LIAM KIDS story is an inspiring one, it is inspiring because of two reasons, the first being novelty and the usefulness of the platform during COVID19 pandemic but also it is inspiring because of the diversity of the original team who has built the platform.
LIAMKIDS.COM AS A PLATFORM
LIAMKIDS.com is an online platform that aims to reward and gamify education in a way that it will allow kids and adults LEARN, EARN, CREATE, SELL AND BUY THIER CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS
Students all around the world stopped attending school and they are suppose to study through remote education (Online, or using TV). Many students somehow, they stopped schooling entirely, they do not have the motivation to study online and somehow they lost the education discipline that happens in schools . Feras has asked his cousins if they continued their education through online website or TV broadcasts, and they responded "NO".
Feras felt there is an entire generation that might miss a semester or at least get an educational disruption, it is not only that but even many people stopped working and they are staying at home and somehow they have plenty of free time and they are not motivated to carry on with upgrading their skills.
THIS MUST STOP, THIS MUST CHANGE - THIS IS WHY WE HAVE BUILT LIAM!!!
What it does
LIAM is : 5th Generation of Blockchain Schools: An Online Learning and Creativity Platform that Allow Kids to Learn, Earn, Create, Sell and Buy their Creative Achievements
It aims to solve the problem that evolve around the facts
Kids do not like homeworks Kids do not like studying But Adults also face a challenge in terms of continuous education.
It is a A MOTIVATION BOOSTER - because it brings a gamification and a rewarding experience. It all happens in the APP. The Business Process starts with students log to the platform attend a course and because of that they earn LIAMS, those LIAMS can buy digital assets (that was created by other students, to earn LIAMS you must be attending courses or selling your creative digital assets).
LIAMKIDS TEAM STORY, HACKSPRINTS and MORE
Feras Naser was disturbed by the number of deaths and infected people with corona virus around the globe, somehow he come across a news article that is talking about COVID19 - Global hackathon, he is a strong believer of the impact of technology, so he decided to participate in this great global attempt to fight corona virus with technology.
He register in his first hackthon, send a projects proposal document to a group of the hackthon participants hoping to be able to build a technological solution for this challenge. He was surprised by the number of responses he got, a diverse responses from distant geographical locations of young people who are willing to participate to fight this global challenge.
Ahmed Tikiwa from South Africa. Sid a student in Canada, Eric Malaba from Uganda, Mohammed Thaseel from India, Joshua Odoi from Ghana. **This was the first hack sprint team, Feras continued working on the project for eight consecutive hack sprints, a hack sprint is 3 days weekend period.
Those wonderful young people have come together work around 9 hours a day for 4 consecutive days, (The first hack sprint) and build an almost ready solution. This was unbelievable story for all the team members, how a group of young people who did not meet each other before, come together and work tirelessly to build a solution that mitigate the corona virus impact. THIS WAS A TRUE INSPIRATION. IT IS A WONDERFUL STORY, Feras talk about this in details in his video...Feras aims to build on this story by continue on building LIAM through his enhanced methodology of hack sprints.
Watch the full story in the underneath link
How I built it
We have built the orignial platform using MERN ( MongoDB, EXPRESS, REACT and NODE) in addition to a mobile app that was developed using Android, we have experimented with Etherieum and solidity.
As COVID19 was putting a pressure on having a live platfrom as quickly as possible, we have shift to a ready made wordpress theme, however we have done significant contributions to the design of the theme, the content included in the website and having a smooth LIAM transactions on the website that people can use at an early stage.
We have managed to build a userbase of around 17 people, and we have managed to have one user collecting 1000 LIAMs and utilizing them in the LIAM market by buying a gaming asset (V-Bucks).
Challenges I ran into
TEAM BUILDING AND ORGANIZATION CHALLENGES 1- While it was easy to gather the team and motivate them to work for the first hacksprint, it was difficult to get their commitment for the long term. 2- It was also hard to build adequate level of trust among the team members online to be able to be actually working as startup team.
Technical Challenges 1- While it was possible to learn new technology, it was very hard to apply to the level it required by the vision and the specified features mentioned in the original vision. (Including gamification, digital currency a blockchain application and Machine Learning Systems).
1- Calculating the courses points for the users and rewarding them was a highly manual operation. This has put additional work on the team.
2- Also engaging with partners and investors to contribute to the platform was a difficult one.
Marketing Challenges 1- While we made sure that we do not come across as another Elearning website, we still was very far from having a viral marketing message.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
1- I am very proud of the vision : It still can be a very useful solution for many economical challenges that is going to happen in the near future, it also acts as a catalyst for creativity. It is novel, interesting and ambitious
2- I am very proud of our team, group of young people coming from all around the world to fight a global challenge, during POST covid era, we will see new kinds of tensions, global stories like this one, really help to push the world in the right direction of harmony, unity and solidarity.
3- I am proud of our platform, it is used, tested, useful. It has a good design and many useful content. We really hope this work to be carry on with this project and to hand it over to some of the best young leaders in the world.
4- I am proud of the people we have met along the way....
5- I kind like the domain too www.liamkids.com
What I learned
1- I have learnt about MERN Stack. 2- I have learnt about Machine Learning system in production. 3- I have learnt about solidity. 4- I have learnt about Figma, Adobe UX and many others.
What's next for LIAM
LIAM still has many many aspects to be fulfilled, including:-
he challenges that we will be going through 1- Building the Platform to the right level of detail and acceptable design. (Continuous Task!!) 2- Making an exceptional user experience that match game playing. 3- Linking the school to a digital currency or creating one. 4- Building the right AI systems that can support the learning experience and enhance creativity, engagement and learning. 5- Building the privacy preserving tools. (this can range from using a blockchain system that can be efficient enough)
LIAM is going in two scenarios and the team members will pursue those scenarios with full passion. 1- LIAM will pursue the vision of becoming a global company with an impact on COVID19 - the team has prepared their solution and pitch deck. They have an investment ask of 3 million dollars as an exchange of 15% of the company and they are expect a 300 million dollars in revenue in 3 years with 30 million users.Please let us know if you are in an investor?! - Also, we are keen on bringing more people to the TEAM..
AI SYSTEMS AND BLOCKCHAIN
Well, we cannot say that there is a clear AI or blockchain element in LIAMKIDS.com except the centralized digital currency which was very much similar of what facebook was intending to build.
The full details about some of the coming AI and Blockchain system that will be included in the platform can be seen in the underneath link.