Devcon VI Recap, Assets & Wrap-Up!


Just a few 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!

At the moment we need to say Thank You(!) to each attendee, volunteer, and contributor that made Devcon VI successful. On this weblog put up, 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, 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 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 yr 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 find out about) the most recent breakthroughs on content material starting from technical analysis to utility releases and extra.

Through the years, it has turn out to be clear that Devcon serves the neighborhood in different methods too. As we deliberate for Devcon VI, we labored to outline these objectives. Now we need to describe them as soon as extra and replicate on how we tried to perform every of them.

1. Collaboration & information sharing

Devcon just isn’t solely a convention that options displays, however it’s a novel place to get some work performed with so many essential builders in the identical rooms. This yr, we needed 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 fulfill and work. We additionally provided a co-working area after the occasion within the venue.

The hacker basement – Photograph 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 leading edge 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 world wide 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 world wide 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 have 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 Non permanent 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 neighborhood than merely an attendee.

This was additionally the primary Devcon that featured “Impression 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 purchasers, rollup-teams, and different impactful teams come collectively in a single place. Allegedly rivalrous rollup groups turned pals, 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 neighborhood had its personal artistic area: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, contributors hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and stored the music going till effectively after displays had wrapped for the evening.

The ETH Latam workforce in entrance of their Chiva Bus

3. Use our greatest stage to ship a message

Devcon is a crucial alternative to speak with the world about Ethereum. As the biggest convention in our trade, the broader know-how area and mainstream organizations take note of Devcon.

Devcon VI was the primary after The Merge passed off 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 are extremely really useful to (re)watch are Aya Miyaguchi’s speak about Executing with Subtraction within the Infinite Backyard, Kurt Opsahl’s discuss The Worth of Cryptocurrencies in Supporting Human Rights, and Pia Mancini’s discuss The Future is Collective.

Aside from our suggestions, we additionally need to let you already know what have 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 need to make use of instruments constructed by our neighborhood the place doable and useful to attendees. Devcon desires 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 final 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 handle or different private figuring out data being made public. By way of their platform, separate third events provided permissionless perks completely for Devcon VI attendees.

Talking of dogfooding, how did you e book 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. Try the Swarm workforce’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, 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+ Venture in Perú.

And it goes with out point out that everybody collected loads of POAPs alongside the way in which.

Panel: Signing in With Ethereum: the Most Highly effective Protocol in Web3?

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 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 imagine Ethereum can have real-world impression in South America, and it’s superb to see how sturdy the Latin American Ethereum neighborhood has turn out to be.

EF’s Government Director Aya Miyaguchi not too long ago stated that she “strongly imagine[s] it’s essential for builders to go on the market and see all completely different elements of the world they’re attempting to vary.” Some Devcon attendees used the chance that the occasion supplied to discover South America a little 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 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 know-how writer Bruno Maçães.

Ethereum Basis’s Subsequent Billion workforce organized a one-day occasion for Devcon attendees, authorities officers, non-profit and civil society organizations, and “anybody desirous about 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’ elements confronted by those that use Ethereum to create impression.

The programming observe Alternative & World Impression featured many extra attention-grabbing 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 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 superb neighborhood 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 neighborhood, however who have been unable to attend with out monetary help.” The Devcon Students Program had its second class this yr, and 50 people bought assist to attend Devcon. Learn a few of their tales and their views on Devcon VI right here!

6. Enjoyable!

Playfulness has at all times 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 mild 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.

Ix Shells and Rosendo Merel Choy – Photograph by Shintaro Yoshimatsu

Lots of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI provided have 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 become a bigger challenge. You possibly can 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 at all times attempting to be taught and enhance as effectively, and we thank everybody who gave us invaluable suggestions (you possibly can 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’s room for enchancment, and our SIM playing cards for attendees have 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 possibilities are larger 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 setting for all. We’ll evaluation our CoC and think about enhancements based mostly on what we have now discovered this yr.

What’s Forward?

We’re assured we gained’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 neighborhood enter on what must 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 probably be exhausting, as we have now many unbelievable strategies for Devcon7 places 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 come back. 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 possibly can take a look at extra images by the Devcon workforce right here, and discover extra images by Shintaro Yoshimatsu right here.

EF Devcon Staff


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