The ethereum ecosystem has now grown so significantly it has begun going global not just digitally, but also physically.
Its platform nature whereby individuals can code all sorts of things after a few hours of a solidity tutorial means hackathons are now complementing meetups, with Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s inventor, recently stating:
“We should just do EDCON once a month in a different country with different subsets of people.”
It is unclear whether that model will be replicated by say ethereum developers in London gathering once a year to showcase their projects, likewise in New York, Berlin, Moscow and so on.
But what is being replicated is the ETHWaterloo hackathon model which was held in October last year.
“Response to that event was overwhelming, and made it clear that fellow hackers all over the world wanted a similar event in their local community,” the team says before adding:
“Thus we created ETHGlobal, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of fostering this ecosystem starting with making it easy for ethereum enthusiasts who want to run an ETHWaterloo-type hackathons in their own city.”
They’re currently holding the ETHBuenosAires hackathon in Argentina, then they will go off to ETHSingapore in July, ETHIndia (Bangalore) in August, ETHBerlin in September and ETHSanFrancisco in October.
A hackathon a month across continents. That’s to complement Devcon in Prague, ethereum’s main and probably biggest event when the whole space descends to showcase what has been achieved for the year and what is planned to be achieved for the next.
The ecosystem, however, has now grown so considerably that it has become difficult to fit into one big event all the developments. So Steven McKie, an ethereum developer who just recently sat on the ETHMemphis hackathon judging panel, said:
“Excited for ETHDC, ETHAtlanta, ETHSingapore, ETHBerlin, ETHBangalore, ETHSanfrancisco, and….okay this is getting ridiculous. But it feels right.”
As we revealed yesterday, trustnodes has been going to solidity school, so maybe we’ll pretend we have a clue of what we’re doing and even go to one of these events (undercover of course).
Unlike meet-ups, which tend to be on a shoestring budget, hackathons can attract attention from big businesses which might even put forth some swag candy.
Hardware wallets would be an apt giveaway if they ask us, but the real prize is the opportunity to try some hands on coding in a competitive environment with other presumably smart people.
That’s, of course, the main point of a hackathon. To get coders together within a short space of a day or two and ask them to come up with something.
The secondary point of them is the friends they might make on the way, and the third point of them, which makes them possible from a financial perspective, is for start-ups and established businesses alike to snatch what talent they might spot.
That’s especially the case in this space which currently has a significant shortage of skills to the point $1 million bonuses are being offered for taking up a position.
Efforts, therefore, are picking up to train a new generation with accessible tutorials and with opportunities to try their skills in these hackathon settings.
As you might imagine they usually attract quite a few coders, not least because you never know whether Vitalik Buterin might randomly show up and/or whether you get to receive some guidance/training by some of the very fine and highly experienced eth devs, like McKie or Nick Johnson, or far too many others to mention.
Here at trustnodes we like being spammed on twitter, so if you do go to one of these events feel free to tweet us some pictures and we might even show them on these pages.