P-Rep Candidate
Team Information

ICONNECT HQ: Nairobi, Kenya

We are a global team with strong roots in Africa that seeks to advance the adoption of blockchain technology, providing benefit to our communities and the ecosystem.Our team came together because we believe that digital ledger technologies (DLTs) and Digital Assets can create digital bridges that enable trade and commerce around the world. ICON has demonstrated great progress in becoming the OS for a hyperconnected blockchain world. ICON is right on course with its development roadmap having completed the wallet, SDKs for Java and Python, ICON core and IIP/IRC protocols. We are happy to join and contribute proactively in enabling creation of digital bridges of value exchange across continents, countries and localities.

Proposal

1. Proposal introduction (What)

We are a global team with strong roots in Africa that seeks to advance the adoption of blockchain technology, providing benefit to our communities and the ecosystem.Our team came together because we believe that digital ledger technologies (DLTs) and Digital Assets can create digital bridges that enable trade and commerce around the world.

  1. We offer robust infrastructure and experience in block production and verification.

  2. Our blockchain software developers bring experience in building dapps which will add value to the ICON ecosystem,

  3. We believe in the power of interoperability to unlock the potential of the blockchain space by enabling frictionless communication and value transfer between chains.

  4. We offer consulting and advisory services to international organizations such as the Africa Digital Asset Foundation (ADAF) which seeks to create standards for interoperability such as the ones offered by the ICON Network.

  5. Our experience building and supporting various chains allows us to participate actively in nurturing the interchain communication between and the other blockchain networks we have experience in.

2. Motivation of the proposal (Why)

By connecting various siloed blockchains, ICON has the potential to unleash massive value and create digital bridges for value exchange. We believe these bridges will be a core part of web 3.0. ICON has demonstrated great progress in becoming the OS for a hyperconnected blockchain world.

We believe that the value of the Icon network will be as strong as the communities that support it through the development of decentralized applications, community bounties and air drops as well as collaboration with other networks to realize the Icon dream.

We are also highly excited to enable the adoption of ICON on the African continent.

3. Execution plan of the proposal (How)

  1. Release of ICON Go! An ICON dedicated newsletter for things happening in the icon community.

  2. Testnet Activation, for internal Dapps that will be open sourced.

  3. Release of standards and POCs that can be built on ICON for governments, civil society groups and blockchain companies

  4. ICON Africa Meetup 1.0

  5. ICON Africa Developer Program launch

  6. Vie as a Public Rep

  7. Field candidates from our community for community rep

  8. Partnerships for development of ICON Network

  9. Further development of ICON protocol through voter proposals

  10. Partnership and community engagement to advance ICON brand

  11. Advancement of ICON Africa Dapp Development Program

4. Expected timeline of the proposal (When)

Roadmap

March 2019 to August 2019

- Release of ICON Go! An ICON dedicated newsletter for things happening in the icon community.

- Testnet Activation

- Release of standards and POCs that can be built on ICON for governments, civil society groups and blockchain companies

- Possible ICON Africa Meetup 1.0

- ICON Africa Developer Program launch.

September 2019

- Vie as a Public Rep

- Field candidates from our community for community rep

- Partnerships for development of ICON Network

November to December 2019

- Further development of ICON protocol through voter proposals

- Partnership and community engagement to advance ICON brand

- Advancement of ICON Africa Dapp Development Program

Expected Network Information

Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya Bare Metal

Instance type : C5.18xlarge CPU model : Intel Xeon Hexa-Core E5-1650 v4 3.6GHz: vCPU(core) : 36 RAM : 96G Disk : 1000G NVMe SSD (EBS bandwidth 9 Gbps) Network : 10 Gbps

Team Members

Melina Mutambaie | Team Lead Team Member

Melina is an IT business analyst and a co-founder at Blink. She is also a blockchain advisor at ADAF. Melina has a Masters of commerce from University of Johannesburg where she did an empirical qualitative study on the effects of Blockchain technology on Corporate Governance. One of her biggest wishes for Africa is that we begin aggressively solve our own problems using emerging technologies.

Samuel Kariuki | Community Manager Team Member

Sam has a background in Landscape Architecture and Interior design. He is a co-founder at Four studios company,a company focused in developing Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality solutions. Sam is currently a consultant for UN-habitat and Techno Brain on VR related projects. He is passionate about blockchain and how it can merge with both Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality.

Keith Makori | Head of Research and Strategy Team Member

Keith Makori is the Community Manager at ADAF. He handles Community engagement, product development, and research. Mandela is the Head of Research at EOS Nairobi and is a Collaborative Researcher at HT Canvas (a health technology startup). Mandela co-leads the Africa Blockchain Initiative’s Kenyan chapter and is an avid ICON fan.

Marvin Coleby | Advisor Team Member

Marvin Hichem Coleby is the CEO of Raise, a Bahamian startup building a company ownership platform to manage compliant digital securities. He serves as an advisor to the Africa Blockchain Alliance and Agentic Group, alongside advising partners from MIT, Coindesk, IBM and PWC. Marvin is a bilingual (French and English) technology and securities lawyer and holds a common and civil law degree from McGill University Faculty of Law. He is a published researcher, where he specialized in regional trade financing and international investment arbitration in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Marvin is originally from the Bahamas and France. He is currently an advisor for ICONNECT.

K8t | CTO Team Member

K8t has a background in Network Security and Server management for about 8yrs. Currently he works on implementation of Smart contracts and Decentralized financial systems as well as offering Cloud based Server and Backup Solutions to local organizations in Africa.