Steemit Veni, Vidi, Vici Lisbon! SteemFest² Was EPIC! Few Thoughts On Key People From The 2017 Edition!

in #steemfest5 years ago (edited)

Some of you have been asking me why I haven't posted anything about SteemFest 2. I reached home last Tuesday evening, exhausted from my travels but thoroughly satisfied with an incredible month of travel that included our epic conference in Lisbon. SteemFest 2 was fantastic but also somewhat exhausting and so I needed to take some time off to decompress.

Many of have you have shared your thoughts, feelings, incredible pictures and videos from the conference. I've been reading and catching up on Steemit. It feels like a never ending rush of nostalgia viewing new material, almost everyday, from the 5 days in creamy and delicious Lisboa.

I always find it a great opportunity to be travelling out of India and hence after the event was over, I focused on my travels, few high priority tasks, spending time with my friends, taking a short road trip, dealing with some long flights and connections to get back home to India.

It was over 6-7 months ago that Roeland and I had our first lil' discussion about SF2017. I had just made a comeback to Steemit after a terrible accident and was so excited about making it to the fest! Now that the fest is behind me, a little gratitude is in the order!

I'm sure there are loads of great posts out there about SteemFest but this one is mine and it's about the great bunch of people that I got to work with every day of the event.

Thank you!

Dear @roelandp SteemFest 2 was incredible! Your mind is full of amazing ideas and I love what you have done for the community. We're lucky to have a visionary like you to bring hundreds together from different parts of the world onto a stage unlike anything witnessed earlier in this crypto-domain. I hope we can come together to execute many more SteemFest in the years to come! Thank you for your friendship, trust and the opportunity to work together again! It was great to be able to bring back the team from last year to pull this off. I'm glad I could be there to help you out.

You made incredible things happen twice Roeland! Kudos!

Pic: @varunpinto

Also special thanks to Heleen, Viggo and you for hosting me in Lisbon!

To the @firepower Crew (it's kinda funny how I get to tag myself!)

@poezio It was great meeting you and working with you. SF2 wouldn't have been the same without your support, knowledge and expertise in event production and execution. Those late night discussions were so much fun and I hope we get to work together in the future. You're one of those few people that I know that can work really late and yet manage to wake up before I do and keep the event function together without a hiccup. But your lucky that it's not your job to wake up the rest of the team, so you aren't hated by anyone else!

It was an absolutely pleasure getting to know you and I hope to meet you and hang out in NL sometime next year.

@foxxycat and @razvanelulmarin

Thank you @foxxycat for making us breakfast at the house! I don't think we'd have made it through Day 1 without your help! It was wonderful to have you and Raz back for SF2017. You guys never tire out no matter what I throw at you both to handle! You guys are well organised and your ability to take charge of the situation and ensure everything goes smoothly made our lives easier during the fest and ensured everything went smoothly! I hope we get to meet in Romania before the next SteemFest and I look forward to having you back for round 3!

@sjennon and @things

We're thousands of miles apart and meet once a year. But I'm so glad you guys signed up on Steemit and became active users on the platform and eventually made it to SteemFest to become part of the crew. It's always a pleasure to collaborate on projects with my friends and you two are as great as they come! Thanks for all your help during the fest! I often saw the exhaustion in your eyes but you two kept going! I was thrilled with the prospect of getting to hanging out in a new country, executing our conference but most importantly I want to thank you for being there for me through all my difficult days in this year! I'm happy to say that not a day goes by without hearing from you both and as much as @sjennon bugs me with her whatsapp texts at 4-5AM with not-so-silly questions it puts a smile on my face every time to see them!

@varunpinto and @wandereronwheels are my buddies from back home and unexpected new entrants to the FP crew! From donating blood when I met with an accident to stepping up to assist with event logistics at an extremely short notice and doing a fantastic job of it all. Superman and Batman as @roelandp likes to call these guys are rockstars! Always dependable for any situation. I'm glad that my friends from Mangalore, who I introduced to Steemit actually made it to SF2017.

@mynewlife Your photography is fantastic. It was great to get to know you and spend time together as friends. I hope we can collaborate on some project in the future. You are very talented and yet so humble. I love your style of photography and I hope I can learn some things from you whenever we meet again in the future. Looking forward to having you back if possible for the next round!

