The amazing turkish towels at devconnect got me thinking:
Regardless of the hosting city, Devcon7 is going to represent the web3 Southeast Asia community as a whole. With ample time to prepare, it would be great to coordinate around swag items that bring something unique from each country, so that all of SEAsia is represented.
Alternatively, thinking about pan-SEAsian items or item categories that have regional variations, such as hats, sarongs/pants, coffee makers, shoulder bags, etc. Having similar but varying SEAsian items is in keeping with the SEAsian mantra of ‘same same, but different’ – and would be a great way for people to rep their home style, or learn about regional differences and similarities. Google “milk tea alliance” for a good example of this pan-asian cooperative spirit.
One positive externality here is that a diverse collection of swag items could all be sourced and made locally, distributing business more in the region, instead of all going toward procurement in the hosting city/country.
Here are some random ideas I had for items:
- Sarong/Longyi, pants, hats, or other textiles (especially diverse with ethnic or regional variations within countries).
- Electric mosquito rackets.
- Tea cups , teas.
- Special snacks (the kind you’d buy at a bus depot to bring to co-workers and extended family).
I don’t know how to move forward with this idea practically, but I thought I would run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.
At a minimum, I suppose different Ethereum communities from the respective SEAsian countries would need to have representatives willing to coordinate procurement after there has been a discussion about item themes and possibilities.
EDIT: ASEAN is not the right set to reference as it excludes Timore-Leste, HK/Macau/Taiwan, PapuaNG, and any other folks who feel culturally/historically if not politically part of the region called SEAsia.