Help refugees get a free SIM card by donating bitcoin

Donation address

Donation address: 3F84eghroCAb9Crjcy1L3D6GKog1CpRUGK

This campaign has ended, please don’t send anymore bitcoins.

Together with Austrian non-profit organization Jugend Eine Welt we started a bitcoin donation campaign. We currently see a huge wave of refugees coming to Austria, fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. For these people, communication via mobile phone is essential for survival. With your bitcoin donation you help giving away free SIM cards to them, one SIM card costs 7.80 EUR. This is an ongoing project, please keep donating!

We set up a secure multisig wallet to safely receive bitcoin donations. Please send your donations to this address:
3F84eghroCAb9Crjcy1L3D6GKog1CpRUGK
This campaign has ended, please don’t send anymore bitcoins.

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You can find more information about this campaign at the website of Jugend Eine Welt (german link), here’s a Google Translation of this page.

If you’re unsure about sending bitcoin to a random address on the internet, please feel free to research our company Coinfinity and Jugend Eine Welt. Both parties are vouching for this donation campaign, we will post updates on all withdrawals made from the donation address to make sure everything is as transparent as possible.

The donation address is part of a multisig wallet created at Coinkite, both Jugend Eine Welt and Coinfinity hold one key. We’re currently looking for a way to directly purchase SIM cards with BTC, but most probably we’ll have to sell the donated BTC for Euro. This will be done by Coinfinity with 0% fees.

Withdrawal history
October 19, 2015: 0.899 BTC have been withdrawn, 211.09 EUR have been sent to Jugend Eine Welt. That’s enough to buy 27 SIM cards.
January 07, 2016: 0.939165 BTC have been withdrawn, 389.88 EUR have been sent to Jugend Eine Welt.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us at office@coinfinity.co.

Bitcoin ATM at Vienna Central Station starts operating

As of July 2015, BahnhofCity Wien Hauptbahnhof located at Vienna Central Station, features a Bitcoin ATM that is accessible 18 hours a day and seven days a week. After the successful launch of Austria’s first Bitcoin ATM last year, this is now the second machine operated by Coinfinity at a top location.

You can find the Bitcoin ATM inside of the tobacconist Trafik Wasinger, opening hours are: Monday through Friday 5:30 to 23:30, Saturday 6:00 to 23:30 and Sunday 7:00 to 23:30. Thanks to these extended opening hours, a coverage close to 24/7 can be achieved. Approximately 2000 – 3000 people visit this location each day, this exposes Bitcoin to a lot of new potential users. Since Vienna Central Station with its modern BahnhofCity doesn’t leave a lot to be desired regarding shopping and dining, this location represents the perfect choice in our opinion.

Bitcoin ATM Vienna Central Station

Bitcoin ATM at Vienna Central Station

Our goal at Coinfinity is to launch several new Bitcoin ATMs throughout Austria in the next few months. At least each state capital should have an ATM available, according to our motto of “Bringing Bitcoin to the people”. You can find more information regarding our existing ATMs and the buying process here. If you know about an interesting location for a Bitcoin ATM or if you are interested in a collaboration, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

 
Bitcoin ATM Vienna Central Station

Bitcoin ATM at Vienna Central Station

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Coinfinity with Austria’s first Bitcoin ATM at Pioneers 2014

A few months ago while attending a meetup of Bitcoin Austria in Vienna, the upcoming Pioneers Festival at Vienna’s Imperial Palace was brought up. Daniel Pichler from the Pioneers Team expressed his desire to bring the topic of Bitcoin to Pioneers 2014. Since we were already known in Vienna for hosting a Lamassu, Austria’s first Bitcoin ATM, we were asked by him if we would like to present the machine during the two days of the festival. Naturally, this seemed like an interesting thing to do back then and we really liked the idea, but nothing was yet agreed on. A few weeks ago while on a Skype call we decided to dismantle the machine at our office in Graz, pack it in a box and haul it to Vienna for the Pioneers event.

Bitcoin ATMFor two days we were on duty round the clock next to the Bitcon ATM. We answered many questions regarding Bitcoin, helped a few people during the process of buying on the Lamassu and managed to establish interesting and important contacts for the future. Although Bitcoin itself wasn’t a topic on the festival apart from us (this should change with Pioneers 2015), there were numerous connections to almost all areas of other start-ups or visitors. Even a few interested investors can no longer ignore Bitcoin and exchanged their views with us. A few highlights of the festival can be found on Coinfinity’s Twitter feed.

As we’ve heard, the presence of Bitcoin shall be expanded on Pioneers 2015, among other things a dedicated panel or talk is in planning. We look forward to attending again next year, be it as an exhibitor or simply visiting company and sticking to our motto of “Bringing Bitcoin to the people”.

