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DeepFunding Academy – Phase 1: Genesis

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Status

  • Overall Status

    🛠️ In Progress

  • Funding Transfered

    $24,965 USD

  • Max Funding Amount

    $35,665 USD

Funding Schedule

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Milestone Release 1
$0 USD Transfer Complete 02 Feb 2024
Milestone Release 2
$7,015 USD Transfer Complete 12 Feb 2024
Milestone Release 3
$5,500 USD Transfer Complete 01 Mar 2024
Milestone Release 4
$11,000 USD Transfer Complete 07 Mar 2024
Milestone Release 5
$1,450 USD Transfer Complete 25 Apr 2024
Milestone Release 6
$2,700 USD Pending TBD
Milestone Release 7
$0 USD Pending TBD
Milestone Release 8
$8,000 USD Pending TBD

Status Reports

Mar. 27, 2024

Status
😀 Excellent
Summary

"We've completed the course creation milestone and gone through a few revisions to make sure the learner flow is ready, there a few minor adjustments to be made and in the coming weeks we will be minting modules on-chain to be referenced by anyone. Course facilitator and creator tokens are minted and distributed among the team. With them, they will be able to: create new content and approve/deny submissions made by learners. Successful submissions will be recorded on-chain as 'skills acquired' by learners and reflected dynamically (meaning the list of skills acquired will grow as they progress through the course) in their DFA learner token. The marketing milestone is currently in progress, content has been created and a release schedule has been agreed upon and being executed as we speak. AMA style sessions have been scheduled and materials are being prepared to bring awareness and register interested participants in the program. We are currently in the process of planning of the live sessions which are split into: - In-depth tours of the DeepFunding Academy - Andamio instance so learners can take full advantage of all its capabilities - 1:1 onboarding of high-value projects interested in proposing projects to DeepFunding and - Live sessions to answer questions and solve problems that learners might encounter along the way. "

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Deep Funding Academy – Phase 1: Genesis

9 February 2024

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Overview

DeepFunding Academy aims to secure $35,665 USD in AGIX funding to establish an educational initiative powered by the Andamio learning management system (LMS). This initiative is designed to support the education and onboarding of community members within the DeepFunding ecosystem, acquainting them with roles like proposers, reviewers, voters, and emerging functions.

The initial phase, called Genesis, focuses on establishing core team operations, implementing the LMS, training educators, developing educational content, and hosting live online workshops. The goal is to enhance community engagement, elevate contribution quality, and distribute key DeepFunding operations to the community, reducing reliance on the core team.

Future phases will explore AI and machine learning applications within the DeepFunding Academy. The proposal underscores a step-by-step approach that aligns with DeepFunding's evolution and aims to support the broader objectives of SingularityNET and Cardano.

In summary, DeepFunding Academy seeks funding to create an extensive educational framework, promoting community involvement and contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Cardano ecosystem.

Proposal Description

Compnay Name

DeepFunding Academy

Service Details

We propose the initiation of the DeepFunding Academy, powered by Andamio, a learning management system (LMS) based platform to support the onboarding and education of DeepFunding community members, to provide a place and material, guidance and support for newcomers to get trained and onboarded into the  DeepFunding Ecosystem and its Roles, such as Proposer, Reviewer, Voter and other new emerging roles within the DeepFunding ecosystem.

This proposal introduces the first phase of initiating the DeepFunding Academy, where we will mainly focus on setting up the foundations for later structures. We will not build The Academy in a week, and we want to go step by step, developing the project in parallel to the DeepFunding evolution itself. The Academy aims to cover both sides, use the platform to train people and train people to use the platform. Ideally, we can spark a builders' community inception for DeepFunding in alignment with SingularityNETs & Cardano's larger visions. In the case of receiving funding and implementing Phase #1, we will explore ideal items and further evolutions towards AI/ML use cases for the DeepFunding Academy. But as said, step by step :)

DeepFunding, designed as an iterating and evolving model, will change significantly from round to round. First-generated educational content may need to be updated quickly in the next funding round. We focus on installing the first processes, which will adapt and evolve over time and by participation. We focus on applying best practices, key learnings, and knowledge and experience gained from operating in DLT-based innovation funds such as Cardano's Project Catalyst. That's our strongest asset in this proposal: a well-seasoned group of people and projects, many different perspectives and skills which are found together on some common values. You can find our values by looking at our actions, and we hope to get your support in helping us to build up a DeepFunding Ecosystem where any role and perspective find an environment to commonly build on technology which may change humans at scale and future.

