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!
As we speak we wish to say Thank You(!) to each attendee, volunteer, and contributor that made Devcon VI successful. On this weblog submit, we are going to recap the highlights of an extremely enjoyable occasion, and reminisce about Neighborhood Hubs, the Street to Devcon, insightful talks and panels, superbly designed presenter rooms, and rather 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 most recent breakthroughs on content material starting from technical analysis to utility releases and extra.
Through the years, it has change 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 carried out with so many essential builders in the identical rooms. This yr, we wished them to have area 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 folks got here collectively to fulfill and work. We additionally supplied a co-working area 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 study, and to show. Folks traveled to Devcon to grasp the innovative within the Ethereum area, and to share what they’ve discovered during the last yr with a big viewers each on the occasion, and on-line.
Over the 4 days, 60,000 viewers all over 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 tv for pc Occasions – instructional meetups all over the world organized for many 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 masks within the Short-term 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 neighborhood than merely an attendee.
This was additionally the primary Devcon that featured “Impression Cubicles”, which had been areas reserved for groups and efforts making a optimistic affect 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 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 may with different attendees to climb the leaderboard.
The Latin American neighborhood had its personal artistic area: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, members hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and saved the music going till nicely after displays had wrapped for the evening.
The ETH Latam crew in entrance of their Chiva Bus
3. Use our greatest stage to ship a message
Devcon is a important alternative to speak with the world about Ethereum. As the biggest convention in our trade, the broader expertise area and mainstream organizations take note of Devcon.
Devcon VI was the primary after The Merge came about 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 beneficial to (re)watch are Aya Miyaguchi’s discuss 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 what had been a number of the favourite picks by members of the neighborhood this yr:
4. Utilizing tech constructed on Ethereum by way of “dogfooding”
“Dogfooding” is the follow 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 doable and useful to attendees. Devcon desires to allow attendees to study 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 final ticket sale started.
Good Token Labs helped to make Devcon VI ticket attestations a actuality, which allowed attendees to attest that they had been Devcon VI ticket-holders and not using a pockets handle or different private figuring out info being made public. By means of their platform, separate third events supplied permissionless perks solely for Devcon VI attendees.
Talking of dogfooding, how did you e book 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 crew’s recap for extra info on their work at Devcon VI.
Many environmentally 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+ Challenge in Perú.
And it goes with out point out that everybody collected quite a lot of POAPs alongside the way in which.
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 all over the world. This yr, the Latin American Ethereum neighborhood paved the Street 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 right here.
We consider Ethereum can have real-world affect in South America, and it’s wonderful to see how robust the Latin American Ethereum neighborhood has change into.
EF’s Govt Director Aya Miyaguchi just lately mentioned that she “strongly consider[s] it’s vital for builders to go on the market and see all completely different elements of the world they’re making an attempt to alter.” Some Devcon attendees used the chance that the occasion offered to discover South America a bit 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 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 expertise writer Bruno Maçães.
Ethereum Basis’s Subsequent Billion crew organized a one-day occasion for Devcon attendees, authorities officers, non-profit and civil society organizations, and “anybody all in favour of 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 affect.
The programming monitor Alternative & World Impression featured many extra fascinating 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 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 optimistic affect on Ethereum and its neighborhood, however who had 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 at all times been a part of Devcon and of the Ethereum ecosystem at massive. This is the 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 large Jenga, and the hacker basement filled with digital artwork to discover.
Ix Shells and Rosendo Merel Choy – Picture by Shintaro Yoshimatsu
Most of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI supplied had been delivered to 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 changed into a bigger undertaking. You possibly can watch a video with highlights from all 4 days right here. Every day, attendees might 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 at all times making an attempt to study and enhance as nicely, and we thank everybody who gave us helpful suggestions (you may nonetheless give suggestions through 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 may be room for enchancment, and our SIM playing cards for attendees had been extra important than ever! The meals may 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 by way of gender variety & 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 better for rivalry 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’ll overview our CoC and contemplate enhancements primarily based on what now we have discovered this yr.
We’re assured we received’t have to attend three years for the following Devcon. It’s already time so that you can become involved by proposing concepts to enhance Devcon.
Aya’s discuss subtraction made us rethink the phrasing of DIPs. Devcon Enchancment Proposals at the moment are meant for collaborative neighborhood 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 selection will likely be laborious, as now we have many unimaginable recommendations for Devcon7 places from members of the Ethereum neighborhood.
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 Impression groups, Supporters, Neighborhood Hub organizers, DIP contributors, and volunteers that made Devcon VI doable. ❤️🦄
Till we meet once more, you may take a look at extra images by the Devcon crew right here, and discover extra images by Shintaro Yoshimatsu right here.
EF Devcon Crew