[Vote Successful] Community Fund Proposal for RocketShoes - a NEM-powered digital asset platform for the future of education and work


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*Live update: POLL CLOSED at 7PM Melbourne time

We are very proud to say that our proposal has been approved by the NEM Community, achieving the required 3% Yes vote with a majority of greater than 65%. Thank you to everyone for your participation. We will be keeping you up to date regularly with our progress!

Updated after the vote: added more details on business model from the proposal doc

Vote finished: Poll closed 7pm 18 June 2018 AEST (UTC+10)

  1. Read the RocketShoes Proposal - our proposal has been out for consultation with the NEM Community on the Forum for the past couple of weeks. Read it below!

  2. Go to your NEM NanoWallet - or if you don’t have one, download it now, then create an account! Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, or the Mobile Wallet on iOS and Android. Download it now!
    (NB on Mac, you may need to go to Settings>Security to allow the App to open)

  3. SIGN IN AND VOTE - There are two ways you can do this. The easiest from the Desktop clients is to navigate to Services and select See Polls under Voting.
    Select RocketShoes Official Vote and choose either YES or NO.
    (NB: If using this method, be sure to select Ongoing and ignore the test votes that have now ended).

Alternatively (or on Mobile Wallet):

Send 0 XEM to one of the poll addresses below:

  • To vote YES send 0 XEM to NB3HZIQSQGD7ZV73JWPASLIENNUL2H6AQ5SCEGB6
  • To vote NO send 0 XEM to NCJ3EFL6FVGO6LR7HPQQUKFCRPQHMGWDVN4S2NYH
  1. JOIN the RocketShoes Telegram to talk further!

Language versions

A full presentation of translated versions of our documents is now here:
https://rocketshoes.io/languages.html

Full Proposal

Chinese: http://www.nemchina.com/archives/4690.html

One Page Summary

English: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager.pdf

Chinese: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-cn.pdf

Dutch: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-nl.pdf

Japanese: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-jp.pdf

Korean: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-ko.pdf

Russian: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-ru.pdf

Spanish: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-es.pdf

Vietnamese: https://rocketshoes.io/rocketshoes-1-pager-vn.pdf

Spot an error? Let us know!


Previous updates

25 May Update: based on feedback from the Committee, we have updated this post to reflect all of the content in the PDF version of the proposal, making it easy to read here. Enjoy!

27 May Update: XEM/USD exchange rates updated to give accurate costing at today’s rate, based on CoinGecko. Added two new sections based on feedback to explain how this project will increase NEM usage and our market strategy. Thank you for helping to improve this proposal!

Download the RocketShoes White Paper (PDF) here:
https://rocketshoes.io/whitepaper.html

See our introductory presentation:

Read the following article:


ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL

Please Note: This proposal is not requesting funding for just an idea.

The core team has already invested approximately USD $100,000 worth of time and money in founding RocketShoes and developing the business model and MVP design. Over the past year we have established a highly experienced and skilled brains trust, project management processes and communications channels, and have agreement to complete the development sprint for Milestone 1, ensuring that we will be able to deliver on time. All we need is the funding.

The RocketShoes team is located in Melbourne, and is working with the NEM Melbourne team. We have also met with the South East Asia NEM team in Kuala Lumpur, and are already working closely with the ProximaX team, also in KL.

We have also developed a secure website, established social media profiles, completed our White Paper, and have delivered a “Meet the Community” presentation at the BlockChain Centre in Melbourne on 21 May, which can be viewed on our website at https://rocketshoes.io/

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This proposal solves the RocketShoes problem (described below) by utilising the NEM blockchain and ProximaX. We are seeking 3.3 million XEMs ($850K USD) to complete the project and move to Series A Round funding (or ICO) by the end of 2019. This funding will allow the team to develop the platform and establish a fully sustainable ongoing business model.

We have completed several initial stages of development, including establishment of RocketShoes PTY LTD as a company, a core team and brains trust, ideation and MVP workshops, lean canvas, pitch deck, white paper and initial software requirements including wire frames. We have established a project management approach with regular project communications using Telegram, Slack and Trello, and the team is engaged in the NEM Telegram and Community Forum channels. An estimated total of approximately $100K (USD) in set up costs and team time has been invested in the project prior to this proposal submission.

Our development partner is TypeHuman, a well-established and highly regarded Blockchain venture studio that is building Web 3.0 who will be completing the development work for Phase 1 on top of this, prior to receiving the first milestone payment. Together, this represents a significant investment from a team that is highly committed.

There are numerous positive outcomes for the NEM Community from RocketShoes being powered by the NEM Blockchain, including the introduction of a compelling use case in the education vertical, increased platform and market exposure, the introduction of a NEM development team within a new Geo (Melbourne, Australia) and increasing transactions of XEM.

Our recommendation is that our proposal is supported by the community, allowing us to build the first significant educational content platform using the NEM blockchain to showcase its strengths.