Lastly, this initiative will help to further decentralise DeepFunding by giving the community more autonomy and putting less pressure on the DeepFunding & SingularityNET core team. It decentralizes some of the DeepFunding key operations, such as onboarding and education towards the community, meaning that there are fewer points of failure, increasing the ecosystem's overall resilience.

Problem Description

While we recognize the existence of the DeepFunding website (

and the SingularityNet Discord server as repositories of information, a focused and directed approach is necessary to guide and support the onboarding of Project DeepFunding roles (i.e., proposers, reviewers, and voters). Our approach will increase community engagement and improve contribution quality by providing a complete framework and onboarding process to Deep Funding and help effectively transition the decentralization of decision power from the founding entity to the community.

Solution Description

Launching the DeepFunding Academy

Milestone & Budget

Milestone # 1 | October 2023

Description: Initiating a core team operations and project management

Deliverable: An initiated, aligned and fully operational Team & Project

Budget: 0 USD (covered by project management budget)

Milestone # 2 | October 2023

Description: Deploy Andamio LMS instance for Deep Funding Academy

Deliverable: Implemented Andamio instance at the DeepFunding Academy

Budget: 7,015 USD

Milestone # 3 | November 2023

Description: Train the trainers - Developing PBL capacity

Deliverable: Core PBL design & education team

Budget: 5,500 USD

Milestone # 4 | December 2023

Description:  Design and creation of educational content 

Deliverable: PBL content for Onboarding, Building Background Knowledge and Specialization modules.

Budget: 11,000 USD

Milestone # 5 | December 2023  

Description: Marketing and promotion of Deep Funding Academy program Deliverable: Marketing and promotion report

Budget: 1,450 USD

Milestone # 6 | December 2023 - February 2024

Description: Delivery of Deep Funding Academy program and online workshops

Deliverable: Documentation for Onboarding, Building Background Knowledge and Specialization modules published on Andamio instance. 8 - 90 minute live workshops.

Budget: 2,700 USD

Milestone # 7 | February 2024

Description: Genesis phase completion & lessons learned report.

Deliverable: Complete the proposals implementation, conduct a reflection, identify key and best lessons learned, define next steps and further development

Budget: 0 USD (covered by project management budget)

Project management | October 2023 - February 2024

Budget: 8,000 USD

Total budget: 35,665 USD

You can find a detailed version of the budget here:

Revenue Sharing

This proposal aims to provide free learning courses and workshops to the DeepFunding community, therefore we won't be able to bring financial revenue to the DeepFunding Platform.

Marketing & Competition

Our marketing campaign strategy includes

  • Word-of-mouth in partnership with the SingularityNET Ambassador program

  • Social media marketing. 

The main objectives of this campaign will be:

1. Market research and definition of consumer segment

Carry out research within the Cardano community to determine:

  • Awareness of SingularityNET and DeepFunding project
  • Current funding pain points from the community

2. Create awareness of DeepFunding Academy and the DeepFunding project

Use existing social media channels as well as paid advertising to:

  • Promote two AMA style sessions on Zoom to showcase the DeepFunding Academy
  • Position the DeepFunding project as a viable funding alternative for relevant AI and blockchain projects.

