Over the last year, ETH global events have on-boarded thousands of developers to the Ethereum community. 3,800 hackers from more than 65 countries built more than 500 projects. More than 1,000 of those hackers were new to Ethereum. ETH events have become a heartbeat for the community: every few months, hundreds of us gather in a new place and #BUIDL.
ETHGlobal hackathons give us a way of measuring the progress being made by the Ethereum developer community. Today there are better tools, more mature protocols, and radically more options for developers looking to build on Ethereum.
But most importantly, ETH events bring new developers into the ecosystem, introducing them to future co-founders or colleagues. They called this is "community".
In 2019, more developers will on-board to the Ethereum ecosystem, with a mix of returning events and hackathons in new cities and countries that have never before hosted major Ethereum events.