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Conference & Ephemerisle Updates

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.

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Misc Updates

This is sort of a mini-newsletter, since this is a busy time of year for us I wanted to give you some updates.

### Conference

Since opening registration last week, we’ve had conference signups from as far away as Germany.

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Why Ephemerisle Matters To Seasteading

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.

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Ephemerisle precedents

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.

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Poll on 2009 Conference and Ephemerisle

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!)

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