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ABI Campus Hackathon Proposal Main Document

Continuing the discussion from ABI Campus Hackathon Proposal:CONTEST: Campus Blockchain Hackathon

Short Description:
The Campus Blockchain Hackathon is an initiative of Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI). This Hackathon is intended to provide the students of higher institutions in Africa with an early exposure to the career and business opportunities being presented by the Blockchain/DLT digital innovations. The project is planned to engage the academia on everything and anything they need to know about Blockchain Technology. Topics covered will not only give participants a good understanding of the Blockchain and how it works, but will also discuss current and future applications and how they are being implemented to change the world profitably.
This contest requests developers from higher institutions across Africa, to build blockchain applications on Free TON that will not only add value to the African continent but to the entire Free TON network.

TYPE:
Contest

Contest entry period:
Call for Application - From November to January 2021 (till 1st week of January, 2021)
Submission of ideas - January 2021 (2nd week to the end of 3rd week - making 2 weeks)
Review of ideas - January 2021 (4th week)

Start of Hackathon - February 2021
(1st week for the Hackathon)
(2nd week for review)
(3rd week for announcing the winners)
(4th week for grouping into regional contest)

Regional contest - March 2021
(1st week for the Hackathon)
(2nd week for review)
(3rd week for announcing the qualifiers)
(4th week for preparing the qualifiers to attend the continental contest in Rwanda)

Qualifiers contest - April 2021
(Arrivals from 1st to 6th of April)
(Contest 7th of April)
(Award Ceremony 8th of April)

New applications begin on the 12th of April and end on the 31st of May, 2021.
All other schedules follow up to September 2021.

MOTIVATION:
Creating a structured and sustainable community/ecosystem that nurtures and empowers awesome builders by providing & democratizing access to knowledge, capital, and mentorship.

PROCEDURE:
Stage One
• The contest is an all year, round program, intended to further deepen the engagement, starting with a general call for applications. (Virtual)
• Appointment of the members of community evaluators and judges by both ABI and Free TON. ABI to take the lead, in an advisory capacity, in this task. (Virtual)
• FreeTON logo and message shall be provided to ABI to be displayed prominently on all media inclusive digital and physical marketing materials in relation to the Campus Hackathon.

Stage Two
• First verifying the authenticity of the student/participant, and satisfaction of the requirements (in the requirements section below).
• Secondly, students proceed with submission of their ideas.
• Thirdly, collating and screening the best ideas by vote from the communities and judges.
• Finally, sorting the applications and grouping them according to the African country. (Diaspora applications are welcome, provided that they have origins from one of the African countries). (Virtual)

Stage Three
• Grouped according to their countries, the best ideas are allowed to start the Hackathon. The duration for a country’s hackathon is set and at the end of it, a winner emerges.
• The winners from the different African countries are then pooled according to their region (that is east, west, north, and South African region) and they compete regionally. Upon completion, followed by the jury and community review, a region winner emerges.
• The winners from each of these regions head for the final phase (a physical program whose venue is the African Leadership University in Rwanda) which is at the continent level, and a final winner emerges.

ACTIVITES
The Students will be building apps on the blockchain in line with the tracks below that will create better opportunities for Africa.
• Fintech infrastructure/Digital Wallets (to help those who do not have access to banking)
• Human rights protections for governments, including but not limited to:
o Land ownership and registry
o National voting platforms
o Or come up with your own, etc.
• High tech job creation.
• Or any other applications that each entrant feels can best serve the needs of the continent.

REQUIREMENTS / VETTING PROCESS
The organizers are looking for ambitious students that are forward thinking, innovative, and ready to take up challenges by creating the next Big Thing. These students must be dedicated, committed to the project, hardworking, and with strong backgrounds in computer science, mathematics, statistics, business/entrepreneurship, economics, cryptography, or blockchain, and any other related field.

  1. Applications will be submitted on the website
  2. Each application is screened according to the criteria and requirements. Part of which they must be students with a Student ID Card.
  3. In exceptional cases, the organizers shall schedule an interview with such applicants.
  4. Once the registration period is over, those that make it through the screening will proceed to the Hackathon. Details will be handled over to the Ton Community.
  5. A google form with an endorsement of each entrant from their respective institution’s administration shall be availed to all prospects for application purposes and verification of the above.
  6. Participants shall sign up with FreeTON blockchain social networks.

