A couple of weeks in the past in October, a lot of the Ethereum group got here collectively in South America as we reunited for Devcon VI in Bogotá, Colombia!
As we speak we wish to say Thank You(!) to each attendee, volunteer, and contributor that made Devcon VI successful. On this weblog publish, we are going to recap the highlights of an extremely enjoyable occasion, and reminisce about Group Hubs, the Street to Devcon, insightful talks and panels, fantastically designed presenter rooms, and way more.
Watch the Recap Video to refresh your reminiscence and benefit from the Devcon VI vibe!
What Devcon is all about
For these which can be new to the Ethereum household, Devcon is the one annual convention held by the Ethereum Basis, and it dates again to a small meetup in Berlin (ÐΞVcon-0) a couple of 12 months previous to Ethereum’s first blocks. For some members of the Ethereum ecosystem, Devcon is a household reunion of types, whereas for others it’s a big stage on which to talk to (and study) the newest breakthroughs on content material starting from technical analysis to utility releases and extra.
Over time, it has change into clear that Devcon serves the group in different methods too. As we deliberate for Devcon VI, we labored to outline these targets. Now we wish to describe them as soon as extra and mirror on how we tried to perform every of them.
1. Collaboration & data sharing
Devcon will not be solely a convention that options displays, however it’s a novel place to get some work accomplished with so many essential builders in the identical rooms. This 12 months, we wished them to have area to speak, to drag as much as a whiteboard, and get to work collectively.
At Devcon VI we hosted workshop rooms, devoted co-work areas, bookable assembly areas, and a hacker basement the place folks got here collectively to satisfy and work. We additionally provided a co-working area after the occasion within the venue.
The hacker basement – Picture by Shintaro Yoshimatsu
2. Educating, speaking, and producing new concepts
Devcon is an opportunity to be taught, and to show. Individuals traveled to Devcon to know the innovative within the Ethereum area, and to share what they’ve discovered over the past 12 months with a big viewers each on the occasion, and on-line.
Over the 4 days, 60,000 viewers world wide watched the Devcon livestreams (21,780 on the primary day alone). Offering high quality dwell streams and movies was essential for Devcon Satellite tv for pc Occasions – instructional meetups world wide organized for individuals who couldn’t make it to Bogotá. The group organized Devcon Satellite tv for pc Occasions in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Malaysia, Portugal and Turkey.
Group Hubs have been devoted areas powered by the group for the group. Whether or not you began your day with a cacao ceremony within the Regens Hub, you went anon IRL by crafting a masks within the Momentary Nameless Zone, witnessed the launch of the primary Token Engineering Fundamentals program, or visualized your values about decentralization within the Design Hub, we hope that you simply felt extra like a member of a various group than merely an attendee.
This was additionally the primary Devcon that featured “Influence Cubicles”, which have been areas reserved for groups and efforts making a optimistic impression on Ethereum and the ecosystem at massive. Nice issues occur when shoppers, rollup-teams, and different impactful teams come collectively in a single place. Allegedly rivalrous rollup groups grew to become mates, others gained a uncommon Gitcoin plushie by revealing their favourite public good, some snagged a pair of the primary ever socks.sol swag, or accepted the problem of exchanging as many ENS POAPs as they might with different attendees to climb the leaderboard.
The Latin American group had its personal inventive area: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, members hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and saved the music going till properly after displays had wrapped for the evening.
The ETH Latam group in entrance of their Chiva Bus
3. Use our largest stage to ship a message
Devcon is a important alternative to speak with the world about Ethereum. As the most important convention in our trade, the broader know-how area and mainstream organizations take note of Devcon.
Devcon VI was the primary after The Merge happened in September of this 12 months! 🐼Ethereum Mainnet now makes use of proof-of-stake for consensus, and Danny Ryan talked about how busy the previous few months have been for the Ethereum core devs, what difficulties they confronted after they merged the consensus and execution layers, and what it signifies that they exist as one chain – Ethereum.
Different talks which can be extremely advisable to (re)watch are Aya Miyaguchi’s speak about Executing with Subtraction within the Infinite Backyard, Kurt Opsahl’s speak The Worth of Cryptocurrencies in Supporting Human Rights, and Pia Mancini’s speak The Future is Collective.
Other than our suggestions, we additionally wish to let you recognize what have been a few of the favourite picks by members of the group this 12 months:
4. Utilizing tech constructed on Ethereum by “dogfooding”
“Dogfooding” is the observe of utilizing one’s personal services or products. Devcon is a convention made by and for our group, and we wish to make use of instruments constructed by our group the place attainable and helpful to attendees. Devcon needs to allow attendees to be taught and experiment first-hand with merchandise constructed on Ethereum.
Starting with ticketing, 268 folks participated within the on-chain raffle and public sale earlier than the overall ticket sale started.
Good Token Labs helped to make Devcon VI ticket attestations a actuality, which allowed attendees to attest that they have been Devcon VI ticket-holders with no pockets tackle or different private figuring out data being made public. Via their platform, separate third events provided permissionless perks solely for Devcon VI attendees.
Talking of dogfooding, how did you guide your resort in Bogotá? Attendees have been in a position to pay for his or her rooms utilizing crypto, due to Winding Tree.
Now you can watch all talks and panels from Devcon VI on extra open and sturdy platforms too – Swarm and Etherna helped us to make the Devcon Archive extra decentralized by internet hosting the movies from talks and workshops. Take a look at the Swarm group’s recap for extra data on their work at Devcon VI.