Coinfinity puts Austria’s first Bitcoin ATM into operation

Starting with June 23rd 2014 a Lamassu Bitcoin ATM is up and running at our business office in Mariahilferstrasse 21 in Graz. Our machine is the first Bitcoin ATM available to the Austrian public and one of roughly 100 ATMs that are globally available.

By using the Bitcoin ATM, interested customers are able to purchase Bitcoin with cash in a simple and secure manner, starting with small amounts as low as 5 Euro. By doing this, we want to lower the initial barriers to entry that are often encountered by first-time users of Bitcoin. We from Coinfinity offer help and advice and support users on request when setting up their secure digital wallets.

The Bitcoin ATM can be used anytime during opening hours (Monday thru Friday, 10 – 13 and 14 – 17 hrs). On Friday June 27th 2014, 18 hrs we’ll be hosting a launch party at the Coinfinity offices. Visitors can try out the Bitcoin machine and chat about Bitcoin over a drink.

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Photo credit: Andreas Pirchner

Coinfinity helps with building online gallery cointemporary.com

A couple of weeks ago we were approached by artist Valentin Ruhry from Vienna, who came up with the idea for a great new online art platform. Cointemporary.com is showing one contemporary artwork for a period of seven days. During that time, the artwork can be purchased with Bitcoin (and with Bitcoin only). The price for the artwork is fixed in BTC and does not fluctuate along with exchange rates. This is revolutionary in its own way, as it makes Cointemporary one the first places where Bitcoin is treated as an actual unit of account.

Coinfinity provided Bitcoin consulting and helped with further planning of the project. We also developed the web solution including the integration of Coinbase as a Bitcoin payment processor.

Bitcoin 2014 review

The Bitcoin 2014 conference in Amsterdam was a great opportunity to get to know interesting people and projects. There were lots of panels and presentations and an array of different exhibitors presenting their products. We especially liked Lamassu, Coinbase, chain.com as well as Ripple and NXT.

Todd from Coinbase, Max and Stefan from Coinfinity

Todd from Coinbase, Max and Stefan from Coinfinity

Since most panels were hosted at the same time, we had to pick a few that were of special interest to us. What was missed should soon be made available online by the Bitcoin Foundation as audio or video downloads. Most of the time we joined the discussions of the “Tech Track”, here it was especially interesting to follow the thoughts of Gavin Andresen.

Organization of the event truly was outstanding, we did like the mobile catering and christened it “Decentralized Lunch”. Solely speed and reception of the wireless LAN could have been improved for such a big event centered around the topic of Bitcoin. We are certain, that this is already on the agenda of the Bitcoin Foundation for the next conference, which will happen 2015 in Asia. We think it will be hosted in Singapore, but would love to be surprised.

Since we decided to upgrade our Lamassu to be operated in Graz to version 2.0, we still have to wait for a few more weeks. While on location at Bitcoin 2014 we had the chance to try the Lamassu both ways – Euro in, Bitcoin out and the reverse – and were simply amazed. The build quality of the unit is superb and the UI simple and clear. The Blockchain Award 2014 for the best ATM manufacturer is more than deserved.

For the remaining year we look forward to operating a Lamassu ourselves and are sure that a few of the Bitcoin 2014 connections will lead to exciting cooperation. For 2015 we are looking forward to a #Bitcoin2015 in Asia with even more attendants and lightning-swift WLAN.

Graz to receive a Bitcoin ATM

One of the first projects for Coinfinity will be to have a Bitcoin ATM up and running by summer 2014. This Bitcoin ATM is a machine from well-known manufacturer Lamassu. ATMs from Lamassu have been succesfully put into operation in multiple countries around the globe according to this map. An example can be found in a mall in Singapore, another one in Hong Kong.

Coinfinity’s goal is to lower the initial barriers of Bitcoin and offer interested parties a way to get into touch with the topic in a simple and intuitive manner. For those that have not yet dared to look to one of the numerous online exchanges, this is a great opportunity to start off the first steps with small amounts. The team from Coinfinity will be present on location for Q&A. Apart from general questions about Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies, this also allows for the sale of Bitcoin via the ATM to offer a smooth experience for all customers. As a first step, this service will be offered one-way, meaning Bitcoin for Euros. The purchased Bitcoins can be transferred to a wallet solution on any smartphone immediately.
In the near future Coinfinity will introduce more products, that appeal to the broader populace and will help to bridge the gap between cash and Bitcoin.

 

 

Coinfinity at Lendwirbel

If everything works out as planned, Coinfinity will open its new office located at the Mariahilferstrasse in Graz starting in May. From 2nd to 11th of May the yearly recurring event Lendwirbel will go down in Graz-Lend, with the team from Coinfinity being present on the spot. We’re currently considering how to best represent our new endeavor on such short notice, without actually signing up for a project due to the time constraints. In all likelihood it will be about beer and Bitcoin, we are most definitely already looking forward to an active exchange of opinions in the wonderful Lend quarter, the creative quarter of Graz.