[Rejected] Open Web University Tour

Event Introduction:

Open web University Tour is a workshop program that aims to educate and train developers, founders and creators in various cities and institution across Africa about Near and its blockchain operating system. We intend to tour major institutions in Africa, starting with the following schools in Nigeria:

List of Institutions:
These institutions have a cumulative of 100,000+ students and 50% of students in these institutions are web 3 enthusiasts, creatives and developers with their own startups and tractions of solving real-life problems with tech. Below are the list of schools, but not limited to:

  • University of Lagos: (unilag.edu.ng)
  • Yaba College of Technology: ( yabatech.edu.ng)
  • Lagos state University: (lasu.edu.ng)

Kindly note that this program is not just for university students. Our participants will cut across grassroots levels in major cities.

Objectives:

  • Train the next and present generation of developers on how to build on the blockchain using Near as a case study.
  • Support and Onboard developers & founders with innovative projects in underrecognized and grassroot level to Near.
  • Launch new projects on Near BOS.
  • Establish vibrant blockchain clubs in these institutions that will lead to the perpetual existence of Near in Africa.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • Train a minimum of 160+ students on how to build on the blockchain using Near SDK, BOS.
  • Organize 3-4 months intensive workshop in 3 major universities.
  • Organize hackathon among developers and projects founders in 3 major institutions.
  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real life problems.
  • 24 hours support for participants of our workshop
  • Participants from the workshop will build & launch at least 3 projects on Near.
  • Create tailored curriculum for different workshop training according to participants level of expertise.
  • Establish Near blockchain clubs in 3 major institutions.
  • Onboard 50+ web 2 developers to Near.
  • Content creation and documentation from our workshop will be provided for future reference and distribution.

Budget:

Cost breakdown per Institution

Item Budget Breakdown
Venue $500 This will cover cost for the space for the workshop. Kindly note that these workshop will take place weekly or bi-weekly in each institution depending on the knowledge satisfactory level of participants.
Bounty $300 This bounty will be cover for incentives and prizes that will be given to participants depending on tasks completed, assignments and best workshop student.
Refreshment $500 This will cover the cost of food and drink for over 100+ workshop participants.
Educators & Tutors $1000 This will cover for welfare package and rewards for 2 - 4 blockchain tutors and developers.
Power supply, Projector & Internet $300 This will cover cost for electricity and a stable internet connection during these training.
Promotion $300
Photography $300
Total $3,200 x 3 $9,600 This will cover for cost of the 3 institutions.

Hackathon Prize: $2,000: One of the objective of this program is to onboard promising projects to Near. This hackathon will serve as a building challenge amongst developers and founders in these institutions to “get their hand dirty”. It will not only give room for participants to implement what they have learnt in this training but onboard new and existing project to Near.

Participant will be given the freedom to build. However, account abstraction and Zero knowledge implementation to these projects will be encouraged.

NOTE: We are open to increasing the Prize of this hackathon up to $4,000+; this will encourage more promising project to hop on!. Kindly let us know if it’s something you also consider so we can adjust the Hackathon prize accordingly.

Core Team: 1,000 * 3 = $3,000: This will cover reward for core team members and other subordinates during these programs. Duration of 3 - 4 months.

Logistics, accommodation, merch, banner, designs, miscellaneous: $500

Total: $15,100

Organizer Introduction:

Dapps over Apps is an organization that aims to educate traditional developers, tech enthusiasts and creative builders about web3 and the potentials of building with blockchain infrastructure.

Our Mission: Bridging the gap between traditional developers, tech enthusiasts, creative builders and blockchain technology.

We are solving the problem of Lack of Visibility for Near BOS. 99.9% of 85,000 developers in Nigeria never heard of Near and its Blockchain agnostic features.

Our vision: To onboard 1million traditional developers, tech enthusiasts and creative builders to web 3 by 2030.

Team members: Team members - Google Docs

Tractions:

  • Organized one of the biggest web 3 conferences in Africa powered by Near Protocol. We had over 500+ attendees consisting of blockchain & web 3 enthusiasts, traditional developers, creative builders, and so on. Kindly see our video

  • Onboarded 400+ tech enthusiasts and developers from the just concluded Dapps over Apps conference. Kindly check out our report

  • We organized a workshop for decentralized application training for over 400+ web 3 enthusiasts and traditional developers. See video clips from the workshop below:

  1. How to build a decentralized app 101
  2. How to build a voting Dapp
  • In December 2023, we organized the largest creative conference in Africa themed “ Paint & Create with Near BOS” - a gathering of creators, developers and project founders learning basics od Near BOS.** Kindly check here for more info
  • We organized a start-up pitch competition to encourage builders to integrate Near’s blockchain technology to their businesses and projects. See highlights here

  • Dapps over Apps community members built PollDart on Near BOS in the web fusion Lagos hackathon
  • Built a running database of over 1,300+ developers and non-developers in Africa.

