The Best Reasons to Participate in the ODEM Crowdsale

As CEO of On-Demand Education Marketplace, I get a charge out of helping people understand what sets ODEM apart from the hundreds, maybe thousands, of blockchain and digital currency projects from which investors can choose.

A hint: It’s not my rugged good looks.

The biggest differentiator for ODEM, in contrast to other crowdsales, is Excelorators Inc., our Cambridge, Massachusetts-based partner. It’s a fact. While we remain committed to the cause of deploying blockchain technology to improve student access to higher quality education, we wouldn’t be here without Excelorators. Read more

ODEM Crowdsale Launch and FAQs

 

Hello ODEM Supporters,

It’s been a busy and exciting first day of the ODEM.IO crowdsale! On behalf of our team, thank you for your support and patience as we work through a few challenges and technical hiccups with our launch. We’re attending to your questions and concerns in real-time.

As CEO of On-Demand Education Marketplace, I want to assure you that we’re as committed as ever to our vision of using blockchain technology to make education more accessible and affordable.

I want to especially thank those participants who shared information with us and other participants to thwart scammers. Stay vigilant and ask us anything on Telegram.

Technically, we’ve made improvements to our website to enable easier access to your dashboard and a dynamic view of the sale’s progress. We are also moving quickly to answer recurring questions. Read more

Why Learning Together Matters

Why Learning Together Matters

I’m a huge fan of in-person, live college lectures. When I studied Business at Youngstown State University in Ohio back in the 1980s, I loved attending lectures. They were all about learning and big ideas. Class sizes were moderate. And I appreciated being able to interact with my fellow students and get to know my professors.

Thanks to the growing popularity of online classes, many of today’s students are missing out on the benefits of in-person lectures. That’s a tragedy.

It’s also why I’m so passionate about promoting live lectures and other in-person learning experiences. As the chief executive officer of On-Demand Education Marketplace, or ODEM, I’m committed to building a blockchain-based platform that empowers students to put live lectures from top universities at the core of their ongoing education.

“As the chief executive officer of On-Demand Education Marketplace, or ODEM, I’m committed to building a blockchain-based platform that empowers students to put live lectures from top universities at the core of their ongoing education.”
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ODEM.IO, Origin Protocol to Partner on Education Marketplace

ODEM.IO is collaborating with Origin Protocol to create the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace

Chiasso, Switzerland – 01–24–2018 — ODEM.IO is collaborating with Origin Protocol to create the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace.

ODEM.IO and Origin Protocol will work together to enable development of the ODEM platform by using the Ethereum blockchain and the InterPlanetary Filing System (IPFS) protocol.

“We’re delighted to welcome Origin, a global leader in the technology of disrupting traditional marketplaces, to the ODEM.IO project,” said Richard Maaghul, ODEM.IO’s chief executive officer. “I’m excited about creating a secure, efficient blockchain ecosystem that promises to make higher-quality education more accessible and affordable.”
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Blockchain Spurs Collaboration in Educational Communities

 

Imagine bundling solutions to higher education’s greatest challenges into a single platform.

Education is critical to the growth of local, national and international communities. Despite its importance, the process of acquiring an education is plagued by rising costs, inaccessibility, and opaque processes.

On-Demand Education Marketplace and its partner, Excelorators Inc, are global innovators focused on using emerging technology to bring about elegant solutions to education’s challenges. These companies are making in-person learning more accessible by enabling greater coordination and collaboration among students and education service providers.

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ODEM and the World Crypto Economic Forum (WCEF)

ODEM at the World Crypto Economic Forum (WCEF), January 15-16, 2018

ODEM’s own Dr. Michael Zargham will be speaking at the WCEF’s event in San Francisco

Get tickets to the World Crypto Economic Forum

Dr. Zargham will be speaking on Coordination Markets and Crypto-Economics for the Application Layer

Dr. Zargham’s talk will focus on unique aspects of the application layer in blockchain-based platforms. Specifically, he will elaborate on application layers in platforms that act as coordination markets in which a group of service providers and consumers interact to provide a service or event. Dr. Zargham will use ODEM.IO (On-Demand Education Marketplace), a new blockchain-enabled platform being developed to coordinate in-person education events, as a case study.

