SteemSTEM & Utopian.io Meetup in Italy - Updates from our @fundition campaign and more!

in fundition-ffdnxgdga •  3 months ago

As you probably already know, SteemSTEM and Utopian.io are organizing a joint meetup in 2 months from now, in Florence and Pisa in Italy.

One of the main events at this meetup will be a group visit to Virgo Labs. To give you some insight into what that actually is, today’s post includes a short explanation about gravitational waves and why Virgo was awarded a Nobel Prize in physics.

Attendance, @fundition campaign and some statistics

So far, 29 people RSVPed and purchased their flight tickets. Where are they coming from? Mostly Europe, but also a decent number of people are coming from Asia and South America. As some of our members in Asia and Africa have yet to secure visas for the trip, they are not yet included in the statistics.

Moreover, the spread in age is also interesting, with our participant birth-years ranging from 1977 to 2000, with a peak in 1990-1995.

It is not as crazy as the spread of ages at the last SteemSTEM meetup - (our oldest participant was 76 and our youngest one was 18). Since registration is still open, we’re hoping for surprises.

Gravitational waves and Virgo in a nutshell

Gravitational waves are small ripples distorting spacetime and are generated by 'catastrophic' events in the universe. By catastrophic, one actually means huge events like the merging of two black holes or two neutron stars. Such an event requires a huge mass of matter that can only be found in these cosmic monsters present in our universe.

Even though these events are colossal in magnitude, we can only try to measure modifications of space in units of 0.0000000000000000001 meters.


[image credits: LIGO]

Thanks to lasers and interferometry, such tiny changes have been measured at three places on Earth: the two LIGO observatories in the US and the Virgo observatory in Italy. This international experiment yielded the scientists a Nobel Prize in physics in 2017.

Gastrophysics, or the astrophysics behind gravitational waves, in considered innovative state-of-the-art science, and is thus a good reason to organize a crazy meetup of some of the top tech and science brains from this blockchain at one of the places this inspiring research takes place.

Why pick the one in Italy? Various reasons including, but not limited to, the ease of travel for most participants from around the world.

Want to know more about gravitational waves? Our own @lemouth will be happy to answer all your questions in the comments to this post.

Help us get there!

Moving all these people from their home to Italy takes a lot of funding, with some flights from distant locations costing up to 1000 USD. We would like to help our community afford this and this is where YOU come in.

This initiative, in collaboration with fundition, is aimed to help do just that - collect additional funding for the meetup attendees. Every upvote counts and every donation makes a difference.

At the time of writing, we have collected 1243 upvotes on our crowdfunding post, as well as four direct donations from @jakipatryk, @mahdiyari, @electronicsworld and @roj.

Thanks to everyone, we have collected about 25 SBD in donation, and about 285 SBD in upvotes (which can vary until the post is paid out). We are, however, still far from our goal, and more help is needed to fund flights, accommodations and car rentals.

Obviously, this will not go unthanked! As previously announced, you will be able to join our meetup virtually through livestreams, scheduled chats and whatever else we can organize for YOU with the funds we’ll have collected.

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It's always great to see that social media communities making real meetups possible! Hope to be a part of next meeting. Best wishes! I have to learn more about fundition. Seems to be a great project!

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Meetups in real life is the best, IMO! Hopefully you will be with us for the next one :)

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Voted this comment to counteract some flags you received elsewhere. ;)

Now you should be able to get a lot of flags from tini accounts and still be breaking even.

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😊 Thankyou

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Of course, please don't stress over some future small flags now :)

Just have fun.

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I have seen a lot of accounts getting tiny flags, I don't know what is that about.
Our Romanian community got a lot of flags and we have made a list and investigated, it doesn't seem relevant, or concerted. Some of the ones being flagged were using bidbots, but not all.
Guess time will tell if this is the start of something bigger.

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Flags don't matter any more then upvotes do, really. They are a part of the system. People just don't like seeing their rewards or rep go down, but life works like that.

That sounds fantastic, how I wish I could participate!

Congratulations to all those that will be part of this. Happy for you guys and praying you have a hitch free experience over there. Resteemed.

@eurogee of @euronation and @steemstem communities

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Thanks for your support @eurogee! Appreciated! :)

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I fully expect to see you in the audience of our livefeeds from Italy. I hope to add some African countries to the next update - the guys there need to go through HELL to get a visa. Crazy world.

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I can totally relate as the immigration here can be a pretty intense experience.

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Crazy world is the best word to qualify our experience here, indeed. We see what happens ✌️✌️

Thank u for great information

If I could attend I would pull the range of birth year one year lower and add a country to the list ;) Everyone have a safe and fruitful journey!

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Note that as long as you are 18+, it is fine :)

I love the idea of meetups, it's simply marvelous.

We should support @STEEMSTEM as they have done a lot to the steemit society.
I will do what i can.

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Thanks a lot for your message and support! It is very appreciated!

Although I can't attend, looking forward to how the mini-hackathon and the meetup goes 🙂
Hope utopian also has Hacktoberfest too in near Oct

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A kind of beers and tech event? :D

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Just some random free giveaway T-Shirt event :D
@lemouth Example from last year https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com

Interesting to see the data on the age of participants. Here's wishing our African team a successful visa application. The visa issuers in my country makes getting one similar to winning a lottery :)

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I agree age is interesting factor.

