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Hello,

I am going to run a project with students of the University of Economics in Prague. I got inspired by this thread: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/%28ann%29-nxt-academic-outreach-program/100/, where the NXT Academic Outreach Program (NAOP) was announced. I have already published my plans in the thread.

I am a PhD student and a teacher at University of Economics in Prague. I work at the Department of World Economy. I would like my students to get to know Nxt and cryptos in general and write economic papers about the ways they may be used in a useful way for both individuals and global economy. The head of our department supported the project so that I can work with not only my own students but with hundreds of students on the Faculty of International Relations, potentially.

I want to create a wallet for every student that volunteers for the project and give away 500-1000 Nxt to each participant. Such amount is motivating enough - taking in account the level of income in Prague – but not yet too high to attract someone who would not be interested in Nxt.

I want my students not only to get to know Nxt and learn how to use it in practice. I want them to think about its utilization in global economy too. Students' papers (or even theses) should emerge from the project, bringing interesting new ideas. I also hope that Nxt would start being used at the university as a currency for students' projects, proving it is a vival and liquid tool for community activities. I have prepared several interesting topics; nevertheless, I am going to let the participants to come up with their own topics too, naturally. These are some suggestions:

-   Nxt as a reserve currency
-   asset exchange - startups, crowdfunding
-   currencies built upon Nxt AE
-   currencies collateralized by resources
-   electronic money for Africa
-   save money transfers for migrant workers
-   private currencies in form of firms’ IOUs and their aggregation
-   contracts within blockchain (smart contracts)
-   accepting Nxt payments (including a study of benefits)
-   marketing, advertisement
-   encrypted uncensored communication
-   utilization of the net’s hashing power (more of a topic for proof of work cryptos but still)
-   hashing power as a flow-type currency
-   timestamping     
-   popularization of Nxt at the university, its usage among the academic community
-   marketplace for digital goods
-   microtransactions (e.g. in gaming industry)
-   voting systems and distributed decision making



The participants can work on their own as well as in small teams. My role in the project would be supervising, consultancy and evaluation of the papers. I am going to write a paper concerning the project and its outcomes too. As far as I know, there is only one such project running – at MIT. And the MIT project is concerned with IT specialists. Mine would, on the other hand, involve economists. Knowing this, I suppose my paper could be accepted in an influential scientific journal with impact. I believe that a recognition by a scientific community would significantly help Nxt to retain and strengthen its position among the most important crypto-currencies. I also hope the students of economics can invent some new interesting ways how to use Nxt and its net and community. All their papers will be available for promoting Nxt.

On top of the papers, I will monitor the way the students have used their Nxt coins (to the degree the blockchain allows me to). Some of them may exchange it for fiat immediately, some of them may try to speculate, some may examine its various functions, some may decide to multiply the initial amount e.g. by accepting Nxt in their own businesses. I would like to stimulate them by awarding the 3 participants with the highest number of Nxt on their wallet in the end of the project with an additional Nxt reward.

Last but not least, I would like to repeat the project at a different university next semester, after it would prove itself to be worthy.  I am going to be a doctoral exchange student. I am considering applying for University of Nicosia on Cyprus, where they run a Bachelors (and now even Master) program concerning crypto-currencies. My own specialization is Alternative monetary solutions. I have already written and published several articles on this topic, including this one about Nxt: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/nxt-papers-whitepapers-academic-and-economic/ (Economic Parameters of Nxt).

We could also connect our students to Nxters via videochats, so that we can have some QA discussion sessions or we can stream the student presentations to the world. Potentially, some Nxt developers or promoters could visit the students face to face.

Since I don’t have resources for supporting the project, I am kindly asking the Nxt community to crowdfund the project. If you like the idea, please send a contribution to this address I opened solely for the purpose of crowdfunding of this project: 13727074986936672578 / NXT-7AC4-Z4SS-UNXK-DX42X. The more money I acquire, the more students I can involve. I would like to work with 30 - 100 students.

I am also very open to your suggestions, comments, critique.



UPDATE 26th February:
The video conference took place on Monday. The statistics from the project were published and 5 other outcomes too. The presentations were varied, there should be something interesting for every NXT fan. 6 nxters participated in the conference, several dozens watched the streamed video.
Here you can see the record: http://youtu.be/vsSSaArOBMY
Here you can download the presentations and audio record: https://mega.co.nz/#!ARhHRDiS!SdOQsEgTF7DESqh4v-pf4cANXsoQPshiVV-2Qe9QiHI

One last great thank you to you guys who supported the project in any way, especially to those who generously contributed some money.
If you feel like supporting the presenters, you can still use the project's wallet, I'm gonna distribute the NXT to them (in order to keep the discretion).


