> At this point, if we can only get 2 people to look at a wiki page or forum thread in a month, I don't think I can in good conscience recommend that we participate in GSoC this year.
I'd point out that a normal startup you'd only need the right mix of hacker, hustler and/or hipster to get going. I'm in Singapore right now and the SG govt is throwing $157 million into the ecosystem for a smart financial centre. I've just been chatting with David from Thailand who tells me there's a huge community of freelancers with core of ICT digital nomad tourists. What small core at the moment can work so long as there's some coordination.
In a panel session on Future of Money at EMTech Asia 2016 Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore, outlined an initiative to collate and compare global transaction platfom APIs later this year. Whilst details have yet to be released, cyber security (including biometric authentication), cross-platform BigData compatibility and regulatory compliance (KYC, AML, privacy) are high on the list of concerns. This standards initiative will be more than a theoretical exercise as the newly formed FinTech Innovation Group (FTIG) are aggressive in proposing a sandbox for experiental learning where “relaxation” of regulations will allow real-world deployment as well as test interoperatbilty of FinTech initiatives.
OK ... the way i see it there's 3 basic roles
= admin Coordinator - fit students to mentors (and if necessary twist arm for volunteers)
= namecoin R&D "director/dictator" - basically final say on what projects are put forward
Looks like Joseph has stepped forward to hustle the hacker projects BioLizard89 has revised. I'm a little concerned about sustainability so if agreeable, I'll look into seeing whether can get some financial support and how many warm bodies up in Thailand might be able to spread the word. At minimum I'd be the hipster code trustee, ensuring proper open source licensing and if people are serious about anonymity, an cut-out which would be subject to legal privilege or commercial in confidence (if corporate side-project).
I can be pro-forma mentor (since I'm with jfdi.asia
) and got extensive experience in high performance computing but I'm seriously short of time so I'd probably be more or an alt/sub if a formal mentor needs to take a break/holiday.
Yes, as phelix points out it may be a waste of time but the point is if nobody turns up, then other cryptocurrencies will put forward their pet ideas which don't follow the ethos behind namecoin
. It may only be a nominal foot in door but best to not completely shut it, nak?
Some 1 week left, if Biolizard can use carte blanche to rightsize project scope/task and Joseph starts naming names and taking faces, I'll try promoting this to the enthusiasts in this timezon.