Title: Integration of ICON Blockchain Development Course into DevEra (IT Academy and Career Training Center at Vietnam National University)
Category: Community Activities, Educational Activities
Introduction & Motivation
Students are the developers of tomorrow. If new technologies are to achieve mainstream success, there needs to exist streamlined methods of educating the future developers of the world. Bootcamps, workshops and coding academies have become integral parts of curating the careers of developers and dictating markets. Programmers and other IT professionals are supplementing their official university education with additional academic programs that provide them the opportunity to intensely explore new methods and new technologies. In recent years, lectures, courses and seminars based on Blockchain technology have entered into official academic curriculums at many universities. For example, prestigious universities like Stanford allow students to extensively examine new or existing blockchain methods through monthly blockchain seminars. These seminars are largely focused on Ethereum and Bitcoin, directly funnelling a constant stream of interested students into those networks.
Currently, there exists no targeted academic approach to introducing ICON Network to the young developers of tomorrow. Our team is proposing to introduce ICON as an official academic program at Vietnam National University to boost ICON’s presence in Vietnam and increase interest of young developers.
About Our Partner, Lecle
Lecle is a software development company and global tech consulting firm focused on building customer-driven software solutions. Lecle employs over 40 developers and has offices in Vietnam as well as South Korea, US and Singapore.
In effort to mold the future leaders of the IT industry and accelerate career development of graduating students in Vietnam, Lecle entered into an agreement with Vietnam National University to build a campus-based IT academy called DevEra tasked with instructing and training students and graduates.
Through DevEra, Lecle aims to work with Vietnamese universities to accelerate the development of thousands of promising and talented Vietnamese students.
DevEra: IT Academy
DevEra is an IT academy and career training center at Vietnam National University. The aim of DevEra is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience needed to be successful IT professionals. Students are taught through an academic curriculum packed with Seminar Courses, Specialization Courses, Workshops and Group Projects.
Programs at DevEra include:
- Python and Odoo Framework,
- Front-end Web Development
- Mobile Development
- C/C++ Programming
Upon completion of these programs, students are granted official certificates as proof of their skills to be added to their portfolio.
DevEra: Training Center
DevEra acts as a training center for companies looking to develop the IT skills of their future workforce. With DevEra’s intensive career development courses covering CV preparation, interviews, company culture and working environment, students are able to achieve employment right after graduation by meeting the knowledge, skills and experience requirements set by employers.
DevEra: Career Acceleration
DevEra imparts students with the foundation to develop their career and the ability to grow their skills on their own whilst adapting quickly to new work environments. Guaranteeing the best jobs for young developers who are pursuing careers in Information Technology.
About Our Plan: ICON Blockchain Development Course
Our ICON DAO team is constantly seeking opportunities that will push ICON’s mission of mass adoption. We saw the massive talent onboarding potential of this program and lobbied for ICON Network to be used as the primary blockchain technology taught to Engineering students at Vietnam National University’s DevEra IT academy and career training center.
Building ICON’s presence in Vietnam: An educational approach
Our initiative is simple but very promising. We are targeting the youth: senior IT students who are eager to learn software development and will soon enter the workforce.
Vietnam National University (VNU) is a leading multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral national university, tasked with producing highly qualified human resources for the development of Vietnam. Outside of Vietnam, VNU is one of the most prestigious universities in Asia and is ranked within the top 400 universities worldwide.
At DevEra academy and with Vietnam National University support, we will offer a formal ICON Blockchain Development course to Vietnam National University’s Engineering student body of over 4000 yearly students.
We expect and are aiming for the following:
Boost exposure of ICON Network by teaching ICON technology formally as an academic program at a leading university.
Introduce the concept of dApp development with focus on ICON blockchain products and development tools.
Educate students to specialize in ICON development through intensive 3-month programs that focus on topics that cover:
- Programming SCORE and ICON Network-based decentralized applications
- Leveraging Current ICON Blockchain Technology: Fee Sharing, Virtual Step, BTP
- Thinking outside the box: Innovative Application Models and Use Case
- And entering the blockchain industry workforce.
Facilitate new and exciting applications being developed and added to the ICON ecosystem through the Group Project program within the curriculum.
Introduce a fresh, young and enthusiastic developer user base to ICON Network, allowing ICON “first dibs” on Vietnam’s brightest and most talented Engineering students who will be future blockchain developers.
Introduce a constant stream of university students and graduates into the ICON community.
Create and distribute ICON promotional materials (t-shirts, reading materials etc) to students.
Issue ICON broof versions of course completion certificates to all course graduates.
As Vietnam is becoming a hotspot for blockchain technology in recent years, we believe this is a prime location to pilot a program of this nature, and we are very excited to work with Lecle and Vietnam National University to build and grow the blockchain industry.
ICON DAO has committed to sponsoring this initiative in the following ways:
- Provide a financial sponsorship of USD $5000.
- Provide a Vietnam-based Project Manager from our ICON DAO team to oversee the development of the course and to ensure the standards of the program meet the standards of ICON Foundation.
- Act as a bridge between ICON Foundation and DevEra for additional accountability and communication.
For more information on the development of DevEra, course details, team member information and roadmap, please visit here: Devera Proposal
- Project Duration
ICON Blockchain Development Course full integration into DevEra academic curriculum total duration time = 5 months.
Course Research & Design: 2 weeks.
Development of Course Structure and Materials: 3 weeks
Marketing of ICON Blockchain Development Course: ~ 10 weeks
Pilot ICON Blockchain Development Course: 10 weeks
Pilot ICON Blockchain Development Course Review: 1 week
- Project Milestones
Milestone: Launch Marketing and Communications Campaigns: July 2020
- . Deliverables:
- Launch of social media channels: July 16, 2020
- Launch of DevEra website (with ICON Blockchain Development course details added): July 30, 2020
Milestone: Launch Educational Marketing Events
Blockchain Seminar: August 27, 2020
- a free promotional & educational event to market DevEra and provide a blockchain lecture with special focus on ICON Blockchain
1st Workshop: September 3, 2020
2nd Workshop: September 10, 2020
3rd Workshop: September 17, 2020
Milestone: DevEra Grand Opening: October 2020
- Launch of the 1st ICON Blockchain Development Course: October 10, 2020
- Conclusion of the 1st ICON Blockchain Development Course: December 2020
- Funding Amount Requested
ICON Grant Total Requested Amount = USD $40,000
Will be used to finance the following:
- The initial implementation of ICON Blockchain Development Course
- The constant updating of the course for the ongoing future of DevEra
- Additional financial support for the July 30, 2020 promotional Blockchain Seminar.
Details (Specific to the implementation of the ICON course only)
ICON Course Instructors: ($1500 * 3 teachers * 3 months) = $13,500
Marketing Staff: ($1000 * 2 marketers * 5 months) = $10,000
ICON R&D (to ensure course is continuously updated to match ICON’s constantly evolving environment): ($1000 * 2 developers * 5 months) = $10000
Finalize Website: $2000
Promotional Materials and Graphic Works: $3000
Educational/Teaching Materials: $1500
Total Integration Cost = USD $45,000
ICON DAO Sponsorship = - USD $ 5,000
ICON Grant Total Requested Amount= USD $40,000
Official Team Name: ICON DAO
Team Contact Information:
ICON DAO Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecle Vietnam Website: http://lecle.vn/index.html
Lecle Korean Website: https://lecle.co.kr/
- Public Address to receive grant: hx3d5c3ce7554f4d762f6396e53b2c5de07074ec39
Thank for your time and consideration.