A number 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!
At this time we wish to say Thank You(!) to each attendee, volunteer, and contributor that made Devcon VI successful. On this weblog put up, we’ll recap the highlights of an extremely enjoyable occasion, and reminisce about Neighborhood 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 might 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 few yr 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 software releases and extra.
Through the years, it has turn into clear that Devcon serves the group in different methods too. As we deliberate for Devcon VI, we labored to outline these objectives. Now we wish to describe them as soon as extra and mirror on how we tried to perform every of them.
1. Collaboration & information sharing
Devcon is just not solely a convention that options displays, however it’s a novel place to get some work executed with so many essential builders in the identical rooms. This yr, we needed them to have house 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 individuals got here collectively to satisfy and work. We additionally provided a co-working house 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 study, and to show. Folks traveled to Devcon to know the leading edge within the Ethereum house, and to share what they’ve discovered over the past yr 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 – academic meetups world wide organized for many who couldn’t make it to Bogotá. The group organized Devcon Satellite tv for pc Occasions in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Malaysia, Portugal and Turkey.
Neighborhood 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 just felt extra like a member of a various group than merely an attendee.
This was additionally the primary Devcon that featured “Affect Cubicles”, which have been areas reserved for groups and efforts making a optimistic impression on Ethereum and the ecosystem at giant. Nice issues occur when shoppers, rollup-teams, and different impactful teams come collectively in a single place. Allegedly rivalrous rollup groups turned buddies, others received 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 house: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, contributors hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and saved the music going till effectively 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 crucial alternative to speak with the world about Ethereum. As the most important convention in our trade, the broader expertise house and mainstream organizations take note of Devcon.
Devcon VI was the primary after The Merge happened in September of this yr! 🐼Ethereum Mainnet now makes use of proof-of-stake for consensus, and Danny Ryan talked about how busy the previous couple of months have been for the Ethereum core devs, what difficulties they confronted once they merged the consensus and execution layers, and what it implies that they exist as one chain – Ethereum.
Different talks which might be extremely really helpful 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 number of the favourite picks by members of the group this yr:
4. Utilizing tech constructed on Ethereum via “dogfooding”
“Dogfooding” is the follow 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 useful to attendees. Devcon needs to allow attendees to study and experiment first-hand with merchandise constructed on Ethereum.
Starting with ticketing, 268 individuals participated within the on-chain raffle and public sale earlier than the overall ticket sale started.
Sensible 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 info being made public. By means of their platform, separate third events provided permissionless perks solely for Devcon VI attendees.
Talking of dogfooding, how did you ebook your lodge in Bogotá? Attendees have been capable of 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 info on their work at Devcon VI.
Many environmentally acutely aware attendees offset their flights with the carbon offsetter by Discarbon. As of now, contributors 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+ Undertaking in Perú.
And it goes with out point out that everybody collected rather a lot of POAPs alongside the best way.
5. Rising the Ethereum Ecosystem
Devcon is a chance to achieve, excite and have interaction extra native Ethereum communities all world wide. This yr, 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 sturdy the Latin American Ethereum group has turn into.
EF’s Government Director Aya Miyaguchi just lately mentioned that she “strongly imagine[s] it’s necessary for builders to go on the market and see all completely different components of the world they’re making an attempt to vary.” Some Devcon attendees used the chance that the occasion offered to discover South America a little bit 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 also be a possibility to achieve 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 expertise 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 keen on studying about how we will use Ethereum as a public good destined to assist billions of individuals coordinate and thrive.” The occasion centered on the ‘real-world’ components confronted by those that use Ethereum to create impression.
The programming observe Alternative & World Affect featured many extra attention-grabbing talks and panels discussing how Ethereum can overcome “gaps in illustration throughout cultures, nationalities, and financial courses.” (Subsequent Billion)
Devcon VI welcomed many individuals which might 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 quite a lot 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 yr, 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 giant. For this reason 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 levels designed with love for element, the grownup playground with video games like big Jenga, and the hacker basement stuffed with digital artwork to discover.
Most of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI provided have been delivered to 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 was a bigger venture. You may watch a video with highlights from all 4 days right here. Every day, attendees might be a 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 study and enhance as effectively, and we thank everybody who gave us worthwhile suggestions (you possibly can nonetheless give suggestions by way of our attendee survey and earn a POAP.)
There are some things we discovered this yr. 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 house.
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 wonderful to one another”, and our dedication is to create a snug surroundings for all. We are going to assessment our CoC and take into account enhancements primarily based on what we’ve discovered this yr.
We’re assured we received’t have to attend three years for the subsequent Devcon. It’s already time so that you can get entangled 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? Briefly: We don’t know but. However the selection will likely be exhausting, as we’ve many unbelievable recommendations for Devcon7 areas from members of the Ethereum group.
We hope that you just’ll be as excited as we’re once we share extra info 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 Affect groups, Supporters, Neighborhood Hub organizers, DIP contributors, and volunteers that made Devcon VI attainable. ❤️🦄
EF Devcon Group