Many environmentally acutely aware attendees offset their flights with the carbon offsetter by Discarbon. As of now, members have contributed to offset the equal of 403.9 Tonnes of CO2. Voters on the snapshot proposal selected to retire these credit from the Cordillera Azul Nationwide Park REDD+ Venture in Perú.
And it goes with out point out that everybody collected quite a bit of POAPs alongside the best way.
Panel: Signing in With Ethereum: the Most Highly effective Protocol in Web3? – Picture by Shintaro Yoshimatsu
5. Rising the Ethereum Ecosystem
Devcon is a chance to succeed in, excite and interact extra native Ethereum communities all world wide. This 12 months, the Latin American Ethereum group paved the Street to Devcon by organizing about 14 group occasions round Latin America, all main as much as Devcon VI in Bogotá, the place the leaders of the Latam Ethereum group organized ETH Latam Day in the future earlier than the principle occasion began. Watch their recap video right here.
We imagine Ethereum can have real-world impression in South America, and it’s wonderful to see how robust the Latin American Ethereum group has change into.
EF’s Government Director Aya Miyaguchi lately mentioned that she “strongly imagine[s] it’s necessary for builders to go on the market and see all totally different components of the world they’re making an attempt to vary.” Some Devcon attendees used the chance that the occasion supplied to discover South America a bit of additional after Devcon. They got here to know a group and a part of the world that was beforehand international to them, or they arrived earlier and adopted the Street to Devcon.
The Street to Devcon map
Devcon can be a chance to succeed in blockchain-related groups and newcomers from different industries. UNICEF was as soon as extra a visitor and speaker at Devcon, in addition to Arkadiy Kukarkin from the Web Archive, and geopolitics and know-how creator Bruno Maçães.
Ethereum Basis’s Subsequent Billion group organized a one-day occasion for Devcon attendees, authorities officers, non-profit and civil society organizations, and “anybody concerned with studying about how we will use Ethereum as a public good destined to assist billions of individuals coordinate and thrive.” The occasion targeted on the ‘real-world’ components confronted by those that use Ethereum to create impression.
The programming monitor Alternative & International Influence featured many extra fascinating talks and panels discussing how Ethereum can overcome “gaps in illustration throughout cultures, nationalities, and financial lessons.” (Subsequent Billion)
Devcon VI welcomed many individuals which can be newer to the Ethereum ecosystem and that attended Devcon for the primary time. With different programming tracks like Governance & Coordination, and Cryptoeconomics, and with a variety of crypto artwork and music alongside the best way, we hope they felt impressed by our wonderful group by the week’s finish.
Rising the Ethereum ecosystem additionally means supporting those that “have the potential to make a optimistic impression on Ethereum and its group, however who have been unable to attend with out monetary help.” The Devcon Students Program had its second class this 12 months, and 50 people acquired assist to attend Devcon. Learn a few of their tales and their views on Devcon VI right here!
Playfulness has all the time been a part of Devcon and of the Ethereum ecosystem at massive. That is why Devcon swag is colourful, Jonathan Mann is singing The Merge Tune on stage, and the opening video options animated dancing bears merging right into a panda representing Ethereum.
Calling Devcon a convention misses the mark in gentle of the colourful phases designed with love for element, the grownup playground with video games like large Jenga, and the hacker basement filled with digital artwork to discover.
Lots of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI provided have been dropped at life by the group itself. The music stage within the Chiva Chillout was a group initiative that was born from a Devcon Enchancment Proposal (DIP) by The Fellowship of Ethereum Musicians that changed into a bigger venture. You’ll be able to watch a video with highlights from all 4 days right here. Every day, attendees may be part of a graffiti tour organized by CRYPTOMURALS, and the groups of Social Dist0rtion Protocol and daedalus industries puzzled out the Treasure Hunt Problem “Time To DAI” for you.
7. Suggestions & Continued Enchancment
We’re all the time making an attempt to be taught and enhance as properly, and we thank everybody who gave us priceless suggestions (you’ll be able to nonetheless give suggestions by way of our attendee survey and earn a POAP.)
There are some things we discovered this 12 months. Wi-Fi was a difficulty once more, particularly on the primary day, and we all know there’s room for enchancment, and our SIM playing cards for attendees have been extra very important than ever! The meals might be much more versatile – together with higher vegetarian and vegan choices. Feminine, Transgender, Non-Binary and different genders made up 20%+ of Devcon VI’s attendees. Nonetheless, we will do extra to make each Devcon and the ecosystem extra consultant when it comes to gender range & inclusion in a still-male-dominated area.
As our occasion has grown bigger and with over 6,000 in attendance, we acknowledge that the probabilities are higher for competition between some attendees. The primary rule within the Devcon Code of Conduct is to “be glorious to one another”, and our dedication is to create a snug setting for all. We’ll evaluate our CoC and think about enhancements based mostly on what we have now discovered this 12 months.
We’re assured we gained’t have to attend three years for the subsequent Devcon. It’s already time so that you can become involved by proposing concepts to enhance Devcon.
Aya’s speak about subtraction made us rethink the phrasing of DIPs. Devcon Enchancment Proposals are actually meant for collaborative group enter on what ought to be modified (subtracted, added, or modified) for the upcoming Devcon7.
The place will Devcon7 happen? In brief: We don’t know but. However the alternative might be laborious, as we have now many unimaginable recommendations for Devcon7 areas from members of the Ethereum group.
We hope that you simply’ll be as excited as we’re once we share extra data within the weeks to return. For now, thanks as soon as once more to all of our attendees for becoming a member of us in Bogotá, to the presenters, the Influence groups, Supporters, Group Hub organizers, DIP contributors, and volunteers that made Devcon VI attainable. ❤️🦄
EF Devcon Staff