ODEM Presents at the European Commission’s CONNECT University Conference


ODEM Presenting at the European Commission's CONNECT University Conference

ODEM at the CONNECT University Conference

ODEM, creator of the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace, was front and center earlier this month at an exclusive gathering in Brussels organized by CONNECT University, an arm of the European Commission. ODEM CEO Richard Maaghul, Chief Technology Mentor Dr. Adel ElMessiry and Chief Academic Strategist Larry Bridgesmith addressed more than one hundred people representing EC member states on how blockchain technology will transform education. The conference was held at EC headquarters.

ODEM leaders were invited in the context of Blockchain in Education, a report by the EC’s Joint Research Centre published last year. In the study, JRC Director Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Ph.D. and her colleagues defined the challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology as a tool for innovation of education. The report focused on blockchain’s potential to foster innovation to transform the sector.

The JRC’s vision for blockchain and education innovation parallels work being spearheaded by ODEM. The JRC identified eight use cases for which blockchain technologies could reshape education delivery, certification and credential retention. ODEM’s use cases are in line with the EC’s, not counting three more that were of interest to the Commission.

ODEM leaders touched on some of the opportunities for blockchain technology to make a difference in education. ODEM is committed to providing students with a marketplace to acquire the training they need in fast-changing industries. In addition to streamlining the process of organizing high-quality, in person training, ODEM is positioned to become a major force in the compilation and secure storage of personal, academic and professional credentials on the blockchain. ODEM will also deploy blockchain technology to assist dispossessed migrants and refugees to reestablish their professional and educational identities. ODEM is already involved with the Internet Bar Organization in aid of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

ODEM’s Adel ElMessiry and Larry Bridgesmith outlined the ODEM Platform’s technical functions and practical applications, consistent with Dr. Inamorato dos Santos’ description of potential uses for blockchain in education in Europe. The ODEM delegation was told that its vision of blockchain’s potential in education was “inspiring.”

Discussions at the conference included the potential for private/public partnerships. The European Commission plans to invest more than €700 million ($823 million) in digital skills development between 2021 and 2027, part of the planned €9.2 billion Digital Europe program that was announced on June 6.

ODEM leaders came away from the gathering invigorated by new professional relationships and friendships in Europe. They applauded the EC’s commitment to stimulating innovation in blockchain technology and the education sector in much the same way that ODEM is shaping the future of learning through its rapidly developing ODEM Platform.

From the Conference

ODEM Presenting at the European Commission's CONNECT University Conference ODEM Presenting at the European Commission's CONNECT University Conference

ODEM Attracts a Crowd

ODEM successfully hosted a meetup on June 27 that attracted a lively in-person audience to our offices in San Francisco. Rich Maaghul spoke eloquently about ODEM’s drive to make higher-quality education more accessible and affordable to students around the world. Broadcast to online viewers, the event focused on the capabilities of the BETA version of the ODEM Platform.

View the meetup video here.

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ODEM San Francisco Beta Event And Brussels Presentation

ODEM San Francisco Meetup

San Francisco Meetup

ODEM, creators of the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace, welcomes you to a special presentation on the Beta version of the ODEM Platform on Wednesday, June 27 in San Francisco. Our very own Dr. Adel ElMessiry, ODEM’s Chief Technology Mentor, will elaborate on the portal’s functionality, launch partners as well as upcoming development timing and targets. For more details, including how you can RSVP, click here.

ODEM and the European Commission

ODEM is honored to be among an exclusive list of presenters at the European Commission’s Europa blockchain conference in Brussels on July 2. ODEM Chief Executive Officer Rich Maaghul will be among ODEM leaders at the gathering, part of the EC’s efforts to assess blockchain’s potential in the education sector.

ODEM presents at the European Commission’s Europa blockchain conference in Brussels

The conference is also related to CONNECT University Summer School 2018, an initiative by the EU Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies. The gathering at the EC’s Berlaymont Building headquarters, follows last year’s publication of Blockchain in Education by the Joint Research Centre, the commission’s science and knowledge service. Read more

ODEM Meetup in San Francisco and Restoring Rohingya Identity Through Education

ODEM San Francisco Meetup

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San Francisco Meetup

Mark your calendar! Dr. Adel El Messiry, ODEM’s Chief Technology Mentor, will make a special presentation about the ODEM Platform and its capabilities on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at ODEM @ Spaces, Levi Plaza, 1160 Battery Street, Suite 100, San Francisco. A catered reception will follow.

