Thousands of developers, hackers, and crypto and blockchain enthusiasts descended upon Denver, Colorado in the United States for the ETHDenver conference from Feb. 24 to Mar. 5.
With accommodation a limited resource in the Colorado capital city, many opted to seek refuge from the crowds and tight quarters at “hacker houses” — where sleep is optional and networking is the goal.
Jessy, the name behind one such house — Jessy’s Hacker House — organized four “hacker houses” that hosted 50 participants from the ETHDenver conference and BUIDLWeek — a series of workshops and events as well as a BUIDLathon allowing teams to compete for prizes and investments.
Meeting with Cointelegraph at one of their houses on Feb. 28, Jessy and co-organizer Waylon Jepsen kept busy setting up posters and checking up on the guests’ comfort.
Eth Denver was great this year! We had a lot of amazing residents with @wehack247 this year. I’m so glad to call you all my friends. So bullish on the future we are all building ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nlFkzx8dzO
— Waylon Jepsen (@0xjepsen) March 6, 2023
According to the hacker-house host, she had been working at a venture capital firm in 2022 during the last ETHDenver conference when a number of people based abroad posted on social media they were looking for a place to stay in the Colorado capital city. Like many in attendance at the 2022 event, Jessy and her house guests tested positive for COVID-19 but were still able to network and develop projects.
“The motivation previously was like ‘hey, these are cool people — let’s just host them and get to know them’,” said Jessy. “For the longest time, it was a vehicle for me to find my own co-founder and discover what ideas I wanted to join.”
“The magic happens when you carry the most relevant people […] We carry a diverse group of people. We have people who are very crypto native, we have people who are from academia who are doing cryptography and specific research […] You have people who are like 19, 18-year-olds — who are freshmen — who are just starting their career.”
The four “hacker houses” scattered around the Denver Metropolitan Area were home to more than 50 people as well as a few visitors during the week of the conference. Roughly 300 technical-minded individuals applied for a place to sleep and networking opportunities at the houses, which were funded by sponsors in the blockchain space and…
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