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Regular meetups are held in the bay area – see the Facebook page and the Meetup.com page. There is also a New York meetup group (see the Facebook page) and more coming soon.


If you’d like to start a new meetup group, please sign up as a seasteading ambassador and contact us.

January 2012 – December 2013

Jan 29 Sun
Marin County talk
Jan 29 all-day

Michael Keenan will present seasteading at the Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley, California, at 4pm. He will be making the case for working to establish new countries in international waters as a viable and necessary supplement to engaging in traditional political activism. He will also talk about the the ways that remaining challenges related to homesteading the high seas are being broken down into incremental, realistic goals.

Jan 31 Tue
UC Berkeley SFL talk
Jan 31 all-day

Michael Keenan will present seasteading to the UC Berkeley SFL group at 7pm in 87 Evans Hall. He will inform students on opportunities to further our mission while simultaneously satisfying graduation requirements. We recently launched a new “Students” section of our website that shows students how to craft research proposals and navigate their schools’ independent study requirements, to enable them to tackle practical questions facing early seasteading ventures in exchange for school credit.

Feb 19 Sun
International Students for Liberty Conference Breakout Session
Feb 19 all-day

Following Peter Thiel’s keynote address on February 17th, Michael Keenan promoted our new volunteer research program for students to the largest gathering of young liberty activists ever held.

Mar 2 Fri
BIL Conference 2012
Mar 2 – Sunday all-day

The Seasteading Institute is sponsoring the 2012 BIL conference, a community-sponsored event featuring talks by some of the most interesting figures from a wide variety of fields, including technology, D.I.Y biology, life extension, social change and open hardware hacking. The event will be held on the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, and will be open to the public.

Apr 12 Thu
TEDxSF – Patri Friedman
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Patri Friedman, founder and chairman of The Seasteading Institute, will talk at TEDxSF – Big Blue.

May 30 Wed
Seasteading Conference 2012
May 30 – Saturday all-day

A landmark event featuring the vanguards of the seasteading movement. Network with fellow entrepreneurs, ocean law experts, maritime professionals, industrial leaders, investors, and seasteading enthusiasts for two days of cutting-edge presentations. Enjoy catered meals and refreshments throughout the day at the luxurious Le Méridien Hotel in San Francisco’s financial district. Show your support for The Seasteading Institute by participating in an exclusive dinner at historic Forbes Island, a 700 ton floating island complete with palm trees, waterfall and lighthouse. Close the weekend out in style with a sunset dinner cruise around the San Francisco Bay.


For more information and to register, visit the main conference page.

Jun 6 Wed
Jun 6 – Sunday all-day

The Seasteading Institute will be attending this year’s Ephemerisle.

Ephemerisle is a floating festival on the Sacramento Delta originally started by The Seasteading Institute, and now crowd-sourced and community operated independently of the Institute. Last year 300-400 people passed through the festival over the course of the weekend. Participants are encouraged to “bring their own land,” which means arrive on a houseboat, sailboat, raft, or other structure that provides a floating home for the course of the event. We hope attendees of The Seasteading Conference will spend the following weekend with us celebrating in a temporary floating village. More information about how to participate can be found on Ephemerisle’s Wiki page and Facebook pages.

Jul 22 Sun
15th Annual Progressive Festival, July 22 – Petaluma, CA.
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Seasteading Institute will be tabling all afternoon at the 15th Annual Progressive Festival, on July 22 at Walnut Park, in Petaluma, CA.

More information can be found at www.progressivefestival.org.

The event is produced by the Petaluma Progressives and is cosponsored by KPFA 94.1 FM (kpfa.org), the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, The Bohemian (bohemian.com) and the Committee for Immigrant Rights (immigrantrightssonoma.org), Sonoma County (peaceandjusticesonomaco.org). It takes place at Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd South and D Street, downtown Petaluma. It is free to the public.

