Queen's University, a prominent engineering school in Canada known for its plethora of student-run design teams, does not have a blockchain based design team and are missing this opportunity.
We will create a Queen's Blockchain Design Team where students collaborate on Cardano Projects.
We will create and make publicly available onboarding & tutorial videos to help students new to Cardano.
This is the total amount allocated to University Design Team
How you perceive the problem you are solving
The problem is that many students and Queen's University would benefit from being able to collaborate on Cardano Projects, but there is no current team to collaborate under leaving them without peers to collaborate with and without resources to gain more experience. Additionally, not having a Blockchain Team, in general, is a large gap in the education of many engineering students.
Creating this Cardano Design Team brings interested engineering students together to collaborate on Ecosystem projects. Additionally, this allows for Cardano to be introduced to first year engineering students who have not heard of or are unfamiliar with Cardano and Blockchain Technology, enabling them to grow in the team for the entirety of their undergrad into a fully-fledged Plutus/Cardano/Blockchain expert through the help of upper-year students.
Your reasons for approaching it in the way that you have
We are approaching it this way as there is precedent within the Queen's Engineering Community to support and engage with Design Teams. This gives us confident in the solution as it has worked many times before for other teams. Additionally, providing learning material to first-year students is a good approach as it allows them to onboard very rapidly and can be reused to assist future years of first-year students assisting in the longevity of the Team. Naturally, the learning material will be made publicly available to anyone who wishes to use it, whether that be students of other universities around the globe, or anyone at all.
Who your project will engage, or who its stakeholders are
The project stakeholders are Queen's University Engineering Students, The Queen's Engineering Society, the Catalyst Community, the Cardano Developer Community, and Cardano Community as a whole. The students as it is being built by them for them. The EngSoc as they oversee Design Teams and Clubs within the Engineering Faculty. The Catalyst Community as their continual support and assistance is crucial to the success of the project. The Developer Community as resources created will assist them in their everyday development and with onboarding new developers. The entire community as the projects created will add value to Cardano Ecosystem.
How your project will be implemented
Project will be implemented for the September, 2022 school year. Design Team / Club will be created through the Engineering Society. Onboarding. Workshops, and Tutorial Videos will be created and made publicly available throughout the year. Created by fourth and third year engineering students.
What you will produce
Outputs of the project are a Cardano Design Team / Club where students can collaborate on Ecosystem Projects, a series of YouTube videos assisting students learning and getting started with Cardano, and a Dapp. Project aims to produce continual improvements to the ecosystem through applications, developer tools, and applications.
What will happen as a result of your work
Result is that many students will be introduced to the Cardano Ecosystem and have assistance in learning and developing within it. Student's will create projects under the Design Team. The Team will live on into the future for many years to come bringing in many students over the years. Continual production of Haskell Developers.
This solution directly addresses the Challenge as it is specifically designed to encourage and assist students enter and collaborate in the Cardano Ecosystem. The solution brings new students into the Cardano Ecosystem while continually providing support for them to learn and create projects. Additionally, it creates videos and documentation that allows the development of much needed Plutus, Haskell, and Cardano Developers in general.
One risk is that students do not join the Design Team. It is unlikely that they are uninterested in Blockchain Technology given the degree they have chosen. It is more likely that they are unfamiliar with Cardano or are uncomfortable making the first step to join the team. A mitigation strategy is to have an outreach events at the design team fair at the beginning of the year and message students through the engineering email newsletter that is emailed to all students every month.
Another risk is that the Design Team dies after this year when the founding members, students in their final year, leave university. It is crucial to elect a younger student to lead the team into the future after we are gone. Thus, it is imperative to find this individual and leave funding for the future of their team. We will proactively onboard and assist younger students to expedite their learning for the longevity of the Design Team. Additionally, may be valuable to onboard a professor in the field as they will be at Queen's for the years to come and they will be able to provide oversight as well to the students if needed.
Late August 2022
Team Creation and Engineering Society Logistics
Early September 2022
September October November 2022
January February March 2023
Ensure team is logistically set up for next year and the years to come
750 - Team Creation & Outreach.
Nearly the most important item as it makes students aware of the team and brings them into the club. This will include an in person event within the engineering building to introduce students to the club and the goals of the club. This will also include the design team fair day where students visit all teams looking for what interests them. These are the two biggest events for onboarding students and require a good showing.
500 - Website Creation
Website to host team information, documentation, and tutorials. The primary resource for students and the community looking for onboarding and developer documentation.
1250 - Tutorial Videos & Cardano Workshops
Tutorial Video Series made to assist the students in their understanding and development. Also made publicly available to all who wish to use.
Cardano Workshops going over Marlowe, Plutus, Cardano Node, Ouroboros, Development Environment etc.
1500 - Teamwide Project
Depending on the project, price can be increased or decreased. Taken/Given to the funds for next year.
1000 - Future Team Budget | Longevity
Funds allocated to the longevity of the team. Funds left to the Team to use in the following year. Naturally, they will need to secure their own funding, but this will give them a leaping point.
Adam Cooke - 4th Year Computer Engineer
Neural Network Internship @ Ericsson
Plutus Pioneer 3rd Cohort
Marlowe Pioneer 1st Cohort
Created Cardano Lookup - Search Tool Chrome Extension
Jared Yeates - 4th Year Computer Engineer
Intership @ Honeywell (JWST NASA Contract)
Advanced Backend Experience
Jacob Zakaib - 4th Year Electrical Engineer
Internship @ IESO
Hudson Robidoux - 4th Year Electrical Engineer
Internship @ Ericsson
Dennis Gavriline - 3rd Year Computer Engineer
Internship @ AMD
There will be no reason to seek funding again this year as the budget is more than compensated for.
Depending on the Challenges of Fund 12/13, if the team needs funding for the following year, it is possible they will return to Catalyst in September of 2023.
We will measure the amount of students who join and participate in the club. This will show us how our efforts of outreach were received and give us insight on what ways we can improve them for the following year. A successful outreach may see 5-10 students join within September (expectations for a established design team are around 10-15 new students per year).
We will measure the amount of people watching the educational content online. This will show us how well received our video and documentation is to students at Queen's University and to the Cardano Community as a whole. Success can be defined by growing viewership numbers in educational content over time, demonstrating people returning to gain more experience having found previous videos helpful.
Students and the Queen's Engineering Community will know of the Cardano Blockchain Design Team / Club. The team members will be excited to continue working within the team for the years to come. Students will be comfortable with Plutus Development, the Cardano-CLI, and the Cardano Ecosystem as a whole. Students will experience hands on development experience in the creation of a Dapp. The Dapp will be used by real individuals. Number of Plutus Developers will increase.
This proposal is entirely new.
This proposal is aligned with Quality Education and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. Depending on what project the team decides to create in the second half of the year, more issues may be included.
Team consists of 3 computer & 2 electrical engineering students.
Plutus Pioneers 3rd Cohort.
Marlowe Pioneer 1st Cohort.
Internships @ Honeywell, NASA, Ericsson, AMD, IESO.
Tons of coding experience.
Three years of University working on other design teams.