[READY][GF: Phase 1 Proposal] Bankless Academy v2

I am an Optimism delegate [Delegate Commitments - #65 by mastermojo] with sufficient voting power, and I believe this proposal is ready to move to a vote.


I am an Optimism delegate [Delegate Commitments - #18 by katie] with sufficient voting power and I believe this proposal is ready to move to a vote.


hey, beautiful project; just one question, do you plan to launch Bankless Academy in Spanish?

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Hi @Jadmat.Eth-DefiLatam we have multi-language support on our product roadmap for next year :rocket:
We will likely launch this feature with translation bounties.


While this proposal is out of scope for Governance Fund (more suited to RPGF as others have mentioned) which is focused on incentivizing direct usage of Optimism through migrating L1 dapps and promoting novel L2-specific apps, Bankless has done plenty of very important education, and the tokens requested is reasonable enough for me to make an exception. I hope to see hjgh-quality Optimism-related content.


Voted: Against

Difficult decision for sure. I agree that this is a public goods project and as per new guidelines we should consider public goods projects as well but to me this must only be focused on Optimism.

Bankless is leading the education frontier and would love to see such projects in RPGF round.


1. Presentation

We are an officially recognized Tooling Governance Committee, responsible for assessing proposals related to tooling and infrastructure (wallets, bridges etc.).

2. About the project

This project addresses perhaps one of the most important and neglected sectors of the ecosystem, education; it does it in a very clean, clear and precise way; inviting to a creative and entertaining experience, which motivates to continue learning in each new stage that is completed; also encouraging with tokens that define the level of learning, being perhaps, for many, the first interaction with them.

Something important that I add, as a personal conclusion; is that Bankless Academy is a leg of Bankless DAO, the latter being very inserted the ecosystem, the content is created and goes directly to the consumer; we see many educational initiatives, where the generators โ€œtakeโ€ the information from the web, order it and adapt it; Beyond the lack of quality that this generates, that the content is โ€œdirectโ€ is key in an industry so tied to changes.

3. About the following

The proposal was published from August 23 in a previous format (now called v1) then being adapted to a v2 with the current system. Under the process, we saw a very explanatory and detailed proposal; and we celebrate their active disposition to precise and fast answers with the delegates and community interested on it.

As a Tooling committee, the project was also cataloged as โ€œToolingโ€ in the Grant category, we have decided to take the responsibility of issuing recommendations on it, while defining if proposals like these also oriented to education/content can be approached in another way with the current committees or not.

4. About the proposal valuation

  • Added value (good to bad): good. Education in Web3 and access to tools is currently a recurring problem on which it is easy to fall into the wrong methodology and ethos. Bankless has a reputable track record of addressing all of these topics on behalf of the community. The use of mintkudos is understood as a plus that the Optimism ecosystem may be interested in trying and taking note of.
  • Impact or expected usage (high to low): high. this aspect can have an unlimited impact, or better said, not directly tied to the grant - being an educational initiative, it reaches a range of interested parties that are not included in the average of the proposals that are normally addressed - This project is of use for free and with almost zero entry barrier (prior knowledge). Its impact is clearly dependent on how many users it can reach and high expertise, managing high attendance.
  • Current Status [Development stage/Open Source?] (early to ready): in development. The project is open source and free; some content specific to Optimism will be built or improved in the process.
  • Expenditure plan and distribution (appropriate to inappropriate): appropriate. The incentive must be where the value is, and in this case the value is in the construction and future development, such as contributors. A portion will go to the community treasury, which means that ~13,200 tokens will be independently managed by this initiative.
  • Amount requested (high to low): medium. Amount requested seems reasonable for the team members in the stipulated period.

5. KPIs and impact tracking

As detailed in the proposal, a series of activities are contemplated that we will be happy to find out when they take place, please communicate in time with focus to the Optimism community any event that has been possible thanks to the approval of this proposal.

In details, we ask Bankless Academy responsibles to provide statistics on at least the following aspects:

  • How many users started at least one of the materials releated to Optimism
  • How many users finished the different modules
  • Attendance at scheduled events
  • Relevant experiences in the process, proof-of-personhood, use of mintkudos and others relevant to Optimism and its ecosystem.



