TokenEngineering Academy


The TokenEngineering Academy (TE Academy) offers lectures, workshops, and seminars for anyone interested in this new, emerging field. We invite individuals and teams to learn, collaborate, and put token engineering into practice. Please get in touch if you'd like to bring your team to TE Academy:

Balancer Simulations Research Group

A collaboration of
Balancer and TE Academy

Since its inception in 2020, Balancer has become one of the most important building blocks in DeFi. With the launch of V2 in April 2021, Balancer keeps pushing the boundaries of programmable liquidity and customizable AMM logic. Weighted pools, stable pools, adaptive smart pools and new, resilient price oracles will enable a whole new layer of DeFi use cases.

Balancer and TE Academy aim to establish a network of researchers to leverage the full power of Balancer Pools and AMMs in general. With this research group we contribute to open-source infrastructure and knowledge for rigorous Token Engineering in the DeFi space. We are looking for co-researchers from a wide range of backgrounds to join this group and participate in Balancer #OpenScience.

What you can expect

  • start with a structured onboarding to Balancer algorithms and simulations
  • choose your research question, and team up with co-researchers with complementary skills
  • get regular feedback and discuss your work with DeFi and token engineering peers
  • get access to DeFi projects and work on bounties or grants

Start: Thursday, April 29, 2021
End: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Duration: 12 weeks
Time investment: min. 10 hours/week

Skills: Python, Math & Statistics, Balancer Pools/AMMs and cadCAD Foundations Bootcamp (free online course)
Background: Ideally, you have a background in finance, economics, math, engineering, machine learning or computer science. Additionally, we are open to participants from other disciplines, like social sciences. If you are keen to be part of Balancer research and development, apply!

Format: online/live
Registration: please apply via this registration form
Application deadline: Monday, April 19, 2021 6:00 pm CEST
Fee: free - stake on participation

More information:
Weโ€™ll host an Introduction to Balancer Simulations
on Monday, March 29
at 7pm CEST / 1pm EDT
Join our Discord to take part:

Looking for researchers to solve a challenge for your project?
We invite partner projects to collaborate with researchers in the group, offer bounties, and contribute to #OpenScience in the DeFi space. Let us know about your project and and weโ€™ll get back to you.

Ecosystem Value Flows

This course picks up where "Business Model Generation" ends. The first phase in Token Model Generation consists of analyzing and specifying the value network of organizations and individuals to be tokenized. We'll start with canvases familiar to business and product architects, with adaptations to help us focus on value flows and motivations as inputs for incentive mechanism design. We'll train to consciously take the macro and micro perspective, and will apply various methods for visualization and specification. Finally, the value network description will be carried out in value flow diagrams.

Course Structure:
Module 1: Ecosystem Purpose & Members
Module 2: Incentives
Module 3: Games for Token Economy Co-Creation
Module 4: Value Flows
Module 5: Governance

With this output, you will be ready for the next phases of the Token Model Generation: applying existing cryptoeconomic patterns, adaptations, and new mechanisms.

Start date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
End date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Time investment: 15-20 hours per week, according to to self-defined learning goals and modules selected

Teams: 560 USD/DAI + VAT (come with up to 3 team members, work on your own project case)
Individuals: 280 USD/DAI + VAT (join a team, work on a 3rd party case)
Scholarships available, see application form

The number of participants for this course is limited.
Please apply via this application form.
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm CEST

Format: live sessions, online content, mentoring sessions & feedback rounds

Introduction to Token Engineering

This 90 minutes session provides an introduction to Token Engineering. It covers the following topics:

  • Why Token Engineering?
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Foundations of a new discipline
  • Design goals and steps in the Token Engineering Process
  • Practical application
  • Becoming a Token Engineer
  • TokenEngineering Community overview

March/April 2020 see Event Calendar
Location: online course, live
Fee: free
Number of participants: up to 20

Gitcoin Grants Research Group

A collaboration of
Gitcoin, BlockScience, TE Commons and TE Academy

Measuring peoples' aggregated preferences to steer public goods funding is a challenge that can't be solved by traditional voting systems or markets.
Quadratic Voting combines signals of individual preference and influence for an aggregated voting result - and thus is much better suited to make public decisions. No wonder it captured the hearts of the web3 space after being re-introduced by the Radical xChange movement.

Gitcoin Grants builds on the same principle by leveraging a powerful algorithmic policy called Quadratic Funding (QF) to allocate sponsor funds via matching community donations to grants submitted through the Gitcoin Grants program.

While QF is very powerful, it is sensitive to Sybil Attacks and collusion strategies. Furthermore, like many social systems, it has been observed to exhibit the Matthew Effect, a runaway effect of 'the rich get richer', which needs careful consideration in sustainable systems design.

This is why Gitcoin, TE Academy and BlockScience, a leading engineering, R&D, and analytics firm specializing in complex systems, started a collaboration. The goal is to investigate the design of data-driven policy tools that can better respond to QF sensitivities.
Moreover, the project aims to analyze emergent social dynamics and network formation to develop new algorithmic governance designs to secure the Gitcoin Grants ecosystem's healthiness.

In this research group, you'll

  • start with a structured onboarding program
  • define and work on your own research question
  • analyze user behavior and social dynamics based on real user data
  • attend Gitcoin Modelling Co-Lab sessions with BlockScience and Gitcoin
  • get feedback and input from key researchers in the field

We are looking for participants from a wide range of backgrounds: economics, sociology, math, physics, statistics, and computer science. If you are keen to contribute to the progress of Quadratic Funding, don't miss this chance and apply now!

Start: February 10, 2021
End: April 1, 2021
Duration: 8 weeks
Time Investment: ~10 hours per week (for lectures, workshops, and self-contained research)

Required skills: Python, Math & Statistics (advanced undergraduate level), and cadCAD - check out this online course for beginners!

Location: online, live
Registration: applications are closed
Application deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
Fee: free - stake on participation
Number of participants: max. 12 / min. 8

Public Research Group Sessions
This research group is public. We host open working group calls every Tuesday and Thursday. All materials, discussions and results are publicly available. You are welcome to join our Discord channel, just drop by and say hello!