The low prices, diverse culture, and growing startup scene have made Berlin a hotspot for technological innovation. Within the niche world of cryptocurrencies, however, the German capital is carving out a special place in its heart for the Ethereum project. At the inaugural Görlicon, in which developers launched a desperately-needed testnet, BTCManager also got an idea of the strong feelings between the city and the Ethereum community.
ETHBerlin Reunion: “A Conference on a Testnet”
The original launch of ETHBerlin, which was then re-branded as Görlicon, happened back in September 2018. The hackathon brought together diverse Ethereum projects and community members to a three-day event at The Factory’s two Berlin locations. More importantly, this was one of the first crypto events whose entire infrastructure was built out on dApps and crypto technologies.
A group of judges including Mohamed Elseidy of ZK Capital, Feridun Mert Celebi of Veil, Ewasm developer Lane Rettig, and the Director of Product at ETHPrize Mitch Kosowski, then reviewed each experiment before dolling out bounties.
In the first, MyENS Wallet allowed users to bid on human-readable ENS domains within an iPhone application. Pinata Overlay offered a service that observes smart contracts in need of IPFS storage. Companies looking to develop decentralized storage solutions are likely not as willing to build out the entire infrastructure needed to do so, and so this Solidity-based system automates that process so firms can focus on customer solutions.