3. Register interested participants in the DeepFunding Academy program.

Related Links

Andamio official website

Plutus PBL - Beta version of the Andamio platform

Gimbalabs

SingularityNET Ambassador Program

SWARM

Long Description

Company Name

DeepFunding Academy

Summary

We propose the initiation of the DeepFunding Academy, powered by Andamio, a learning management system (LMS) based platform to support the onboarding and education of DeepFunding community members, to provide a place and material, guidance and support for newcomers to get trained and onboarded into the  DeepFunding Ecosystem and its Roles, such as Proposer, Reviewer, Voter and other new emerging roles within the DeepFunding ecosystem.

This proposal introduces the first phase of initiating the DeepFunding Academy, where we will mainly focus on setting up the foundations for later structures. We will not build The Academy in a week, and we want to go step by step, developing the project in parallel to the DeepFunding evolution itself. The Academy aims to cover both sides, use the platform to train people and train people to use the platform. Ideally, we can spark a builders' community inception for DeepFunding in alignment with SingularityNETs & Cardano's larger visions. In the case of receiving funding and implementing Phase #1, we will explore ideal items and further evolutions towards AI/ML use cases for the DeepFunding Academy. But as said, step by step :)

DeepFunding, designed as an iterating and evolving model, will change significantly from round to round. First-generated educational content may need to be updated quickly in the next funding round. We focus on installing the first processes, which will adapt and evolve over time and by participation. We focus on applying best practices, key learnings, and knowledge and experience gained from operating in DLT-based innovation funds such as Cardano's Project Catalyst. That's our strongest asset in this proposal: a well-seasoned group of people and projects, many different perspectives and skills which are found together on some common values. You can find our values by looking at our actions, and we hope to get your support in helping us to build up a DeepFunding Ecosystem where any role and perspective find an environment to commonly build on technology which may change humans at scale and future.

Lastly, this initiative will help to further decentralise DeepFunding by giving the community more autonomy and putting less pressure on the DeepFunding & SingularityNET core team. It decentralizes some of the DeepFunding key operations, such as onboarding and education towards the community, meaning that there are fewer points of failure, increasing the ecosystem's overall resilience.

Funding Amount

35,665 USD in AGIX

The Problem to be Solved

While we recognize the existence of the DeepFunding website (

and the SingularityNet Discord server as repositories of information, a focused and directed approach is necessary to guide and support the onboarding of Project DeepFunding roles (i.e., proposers, reviewers, and voters). Our approach will increase community engagement and improve contribution quality by providing a complete framework and onboarding process to Deep Funding and help effectively transition the decentralization of decision power from the founding entity to the community.

Our Solution

Launching the DeepFunding Academy

Phase 1: Genesis

For the DeepFunding Project to flourish, we actively incentivize all its participants' highest-quality contributions. The DeepFunding Academy engages contributors, cultivates relevant and necessary skill sets and seamlessly onboards them to the DeepFunding process, whatever role they choose. This approach enhances contributor impact on the process as a whole. 

In its initial phase (i.e., Genesis phase), we focus on setting up the basic project structure and processes necessary for total operational capacity as the project develops. This setup includes:

  1. Core team operations and project management.

  2. Learning management system (LMS) implementation.

  3. Train the trainers - Developing PBL capability

  4. Educational content design and creation.

  5. Course and online workshop execution. 

  6. Genesis phase completion & lessons learned report.

Let's examine what we aim to do in this initial genesis phase

1. Core team operations and project management.

Each Project stands and falls with its team, therefore we already started multiple discussions with best matching partners and collaborators, ensuring that the DeepFunding Academy has a strong core team to rely on, for the initial setup as well as for further developments and enhancements. While this proposal focuses on the basic setup, we will surely include additional functionalities and enhancements as the project evolves and matures. It is important to mention that we aim to develop the DeepFunding Academy step by step, parallel to the overall DeepFunding evolution and progress. 

At this initial phase we will focus on a series of team meetings to get everyone to action, to set up project management, processes and everything for the project to be fully operational and to go to work and action.