I have voted against this proposal and the recommendation.
My reason for voting against is the allocation of simply providing a team with working capital.
I agree with others in echoing this proposal is better suited for RPGF.

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I have no problem with the proposal, I think Bankless deserves much more on the other hand as @OPUser mentioned this should be counted in the RPGF. However, Gov Update #4 says we can evaluate RPGF as the token house so I considered and my vote FOR

I believe that this 30 thousand dollars will be more efficient for the Ecosystem when we compare it with most of the projects that we have funded


Voted yes - following Tooling Committee recommendation


Votes yes as per our own committeeโ€™s recommendation.


Vote: Yes

Rationale: It is a minimal request for a project with extensive reach and helps educate web3 newbies. Ideally, this would go under RGPF but, Bankless Academy have a strong track record and this request helps support the greater ecosystem.


The PoolCollective voted yes, following the Tooling committeeโ€™s recommendation. Education hyper-structures ftw!


Snapshot vote - passed

@Tetranome can you provide a Telegram handle or other contact method so the Optimism team can get in touch about paying out this grant! Feel free to comment on this thread, DM, or email palash@optimism.io

Hi @Tetranome! Itโ€™s been a few months since your OP grant distribution, checking in to see if there is a grant update you could share with the community?

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Hello @lavande & Optimism community :red_circle: :sparkles: Here is a progress update and release timeline for the Layer 2 Blockchains lesson @ Bankless Academy:

We launched the precursor lesson, Layer 1 Blockchains, in early December.

We completed the User Research component of the build the week before Christmas, where we partnered with Layer 2 educator Patrick McCorry to run our small-class learning sessions. These sessions hosted 17 frequent Academy users, and allowed our content team to understand how our users handle the learning of Layer 2 concepts.

These sessions showed us that we were missing content in the Academy user journey around funding Layer 2 wallets for users who arenโ€™t established on Centralised Exchanges. Weโ€™ve launched a new micro-lesson format (Mirror articles embedded in the Academy app) to allow us to swiftly plug user journey gaps like this one. In this case, the first article focuses on three ways to fund a wallet on Layer 2 (using Optimism as the example).
By including this in the user journey as prerequisite content (rather than inside the L2 lesson), we can maintain the L2 lesson focus on tech, benefits, and the Optimism ecosystem without having to dilute with explanations of wallet/funding UX.

The Layer 2 lesson is now in the first pass of writing review, where our team is ensuring that the topics, sub-topics, examples and order of presentation our writers have delivered match up with constructive illustration progression, the quest planned by our dev, and the overall Academy user journey.
After this review is complete, the writers will perform edits, and the content will be passed to the illustrators. Quest development and marketing preparations begin next week - @lavande Iโ€™m interested to know if there is availability for social media support by the Optimism Collective to boost engagement on launch? This will result in more people completing the Optimism onboarding quest and collecting their Academy soulbound badge.

Speaking of, we just passed 2100 badges minted since our badge launch in October (reminder: these badges are protected by Gitcoin Passport, meaning theyโ€™re highly sybil resistant). Weโ€™re very happy to be receiving so much app activity during a bear market - it will be interesting to monitor these figures as we release more content and hit the next bull market and as various ecosystems build out utility for these badges :rocket:

Weโ€™re currently projecting the lesson release and launch campaign for the first week of February. Thank you for your patience with the build process. Weโ€™re excited to release this lesson - the last entry to our essentials curriculum - and get Academy user exploring the Ethereum Layer 2 ecosystem early next month!

PS: Weโ€™re also looking for a tech/culture expert @ Optimism to review the lesson content in the coming weeks. Does anyone have a recommendation/interest themselves?
@katie @mastermojo @polynya


Thanks for the update Tetranome!

I am sure someone from the Optimism team can help with the lesson content, but you can also include Optimism Delegates to help with that as well if the team is tied up.

Feel free to hit me up in DMs along with some of the other delegates, and we can help with any issues.

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