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When nearly 2,000 ethereum enthusiasts gathered in Cancún last week for the Ethereum Foundation’s annual technical conference, Devcon, they had good reason to celebrate. The price of ether, the cryptocurrency that ethereum uses, had risen from around $10 a year earlier to around $300 by the time of the conference. Two floors of the Cancún International Convention Center became the epicenter of an ebullient tribe of ethereum engineers for four days, as they discussed the future of the “world computer” they were building by day and partied at resorts and bars across Cancún’s sequestered “Hotel Zone” by night.
Photographer Jackson Krule, on assignment for Quartz, captured the mood.