INTRODUCTION
The world is full of centralised systems. They have served us well, but we know in our hearts there is a better way. The days of the Learning Management System (LMS) are numbered, and media management solutions are costly, insecure, and often don not let you easily find things when you need them. The introduction in May 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws in the EU signals that the days are numbered for centralised educational platforms that do not attend to appropriate data protection of their users. Blockchains have demonstrated how digital currency can be securely transferred without the need for intermediaries. We need new tools that allow digital assets to be created, stored, and used in the same way, while still allowing them to be seamlessly integrated into our digital lives.

New decentralised technologies like IPFS are making it possible to do this in smart and useful ways. The focus is shifting from learners accessing content inside an LMS to supporting the connections between learners and teachers, learners and their peers, and learner generated content. Rather than one system to do everything, people are turning their attention to creating a bunch of smart systems that work well together to suit everyone’s individual learning journey. In short, what we need is a new kind of open educational content platform that can support the decentralised web, and provide key features like assignment submission, discoverability and interoperability at an API level. Enter RocketShoes.

In order to ensure long term growth, the NEM blockchain must be able to communicate a strong value proposition with real-world use cases which highlight its versatility as a smart asset platform. At the same time, a Global EdTech Landscape 3.0 (Aug 2017) study by Navitas found that over $50b has been invested in the educational technology industry in over 50 countries. Long dominated by universities and schools, there is a renewed focus on corporate and continuing education in the private and public sectors. Large organisations such as financial institutions and hospitals are increasingly investing in EdTech as a way of retaining and further developing the workforce, and there is a stronger push in higher education to strengthen connections between students and industry.


ROCKETSHOES PROBLEM
Have you ever noticed that organisations like schools, universities and large organisations have educational content like video, pictures, learning resources, and student work all over the place. Let’s face it. In most organisations, the whole area of digital media is a mess. When you need them digital assets are often stuck inside a system and we don’t even know what’s in there.

Today, the best option for video is often put it into Vimeo or Youtube where it’s insecure or gets lost forever. Commercial media management systems are usually expensive, hard to scale, and content becomes a burden for the organisation.

When you have lots of stuff, as a learner or as someone managing learning content, discovering, finding and managing content is a huge pain. Surprisingly, it is often quite difficult to enable uploading of student-created content into a learning management system (LMS). There are other environments such as Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) that can be better at doing it, but they are just another system that needs to be integrated. In fact we have noticed that it can be such a pain that teachers often avoid getting students to submit stuff at all unless it’s pretty standard like an essay.

Most organisations produce a lot of audiovisual content, pictures, and documents, but it often gets stuck in a particular system and does not integrate well. Imagine you want to find everything on a particular topic, but some of the best stuff is in lectures on your local media management server, and your system doesn’t search there. Worse, it may be somewhere outside the organisation, like Youtube or Vimeo, and you have no idea it’s even there.

Customer Segments:

  • Universities
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Corporate Education & Training
  • K-12

ROCKETSHOES SOLUTION

Phase 1
RocketShoes will be a web 3.0 solution, with the MVP being an end user client interface, and the end of Phase 1 (first 12 months) developing a beta of the enterprise platform.

Users will be able easily add their digital work into the RocketShoes wallet. Users will be able to select items to send to another user, or submit for assessment. Upon submission, the file will be time-stamped on the NEM blockchain and the digitally-fingerprinted (hashed) file will be downloaded to the user’s browser. A certificate of registration is issued confirming the file’s timestamp and fingerprint.

This digitally-fingerprinted file can now be used to verify the authenticity of the assessment item. Users can easily drag and drop this digitally-fingerprinted file onto the dashboard for it to be verified. Once the file is verified, a certificate of verification is issued confirming the file’s authenticity.

Phase 2
A RocketShoes Wallet will be released as a mobile phone app for both iOS and Android. An app will afford better phone and tablet feature integration, including recording video and audio directly from the device for transcoding and storage, and sharing content like photos, videos and documents from other apps, as well as push notifications and other workflows.

Users will be able to save in common formats, pin content to a device or node, and will have the option to set default data protection settings. For example, if the user chooses automatic encryption for photos, videos, audio recordings and documents, every time a photo is taken or a video or audio is recorded or a document is created, it will be encrypted by RocketShoes before a cryptographic hash is created and the object is passed to storage via ProximaX to the appropriate IPFS node.

If the user chooses to share content publically, they will be able to select the works from their galleries or file storage system to register as and when they wish to without needing to go to the RocketShoes web platform, and (optionally) without encryption. Where encryption is used, the RocketShoes Wallet will seamlessly store the appropriate private and public keys for sharing.

Phase 3 (Year 2-3)
RocketShoes will be made available under an open source license, in order to further build on the platform, increase adoption and integration of RocketShoes APIs. In addition, at this phase of the project we plan to release an open source common code-base version of the platform as a ‘cloud’ style service, allowing adoption in not-for-profit contexts at cost or free. New features will be curated and adopted in the enterprise, based on feedback from the open source community and user base.

