[READY] ITU Blockchain - Spreading Optimistic Vision to the Local Blockchain Ecosystem

EDIT 25/06
After @katie warned us, we realized that our proposal is not compatible with the grant policy. In order to adapt to this, we have edited the “Breakdown of Mission budget request” section.

S4 Intent: Spread Awareness of the Optimistic Vision (Intent 3)

Proposed Mission: Spreading Optimistic Vision to the Local Blockchain Ecosystem

[Proposal Tier] Fledgling Tier

Please verify that you meet the qualifications for your Tier: Has done work for or with the Optimism Collective at least once before or previously received retroPGF

Baseline grant amount: 25K OP

% of total available Intent budget: 2.5%

Alliance: ITU Blockchain

Alliance Lead: Gulistan

Contact info: @glstnrl

L2 recipient address: 0xBEC643BD5b7F5e9190617CA4187ef0455950C51C

Please list the members of your Alliance and link to any previous work:

Double Finalists in Scaling Ethereum 2023: In ITU Blockchain Scaling Ethereum 2023, 5 different teams competed in the hackathon. A first in its history, it became a finalist with 2 projects among hundreds of projects. ITU Blockchain’s projects Opclave and Polynote attracted a lot of attention. Work is being done on both projects to turn them into products.

  • Gülistan (Chairman)
  • Ulaş (External Relations and Development Team)
  • Dilara (Marketing Team)
  • Nur (Vice Chairman)
  • Beyza (General Secretary)
  • Yasemin (Head of Event & Organization)
  • Sümeyra (Head of Delegation)
  • Selim (Head of Education & Content Creation)
  • Ömer (Developer Lead)
  • Tuğçe (Marketing Lead)
  • Eylül (Design Lead)

Our previous works:

Smart Contract Bootcamp: We’ve been published a free Solidity Course on our Youtube channel. The total duration of the course is approximately 20+ hours. The voiceover of the course was made in Turkish. As we continue to expand our Solidity course, we would like to announce that this education is supported by the Ethereum Foundation from now on.

Genesis Newsletter: For more than 3 years, we have been preparing a newsletter where we publish weekly blockchain news with a total of 174 different issues. A newsletter with more than 5000 active members, where you can learn about the important blockchain news of that week in 5 minutes.

Delegation Team: This year, we established the Delegation Committee to contribute to the diversity in various protocols and to express our opinion in the governance voting. Thus, we actively participate in voting in the networks we are Delegates and share our rationale both on governance forums and on Twitter.

Our Tally Profile

Rationale Twitter Floods
Optimism 1
Optimism 2
Optimism 3
Arbitrum 1
Arbitrum 2

2022-2023 Academic Year Update: As with every year, many new members joined us this year. We reserved our first semester in the academic calendar for trainings and meeting with our community. So far, we have held 6 face-to-face trainings, 3 workshops, and 3 meetings between members. In other words, we have done activities in 12 weeks of the 14-week period.

Our Socials:

Please explain how this Mission will help accomplish the above Intent:

  • As ITU Blockchain, Turkey’s first and largest Web3 society, we have been a part of many events and organizations over the past five years. The main lesson we learned during this time was the importance of “Creating a sustainable community model”.

  • This approach, coupled with an optimistic vision, has strengthened the sustainable community model we created using the activity-community-engagement triangle, bringing it to an “End Game” of sorts. We now aim to use the knowledge and model that ITU Blockchain has built around Istanbul, having established more than 40 Blockchain communities in Turkey, and make it a foundational building block of Web3 Public Goods.

  • In order to reach the Optimistic Vision and establish communication with people abroad to share our values, ITU Blockchain members face challenges in terms of both visas and finances in Turkey. We aim to overcome these challenges by sending individuals who can grasp both blockchain and the Optimistic Vision to events such as ETHCC, providing them with opportunities for personal development. Afterward, we plan to organize local network events and share their experiences through ITU Blockchain’s social channels to raise awareness and educate our ecosystem.

  • Additionally, many builders will become aware of the value of producing public goods and contributing to the ecosystem. The networks created will allow Optimistic Vision to spread to individuals around the globe, starting from the builders in the hacker house.

  • Following this milestone, we aspire to create sustainable Web3 Communities that can grow cumulatively. We plan to organize many activities we have conducted previously, this time beyond our local communities, all along the activity-community-engagement axis. Of course, we intend to do all of this with our Optimistic Vision!

What makes your Alliance well-suited to execute this Mission?

ITU Blockchain stands as a force that challenges existing power structures and works towards a more equitable and sustainable future. Our mission is driven by a steadfast commitment to defending the public interest and advocating for the empowerment of marginalized communities. With a focus on fostering innovation and collaboration, we aim to build a model that transcends conventional boundaries and embraces a vision of regenerative finance and public goods.

As an ITU Blockchain, an ideal alliance for the Optimistic Vision, aligns with its goals and principles. Through workshops and events, we continuously learn and develop skills, staying ahead of blockchain advancements. With a vast network within Istanbul Technical University and the Turkish blockchain industry, we can mobilize stakeholders for effective execution. Our synergy with impact-driven growth and collaborative governance drives the creation of a productive and empathetic economy. ITU Blockchain’s expertise, resources, and alignment with the Optimistic Vision make us well-suited to achieve its objectives, creating a collaborative and prosperous digital ecosystem.

Please list a critical milestone. The critical milestone should be a measure of whether you’ve made best efforts to execute what is outlined in this proposal or not. If you fail to achieve your critical milestone, your grant may be clawed back.

