Proposal Name: Expanding web3 Access for Social Good: hackathons and learning experiences
Proposal Category: Ecosystem Allocation
Abstract: This grant builds on prior work done by MAYC #16168 to enhance web3 skill sets and expand economic opportunities. In September, 2022, she and a colleague from HUG (a leading web3 technology accelerator) designed and launched Moldova’s first web3 Hackathon and a series of learning experiences for over 500 people in Chisinau, Moldova (see Bored Ape Gazette article and Metalaunchers blog post).
This grant aims to deepen and expand that initial engagement through 1) continued outreach to educators and students to build on the prior engagement in Moldova 2) expand web3 learning experiences to independent media and local entrepreneurs in Moldova, and 3) to launch 3 additional Hackathons in 2023. We seek $71,400 USD to be converted to $Ape upon acceptance of the proposal.
Author Description: I am the Chief Learning Officer for a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship as a lever for economic equity. I have a PhD in Education and an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and have been in the field of education for over 25-years, designing impactful and sustainable learning experiences internationally. I seek to expand networks and promote web3 access for people via Hackathons and other skill-building / learning opportunities.
Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe that experiences pressure from the conflict between Ukraine and Russia; over 600,000 Ukranians have fled to Moldova since March 2022. As tensions increase from the war, we aim to position this project as a way to help Moldovans and Ukrainians in need, and amplify ApeCoin DAO/BAYC’s mission to use web3 as a means for social good. Moldova also fights “brain drain” as lucrative positions open outside of the country and entice local talent. With accelerating rates of technological innovation, Moldova has the opportunity to position itself as a leader in the region on future technologies like web3 and reset expectations for promising career pathways.
We seek to increase equity and access at the local level, continue to build web3 skillsets, and enhance a creative and digital economy. Additionally, building on the success of our initial web3 Hackathon, we seek to replicate and scale the experience to 3 other locations in 2023 in order to promote web3 solutions to authentic problems and expand career pathways / opportunities. In particular, as web3 grows and more people “ape into” the space, the ApeCoin DAO can lead the onboarding charge in historically underrepresented places.
In September, 2022, MAYC #16168 partnered with a colleague from HUG and local Moldovan organizations for a week-long series of Web3-focused events to promote a vibrant culture of creativity and innovation, development and application of career-enhancing skills, and activate Moldovan solutions using web3 and Blockchain technology. With a focus on increasing equity and access at the local level, this project chose Moldova as a pilot setting, in particular as a response to the influx of Ukrainian refugees to this small country with a big heart.
Now, with proof of concept from the initial experience that education and workforce development can have a strong impact (especially in a small country like Moldova), this is an opportunity to deepen the Ape Community’s mission to steward web3 growth and development across sectors: education, independent media, and entrepreneurship. We seek to create a week-long series of events in collaboration with several local partner organizations in order to continue promoting capacity-building and sustainability: MediaCor, ArtCor, Yep!Moldova, and leaders from Future Technology Activities (a USAID-funded initiative). We would be grateful for the support of the APECoin DAO to contribute to the continued positive impact towards skill-building and economic opportunities for Moldovans and Ukrainian refugees.
Specifically, we will serve as ambassadors of the ApeCoin DAO and promote web3 for social good. This positions ApeCoin DAO on the front lines to impact promising pathways for hundreds of people, with an extended ripple effect.
In addition to deepening the work in Moldova, we plan to replicate / scale the Hackathon model we developed and bring it to new locations (likely Honduras, Kenya, and Ghana, where we have relationships and there is identified interest). This aligns with the ApeCoin DAO’s commitment to support hackathons and building with ApeCoin (see AIP-96, Public Goods Funding). We have a core 3-day Hackathon framework that can be adapted across contexts and plan to include BAYC/MAYC/ApeCoin DAO experts to support workshops and serve as panelists to select promising ideas for further development.