The funding from this community proposal will make this future a reality.


BUSINESS MODEL
RocketShoes will use a business-to-business (B2B) as well as a business-to-customer (B2C) model, once established.

  1. Business-to-Business
    The Phase 1 revenue model that will establish the viability of the business is a B2B model based on platform subscriptions, targetting first customers in University, K-12 and Corporate education settings. The enterprise platform will be designed to suit these markets, with banded subscriptions based on support level (bronze, silver, gold) and metrics in line with industry practice. Client engagement, a pilot process, and market analysis will guide pricing and investigation of potential further markets such as Business-to-Government (B2G).

  2. Business-to-Customer
    In Phase 2 (year 2 and beyond) the revenue model expands to include microtransactions based on an open sourced, common code-base “cloud” platform that includes a marketplace allowing end users to trade and sell educational content. The decentralised design will be based on best practice in Dapp Store marketplaces at the time of development. We will seek to leverage existing platforms to achieve this using an API approach.

Lean Business Model Canvas


CORE TEAM

Associate Professor Matt Riddle has over two decades of experience in leading digital innovation, transformation and strategy. Currently Director of Educational Innovation at La Trobe University, with previously was a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge. Matt started his career at the University of Melbourne in 1993 in multimedia development and e-Learning, contributing to a series of award-winning projects over thirteen years.

Matt Carter is the author of Minds and Computers: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. Currently Director of Learning Environments and Analytics at La Trobe University, Matt has an extraordinary breadth of programming, technical and pedagogic knowledge, and has overseen the development of novel whole of enterprise systems.

Kieran Nolan is a qualified Network Engineer, certified Cloud Migration Architect, and Educational Technologist, with certifications from Google, Microsoft and Cisco and a Degree in Network Engineering. He has 10+ years of experience working in K-12 schools. Under Kieran’s leadership, Wooranna Park Primary School has established itself as an exemplar in introducing the digital world to students. The school has led the way in establishing a ‘24/7 International Virtual Learning Environment’ in Minecraft, Victoria’s first CoderDojo, Australia’s first Immersive Education Club (iED Club), the World’s youngest Cisco class, and the very first ‘School on the Blockchain’.

Nick Byrne is CEO and co-founder at Type Human; and a recent fellow of Intersticia Foundation. He and partners founded TypeHuman because of a belief that we need to accelerate the adoption of Web 3.0 technologies in order to bring about a more human centric web. TypeHuman operates as a Blockchain Venture Studio, and is working with leading organisations across Australia.


MILESTONES

RocketShoes is seeking 3.3 million XEMs ($USD 850K) to be utilized as follows:

Q1 Milestone: Minimum Viable Product
25% (825k XEMs / $212,500) to be disbursed upon completion of the following:
Completion of the MVP, a Proof of Concept RocketShoes web client:

  • Students can upload and browse digital assets
  • Digital assignment assets can be submitted and verified on the NEM Blockchain
  • Student receives time stamped verification of submission
  • Digital assets appear in RocketShoes wallet
  • Press Release for RocketShoes stating selection of and support for NEM Platform and ProximaX

Q2 Milestone: Teacher Tools
25% (825k XEMs / $212,500) to be disbursed upon completion of the following:

  • Completion of Teacher view in RocketShoes web app:
  • Teachers can browse classroom assignments that have been submitted for assessment
  • Teachers can upload and browse content to their own wallet

Q3 Milestone: Content Management
25% (825k XEMs / $212,500) to be disbursed upon completion of the following:

  • Maturation of distributed content management features of RocketShoes, allowing users to:
  • Browse rich media content
  • Publish free or sell content with XEM
  • Discover public/institutional content
  • Share content (e.g. via social media with a link, embedded in a website or on the NEM blockchain)
  • (Optionally) automatically encrypt content with a private key

Q4 Milestone: Enterprise Beta
25% (825k XEMs / $212,500) to be disbursed upon completion of the following:

  • Release of beta version of Enterprise level tools allowing:
  • Creation and sharing of curriculum/course content
  • Institutional/organisational dashboard allowing core learning analytics capabilities
  • Development of iOS and Android RocketShoes Apps

Future Road Map (funded by Series A or ICO)

Year 2 Milestones

  • Focus on platform tools allowing:
  • Integrations such as SSO, LTI, Classkit, and others
  • Exploring and discovering federated assets
  • Collection and bundling of assets for portfolio, auditing and accreditation purposes

Year 3+ Milestones

  • Deep integration with learning relationship management tools
  • Release of open-source ‘cloud’, common code-base platform
  • Tools to provide content development, curriculum development, course mapping and auditing of content in RocketShoes
  • AI/smart tools allowing content recommendations

NEM COMMUNITY BENEFITS
Summary of how this Community Funding Proposal will positively benefit the NEM community and beyond:

Education Use Case for NEM. There are currently almost no compelling NEM use case for an educational platform utilising the NEM Platform, nor ProximaX. RocketShoes opens up the capabilities of NEM and ProximaX to a new vertical market with global potential, increasing the visibility of the NEM Blockchain.

