09 March 2023

A Developer's Small EthDenver Retrospective


Reinvigorating! That’s the word for my EthDenver experience. Maybe it was the thin mountain air. Perhaps it was the cool clime that made every moment outside feel like a new morning. But more likely it was the energy of the event itself. A packed conference hall is a thrilling reminder of how big, diverse, and passionate the web3 community is–and EthDenver is only a slice of it! Elbow-to-elbow with strangers, conversations uncountable with the same. Always trying to remember who’s doing what, who knows who, and why you should know them too. It makes sense that the venue was a rodeo. It felt like it. Fast-paced, exhilarating, the slight smell of manure in the air.

Yet what stuck with me were the simple things. The small experiences like: congratulating a speaker on giving a great talk; that minor eureka moment you have when you completely understand what a project hopes to achieve; high-fiving colleagues you’ve only ever seen through a laptop camera; exploring an unknown city with long-known friends (shoutout to my best friend Victor at Osmosis); getting help from peers on things you might not understand (my loudest shoutout to the marketing council at Protocol Labs!).

Conference-scale events like EthDenver are important. They are the center everyone is drawn into and the center out of which numerous different smaller events emerge. The little coincidences, the chance meetings, the friends-of-a-friend… all the things that lead to brilliant collaborations you couldn’t have previously imagined. These would not occur if enough people were not in the same space at the same time. But while it might be the big things that bring us together, I believe it’s the small things that keep us going. Reinvigorated and ready to build out the future web3 promises. Yep, that’s most definitely the word.

In case you missed it, you can see our Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 recaps here.

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