2. LMS implementation.

Our solution entails the implementation of a project-based learning (PBL) platform tailored to onboard community members into the Deep Funding process. This platform will serve as a comprehensive educational resource, guiding community members to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in this initiative successfully.

The Andamio platform user interface will provide:

  • Ability to connect a Web3 wallet.

  • Ability to mint a DF Academy contributor token on the Cardano blockchain.

  • Unlock specific token-gated content and spaces with the contributor token.

The contributor token provides an on-chain record of achievements and engagement.

To ensure transparency of skills acquired, we will establish an on-chain tracking system that registers and records participant accomplishments, incentivizing continued engagement with the Deep Funding process. 

We will attract a broader range of community members to participate in Deep Funding by providing an accessible, user-friendly platform with an automated compensation system. This approach will enhance the diversity of perspectives, improve the quality of proposals, and contribute to the growth and sustainability of the Cardano ecosystem. Our proposed solution addresses the need for efficient onboarding to Deep Funding. 

In future phases of the DeepFunding Academy, we plan to address the best implementation and use cases for AI and LM tools to enhance the Andamio Platform at DeepFunding Academy further.

3. Train the trainers - Developing PBL capacity.

It is crucial to generate the capacity of the Academy to scale in the future. This stage will empower the broader community to contribute to and participate in the DeepFunding Academy project as it grows and evolves along with the DeepFunding project itself. Participants trained as PBL educators will contribute to this and later iterations of the Academy, designing and creating PBL content to educate participants in the different aspects of the DeepFunding process. Later on, this capacity will allow DeepFunding Academy to diversify to offer PBL programs in other areas where onboarding to the Singularity ecosystem is crucial.  

4. PBL educational content design & creation.

In the Genesis phase of this proposal, we focus on setting up 3 modules on the Andamio platform. These modules include documentation and live online workshops available to anyone interested in joining. 

Our Project-based learning (PBL) approach sets us apart from traditional educational resources. PBL is a teaching and learning methodology that focuses on fostering profound understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through the completion of real-world projects. This approach shifts the traditional classroom dynamic by placing students as active participants and problem solvers rather than passive recipients of information. In PBL, students engage in inquiry, investigation, and collaboration to address complex questions or challenges. 

The main objective at this project stage is to bootstrap the first series of lessons. Hands-on knowledge and insights generated by the participation of the DeepFunding community will drive further development of content for the Academy.

DeepFunding Academy Phase #1 modules consist of: 

  • A series of student learning targets define each lesson's learning objective.

  • Mastery-based assessments where learners demonstrate mastery of the relevant subject matter.

  • Live workshops where a facilitator promotes learning by inquiry and discovery to cultivate a sense of community, deep learning, communication, and collaboration. 

The following figure provides a high-level overview of the PBL process. You can find more information about PBL methodology here:

, and examples of PBL live workshop sessions here:

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Fig 1. The PBL Framework. A high overview description of a PBL module.

5. Course and online workshop execution.

Documentation for each module is provided on the Andamio platform for asynchronous learning. This content is provided both in written and video format as necessary, you can see an example here

Live online workshops are provided as 90-minute weekly Zoom sessions open to the public where participants discuss lesson content and questions and then propose and decide on answers through group consensus.  All events will be recorded and made available to the public.

The content covered by the 3 initial modules is:

  • Onboarding module

    • What is SingularityNET ?

    • What is the DeepFunding Project ?

    • What is Andamio ?

  • Building background knowledge module

    • The DeepFunding process

    • DeepFunding’s goals and objectives

    • Overview of DeepFunding roles - Proposer, voter & reviewer

  • Specialization

    • How to be a:

      • Proposer

      • Voter

      • Reviewer

         

6. Genesis phase completion & lessons learned report.

Genesis phase close-out report which includes the collection and analysis of user feedback as well as insights and lessons learned from the implementation and execution process to inform further development and improvement.

Marketing Strategy

Our marketing campaign strategy includes

  • Word-of-mouth in partnership with the SingularityNET Ambassador program

  • Social media marketing. 

