Steemfest Is Over!

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Update edit: Added a new section on my take on the other talks that went on during Day 2 (or in print, Day One of Steemfest)! Please note that I'm writing this as a POV without reference.

Great, great weekend with awesome people. I think that's what you'll see in everyone's firsthand report of Steemfest. And I can vouch for that. Weirdly, it was a good break from Steemit (and the Internet). Just being in the moment with Steemians, and getting to know them is irreplacable.

To be honest, I'm usually on the cynical side of things, so I don't really know why I feel good with these folks. Like 100%.

I had to take the whole day today just resting, reflecting on all that has happened. Pretty braindead since yesterday.

Steemians are like cats, and that's awesome.

Everyone's just flowing in and flowing out of different groups, conversing openly about anything. Absolutely limitless. Even a short walk with a small group going for lobster rolls took like an hour. You really can't herd cats and get them to walk in a straight line.

I even missed the group's morning boat twice for waking up slightly late. Nobody called or even messaged me. It felt like everyone's drumming their own beat, and I absolutely love that! Of course, I was on-time with my presentation and DJ session. I really appreciate that trust is given without a leash.

My thoughts on the talks that happened in Day One

As I was busy myself prepping the slide best to represent Curie (honestly I don't have much of a good idea on how to present it), I could really only focus after 2pm. I think @furion's mention about Steemsports as prediction market (like Augur) is particularly compelling. @xeroc's talk about key and identity protection using the indestructible Trezor thingie seems super important too (reminder to look into this).

The witness and dev panels are a great addition to know what's going on with all the apps and knob tweaking going on with running this next-gen social platform. It's great that everyone acknowledges that the parameters / UI are not perfect. I really hope to have more time in the future to dig into the Steem blockchain, at least to be able to prototype something up myself easily. Btw @pharesim sitting at the end of the bench with his quick, straight-forward answers is the perfect combination lol.

I got really hungry at one point and went for some food with others and missed a whole bunch of talks, and returned to @cardiff on stage with his really intense, poetic speech about Steem as a dependable financial instrument. Then, Tatiana (someone please point me to her account..) played great acoustic music after!

Special thanks.

There are just too many people to thank, even just for being consistent with their expressions on Steemit before I met them in person! However, I want to have a list of those whom I've shared more moments with -

  • @andrarchy for his amazing, and pretty much impromptu speech for Curie's presentation. This guy is the ultimate conversationalist and chill buddy.
  • @firepower, @anyx, @sjennon, @steemrollin for all the company. Most of us were just walking around visiting places and had our last day dinner on the same corner. Just like all other Steemians, I don't know how to express this, but everyone's just vibing the right way. I can't really explain why everyone's kinda familiar, and not out of place.
  • @robrigo for being my missed-the-boat buddy, twice lol!
  • @roelandp of course. Much thanks for the great event and hospitality! Double thanks for the awesome accommodation!
  • @knozaki2015. This person is really sociable and hardworking. Thanks for the lobster roll recommendation, and I'm definitely inspired to make my own blog more social and frequent!
  • @fabio @shla-rafia @felixxx. Funny and lively AF. And thanks @fabio for christening me as jesus node #3.
  • @jamesc for the great talk at the bar. It was also awesome to meet another fellow dj and music enthusiast!
  • @sneak and @ned for the burrito, beer, and explanations. @sneak's like Steemit's surprise weapon (well at least, in my case), and I have great confidence in him. Quite a right fit for Steemit.
  • @saramiller for the Steemit cap and amazing, amazing massage. Seriously the best I've ever had!
  • @mariandavp and @everlove for the painting. My crib doesn't have posters and stuff on the walls, so I'm happy to finally have something I really wanna put up!
  • I'm pretty sure I missed others, but my mind just could not process any further.. sorry for not including!

Wrapping it up

I'm really happy to have met just about everyone, and I think we're onto something here as a community. I may not have told anyone this, but I really got hit with more than half a dozen dejavu moments in this trip. What I regret is actually not having more time to spend with this community in person. The bigger regret is actually not having a better game plan to work things out with the wider community. I hope I'll have better collab ideas before the next fest!

Can't wait for more social features on the site now.

Alright, super duper tired atm. Time for a nice toke before my flight tomorrow :P

PS: If you've any pictures of us or just me, feel free to send them to [email protected] I would really appreciate it since I'm really not a camera person, as you may have noticed from my blog.


First image credit: @firepower


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We had such a great time, I miss you guys already!!

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I just wish we got more time! Thanks again for the gift, it's actually the only physical thing that i'm bringing back to my home lol! I'm a bad tourist

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Next time a real painting maybe. Oh yea me too, just a pack of stroopwaffles!

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Lol damn now your texts have voice to them haha

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I know! Yours too 😚

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Malaysian accent is not as sexy though :p

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Let me be the judge of that...

Thanks Kevmaster for your presentation and dj'ing. Great to see you and @ned behind the decks :D

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TBH steemfest is the first time i really wanted to give someone a standing ovation, you really did a great job defining the fest and gluing it to your city!

This post pretty much sums up my feelings exactly, right down to the people. Everyone we hung with (largely the same people) were absolutely amazing and I've never been so sure that everyone we DIDN'T hang with was equally as amazing. Steemians really a special breed. Can't believe we were hanging out just this morning! Great seeing you man, talk soon.

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Exactly dude. Even a pretty antisocial like me is up for talking lol. How's Iceland atm?

