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First Annual Seasteading Conference

  • Oct 10, 2008 · 8:00 AM
  • Embassy Suites

This is our first annual conference!

Description: This is not a "sit around and listen to a few presenters" sort of conference. Instead, we're going to have a bunch of small workshops where we present about an area, and then the whole group works about developing it further. Current schedule:


* Vision (why the world needs seasteads)
* Roads (how to make seasteading happen)
* Introduce Day's Agenda
* TSI Engineering Consultants presentation on ocean platform design


* Coaststead Business Ideas: The VC-funded path.
* DIY Seasteading: The self-funded path.
* Ephemerisle Planning/Meta-Planning: The Burning Man path.
* Government/Constitution/Organization: How will seasteads be governed?

* Continuing Engagement - Social networks, volunteer projects, ...
* Wrap-up

Registration: Please RSVP using this site, as we need to know the approximate number of attendees in advance so the hotel can plan food. You can pay using Amazon Payments here, or with cash or check when you arrive. The cost will be $195, which covers food, space, equipment, and some schwag. It does not cover lodging, see below for information.

We are waiving the registration fee for students, although you will have to cover airfare and lodging. Please indicate your student status in the RSVP questions, and ]email us if you are looking for a roommate. Discounted registration of $95 is also available for journalists.

Waivers/Transparency: We will require signing an NDA to attend the presentation by our engineering consultants on their design, because we are planning to patent it. Other than that, all session will be transparent: anyone is welcome to record audio or video of them and do whatever they want with those recordings. We believe at least one person will be there videotaping for a possible documentary. By registering with the conference, you give permission to be recorded.

Location: We have conference rooms booked at the Embassy Suites Hotel SFO, with space for up to 200 people. We can expand that if we get more (which seems unlikely). The hotel is really nice, it's right on the bay with a view of the SFO runways across the water, and has a nice atrium / bar / restaurant area. It is walking distance from a couple of other hotels that are probably cheaper, for budget-conscious attendees. There is also a park (Anza Lagoon right next to the hotel.)

Schedule: The rough schedule (more details later):

Lodging: You need to make separate reservations. We recommend the following locations (all have shuttles to/from SFO, all are walking distance to Embassy Suites where conference is)

Contact: If you have any questions, email ][masked]

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  • Peter M.

    Great group of people. A bit too much focus on basics. The challenges associated with Ephemerisle were the most stimulating parts.

    October 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    October 16, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Google Docs are up, email [masked] for editing permissions (Meetup hides your email addresses from us, which is why we can't just give all of you who RSVPd editing permissions).


    October 15, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great conference, but it felt like to much packed into one day. Especially if it is larger, a two day event next time might be much better. It would be nice to have more time to discuss each issue, especially in the workgroup sessions, instead of rushing.

    October 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not attend to hear political perspectives or to address specific technologies. The path forward in my estimate is more about establishing the path forward - politics and technology notwithstanding. On a practical basis, the ability to do what one wants, and how one wishes to do it, will ultimately be far more dependent on one's means and wherewithal to actually make it happen - not to mention sustain it. In short - it isn't about the politics and it isn't about the technology - it is all about the concept of operations and the business model/case/plan that make it possible. To those ends, I agree with the closing thoughts that there needs to be a business oriented movement within the broader movement that serves as the underpinning for the entire concept of seasteading.

    October 11, 2008

  • Gayle

    I thoroughly enjoyed talking to everyone I met at the conference. Though the challenges are numerous and daunting, I also have a lot of faith in the possibilities for the different kinds of social systems and freedom possible.

    October 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The group was small enough to have a somewhat intimate feel, and I met some very intelligent people, had some good conversations, and learned a lot about what people are interested in doing along these lines. It exceeded my expectations.

    October 11, 2008

  • Jeff C.

    Excellent turnout of interesting people interested in a fascinating idea: freedom at sea.

    October 11, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nevermind, Patri just forwarded me the intro e-mail that I missed, and you've already decided on "seasteading08" for the tag for the conference.

    October 8, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have you folks decided on a hashtag for Twitter / yet? How about #seastead08 ? It's a little long, but I don't know how much shorter you can get without using acronyms... and "08" makes it clear it's about the conference, not just seasteading in general, but you may decide that isn't necessary.

    October 8, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb asks: "We are interesting into publish the material of the conference, will the rights be free?"

    TSI will be publishing some materials, and anyone else is welcome to do the same. The only part of the conference that is not completely open will be the presentation of our current engineering design, because we are going to be patenting it. Everything else is a transparent free-for-all as far as we are concerned - do whatever you want with the info.

    September 17, 2008

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