UPDATE 12th February:
The anounced video-conference will take place on Monday 23rd February at 8PM CET. Beside the participants of our project, also the students of my course concerning cryptocurrencies will be present as audience. It would be a delight practical experience for them to be able to speak to you, Nxt developers and professionals. If you feel like joining the video-conference, please contact Salsacz. I'm looking forward to your participation.
The project with students will be finished on Tuesday 24th. If you feel like rewarding the presenting participants and the participants who have anyhow earned the most Nxts during the project with a symbolic amount on Nxt, you can either send Nxt to the project's wallet or I can give you directly their wallets (under their consent, naturally).
Thank you for reading and if you had any questions, feel free to ask.


UPDATE 28th December:
Good news! On the basis of the project, I am going to teach an ordinary course concerning cryptocurrencies at the University of Economics in Prague starting from February 2015. The course will be tought in English and will be available for every Bachelor student.
Secondly, we are planning the streamed video-conference that should connect project's participants and Nxt developers. Please, let me know what would be the best date for you. I ask the same question the participants. Note there is an examination period right now. The new term starts on 16th Feb. Some students may not be present in Prague during the exam period (they are different countries, for example).
Till now, I have received 3-4 essays that could be presented so far. I am going to write one on my own too.
Besides, I got feedback from around a half of the initial participants (ie. ca 30 people wrote me). Almost all the participants encountered technical issues, many have failed to start using the wallet or experienced other similar difficulties :/ Many want to speculate but find it temporarilly useless due to the falling price of Nxt. Some started buying assets, some bought more Nxt.
Merry Holiday to you and please let me know what time would you find the best for the video-conference.


UPDATE 2nd November:
The video from the lecture has been finally edited, including English subtitles. I am sorry that it took so much time. I kinda overestimated my speed while editing and timing the bloody subtitles :)
I hope you will enjoy the lecture and excuse certain inaccuracies that may have been told: http://youtu.be/t45pUYXgB-g


UPDATE 9th October:
The opening lecture of the project was a much bigger success than we even hoped! I am truly happy that the lecturing hall was full of enthusiastic students who were asking intelligent questions concerning Nxt and cryptocurrencies in general. In the beginning, SalsaCZ had a great presentation prepared especially for this occasion, for people untouched by cryptos. After his presentation and my invitations to the project, we spent another unexpected hour in a discussion with the students.
The whole lecture was recorded on 2 cams and 2 microphones. I'm going to edit it in the following days and add English subtitles so that we could spread the word and mainly as a report for you, who supported the project.
I received plenty of filled questionnaires and motivation letters for Tosch who is responsible for the sociological part of the study. I'm going to go through them on Saturday.
I have prepared 50 wallets in advance but the number was unsufficient! At least 10 more people asked me to let them participate too by now and I expect more to join after the video is edited and put online.
I hate to sound like a beggar but if you could spend some more Nxt for the project, we could allow more people to join. I don't want to dissappoint them and even though some may be willing to participate even without the funding, it would be quite unfair to them and hard to justify.
Thank you and look forward to the video :)


UPDATE 3rd October:
I have personally invited ca 500 students this week and placed the invitation on school's web and FB. Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping as many people as possible will attend the lecture on 8th October.
The lecture will be recorded. I will put here a link after it has been edited and provided with English subtitles.
Over 35k Nxt have been collected so far. Thank you!


UPDATE 22nd September:
I met with Tosch110 who will help with the sociological dimension of the project. He had some great ideas concerning what questions to put into the initial questionnaire that the students are going to fill + other ideas for further phases of the project. I'm looking to the cooperation very much.

The date of the opening lecture concerning Nxt and the project was set today too. It will be 8th October afternoon, very probably. Starting from tomorrow, I am going to invite students of different courses to this lecture where they will be able to sign in the project.

32,5k Nxt have already been contributed by you, people. Thank you for making this project possible!


UPDATE 2nd September:
At the moment, 22k Nxt have been contributed, over 2 million forging power has been leased and qqNxt kindly pledged other 10k for possible rewarding of the participants. Thank you very much folks, you are great!

