web3 Warri Arbitrum Universities IRL Events Updates

Greetings, Arbinauts!

My name is Charles Freeborn and am the founder of web3 Warri - a community of (and for) blockchain developers, smart contract developers, builders, technical writers, open-source contributors, and tech enthusiasts interested in building the next generation of the internet through collaborative learning, meetups, workshops, hackathons, and conferences.

Our community is committed to fostering the development and adoption of blockchain technology and the growth of the web3 ecosystem.

Description

We received grant approval for the Arbitrum Education, Community Growth and Events rounds on Questbook and so will be using this thread to share updates and reports here.

The web3 Warri community under my leadership will be hosting a series of Arbitrum events across three higher institutions within Delta State of Nigeria between February and March 2024.

Goals of the web3 Warri Arbitrum Universities IRL Events

In line with Arbitrum’s “Initiatives for Institutional Community Growth,” we are hosting a series of university and higher institution events with the following goals:

  • 200 attendees per institution leading to a total of 600 attendees across the three different institutions
  • Introducing the attendees, majorly of whom are students to blockchain technology and layer 2 with STRICT focus on Arbitrum
  • Inspiring the students (and researchers) to take up researching Arbitrum by pointing them to the Arbitrum Research Forum.
  • Developing smart contracts on Arbitrum
  • Growing the Arbitrum ecosystem through the introduction of programs like the Arbitrum ambassador program for university students

Milestone 1 - Pre-event Setup Report

Since approval, we have started the campaign - online and onsite - by doing the following:

  1. Official announcement via a blog post of the series of Arbitrum universities events on the web3 Warri Medium publication page on January 18, 2024

  2. Creation of the first university event on the web3 Warri meetup page and RSVP opened.

  3. Commencement of the campaign on Social Media - X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn. The campaign will run throughout the three events.
    Here are some campaign posts on X:
    a.) https://twitter.com/web3_warri/status/1748650990016864650
    b.) https://twitter.com/web3_warri/status/1747978724409069912
    c.) https://twitter.com/web3_warri/status/1747975284177973248
    d.) https://twitter.com/charliecodes/status/1747974609826177136

  4. The onsite campaign at the university has begun and opening up off-line reservation to allow for those who are unable to RSVP on meetup to still attend.
    See this post here on X

  5. The numbers on the RSVPs have been overwhelming in less than a week of opening it up. On the web3 Warri meetup page, for example, the online registration for the first university event is at 81 as at the time of this report, while off-site registration is already at 85. We are thus, opening slots for a waiting list, to allow those who are unable to RSVP to come in, should a free entry ticket holder cancel their reservations.

Acknowlegdement

We are most thankful to @cattin, @Manugotsuka @axlvaz_SEEDLATAM.eth and the @SEEDGov team for reviewing and approving our proposal.

What next?

Keep an eye on this thread as we will be using it to share updates and reports as we execute each milestone.

6 Likes

Milestone 2 Report - The Arbitrum University event at the Federal Univerisity of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Nigeria

On Saturday February 10, 2024, the web3 Warri community under my leadership hosted 170 plus students, developers and researchers at the Federal Univerisity of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria.

This was the first in the series of Arbitrum events across some select higher institutions within Delta State of Nigeria.

The event was a success, thanks to the @SEEDGov team - @cattin @Manugotsuka @axlvaz_SEEDLATAM.eth for reviewing and approving our proposal at Questbook.

A report on our pre-defined goals

Amongst some of the goals we set out to achieve at this event and in our proposal was to have a minimum attendance of 150 persons and a max of 200 persons comprising students, researchers, developers, and anyone interested in blockchain technology and layer 2 solutions with Arbitrum being the protagonist.

At the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun - FUPRE, Nigeria Arbitrum event, we had 170 plus attendees.

One of the most notable highlights at the event was the technical session facilitated by Charles Chiawka on “building DApps on Arbitrum”

You can find the official photos for the event on this Google Drive and I also wrote about the event on the web3 Warri Medium publication page.

What Next?

The web3 Warri team will be hosting the second university event at the Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria tomorrow.

Keep an eye on this thread as we will be using it to share updates and reports as we execute each milestone.

4 Likes

Milestone 3 Report - The Arbitrum University event at the Delta State Univerisity Abraka, Nigeria

Here is a report of the second Arbitrum university events powered by web3 Warri and under my leadership.

So barely one week after hosting 170 plus attendees at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria. We were on Friday February 16, 2024, at the Delta State University - DELSU, Abraka, Nigeria for the second Arbitrum University event. We had over 200 attendees in attendance, excited about learning about blockchain technology, layer 2, Arbitrum and how to contribute to Arbitrum.

The Arbitrum event at the Delta State University Nigeria is the second in a series of university-focused events, aimed at introducing Blockchain technology, layer 2 with Arbitrum being the protagonist, to inspire the student community — developers, researchers, and anyone — interested in the next generation of the internet to not only take up building on top of the Arbitrum chain, but contribute to the growth of the ecosystem through research.

A report on our pre-defined goals

Every institution has its peculiarity and for Delta State University, the attendees matched our energy.

First, the large turnout was overwhelming for us and even surpassed our goal of hosting 200 people. We ended up having an overflow of people (next time, we will settle for a 500-seater auditorium) and we are glad that the students stayed back and engaged us with questions.

Worthy of mention was the presence of Dr. Abel E. Edje, the head of the Department of Computer Science.

We also noticed a large turnout of female attendees at the event — roughly 35 percent female attendees. It was truly encouraging to see lots of females coming in for the event to learn about Arbitrum.

And yes, the students have asked that we come again - we will have to have conversations with the DAO to see how we can organized core workshops on Arbitrum going forward.

What Next?

The web3 Warri team will be hosting the third and final university event at the Petroleum Training Institute, Nigeria on March 16, 2024.

Keep an eye on this thread as we will be using it to share updates and reports as we execute each milestone.

I wrote about this in a blog post on the web3 Warri official Medium publication page.

Acknowledgement

The event was a success, thanks to the @SEEDGov team - @cattin @Manugotsuka @axlvaz_SEEDLATAM.eth for reviewing and approving our proposal at Questbook.

2 Likes