Introduction of NEM Technology to new platforms. RocketShoes is taking a highly integrated, API Approach. An important aspect of the development approach is to focus on APIs that connect RocketShoes to existing legacy technologies, such as Learning Management Systems, Student Information Systems, School Management Systems, Content Management Systems, and many others. This means RocketShoes will connect NEM into an increasing range of contexts.

Education Market Exposure for NEM. RocketShoes will be undertaking extensive engagement within of the existing higher education, K-12 and educational technology community in order to achieve brand recognition, client development, and first customer goals. We will use EduGrowth to offer pilot programs for member organisations, schools and universities working to secure first customers, and forums such as EduTech, ASCILITE and industry events to raise awareness about RocketShoes and decentralised technologies.

Supporting NEM Developers. RocketShoes will establish a strong and active NEM development team in Melbourne working on a significant project. Once the core platform is established we plan to make an open source version available to the NEM Developer community worldwide, and establishing a common code-base “cloud” service for end users, allowing uptake in non-profit contexts at cost or free, as well as fostering development in the full spirit of open source.

Increased transactions using XEM. Once RocketShoes is established, the Phase 3 design involves educational content of value being traded and sold via a marketplace with microtransactions on the NEM Blockchain, increasing usage. See the next section for more.


HOW WILL ROCKETSHOES INCREASE NEM USAGE?
The existence and future development of ProximaX (particularly evident when it supports Catapult) will allow us to focus firmly on the end user application and APIs that bring value in an education context. This is where the project lives. The reason it is so important (and also why it will drive adoption) is that people involved in learning (including students, teachers, administrators, leaders) includes just about everyone, everywhere, and they have lives that involve learning in many contexts, from school, to university, to work, up-skilling and re-skilling. It’s actually huge.

The reason Blockchain is so important to RocketShoes is that there is a huge number of points along that journey that involve some kind of transaction. Every assignment submission is a transaction, but so too every grade, every qualification, micro-credential, internal audit point, standard achieved, policy check, regulator audit, and so on.

Once RocketShoes moves beyond its pilot phase there is an increased potential for peer to peer sharing, and markets for certain digital assets. To give an idea of scale, some universities in Australia have up to 80,000 students and 5,000 faculty/staff. This is dwarfed by some institutions in places like China. In corporate settings, organisations like Cisco have a million students. Clearly there are many assets in those systems that have value to other learners – which is when they could be sold, generating another transactional point suited to a Blockchain.

At an organisational level, RocketShoes is a way for content to be managed, which means needing to ascertain authorship, ownership/IP, authenticity, and all kinds of things that are actually a royal pain right now in most places. BlockChain is also extremely helpful for this process – and when someone in an organisation wants to do something of this nature it is going to generate calls to the NEM Blockchain.


MARKET STRATEGY

RocketShoes will adopt a number of strategies to develop its proposition for the education market, including:

  1. Client engagement and development will be an integral part from Day 1. In fact it’s started much earlier than Day 1 as we’ve already met with several potential pilots, including Wooranna Park but also one of the big 4 banks, and other potential partners. Two of the core team are from the university sector and we have extensive networks in tertiary education both locally and internationally. We will be signing up early adopter pilots during the third quarter.

  2. Offering a pilot program, including leveraging existing channels such as EduGrowth. This is something I am personally familiar with as I have been heavily involved with EduGrowth, including the pilot program, both in university and K-12.

  3. Partnering to succeed. We will work with existing education platform providers to make RocketShoes APIs which connect to those platforms. This will bring the platform right in to existing environments – consider for example an assessment or personal learning platform that would like to be able to leverage RocketShoes functionality. This will be possible via an API. LMS platforms and providers will be able to offer RocketShoes as an option. We both win.

  4. We will of course use a combination of digital and interpersonal communications channels, and have already established a website and the usual social media channels like Twitter and Telegram. However experience shows that we will establish ourselves in this market by getting out there and presenting! Demonstrations, conferences, networking, articles, press releases, podcasts, keynotes.


Thanks for reading!

For further details, please see the full White Paper linked at the top of this post, and see our website. Please also feel free to get in touch.

Matt Riddle
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @RocketShoes_io
Website: https://rocketshoes.io/
Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/G5EZ_xD8P-aUmhbwG76eHg


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#2

It’s a very cool project but to me 2.6 million is too much funding, because the integration of nem is a very small part of the whole system. You guys could do what you want without Promimax or nem, just utilizing IPFS. It’s a nice to have part from what I can tell and it will imho not drive adoption or demand.
I’m all for providing funding but not that much. Even if nem was an integral part of the project, I don’t believe this undertaking is worth that much at this point.


#3

@memario, thanks so much for your post, and for considering our proposal!

