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Building softwares for the Africa ecosystem of DASH.

Discussion in 'Pre + Budget Proposal Discussions' started by Georgepro, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. Georgepro

    Georgepro New Member

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    Preamble

    My name is Appiah George cryptocurrency enthusiasts and an ambassador for DASH. I have organised several meetup for Dash force meet-up and have also organize several meet up radio talk show and conferences under a project called building a dashy Africa phase1. @UltimateCrypto and @Nathaniel Luz all on discord can testify to the work am doing for DASH in Africa. On discord, twitter and facebook as George Pro


    Description

    The adoption of Africa seem different from other parts of the world and other continent. The kind of software and marketing ideas that work well in Other parts of the world may seem not to function well down here. This project seek to promote DASH ecosystem and technology and also to bring new computer engineers, software developers, programmers and other stakeholders to build new softwares to help move the massive adoption in Africa at a faster pace.




    How we will do it.


    We aim to organize competition for the developers. We are expecting not more than 50 developers and they will be competing for a price in DASH.


    The judges for the competition will be pioneers for DASH Africa and other Outstanding developers in Africa.


    Email and letters have been sent to the various software developers in Ghana and Head of department of the various IT universities to let outstanding developers students to also partake in the competition.

    After the competition teams will show their projects to each other and the judges. They are strongly encouraged to present a demo of what they have built. Pitch or presentation are also encouraged. But they will not be judge base on the quality of the pitch but base on what you have built even if broken or you weren't able to finish. Completion is only one part of the criteria.They must show demo is very necessary. Remember hacking is about building and learning not about selling. The criteria a

    Benefit To DASH.

    The ROI is very great and enormous to DASH and its community in Africa at large. Developers will be motivated to code in their own language. The benefits to DASH are:

    Developer Engagement

    The competition will build a bridge to the developer community.

    For cryptocurrency like DASH whose competencies lie in providing technology solutions, this competition help establish two-way conversations between those that develop the technology (APIs, APKs, data sets etc) and the people that use them. This feedback loop increases developer adoption, which is crucial if solutions are to proliferate across new channels.

    Corporate Branding

    Associating your brand with a competition like this can change the public’s perception of your brand and help acquire developer mindshare. Hosting a competition or getting involved as a sponsor is an efficient way to deliver more awareness about your coin to a prime, target audience – the maker community – and increase brand exposure in the tech world.

    IP Development

    This competition is great, not necessarily because the silver bullet will be found, but because participants may find something you never knew you were looking for. This may be using your software solutions to break into new markets or developing extensions that open up entire new customer bases.

    In addition, participants often not only develop a prototype of an app but frequently its infrastructure as well. This competition can build a genuine business case for the submission that justifies and facilitates further development and investment in the team that provided the solution.

    Recruitment

    As project-based challenges, this competition come closest to testing a candidate's capabilities of handling challenges in the workplace.

    With software developers and data scientists in high demand, it’s challenging for companies to gain exposure, garner interest and determine the best talent. This competition can address both challenges. It will the The DASH community to gain awareness in the developer community and are perceived as “hacker-friendly”. This helps attract top talent and once the candidates apply, they have at least one project under their belt and have proven to be passionate enough about their work to spend a weekend with little to no sleep. With this looking for software developers to create software for the ecosystem of DASH in the future will be simple.



    Agenda

    Friday 6 PM to Saturday 8:00 PM

    Friday

    8:00 AM Registration
    10:00 AM Opening
    12:00 PM Conference 1
    2:00 PM Workshop 1
    4:00 PM Dinner
    6:00 PM Workshop 2
    8:00 PM Workshop 3


    Saturday

    8:00 AM Breakfast
    10:00 AM Mentors Panel
    12:00 AM Workshop 4
    1:00 PM Mentors Panel
    4:00 PM Hacks Registration
    5:00 PM Hacks Presentation
    6:00 PM Hacks Judging
    7:00 PM Winners Announcement Awards
    8:00 PM Closing Ceremony
    Justification

    Videos and pictures will be sent to the various community of DASH during when the competition is ongoing. There will be live streaming of the competition on facebook and twitter.

    Schedule
    The competition will be organise in the capital city of Ghana that is Accra for two days.

    Budget

    Dash price was taken as $250

    judges + 2data analysers + moderators $700

    Venue $600

    Award for the winners $1000

    Refreshments $500

    Banners, pens ,stickers(all DASH branded) $200

    DASH shirts $300

    Transportation within the region $300

    Total 3,600 15 DASH plus proposal fee of 1DASH
    Total 16DASH

    We aim at extending this project to other regions and other Africa countries after a successful execution of this mini one.
     
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  2. Arthyron

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    @Georgepro -- Thanks for your pre-proposal. So more or less, what you're trying to fund here is a Hackathon for Dash-related projects with prizes for the winners in Dash? What is the focus for the kinds of software people will be developing? What are the criteria by which the projects will be judged? Do you have any information on the concentration of developers in that region who might want to attend, like age-ranges, local universities, etc? From the looks of the project, it seems like you'll be seeking funding from the Dash Boost micro-proposal treasury?
     
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    Thanks @Arthyron for showing concern in this pre proposal. Our initial focus for the competition is to let the developers design software that seek to build the gap between mobile money and cryptocurrency. We also aim at educating them on DASH been used as a medium of exchange for them develop something on it for as to see what we will get for the businesses accepting DASH. That's what I have now more will show up research is still ongoing. Concerning the criteria judges will use: After the competition teams will show their projects to each other and the judges. They strongly encouraged to present a demo of what they have built. Pitch or presentation are also encouraged. But they will not be judge base on the quality of the pitch but base on what you have built even if broken or you weren't able to finish. Completion is only one part of the criteria they must show demo is very necessary. Remember hacking is about building and learning not about selling. The criteria are:

    Technoloy
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go “Wow”?

    Viability
    Has the project a realistic chance of being implemented by partners, is the idea scalable and applicable to more industries. Is it realistic to further develop the project? Originality
    Is your project creative, new and innovative? Is it something we already know or is the idea disruptive?
    UX
    How is the design and user experience of your project? Is it easy to understand and use?
    Wow-effect
    Can you amaze the judges with new use-cases, big opportunities or surprises? How much did you achieve during the competition ?.
    Looking at the concentration of developers in Accra I have visited three I T universities that is Data link, university of Ghana and NIIT Ghana the number of developers they are ready to present is more than 50. But the team will scale them down to let software developer companies to also bring in candidates to make the competition more professional yes we are not doing inter universities hackathon. The fact is we want 50 developers to partake the number of developers in Accra is high even if we extend to 200 we will still get the number.
    We might get lectures attending one lecturer have agreed to be part of the judges tho he said the date must suit him. Again is for the general the public am not so sure of the people who might want to attend but we aim at doing proper and strategic marketing to attract more people to the venue
    Yes is a mini or micro proposal which I want DASH boost to fund for the DASH to extend its frontiers of success in Africa.
     
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    Is there any precedents to this in Africa?
     
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    I like this. You have my support