History of Ephemerisle
Originally the event was organized by the Seasteading Institute to promote the cultural concept of seasteading - the construction of autonomous floating nation-states - in a hands-on and accessible way. TSI bravely did this event with no insurance the first year (2009). In the second year, TSI abandoned the event about a month before it was to begin because the insurance costs turned out to be around $300/person. As a community we decided to show up anyway and create an unofficial self-organized event. Despite the lack of central organization, it still worked quite well, and around 120 people showed up and had a great time. This year, there's been no central organizer at any point in the process, but things are still coming together.