Weekly Web3 Hack - Exploring Smart Donations

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In this talk we will reflect on the OxChain project, and discuss the opportunities and implications for blockchain technology in the charity sector. In particular, we will introduce a concept, technical prototype and initial donor research on what we call ‘Smart Donations’. Smart or programmable donations use blockchain technology to attach specific conditions to a donation, meaning a donation can be pledged by a donor and then automatically directed to certain accounts or even returned to a donor, based on a range of real-world events.

Dr. Chris Elsden is an HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researcher working in the School of Design at Northumbria University. With a background in sociology, his work undertakes diverse, qualitative and often speculative engagements with participants to investigate emerging relationships with technology – particularly data-driven tools and blockchain technologies. He is currently working on the OxChain project to explore opportunities and implications of blockchain technologies with third-sector organisations. He is also a visiting researcher in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. A list of his publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=eOm_WDkAAAAJ&hl=en

Ludwig Trotter is a research associate, software developer and doctoral researcher in the School of Computing and the Data Science Institute at Lancaster University. With a background in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interactions, his research explores the intersection between IoT and distributed ledger technologies. On the OxChain project he has led the technical development to investigate and deliver next generation digital services for the charity sector.

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Are you interested in Web3 technologies like blockchains, smart contracts and other decentralised systems? Do you want to meet other curious people or even learn to build on Web3 tech?

Well you’ve found the perfect entry point. The Web3 Weekly Hack is an informal gathering of Melbourne’s Web3 devs, hobbyists and learners. There’s no real agenda unless otherwise stated, it's a self directed evening of discussion, coding and fun. We like to sound out our ideas, interrogate problems and build funky stuff.

Hosted by Tom Nash and Alexander Ramsey, founders of Flex Dapps, a sharp Web3 consultancy that works with reputable clients like the Australian Red Cross and RMIT Online. Tom is a software engineer who has been working with Smart Contracts and Ethereum since November 2016 and Alex has a background in startups and building odd things.

We are limited to 30 registrations per hack as the core community of 10-25 Web3 Wizards aren’t usually represented on the attending list and we want to ensure the event will still fit inside the venue. If you want to find a community of people whose purpose is to build and learn instead of speculate, then it’s right here.

At the Web3 Weekly Hack you can do things like:
- Find high quality information and start your journey into Web3
- Find people who can introduce you to the broader Australian community.
- Learn how to set up your environment for Smart Contract development
- Learn best practises for developing, like automated tests (they’re super fun trust me) and automatic migrations
- Receive a high level overviews of what’s possible on Ethereum and the challenges you might face in a project
- Make friends!

Check out our Learning resources: https://github.com/Web3-Melbourne/learning-resources
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