HUG.xyz and mirror.xyz
Zoom (for remote workshops, mentoring, and/or panel discussions)
Steps to Implement and Timeline:
Beginning in Jan, 2022, MAYC #16168 and her colleague/co-designer will meet with key stakeholders to co-plan a week of events in Moldova, including leaders from Future Technology Activity, USAID, and local partner organizations MediaCor, ArtCor, and YEP!Moldova. We will devise high level and detailed agendas for each of the learning experiences, and reach out to networks to identify experts and mentors to provide technical workshops and support, both virtually and in-person (e.g.: Bored Ape Gazette Editor in chief and key ApeCoin DAO/BAYC/MAYC members).
By April, 2023, MAYC #16168 and her colleague/co-designer will return to Moldova for one week to provide workshops, meet with stakeholders, and set up long term sustainable engagement with Moldovans and individuals in the international technology sector. Moldovan creators will be invited to continue mentorship with HUG, a leading web3 technology accelerator, over the course of three months to help Moldovan creators form communities with a common cultural cause that allows users to be active participants and make decisions. Those creators will be featured on HUG’s social and curation discovery platform, and further highlighted on social channels (combined social reach of 300K) to engage the international community beyond Moldova.
Additionally, by March, 2023, MAYC#16168 and her co-designer will identify 3 additional locations to launch web3 Hackathons throughout 2023 (likely Honduras, Kenya, and Ghana). We will work with partners to support key location-specific requirements, including: space to host, communication/publicity, registration, technology, and other responsibilities. In turn, we will bring a successful Hackathon model, facilitation, mentors/experts, and prizes for winning teams.
|Jan. 2022||Initiate weekly meetings between with Moldovan stakeholders to co-design and implement March-April workshops|
|March or April 2023||One week on the ground workshops in Moldova with educators/students; entrepreneurs, and independent media (in collaboration with local organizations)|
|March 2023||Identify 3 locations for Hackathons, including local partners, locations / partnership responsibilities|
|April - June 2023||Ongoing mentorship for creators including conversations on HUG social channels, helping them establish creator marketplaces to build communities within and outside of Moldova.|
Write Executive summary paper to share learnings from the experience
Collaborate with Bored Ape Gazette to feature impact from the experience in an article to share with and beyond BAYC community|
|May - Dec 2023|Launch 3 Hackathons (locations TBD; likely where we have existing relationships and identified need/interest: Honduras, Kenya, Ghana)|
|August 2023|Develop and submit proposal for SXSW to share learning and engage others in designing / replicating Hackathons, workshops, and sustaining Web3 innovation in other contexts|
|Design & Development||Weekly meetings Jan – March with Moldovan stakeholders to co-design|
Development of workshops and materials, including high level and detailed agendas
Outreach to mentors, experts to support
Workshop implementation and on the ground support + executive summary and final reports
$10,000; estimate 8+ hours per week for development|
|Travel + Per Diem (2 people)|Flights + Hotel + Food (all approximate):
Flights: $1,400 each
Hotel: $1,200 each
|Honorariums for Mentors/Experts (Zoom) and locals (Moldova)|Approximately 5-7 people ($350 – 500); Total: $3500 (approximate)|
|3-month Mentorship| April-June 2023
Ongoing mentorship for creators (3-4 creators/teams): personal mentorship from the HUG Team for3-months. This incubator begins with a four-week intensive curriculum that engages other web3 projects from around the world. Mentorship includes training in customer/community discovery, brand development, media planning, go-to-market strategy, and more.
Total: $15,000 (approximate)|
|Hackathon Development and Launch (3 additional in 2023)|Airfare / Hotel / Food: approximately $14,000 (see above estimate)
Weekly meetings with local orgs/people to support and tailoring of existing Hackathon framework: 5+ hours per week over 2-3 months: $15,000
Honorariums for experts/mentors (for 3 additional Hackathons): $350 - $500, Total: $8,000 (approximate)
|Total|$71,400 converted to APE when the proposal passes|