Just want to chime in here and say I think this is a great thought exercise. We’ve discussed similar questions among the team in the past. Everyone has their own perspective — mine is probably that Devcon should be some combo of several of these, though different from any one particular event.
BM and CCC do great at inspiring values alignment and involving the community in the event. DEF CON probably also falls into this group.
WWDC and Google I/O have high quality production in many regards. Smooth events, attendee experience is high quality.
SXSW arguably does a good job ‘decentralizing’ the event beyond their specific program.
I’d probably say each of those aspects are something Devcon (and maybe Devconnect in the case of the last point about decentralizing the event) could/should aim for. But I’m already aware of my thoughts. I would be most curious to hear perspectives from the community.
In terms of atmosphere, I like that it’s not ‘just’ a trade show like CES or a conference. Specifically, I liked the open areas like the hacker space, when you’ve met people to have some room for exploration and experimentation. It’s the kind of collaborative creative inception I remembered from demo gatherings; Demoscene - Wikipedia
In some sense there is overlap, as decentralization and its scalability challenges for chains have forced a lot contributors basically to go back to engineering of resource optimization. It’s the interplay of this efficiency focus, combined with the continuous wave of new opportunities for product models which keeps me finding new interesting projects every DLT event