The First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering

First International Conference on Floating Islands & Visit with President Fritch

Presented by: The Seasteading Institute & Blue Frontiers

May 15-18, 2017 – Tahiti, French Polynesia

The First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering

An inclusive opportunity for pioneers like you to shape the future of Global Seasteading

The First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering

Come help us make tomorrow’s floating cities a reality today!

Our Distinguished Speakers

The Seasteading Institute is pleased to present an outstanding lineup of experts in their fields, presenting on various topics related to the technologies, legislation, and processes that will facilitate the creation of the first seasteads in French Polynesia. See the May Tahiti Event Speaker Page for detailed bios, and be sure to check back for updated speaker information.

President Edouard Fritch

President of French Polynesia

Teva Rohfritsch

Vice President of French Polynesia

Francis Vallat

European Network of Maritime Clusters Chairman

Senator Kalani English

Senate Majority Leader, Hawai’i State Senate

Jacques Rougerie

Visionary Architect – Oceanographer

Tony Hsieh

CEO of Zappos, Downtown Project (Las Vegas)

Lelei Lelaulu

World Bank IFC Advisory Panel on Business and Sustainability

Lenick Perennou

Researcher, PhD Candidate

Tua Pittman

Master Ocean Navigator

Karina Czapiewska

Blue Frontiers VP Project Development

Wang Chien Ming

National U. of Singapore Prof. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Cécile Gaspar

Founder and president of Te Mana o te Moana NGO

Neil Davies

Director, UC Berkeley Gump Station, Moorea

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Researcher & PhD Candidate

Serge Planes

International Expert in Marine Ecology

Alexandrine Wan

Sustainable Tourism Specialist

Pascal Erhel Hatuuku

Culture, tourism and environment consultant

Zephanii Smith

National Council Member, United Nations Association

Ari Eisenstat

Co-Executive Director, UN Global Sustainability Index Institute

Tom Bell

Special Economic Zone Legislation Expert

Susanna Dokupil

CEO, Paladin Strategies

Jim Von Ehr

Nanotechnology Expert, Inventor & Entrepreneur

Pauline Sillinger

Project Manager at the FAPE

Hervé Bossin

Medical entomologist at Institut Louis Malardé, Tahiti

Egor Ryjikov

Founder, Blue Frontiers

Joe Quirk

Seasteading Institute Author & Seavangelist

Randy Hencken

Seasteading Institute Executive Director

Bart Roeffen

VP Architecture Blue Frontiers

Greg Delaune

PPP & Sustainable Economic Development Expert

Mark Lutter

Lead Economist at NeWAY

Robert Viglione

Blockchain strategist

John Hawkins

Workforce Development Expert

Philippe Lemonnier

Founder, Pacific Ventury

Apply to participate in the First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering

Please fill out our brief application to let us know why you would like to be part of the first gathering of Seasteaders in French Polynesia. 

Space is limited.

We will reply to your application as soon as possible.

Apply to Participate


Be among the first Seasteaders selected to attend the inaugural gathering and field trip to the world’s first seasteading pilot site in French Polynesia. This is your chance to join fellow Seasteaders (technologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers) from around the world and Polynesia who are interested in collaborating on the development of floating islands within the special governing framework established on the Polynesian seas.


Travel will be arranged through our local travel agency partners. The travel agent can support unique travel plans for attendees who wish to spend additional days in French Polynesia.


Four full days include breakfast (for hotel guests), morning seminars, lunches, afternoon island and lagoon tours, evening networking events including a dinner and celebration on Polynesian outrigger canoes, and a reception with President Fritch.


Significant others, family, and friends are encouraged to join us . . . after all we are creating a new society.

The Field Trip Package

We have arranged Field Trip Packages through our travel agency, which includes four nights lodging at the luxurious Le Meridien hotel, seminars, most meals, lagoon and island tours, networking, moonlight dinner and celebration on giant Polynesian outrigger canoes, and a reception at the Presidency with President Fritch.


Conference and Activities Only (no hotel)


Conference and Activities, Four Nights Double Occupancy 


Conference and Activities, Four Nights Single Occupancy

*Actual charges will be in euros

**Double occupancy price is per person in a shared room

Note: Packages are booked through our travel agency. The travel agency has strict cancelation policies. There are no refunds on the conferences and activities, and partial refunds on lodging depending upon when the cancellation transpires.


What are the options for Tahiti residents to participate and attend seminars?

We will offer options for locals to attend several of our seminars free of charge, and we will offer options for locals to pay to participate in the various activities we have planned. Please check back soon.

How do I purchase the Field Trip Package?

The Field Trip Package is booked through our travel agent. After applying and being accepted to participate in the gathering, our staff will put you in contact with the travel agency.

When is the gathering?

May 15-18. Most international participants will arrive the night of Sunday may 14th or sooner.

Who needs visas?

Residents of the US, EU and many other nations do not need a visa for tourist travel to French Polynesia. Be certain that you do not need a visa or arrange for a visa before booking your travel and field trip package. 

More information about visas for French Polynesia.
Who can attend?

This is a private event. Invited guests and their companions are welcome to attend. There will be several seminars that will be open and welcoming of Tahiti residents.

Can I Extend my travel?

We encourage attendees to spend extra time in French Polynesia and to travel to other islands. Our travel agent can assist with additional travel.

Are companions welcome?

Yes! Families and friends are welcome to attend and participate in the events and/or take advantage of the chance to explore beautiful French Polynesia. This is a private gathering and space is limited, so please be sure to inform us about your travel companions.

Can I share a room?

Yes. Our travel agency can place you with other participants who would like to share a double occupancy room.

Is there discounts on airfare?

Yes. Our travel agency has discounted rates on travel from Los Angeles to Tahiti, May 14th-18th on Air Tahiti Nui. They may also be able to find you discounted rates from other locations Air Tahiti Nui travels from: Paris, Tokyo, and Auckland.

Are there discounts available on the field trip package?

We worked closely with vendors to put together a compelling package at a competitive price. The packages may include most meals, full island tours, a lagoon party, and a reception with President Fritch. Our margin on these packages is minimal and we are unable to offer discounts or scholarships.

Can I stay at another hotel or nearby lodging?

We strongly encourage participants to stay at the Le Meridien hotel with us. However, if the hotel is full or you choose to stay elsewhere, we are offering the conference and activity only package.

After I book my package, can I get a refund?

Upon booking confirmation, our travel agency is only able to issue refunds for the hotel portion of the travel, and only if canceled by certain dates.

The First Tahitian Seasteading Gathering is sponsored by: