The [first Ephemerisle Newsletter](http://www.ephemerisle.org/blog/?p=50) can be found over at [the Ephemerisle blog](http://www.ephemerisle.org/blog/), and here’s our first conference update:
### Deadlines Approaching
The deadline for [early registration for the conference](http://www.seasteading.org/interact/events/conference09#registration) is September 13th, at which point rates will increase.
This is sort of a mini-newsletter, since this is a busy time of year for us I wanted to give you some updates.
Since opening registration last week, we’ve had conference signups from as far away as Germany.
[Registration is open](http://www.seasteading.org/interact/events/conference09), with some great speakers, including Peter Thiel (PayPal founder and philanthropist),
Paul Romer (Stanford professor behind charter cities), David Friedman (Santa Clara professor and well-known political theorist), Erwin Strauss (author of “How To Start Your Own Country”), Sean Hastings (founder & CEO of HavenCo on SeaLand) and others. See [the press release](http://www.seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/press-releases/the-seasteading-institute-announces-its-second-annual-conference) for more details.
This year we are starting conference work much earlier, so it will be bigger and better and less rushed. Also because Ephemerisle is a major, major undertaking which requires tons of coordination and planning.
We are working on the dates for these events, and we need your input. Please [fill out this poll](http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=D2xu_2ful_2fdGSJfYvDtk9eRg_3d_3d). (And there will probably be more polls to come as we continue to fill in the details. After all, the conference is for **you**, so we care what you want!)