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Devcon VI Recap, Assets & Wrap-Up!


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 a hit. On this weblog publish, we are going to recap the highlights of an extremely enjoyable occasion, and reminisce about Neighborhood Hubs, the Highway 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 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 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 study) 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 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 shouldn’t be solely a convention that options shows, nevertheless 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 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 provided a co-working house after the occasion within the venue.

The hacker basement – Photograph by Shintaro Yoshimatsu

2. Instructing, speaking, and producing new concepts

Devcon is an opportunity to study, and to show. Individuals traveled to Devcon to grasp 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 all over the world watched the Devcon livestreams (21,780 on the primary day alone). Offering high quality reside 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 group organized Devcon Satellite tv for pc Occasions in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Malaysia, Portugal and Turkey.

Neighborhood Hubs had 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 “Affect Cubicles”, which had been areas reserved for groups and efforts making a optimistic 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 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 artistic house: a Colombian Chiva Bus. There, individuals hosted dialogue rounds, podcasts, and stored the music going till effectively after shows 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 important 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 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 can be extremely advisable to (re)watch are Aya Miyaguchi’s discuss 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 wish to let you already know what had been a number of the favourite picks by members of the group this yr:


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 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 final ticket sale started.

Sensible 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 deal with or different private figuring out info being made public. By means 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 had been capable of 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. Try the Swarm staff’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, individuals 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 lots of POAPs alongside the way in which.

Panel: Signing in With Ethereum: the Most Highly effective Protocol in Web3? – Photograph by Shintaro Yoshimatsu

5. Rising the Ethereum Ecosystem

Devcon is a chance to achieve, excite and have interaction extra native Ethereum communities all all over the world. This yr, the Latin American Ethereum group paved the Highway 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 at some point earlier than the principle occasion began. Watch their recap video right here.

We consider Ethereum can have real-world influence in South America, and it’s wonderful to see how sturdy the Latin American Ethereum group has turn out to be.

EF’s Government Director Aya Miyaguchi lately mentioned that she “strongly consider[s] it’s necessary 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 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 Highway to Devcon.

The Highway to Devcon map

Devcon can be a chance 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 creator Bruno Maçães.

Ethereum Basis’s Subsequent Billion staff organized a one-day occasion for Devcon attendees, authorities officers, non-profit and civil society organizations, and “anybody thinking about studying about how we are able to 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 influence.

The programming observe Alternative & International Affect 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 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 loads of crypto artwork and music alongside the way in which, 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 influence on Ethereum and its group, however who had been unable to attend with out monetary help.” The Devcon Students Program had its second class this yr, and 50 people received help to attend Devcon. Learn a few of their tales and their views on Devcon VI right here!

6. Enjoyable!

Playfulness has all the time 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 Track 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 stuffed with digital artwork to discover.

Ix Shells and Rosendo Merel Choy – Photograph by Shintaro Yoshimatsu

Most of the enjoyable issues Devcon VI provided had 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 was a bigger venture. You possibly can watch a video with highlights from all 4 days right here. Every day, attendees may 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 study and enhance as effectively, and we thank everybody who gave us worthwhile 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 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 had been extra important than ever! The meals could 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 are able to 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 larger for rivalry 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 cushty surroundings for all. We’ll evaluate our CoC and take into account enhancements based mostly on what we now have discovered this yr.

What’s Forward?

We’re assured we gained’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 group 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 likely be exhausting, as we now have many unbelievable strategies for Devcon7 areas from members of the Ethereum group.

We hope that you simply’ll be as excited as we’re after we share extra info 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 Affect groups, Supporters, Neighborhood Hub organizers, DIP contributors, and volunteers that made Devcon VI attainable. ❤️🦄

Till we meet once more, you’ll be able to try extra images by the Devcon staff right here, and discover extra images by Shintaro Yoshimatsu right here.


EF Devcon Crew



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