Technology, as a global public resource, should be open, accessible, and dedicated to promoting the benefit of society as a whole. The Next Billion Fellowship Program is a testament to this vision, aiming to capture the stories of communities where lives are being changed for the better. Today, we are proud to introduce seven individuals with incredible stories to share. Their stories offer a glimpse into their diverse circumstances and a possible future that, while we cannot fully foresee, could improve humanity. Inspired by the stories of the Next Billion Fellowship, we hope to imagine a future in which this open protocol of human collaboration functions as a public good for billions of people.

Next Billion Fellows 4th Term

David Uzochukwu is leading an initiative focused on strengthening the decentralization of Ethereum by educating African communities on how to run Ethereum nodes. The project aims to explore barriers and possible solutions, such as lack of stable internet connectivity and power outages, and to bring visibility to considerations that need to be implemented for decentralization and inclusivity.

Guo Liu Working for freedom of information Matterstowna digital space and censorship-resistant publishing platform. His project aims to support high-quality open access content by integrating advertising protocols with the Harberger Tax and secondary funding.

Lefteris arapakis Growing up in a fishing family, he quickly realised that fishermen were collecting huge amounts of plastic from the ocean. Enaleiais working to reduce marine plastic pollution, starting in Greece and then expanding to other parts of the Mediterranean. As part of the fellowship, Lefteris will implement a system on Ethereum that will enable tracking of recycled ocean plastic.

Mercedes “Meche” Rodriguez Simon Conducting practical research using Web3 solutions to support human rights organizations in Venezuela. A passionate human rights activist and key member of Ethereum Venezuela, Meche aims to contribute his knowledge to address the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Rebecca Mukamelo They are considering integrating an EVM-based local currency with traditional African economic practices. Grassroots Economycompares two different models of community currency: traditional digital vouchers backed by a government agency and a model in which communities pool their future productive capacity as a commitment.

Tomislav “Tomo” Mamic It is working Local Government Secondary Funding Initiative (MUQA)is a project designed to support cities in using the mechanisms of quadratic voting (QV) and quadratic funding (QF) to allocate funds for public works. A pilot project in the city of Split, Croatia, will experiment with QF in the areas of culture and green spaces, aiming to introduce transparency, efficiency and citizen participation in the management of public resources.

I want to remain a fellow Anonymous for now We are working on a platform that will digitize production records and farm metadata and create an on-chain reputation score, aiming to provide affordable working capital to smallholder farmers and cooperatives by standardizing farm data and ensuring interoperability.

What’s next?

Over the next six months, each fellow will pursue a small project that works toward the larger goal of their story. Fellows will share their progress at Devcon 7 in Southeast Asia from November 12-15. Follow Follow See what’s new. Need financial assistance to attend Devcon? Check out the Devcon SEA Scholars Program Apply by July 7, 2024!

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