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Proposal: Partner with ASU School of Business (cryptocurrency certificate)


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This proposal is cross-posted at https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dash-and-asu-certificate

Goal of the proposal

Dash’s goal is to improve financial freedom by giving people a better way to pay and get paid.

In order to achieve this goal, Dash Core Group conducts research to evaluate network scaling options, understand performance drivers, and improve decision-making.

Already, we’ve partnered with Arizona State University's (ASU) Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering to help us make better decisions with the data they collect from their research on network scaling solutions. This research focuses on technical solutions and measures outcomes of various options via network simulations. Through this research, we are able to make decisions on block size limitations, probability and severity of blockchain forks, and other technical measures of scaling technologies.

With this proposal, Dash Core Group seeks to expand our partnership with Arizona State University by creating a cryptocurrency certificate program with ASU’s business school: the W. P. Carey School of Business. Through the coursework created from the program, students will focus on the business applications of cryptocurrency, and how this technology can be better studied and integrated into finance. Students will be expected to collect data, run financial models, and create studies that Dash Core Group and the rest of the community can leverage to improve performance and grow the network. These studies may include evaluation of market opportunities, short-term and long-term network economics, or the effectiveness Dash treasury proposals.

Dash Core Group and the Dash network will benefit from the certificate program in two ways. First, we will gain valuable insights from the student research. Second, we will benefit from a pipeline of knowledgeable students for employment and internship opportunities.

Proposal background
This proposal seeks funding to establish a cryptocurrency certificate at Arizona State University’s (ASU), W. P. Carey School of Business. A cryptocurrency certificate will contain 15-18 credit hours, the creation of this program would consist of five (5) to six (6) new courses pertaining to cryptocurrency in business. Upon completing the required coursework, students will receive a cryptocurrency certificate which signifies academic proficiency. The cryptocurrency certificate is planned to be offered to students outside the business school, and coursework already under development with the engineering school is expected to qualify toward a cryptocurrency certificate.

ASU W.P.Carey School of Business
The following are why we chose ASU as the business school to partner with:
  • ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business is ranked as one of the Top 30 undergraduate and graduate business schools in the country.

  • W. P. Carey has a well-respected management department that ranks within the Top 20 in the country for both graduate and undergraduate education.

  • ASU is ranked the #1 university for innovative practices in the country.

  • W. P. Carey ranks 1st in the country for research production worldwide (according to Technovation).

  • We believe ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business is the perfect institution to conduct cutting-edge research into cryptocurrency technology that will dramatically enhance Dash Core Group’s ability to make better business development decisions.

  • Dash has an existing relationship with ASU through the sponsorship of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and will benefit from synergies with the existing coursework there

  • ASU will offer the coursework online, which will greatly expand availability of the courses globally versus other potential partners
Details around the current proposal
To reiterate, Dash Core Group intends on partnering with the W. P. Carey School of Business to create coursework that would provide students with a proficiency in cryptocurrency. In the W. P. Carey School of Business, most certificate offerings require a student to take approximately 15-18 credit hours. Therefore, the creation of a new certificate program would entail five (5) to six (6) new courses to be developed. It costs roughly $25,000 to create a course and $25,000 to pay an adjunct professor to teach the course. We would use current Dash in our research budget in addition to the funds requested in this proposal to fund the development of the program. In terms of timing, the 5 courses are anticipated to all be developed and live by Fall 2019. The curriculum will be developed jointly between the Dash Core Group and the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Please note that once the course is created, the only funding needed would be to pay the instructor. There is no expectation that Dash will have to provide funding in the future. In order to sustain the certificate going forward, student enrollment and the associated course fees would pay for the instructors of the courses. Further, ASU is working on opening the coursework to the entire ASU student body which will maximize the reach of the course and contribute to its popularity. Additionally, the course will be available for students to take online (coursera).

ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business will also brand a breakout study room as the Dash room.

Additional value to the network
By funding this proposal, Dash will be responsible for creating one of the world's first cryptocurrency focused programs at a major academic university. Along with this feat, comes exposure in the form of on and off campus advertising for the newly created certificate program. By enrolling in this program, students will attend lectures and complete coursework about the applications of Dash and other cryptocurrencies. As students graduate Arizona State University with this certificate, they’ll be equipped with the knowledge necessary to apply the technology in their future careers. As a product of work students complete, data will be collected, models created, and studies completed that Dash Core Group and other community projects can leverage for future use. The work completed from this program can be used not only as a tool for the Dash community but as an example for other academic universities to see the value in creating their own cryptocurrency program.

If you have additional questions, please direct them to @Alexander Chopan in the original Forum post.

Requested funding is as follows for the June 3rd budget cycle:
335.98 Dash ($130,000 USD @ $386.93 per Dash)
5.00 Dash reimbursement for the proposal cost
Total: 340.98 Dash

Note: Any unused budget will be applied toward future research expenses.

Manually vote YES on this proposal:
dash-cli gobject vote-many 30c26780d563c23267fc4fec66261a1d513b9ff4513b33ac8026804baa31ae47 funding yes
OR from the qt console:
gobject vote-many 30c26780d563c23267fc4fec66261a1d513b9ff4513b33ac8026804baa31ae47 funding yes

Manually vote NO on this proposal:
dash-cli gobject vote-many 30c26780d563c23267fc4fec66261a1d513b9ff4513b33ac8026804baa31ae47 funding no
OR from the qt console:
gobject vote-many 30c26780d563c23267fc4fec66261a1d513b9ff4513b33ac8026804baa31ae47 funding no
Dear @Alexander Chopan,
Medium and long term proposal have to be fund right now.
I hope when Dash have more budget, that it can be apply in others countrys too.
We have a small budget at this time, lets start with it.

I discover https://fr.coursera.org/?
Does they accept Dash as paiement ?

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@Alexander Chopan , I don't recall having seen any updates on the results of past funded ASU-related efforts thus far. Perhaps I missed them -- would you kindly link to them?
As I said on DC:

"A lot of people who are not themselves academics or who have not spent any significant amount of time in academia at a graduate or post-graduate level may not understand why projects like these are important.

There is not a single industry that does not move forward without research. Research is essential to the development of every single field. The reason that there are literally over a dozen blockchain development jobs for every blockchain developer is because there aren't projects like this being funded. There are many talented, burgeoning young developers out there who might be very successful in this field if they got the push they needed to enter in to it as opposed to some other field. The more talented developers that enter this field, the more the field is enriched. "A rising tide lifts all boats." If Dash can be the ones tho facilitate this, and we are appropriately recognized as such and the only ones actively enriching--instead of merely profiting--from the academic side of this field, that builds an exposure and reputation that you don't get from an ad campaign.

This is an investment not only in the future of Dash, but in the future of our industry. You may not feel that this level of expenditure is reasonable for this purpose at this juncture. Fine. However, you need to understand why these kinds of projects should be funded in general. Our field, its technology, and its participants don't go anywhere without projects like this."
Great Proposal. This might not bring immediate results but supporting academia is very important.
It is research which will take us ahead of the competition.
Great Proposal. This might not bring immediate results but supporting academia is very important.
It is research which will take us ahead of the competition.

Pay for it with your own money. Treasury funds are not meant for charity.
Pay for it with your own money. Treasury funds are not meant for charity.

Treasury funds are for whatever the DAO decides collectively they are for, even if that's truckloads of 500,000 balloons or whatever. Philanthropic efforts are an important part of pretty much every major organization on the planet, and for good reason.