  • In August, we organized the biggest web 3 art & cultural event themed Paint & Create with Near 2.0 See video highlight here

  • Partnered with Solana, Binance Academy, DiscoverBOS, Celotribe, Pontys, Youngfreshdao, Opencrypt, Nearxart, Ophir institute, Afen blockchain, Hackbox, Inside D’app, and many more to facilitate thorough blockchain and web 3 onboarding.

Our team has also accomplished the following within the Near ecosystem:

  • Successfully managed several projects in the Near ecosystem with funding up to $30,000
  • An active builder in the Near ecosystem since 2021
  • Onboarded over 1,000+ creatives into the Near ecosystem.
  • Represented Near Protocol in a global web3 conference with over 2,000+attendees. For more information
  • Organized the most participated web 3 art and cultural event in Nigeria; Paint & Chill with Near with over 500+ people in attendance. 2nd edition and 1st edition
  • Founded NearxArt Dao, a community that focuses on creation of physical NFTs, helps local artist earn a living, onboarding creatives to web3 and charitable contribution to ghetto communities and endangered species.
  • Built a community for creative to thrive in the web 3 space, not just the tech enthusiast.
  • Activated 1,000+ Near wallet for web 3 enthusiasts and newbies.

Reviews and feedbacks about Dapps over Apps community from renowned web 3 advocates in Africa.

  1. Review one
  2. Review two
  3. Review three

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Dear @Dacha, thanks for the update. :slight_smile: :dizzy:

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Could you provide the program for your university events? Who will be the speakers and mentors for the hackathon? Please, provide their experience and examples of their presentations/existing projects and apps on NEAR.

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Hi @vadim_hom,

Thank you for reviewing our application. The program for the open web tour will be based on, but not limited to the following curriculum:

  • Intro to blockchain
  • Intro to Near
  • Intro to smart contract
  • JavaScript & Rust
  • Near SDK
  • BOS for decentralized frontend: forking & creating components on BOS.
  • Assignments
  • Projects (Hackathon)

Kindly check out some of the curriculum we prepared for our previous workshops via the link below:

i. How to create a voting dapp: Voting_Dapp_Presentation_for_Ophir[1].pptx - Google Drive

ii.Smart contract 101: DOA.pdf - Google Drive

Our speakers, tutors, judges and mentors include experienced blockchain developers founders & devrels within and beyond Near. They include:

  • Henry Onyebuchi: A blockchain consultant and a senior smart contract engineer with 5years+ of experience. Henry is passionate about imparting his smart contract development knowledge. He currently runs free tutorial on smart contract development and building a Dapps (https://www.youtube.com/@insidedapp)

Github: Hendobox (Hendobox) · GitHub
Linkedin: Henry Onyebuchi - Savvy DeFi | LinkedIn

  • Andrés Dominguez: Andres Dominguez: A Near certified developer with several years of experience in blockchain development and building of decentralized applications. Some projects include musicfeast.io W3music.xyz , Near P2P, Econear.in,

  • Yobo Zorle: Ceo & co-founder of Loozr.io, a decentralized streaming platform building on Near blockchain. He is an experienced software engineering with vast knowledge in smart contract development.

  • Mide Sofek is a proficient web3 developer and technical writing specialist. He built Polldart on Near BOS. He is a contributor to Learnweb3 platform and also a tutor at Ophir institute where he teaches smart contract developement. He has also worked with several projects on Near, Arbitrum, Ethereum and Polygon ecosystem.

  • Ola (@Ola) founder of Discoverbos.org a platform that allows you to explore learning resources on how to build on Near Bos.

  • Chloe @chloe : A Near dev, founder Marmaj.org.

  • Other founders, builders, experienced dev like @frol, @plugrel will be invited during the course of these program.

I hope this clarifies. Kindly let me know if you have any more question, happy to always answer.

Cheers.

cc @Cameron

Are you sure this dapp / presentation is about NEAR?

Thanks for the questions @vadim_hom vadim_hom . That presentation was basically on the rudiments of smart contracts development, and they were taught in May 2023. Please kindly note that they are not for the Open Web Tour.

In what way am I specifically intended to support with this event? Just trying to be clear since I do not remember previous discussions about it.

Hi @chloe, thank you for your question.

Your support will be related to Near BOS as discussed with you on telegram some months ago :slight_smile:

Is there a planned time for this event to run?

I request access to the team doc.

For the objectives and KPIs, is there a plan to track these on chain? Are there on chain metrics from previous events that can be shared (as well as potential retention rates from those events?)

The milestones don’t seem to be measurable tasks to be completed? Seems more like a budget, it would be great to see milestones attached to the proposal for it to be evaluated.

I feel uncomfortable being added to a proposal for an event I have never firmly agreed to engage with. I’d suggest getting formal approval from potential instructors before adding them to a proposal for funding.

Hi Chloe, just to make this clear, you were not added to the proposal nor being part of the team member.

Some of the names included were to highlight our point of contact in Near to Vlad. The list included confirmed and tentative speakers, tutors, mentors (which is why you were mentioned).
Apologies for any confusion.

  • Yes. Estimated time run is 3 - 4 months.

For the objectives and KPIs, is there a plan to track these on chain?

Yes of course. We intend to build projects on Near from this workshop and also onboard projects with the hackathon.

NDC has not funded any of our events. However, our previous events were always based on chain metrics through, building on Near, wallet activation, usage of dapps, etc. Check out some of our onchain metric from previous events below:

  • We co-organized web fusion Lagos and Dapps over Apps members built Polldart on Near BOS. Some other project built on Near BOS can be found here
    • l>100 post about the event on Near social with hashtag #PAINTANDCREATE
      Near Social

The milestones don’t seem to be measurable tasks to be completed? Seems more like a budget, it would be great to see milestones attached to the proposal for it to be evaluated.

Measurable task can be found in the KPI & deliverables. The milestone just spitted the entire projects into bits.

Kindly check out the Overall Milestone/Deliverables quoted below:

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • Train a minimum of 160+ students on how to build on the blockchain using Near SDK, BOS.
  • Organize 3-4 months intensive workshop in 3 major universities.
  • Organize hackathon among developers and projects founders in 3 major institutions.
  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real life problems.
  • 24 hours support for participants of our workshop
  • Participants from the workshop will build & launch at least 3 projects on Near.
  • Create tailored curriculum for different workshop training according to participants level of expertise.
  • Establish Near blockchain clubs in 3 major institutions.
  • Onboard 50+ web 2 developers to Near.
  • Content creation and documentation from our workshop will be provided for future reference and distribution.

I hope I was able to clarify with the above informations. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to the success of this project.

Cheers.

So how were they funded?

Generally, I feel like it would be more efficient to run one of these events first to see how it went and then take feedback to engage with the other universities. This also allows for HoM to evaluate more efficiently. Either way, I feel as though an events DAO would be better situated to handle a request like this. Seems like there should also be some support from this events DAO to ensure proposals are put together efficiently and there is a clear distinction between:

  • KPIs
  • Budget
  • Milestones

Hi Chloe, :slight_smile:

So how were they funded?

It was funded by NF.

I feel like it would be more efficient to run one of these events first to see how it went and then take feedback to engage with the other universities.

That’s exactly our plan: to give report to HOM after each university. Hence why we arranged our activities into milestones/stages.

The KPI above is an efficient way to measure success after this program. I broke down the deliverables into bits, i.e. according to each tour.

Activities broken into milestones:

Milestone 1 (Institution 1)

  • Organize a workshop in the University of Lagos for 150+ participants.

  • Participants from the workshop will build & launch at least 3 projects on Near.

  • Reach 50% of developers in this region not limited to the University

  • Event will target developers and project founders in this region

  • Train participants on how to build with Near SDK & BOS.

  • Organize a hackathon in this institution that focuses on building apps that solve real-life problems.

  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real-life problems

  • Build projects on Near up to TestNet, mainnet or MVP stage.

  • Establish a Near blockchain club in this institution that will continue to operate with/without funding.

  • Curriculum creation and distribution for future use

Milestone 2 (Institution 2)

  • Organize a workshop in Yaba College of technology for 150+ participants.

  • Reach 50% of developers in this region not limited to the University

  • Train participants on how to build with Near SDK & BOS.

  • Organize a hackathon in this institution that focuses on building apps that solve real-life problems.

  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real-life problems

  • Build projects on Near up to testnet, mainnet or MVP stage.

  • Establish a Near blockchain club in this institution that will continue to operate with/without funding.

  • Curriculum creation and distribution for future use

Milestone 3 (Institution 3)

  • Organize a workshop in the Lagos state University for 150+ participants.

  • Participants from the workshop will build & launch at least 3 projects on Near.

  • Reach 50% of developers in this region not limited to the University

  • Curriculum will be created based on the proficiency level of participants. I.e; beginners curriculum will be different

  • Train participants on how to build with Near SDK & BOS.

  • Organize a hackathon in this institution that focuses on building apps that solve real-life problems.

  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real-life problems

  • Build projects on Near up to testnet, mainnet or MVP stage.

  • Establish a Near blockchain club in this institution that will continue to operate with/without funding.

  • Curriculum creation and distribution for future use

Milestone 4: (Hackathon)

  • Organize a hackathon among developers and project founders in 3 major institutions. Prize up to $2,000+
  • Hackathon will be open to both new and existing projects.
  • Workshop and hackathon will cut across solutions in chain abstractions, zero knowledge proof and other immediate real-life problems

Our goal is to tour major institutions and cities in Africa, starting with Nigeria, onboard and train a minimum of 60% of 85,000% developers & founders Nigeria on how to utilize Near’s blockchain infrastructure.

Thank you for your support and impact to Near. :hibiscus:

Thanks for the additional details. Personally, I’d like to see one of these events go well, before approving funding for 3 of them.

Currently it seems like the scope is too large, and it would be difficult to assess the impact of each of these events in their current format.

I know DevHub has near campus activities, so I’d also suggested communicating with them on resources that could be used if this hasn’t been done already.

Thanks @chloe .

We are willing to kickstart with one of the events before proceeding to others.

That will be milestone: $3,200. Thanks for your time and support.