Edcon 2023, Ethereum’s annual conference, recently concluded in Podgorica, Montenegro.
From May 19 to 23, the event provided a platform for over 3000 developers, researchers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs from the Ethereum community and beyond to exchange ideas, share experiences, network, and discuss the latest developments in the Ethereum ecosystem.
EDCON 2023: A Sneak Peek Into the Event
Over 60 speakers, including Skylar Weaver, Ethereum Foundation Devcon Team Lead, and Balaji Srinivasan, Former CTO of Coinbase and the author of "The Network State," took the stage to share insights into the cutting-edge advancements and prospects of the blockchain space and Ethereum technology.
Still, the event’s spotlight was on the platform’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, who captured attention through his speech and Montenegro’s national costume.
Exploring the Core Challenges
Buterin's speech focused on the three major technical challenges confronting Ethereum: scalability, privacy, and user security.
- Regarding scalability, Buterin acknowledged the limitations of Ethereum but expressed optimism about the gradual improvement through Layer2 technology. He highlighted the contributions of second-layer networks such as Taiko, zkSync, Optimism, Arbitrum, and Scroll as key in addressing this challenge.
- In the discussion on privacy, Buterin introduced the concept of "stealth addresses" that enable users to receive funds without revealing their ENS names or wallet assets. However, he cautioned against the potential misuse of complete anonymity for illicit activities like money laundering. To address this concern, a program is being developed to help users prove their innocence without disclosing their identity, Buterin noted.
"I think that’s amazing that there are so much more Ethereum now compared to the past individual purchases," Buterin said.
Shaping the Future of Ethereum
Liza Filatova, COO at Input PR & Marketing, was there with the agency’s Communications Lead, Anastassia Kulibaba, to experience the event from a first-hand perspective. She shared: "It was inspiring to see so many brilliant minds come together, united by a shared interest in Ethereum and its potential."
As we look forward to Edcon 2024, the ideas and discussions from this year's conference will continue shaping the Ethereum community's discourse. And if this year was anything to go by, the future of Ethereum looks promising.