Dr. El Messiry will emphasize the platform’s full-cycle closed beta and its ability to engage end-to-end working systems. This includes the web interface, educational program management and creation, the materializing of events on the blockchain, and the retrieval of hashes for events and other web-based activities.

ODEM and Creating Digital
Identity for Rohingya Refugees

ODEM is joining with the Internet Bar Organization to provide members of the stateless Rohingya muslim community with digital identities. We’re building a coalition of local leaders and international aid organizations to address basic digital rights. The tie-up with the IBO, called the Rohingya Refugee Rescue Project, will use blockchain technology and proprietary ODEM systems to verify and secure identities for the Rohingya, a persecuted minority with roots in northwestern Myanmar.

Rohingya Project

ODEM’s database services and credentials-verification tools will be used to specifically assist Rohingya who live in the Cox’s Bazar resettlement camp in Bangladesh. Establishing identities for them is a first step toward helping the community to recover from its forced expulsion from Myanmar. Read more

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Hello ODEM fans,

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ODEM CTL and CIO Share Upcoming Features of the ODEM Platform

Watch CIO, Johanna Maaghul and CTM, Dr. Adel discuss features and benefits of the upcoming ODEM Platform. Join our fireside chat to learn more about the ODEM staking process and how this functionality benefits educators, students, and token holders. Program staking and token architecture are reviewed in detail in ODEM’s recently released technical whitepaper.

ODEM has filed provisional patents on this core technology that provides protection and insurance for education stakeholders. Read more in our press release.

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February Newsletter: The Crowdsale is around the corner

The ODEM Crowdsale - Education is more powerful together

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With less than two weeks until the start of On-Demand Education Marketplace’s public crowdsale, the pace of Know Your Customer registration is quickening. Anyone interested in acquiring ODEM Tokens must first clear KYC registration to ensure the legitimacy of the sale and ODEM.IO’s ongoing operations.

ODEM.IO’s much-anticipated crowdsale will launch at 9 a.m. Central European Time on Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:00 AM UTC and run until March 18, 9:00 AM UTC. To streamline your participation in the crowdsale, begin your KYC process here.

Join the ODEM Bounty Program

ODEM.IO’s generous bounty program is alive and well, with details available on BitcoinTalk. We’ll be distributing more than one million free tokens to ODEM.IO supporters through the program until the crowdsale ends in March. To stake your claim, join the ODEM.IO conversation on Telegram and share our messaging with your network.

Join us on Twitter for live ODEM.IO updates.
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January Newsletter: Join Us On Telegram and Stake Your ODEM Claim

ODEM Makes Education Relevant to Your Future

It’s 5 weeks and counting until the launch of ODEM.IO’s public crowdsale on Saturday, Feb. 17. As the clock ticks down, On-Demand Education Marketplace is expanding its presence across TelegramBitcoinTalkTwitter and Medium.

Richard Maaghul, ODEM.IO’s chief executive officer, recently highlighted how ODEM.IO is leveraging the Ethereum blockchain and artificial intelligence, why education needs blockchain technology, and how the ODEM.IO platform aims to turn the tide on underemployment.

Share in the ODEM.IO Bounty

Earlier this month we unveiled the ODEM.IO token bounty program on BitcoinTalk. We’re handing out more than two million free tokens to ODEM.IO boosters until March 19. All you have to do to be part of the bonanza is join our conversation on Telegram and share the ODEM.IO message with friends and contacts. Read more

December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from ODEM.IO

Season’s Greetings and welcome to the premier edition of the ODEM.IO newsletter!

We are very pleased to announce the creation of ODEM.IO, a platform for collaborative and transparent connections between educators, educational institutions, and students. More than just a marketplace, ODEM.IO uses blockchain technology to streamline the organization and delivery of short and medium term, on-site academic experiences.

While ODEM.IO is new, our expertise in global educational programs runs deep. ODEM.IO is partnering with Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Excelorators Inc. to build on its five-year track record of bringing international students and executives together with top-tier educators.

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