EVALUATION CRITERIA AND WINNING CONDITIONS:
Applicants will be vetted by the ABI and shared with Free TON.

  • ABI will categorize the submission according to each country
  • Basic understanding of Blockchain Technology.
  • Knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming. (At least write code in one of these languages: Java, C++, Python or JavaScript).
  • Each submission must have a GitHub repository, to be reviewed by the TON community.
  • A 5 minute demonstration/presentation to judges on Product being built.
  • The highest score in the regionals will proceed to the finals.
  • Repeat 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • The highest Scores will proceed for regionals.
  • Any tie of scores, the community members will vote to determine the winner.
  • The fundamental aspects of the winning application should include:
  • Originality and no templates.
  • Well-thought-out concept and relevance.
  • The winners should provide a brief description of the source of their inspiration.
  • The evaluation committee will come from both ABI and Free TON community members.

VOTING:
• Jurors will vote for your submission. Jurors whose team(s) intend to participate in this contest by providing submissions of their own lose their right to vote in this contest.
• Each juror will vote by rating each submission on a scale of 1 to 10 or can choose to reject or abstain.
• Jurors should provide feedback to your submissions.
• Duplicate, sub-par, incomplete or inappropriate submissions will be rejected.

REWARDS:

1st prize 25,000 TONS
2nd prize 15,000 TONS
3rd prize 5,000 TONS
4th to 20th place 1,000 TONS

Note: If the number of winning submissions is less than the number of rewards available, any remaining rewards are not subject to distribution and are considered void.

Jury rewards:
An amount equal to 5% of the sum total of all total tokens awarded to contest winners will be distributed among jurors who vote and provide feedback. This percentage will be awarded on the following basis:
The percentage of tokens awarded to the jury will be distributed based on the number of votes each juror casts.
For example, if one juror votes 50 times and another juror votes 5 times, the juror who votes 50 times will get 10 times more tokens than the juror who votes 5 times.
Feedback is mandatory in order to collect any rewards.

Procedural requirements:
• Participants must upload their work correctly so it can be viewed and accessible in the formats described. If work is inaccessible or does not fit the criteria described, the submission may be rejected by jurors.
• Participants must submit their work before the closing of the filing of submissions. If not submitted on time, the submission will not count.
• Every contest submission must have an identifiable contact that can be matched with your discussion forum description. If you did not provide a discussion forum description, then your submission must provide links to your online persona, such as a Telegram ID (preferred) or other direct contact information that can confirm that the work submitted is your own. If you fail to provide a means to verify that the submission is your own work, your submission may be rejected.

Total estimates for Campus Hackathon.

Total Summary = 210,500 TONS
Contest winners = 124,000 TONS
Jury = 7,000 TONS
Administration = 39,500 TONS
ABI Expenditure = 40,000 TONS

Disclaimer:
Free TON does not distribute TONS to US Citizens or its Affiliates.

Reference wallet:
0:c7415f7c58b4bb457b21cbe43cecba1c201c4d4a61bd4f0f2b7cc8166c896e65

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This type of proposal actually encapsulate the need for a general African group. Great proposal for FreeTON African community. Totally in support.
Well done @Kanyiri

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In Africa, the topic of cryptocurrencies is very relevant now.

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Great idea, I’m in total support of this idea. racial equity is important as many Africans are left behind in crypto industry

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Over 70% in africa are into cryptocurrency but there was a problem encountered with many of them from the 70% there 30/70% are scam only 40% are luckily to be legits users.

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Great idea, I support this motion, after all a great percentage of Africans are now involved cryptocurrency

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Highly encourage this proposal. More African developers should be able to participate to make freeTon not only a truly decentralized platform but it also creates opportunity for the blockchain to be advertised to a massive continent.

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Great to see this coming from the African community. A partnership with the Africa Blockchain Institute sounds like a vey right starting point to drive adoption of Free TON. Also engaging develops is a very right priority.

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This is an awesome proposal and as an ardent lover of cryptocurrencies and blockchain in Africa. I give my positive verdict on this great proposal to be approved by the appropriate TON staff. Thank you for this great opportunity to expose in Africans

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Definitely, there is need for Free TON Africa community. I’m one and I want to rub mind with core developers and expand knowledge with others like me.
I believe the existence of African Hackathon will be beneficial to this community.

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Looking forward to this project. I will like to recommend it to one of my protegee.