A timetable for the project was set up:

4th week in September: Tosch110-a sociologist from Berlin-will come to Prague to help me prepare the sociological parts of the project

1st week in October: I will present the project to hundreds of Bachelor and Master students at the University of Economics in Prague and invite them for a lecture.

2nd week in October: A lecture will be held for academic public with participation of Nxt expert Salsacz. Nxt will be introduced and the project will be explained in depth. The applicants will have chance to enroll for the project. I am going to distribute the money to them according to the number of applicants and the amount of Nxt I will have.

During the semester: Participants will discover how to use Nxt and how to think about cryprocurrencies and distributed networks. They will work on their papers. I am going to give them consultations concerning both Nxt and world economics.

After the semester: Papers concluding the economical and sociological outputs of the project will be written and presented on conferences (crypto and scientific).

If you like the project, I'm kindly asking you to contribute some Nxt for it. Taking in account the current exchange rate, I could only engage ca. 30 people now, I guess. I believe the potential is bigger.

Thank you for reading, I will keep you informed.

UPDATE 5th August:

I would like to thank everybody who supported me so far. Almost 12k Nxt have been contributed so far + 600k forging power has been leased. I'm very grateful for that. (you can observe the account here: mynxt.info/blockexplorer/details.php?action=ac&ac=13727074986936672578).
Today, I'm going to report the process to my department at University of Economics and I'm going to contact the University of Nicosia.
I received an interesting relevant question I would like to answer here:

"Regarding the paper about your students behaviour, how is that related to NXT economics exactly? What do you intend to demonstrate?
It would be cool to know what a group of young guys do of a virtual currency given away to them, but then what? ;-)
Don't you think that people do not behave the same way with "free" money than with money they had to earn?
Why not making them earn it... It could be with say, a little bounty for given tasks at first. That would be also a parallel with the crypto world."

- Firstly, I want the academic and scientific community to get to know Nxt. Bitcoin has become very popular in the last year and a half and many students are interested in it and make presentations concerning it (yet barely every one truly understands it :) ). I want students, professors and people who read scientific journals to discover that there is a 2nd generation cryptocurrency that is in many respects better than BTC.
- The sociological study is secondary to the economic one. I want to raise papers about utilization of Nxt in local and global economy. Nxt is not only money, it is a net, a communication system, recording system and much more. I'm interested in what application can economics specialists think up, many of them not being IT specialists at all. This study and academic paper describing it published in an impacted scientific journal is my basic intention. I believe it's time to rethink economics and cryptos shall be one of the most influential impulses.
- Concerning the sociological study: the difference between 'free' money and money earned will be a part of the story but not the whole story. Primarily, they will be given a type of money they have not yet encountered. It takes some energy to get to know how to use it - even if they only wanted to exchange Nxt for say €. I will also survey their initial motivations and motivations during the project. I want to reward 3 students with most Nxt on their accounts in the end of the project. With no rules given. The study of how the 3 'winners' got their amounts can be sociologically interesting too.
- Being an economist, my knowledge in sociology is rather superficial. In order to overcome this lack in profession, I am going to cooperate with a trained sociologist(s). I have already addressed some.
- But again, the project is not primarily about playing with airdropped money. I want to cooperate with students who are motivated in economics, for whom the opportunity to contribute to a research no one or few have ever conducted before would be a reward itself.

Thank you again for your support, I'm gonna keep you informed.
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wow, deserve +1
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Sounds like a very interesting project and a chance for positive publicity for NXT. Could you verify your identity somehow?

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I can verify and maybe even show the bills from the tea-house from our sessions regarding this topic
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I sent you some NXT. I hope you will keep us posted on your progress with this! It sounds very exciting.

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Thank you very much. Of course I will.
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I am going to run a project with students of the University of Economics in Prague. I got inspired by this thread: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/%28ann%29-nxt-academic-outreach-program/100/, where the NXT Academic Outreach Program (NAOP) was announced. I have already published my plans in the thread.

Welcome!

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I create a new thread on BCT for this: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=717791.0

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Hello,

I am going to run a project with students of the University of Economics in Prague. I got inspired by this thread: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/%28ann%29-nxt-academic-outreach-program/100/, where the NXT Academic Outreach Program (NAOP) was announced. I have already published my plans in the thread.

I am a PhD student and a teacher at University of Economics in Prague. I work at the Department of World Economy. I would like my students to get to know Nxt and cryptos in general and write economic papers about the ways they may be used in a useful way for both individuals and global economy. The head of our department supported the project so that I can work with not only my own students but with hundreds of students on the Faculty of International Relations, potentially.

