The Ethereum Devcon is a yearly conference where developers and enthusiasts from a large spectrum of various industries meet, mix and mingle. This year, 3,000 ethheads gathered in Prague to enjoy a jam-packed schedule of talks and workshops. With up to eleven different locations and simultaneous sessions to choose from, the four lab10 collective members who attended the conference decided to split up and explore on their own to get as many impressions as possible. In short: It was amazing for them to see the magnitude of this global blockchain ecosystem, all in one place.
The conference had much material to draw from, as Ethereum has seen lots of changes in the recent past: Ethereum has started a massive rebuild, and is calling the new efforts Ethereum 2.0, or Serenity. Once implemented, it will create a tremendously more powerful and scalable ecosystem for the future. Vitalik Buterin for example was talking about a thousand-fold performance increase through sharding alone.
Since we are talking about Devcon, it gets very technical. Among others, the most frequently discussed topics this year were:
- Layer2 Scaling: State Channels, Plasma Chains and Side Chains
- Zero-Knowledge-Proofs: zkSNARKs, zkSTARKs, Bulletproofs and Aurora
- Development: EWASM, Yul, devp2p, Formality, ZeppelinOS, etc.
- Usability: Metamask, Mist and Ethereum Name Service
- Storage and Message Protocols: IPFS, Swarm and Whisper
Needless to say, our small lab10 collective contingent thoroughly enjoyed themselves and used this opportunity to talk to many interesting people from all over the Ethereum ecosystem. For example on the topic of Side Chains, another way of scaling on the Ethereum blockchain that wasn't discussed much on stage, our team was excited to be discussing possible co-operations with representatives from the PoA Network.
This experience has once again strengthened our belief as a collective that the Ethereum ecosystem has enormous potential for the future and is the right place for us to be.
If you would like to read Thomas Zeinzinger’s personal takeaways from the conference, you can read his article on LinkedIn.