We’d like to remind everyone of our upcoming [Second Annual Conference](http://seasteading.org/interact/events/conference09) and [First-Ever Ephemerisle Festival](http://ephemerisle.org/), where the far-flung seasteading community will gather in person to explore the theory and practice of seasteading.
Here’s a quick preview of the art projects that have been awarded Ephemerisle grants so far:
Exercise Ball Platform by Kipp McMichael and Trea Grillo
A triangular-shaped floating platform buoyed by 12 x 65cm exercise balls. One side of the triangle will be docked to the main festival platform.
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://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.
Seasteading is creating permanent dwellings on the ocean – homesteading the high seas. For a brief intro to seasteading, click here.
This post is being written to supplement our [announcement of the First Annual Ephemerisle Festival](http://seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/press-releases/the-seasteading-institute-announces-first-annual-ephemerisle-festival-p). Some people may wonder why Ephemerisle is an important initiative for seasteading, and why it is worth devoting some of our limited resources to.
Now that it’s scheduled (Oct 2-4), I’ve been talking to many people about [Ephemerisle](http://seasteading.org/seastead.org/ephemerisle/index.html) – my idea for a festival of boats and platforms in international waters.
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!)
I was recently asked: "Is the plan still to have no rules during Ephemerisle, or does having it in the SF bay mean that there will have to be some rules?"
There will definitely have to be rules based on US safety laws / Coast Guard regulations. There may be other rules as well.
As the project has been getting more active lately, Wayne & I are going to start meeting more on Wednesday’s. We had an interesting design discussion about some of his thoughts on spar construction, Personal Seasteads, and detachable spars. Highlights: