EthHub Provides A New Way To Learn About Ethereum

The auditable repository, officially announced yesterday, is meant for greenhorns and experts alike.

The Ethereum ecosystem has grown significantly since the blockchain‘s debut in 2015. Protocols and projects abound in the world of Ethereum, whether they relate to decentralized exchanges and non-fungible token marketplaces or blockchain-based video games and governance mechanisms.

With this meteoric growth, though, comes a glut of information from a variety of sources. While it’s wonderful to see such a surfeit of resources, especially those that are transparent and easily accessible, it can also be confusing for newcomers trying to navigate the complexities and continual updates of the ecosystem.

That’s why EthHub was created – to provide a go-to repository “that aims to solve the issue of information asymmetry in the Ethereum ecosystem.” The hub is comprised of three key sections: Learn, which contains “[o]pen source, easy to understand documentation”; Listen, featuring the Into the Etherpodcast, which includes interviews from prominent members of the Ethereum community; and Read, which represents EthHub’s weekly newsletter.

Though these resources are not novel additions to the ecosystem, EthHub’s team believes the platform consolidates the information in such a way that both new Ethereans and longtime followers can benefit. Newcomers can enjoy the easy-to-digest information, while veterans can stay up to date with all the ecosystem’s advancements.

EthHub has four core contributors – Eric Conner, Anthony Sassano, Chaz Schmidt, and Alexander Fisher – all of whom have played key roles in creating and developing the repository. These four individuals are the only ones with commit access to the repository. Sassano said that while he and his colleagues “do not want to be gatekeepers of what content gets published on EthHub,” they also only want to grant commit access to community members who “have proven themselves to be an invaluable asset to the growth and maintenance of EthHub.”

However, all information changes on the main documentation component of the repository are fully auditable. Community members can thus review already displayed information and submit their own pull requests if they would like to add to the repository. Indeed, Sassano noted that the EthHub team “encourage[s] those working on projects in specific domains … to add or update the information on the projects [sic] respective page on the EthHub repo.”

To add information, submitters must follow a template and some basic guidelines, such as not promoting initial coin offerings, not posting marketing materials, etc., but these requests are standard and reasonable for crowdsourced informational hubs. (This is especially true in the broader blockchain realm, as marketing messages are pervasive in the cryptospace.)

EthHub is yet another example of the community focus of Ethereum. Other Ethereans have gone the education route and developed resources for those looking to learn more about the Ethereum ecosystem. Some major examples include the guidebook “Mastering Ethereum,” which can be read online for free, and Cryptoeconomics.study, a free online cryptoeconomics course spearheaded by Karl Floersch. Those in the Ethereum community often help each other out.


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Author: DANI PUTNEY
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Trading Platform Paxful Completes Construction for Second School in Rwanda

Children in the Rwandan village of Kasebigege are being given a greater chance to pursue a sound education as construction on a new school, developed by bitcoin marketplace Paxful, has been completed.

Located in the Bugesera District, the school is a primary institution designed for children between the ages of 6 and 15. It’s Paxful’s second Philanthropic endeavor in the village, and construction was finished roughly one year after the company built a nursery education center in December 2017.

In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Ray Youssef — CEO and co-founder of Paxful — says it has always been one of his dreams to build schools for underprivileged children.

“You will see more of this, especially schools where they’re most needed like in Africa and in rural villages where people don’t have access to education or clean water,” he explains. “We want to build 100 schools in Africa fully funded by cryptocurrency. This is just the beginning and we’ve only built two out of the 100.”

The school is in the heart of the village where Rwanda’s infamous genocide began roughly 20 years ago. Youssef says that the area glows with an aura of healing and forgiveness and thus seemed like the natural place to begin rebuilding the country.

“We believe that education is key to sustaining a community, but that’s not the way you start,” he comments. “When you go to a place with absolutely no infrastructure, you must start with the very basics. There should be clean and potable drinking water. In both schools, we have installed water filters, so there’s clean water plus a nursery school plus a primary school. We’ve even installed solar panels. It’s everything you need to build up a community. #BuiltWithBitcoin is our way of giving back to the communities that we serve in a way that is sustainable and brings a huge smile to our faces.”

Youssef says that it took about three to four months to build the school and get it up and running.

“The president and founder of Zam Zam Water, Yusuf Nessary, presented a plan for this second school, and it made sense,” he states. “Building a primary school next to our nursery gives the children access to continuous education.”

Construction on the establishment originally began in July of 2018. The goal was to raise approximately $100,000 worth of crypto funds with Paxful matching every donation made.

“Last summer, when I came to Rwanda for a visit, the construction was almost complete,” Youssef says. “Now, it’s really done. It’s twice the size of the first school — six classrooms, a cafeteria, bathroom stalls, solar panels on the roof and a 35,000L water well system.”

Youssef further explains that the new school boasts upgraded furniture and “proper salaries” for its teaching staff. He also says it was easier to build than the first school since he and the rest of the Paxful crew have built greater trust with the people of the village.

“We appreciate the trust given by the people to us and Zam Zam Water,” he asserts. “The lands where the second school stands were given to us by the officials in the area. We’re grateful that we found Yusuf and his team.”

This is not Paxful’s only activity on the Africa continent. The company, which runs a marketplace that allows users to cash in their unused gift cards for bitcoin (among other payment methods), has also established a blockchain incubation hub in Lagos, Nigeria.


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Author: Nick Marinoff
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Ripple for Good Focuses on Education and Financial Inclusion

Ripple is one of those companies which is both loved and hated in the cryptocurrency world. Their business model does not resemble traditional cryptocurrencies, yet its native XRP asset is often traded against Bitcoin and other similar coins. Ripple is now launching a social giving project which focuses on education and financial inclusion.

Ripple for Good is a big Step Forward

Cryptocurrencies and digital assets can make a big difference in the world of social good. A lot of less fortunate people need all of the financial help they can get. Ripple acknowledges this “industry” needs some support from innovative companies and is launching its own philanthropic effort to make positive changes happen.

Under the Ripple for Good banner, Ripple will focus on projects pertaining to education and financial inclusion first and foremost. It is not the first time the company shows a desire to do some social good. Over the past few months, Ripple donated over $80m to various projects and is now adding another $25m worth on top of that amount.

For the time being, Ripple for Good will explore projects which will receive a part of this money. High-quality projects are being explored, and the resources will be allocated based on their needs and potential progress in the coming years. For Ripple, education is of great importance. The firm strongly believes STEM research needs to be explored further, and funding efforts to do can ensure positive momentum occurs.

Furthermore, Ripple has contributed to educational efforts through the University Blockchain Research Initiative. This also confirms the firm wants to push financial inclusion to new heights as more time progresses. Focusing on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and fintech will expose a lot of people to the idea of financial inclusion in this day and age of digitization.

Ripple’s Head of Social Impact Ken Weber adds:

“WHEN WE REFLECTED ON THE UNIQUE ROLE RIPPLE COULD PLAY FROM A SOCIAL IMPACT STANDPOINT, WE KEPT LANDING ON THE IDEA THAT THE BENEFITS OF THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES SHOULD REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. IF WE ARE TRULY COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMATIVE GLOBAL CHANGE, WE WILL WORK TO HELP ENSURE THAT INNOVATIONS IN BANKING AND GLOBAL PAYMENTS ARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TO EVERYONE, AMONG UNBANKED AND UNDERBANKED POPULATIONS AND IN ECONOMIES AND ECONOMIC SECTORS THAT SERVE THE GREATER GOOD. OUR GOAL IS TO DELIVER ON THE PROMISE OF AN INTERNET OF VALUE FOR ALL.”

Making a positive impact can be done in many different ways. Exploring opportunities for social good is one way of ensuring Ripple gets a lot of positive attention now and in the near future. Considering how it is not the company’s first attempt at enforcing social change, one has to wonder how this new venture will impact the world over the coming months.


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Author: JP Buntinx
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