Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Asserting the EF Fellowship Program, Cohort #2



Issues are trying up for Ethereum. Now that The Merge is full, an enormous weight (measured in tonnes of CO2) has been lifted from the Ethereum neighborhood’s collective conscience. And the world-at-large is watching to see what this neighborhood does subsequent.

Proper now the ecosystem has a novel alternative to indicate the skeptics what Ethereum can do — how a foundational layer of belief on the open web can be utilized to sort out the massive coordination issues that we have now but to unravel.

The highway to Serenity is lengthy, and Ethereum’s influence remains to be small on the dimensions of human establishments, societies, or economies. In recent times we have now collectively grown fairly keen on the time period public good, however we should keep in mind that “public” means all 8-billion of us, give or take.

Because of this the EF Fellowship Program was created: To present a platform to individuals working in the direction of the long-term imaginative and prescient of Ethereum as a public good for all people.

If Ethereum is to be the way forward for human coordination, we should guarantee that future is equitably distributed. With that stated, we’re joyful to announce seven excellent people who’re considering and dealing with that lengthy view in thoughts.

Meet the Second Cohort

In case you missed the primary cohort, you possibly can examine their tasks right here!

Every EF Fellow has been chosen as a result of they’re on a private quest that represents a risk for Ethereum-enabled flourishing.

What precisely which means is a bit versatile. Some are increasing Ethereum’s usefulness to a brand new group of individuals, or studying firsthand from a neighborhood why Ethereum will not be helpful for them (but). Perhaps the guy is researching broader challenges that may have an effect on the prevailing Ethereum neighborhood, now or lengthy into the long run.

Regardless of the challenge, whomever the guy, over the course of the subsequent 6 months, they are going to be driving ahead their studying, implementing their challenge, and customarily serving to to maneuver Ethereum outwards into this messy, difficult world of individuals.

Fellow Introductions

Abhishek Bhattacharya

Abhishek is a co-founder at Brú Finance. Brú Finance works with a accomplice group referred to as Whrrl, which supplies harvest-time loans to 18,000+ farmers throughout India. Whrrl makes use of a permissioned personal blockchain, however for his Fellowship challenge, Abhishek shall be overseeing and studying from the launch of a brand new system to a public chain that makes use of decentralized liquidity for the farmers, and exploring what this technique might appear like at a worldwide scale.

Gabriela Guerra

Gabriela based Bloinx, a startup that implements blockchain-based tandas (also called cundinas, susu, hui, arisan, quiniela, stokvel, and others all over the world) – casual financial savings circles. Gabriela is satisfied that blockchain can have actual profit for the unbanked inhabitants of the world, and that financial savings circles are one good beginning mechanism. Throughout her Fellowship, Gabriela will conduct pilots in Mexico and Venezuela and use the analysis to assist enhance Bloinx for bigger scales.

Geoffrey See

Geoffrey is co-founder of startup Poko. He has in depth expertise engaged on the authorized and regulatory facet of the blockchain, in addition to in an entrepreneurial schooling initiative and the burgeoning discipline of DAOs. For his fellowship challenge, Geoffrey shall be exploring the interface between DAOs and governments, particularly how governments seeking to create new frameworks and laws can study concerning the distinctive wants and capabilities of decentralized organizations.

Karam Alhamad

Karam is an entrepreneur, fintech visionary, worldwide improvement skilled, and human rights coverage advocate. Karam based ZeFi, an academic platform and neighborhood centered on fostering blockchain schooling and analysis custom-fit for the Syrian context. For the Fellowship, Karam will conduct analysis that will increase sensible and culturally-sensitive understandings of how blockchains can remedy issues in battle settings.

Marcus Alburez Myers

Marcus is a Guatemalan entrepreneur working to handle right this moment’s urgent challenges. He’s presently a Founder-in-Residence at Europe’s main accelerator, Entrepreneur First, the place he’s drawing on the facility of web3 to empower marginalized communities. By his work with Lamina POP, a low-cost housing design challenge in Guatemala, Marcus shall be exploring the real-world boundaries to bodily asset financing for DeFi, and can apply his findings to develop a doable resolution for housing finance.

Mary Davies

As a authorized researcher and technologist based mostly within the Cayman Islands, Mary has been exploring a urgent query: If life-extension expertise doesn’t pan out over the subsequent few a long time, what occurs to your crypto once you die? At present there isn’t any trustless or decentralized resolution to this query, and this presents an issue. Mary’s fellowship will discover what new cryptographic mechanisms would possibly allow us to trustlessly switch property after loss of life, in a method that’s legally compliant.

Mihajlo Atanackovic

Mihajlo is main the digital transformation journey of one of many world’s greatest non-formal academic youth actions – the World Group of the Scout Motion with 57+ million members from across the globe. To get the Scout Motion prepared for web3, he’s embarking on an formidable challenge involving digitalising badges, exploring DAOs for various ranges of the Motion, and the way the scouts would possibly make use of novel coordination mechanisms for grassroots group.

Staff Subsequent Billion at Devcon VI

In case you’re concerned with what the fellows are engaged on, we hope you will try the Fellow’s talks in individual or on live-stream. If saving the world (or making an attempt to) is one thing you are into, get in contact with us or tag us on Twitter @EFNextBillion


P.S. No, it is not the Ethereum Protocol Fellowship — that is one other fellowship initiative on the opposite fringe of the identical frontier. Perhaps sooner or later we’ll do a crossover episode.



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