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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.

October 2008 – August 2012

Oct 10 Fri
Seasteading 2008 Conference
Oct 10 all-day

The Seasteading 2008 Conference was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame, CA. Watch the speaker’s presentations or read accounts by the attendees on the community wiki.

Sep 28 Mon
Seasteading 2009 Conference
Sep 28 – Tuesday all-day

The Seasteading 2009 Conference was held at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. Featured speakers included executive director Patri Friedman, philanthropist and investor Peter Thiel, education pioneer Michael Strong, and economist David Friedman.

Jan 30 Sun
Reason and Seasteading Cruise
Jan 30 – February 7, 2011 all-day

The Seasteading Institute joined Reason Magazine on a a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Solstice, Celebrity Cruises’ beautiful luxury liner. Featured speakers included executive director Patri Friedman, author Matt Ridley, and Reason writers Nick Gillespie and Ronald Bailey.

Apr 3 Sun
The Future of Free Cities Conference
Apr 3 – Tuesday all-day

The Future of Free Cities Conference took place on the tropical island of Roatán in Honduras. This event brought together leaders from different fields and countries for a series of high-level discussions about free cities–how they can emerge, and how they can lead to a better world.

Dec 17 Sat
Extreme Futurist Fest
Dec 17 all-day

Michael Keenan presented seasteading to an eclectic group of futurists, activists and counter-culturalists at the Extreme Futurist Fest in Los Angeles, focusing on why the world needs a new startup sector for governance.

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.”