Confirmed Speakers:

MEDEA BENJAMIN – co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange
WILL DURST – Political comedian extraordinaire
CON. LYNN WOOLSEY – retiring co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in Congress.
DAVID COBB – spokesperson for the Move To Amend campaign
C. J. HOLMES – spokesperson for the movement to stop home foreclosures
– activist, author, media expert
MICKEY HUFF – director of Project Censored

Also speakers on immigrant rights, the Occupy movement, and more.

We hope to see you there!

Jul 23 Mon
Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, Freedom & Free Markets
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This event is now filled to capacity!
This event is being hosted by our board member, John Chisholm, and will be attended by numerous seasteaders.
Dr. Barbara Kolm, Executive Director, Austrian Economic Center & President, Hayek Institute, will be speaking at the Infinity Lounge in San Francisco on advancing the work of Nobel Laureate Friedrich von Hayek and others who represent the free-market economic thinking of the Austrian School of Economics.
Check out the website at www.austriancenter.com.
Aug 1 Wed
Milton Friedman 100th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

To honor Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday and his vision, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, The Millennium Project and Economic Thinking bring together several experts to share their perspectives on the ideas of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG8oAJaVgfY&feature=youtu.be


7:30 – 8:00 pm: Registration
8:00 – 8:20 pm: Videos with Milton Friedman, David Friedman and Patri Friedman
8:20 – 8:30 pm: Gregory Rehmke, Economic Thinking
8:30 – 8:40 pm: John Chisholm, MIT Club of Northern California
8:40 – 8:50 pm: Linda MacDonald Glenn, Albany Medical Center
8:50 – 9:00 pm: Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute
9:00 – 9:20 pm: Jose Cordeiro, The Millennium Project
9:20 – 9:40 pm: Vernor Vinge, “Creator” of the “Technological Singularity”
9:40 – 10:00pm: Q&A
10:00 – 11:00pm: Champagne and Orange Reception


Gregory Rehmke

Program Director for Economic Thinking (Seattle, Washington)


John Chisholm

MIT Club of Northern California, President (San Francisco, California)


Linda MacDonald Glenn

Albany Medical Center, Faculty (Burlington, Vermont)


Christine Peterson

Foresight Institute, Co-Founder (Palo Alto, California)

Jose Cordeiro

The Millennium Project, Venezuela Director (Caracas, Venezuela)


Vernor Vinge

Writer, Creator of the idea of the “Technological Singularity” (San Diego, California)



NASA Research Park, Building 152 (behind Building 583C)

Moffett Field (between Bailey and Dailey Roads)

Mountain View, Silicon Valley, CA 94035


Map: http://kepler.nasa.gov/images/AmesMap.jpg

Aug 30 Thu
Joe Quirk Seasteading Talk Tedx Black Rock City (Burning Man)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Seasteading Author Joe Quirk will deliver a speech at Burning Man’s Tedx: “How Ocean Cities will Save the Environment, Cure Diseases, Feed the World, and Jettison Millions Out of Poverty”


The 2012 TEDxBRC theme will be “PRO:CREATION” (see Theme) and will revolve around the nature and possibilities of Creativity. TEDxBlackRockCity will take place on August 30, 2012 at 1PM, located at Play)A(Skool —9:45 & Esplanade.


Joe Quirk is a bestselling novelist and bestselling science writer. Joe is co-writing a book with Patri Friedman, grandson of Milton Friedman, called Seasteading: How ocean cities will save the environment, cure diseases, feed the world and jettison millions out of poverty.


Global warming. Overfishing. Food shortages. Fresh water depletion. Peak oil. Resource wars.  Poverty.  Health care crisis.  Government gridlock.


Nine entrepreneurs plan to solve these nine global problems by building sustainable cities on the ocean.  Inspired by Burning Man, Patri Friedman proposed “seasteads,” where ocean pioneers will be free to experiment with new societies.  His idea has stirred a tsunami of marine biologists, nautical engineers, maritime lawyers, and a billionaire to make Patri’s vision a reality.

