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About Devcon

What is Devcon

Devcon is an intensive introduction for new Ethereum explorers, a global family reunion for those already a part of our ecosystem, and a source of energy and creativity for all.

We host Devcon to educate and empower the community to build and use decentralized systems. It is a conference for builders of all kinds.

Our goal is to push the boundaries of possibility in our mission to bring decentralized protocols, tools, and culture to the world. Programming covers content ranging from the deeply technical to the profoundly human.

Devcon by Numbers

  • Devcon 02014
  • Devcon 52019
  • Past Editions6
  • Continents Travelled3
  • Archived videos727
Past Editions

Devcon is for builders of all kind

Devcon always had a heavy technical focus to it, and this will remain true this year and into the future (it’s the DEVelopers CONference after all!). Though Ethereum is a technological breakthrough in its own right, its applications reach much further, into digital economy, research, community, art, and beyond.

Devcon is not only for developers, it is for builders of all kinds: engineers, designers, researchers, infrastructure operators, community organizers, social economists, artists, and more. So we want to invite everyone who is looking to build and create to improve our existing world using Ethereum and decentralized systems.

Growing Global Communities

We could host Devcon in the same place every year, sure! But we’re working toward achieving a goal of bringing Ethereum to communities around the world, and to places where it can have real impact today.

“The difference between Argentina and some of the wealthier countries is that in wealthier places, there are people who are excited about crypto ideas and theory, but people here deeply understand that crypto is solving real problems.” — Vitalik Buterin

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Ethereum isn’t merely a technical solution, but a community. While blockchain communities in Europe and North America are already strong and vivid, we can have a big impact today in newly developing communities.

Over the past years, we’ve seen young Ethereum communities sprouting in Latin America, and the potential growth is tremendous. This is why we are excited to bring Devcon to Colombia this year.

Living On Defi preview
Devcon 5
Talk
19:37

Living On Defi

Living in Argentina but getting paid in Dai, I can access financial systems that are usually not available to us. I want to show how Ethereum's DeFi movement has been working fine for the last 2 years, by leveraging Dai and secondary lending platforms, and how that is changing the financial reality for people in developing economies. Someone in South America getting paid in crypto can access more stable currencies than their local ones, with better interest rates, and this is all happening right now, and scaling right now.

Mariano Conti

Money At The Edge: How People Stay Afloat in Venezuela preview
Devcon 5
Talk
20:55

Money At The Edge: How People Stay Afloat in Venezuela

The Open Money Initiative has gone into the field to understand how Venezuelans survive in the midst of heavy capital controls, criminalization of free markets, and hyperinflation. We'll share stories from places like Cúcuta, where worthless bills are used as art and home decor, and Caracas, where individuals are saving in bitcoin, trading it for local currency only at times of essential purchases. We'll discuss concepts for products and services in places where regimes have a tight grip on society, and how they relate to cryptocurrency.

Alejandro Machado

Money is the killer Ðapp: crypto in Venezuela preview
Devcon 4
Talk
25:43

Money is the killer Ðapp: crypto in Venezuela

We want to talk about real-world cryptocurrency use in avoiding forex controls, preserving one's wealth while fleeing an authoritarian regime, and escaping hyperinflation. Venezuela is in a deep economic crisis of its own making: relentless money printing and disastrous fiscal policies have brought the country to the edge of collapse. Eduardo will tell his own story of people using cryptocurrency as an unstoppable store of value and medium of exchange. Alejandro will recount how the crypto community, including projects like Zcash, BitcoinVenezuela.com, and MakerDAO, are researching how to allow Venezuelans to gain access to open money that, unlike the dying bolívar, will not consistently depreciate 50%+ each month, and that anybody could use.

Alejandro Machado, Eduardo Gomez

Support Ethereum-Related Public Goods

This year, we’re trying something new by finding new ways to support Ethereum-related public goods in lieu of a traditional Sponsorship program.

