Hello to all gardeners! Sorry everyone that not much has been happening the last few months, but the Ethereum Event Gardeners idea is still alive!
The original plan to organize a genesis meetup during ETHPrague and Prague Blockchain Week unfortunately didn’t happen (mainly due to my busy schedule, sorry!), so I’m coming up with an alternative plan to get things moving.
Introducing ETHBohem1a (2024)
The plan is that I would like to organize a hackathon that would focus specifically on EthereumEG topics - as a kind of boostrapping platform. The idea is to create a “hybrid” hackathon. An in-person part for about 50 selected people and an online part that will run concurrently and be open to a wider group of contributors.
Here is abstract:
ETHBohemia is a specialized hackathon aimed at innovating event planning and community engagement. We bring together organizers, developers, and creatives to create transformative solutions for events from planning to experience. The event will not host any sponsors or commercial talks.
I named the intended hackathon “ETHBohemia”, based on the historical part of the Czech Republic “Bohemia”, where the in-person part would take place. It’s also a nice metaphorical bridge to the follow-up word “bohème”, pointing to creativity and freedom.
Participants should be composed of three groups:
- event organizers (mainly non-profit ETH* conferences and hackathons) and people around (volunteers, etc.)
- developers of open-source tools that are useful for organizing events - i.e. various ticketing, streaming and other platforms
- other (Ethereum) community creators and creative souls
It won’t be a classic hackathon where participants can win something - rather, it will be a collaborative effort. We will be “hacking” primarily Ethereum Event Gardeners projects, and a large part of the hackathon will be dedicated to collaborative education and research. Instead of projects, we will have so-called “Hack-streams”, i.e. workstreams. This is still to be worked out (I welcome any ideas!).
Timing-wise, I like to place the hackathon in the winter/spring period, when not much else is happening (especially in Europe), and the organizers could have plenty of energy and time. So for now I’m counting on February or March 2024. I would like the hackathon to be as long as possible, I see 3 days for the in-person part as a minimum. Optimal would be about 5-7 days. The online part may run longer.
For in-person gatherings, I find Central Europe a good strategic location, with most European organisers not far away, they can use trains or buses to reduce their carbon footprint. Even though some place in Asia or South America would probably be more comfortable (in terms of climate), it would mean big moves and inefficiency for most of the European organizers. And let’s be honest - Europe is where we have the highest density of Ethereum hackathons and conferences, hence where most organizers are located. I think it makes sense to start here (but it should be noted that I am clearly biased because I love Europe :))
The specific city or venue where we’re going to host it’s TBD (not that important in my opinion). I would like to avoid Prague and choose some smaller interesting Bohemia town with sufficient infrastructure and interesting surroundings and nature (around 100-200k inhabitants). Bohemia definitely has a lot to offer. Cities like Pilsen, České Budějovice, Liberec, Pardubice and others are under consideration.
With only 50 of us in person and a longer duration, it will be possible to make the hackathon a truly unique experience full of leisure and fun activities - and to get to know and enrich each other much better. I would like to do my best from this perspective.
The hackathon will be non-profit, without sponsors and the entrance fee for participants will be free, of course. I don’t want any advertising or commerce (inspired by Protocol Berg by @q9f, thanks!). So funding will be through donations. I have absolutely no idea how much we can raise for this endeavor, depending on the money raised we will see what kind of comfort we can provide to the visitors. But the comfort of the participants is the main goal. I’d appreciate any help on this.
You can read more about the hackathon on GitHub:
I have also created a 𝕏/Twitter account where we will share news:
From my perspective, a face-to-face meeting is essential, especially since most of us are organizers of such in-person events. Especially in the beginning, a physical meeting will allow us to establish some rules and systems much more efficiently and quickly. We will be able to exchange basic information and knowledge much more comprehensibly. It will be more immersive and more fun
The periods when there is a big event or blockchain week are hectic and especially the organizers we target are the busiest. This is where I lean on the side of making it separate, as a feature, not a bug. The other thing is that Devconnect is too early and there are no such big events until April-May.
So, that’s kind of a small summary of what I’d like to achieve - I’d be happy for any comments and questions! If anyone would like to help with the organisation, please let me know.
All gardeners are of course automatically invited!