Neil Sims, fisheries biologist, is transforming carbon pollution into sashimi-grade fish.  Ricardo Radulovich, marine agriculturalist, plans to feed billions with seaweed and give farmland back to the songbirds.  Lissa Morganthaler-Jones, a biotech entrepreneur, plans to replace oil with pond scum to end Middle East wars.  Michael Strong, education entrepreneur, plans to jettison millions out poverty with “a thousand floating Hong Kongs.”



Seasteading social in Cupertino at Steven Fowkes house
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Seasteading Enthusiast Steven Fowkes is opening his home for our this San Francisco Bay area meetup. Please visit the meetup page to RSVP.


Steven Fowkes address is 22560 Poppy Drive, Cupertino, CA.


This gathering will be held outdoors, so bring layers in case the temp drops in the evening.


Chef Joni will create a simple gourmet meal, served buffet style. A plate of food costs $15 per person, which should compare to the cost at a restaurant. If you have food issues, send them to Steve (steve@projectwellbeing.com). The entree will be chicken and there will be plenty of veggies.


The house is three minutes from the Highway 85 Interstate 280 interchange. Exit off 280 at Foothill (the first exit north of 85). If you are coming north on 85, take the 280N exit, stay in the rightmost lane and immediately exit onto Foothill. Turn left at the light. If you are coming north on 280, watch the merge! The Foothill exit is very close to 85 and there is only 99.44 feet to make the merge for the Foothill exit.


There is a waterfall-creek feature next to the patio which makes a great place to hang out and talk. The creek will be running by 6:00 PM, if you get there early.

Sep 25 Tue
New York University College Libertarians host ambassador Matt Pritchard
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ambassador Matt Pritchard of The Seasteading Institute will be featured at the NYU College Libertarian at their third meeting of 2012:

We often hear people gripe about government and society in general. Often times these sort of conversations begin with the words, “If only we could…”

In Pritchard’s case, it might begin, “If only we could create floating micronations on the open sea.” Wait, what? Yes. You read that correctly. The Seasteading Institute aims to establish floating cities which will give people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together, the most successful becoming thriving societies that might provide cues to the rest of the world.

Intrigued? Then stop by on Tuesday to hear more from the man himself, and while you wait on the edge of your seat for the date to near, try to imagine how nice a floating Libertarian society would be.

Oct 29 Mon
Miguel Lamas Pardo Presents Seasteading Dissertation at University Francisco Marroquin
Oct 29 all-day

On October 29, Miguel Lamas Pardo will be presenting his PhD dissertation, “Establishing Offshore Autonomous Communities: Current Choices and Their Proposed Evolution,” at the University Francisco Marroquin (UFM), a leading South American educational institution located in Guatemala. UFM is known as a leading light promoting free thought and free societies. They have awarded Honorary Doctoral Degrees to distinguished proponents of liberty including Institute co-founder, Peter Thiel, and Nobel Prize winning economists Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan and Vernon Smith. UFM places a heavy emphasis on public choice theory, a line of thought that heavily influenced the intellectual foundation of seasteading and related enterprises. Miguel’s dissertation builds on this foundation and explores the practical possibilities for seasteading. The piece was translated into English last year, and can be downloaded on our engineering research page.


Oct 31 Wed
Patri Friedman on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit”
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Nov 3 Sat
Students for Liberty – Patri Friedman’s Talk on Seasteading
Nov 3 all-day

Join Students For Liberty at the University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, November 3 for the 2012 Students For Liberty Northern California Regional Conference. Berkeley is home to one of the strongest pro-liberty student groups in the country and the UC Berkeley Students For Liberty are proud to welcome students from across California to the home of the free speech movement for one incredible event celebrating liberty.


Mar 13 Wed
Voice & Exit
Mar 13 all-day

Several members of the seasteading community recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to support the Voice & Exit event in Austin, TX, to be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 (in parallel with the SXSW interactive conference). The event is designed to bring people together in celebration of big ideas, social entrepreneurship and radical community formation. Speakers will include Max Marty, CEO of the seasteading startup Blueseed, along with Institute board member Michael Strong, Reason Magazine Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, and many more. Each of the speakers will highlight a different vision for using innovative social technologies and persuasion, rather than coercive institutions, to move toward more collaborative communities.

