Adopting Bitcoin Lightning Summit Recap


With over 700 attendees from over 30 countries at this conference, the energy is electric as Lightning is powering El Salvador’s move from little-known country to Bitcoiners’ top destination. As Bitcoin culture is bigger and broader than ever before, there are a dizzying number of people who have contributed heavily to the space here. Walking through the crowded Centro de Convenciones hallway, you are quickly surrounded by Bitcoin podcasters, miners, company leaders, and plebs, all adding to a free and inclusive atmosphere. With everyone showing genuine kindness and approachability, you can’t help but feel empowered to interact freely with everyone. Rarely can these qualities be found in a place where many of the top minds in technology and finance are gathered, but they are palpable here. And that’s the beauty of Bitcoin.

Photo Credit: Ministerio de Turismo @MITURElSalvador

Photo Credit: Ministerio de Turismo @MITURElSalvador

“With Bitcoin, we are all equal.” – Morena Ileana Valdez Vigil, El Salvador minister of tourism

As an opening speaker, Minister Valdez gave a warmth-filled speech encouraging everyone to see El Salvador in all its vibrancy as their home away from home.

“For many years El Salvador was last on the list for annual GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth in Central America, now we are about to end the year at the top with 9% growth this year.” -Maria Luisa Hayem Breve, El Salvador minister of economy





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