By @SimonCocking.

When is it on?

The Blockchain Weekend is on the 21-24th April 2017

How many years has it been going?

The Revelstoke Island Club was founded in early 2016 but the official Club Weekends on Lambay are only starting this year. The April weekend will be the first of six weekends, one per month and each revolving around a different core theme of innovation and future thinking.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Lambay has long been a place where bold thinkers have gathered to discuss, revitalise and create. There is an atmosphere on the island that is impossible to describe, and impossible to forget. When we were looking for new ways to create a stable income for the island, we searched for a group of people who would appreciate Lambay for all it has to offer – space to think, a hub-like quality for brainstorming and, most importantly, a place that inspires deep connections within any visiting group. After four years, we finally found what we were looking for and started building the foundations for a carefully curated group of people who will gain in equal measure to what they give. Lambay offers the perfect combination of past, present and future – saturated in history and romance but using some of the newest technology in off-grid green energy to power the island.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

With the future depending so heavily on technology and how we are to strike a balance between artificial and human intelligence, the Club and our Founder Members aim to provide carefully curated weekends on Lambay where a small group (10-12) of members and guests can share their own knowledge and learn from each other on a particular subject of interest regarding the future, while continuing to promote creative and “organic” practices. The Club is about Balance.

2016 was about finding our Founder Members so we could create the Club. We now have a small group of exceptional individuals from Tech and the Creative Arts; together they are able to bridge the gap between various disciplines and achieve greater goals. In 2017 the weekends are varied and based on the Founder Members’ chosen interests: our main themes for the summer are Blockchain, Brain Games, Ideas Development, Winemaking and Wine-Tasting, Futurology, Sustainability, Medicine and Charity. The weekends also focus on wellbeing and remembering to take a moment to Slow Down while continuing to be productive. We are also hosting regular events and Supper Clubs in London where members can meet and discuss ideas both for the Club events and for their own projects.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

The weekends are designed to provide each attendee with a diverse and intimate group of people with which they have the time and space to build stronger relationships than they would at a normal networking event or conference. Each attendee is inviting on the basis that they have something to offer the group, as well as something to gain. For startups, it’s an unparalleled opportunity to tap into the knowledge and experience of some of our more established members, gaining their advice and insights over an intimate few days. For investors and more established companies, it’s a chance to forge connections with some of the individuals driving the newest innovations, as well as to shape new ideas within a group of high potential.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

The joy of Lambay is you don’t really need much guidance – I could say the usual: “leave your inhibitions behind” or “come with an open mind”, but there is something about the island that sorts all of this out for you. The boat ride to Lambay is an important part of the weekends; crossing a body of water together binds the group in a shared experience – not to mention the exciting build up as you approach the island – and subsequently creates a visual, physical and psychological distance between the group and the busy world. The effect on any visiting group is notable – by the time you’ve walked up from the harbour, polite chit-chat has gone with the wind and the ideas are already flowing.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

The weekends are very intimate and are based on trust and likemindedness. The main access routes are to become a member (subject to approval by the Club’s Committees) or to be invited as a Guest by one of the attendees. Larger events are open to a wider circle; more information about these will soon be available on the Club’s website.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Just that this Club is truly shaped by its Founder Members. We encourage them to make the Club what they want it to be – so it is fluid and constantly evolving to adapt the needs and interests of the Members. As a result, the calibre of individuals is absolutely crucial and each Member is hand-selected by the Club Directors and the Membership Committees, ensuring that the balance is protected.

One more thing of interest:

QUID FECIMUS VIDES is carved into the mantlepiece in the Castle Study on Lambay. It translates as See What We Have Made, referring to the extraordinary architectural project that was led by Sir Edwin Lutyens and my great-grandfather Cecil Baring after he bought the island in 1904. Today, it is our Club motto.

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