@theowlhours and @anyx Thank you for joining the team and assisting everyone. It was great that you could be part of it this year. Your assistance during the event made it successful and I'm glad you could make the time to assist in execution of SF2017! You make a lovely couple and I wish you two the very best for your future!

Nelson and his partner Erivaldo-our security for the conference. Great guys and also local Lisbonites who ensured everything was in order during the course of our event.

I'm glad we could all share a roof together as the late night discussions and the final de-briefing session that ran into the wee hours of the morning was a lot of fun! We've gotto do this again!

Thank you guys and gals!

I also want to thank @terrybrock for his awesome work hosting in Room 2 during the conference days! It was great that you could be there and it was a pleasure meeting you once again!

Thanks to @shourai for making the livestreams happen!

We missed having @anduweb in the team this year as he was moving to a new country. He was a great asset to the team during SF2016 and was missed by everyone and so was @roelandp's friend Freddie who assisted us with event production last time. He was managing the Volvo Ocean race this year and hence couldn't join us.

But SteemFest is not just another conference, it's unlike anything out there. This year it retained it's friendly feel but also had this slightly business touch to it! There were many faces from last year signalling people's confidence and trust in an event of this scale! I'm glad to have been able to play a small role in all of this!

We were also lucky to have Roeland's brother Tony and his girlfriend Stefanie back with us at LX Factory making some awesome pancakes and they kept us well fed!

It was also great catching up with @saramiller, @everlove and @quinneaker from @gardenofeden and @lifemovedbysteem and @opheliafu who assisted Roeland with the Art at SteemFest.

Thanks for all your help and support everyone!

Thanks to Steemit. Inc for sponsoring another great event which brought together 295 attendees together and 311 total sales in tickets to people from across 38 countries!

@ned and @sneak Thank you for your vision and work towards taking this platform to the next level and for making this event happen!

Kind hearted whales on Steemit who sponsored the event @riverhead (Missed meeting you this year), @abit, @arhag, @pharesim, @smooth, @wackou and @wmougayar.

The platinum support ticket buyers: @blocktrades, @exyle, @gandalf, @good-karma, @grumlin, @jerrybanfield, @lafona, @nanzo-scoop, @phelix, @vandeberg and @vi1son

DECENT, Bitshares and Peerplays Blockchain Standards Association for sponsoring the Hackathon!

Thanks to the following people who sponsored @t-r-f Travel Reimbursement Fund @aggroed, @ausbitbank, @benjojo, @blueorgy, @edb, @ericvancewalton, @good-karma, @gringalicious, @gtg, @hitmeasap, @kevinwong, @lichtblick, @mariandavp, @timcliff, @shenanigator, @skapaneas, @userperson321, @walterjay and yours truly!

This year I was able to subsidise the cost of SteemFest attendance for a few, donate to the @t-r-f and also help in the execution of the event. Thank you for supporting my work! I hope to be able to do more in the years to come!

Pic: @timsaid

Thank you Steemians for making this a successful event! It wouldn't have been possible without each and everyone of you!

Let us continue spreading the word about Steemit to world!

Follow Me: @firepower


Hey Brother!

So great to finally meet you! I have seen the multitude of greatness you have done here on Steemit and you contributed to much to SteemFest also.

SteemFest was truly amazing, so great to see so many awesome people in one place!

Thank you for the shoutout, it is an honor to be a part of such a group and to contribute something of value to such an amazing time!

Words cannot describe all the feelings and experiences of SteemFest but I will be sure to make a lot of posts about it to try!

Loved this post, loved the event and love you!

Full Steem Ahead!


that's pretty much cool ... i wish if i were in your gang

It was an awesome event and I bet you had a great time, I hope to reach your stage soon.
Great acknowledgement speech, well done @firepower

Yes, I had blast. Thank you.

This is so coooool!

Yes, it was. Thanks for stopping by.

I wish one day all steemians ini Indonesia can have an event like that....such amazing meet with great steemians... I really hope that. But i think it Will be possible because steemit gas been famous in Indonesia now. Thanks for steemit......

I 'm sure you guys can do it. Indonesia does have a huge community now.

It was awesome meeting you @firepower! Everything was incredible in Lisbon... can’t wait until 3.0! ... in Cape Town! ;)

Hi dear @firepower thank you for reminding sweet memories of steemfest I hope I will be there in next steemfest.
Thank you sir.