Firstly, it’s awesome to hear that you think it’s a cool project! We do too, and we’ve been quietly working on it for quite a while now, and have had a lot of feedback at various stages. Everyone we’ve spoken to has recognised and been excited by the RocketShoes vision, the core value proposition and our team’s capability to execute.

Your post also allows me to address a couple of key points head on, which we have also covered during this journey. The budget has been developed with due consideration and is based on experience with projects of similar scope; and in an initial pass we considered whether we could achieve a viable business model with a smaller budget.

When we started with the concept we considered using other approaches, with IPFS and Ethereum in mind. While working in February at the Blockchain Centre Melbourne (which is awesome by the way) we were approached by the NEM team and a few things became immediately apparent.

Firstly, the development community focus, and attention to a platform architecture that can be quickly applied to real world applications means that we can in principle move more quickly than we might by developing from scratch in Solidity & IPFS. The whole smart asset framework immediately appealed to me actually, and we could see areas of application in education straight away. Added to this was the strong desire for the NEM Foundation to support projects in new areas of application, and here we were working on an idea in education – a global vertical with immense social impact.

Secondly, and even more impressively, we were immediately told about the ProximaX project, and as soon as I read the White Paper I realised it provides exactly the kind of combination of tech that we need to leverage to achieve the RocketShoes goals.

Explaining this further will also address your next point, which is to do with the value to the NEM Community of supporting RocketShoes to be developed as a NEM-powered platform. The existence and future development of ProximaX (particularly evident when it supports Catapult) will allow us to focus firmly on the end user application and APIs that bring value in an education context. This is where the project lives. The reason it is so important (and also why it will drive adoption) is that people involved in learning (including students, teachers, administrators, leaders) includes just about everyone, everywhere, and they have lives that involve learning in many contexts, from school, to university, to work, up-skilling and re-skilling. It’s actually huge.

The reason Blockchain is so important is that there is a huge number of points along that journey that involve some kind of transaction. Every assignment submission is a transaction, but so too every grade, every qualification, micro-credential, internal audit point, standard achieved, policy check, regulator audit, and so on.

Added to this, we know from learning theory that a huge amount of learning takes place peer-to-peer (think mentor/mentee relationships) and is not just teacher-student or student-content, as is commonly assumed. When a student shares their notes/digital assets with another student, the temptation is to think “that’s cheating” and try to stop it, but good learning designs actually exploit this idea and get students to teach other students – something that works well online in an environment with rich digital assets. As you can imagine, when there are a lot of people are using a common distributed system like RocketShoes you have a lot of potential for peer to peer sharing and even markets for certain assets. To give an idea of scale, some universities in Australia have up to 80,000 students and 5,000 faculty/staff. Some corporates like Cisco have a million students. There are some assets in those systems that are worth something – which is when they could be sold, generating another transactional point suited to a Blockchain.

At an organisational level, RocketShoes is a way for content to be managed, which means needing to ascertain authorship, ownership/IP, authenticity, and all kinds of things that are actually a royal pain right now in most places. BlockChain is also extremely helpful for this process – and when someone in an organisation wants to do something of this nature it is going to generate calls to a Blockchain.

I hope you’ll agree that it would be valuable to the NEM Community if this was the NEM Blockchain, and not another one.

Personally I think NEM is the perfect fit for our project, and I am delighted to be involved in the community, and looking forward to its support in getting our vote across the line so that we can go and do all the amazing things we will be able to do with RocketShoes.


#4

Hi Matt,

Being from Australia myself, I understand the large growth/massive industry the education sector provides Australia currently. I believe RocketShoes can provide a real benefit to the NEM community in terms of exposure to international education. Being a university student myself, I have seen the diverse demographic of students throughout Australian universities. Also, running my own start up which is targeted to the university sector I agree that it is a compelling asset to the NEM community.

The real question that came to mind was how do you plan to market to the universities/students to take their learning materials etc, off the current systems and onto RocketShoes?

Thanks,

Daniel


#5

Hi Daniel!

Thank you for this question! The answer is yes, we will certainly be marketing in these settings as well as corporate education settings. We even have a first customer, which is Wooranah Park Primary School. I was there today – they run two NEM full nodes for education purposes! Kieran Nolan, part of our core team, (who will be posting here I’m sure) works there too, and is responsible for setting these up as a result of a previous successful NEM Foundation community fund proposal.

You can see our customer segments referenced in the Proposal PDF linked above, in the Lean Business Canvas and also in the Business Model section. Regarding the question more specifically of HOW we plan to market to these segments:

  1. Client engagement and development will be an integral part from Day 1. In fact it’s started much earlier than Day 1 as we’ve already met with several potential pilots, including Wooranah Park but also one of the big 4 banks, and other potential partners. Two of the core team are from the university sector and we have extensive networks in tertiary education both locally and internationally. We will be signing up early adopter pilots during the third quarter.

  2. By offering a pilot program, including leveraging existing channels such as EduGrowth. This is something I am personally familiar with as I have been heavily involved with EduGrowth, including the pilot program, both in university and K-12.

