Announcement of Devcon Archive V2

Devcon is coming in 2022 (along with something new 🤫), but before our next event updates, we invite you to check out a completely updated Devcon archive.

Get to know the new Devcon archive

The effect of Devcon goes beyond the mere physical event, and with this in mind, we have completely redesigned the Devcon archive. Changes include improved UX, better content discoverability, less reliance on YouTube, more decentralized content over IPFS, and community participation in curation.

Through all of this, we hope that Devcon can continue to be an unparalleled educational resource for learning more about the past, present and future of the ecosystem. Read on to find out more about what’s new (and try to earn a POAP) or check out the site for yourself now.

A hub for curated content

Based on preliminary user research with the original archive implementation, users found it difficult to navigate through the hundreds of Devcon videos from each issue. Content discoverability and guidance were lacking, and presentations were provided with little to no context or metadata.

A common thread we heard from the feedback sessions was that specific conversations are critical to understanding critical concepts. People regularly attended these conversations through the archives, but only because they had originally seen the meeting in the schedule or actually attended the meeting.

And as much as the live sessions are at the core of the Devcon experience, the influx of parallel content makes it very difficult for attendees to attend all of the sessions they wish to attend. Because of this, other people rely on video playback to catch up on the content after the event.

In addition, curated content was repeatedly mentioned as a way to open up new ideas and new perspectives to users that would otherwise have been largely ignored. One of the most consistent positive feedback we have continuously received regarding the Devcon in-person experience is the chance learning and ideas participants experience when engaging with content they were not previously planned for. We wanted to take this opportunity and enable the community to shape this moment of joy through suggested playlists on niche areas with content expertise. If you’re interested in helping with this, please pre-view the Road to Devcon Quest for community-curated playlists.

Make content easier to find

From a user perspective, our goal was to make navigating, filtering, and accessing content in the Devcon archive as easy as possible based on your specific interests and skills.

The new archive has been rebuilt from the ground up with a mobile-first implementation so that you can access your favorite Ethereum developer content on any device. With the vast amount of metadata now available in the archive, you can search and filter videos using a variety of inputs. Easily search for content based on speakers, lecture descriptions, Devcon tracks, keywords, expertise or the Devcon event editions. You can also access a wide range of curated and suggested playlists to discover interesting and engaging content.

Note: If you are a speaker of the Devcon archive and would like to help improve the content description (or edit your speaker biography) please submit a PR directly on the archive github page or contact us via email.

Decentralize everything!

One of the core goals of the Devcon team this year is to support dog food and incorporate key web3 technologies that provide clear benefits to attendees and online attendees.

Internally, our reliance on centralized platforms has been a problem as the risk of deplatforming and censoring services and websites increases. We wanted to make sure that all Devcon content was censorship-resistant, globally accessible and available to interested people at any time.

For this reason we decided to fully integrate IPFS as part of the Devcon archiving experience. IPFS is a distributed system for storing and accessing files, websites, applications, and data. Learn more about IPFS here. You can now find all of the previous Devcon content hosted on IPFS and easily accessible from the archive under the IPFS Video Player tab. We also hope that users will pin their favorite content on IPFS to make it more accessible and to signal their preference for the type of content they like most and want to share with others.

Special thanks go to Andrew and Carson from the Textile team as well as Dietrich, Adin and Molly from Protocol Labs for their continuous advice on IPFS and Filecoin. We also owe thanks to the EF Devops team for taking on the great burden of managing and uploading the large amount of videos to IPFS. 🙏

Path to Devcon quests

To mark the continuous path to Devcon and encourage community engagement, we will be adding two additional quests related to the Devcon archive and the great content of the Road to Devcon quests.

Pin the archive

In order to make access to the content more censorship resistant and decentralized, we hope that a lot more Devcon content will be pinned by the users who use the archive. To ensure that content remains on IPFS and is not deleted during garbage collection (a process of removing obsolete content), data can be pinned to one or more IPFS nodes. Pinning gives you control over space and data retention. Users can use this control to pin any content they want to remain on IPFS indefinitely. If you are one of the first 100 people to pin your favorite sessions to IPFS and reach us on our Road to Devcon Discord, we will issue you a unique, limited POAP. Learn more about pinning and participating in the Road to Devcon Quest here.

Community participants should be given the same opportunity to curate the contents of the Devcon archive. We encourage anyone interested to submit curated playlists that provide insight into a core topic or create a historical narrative that can be easily recognized by newbies or individuals looking to delve deeper into a specific topic.

Here are some examples of curated playlists: The Emergence of Smart Contract Languages, Execution Layer. Please create your playlists and submit a PR on the Devcon Archives Github. When your playlist is selected, you will receive a unique POAP as part of the Road to Devcon quests. Find out more about participating in the quest here and access the Github here.

What is ahead

We still see opportunities to improve the archive, but we would like to hear your feedback on what offers the most value. As Devcon gets closer, we will continue to incorporate user accounts so you can create your own custom, personalized playlists, favorite lectures, and more. We are also planning to integrate the Devcon live streaming process close to the archive to ensure that the content is easily accessible with the relevant additional information immediately after the next Devcon.

If you have any other ideas on how to improve the Devcon experience or archive, please read the Devcon Improvement Proposal Process to see how you can be an integral part of Devcon planning this year.

Kudos to the Devcon and Web teams who are driving the project 🚢.


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