Delegate Commitments [OLD]

Name: Blockchain@Hopkins

Address or ENS: blockchainathopkins.eth

Discord username: vibing#7820

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Twitter Verification
I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: I understand

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: I understand

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

gm! We’re Blockchain@Hopkins (@blockchain_jhu on Twitter), the student blockchain club at Johns Hopkins University for all of our schools (undergraduate, graduate, business, even medical!). We’re currently a group of over 100 members, with a core unit focused exclusively on contributing to protocols in the form of governance, development, and white-hat.

As a student-run club, we take decentralized governance very seriously and think of ways to be a crypto-native as possible. Via our governance team, we’re piloting an internal governance token, built on Polygon, which is an attempt to provide our club members and university students globally with a chance to learn, and contribute to our own club and manage our treasury and consequently fund public goods that contribute to the club such as educational courses, events, hackathons, outside development, white-hat, etc. By actively contributing to the club mission, members earn the erc-20 governance token, which gives club members voting authority on the treasury allocation and more. One of our main focus areas (both in research teams and in practice via our development team) has been projects such as Gitcoin. We are excited to further this interest by contributing to the OP Ecosystem both from a policy perspective and a technical one.

Our (planned) Optimism governance committee is composed of 2 Cryptography PhD Students (focused on rollup technologies), The 3 other students major in Computer Science, Economics, Sociology and International Relations. The governance committee works very closely with the research team to analyze emerging trends in DAOs and tokenomics. We are also advised by Prof. Matthew Green, Ph.D. (part of the founding team of Zcash) and Prof. Jim Liew (Prof of Finance and Cryptocurrencies)

It is imperative that in order for the Collective to be equitable and democratic, it needs to be inhabited by people from a diverse background that possess general proficiency about the strengths and limitations of web3 technologies and have the passion and drive to actually participate in the governance process. We believe that – for reasons we already elucidated – our student body is fit to advance the Collective to that direction.

My view on the [Optimistic Vision]

First and foremost, we love OP’s idea of retroactive incentives. While retroactive incentives with clear and definite deployment are rare in a worldly context, in the context of the information age, we agree that retroactive incentives can be implemented fairly, using blockchain and other web3 technologies.

We also believe that the Collective is well-equipped to accomplish this task of deploying capital for public goods, in an ideal democracy. That’s why a lot of us got into blockchains – To participate in a more perfect meritocracy with impact aligned profit.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

We are encouraged by the nature of the Constitution being elastic. As we were piloting our token, one of the most important things we had to do is iteratively work on not only the guiding principles but also the tokenomics and implementation of agreed-upon proposals. As OP’s collectively growing, we think it’s important to be flexible.

The bicameral structure of OP’s governance is one of the most interesting experiments in the blockchain governance space to date. Assuming that there is a proper accountability practice in place, adding an additional ‘house’ that isn’t bound by the market condition of the governance token is surely going to align with the longer term goal of the Collective. We are excited and optimistic (heh) to see it come to fruition.

We love that the eventual goal for the foundation is to be decentralized. We believe that while it might be easier to strategically start with a more centralized model (as we initially started), we are true believers that at scale, decentralization is fundamental.

My Web3 interests: DeFi, Developer Tools, Security, DAOs, Infrastructure

Languages Our club’s governance committee has members who speak English, Spanish, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin.

Please choose from the [ISO 639-1 1] list

My skills and areas of expertise: [optional]

Smart contract development in Solidity and Rust, Full-stack development across TS, JS, Go, Python, C, and C++, modern cryptography (consensus algorithms, verification systems and rollups), DAO Governance.

My favorite Web3 projects: Syndicate Protocol, Synapse Protocol, Gitcoin