  3. By partnering to succeed. We will work with existing education platform providers to make RocketShoes APIs which connect to those platforms. This will bring the platform right in to exisiting environments – consider for example an assessment or personal learning platform that would like to be able to leverage RocketShoes functionality. This will be possible via an API. LMS platforms and providers will be able to offer RocketShoes as an option. We both win.

  4. By getting out there and doing all the things that other companies do to market themselves! Demonstrations, conferences, networking, articles, press releases, podcasts, keynotes. This is natural for us. Kieran is a keynote presenter next week to EduTech, with (reportedly) 14,000 attendees. I keynoted a couple of weeks ago in Malaysia. This list is long. Our slides are awesome. The food is primarily orange coloured. You know the drill!


#6

Selfie of Kieran and me in front of a full node rig at Wooranna Park Primary today! :grinning:


#7

For those following our project here, it looks like we are lining up for the official vote to commence on Friday 8 June. Watch this space for vote details, AMAs, and answers to all your questions! Thanks in advance.


#8

Wooranna Park Primary School has been at the forefront of Blockchain & NEM Education for many years.




We have been utilising the NEM blockchain to empower students and give them agency over their learning, and voice in the direction of the school

Moving forward, we desperately need a blockchain based solution for Wooranna Park’s Enigma Missions (SDL Program):

“In order to get their students to explore and explain some of the “great paradoxes, conundrums and mysteries of existence”, the staff at Wooranna Park PS developed a project called ‘The Enigma Missions’. These were student-selected and student-driven inquiries (like passion projects) through which the students chose, researched and presented their understanding of a topic that caught their attention. One student describes an Enigma Mission as “a project based on deep thinking…you have to choose a topic and research very very deep on it”. In an example of rich and authentic problem solving, based in real world contexts, the students were challenged to extend their knowledge of what was happening around the world as they investigated themes like Autism, the Thylacine, Burn Integration, DNA and Genetics. They conducted interviews and contacted experts.”

“We want them to be thinkers; we want them to be people who can create change; people who can make a difference.” – Jenny Vine, Assistant Principal

RocketShoes as we see it, is the only way students can have true ownership over the amazing work they are doing.



#9

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your response, I can’t believe how innovative some of these schools are, running NEM nodes is an incredible feature for growth of the community and also RocketShoes.

I fully support this project, it’s also very impressive gaining the potential partnership of one of the big four banks.

Can’t wait till voting opens on the 8th of June! RocketShoes has my vote.


#10

Daniel, thanks so much for sharing our enthusiasm. We are currently working on an update for the NEM Community from an educational point of view, focusing on what this will mean for them, and why it’s such an important step.

Regarding NEM Nodes – this is exactly why we want to partner with Wooranna Primary to be the first school using RocketShoes. We can have a full node set up, and co-design our service based on real students and teachers using the software.

We don’t go into a lot of detail in the proposal, but our thinking is that at the top level of service we will be offering Full Node, meaning that we’ll set up the full stack including IPFS, ProximaX and NEM. In some cases this will be an advantage of course – usually universities have excellent internet connectivity and lots to store. Corporates may want more of their content closer to existing/legacy servers to be able to manipulate it, back it up, or integrate with services.

We anticipate being able to tailor these kinds of solutions to fit different customer needs by offering nodes like this, which is an obvious benefit to NEM. But it’s just as useful really to have kids in and around Blockchain technology. At Wooranna they really do learn about Blockchain, even getting to try it out for themselves. It’s incredibly empowering for young kids to see and use the kinds of technologies that will become central to their lives in the future.


#11

Fantastic problem to be solving. Having worked with some schools on our Lemonade Stand program, I can say technology is still very much lacking.

Looking forward to reading more and supporting when the time comes!


#12

Hey thanks for your support Sean! We agree, of course! Education is (to me) the most important enabler for humankind. What really excites me about this particular technology is that it gives power to learners – through data sovereignty, and by making it available to them where and when it can be difficult with today’s tech.

One small example. I was in Malaysia just last month and I was told about a rural farming area where a lot of students live. Even in a highly developed nation like Malaysia there is a significant proportion of students who have connectivity issues because they live in areas not served well, even by cell towers. My friend Helmi described students literally shimmying up trees on a regular basis to get a signal in order to sync the data on their tablet devices and phones. The same sort of situation happens in remote locations here in Australia as I’m sure you know! A decentralised approach has the potential to dramatically improve this situation.


#13

Ray Trotter is the Principal of the school we’ve been talking about above, Wooranna Park Primary. I met with Ray in February this year, and he signed on to become the first school to pilot RocketShoes.

The short piece below gives an idea why.

(Reproduced here with permission from the author)

THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT AGENCY IN SCHOOLS
An Australian engagement survey commissioned by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership shows that a significant number of students fail to feel a sense of belonging at school, or a connection with the learning. This same problem exists in most western countries around the world. While our world is facing exponential changes our educational system remains the same. If we ignore the colourful furniture and technology present in our schools today, we would find that most schools are not that different from the schools our students’ grandparents attended.