The main objectives of this campaign will be:

1. Market research and definition of consumer segment

Carry out research within the Cardano community to determine:

  • Awareness of SingularityNET and DeepFunding project
  • Current funding pain points from the community

2. Create awareness of DeepFunding Academy and the DeepFunding project

Use existing social media channels as well as paid advertising to:

  • Promote two AMA style sessions on Zoom to showcase the DeepFunding Academy
  • Position the DeepFunding project as a viable funding alternative for relevant AI and blockchain projects.

3. Register interested participants in the DeepFunding Academy program.

Our Project Milestones and Cost Breakdown

Milestone # 1 | October 2023

Description: Initiating a core team operations and project management

Deliverable: An initiated, aligned and fully operational Team & Project

Budget: 0 USD (covered by project management budget)

Milestone # 2 | October 2023

Description: Deploy Andamio LMS instance for Deep Funding Academy

Deliverable: Implemented Andamio instance at the DeepFunding Academy

Budget: 7,015 USD

Milestone # 3 | November 2023

Description: Train the trainers - Developing PBL capacity

Deliverable: Core PBL design & education team

Budget: 5,500 USD

Milestone # 4 | December 2023

Description:  Design and creation of educational content 

Deliverable: PBL content for Onboarding, Building Background Knowledge and Specialization modules.

Budget: 11,000 USD

Milestone # 5 | December 2023  

Description: Marketing and promotion of Deep Funding Academy program Deliverable: Marketing and promotion report

Budget: 1,450 USD

Milestone # 6 | December 2023 - February 2024

Description: Delivery of Deep Funding Academy program and online workshops

Deliverable: Documentation for Onboarding, Building Background Knowledge and Specialization modules published on Andamio instance. 8 - 90 minute live workshops.

Budget: 2,700 USD

Milestone # 7 | February 2024

Description: Genesis phase completion & lessons learned report.

Deliverable: Complete the proposals implementation, conduct a reflection, identify key and best lessons learned, define next steps and further development

Budget: 0 USD (covered by project management budget)

Project management | October 2023 - February 2024

Budget: 8,000 USD

Total budget: 35,665 USD

You can find a detailed version of the budget here:

 

Risk and Mitigation

Risk #1 - Lack of Community Experts

Currently, there are not many community members with a strong experience and knowledge on project DeepFunding and we may lack community capacity to educate a larger number of people & projects seeking guidance and support.

There is no simple way to mitigate this risk else than starting the DF Academy right now and making sure that we have more trained community experts in future Funding Rounds

Risk#2 - Complex Coordinations

As we have multiple groups and projects involved and many moving parts & pieces, there is a risk of losing track and oversight of overall operations which can lead to ineffective implementations.

We mitigate this risk by having SWARM and Bridge Builders and their experience of coordinating and facilitating large groups, objectives and areas and to ensure effective communications and coordination towards effective and successful implementations.

Voluntary Revenue

This proposal aims to provide free learning courses and workshops to the DeepFunding community, therefore we won't be able to bring financial revenue to the DeepFunding Platform.

Open Source

Our proposal will be 100% open source.

Our Team

Our Network of Collaborators:

Andamio by Gimbalabs

The Andamio team is a unique blend of strong developers, project managers, and business experts working together in the Cardano ecosystem for over two years. With their roots in Gimbalabs, a project deeply involved in the growth of Cardano, they share common values and goals, forming a dedicated and cohesive team. Over the past six months, they have diligently bootstrapped the Andamio platform as an open-source solution to address the challenges and pain points identified throughout their engagement with the Cardano community, where they have gathered valuable insights and collaborated with numerous learners and organizations. 

The work done to create Andamio is not only grounded on the continuous, diligent work of the Gimbalabs organization; it is the product of months of non-remunerated work by professionals who recognize the value of this solution. After six months of rigorous testing, we can offer an open-source software development kit (SDK), ready to be developed into a platform that any Cardano organization can leverage.

