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TokenEngineering Academy


The TokenEngineering Academy (TE Academy) offers lectures, workshops, and seminars for anyone interested in this new, emerging field. We invite individuals and project 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:

Introduction to Token Engineering#


This event is perfect if you are interested in Token Engineering and want to learn more about this discipline and our community. We'll provide you a first introduction to Token Engineering, and share more information on how to become a token engineer yourself.

Our agenda:

  • What / why Token Engineering?
  • About the TE Academy, the first educational organisation for this new discipline
  • About the Token Engineering Commons, the community to manage and fund Token Engineering public goods
  • How to get involved with the Token Engineering community

Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 03:00pm UTC

DAO Rewards Systems#

Rewards Systems Gathering

A Governauts #OpenScience initiative for TokenEngineers & DAOists in collaboration with OceanDAO, NearDAO, GnosisDAO, TECommons and Boson Protocol

Today, more and more blockchain projects are relying on decentralized governance as the form of decision-making for their protocol. This means handing power to tokenholders, delegates, or even joining forces and voting with other DAOs.

While this is an exciting trend, we're also faced with new challenges like defining effective voting mechanisms, maximizing community participation, or fighting voter fraud. To tackle these challenges, we need experts in Token Engineering - the Governauts, as we are shaping a newย social reality.

The Governauts Rewards Systems Research Initiative is a 3-months program to explore incentives in a DAO context.

Rewards Systems are a key element for DAOs to grow the ecosystem value, reward contributors, and grant decision-making power (governance tokens) to those who provide value to a DAO.

In this program, we'll explore different DAO cases, analyze data, design mechanism improvements and verify our assumptions with experiments in real-DAO environments.

Here's what you can expect:

  • get an in-depth introduction to various DAO rewards systems in production, and discuss with DAO stakeholders
  • learn to explore DAO data and verify our assumptions about DAO contributors
  • meet other Governauts and collaborate on new token-based compensation mechanisms
  • learn how to model rewards systems and apply your cadCAD skills!

This is a multidisciplinary program!ย We welcome co-researchers from many fields, like behavioral economics, (computational) psychology, sociology, game design, engineering, math, data analytics or computer science - and of course: DAOists!

Start:ย Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
End: Thursday, Feb 24, 2022
Duration: 12 weeks

Time investment:ย ~15 hours/week on average
Skills: Data Analysis, Python, Math & Statistics, cadCAD, and/or tokenSPICE most welcome, but not mandatory
Format:ย online/live

Registration: Registrations are closed now - we've selected all community researchers for this program. All work sessions are open for anyone interested - join our Discord to follow the discussion!

DAO Rewards Systems Assemblage#

A full day of talks, discussions and workshops on DAO Rewards Systems - presented by the Governauts, The DAOist and TE Academy!

The DAO Rewards Systems Assemblage took place on Dec 10, 2021.
Watch the recording of the event at our YouTube Channel!

Our agenda:

  • Defining Success and measuring value add in DAOs
  • The Challenge of Rewards Systems
  • Community Evolution
  • Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation
  • Information overload and steering activities
  • Ownership Rewards, power distribution and equal opportunitites
  • DAOs and UBI
    โ€ฆplus case presentations and tools! The agenda with all talks and speakers is available here.

Our speakers:
@Owocki / GitcoinDAO
@Liviade / TECommons
@pet3rpan / MetaCartel
@keikreutler / Zodiac
@duartedao / TheDAOist
@fifthworldzach / Coordinape
...and many more!

โžก๏ธ Watch the recording:

OMNIPool Engineering and Simulations#

A collaboration of HydraDX, BlockScience and TE Academy**

โžก๏ธ The FINAL PRESENTATIONS of this program took place on Oct 28, 2021. Watch a recording at our YouTube Channel!

HydraDX is a cross-chain liquidity protocol managing all assets in one shared liquidity pool. It is powered by Substrate and designed to be interoperable with other networks, including Ethereum-based assets.

HydraDX is being built under a rigorous engineering process, collaborating with BlockScience, whose work includes the design and evaluation of economic and ecosystem models based on simulation and analysis. They bring deep expertise in Token Engineering R&D and have pioneered cadCAD - an open-source Python package that assists in the processes of designing, testing, and validating complex systems through simulation.

This research group aims to onboard aspiring token engineers to this development process. Together, weโ€™ll create new insights, develop simulation infrastructure, and validate design choices โ€” accessible and re-usable for the entire DeFi ecosystem.

What you can expect

  • start with an introduction to...
  • Hydra AMMs and the liquidity subsystem
  • the engineering process and system design
  • Generalized Dynamical Systems (state representation, actions, policies, and behaviors)
  • mathematical system specification and reference implementations
  • Parameter Selection under Uncertainty
  • choose your research question, and team up with co-researchers with complementary skills
  • use cadCAD and translate your research direction to simulation code step-by-step
  • get regular feedback and discuss your work with BlockScience mentors and HydraDX team

Start: Thursday, August 5, 2021
End: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Duration: 12 weeks
Time investment: min. 10 hours/week, 2-3 meetings per week

Skills: Python, cadCAD, solid understanding of AMMs
Background: Ideally, you have an educational background in finance, economics, math, engineering, machine learning, or computer science. Additionally, we are open to participants from other disciplines, in particular social sciences.

Format: online/live
Fee: free
Number of participants: max. 25

Registration: The program concluded in October 2022 - our session recordings are publicly available here.