In answer to this problem, progressive schools around the world have taken steps to transform their teaching and learning practices. An important cog in this transformation is the introduction of STUDENT AGENCY. ‘Renaissance.com’ describes student agency as “learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers. However, it is more than this! A recently published paper by Charles Leadbeater seeks to look more deeply into the role student agency plays in preparing students to shape their future. Leadbeater’s paper stems from his work as an advisor to the OECD Education 2030 project and explores the origins, development and benefits of student agency in today’s schools. His definition of agency reflects powerful forces not present in Rennaissance.com’s description:
“Agency is about acting rather than to be acted upon; shaping rather than
to be shaped; and choosing rather than to accept choices decided by others.”
Leadbeater points out in his paper that agency requires students not just to make choices but to make investments in pursuing their goals. It is this willingness by students to personally invest in their learning that makes student agency such a potent and productive aspect of their education.

Ray Trotter
Principal
Wooranna Park Primary School
www.woorannaparkps.vic.gov.au


#14

wendy

Friend of the project Wendy Li-Siaw had this to say about RocketShoes:

“I think the ability for the students to have a one stop easily assessable online digital portfolio and owning the IP of all the works they produced over their life learning will better enable them the see the progression they have over the learning journey. RocketShoes a great initiative!”


#15

@Kieran_Nolan and I were just interviewed about RocketShoes for the EDJ Podcast!

Listen now:

:rocket::rocket::rocket::rocket::rocket::rocket::rocket:


#16

We are seeking 3.3 million XEMs ($850K USD) to complete the project and move to Series A Round funding (or ICO) by the end of 2019. This funding will allow the team to develop the platform and establish a fully sustainable ongoing business model.

After you do an ICO or a Series A Round, do you plan to return back the funds to NEM Community?

From the technical side, have you a document of the architecture, a working proof of concept or similar?

Phase 3 (Year 2-3)
RocketShoes will be made available under an open source license, …

Will you publish everything? part of it? even without knowing that, 2 years after isn’t a good deal. It should be after a month if you get the funds from the community, without doing so, other community projects would ask for a similar amount to do things you might already done.

On the other side, there’s a NIP proposal to make the apostille library to make the process of stamp digital documents trivial, it should be a call to the library and you are 100% integrated with NEM Blockchain. Check it here.

Increased transactions using XEM. Once RocketShoes is established, the Phase 3 design involves educational content of value being traded and sold via a marketplace with microtransactions on the NEM Blockchain, increasing usage. See the next section for more.

Have you a % goal of NEM traffic? Do you want the 0.1% of the network traffic? the 1%? An approximation will help the community know the impact of the network fees :slight_smile:


#17

First of all, think it a good idea to state somewhere when the end date of voting is.
I have missed a couple of votes, due to just missing out on voting period. I get busy from time to time and it’s is hard to keep my finger on the Nem projects pulse.

Then, I do get the idea behind this(As I still do courses from time to time, and yes it can get messy.). I like the fact that you will be using ProximaX as well.

I just need some use cases from your point of view, as your team has the experience in this area.
So I understand from a user aspect of having just one place to do this all, but this does not necessarily effect the student or teacher as much, so that alone is not a game changer.

Having content ownership, yes maybe, but most of the time the university owns intellectual right to your work, so you solution might make it easier for universities to manage this from one place.

Security is valuable, but the average user never sees this as having any value, as they do not care until it a security breach occurs that effects them alone.

I need to see how this is going to effect the everyday student and teacher, cause that would be one of the main reason for mass adoptions.

Would the application be so cool/easy/convenience to use that students or teachers will intuitively want to use it.
Or will the benefits that this brings be sold to the big players i.e. universities etc. and then they will force the student / teacher to adopt your application.

Also apologies if you maybe have answered these questions already, if the case just point me to the given resources and I will go through it.

Also I think you lack some classic graphical flow of the whole process. Humans are visual creators and if you had a visual process diagram explaining some use cases of architecture if would be much easier to understand what your aim is.
You always need something to pull in the investor, so that the investor want to sit and watch your introduction presentation.
There was nothing that intrigued me to go though all of the information you provided.
Just a suggestion to look into, cause you going to need the votes of the members who are not the type to read through everything. So summarized visualization would help a lot in this regard.
In saying this I do appreciate the information provided, but not everyone has the appetite nor time to thoroughly consume it.

Thank in advance for your feedback.


#18

Hi @aleix_mp and thanks for your well thought out questions!!

This is not in the requirements of the NEM Community Fund, and if it was, I think it would be difficult to build a sustainable business model around it. RocketShoes needs to establish an entirely new business on top of two layers of very new technology. It’s important to understand that our initial model is B2B – we need to put significant resources into developing customers in a competitive environment, partner with other ed tech companies, and focus on delivering a very new concept. Building that up from scratch needs significant investment. We could do it with VC funds and the model would be different, but we were attracted the Community Fund model because it puts us in a stronger position to create a sustainable ongoing business. I think this is exactly what is needed for NEM (or any Blockchain) to survive and thrive in the long term – real applications with real social impact.