About Dr. Michael Zargham

Michael Zargham is the founder and CEO of BlockScience, an Oakland, California-based research-and-analytics firm specialized in engineering business decision processes on decentralized networks. Dr. Zargham earned a Ph.D. in systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the optimization and control of decentralized networks. His earliest work on peer-to-peer effects on business decision making included the development of algorithms to reverse engineer the word-of-mouth effect in enterprise software licensing decisions. Dr. Zargham has designed data-driven decision systems and assembled a data science team for a media technology firm. He also worked on the mathematical specifications of blockchain-enabled software systems with a focus on observation and control of the information state of networks. Dr. Zargham is the author of Raising Social Capital: Tokenizing a Customer-Driven business in collaboration with partners Sweetbridge and Coinfund. The paper elaborates on how a discount token framework allows users of a software-as-a-service platform to share the use of the platform.


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ODEM: Preparing for Takeoff

ODEM Preparing for Takeoff

I spend a lot of time in the air, travelling around the globe spreading the word about On-Demand Education Marketplace, or ODEM.IO. One of the questions I’m asked most often on my business trips is “How will blockchain technology help ODEM to improve education?” My answer: Blockchain gives us the opportunity to go big.

Blockchain, automated smart contracts and artificial intelligence enable us to provide solutions to global problems in education such as accessibility, cost and the removing the inefficiencies caused by intermediaries. For students the result is improved access to a learning that better prepares them for the changing demands of the job market.

“Blockchain, automated smart contracts and artificial intelligence enable us to provide solutions to global problems in education such as accessibility, cost and the removing the inefficiencies caused by intermediaries.”

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The Drum: How This Blockchain Startup Is Reshaping Global Education

 

The Drum - How This Blockchain Startup Is Reshaping Global Education

In the current system, the cost of quality education also rises, leaving students, largely international, with additional fees to study abroad and receive private lessons. An additional challenge includes access to quality resources used in making these decisions. The fragmented market often leaves international students making decisions based on either limited or inaccurate information.

Enter ODEM. ODEM is an on-demand education marketplace that connects educators with students, without the need of expensive and confusing intermediaries. Using blockchain technology, ODEM’s platform will organize and facilitate a wide range of education-related activities so that students receive transparent, fair, and vetted experiences, all in-person.

Students can use the platform to simply log-in and browse different courses and services. The dynamic platform will also allow students to request preferences, negotiate existing offers, and pay for services using ODEM’s native cryptocurrency, the ODEM Token (ODEMT).

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Blockchain and Turning the Tide on Underemployment

 

Sometimes life doesn’t turn out as expected. That’s what happened during the financial crisis of 2008–2009 to me and millions of others around the world. The job market quickly soured; well-paying employment evaporated. Stress from the crisis caused many sleepless nights. I worried about how I would support my family.

As the crisis unfolded, my wife Johanna and I had to use some of our retirement savings to pay for necessities. We were among the fortunate. However, for many people displaced from rewarding careers, underemployment became more than just an economic term. Working in minimum-wage roles became a way of life for many people. They were trapped.

While the global economy has rebounded, underemployment remains a problem, especially for young people and workers nearing retirement age. Defined as the underuse of an employed worker’s skills and training, underemployment is insidious. Read more

Crypto Central: On the table with ODEM CEO, Richard Maaghul

 

If we haven’t already answered your questions about ODEM and how we’re using the Blockchain technology to create an education revolution, read this interview of ODEM CEO Richard Maaghul, by Crypto Central.

Here are a few of the questions from the interview:

  1. Hi Richard, could you briefly talk about your professional background and the core team at ODEM.IO
    • My background is mainly in identifying the potential of emerging and disruptive technologies. For more than twenty years I’ve been actively involved in early stage funding, start-up development and acquisitions. I consider myself something of a serial entrepreneur.Our team is a dynamic combination of experienced entrepreneurs, crypto specialists and educators. I’m particularly delighted with the quality of the team we’ve assembled around the ODEM concept. The team is committed to using blockchain technology to revolutionize education as we know it.
  2. Jumping straight to the issue, please tell our readers about problems ODEM is addressing in the sphere of higher education?
    • Higher education is a broken industry that fails to prepare the widest possible spectrum of students for today’s fast-changing job markets. Education, especially the high-quality variety, is way too expensive. Cost, and the mountains of debt associated with it, is a major barrier to expanding student accessibility to high-quality education.ODEM empowers students to collaborate with top university professors to create customized educational experiences, part of a life-long process of keeping skills relevant in fast-changing job markets. The platform also tips the balance of information in favor of students to increase their ability to effectively manage and negotiate the cost of their education and related services.
  3. How did the idea of ODEM come about?
    • ODEM.IO stems from my involvement with Excelorator’s Inc. and my introduction to blockchain technology, smart contracts and digital currencies. Excelorators was and remains a pioneer in the business of opening up top U.S. universities and corporate campuses to overseas students and executive for short-term, in person, learning experiences. Excelorators forms the foundation of ODEM.

Read all of the questions and answers on Crypto Central