A few weeks ago, the Ethereum community gathered in Bogotá, Colombia for Devcon VI. We want to express our gratitude to all the attendees, volunteers, and contributors who made the event a success. In this blog post, we will highlight some of the memorable moments, including Community Hubs, the Road to Devcon, insightful talks, and beautifully designed presenter rooms. If you want to relive the experience, check out the Recap Video for some vibrant Devcon VI vibes!
For those new to the Ethereum family, Devcon is the annual conference organized by the Ethereum Foundation. It originated from a small meetup in Berlin called ÐΞVcon-0, which took place about a year before Ethereum’s first blocks were mined. Devcon serves as both a family reunion for the Ethereum ecosystem and a platform for showcasing the latest advancements in technical research and application releases.
As we planned for Devcon VI, we identified several goals that we wanted to achieve. Firstly, we aimed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing by providing spaces for builders to connect and work together. We organized workshop rooms, co-work areas, bookable meeting spaces, and even a hacker basement where people could gather and collaborate. We also offered a co-working space after the event to continue the productive atmosphere.
Secondly, Devcon is an opportunity for teaching, communicating, and generating new ideas. People come to Devcon to learn from the cutting-edge developments in the Ethereum space and share their own knowledge with a large audience. We livestreamed the event, with 60,000 viewers tuning in from around the world. This year, we also organized Devcon Satellite Events in different locations, allowing more people to participate in the educational meetups. Community Hubs provided dedicated spaces for various activities, such as cacao ceremonies, mask crafting, and discussions, fostering a sense of belonging and diversity.
Thirdly, Devcon serves as a platform for sending a message to the world about Ethereum. As the largest conference in our industry, Devcon attracts attention from the broader technology space and mainstream organizations. This year’s Devcon VI was particularly significant as it was the first conference held after Ethereum’s transition to proof-of-stake consensus. Talks by speakers like Danny Ryan, Aya Miyaguchi, Kurt Opsahl, and Pia Mancini highlighted the latest developments and future prospects of Ethereum.
Fourthly, we believe in “dogfooding” by using tools and products built on Ethereum. Devcon itself is a prime example of this, with various features and services powered by our community. From on-chain ticketing to crypto payments for hotel bookings, we embraced Ethereum-based solutions. We also made the Devcon Archive more decentralized by utilizing platforms like Swarm and Etherna for hosting videos.
Finally, Devcon is an opportunity to grow the Ethereum ecosystem by reaching out to local communities and engaging with blockchain-related teams and newcomers from other industries. The Latin American Ethereum community played a significant role in paving the Road to Devcon, organizing community events and leading up to the main conference. We also welcomed guests from organizations like UNICEF, the Internet Archive, and government officials, highlighting the real-world impact of Ethereum.
Overall, Devcon VI was a remarkable event that brought together the Ethereum community from around the world. We are grateful for the support and contributions of everyone involved, and we look forward to continuing the growth and development of Ethereum.