Aligned teams will have the opportunity to contribute toward Ethereum-related public goods to grow the Ethereum ecosystem, and further technologies that help us move forward together.

As a thank you, we’ll be allocating Supporter Tickets to Devcon VI to those who give back to the community by supporting public goods that benefit Ethereum.If you’re building applications or infrastructure that benefits Ethereum and you’re interested in participating or learning more, click here to inquire for more information!

Supporter Tickets are tightly limited in availability, entities are subject to a review prior to participating in the Devcon Supporter round.

Getting Involved

Devcon is hosted for you and therefore we want your input, ideas, and support to make it happen, and happen well! There are a number of different ways to get involved:

Apply to Speak

Giving a talk, or hosting a panel or a workshop are great ways to bring in your ideas and vision. If you are working on improving the world through decentralization and by using Ethereum, you can apply to speak at Devcon VI. Learn more about different speaking formats, and the application process.

Volunteers

Devcon wouldn’t succeed without engaged volunteers helping each year. Volunteers bring a huge value to the conference, and this role is a unique opportunity for those new to Ethereum to attend, learn, and get involved in the ecosystem. If you want to join 100+ other amazing, passionate volunteers at Devcon VI in Bogotá, apply here.

Share your ideas, & improve Devcon

We are always striving to improve Devcon for everyone. However, we are aware that our perspective is limited. This is why we introduced DIPs: Devcon Improvement Proposals. DIPs are a way for everyone to bring in ideas and experiences. If there’s something you really didn’t like at previous Devcons, head over to the forum to discuss your ideas to make things better than ever in Bogotá.

FAQ

  • Are there any other events being planned?

    Devcon is the only event hosted by the Ethereum Foundation, but there will be many other events planned by the community during Devcon Week! A few to keep an eye out for:

    • October 7-9: ETHGlobal’s ETHBogota Hackathon
    • October 10: ETHLatam Day (all in Spanish, for newcomers and experts alike)
    • October 11-14: DEVCON!
    • October 15 & 16: Devcon Co-working
  • How can I contribute?

    You have different options to contribute to Devcon VI:

    1. Volunteer

      If you want to join 100+ other amazing, passionate volunteers at Devcon VI in Bogotá, apply here.

    2. Apply to speak

      If you are working on improving the world through decentralization and by using Ethereum, you can apply to speak here.

    3. Submit a Devcon Improcement Proposal (DIP)

      Have an idea for Devcon? A community-run event? A cool interactive experience? Something out-of-the-box? Let us hear your idea! Participate in our Devcon Forum and/or submit a Devcon Improvement Proposal!

  • How do I get a press pass?

    Apply here.

  • How can I see information from past Devcons?

    Check out the Devcon Archive! There you can see videos of keynotes, workshops, and other experiences all sorted into playlists that are available in one place, with details of past events and media dating back to 2014’s “ÐΞVcon-0” in Berlin.

  • In which language will presentations and talks be delivered?

    The main language of the conference will be English. All main-stage talks will be translated into Spanish, and we will provide Spanish translations for side-stage talks and workshops where possible.

  • What are the COVID-19 policies?

    We will be implementing whatever COVID requirements are mandated by the government of Colombia at the start of the event. Currently as of June 2022, there are no restrictions.

    We’re also happy to mention that our venue Ágora Bogotá has has qualified for Bureau Veritas Safe Guard certification, meaning they have satisfied a rigorous set of biosafety criteria operationally and in their physical space.

    As the global situation continues to improve, our team will actively monitor and provide updated plans to our Devcon Blog, @EFDevcon Twitter, and Devcon.org. Stay tuned for more!

  • Will there be Wifi?

    Yes! Fast, reliable WiFi is a priority to us this year, and it will be available to all attendees for the duration of the event.

  • I need a Visa Invitation Letter. How do I get started?

    The Devcon team will try to provide Visa Invitation Letters for those who have a valid ticket to Devcon. Please fill out the form here to request an invitation letter. Note: We cannot cover any costs associated with visa fees.

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