The aim of the project is to give all students the unique opportunity to enhance and make transparent and accessible to the global society their lifelong and lifewide learning achievements.
In order to achieve this goal the project needs to primarily educate students on to the use of blockchain which has been identified as qualifying technology to certify student acquisition of specific learning skills and also to simplify and strengthen the trust of academic and business entities towards students.
The project leverages cutting-edge technologies like blockchain to propose an innovative approach for credential "self-check" while also enriching and enhancing the existing ecosystem of digital certifications. Indeed, existing entities in rapid growth like BADG, .BESTR, IQC and Mozilla Open Badge are already supporting primary academic institutions in providing digital certifications to their students.
The aim of the project is to transform a student private digital certification, for example a certification received by an academic institution, into a “self-checkable” information which can be publicly accessed by third parties thanks to the unchangeable evidence written on the public blockchain.
One of the key features is that evidence written into the blockchain does not violate student’s privacy, while at the same time leaving to anyone the ability to access metadata associated to certifications, in opposition of what nowadays we should need to expose if it was a public and centralized service. In our platform students can choose which information are public (and of course which are not), so they can be reached by academic institutions or companies while keeping a custom level of privacy.
The project works as an intermediary between students and badge issuers by creating an immediate access to blockchains for them, proposing an open architecture to guarantee the data continuity of Lifelong & LifeWide learning achievements.
Trustability and immutability of informations made availables by the platform (through the blockchain technology) does not favour academic world exclusively: without the need of a central authority, students can use public metadata to identify similar profile, facilitating the generation of new models of social connections and entrepreneurship.
The project is a unique opportunity not only for students to certify their learning path and core skills but also for the whole society to support both meritocracy and collective growth. The result is a social enrichment of the citizenship facilitated by creating awareness of its value for the citizen and from qualified support to institutions and businesses.
There is a monetary cost related to writing on blockchain: we doesn’t allow the students nor the issuers to pay these costs. We are going to create capital through crowdfunding, investors, sponsors and philanthropists, which guarantee this proposition.
Enabling students by now to use blockchains and allowing them to use it for self-notarising the owned OpenBadges, we are laying the foundations for a paradigm shift in metadata management not only on a technological level but above all on the social layer and entrepreneurial environment by providing future avant-garde skills to the next generation citizens.
Considering that the next few years will be decisive in developing solutions that allow you to write metadata on blockchains, the strategic importance of a project like this lies in creating an independent and non-profit service for the notarialization of Lifelong & LifeWide learning achievements on blockchain.
ePIC is a platform that a project like this needs to validate the assumptions taken, enrich the own vision with feedbacks and share the development path thus defining a new long term vision for develop solutions in the “Alternative Credentials - Credentialing Alternatives” enviroment.