneur and investor Olaf Carlson-Wee speaks on a panel for “Investing In The Bitcoin Ecosystem” © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American entrepreneur and investor Olaf Carlson-Wee speaks on a panel for “Investing In The Bitcoin Ecosystem” Tim Draper wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American venture capitalist Tim Draper poses for a portrait with his bitcoin socks and tie. Photograph by Roger Kisby © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby American venture capitalist Tim Draper poses for a portrait with his bitcoin socks and tie. Photograph by Roger Kisby Warren Davidson, Cynthia Lummis sitting at a table: Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Senator Cynthia Lummis speaks at a panel “Bringing Bitcoin Innovation Home To America” © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Senator Cynthia Lummis speaks at a panel “Bringing Bitcoin Innovation Home To America” a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby African American attendees watch speakers © Provided by Fortune Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby African American attendees watch speakers a group of people sitting on the ground: Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers “ throw away” Venezuela currency as part of an statement on the fiat system © Provided by Fortune Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers “ throw away” Venezuela currency as part of an statement on the fiat system a man carrying a surf board: Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Tony Hawk waves to fans after speaking at the panel “Tony Hawk Demo’ © Provided by Fortune Day 2 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 5, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Tony Hawk waves to fans after speaking at the panel “Tony Hawk Demo’ Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers in gold bitcoin body paint on the convention floor © Provided by Fortune Day 1 at the Bitcoin 2021 convention at Mana Wynwood in Miami, FL on June 4, 2021. Photo by Roger Kisby Performers in gold bitcoin body paint on the convention floor

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