Community Hub Proposal | Scaling Ethereum: Cross Pollination Hub


Hola hola! As part of our DevCon programming, the Catwalk Society will take over a tiny 24m hub in Bogota and plan an epic gathering for the melding of the minds. As we all work together to build the future of Ethereum and Web3, this is a space designed for all blockchain builders to learn about all the different solutions and mechanisms in place for scaling Ethereum & hang out together.

The Catwalk Society produced its first big activation as part of DEVCONNECT’s Decentralized Programming Week in Amsterdam. We were part of the official DEVCONNECT Calendar for 4/20 and received an audience of over 300 people for a full day of content:

The Cross-pollination Hub is about more than building apps, exploring L2s, Rollups, or bridging technology. It’s about acutely connecting the unique cultures of the ecosystems creating real change, and get all these projects in the Ethereum ecosystem to talk to each other. The Catwalk Society exists to emphasize that all projects/chains in the Ethereum ecosystem need to work together — because in the world of web3, there are no winners or losers, just the infinite game.

Programming & Opening Hours

Join us from Oct 11 - Oct 14 in Bogota for small workshops and group talks on Ethereum Scaling & ecosystem interoperability. Meet the teams Scaling Ethereum— ranging from L2’s, Optimistic/ZK Roll-Ups, infrastructure providers, and bridges.

Our hub will be open following DevCon hours from 9am-5pm (potentially with extended hours on one day for a happy hour social, if the conference venue regulations permit). The morning will kick off with small hands-on technical workshops for developers… then the afternoon will open up to everyone interested in interoperability with a series of small interactive talks, fireside chats, AMA’s, Q&A’s following DevCon Talks, Founder Office Hours, Ecosystem Office Hours, Project Highlights + Lightning Talks, and more.


SAMPLE PROGRAMMING (a full schedule is in development)*

Project Spotlight: Invite founders/teams from relevant projects such as Polygon, Optimism, Arbitrum, Gnosis, zkSync, Aztec Protocol, SKALE, Celestia, and many more. Give them a chance to share their strategies for enabling devs to scale their projects on Ethereum. Open up a Q&A to the group; since approx 12 people fit into each Community Hub these will feel like very intimate conversations. Approx time per project 45min.

AMAs: Invite founders and Twitter influencers for open conversations around Scaling Ethereum

Office hours: Invite relevant projects to offer open office hours for any Devcon attendee who would like to meet with them. Most likely 30min blocks, depending on demand.

Technical talks & workshops for small audiences, with open discussion:

“What is an L2 and why do we need them?”

“Scaling Ethereum requires everyone: L2s, Rollups, and more”

“Pros and Cons for Optimistic vs ZK Rollups”

“EVM & Upcoming rollup forks”

“Tradeoffs in Security & Speed for different Bridge Architectures”

“The land of Xapps: How to Build Your First cross-chain app”

“Building Bridges: User Experience”

“Deploying cross-chain infrastructure”

“Modular vs Monolithic Architecture”

“Community Alignment, Roadmaps & You: A Salon on Decentralization”

“Commitment Issues: Coping with Finality”

“Burning Bridges”

“Whiteboarding: How to Build an L2” (Open Session led by a Dev Moderator)

“Centralization and its discontents: Why Scaling Ethereum requires decentralization”


List of dedicated people that will organize, oversee and be responsible for the Community Hub

  • The Catwalk Society Crew ( :cat: :cat: :cat: ) + many others, including but not limited to:
  • Arjun Bhuptani - Connext, Founder
  • Eddie Ye - Connext, Engineer
  • Mathew Hammond - Connext, Ecosystem
  • Pablo Villalba - DappNode/DiVa (Distributed Validator), Engineer
  • Marcelo Fornet - Aurora, Engineer
  • Temoc Weber -, Founder
  • More projects & contributors coming soon :slightly_smiling_face:

Equipment/Production Needs

  • Signage
  • Chairs and sitting furniture
  • Power outlets
  • Desk
  • A TV-sized screen
  • Whiteboards

Hi there,

First of all, we would like to thank you for putting together this proposal!

The space allocated to Community Hubs is limited which means we can only accept six proposals.

Many of the proposals we received were very high quality and, unfortunately, we had to take hard decisions. There is simply not enough space to accommodate all of them.

With this post, I’d like to inform you that your proposal was not selected for this year’s Community space.

Again, thank you for showing initiative to contribute to the Devcon Bogotá experience and we hope to see you there soon nonetheless.

Have a great day,

Franziska & the Devcon team