You are welcome. Sure join the Steem Fest 3.0.

Steemfest looks awesome. I'm so gutted I missed out. Ill have to make more of an effort next year.

It was really amazing. I will look forward to seeing you next year. :)

Thanks a lot for sharing this information that is now going to be part of our common history. Looking forward to meeting next for SteemFest !

You are welcome. I will look forward to seeing you too. :)

Awesome !!! Looks like some serious fun was had by all ...Did I hear correctly ??? is the next one to be held in my mother city ...Cape Town ??? Whoop !!! Whoop !!!

Welcome back to India, I can see how much you have enjoyed.

Thank you. Yes, it was really a fun event. :)

Dear @firepower! I read with interest your story about SteemFest ! Your emotions inspire me! I would also like to visit! Thank you for sharing!

I'm glad to know that. You are most welcome.

Thank you very much for informative post.

You are most welcome.

I loved reading your post.... Seems like to enjoyed alot there thanks for sharing your experience

Thank you. Yes, it was an amazing experience yet again.

You are welcome

welcome back. next year I try to participate Steemfest :)

Thanks, buddy! Sure try to join us. :)

Congratulations to your successful event

Awesome! @firepower, Keep up the great work!

Thanks a lot.

Dear @firepower! :) Thank you so much for sharing your exciting experiences with us :) You are such a wonderful human being! Be blessed :)

Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

You're a lighthouse @firepower! 💜

Thanks a lot. :)

Good post!!!

Very Nice summary from your trip. Seems you enjoyed it much, so many details written down.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

It was memorable. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

I hope to be there with all of you one day, crypto is union, crypto is community, amazing!

How do you even manage to remember all the names :P - jokes apart, great report. Feels good to be part of the 'family'
PS: Bitcoin just crossed 8,00,000 in India and I cant stop tapping my feet non-stop @firepower

It was great meeting you at SteemFest @firepower!! Hope I can see you soon :) You guys all should​ come to Korea hehe

I really wish to join steemfest that is a lot of fun meeting new people .. There is a steemit convention in Cebu this coming December but can't able to join because i'm traveling to Puerto Galera if I really know the date ahead of time I will give time...
Congrats for the successful steemfest :)

hey pessoas inglesas como eu compartilham

Awesome. i wish to be part

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Amazing memories!! Thanks for the mention, I was glad to help and I will do more over the next year. Everyone should go next year!!

Nice one @firepower obviously it was pleasure to work with you, and explore the city a little bit! Great fun.... Looking forward to meet again !

Can't wait to see you in Romania, dude! Always welcome!!

I am just plain jealous @firepower, for missing out on the opportunity to interact with such a beautiful assembly of fine minds in such an enchanting setting!

From my minnow position it is so incredibly hard to awaken interest in a truly well motivated concept, especially if you are neither by nature, nor by nurture, suitably inclined.

May your good work keep bearing the fruit it deserves to do!

@ned is looking so handsome. What is he indicating?

Great to see you again @ SteemFest 2, @firepower. Thank you for all the help you gave us to make it a successful event. I look forward to staying in touch with you! Upvoted 100%

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It was a great experience being a member of the @firepower crew and helping out in smooth flow of the events. Those late night discussions during Steemfest are something I'm never gonna forget.
It was also my first exposure to an International level conference and get together. I was able to meet so many like minded and positive spirited people and learnt a lot from them. Thank you so much @roelandp for making this happen and thanks to @firepower for introducing me to Steemit and opening up a lot of opportunities! Waiting for the next one :D

thanks good job

It's never too late to surf on that never ending rush of nostalgia :-)

Actually you've got always the choice to whether look back on the last Steemfest or being ahead of the next one.

That picture from Ned pointing towards the horizon is really cool and allegoric for everything that is yet to come.

Looking forward! :-)

Wow! It's like dream. You are so wonderful friend,who make us proud for being an Indian. The greatest steemians looks so good and telanted and supportive enough to make the community more stronger and perfect in near future. I also felt if I could also be there with such an amazing personalities.Thanks for sharing such a great post which provides us much knowledge about the working and awesomeness of our beautiful community.wish you a very happy and beautiful time ahead my friend.

Nice post sir special thanks

It was an honor to meet you, looking forward to next year. I hope you are well rested and happy to be back home.

