Our team just got back from a few weeks on the road which included a visit to ETHBerlin and Berlin Blockchain Week. Berlin was a perfect host city with rich history, density, and grit as a location to host a truly global conference.
Let’s start by talking about our ERC-725 meetup and demo. Stan James, Josh Fraser, and Fabian Vogelsteller gave talks on what the protocol is, how we can use it, and how we can implement it into our companies. The ERC-725 movement is interesting in that you can join by just raising your hand (or pull request) to be put on the website. Josh wrote a recap piece on his experience with this launch and event. What I find most notable is that, when implemented, ERC-725 is a better user experience than one that doesn’t involve a decentralized solution. For User Experience geeks, when implemented, ERC-725 will make ‘sign in’ and ‘log in’ identical.
I particularly enjoyed this talk on Token Engineering by Trent McConaghy, Dimi De Jonghe, Ryan Selkis, and Ben Bollen. The rest of the ETHBerlin talks can be found here; these are great for education and putting names to faces for a lot of the core Ethereum community. What blows me away about the community is that there are hard liner personalities and companies coming together to collaborate with each other while maintaining their unique values and business goals. I saw, time after time, mentors meeting with hacking teams working on the same problems and working together on solutions that might not be exclusive, but collaborative.
The trip would not be complete without seeing some amazing art and culture in Berlin. The ETHBerlin after party was at an amazing indoor/outdoor venue giving us a taste of the flourishing EDM scene. Josh and I rented some bikes (noting that the signup process would be 95% easier with ERC-725) and took them all around the city. We were amazed by the architecture and ‘people first’ design decisions that Berlin showcased. I rode by some amazing public art and ended the day with a random run-in with a crew that was about to take a stripped down orchestra on a canal night cruise.
A lot of the bigger dreams in the blockchain movement are focused on what beauty and impact it can create. We get so sucked into the press releases, Github threads, security issues, and overzealous personalities that we sometimes forget this. Events like these remind us that the industry is about the people building and how they hope to redefine what society can do.
The overwhelming feeling from the event: open source will win.
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