From the campaign homepage:

We know that people are individuals with unique visions to share. But forming community means finding common values. Within a diverse range of communities, individuals will be able to seek out environments they believe best contribute to their thriving. In a world with so many different possible forms of association, everyone will need both the right to voice her opinion and the right to exit if a community isn’t working for her. So we ask: What if humanity placed higher value on the rights of voice and exit? What would the world look like? We think it would be a world of continuous innovation – a world in which people “criticize by creating.” This is what Voice & Exit is all about.

Those who are interested can contribute to the inaugural event, or contact the campaign organizers at voiceandexit@gmail.com.

Jul 10 Wed
Ephemerisle 2013
Jul 10 – Sunday all-day

Ephemerisle is a floating celebration of community, learning, art and seasteading.


We construct a floating city on the Sacramento River Delta and live on it for five days. Ephemerisle has elements of Burning Man in the early 1990s: a new adventure into an alien environment, with discoveries, adventures, and mishaps along the way.


There are no tickets, no central organizers, and no rangers to keep you safe.


July Social with Guest Speaker Candidate Gabriel Rothblatt
6:30 pm

We are pleased to have seasteading ambassador and Florida congressional candidate Gabriel Rothblatt as the guest speaker for this July’s seasteading meetup. We hope to see Fiddler’s Green Seasteading Meetups make a comeback, after a period of inactivity, thanks to Gabriel’s initiation. Gabriel has brought enthusiasm and a compelling perspective to the ambassadors team – now he is using his campaign for Florida’s 8th District (commonly known as the Space Coast) to spread many of the values of the core seasteading community.

While the Institute does not formally endorse political candidates, we are glad to provide Gabriel with a platform to draw much-needed attention to future technology and its impact on society. Born on the 100th anniversary of the man who invented the orbit-breaking rocket, and pioneered GPS and satellite communication, Gabriel had a childhood dream to be the first mayor of an orbital colony. For him, the closest realization of that dream today is becoming the Representative from the Space Coast. In a time when politicians are becoming increasingly short-sided, we see wisdom in Gabriel’s plan to restore government as an investor in science and technology. His education agenda is based on the recognition that our current system is producing false expectations and a mismatch with the real-world economy, and that young people must be equipped with skills for jobs that may not exist yet.

Gabriel has experienced multiple systems of education, from home schooling to military academies. He has worked in industries ranging from factories to franchising. Gabriel has also maintained a marriage for over a decade, and has four kids. Supporting his family on a single income in a tough economy, Gabriel knows from personal experience what it takes to achieve the American dream in the new millennium.

“Seasteading, transhumanism, human longevity and the singularity are not concepts the general public are ready to comprehend. My presence in the political arena will force a discussion on these matters, and I have decided that I would rather loose and allow them better acknowledgement, than win by distancing myself. That being said I fully intend to win this election. By expressing my passionate understanding of the intended path of space colonization (which includes seasteading as a necessary precursor), I can swing enough points to push Bill Posey from office.” – Gabriel Rothblatt, July 2013

Dec 8 Sun
Seasteading and Ephemerisle Holiday Brunch (potluck)
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Seasteaders and Ephemerislers are invited to gather for a potluck to celebrate the holiday season.

When: Sunday, December 8, 2013 – 9:00am until 11:30am
Where: Infinity Club Lounge, 333 Main Street, San Francisco, CA

The Seasteading Institute will provide light fare, coffee, tea, and mimosas, plus plates, cups, and utensils. We encourage attendees to bring a dish to share.

The Institute will give a brief update on its progress with The Floating City Project. We will share the latest seastead concept, along with insights about the market for residential seasteads, and the prospects for finding a suitable location in a host nation’s territorial waters to develop the first seastead by the end of the decade.

Ephemerislers are invited to share success (and failure) stories of the growing festival, and inspire novel ideas for 2014.

We look forward to seeing all of our old friends and making new ones.

Happy Holidays!