The Devcon Students Program is an Ethereum Basis initiative designed to supply a possibility for Ethereum ecosystem-members from underserved communities, distinctive circumstances, or growing areas to attend the most important annual gathering within the Ethereum ecosystem.
Now in its second 12 months, the Devcon Students Program gives full scholarships to many all over the world to study, join, and develop with others within the blockchain area, culminating in an expertise to attend Devcon 5 in Osaka.
In collaboration with ecosystem leaders together with UNICEF Innovation, ConsenSys and Bounties Community, the Ethereum Basis chosen 50+ students from all over the world to take part in this system. The chosen students symbolize varied walks of life, in addition to wide-ranging ranges of blockchain data. Their talent units embody design, software program engineering, academia, coverage expertise and rather more. Recipients are supplied journey and convention lodging, unique programming, skilled networking alternatives and particular person steering from a gaggle of wonderful volunteers. Students are invited to publish articles on the transformative potential of blockchain know-how and afterward their experiences on the convention. We hope that every Devcon Scholar finds a house within the Ethereum group and that the chance to attend Devcon helps to jumpstart a future profession on this dynamic ecosystem.
Demographics of 2019 Cohort
We consider that working to extend range in our group is an funding in the way forward for Ethereum. The Devcon Students Program goals to advertise range and inclusion inside our burgeoning business and to democratize entry to Ethereum schooling.
The 2019 Devcon Students cohort represents people from 15 completely different international locations together with Afghanistan, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, Sweden and Syria amongst others. The demographic breakdown of the cohort is as follows:
50% of Students self-identify as blockchain newcomers, with the opposite 50% figuring out as intermediate or consultants in Ethereum know-how.
Roughly 80% of Students are between the ages of 18 and 34 years previous, and a majority of Students are feminine.
The Scholar cohort identifies as 18% Hispanic or Latino, 22% Asian/Pacific Islander, 27% Black or African American, 9% White, with 24% figuring out as multi-ethnic.
The Devcon Students Program is supported partially by beneficiant contributions from many organizations together with:
ConsenSys: $30,000 in instructional programming and certification alternatives supplied by ConsenSys Academy
UNICEF Innovation: UNICEF’s Boost (BST) Token is getting used on the Bounties Network to show blockchain ideas and encourage multinational engagement and to deliver new voices to the ecosystem. There have been over 140 bounty submissions in July 2019 alone.
Bounties Community: Developed the bespoke ETHScholars surroundings and is funding the fuel charges for all Students’ transactions all through this system.
Within the coming weeks, the Ethereum Basis will acknowledge a variety of Scholarship Supporters as we unveil this 12 months’s Devcon Sponsors.
Lastly, following Devcon, Bounties Community will launch Devcon Scholar Videos to highlight their experiences in Osaka.
For extra data on the Devcon Students Program, try the Ethereum Devcon Scholars Medium, which will likely be authored by the Students themselves and managed by program companions.
Please be a part of us in congratulating this 12 months’s class of Devcon Students. We stay up for assembly everybody in Osaka!
P.s. – As talked about in our final Devcon weblog, we’re operating two on-chain ticket distribution mechanisms this 12 months, with any proceeds to benefiting the Devcon Students Program. These will likely be on a comparatively small scale since we’re making an attempt out this strategy for the primary time, however could broaden in years to come back. The primary is on chain public sale that can make use of a small price as a Sybil resistance measure, and it'll start two days following this submit and final for 48 hours. Keep tuned for extra particulars, coming Thursday by way of weblog and Twitter!