The organizing team for Devcon is pleased to announce a new method for taking part in next year’s event. We believe that Ethereum Together can create a better experience for all.
Devcon Improvement Proposals (DIPs) will provide a way for the community to collaborate and contribute ideas to the event. This process helps ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and that the event is improved with the best suggestions.
Where Are We Now?
In our previous posts, we discussed how to better represent the entire Ethereum ecosystem at Devcon. However, as the attendees, presenters, and builders have become more diverse, it has become increasingly difficult to do this. While this is a positive development, it has created new challenges in providing enough tickets, talks, and applications.
We have already taken steps to address these issues. Our launch post from earlier in the year discussed our proactive approach and the ways we are trying to account for ideas that no one team could have planned for. This has led us to our present situation.
How Can We Use DIPs?
Let’s dive deeper into DIPs. The best place to start is by visiting the Devcon DIP repository. You can also join the conversation on the new Devcon Forum.
We suggest you post your idea on the forum to get feedback from the entire community. Formalizing your submission will help make your idea clearer and our team, as well as others, will provide feedback to help refine your proposal and see how it might fit into the event.
The process is similar to PEP and BIP processes, but this new experiment is slightly more centralized since the proposals are ultimately approved by the Devcon team. We’re excited to have an alternate way to diversify and hope to come to a consensus on many new ideas. DIPs are meant to empower everyone, make it more accessible, increase discussion, and most importantly, improve the event by learning from the innovators in the Ethereum community.
What Could DIPs Look Like?
If you’re interested in seeing what DIPs look like, you’re in luck. The DIPs are now public, though they have not yet been made available to the general public. We’ve been testing the initial proposals with a few teams over the last few weeks.
Some of our first proposals included making Devcon carbon neutral, facilitating FOSS offers for hotel and flight bookings, hosting a treasure hunt without permission, providing attendees with smart wallet cards during the conference.
We’re absolutely overwhelmed by the number of great ideas and ecosystems. Thanks to the DIPs and your input, we’re able to be more representative than ever. For more information, please check out DIP-0 and the DIPs that have been submitted so far. Join the discussion on the Forum, and please get in touch if you have any questions!