I want to create a wallet for every student that volunteers for the project and give away 500-1000 Nxt to each participant. Such amount is motivating enough - taking in account the level of income in Prague – but not yet too high to attract someone who would not be interested in Nxt.

I want my students not only to get to know Nxt and learn how to use it in practice. I want them to think about its utilization in global economy too. Students' papers (or even theses) should emerge from the project, bringing interesting new ideas. I also hope that Nxt would start being used at the university as a currency for students' projects, proving it is a vival and liquid tool for community activities. I have prepared several interesting topics; nevertheless, I am going to let the participants to come up with their own topics too, naturally. These are some suggestions:

-   Nxt as a reserve currency
-   asset exchange - startups, crowdfunding
-   currencies built upon Nxt AE
-   currencies collateralized by resources
-   electronic money for Africa
-   save money transfers for migrant workers
-   private currencies in form of firms’ IOUs and their aggregation
-   contracts within blockchain
-   accepting Nxt payments (including a study of benefits)
-   marketing, advertisement
-   encrypted uncensored communication
-   utilization of the net’s hashing power (more of a topic for proof of work cryptos but still)
-   hashing power as a flow-type currency
-   popularization of Nxt at the university, its usage among the academic community



The participants can work on their own as well as in small teams. My role in the project would be supervising, consultancy and evaluation of the papers. I am going to write a paper concerning the project and its outcomes too. As far as I know, there is only one such project running – at MIT. And the MIT project is concerned with IT specialists. Mine would, on the other hand, involve economists. Knowing this, I suppose my paper could be accepted in an influential scientific journal with impact. I believe that a recognition by a scientific community would significantly help Nxt to retain and strengthen its position among the most important crypto-currencies. I also hope the students of economics can invent some new interesting ways how to use Nxt and its net and community. All their papers will be available for promoting Nxt.

On top of the papers, I will monitor the way the students have used their Nxt coins (to the degree the blockchain allows me to). Some of them may exchange it for fiat immediately, some of them may try to speculate, some may examine its various functions, some may decide to multiply the initial amount e.g. by accepting Nxt in their own businesses. I would like to stimulate them by awarding the 3 participants with the highest number of Nxt on their wallet in the end of the project with an additional Nxt reward.

Last but not least, I would like to repeat the project at a different university next semester, after it would prove itself to be worthy.  I am going to be a doctoral exchange student. I am considering applying for University of Nicosia on Cyprus, where they run a Bachelors program concerning crypto-currencies. My own specialization is Alternative monetary solutions. I have already written and published several articles on this topic, including this one about Nxt: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/nxt-papers-whitepapers-academic-and-economic/ (Economic Parameters of Nxt).

We could also connect our students to Nxters via videochats, so that we can have some QA discussion sessions or we can stream the student presentations to the world. Potentially, some Nxt developers or promoters could visit the students face to face.

Since I don’t have resources for supporting the project, I am kindly asking the Nxt community to crowdfund the project. If you like the idea, please send a contribution to this address I opened solely for the purpose of crowdfunding of this project: 13727074986936672578 / NXT-7AC4-Z4SS-UNXK-DX42X. The more money I acquire, the more students I can involve. I would like to work with 30 - 100 students.

I am also very open to your suggestions, comments, critique.


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I cannot express how much I love this.
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Sounds like a very interesting project and a chance for positive publicity for NXT. Could you verify your identity somehow?

yeah,we need you to verify your identity

Hi, can you show us some evidence of who you say you are and what you are about to do. photos of you at the uni with a hand written nxt crowd funding picture preferably with students. you may censor out faces if you don't feel so comfortable.
I'll definitely ditch in a few and I'm sure you will gather much bigger support if you can prove to us.
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Thank you for your support, every one. I'm very happy that so many people are interested in the project.

Here is a link to my personal page at the university, proving I'm a PhD student teaching World Economy. There are also links for my theses (both master and doctoral are connected to alternative monetary solutions and cryptos): isis.vse.cz/lide/clovek.pl?id=43832; And I believe it won't be complicated for you to google and connect my name with HassenBlasques, even though I try to keep some anonymity and privacy, naturally :)
Besides, SalsaCZ verified me. He is an old friend of mine and we developed the idea together.

Tonight, I got a message from a student from Berlin who would like to enrich his master thesis concerning socio-finance with a case study about Nxt. I find it great.
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