One Awesome Post! Raised lot of anxiety and curiosity!!! & there is always next time !!! :)

awesome information, thanks for you. :)

Incredible what you do @firepower, we in Aceh Indonesia also try to promote steemit in accordance with existing capabilities, so steemit able to compete with other social media, such as facebook, twitter, and others. I am @safwaninisam, @abunagaya, @steem77, @bukharisulaiman, @hasanuddin, and many other friends, creating a community to unite all steemit users, both beginners and seniors, with the aim of complementing each other, the community we call it NSC (Nanggroe Steemit Community). The community we built under Steemit Indonesia, with the guidance of 2 curators @aiqabrago and @levycore, we are looking forward to the support and motivation of all steemit masters, especially CEO Steemit @ned and @nene, as well as to other masters.

Regards Steemit Indonesia and NSC


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Wow! This is so awesome :D Congratulations @firepower

lmao the last picture :)

Hahahaha I laughed pretty hard about that, too :D

@lovablesoul ikr! :D It's a tradition now!

haha i like that!

wish i was there to meet you and everyone!

Congratulations to your successful event. Is there a guide to follow for anyone wanting to organize a SteemFest?

everyone comments on Steem for the win

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This is a funny pic.... .😁😁⛵⛵

Nice!!Good post♪

Nice pic and super post

Steemfest online

I miss you, guys! Thank you and come soon to Romania :)

Nice 👍🏽

Great post, your post is witnessing that you had a great time in Steem Fest. Hope i will also join Steem Fest one day.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day.

You are supported by many friends, you are lucky. I hope to meet you next year. All the best for you!

Steemians look pretty young on average, good looking bunch too

Was great seeing you at steemfest2. Good to know what happened to @anduweb. I was wondering why he wasn't there this year.

Hallo......Sudah di upvote ya......

It is us who have to thank you so much for your amazing work @firepower ! I cannot wait to be at SF3 and maybe spend more time and chat with you next year! :D
I hope you had a safe travel in Europe and enjoy every minutes you had after Steemfest !!!
Thank you again for the organisation (and the contest you organized ;-))
Many hugs from Belgium !!!

i agree with you✌✌✌😒

Yaaay.. Thank you @firepower and @roelandp for conducting such an amazing event.. Will be updating on the photographs as finally I am reaching home tomorrow 😂

Lovely family atmosphere
Greetings to all of you

Great post. So nice to be able to put faces with the many talented Steemians' avatars.

cheers! to the kind hearted whales list you mentioned and of course the fest's host and ya' all!

Live cams would be awesome to have at the next Steemfest!!

@firepower happiness togetherness

we really proud on you sir because you did a great job and continue supporting us also make feel proud to our country. as you already told how awesome steemfest 2 was i wish you keep going like this for all steemfest and continoue make proud to our country. thank you so much for all. Jay Hind.

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Such a beautifully written and a genuine letter of heartfelt gratitude for all the people involved in the successful execution of SteemFest2017 in Lisbon. Reading this letter the thing that strikes the most is a truly global world of people working towards the same cause - success of Steemit and a better world for all. It is great to see the world connecting over Steemit rather than the world dividing over religion. Cheers to you , @firepower and to all your friends ! 😊🍷🍷💐🎆

Amazing write-up. I did read a few about Steem meeting at Lisbon already, but this one made me regret my inability to come the most I guess. I would have a chance to meet so many amazing people, that have contributed greatly towawrds development
of Steemit :) Not to mention, that Lisbon realy is an amazing city after all ^^

Super interesting ,we have not been part of this community for long but we are amazed by the team spirit that seems to exist. We got blessed to meet you in Nazare and really really hope that we one day could join the steemfeests :) maybe even in our Yellowbus :)

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@spyking bey kesinlikle katiliyorum. @gokcehan61 e dikkat cekmek istiyorum. Guler yuzlu olmak daima kazandirir. I love steemit

Seriously i have one question. I have not seen your posts since steemfest, where have you been sir?

Hey guys @firepower Steemfest is awesome. Come to Tamil Nadu.


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woooow nice !! <3

Let's hope there will be a next. Enjoyed SF1 but unfortunately, life made it impossible for us to attend to SF2... Ohh btw India and Nepal are high on our to travel list so maybe we can meet up there too ;)

Excellent work...really great man..keep going 👍

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