A couple of weeks in the past in October, a lot of the Ethereum neighborhood got here collectively in South America as we reunited for Devcon VI in Bogotá, Colombia!
Right now we wish to say Thank You(!) to each attendee, volunteer, and contributor that made Devcon VI a hit. On this weblog submit, we’ll recap the highlights of an extremely enjoyable occasion, and reminisce about Neighborhood Hubs, the Highway to Devcon, insightful talks and panels, fantastically designed presenter rooms, and far more.
Watch the Recap Video to refresh your reminiscence and benefit from the Devcon VI vibe!
What Devcon is all about
For these which are 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 12 months previous to Ethereum’s first blocks. For some members of the Ethereum ecosystem, Devcon is a household reunion of kinds, whereas for others it’s a big stage on which to talk to (and study) the most recent breakthroughs on content material starting from technical analysis to software releases and extra.
Through the years, it has develop into clear that Devcon serves the neighborhood 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 & data sharing
Devcon shouldn’t be solely a convention that options displays, nevertheless it’s a singular place to get some work accomplished with so many essential builders in the identical rooms. This 12 months, we needed them to have house to speak, to tug 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 fulfill and work. We additionally supplied a co-working house after the occasion within the venue.
The hacker basement – Picture by Shintaro Yoshimatsu
2. Instructing, speaking, and producing new concepts
Devcon is an opportunity to be taught, and to show. Folks traveled to Devcon to know the innovative within the Ethereum house, and to share what they’ve realized over the past 12 months with a big viewers each on the occasion, and on-line.
Over the 4 days, 60,000 viewers around the world watched the Devcon livestreams (21,780 on the primary day alone). Offering high quality stay streams and movies was essential for Devcon Satellite Events – academic meetups around the globe organized for individuals who couldn’t make it to Bogotá. The neighborhood organized Devcon Satellite tv for pc Occasions in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Malaysia, Portugal and Turkey.
Neighborhood Hubs had been devoted areas powered by the neighborhood for the neighborhood. Whether or not you began your day with a cacao ceremony within the Regens Hub, you went anon IRL by crafting a mask in the Temporary Anonymous 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 neighborhood than merely an attendee.
This was additionally the primary Devcon that featured “Impact Booths”, which had been areas reserved for groups and efforts making a constructive influence 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 teams became friends, others gained a rare 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 may with different attendees to climb the leaderboard.
The Latin American neighborhood had its personal inventive house: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, contributors hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and saved the music going till nicely after displays had wrapped for the night time.
The ETH Latam staff 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 know-how house and mainstream organizations take note of Devcon.
Devcon VI was the primary after The Merge came about 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 implies that they exist as one chain – Ethereum.
Different talks which are extremely really useful to (re)watch are Aya Miyaguchi’s discuss Executing with Subtraction in the Infinite Garden, Kurt Opsahl’s discuss The Value of Cryptocurrencies in Supporting Human Rights, and Pia Mancini’s discuss The Future is Collective.
Other than our suggestions, we additionally wish to let you already know what had been a few of the favourite picks by members of the neighborhood this 12 months:
4. Utilizing tech constructed on Ethereum via “dogfooding”
“Dogfooding” is the observe of utilizing one’s personal services or products. Devcon is a convention made by and for our neighborhood, and we wish to make use of instruments constructed by our neighborhood 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 individuals participated in the on-chain raffle and auction earlier than the overall ticket sale started.
Smart Token Labs helped to make Devcon VI ticket attestations a actuality, which allowed attendees to attest that they had been Devcon VI ticket-holders with no pockets tackle or different private figuring out data being made public. By means of their platform, separate third events supplied permissionless perks exclusively for Devcon VI attendees.
Talking of dogfooding, how did you ebook your resort in Bogotá? Attendees had been in a position to pay for his or her rooms utilizing crypto, because of 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 team’s recap for extra data on their work at Devcon VI.
Many environmentally 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+ Challenge in Perú.
And it goes with out point out that everybody collected so much of POAPs alongside the way in which.
5. Rising the Ethereum Ecosystem
Devcon is a chance to succeed in, excite and interact extra native Ethereum communities all around the globe. This 12 months, the Latin American Ethereum neighborhood paved the Highway to Devcon by organizing about 14 neighborhood occasions round Latin America, all main as much as Devcon VI in Bogotá, the place the leaders of the Latam Ethereum neighborhood organized ETH Latam Day someday earlier than the principle occasion began. Watch their recap video here.
We imagine Ethereum can have real-world influence in South America, and it’s wonderful to see how sturdy the Latin American Ethereum neighborhood has develop into.
EF’s Govt Director Aya Miyaguchi recently said that she “strongly believe[s] it’s important for builders to go out there and see all different parts of the world they are trying to change.” Some Devcon attendees used the chance that the occasion offered to discover South America just a little additional after Devcon. They got here to know a neighborhood and a part of the world that was beforehand overseas to them, or they arrived earlier and adopted the Highway to Devcon.
The Highway 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 Internet Archive, and geopolitics and know-how writer Bruno Maçães.
Ethereum Basis’s Next Billion team organized a one-day event for Devcon attendees, authorities officers, non-profit and civil society organizations, and “anyone interested in learning about how we can use Ethereum as a public good destined to help billions of people coordinate and thrive.” The occasion targeted on the ‘real-world’ components confronted by those that use Ethereum to create influence.
The programming monitor Opportunity & Global Impact featured many extra attention-grabbing talks and panels discussing how Ethereum can overcome “gaps in representation across cultures, nationalities, and economic classes.” (Next Billion)
Devcon VI welcomed many individuals which are newer to the Ethereum ecosystem and that attended Devcon for the primary time. With different programming tracks like Governance & Coordination, and Cryptoeconomics, and with lots of crypto artwork and music alongside the way in which, we hope they felt impressed by our wonderful neighborhood by the week’s finish.
Rising the Ethereum ecosystem additionally means supporting those that “have the potential to make a positive impact on Ethereum and its community, but who were unable to attend without financial assistance.” The Devcon Students Program had its second class this 12 months, and 50 people received 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. For this reason Devcon swag is colourful, Jonathan Mann is singing The Merge Song 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 mild of the colourful phases designed with love for element, the grownup playground with video games like large Jenga, and the hacker basement stuffed with digital artwork to discover.
Most of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI supplied had been dropped at life by the neighborhood itself. The music stage within the Chiva Chillout was a neighborhood 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 four days 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 attempting to be taught and enhance as nicely, and we thank everybody who gave us invaluable suggestions (you can still give feedback via our attendee survey and earn a POAP.)
There are some things we realized 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 had been extra important than ever! The meals will 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 variety & 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 better for rivalry between some attendees. The primary rule within the Devcon Code of Conduct is to “be excellent to each other”, and our dedication is to create a cushty atmosphere for all. We are going to assessment our CoC and contemplate enhancements primarily based on what we have now realized this 12 months.
We’re assured we gained’t have to attend three years for the following Devcon. It’s already time so that you can get involved by proposing ideas to improve Devcon.
Aya’s discuss subtraction made us rethink the phrasing of DIPs. Devcon Enchancment Proposals at the moment are supposed for collaborative neighborhood enter on what needs 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 onerous, as we have now many unbelievable suggestions for Devcon7 locations from members of the Ethereum neighborhood.
We hope that you simply’ll be as excited as we’re after 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 Affect groups, Supporters, Neighborhood Hub organizers, DIP contributors, and volunteers that made Devcon VI attainable. ❤️🦄
EF Devcon Staff