You can find more detailed information about our team

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PBL Design Team

James Dunseith

Teacher, Coach, Smart Contract Developer and Facilitator

LinkedIn:

Sebastian Pabon

Social Entrepreneur and Educator

LinkedIn:

Software Engineering Team

HongJing (Jingles) K

Innovative Solutions Developer

LinkedIn:

Nelson Kshetrimayum

Software Engineer

Juan Salvador Magán Valero

Software Engineer

LinkedIn:

Smart Contract Design Team

M.Ali Modiri

Smart Contract Developer

LinkedIn:

Adrian Hüetter

Smart Contract Developer

Business Strategy and Product Development Team

Roberto Mayen-Hess

Business and Innovation Manager

LinkedIn:

Yoram Ben Zvi

Business Models Lead

LinkedIn:

Nori Nishigaya

Software Development Expert

LinkedIn:

Community Building and Engagement Team

Sebastian Pabon

Nori Nishigaya

Project Management

James Dunseith

Roberto Mayen

Partnerships and go to market

Roberto Mayen

Yoram Ben Zvi

SWARM

SWARM is a network of doers and visionaries with a strong track record in the Cardano and SingularityNet ecosystem. 

Swarm has been pivotal in building and supporting the SNET Ambassadors Program and in DeepFunding initiatives such as the DeepFunding Town Hall, IdeaFest in DFR2 and the initiation of the DeepFunding Academy itself. Swarm's role is to coordinate and facilitate the overall operations and success of the Academy, making sure everyone has what they need, when they need. Furthermore, as Swarm is a permanent key contributor at DeepFunding since DeepFunding inception and has built up quite some expertise, we will provide insights and knowledge to create the LMS Modules and lessons, ensuring that provided courses provide a high quality and nicely match to the DeepFunding ecosystem and community.

Project & Community Operations

Felix Weber. 

 

Tevo Saks

 

Furthermore we will look for active collaborations with the SingularityNET Ambassadors program and to seek advice and help in the setup of the DeepFunding Academy in getting up marketing material and to align with general navigation from DeepFunding Towards the SingComDAO. We also seek to align and coordinate closely with the SingularityNET Foundation and the DeepFunding Team which will help the Academy to fit well into SNETs vision and mission.

All together, this collaborative team brings together all needed skills, experiences and knowledge to ensure a high quality and likelihood of a successful implementation of the proposal.

Related Links

Andamio official website

Plutus PBL - Beta version of the Andamio platform

Gimbalabs

SingularityNET Ambassador Program

SWARM

AI Services

Proposal Video

DeepFunding Academy - Phase 1: Genesis - #DeepFunding IdeaFest Round 3

26 September 2023
  • Total Milestones

    8

  • Total Budget

    $35,665 USD

  • Last Updated

    26 Apr 2024

Milestone 1 - 1

Status
😀 Completed
Description

Initiating a core team operations and project management

Deliverables

Budget

$0 USD

Milestone 2 - 2

Status
😀 Completed
Description

Deliverables

Budget

$7,015 USD

Milestone 3 - 3

Status
😀 Completed
Description

Train the trainers - Developing PBL capacity

Deliverables

Budget

$5,500 USD

Milestone 4 - 4

Status
😀 Completed
Description

Design and creation of educational content 

Deliverables

Budget

$11,000 USD

Milestone 5 - 5

Status
😀 Completed
Description

Marketing and promotion of Deep Funding Academy program

Deliverables

Budget

$1,450 USD

Milestone 6 - 6

Status
🧐 In Progress
Description

Delivery of Deep Funding Academy program and online workshops

Deliverables

Budget

$2,700 USD

Link URL

Milestone 7 - 7

Status
😐 Not Started
Description

Genesis phase completion & lessons learned report.

Deliverables

Budget

$0 USD

Link URL

Milestone 8 - Project management

Status
😐 Not Started
Description

Project management | October 2023 - February 2024

Deliverables

Budget

$8,000 USD

Link URL

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