It was six months ago today that I pulled an April Fools' Day prank that was taken more seriously than I ever thought it would be, that I was immensely proud of, and which still comes up on the first page of search results if you Google search for "Vad Lee". I want to assure you that, even though this is, oddly enough, the six month anniversary of that post, this one that you're reading is as serious as they come.
Georgia Tech has officially announced that they will be integrating Bitcoin into Bobby Dodd Stadium's student section concession stands as well as the campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble in Tech Square. In doing so, The Institute will become the first university in the world to integrate BitPay into its campus payment options.
Don't just take my word for it. Below are some excerpts from the official release from the Georgia Tech Athletics Department, found here: link.
Georgia Tech, BitPay Announce Bitcoin Integration
Point-of-sale devices will be located in student section at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Oct. 1, 2014
THE FLATS - Georgia Institute of Technology will be the first university in the world to integrate bitcoin payments into its stadium concession sales and student dining and shopping credit system, announced Wednesday by BitPay, the world's leading bitcoin payment processor.
Bitcoin point of sale devices will be located in the student section of Bobby Dodd Stadium, and the Barnes & Noble store in Tech Square will be home to a bitcoin-enabled point purchase terminal for student credit BuzzCards. Students who use bitcoin will now be able to purchase food and goods at almost all locations on the Tech campus.
As the "key to campus life" on Georgia Tech, the BuzzCard will be an important interface for student bitcoin use. Yellow Jackets fans will also be able to easily and quickly purchase snacks and drinks at Bobby Dodd Stadium with the world's fastest payment method. These new bitcoin venues, along with bitcoin wallet provider Pheeva's announcement of a unique "Jacketwallet" for Georgia Tech, hold promise for the role which digital currency may come to play in student life.
"We look forward to working with BitPay to make bitcoin a viable payment option for our students and fans," Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski said. "At Georgia Tech, we are always looking to lead in innovative ways, and this partnership with BitPay gives us an opportunity to do so by integrating this new technology at a sports venue and in the daily lives of our students.
BitPay is the global leader in bitcoin payment acceptance with offices throughout North America, Europe, and South America. The company has raised over $32 million from top investors including Index Ventures, Founders Fund, and Sir Richard Branson.
How cool is that?!?! If you're a student, will you be using bitcoin to pay for your soda and pretzel at halftime this weekend?