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I like this project as we need more development and learning in the field of blockchain because it is considered new for many. Such projects help to spread the technical culture significantly.

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Awesome project. I look forward to putting the tools to the works when time comes

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This is great and I strongly support this project, Africans has found interest in crypto and the rate of African in crypto keeps increasing.

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Yeah why not, hackhatons are always good way to get innovative people interested and your presentation is clear enough.

But i have few questions: How large organisation is Africa Blockchain Institute exactly? I mean you have 20 places for compos. That seems weirdly high nr for a local gathering. Even in my country which has lots of tech savvy people overall, blockchain hackathons are a pretty niche field.

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Thanks for your observation and contribution. To answer you please note the hackathon is in conjunction with the various universities specific departments. Subsequently, we are gathering online and lastly we have a country, regional and finally continental contests that will definitely give us the top twenty.
FreeTON on the other hand as much as we need the top developers join us. We shall also get exposure and new membership from the general public too.

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Free TON & ABI 2021 Off-Chain Hackathons Partnership

Description

The African Blockchain Institute (ABI) hosts annual hackathons. Next year they would like to launch one for Free TON.

Thanks to some intense work by @JKanyiri (Telegram ID) and several other Free TON Africa community members, they worked hard to organize a collaboration with ABI to launch a cyclical campus blockchain hackathon for Free TON throughout the course of 2021. Each cycle is comprised of 3 consecutive hackathons.

  1. A hackathon by African country, followed by:
  2. A regional (East, West, North, South Africa) hackathon comprised of winners from the country hackathon, and then:
  3. A continental hackathon in Rwanda comprised of regional hackathon winners.

Each 3-part hackathon cycle will be run 2 times from February through September, 2021.

The goal is to educate the young people of Africa about the Free TON blockchain and add talented developers to the Free TON ecosystem.

This project will create a structured and sustainable community that nurtures and empowers awesome developers by providing and democratizing access to knowledge, capital and mentorship.

At the current time Africa is one of, if not the most ideal place to implement Free TON’s opportunities. The hurdle is to introduce its many advantages in a way that identifies the right talent. ABI is dedicated to this very thing.

Token request summary

Stage How many tokens When For what KPI description
1 12K TONs Up front Administrative prep + topic submission review by ABI + ABI fee KPI 1: Report of completion + receipt from ABI by end of December, 2020
2 18K TONs KPI 1 met. January 4, 2021 Admin costs to cover preparation: website, promotion, call for applications. Off-chain jury selection in Africa + 8K fee to ABI to organize & host Hackathon By Country KPI 2: Event confirmed organized. All details provided by January 29, 2021
3 73K TONs KPI 2 met. Feb. 1, 2021 Run 3 hackathons: Hackathon By Country , then Hackathon by Region , and the Continental Hackathon in Rwanda. Rewards to winners + off-chain jury members + ABI onsite admin fees KPI 3: All 3 hackathons in the first cycle executed. Winners selected.Award ceremony. Rewards paid out. All details provided to Free TON on/before April 12, 2021
4 27K TONS KPI 3 met. April 12, 2021 Prep as before for 2nd hackathon cycle (same as the previous described above) KPI 4: Ready with all details by April 30, 2021
5 80.5K TONs KPI 4 met. May 3, 2021 The 2nd 3-part hackathons (by country, by region, by continent) are held from May to end of August, 2021 All hackathons completed. All winners selected All Award ceremonies held. All rewards to winners and off-chain jurors paid out. All details provided to Free TON on/before September 1, 2021

Total cap: 210,500 TONs

Up front: 12K TONs

All else against KPIs 1 - 4

Timeline

  1. Cycle 1: Hackathon entry period

      . November - January, 2021: Call for Applications
      . January, 2021 weeks 2 - 3: Topic provided by Free TON community
      . January, 2021 week 4: Review of topics
    

2.Cycle 1, hackathon 1: by country - February, 2021

Africa is comprised of 54 countries. The 1st of 3 hackathons in a cycle is for all countries to
compete.

