Taking place on Sept. 18 to 24, ETHSafari is an event that will be held in Kenya to bring together an auspicious group of 1,000 people from Africa and around the world to learn, hack, discuss and celebrate the Ethereum ecosystem, the decentralized future, the use cases transforming Africa, and the people that are building them in the continent.
Safari means “journey” in Swahili. Everyone today is on this journey of decentralization together. The question is: Safari Wapi? Journey to where?
The event will host learning, hacking, speakers, discussions and celebrations to showcase innovation around the region and bridge the gap between the global Ethereum ecosystem and the African ecosystem. The event will feature five main tracks: DAOs, DeFi, Gaming, NFTs and impact.
For those that want to get up to speed before the hackathon, ETHSafari is hosting a two-day bootcamp on Sept. 18 and 19 with both in-person and online content. The hackathon will start on Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 22. It will pair teams with local and international mentors to take on critical challenges and will generally follow the five event tracks, but any teams can enter.
ETHSafari core contributor Sunny Satva said, “Great events leave space for others to bring their creativity and energy. We’ve purposely left lots of gaps in the Nairobi schedule so that our local frens can host events and meetups.” On Sept. 22, ETHSafari will board the “blocktrain,” aka the Madaraka Express, from Nairobi to the coast through the Kenyan savannah and Tsavo National Park with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hacker teams will hack aboard the train while others will attend talks and meetups in other train cars.
Everyone will then arrive at the venue Beneath the Baobabs in Kilifi to welcome drinks in the afternoon and a fireside chat in the evening. There will be a two-day conference to bring together global and local players, strengthening the bonds between ecosystems. The event will close with an epic celebration of the decentralized future on Sept. 24.
Ethereum Foundation Africa Fellow and an instigator of ETHSafari, Benson Njuguna, said, “We’ve already had more than 300 signups for the event with nothing more than some dates and a logo announced to date. It shows that there’s huge interest in the space and we’re excited to fill a gap in hosting the very first Ethereum ecosystem event in the region, and setting the stage for many future ETHSafari events around the continent.”
Also launching at ETHSafari will be Artstorm.nft, a sister project of ETHSafari to transform brown spaces around Kenya into Green Art Spaces together with partners and the local communities.
ETHSafari is a DAO, established to raise the profile of African Web3 projects and bridge the gap with the larger Ethereum ecosystem around the world through conferences, hackathons and other projects across the continent.
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