From New York to Buenos Aires I’ve seen poor youth clinging to a sense of self worth by getting odd jobs (selling candy on the street) or resorting to crime to provide for themselves (and their families) materially. If there were legitimate ways for entrepreneurial, self motivated young adults to get the phones, tablets, sneakers and jeans required for surviving this socially turbulent chapter in their lives could we see a world where the kids turning heads in these communities aren’t dealing drugs but hard working students developing real skills for real future jobs? How can social impact donors reward the actual process and effort of acquiring skills, vs abstract scholarships that are given beforehand to study something in the future? GoSOFI! Stands for “Self Organizing Financial Incentivization,” connecting donors, students and evaluators. Using GoSOFI! self motivated student in a slum can learn 3D modeling while micro payments for completing online coursework, eventually receiving a blockchain secure certification that can be used to get 3D modeling work anywhere in the world.
What it does
GoSOFI! allows donors to fund micro rewards as young adults in slums complete daily lessons in free online coursework, resulting in the eventual blockchain certification of that skill which can be used for future employment. While the platform can be generalized to any skill from creative writing to 3D modeling, our MVP will focus on coding (i.e. Free Code Camp) and tracking of students progress. Students will complete lessons in our hosted version of Free Code Camp and receive micro payments for each lesson.
What's next for GoSOFI!: Decentralized Scholarships & Skill Cert
After the recent Hackathon launch on September 9th we’ve garnered the interest of an incredible lineup of mentors and team members. As we proceed through the first planning week we will begin developing lists of requirements, finding interest/commitment levels, and planning new meetings in NYC and online.
Feel free to check out our first executive summary, with a focus on coding skills. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wZ2dLoTl80RYlYSUdf72mpRLep_5w7WT29T_j66UuLg