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Beautiful. Quite snowy though, don't know what I'll be able to do today ... or tomorrow ... or the day after ...

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LOL. Be a snowman. Why not? Are you at a homestay?

@kevinwong is a very humble and polite man. I feel very glad to get to know you in person. I hope you are still having fun times in Amsterdam.

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Likewise @skapaneas , glad to know you too! I'm winding down tonight, and will be having my last walk tomorrow :)

steemfest is over but great to meet you tonight and great post

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Ah so you're the one I met at the door :) Maybe we'll bump into each other tomorrow morning before my flight back. Thanks for dropping by the post!

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We doing breakfast at 9.30 and will be near hotel door. We are going to Bagels and Beans just down the road. Everyone that's still around welcome.

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Ah man, I just woke up!!

It was a pleasure to finally meet you @kevinwong! This is an excellent assessment of the Steemfest cat herding and the great vibes everyone was surfing. I'm excited to see what everyone creates until we come together again! Also I'm stoked to hear you appreciated the massage, as it's one of my magical powers :) Oh and maybe we can collaborate with a beat one day?

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Should train a robot massage hand so i can have it anywhere haha. And yeah maybe a beat? What kind? It was great to meet you guys too. Hope the trip back was all well

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Hahaha, I'll get my team of devs right on that robot hand asap lol!
The trip was really long. We just recently returned home, and I must rest soon.
As far as a beat goes, I want something I can flow on, if you want to play sometime. We can feel it out, but if you drop it, I will rap it.

Thanks for bringing musical life to the Steemfest party. Would not have been the same without you!

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Thanks.. :) it was fun

Wish I could have attended, looks like you all had a blast.

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I think so, I haven't really read too many posts about it yet :)

it was so good to meet you man. As you said I´m also still reprocessing all what happened, all the moments, like thousands of good moments, can´t wait for the next one

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Same here brother lol. I guess it's best to just rest first and continue post-steemfest for a few days :)

I was hoping steemfest would bump the price up a bit. Hope there were reporters from all the bitcoin magazines and news outlets?

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Not too sure on what's happening on that front - I was assuming there'll be some coverage, although this is really just the beginning..

I love you Brother and am so grat full you got to meet the magnificence that is @everlove and @saramiller !!!
It is but a taste of the potential!
I hope to hug you one daynand enjoy the best that life is!

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Haha likewise, i heard about a delivery in Ecuador, was it? Hope all is well bro

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Indeed!
Super success~
Life is better than ever!

What a delight to meet you in person and to make and share such incredible memories. I took feel really good about all these folks--100%. How interesting it is that so many can come from so far and feel so good about each other. Powerful potential awaits. It's just the beginning. Thanks for being you. So glad @mariandavp and I will be hanging around with you at your pad!

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I was reallly touched by your speech during the awards and its really amazing that the fundamentals (whatever that is, it worked) of the platform brought so many different kinds together!

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Thank you for the acknowledgement @kevinwong. It is potent that we are all in our own little realms yet so powerfully coming together for the bigger picture. It works! Steemit is serving so many purposes simultaneously. So grateful for community--glad you're in it @kevinwong.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It makes me a little sad that I couldn't be there all the more, but I'm hopeful about going to the next event. Hopefully we'll have some exciting announcements soon about the future of Steemit and perhaps a road map.

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Oh there are good stuff in the works. I think Steemit has hired a really good general dev @sneak, and I'm looking forward his communications with the commmunity :)

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As a member of the community, this is how I feel waiting for those developments...

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It's definitely time for a toga party. lol

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Some of us were thinking Steemfest @ Mykonos..

hey brotha from another motha! really was fantastic to meet you.. incredible had so much fun with you all

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Lol likewise man. Next steemfest hopefully i dont need to work so i can enjoy with yall lol

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you mean the 4 hours oout of 100 hours you spent on working ;) LOL ;) i would thinkk that was more fun than work for your doingsome DJing

Thanks for the write up, Kevin. Sounds like an awesome event. :)

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It was, actually i thought i saw you but turned out to be roelandp's brother! (i think)

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Hahah. Nah, we're on our way to D.C. for a conference.

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Congratulations! Still wish I could have been there! Looks like you guys had great fun!

Was a pleasure meeting you in person, buddy. Performed a great set and a professionally done presentation, great job. Hope we will see you again in a future Steem meetup! :)

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Pleasure meeting you too buddy. Oh ill make sure ill be in the next one!

this feels like the first time i connected to swedish BBS when i was a teenager. it's great to see community is alive and well in the world. social 3.0 has arrived? - i hope so, cannot wait until you have another event. dying to meet you all! :)

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This is my first time meeting up internet friends, and from some accounts of eearlier bbs meetups, sounds like its about the same

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Hey man! Thx a lot for sharing your single malt whiskey with us after the closing dinner!

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Is it single malt? Haha no prob, glad everyone enjoyed the fest :)

We had such a great time dude! I miss you guys already! I hope I can make it to KL soon and we can hang and do some cool shit together! I hope you will teach me some basics of DJing! Would be great if you could!

Super cool to hear from folks. Thanks for your perspective Kevin - very gracious and humble, as always.

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Thanks man :) Any idea on which is the "official" channel for the fuller recaps?

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It would be nice if whoever is managing @steemfest would resteem stuff from it. That'd help with the stream of updates. Other than that, I dunno. :)