Ethereum is out to prove itself at its annual developer event, set to begin next Wednesday.
Once arguably the most active corner of the booming cryptocurrency market, it’s safe to say enthusiasm for the project has cooled, if only by comparison. Despite meteoric growth that has seen the protocol rise to $29 billion in value, not to mention hundreds of ICO projects launch using its technology, ethereum may be underperforming against its own high expectations.
That’s because to many supporters, the project, launched in 2014, had seemed destined to become the first to pass bitcoin in market value (and other key metrics) this year. And while there was a big run in June, the so-called “flippening” never came to pass.
Still, suggestions the protocol is struggling are only surface level, according to those involved.
“I think they are hitting on all cylinders,” investor and author William Mougayar told CoinDesk. “It’s a real platform with several pieces on top.”
Ahead of Devcon3 this week, being held in Cancun, Mexico, attendees are also hoping for a strong showing of technical talks and project updates that demonstrate the protocol’s progress.
Speaking to this restlessness was ConsenSys head of global business development Andrew Keys, who voiced his hope that the conference can show to the world the pace of development that is ongoing in the ethereum technical community.