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The age pyramid is very interesting. I would be interested in knowing what is the steemstem one in general :)

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A google form is easy to make and can be present in Distilled.
I think this age range is representative to an extent for the full group, from what I interact as a mentor.. and to all Steemit in general. Young people, the Early Adopters, with everything that this implies (including the lack of trust in the platform and lack of persistence or sudden flight).
SteemSTEM and Steem in general is in what is called pre-takeoff phase in Economic Development:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rostow%27s_stages_of_growth

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Rostow's stages of growth
Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth model is one of the major historical models of economic growth. It was published by American economist Walt Whitman Rostow in 1960. The model postulates that economic growth occurs in five basic stages, of varying length:
Traditional society
Transitional society
Take-off
Drive to technological maturity
High mass consumption
Rostow's model is one of the more structuralist models of economic growth, particularly in comparison with the "backwardness" model developed by Alexander Gerschenkron, although the two models are not mutually exclusive.
Rostow argued that economic take-off must initially be led by a few individual economic sectors.

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Yeah, we may want to do that at some point... Tagging @suesa (I have really no time myself).

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Will put something together

Obviously

This great event must be a success. And the success story would be told for all to hear.
I've sent a little sbd contribution for this course (more would come later). I know it's small, but if everyone would pull hands together; little drops would make mighty ocean.

Go SteemSTEM!!!

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Thanks for your donation. It is really appreciated. Any single penny counts, as always!

There will be even younger babies @lemouth ^^

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i will bring the milk! :D

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I'll take some rollators then, I hope Virgo accepts them :P

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We may need to negotiate that :)

This is awesome, really wish I could make it but as @greenrun said getting a visa in my country is like winning a lottery.

I wish everyone a safe trip and an enjoyable experience.

Steemstem Rocks !!!

Resteemed.

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We have now two Nigerians on board, by the way :)

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I don't have a national ID yet, registered since 2015 and still yet to get it. No way I would get a visa without a national ID. Contributing my little token for this awesome article

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This is true. Without a passport, I am afraid you won't make it on time. Too bad :(

Good luck to all participants. I wish I could have made it. Hopefully next time...

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I guess we have to see this as a confirmation you won't be able to come :(

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Indeed, it's looking very unlikely... :-(
Grrr...
I will definitely keep in touch with how the visit goes though.

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We will get in touch through potential MSP-waves editions :)

Good luck raising the funding. You've got my upvotes!

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Thanks @tking77798! Any contribution, no matter what it is, is helpful :)

Looking forward to the live stream!

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A lot of nice faces will appear :D

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I guess, I won't be on the stream then.

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We will focus on your right hand then ;)

Hay man it's great to see your post.

Obviously, this will not go unthanked

A worthy initiative to enable attendees have a practical experience of the text book theories on gravitational force. Resteemed

@sciencetech
STEM contributor

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We'll create a SteemSTEM & Utopian.io textbook for the event ;)

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That would be good

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Thank u for great information

Interesting meetup, although I'm not a very big contributor to either SteemStem and Utopian but I find both projects very promising. Made a news video in Chinese featuring this post. Hopefully it will get some notice for the cn community as well.


BTW: I'm in Europe myself so may consider coming as well, but I don't have much to do with Stem and Utopian lol

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Thanks for featuring us. We do no have that many Asian participants! And this is clearly a public that could contribute!

congratulats & well come aims of SteemSTEM and Utopian.io

I like the idea of livestream,,i'm excited to see the faces of some stem members after such a long time !

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Note that some faces of the participants are already publicly available (as they participated to the first steemstem meetup :) ).

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I already saw your face alongside with justtryme and suesa but still, not everyone's :p

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With patience, everything comes ^^

Are you gonna sponser the tickets? Well you guys have enough sp to sponser the whole thing easily

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We do not really have enough to cover everything for everyone, which is why we are organizing this campaign.

Greetings to one and all!!

Really excited seeing so many meet up around. Hopefully, to be a part in the next #steemSTEM meetup!! :)

By the way, I liked the meet-up banner a lot!! The graphics used here is awesome!! :)

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Thanks for passing by! Hopefully you will be with us for the next one :)

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You are most welcome @lemouth Sir!! I am looking forward very eagerly to meet you all in the next meet-up!! :)

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I am always meetable :D

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I will definitely be up for a cheeky scheduled chat & livestream or two AND like I said, next time im on a plane straight to wherever you are I hope you all have an absolutely beautiful time

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Your words are noted. I will insist to see you present at the next event! :)

Not qualifed ... :(

pls upvote to uplift my mood. :)

Congratulations @steemstem!
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I feel so delighted whenever i see articles promoting steemit and the community. Great work guys

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The world works in some mysterious ways! I watched the World Science Festival video on this yesterday and now this pops up in trending before my very eyes.

Dear friends, success in union is strength!

Great! Good luck with the meetup

nice post dear friend

Crowfunding science is so cool. Cannot wait to see where this goes!