    .Week 1: Hackathon

    .Week 2: Review

    .Week 3: Winners announced

    .Week 4: Grouped into regional hackathons (East, West, North, South Africa)

3.Cycle 1, hackathon 2: by region - March, 2021

    .Week 1: Hackathon

    .Week 2: Review

    .Week 3: Winners announced

    .Week 4: Winners prepare to travel to Rwanda to participate in the continental hackathon

4.Cycle 1, hackathon 3: continental - April, 2021

    .April 1 - 6: Contestants arrive

    .April 7: Final continental hackathon event

    .April 8: Award ceremony

5.Cycle 2 begins. April 12, 2021 - Hackathon entry period for next 3 hackathons (same concept)

Process

  1. The hackathons are a cyclical set of programs intended to deepen engagement with Free TON, starting with a general call for applications (virtual)

          .Appointment of judges by Free TON and ABI. ABI takes the lead on this. Free TON participates as and advisor (virtual) **.**
    
          .Free TON is branded everywhere (logo, message, media, digital and physical marketing materials).
    
  2. Administrative functions

          .Creating a dedicated website.
    
          .Authenticating students/participants, satisfaction of requirements (see “Vetting process” and “Requirements” below).
    
          .Students submit topic ideas.
    
          .Topic review.
    
          .Sorting applications and grouping them according to African country (diaspora applications are welcome, provided that they have origins from one of the African countries). Done virtually.
    
  3. Hackathons

          .Student participants are grouped according to their countries, with the best topics isolated, and the hackathon begins. This is virtual. Winners emerge.
    
          .Winners from the country hackathon are then pooled according to their region (East, West, North. South Africa) and compete regionally. This is also done virtually. Regional winners emerge.
    
          .Finally, regional winners compete in a 1-day continental hackathon in Rwanda. This is an off-chain, physical event hosted by the African Leadership University in Rwanda. Final winners emerge.
    

Hackathon topic requirements (contest)

The Free TON community with consultation from ABI will run a topic contest for African students to isolate the best possible topic ideas for the hackathon, and this contest will be judged by the Free TON global governance jury. This contest will provide regards for winners whose topics are chosen for the hackathon separately from this proposal. Free TON will decide reward amounts when the contest is drafted. It is suggested to focus on the following key areas:

  • Fintech infrastructure/Digital Wallets (to help those who do not have access to banking).
  • Human rights protections
  • Land ownership and registry
  • National voting platforms
  • High tech job creation
  • Other topics that best serve the needs of Africa.

Vetting process

The organizers are looking for ambitious students that are forward thinking, innovative, and ready to take on challenges by creating the next “big thing”. These students must be dedicated, committed to the project, hardworking, and with strong backgrounds in computer science, mathematics, statistics, business/entrepreneurship, economics, cryptography or blockchain, and/or any other related field.

  1. Applications will be submitted on the website
  2. Each application will be screened according to criteria and requirements. Students must provide a student ID card.
  3. In exceptional cases, the organizers will schedule an interview with applicants.
  4. A Google form with an endorsement of each contestant from their respective institution’s administration must be filled out by each applicant for verification of the above.
  5. Once the registration period is over, those that make it through the screening process will proceed to the hackathon.
  6. Once registered, all participants will sign up to Telegram and join a Free TON - ABI dedicated Telegram group that Free TON will provide.

Requirements

Applicants will be vetted by ABI and the results will be shared with Free TON through the Free TON - ABI dedicated Telegram group.

  • ABI will categorize submissions according to African country.
  • Basic understanding of blockchain technology a must.
  • Knowledge of programming languages, i.e., ability to write code in one or all of these languages is mandatory: Solidity, C++, or C. Special preference will be given to those who can code in Solidity, C++, or C, since these are the languages used on Free TON.
  • Each submission must have a GitHub repository that can be reviewed by the Free TON community.
  • A 5 minute demonstration/presentation must be provided to judges on the product being built.
  • The highest score in the regionals will proceed to the finals.
  • Repeat all steps described under the “Vetting process” above.
  • Winners with the highest scores will proceed for regionals.
  • If scores are tied, the Free TON community members will vote to determine winners through a “Tiebreaker Contest” that Free TON and ABI will draft together.
  • The fundamental aspects of the winning application should include:
  • Originality and no templates.

  • Well thought out concept and relevance.

  • Winners should provide a brief description of the source of their inspiration.

  • The evaluation committee will come from both ABI and Free TON community members.

Rewards:

1st prize 25,000 TONS

2nd prize 15,000 TONS

3rd prize 5,000 TONS

4th to 20th place 1,000 TONS

None of the participants will be US citizens or US entities

Reference wallet:

0:c7415f7c58b4bb457b21cbe43cecba1c201c4d4a61bd4f0f2b7cc8166c896e65