I’m probably not the best one to answer this – but until I can get one of the developers in here I’ll give you the overview. We are at an early stage of development, so the architectural stuff we’ve been working on in discussions with ProximaX is high level. See P. 14 of the ProximaX white paper for an understanding of the service layers for ProximaX.

We are building at the Application layer (an education client app using Java) as well as server-side for the Enterprise platform, using ProximaX calls. Their SDK is brand new and our dev team (TypeHuman) are working closely with the ProximaX development team.

An even more abstracted (and probably oversimplified) way to think about it is:

  • RocketShoes - app / web app
  • ProximaX - storage
  • NEM - blockchain

I understand why this is confusing, and I imagine part of the confusion is around the fact that we’re talking about a non-proprietary platform at the same time as building a viable SaaS business. In the education world this is not unheard of. The plan is to more or less do something similar to what Instructure did with their product Canvas, which is to make a fully operational open source version available for community and non-profit download and use, while also maintaining a common-codebase product that is sold on a subscription basis.

The reason it’s worth something is the quality of service and support, the regularity of updates, and the fact that institutions/organisations have increasingly moved these kinds of platforms off premises.

I confess this is beyond my ken at the moment, but in fairness the way ProximaX handles transactions is new, and XPX has only just been born! A significant part of the project will be figuring out exactly how transactions work, how they are affordable to users in different categories, and what incentives are made available to whom. XPX allows incentivisation (just like Filecoin will) based on allowing you to effectively sell unused disk space, which is really interesting in this particular market. Your suggestion to try and break it down to a traffic goal is something we’ll need to take on board and work through!

Again, thanks for the excellent questions.


#19

Hi @joseng62! Thank you for your questions too!

First of all, about not putting the end date, great pick up! We do have a timer ticking away on our website but I completely forgot to add the end time here! Thanks, fixed it now.

It’s great to hear more feedback about ProximaX being a good way forward. We have had a lot of feedback in this regard and it’s important to us to hear.

Regarding use cases, yes! We have worked up some use cases for our White Paper, which I encourage you to take a look at: https://rocketshoes.io/whitepaper.html

But let me add to this a description of another good one that has been the focus of our design discussions for the MVP. This one is strictly about assessment, and it kind of goes to the crux of the matter because it involves media, the blockchain, and the key point at which learning is (at least in theory) verified: when you submit and assignment and have it marked.

So there is a well known “loophole” that a few too many students seem to use at the moment. Imagine a student who is really struggling for time prior to an assignment submission, and instead of submitting their finished essay, at 11.58PM (2 min prior to the due date) they submit a knowingly corrupt file with the correct title. They bank on the fact that a teacher won’t look at the file until say a week later. When the teacher goes to download, they can’t get the file to work. Yet the student has turned in their assignment according to the system, and everything looks fine. So they ask the student to please email the file because it’s not downloading properly. They can even set back the clock on their computer to make it look like their recently finished assignment was saved on the right date. Unfortunately a lot of students have gotten away with this.

So with RocketShoes the process is different. For a start, the student has their own “wallet” or folder of stuff, including all their assignments, drafts, etc. Instead of uploading it from a browse link in the LMS they submit it via RocketShoes (which may be a web app or a window in their LMS integrated via API). They grant permissions to the teacher to view and grade their assignment, but when they submit it, it gets a time stamp (e.g. via Apostille mosaic or maybe the trivial call @aleix_mp mentioned above) and because it’s in ProximaX it has an associated hash. After submission the file is then re-presented to the student so they know exactly what they’ve submitted, and the teacher does too – it can’t change (not even one bit) without changing the hash.

Yes, absolutely the app design will be heavily user-centric and draw students in. One of the most important things about what we are doing is returning power to students, and putting them in control of their own data. We are also giving them a way to take their data into different parts of their learning lives. So it has to make sense to them and make them want to use it. But the enterprise side of this also means that students will be able to use it via other existing (and legacy) systems so that it harmonises with what they’re used to using. That’s important too.

About lacking graphics – we’re working on it. We have a pitch deck that has more, and there is a run through of that on the front page of our website. I know we can always do better an I will take that on board as we work through this and try to provide more here.

Thank you!


#20

I confess this is beyond my ken at the moment, but in fairness the way ProximaX handles transactions is new, and XPX has only just been born! A significant part of the project will be figuring out exactly how transactions work, how they are affordable to users in different categories, and what incentives are made available to whom. XPX allows incentivisation (just like Filecoin will) based on allowing you to effectively sell unused disk space, which is really interesting in this particular market. Your suggestion to try and break it down to a traffic goal is something we’ll need to take on board and work through!

So, the project will pay the network fees in XPX?