Welcome to my first “hollycopter.eth & how to w3b” post; I am currently the Developer Marketing Lead for Figment’s DataHub and will be using this blog to share what I have learned on my journey into web3. A little background before jumping into ETHDenver. I am from the Midwest, an avid traveler, and an aspiring sailor working on my skippers' license. Before joining Figment, I worked at Yodlee (Silicon Valley FinTech) as a Senior API FinTech Jedi. I was responsible for overseeing their global startup and developer outreach programs, emerging FinTech market research, and event management/planning. Now onto the good stuff...
How to explain ETHDenver? The number of presentations, coding workshops, and networking events felt like a web3 version of Robert Frost’s poem “A Road Not Taken.” Instead of two paths to choose from, or Blockchain’s Trilemma, the possibilities within the ETHDenver metaverse were endless. Each conversation led down a new web3 rabbit hole filled with knowledge-sharing and laughter. Huge thanks to all the new web3 frens I made - especially the fabulous team at HER DAO. I am dedicating my first post to Doris Hernandez of Dippii, a new platform enabling users to create NFTs with one click. Doris, I appreciate you encouraging me to start my web3 blog on mirror, your friendship, encouragement, and accountability to write at least one post…
First and foremost, if this is your first web3 conference, let’s start with setting up your web3 profile for networking.
YES: Please ensure you have access to the information for POAPs and SWAG tokens. For example, when checking into ETHDenver, every early attendee was greeted with tons of IRL SWAG such as t-shirts, water bottles, key chains, sticker POAPs, and Arbitrum took it up a notch, offering tokens for food trucks through Metamask.
I have quickly learned that in web3, business cards have become almost obsolete, but ENS Domains are the new normal. Your ENS Domain is a form of resume in web3; owning particular NFTs grants VIP RSVPs to events, POAPs, and access to gated content.
In the words of the Mandolorian, “Telegram is the way” to communicate in web3 vs. texting and sharing self-identifying information. Be prepared that most will have a PFP for their main picture, but there is an option for additional pictures. (Tip - slide left to see if there are any additional photos).
There will be multiple TG exchanges from group event chats, project brainstorming, direct DMs and more. I have found it best to take a quick picture for text history and trade Twitter/ links to project information for easy follow-up. ( **some will not do photos as they are anonymous)
Linkedin is not a big thing in web3 -- whereas Crypto Twitter will provide the most up-to-date information on new projects, events, airdrops, and industry trends (positive or negative). Build your brand by following accounts of people you meet at events, posting, and sharing.
While every conference will be different, the Rapid Test only takes 7 minutes, but the lines for the test at the Art Hotel varied. During the Buildathon program (2/11-2/16), the lines were only about 30 minutes from start to finish, but once the Denver Sports Castle main stage opened for Schelling Point (2/17) it ranged from 1 to 3 hours.
The ETHDenver events are spread out through venues just south of Denver’s famous North Capitol Hill. The area is full of hotel and Airbnb options easily walkable to the venue. I would not stay at the ART Hotel; while it might seem convenient to be on-site, the prices are outrageous, and the elevator lines are appallingly long and crowded. One point to keep in mind with your location is that the Ubers are extremely expensive during the conference week - sometimes well over $30 for less than a mile due to surge pricing.
Warwick Hotel - I chose the Warwick hotel and it was a wonderful long-term experience as the rooms were large, had comfortable beds, balconies, ample closet space, and a rooftop pool. They have all the amenities needed with a restaurant-bar on site. Many fellow ETHDenver attendees stayed there, so there was no shortage of networking opportunities.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa - This hotel is breathtaking with its atrium lobby and glass skylight soaring 8 stories. I was lucky enough to experience the hotel with live jazz music playing. I personally loved the history behind the hotel being built in 1892 and the story behind the sailing-themed Ship Tavern. Read more here.
Grand Hyatt Denver - Solid choice with all the amenities needed, within a quick walk or ride to the venue and has a restaurant on-site
Sheraton Denver - Similar to the Grand Hyatt, all the amenities you need and not too far from events
Ritz Carlton - This will be a pricier option, but they had multiple private events during the conference and have heard that the chocolate chip cookies cannot be missed.
There were several Hacker Houses at ETHDenver, but being a #WomenInWeb3, the HER DAO Hacker House was my favorite. Received a warm welcome from Yip offering details for the house full-body massages to meeting the founder Onallee (Tracy) and planning future collaborations. In addition, they had a full agenda of seminars in conjunction with the ETHDenver scheduled attractions.
The Buildathon events between 2/11-2/16 were epic for networking. I met some of my favorite new web3 frens and projects in the first few days. The Denver Sports Castle events started with Schelling Point on 2/16 and drew a large crowd with lines down the street. Meanwhile, earlier events allowed deeper conversations with serious builders and actionable next steps to partner.
One quick note: It is critical to RSVP for main and side events EARLY as they sell out quickly. I suggest checking the ETHDenver schedule every so often, starting at least a month before. New events are added daily, and free RSVP sells out quickly. To add to any FOMO for missing the ETHDenver adventure, here is a quick ETHDenver 2022 Shortlist that Mark created from Commonwealth or @Mark_CMN on telegram.
It was a surreal week, but if I had to name a few of my favorite moments… it started with meeting people I had been speaking to virtually in IRL finally! I met colleagues in-person vs. Google Meet, new innovative projects, and joined a spontaneous web3 mountain trip! My biggest personal accomplishment for the week was the Cryptogals Bowling event in partnership with Figment DataHub, Ceramic, HER DAO, SheFi, and Boysclub. It was a night to remember - which I will detail further in my next post - ETHDenver: Part 2.
As for the projects, here are some of my fav from ETHDenver ( in no particular order):
I would love to feature so many more exceptional projects, but what is the phrase? Publish or Perish? Until, ETHDenver Part 2, hollycopter.eth over and out.