We are going to have mainly 2 milestones:

ETH CC Participation:

A team of at least 6 individuals from our community will attend ETH CC, representing our commitment to the Optimistic Vision. During the conference, our delegates will actively engage with other participants, attend relevant sessions, and immerse themselves in the latest developments in the blockchain ecosystem. Through their participation, they will gain valuable insights, establish connections, and further enhance their understanding of the Optimistic Vision.

Amplifying the Optimistic Vision through Engaging Digital Content:

YouTube | Producing Engaging Videos to Educate and Inspire

We will create captivating YouTube videos dedicated to exploring the core principles and potential impact of the Optimistic Vision. These videos will present the concepts in an accessible and visually appealing manner, catering to a wide range of viewers. By leveraging the power of video content, we aim to captivate and educate our audience, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Optimistic Vision.

Twitter | Interactive Discussions and Community Engagement

We will utilize the power of Twitter to host interactive discussions and engage with our community. Through Twitter Spaces, we will facilitate live conversations, allowing participants to ask questions, share ideas, and provide valuable feedback. By actively engaging with our audience, we aim to create a vibrant online community centered around the Optimistic Vision, where knowledge is exchanged and connections are formed.

Medium Articles | In-depth Insights and Thought Leadership

Our team will produce well-researched and thought-provoking Medium articles that delve into the nuances and intricacies of the Optimistic Vision. These articles will provide readers with in-depth insights, analysis, and practical guidance on embracing the principles of public goods and regenerative finance. By publishing on Medium, we will establish ourselves as thought leaders in the field, attracting a diverse audience and stimulating discussions around the Optimistic Vision.

How should Token House delegates measure progress towards this Mission:

  • By the end of season 4, the number of content views will be higher than 2000. Assess the quality and quantity of interactions and discussions related to the Optimistic Vision on social media platforms. Viewers of contents > 2000
  • Keep track of the number of individuals from ITU Blockchain who attend ETHCC to learn about the Optimistic Vision. Ensure that at least six people participate in the event and actively engage with the sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities related to the Optimistic Vision. And gender equality will be given importance in people going to ETHCC.
    Attendees to ETH CC from ITU Blockchain > 6

How should badgeholders measure impact upon completion of this Mission?

  • In the Turkish ecosystem, Sharing knowledge from ETHCC and mentioning at local networking events aimed at promoting Optimistic Vision within the ITU Blockchain community and then seeing other people’s views on optimistic vision on social media
  • Assess the growth of ITU Blockchain’s network and partnerships as a result of participating in ETHCC and sharing experiences through social media channels. Measure the number of new connections made, collaborations initiated, and partnerships formed with other organizations or individuals who share the Optimistic Vision and values.
  • Evaluate the reach and impact of the knowledge shared through Medium articles and YouTube video. Monitor the number of views, likes, comments, and shares on these platforms. Analyze the feedback and comments to gauge the level of understanding and interest generated among the target audience.

Breakdown of Mission budget request:

10k OPs will be dedicated to incentivizing a team of 6 representatives to ETHCC. We are aware that our friends who will go to ETH CC with us will have various expenses. We want to encourage our members with the allocated part of the grant we will receive from here. After the grant is delivered to our members whose participation in the event is certain, the allocated portion will be given as an incentive. By actively participating in ETHCC, we aim to gain visibility, attract potential partners and contributors, and promote the principles of public goods and regenerative finance.

15K OPs The portion of the grant allocated here will also be distributed as an incentive to our community members who will produce our content. In this process, the distribution portion will be decided by the Alliance Members based on how much effort the community members put into it.

I confirm that my grant will be subject to clawback for failure to execute on critical milestones: Yes

I confirm that I have read and understand the grant policies: Yes

I understand that I will be required to provide additional KYC information to the Optimism Foundation to receive this grant: Yes

I understand that I will be expected to following the public grant reporting requirements outlined here: Yes


A truly motivated alliance that has genuinely embraced the “Optimistic Vision”. Good luck :crossed_fingers: :crossed_fingers:t2:


As an Turkish Blockchain enthusiast I can confirm that we learnt a lot from ITU Blockchain, I hope this proposals pass and ITU continues push it to the limits


Hi ITU Blockchain, responding here since you tagged me on Twitter. It looks like you’re using the funds to go to the ETH CC conference in Paris, is that correct? If so, I believe that violates the no sale rule.

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Hey Katie! Thanks for answer. We looked at the rules for this grant but didn’t see it. Collective Grant Policies - #5 by teresacd In this link, it is not clear where it is complied with. We would be very happy if you could enlighten us.

Here is the guidance on grants:

So yes, it looks like your proposal would be violating the grant policies.

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Thanks for warning us, Katie. This is very valuable to us. We edited the Budget Breakdown in our Proposal and made it compatible with the Grant Policy.

Also sharing new breakdown here:


Hi @itublockchain! Wanted to make sure you were aware of the Optimism Season 4 Pitching Sessions to help find the 4 delegate approvals you’ll need by this Wednesday at 19:00 GMT for your proposal to move to a vote.

These sessions are happening in Discord on Monday, 26.06 2pm ET / 6pm GMT / 8pm CET and Tuesday, 27.06 11am ET / 3pm GMT / 5pm CET.

You can sign-up here!

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I am an Optimism delegate with sufficient voting power , and I love this proposal and with the new edits I believe it is ready to move to a vote!


Thank you for your support Griff. We hope Giveth’s proposal will get enough support also.

We need 3 more delegate’s support :pray:

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It sounds like that proposal might be ahead of its time, there is less interest in gathering lots of attestations and DAOs on Optimism than I expected. Thats ok :smiley: maybe next round.

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