Steemfest was Steemit's first meet-up conference which took place in Amsterdam on 11, 12 and 13 November 2016. Created by the software developer and event organizer Roeland Landegent (@roelandp) to bring Steemit users together and meet in real life. On September, 12th, 2016, he announced: "Steemit is great, how cool would it be if many steemians from all over the world would meet in real life." And so the idea of SteemFest (working title SteemCon) was born.
Roeland contacted Steemit's CEO and co-founder Ned Scott and proposed in Steemit Chat the idea for an in-person gathering, and the concept was embraced by Steemit, Inc. As a bonus, each attendee received a number of Steem Power as a reward for attending.
In May 17th, 2017, the Steemfest website opened a form to a newsletter signup before announcing the date of the event's second edition. Few days later, in May 30th, SteemFest² was announced to be held in Lisbon from 1st to 5th of November in the same year.
Speakers and attendees
The first event's edition had 35 speakers and 206 attendees who came from 31 countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the UK and the US. Aproximately 25% of the audience were developers, and 35% of the total attendees were women.
Many of the attendees paid for their travel using Steem dollars (SBD) they had earned on the platform. One small exhibit area featured Maurice Mikkers (@mauricemikkers), a"tear catcher" who photographs your tear via a special microscope in high resolution for 25 SBD.
- (Save the Date) SteemFest 1 - 11/12/13 November 2016 - Amsterdam, NL Written by Roeland Landegent on Steemit in September 12th, 2016
- (save the date) SteemFest 2017 - Creamy & Delicious - 1/2/3 (+4/5) November - Lisbon Written by Roeland Landegent on Steemit in May 30th, 2017
- (save the date) SteemFest³ - Kraków, Poland: 7/8/9/10/11 November (+ Hotel Packages now available) Written by Roeland Landegent on Steemit in July 18th, 2018
- Steemit's First 'Fest' Reveals the Power of Blockchain Community Written by William Mougayar (@wmougayar) and published in Coindesk in November 23rd, 2016
- Steemfest.com : http://steemfest.com
- @steemfest : https://steemit.com/@steemfest
- Steemfest Recap 2016 : https://salon.io/steemfest
- @steemfestdreams : https://steemit.com/@steemfestdreams
- @good-karma : Announcing SteemFest Mobile application!!! August, 2016
- @aaronkoenig : @Roelandp Presented Steem Fest in Berlin October, 2016
- @richardcrill : Win a ticket to SteemFest! October, 2016
- @mariandavp : To Steemfest or not to Steemfest? To Steemfest! - by @mariandavp November, 2016
- @razvanelulmarin : My Steemfest Chronicles. Manning the front desk December, 2016
- @nanzo-scoop : Steemit - come for the money, stay for the people... December, 2016
- @twinner : Some Steemfest Impressions December, 2016
- @lrock : STEEMFEST Recap Website made to preserve some collective memories from Amsterdam December, 2016
- @lrock : With @Dan Now Gone And The Steem Price Rising Why Not Announce A Steemfest#2 Soon To Galvanise All Steemians? March, 2017
- @kingscrown : SteemFest 2016 Unreleased Photos - Check How The Party Was Last Year! May, 11th, 2017
- @knozaki2015 : Steemfest 2 Website Live, Signup for important Information!!! (Reward of this post will be donated to Travel Support Fund for Steemfest II) May, 17th, 2017
- GQ Australia : Cryptocurrency Conference Steemfest Proves Bitcoin Isn't Dead Yet Written by by Andrew McMillen (@andrewmcmillen), published in 4/5/2018
- The Ether Review : The Ether Review #49 - Digital Markets and Steemfest Audio podcast hosted by Arthur Falls interviewing William Mougayar @wmougayar, published in 12/1/2016
- SlideShare - The Business Blockchain : The Grand Vision of a Crypto-Tech Economy at Steemfest Presentation with video by William Mougayar @wmougayar, published in 11/19/2016
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