🥳 BIG Welcome and Introductions Thread

Welcome to the Celo Community

If you found your way over here, thank you, it’s great to have you with us! This is Celo Forum, the space for the Celo Community to gather, discuss important topics in the ecosystem, post governance proposals and more.

The the recent months we’ve had a lot of new folks join us, so it’s the perfect time to start a BIG Welcome and Introduction thread. Whether you’re just joining us or have been around for a while, feel free to drop a quick intro so that we can all get to know each other better. You can begin by answering some of the prompts below or go totally off script and write your own intro.

Introduce yourself

  • Where in the world are you usually located?
  • Background on your personal, intellectual, professional, and academic interests?
  • Why are you passionate about Celo?
  • What you hope to contribute here?
  • Anything else you’d like to share with us

To continue the conversation, join us on Discord, follow us on Twitter, and join in the discussions on the Forum!

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Excited to kick this thread off and inviting everyone to join!

I’m Anna, I lead Community Development Programs at the Celo Foundation together with @olarte. I’m usually located between the US and South Africa and travel often across many conferences and community activities. I’m passionate about how GLOBAL the Celo community is and the impact we can have on the grassroots level.

I hope to contribute to the Celo Ecosystem by helping seed local hubs and communities. I hope to act as a bridge, to connect resources, and knowledge transfer to enable communities to self organize and work towards a common goal. Don’t hesitate to each out if you want to connect and chat all things community :green_heart:

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Okay, I’m not going to be shy and gonna introduce myself! :slight_smile:

I’m Lorenzo, creator of CeloPunks, co-creator of ChinChilla Gang, Celo Community Moderator on Discord and Telegram, and member of the Celo NFT Consortium. I’m Italian but currently I live in Vienna, Austria.
I’m passionate about all web3/crypto things with a special focus on NFTs, DeFi and onchain analysis.
I love the purpose of this community and the focus on real world problems. I hope that through my projects and work I can help the community and bring more awareness to this blockchain and ecosystem. Despite the bear market turmoil I still have the strong belief and feeling that Celo is the most underrated L1 out there.

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Hello. Excited to be part of this thread as well!

I am @Immanuel-john, a Blockchain Developer with wide range of expertise starting from Ethereum blockchain writing Solidity smart contracts for various ERC-20, ERC-721 use cases like NFT Ticketing, NFT marketplaces, Staking. Also I have good experience with some private blockchains namely R3 Corda, Ethereum private network. Currently I have found my passion towards web3 and trying to contribute more to the Web3 ecosystem. I am also an active participant in polkadot ecosystem building substrate based solo chains and parachain using Rust as a programming language for the same. With my rust experience I have tried my hands on Solana and Near Protocol as well developing some standards and applications over there.

Right now I am part of a DAO with @Monish016 where we are actively developing and contributing to the web3 for social goods. Even right now we are working on a NFT ticketing platform on CELO. We are looking for more ways to collaborate with CELO specifically in India to make it reach to potential builders and community over here.

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Hello Celo Fam!

My name is Estefania; I am based between the US and Mexico - specifically Arizona & CDMX. I became curious about blockchain because of NFTs. I have a background in traditional art, which made the transition to the blockchain a no-brainer for me. In my free time, you can find me diving deeper into the intricacies of web3 technology and its implications for the real world. Professionally, I work with protocols to bring programs that create builder communities and opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, or continued education.

I am excited to join the Celo community because it is one of the most accessible ways to bring blockchain to the people. I support the growth of the builder programs at Celo. I would also like to promote incentivization models around events and DAO participation.

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Hello Celo community!

My name is Max, I work for the Blockchain Solutions Center (BCSC) at Deutsche Telekom. I am based in Germany, but can also be found regularly at various conferences throughout the year. My team and I look after the infrastructure division of the BCSC. Providing infrastructure is Deutsche Telekom’s core business. From telephone, to internet, our vision is that the next logical step of a telco is to provide infrastructure for the web3. Since 2020, we have been successfully providing infrastructure for various public blockchain networks - by now for Chainlink, Flow, CELO, Polkadot, Q and Ethereum. Especially with CELO, we share a deeper connection - due to our shared values, we have invested in the network & are developing a deepening partnership on various levels. Latest announcement from my team: we plan to participate in CELO Oracle!

I was drawn into crypto around 2018 by my brother & was lucky enough to make a move to BCSC in Deutsche Telekom 2021 and have been involved with crypto day in & day out ever since. I like to think outside the box, always try to link the potentials of crypto within the real world & then discuss them with customers/partners. What I like about CELO in particular is the open-minded community (I got to meet some of them for the first time this year in Barcelona :slight_smile: ) and the focus on solving problems in the real world. There are so many exciting ideas & projects and I just love how the whole space keeps innovating itself despite all the difficulties.

I want to contribute to the growth of the CELO community and spread our ideas and values. Besides infrastructure, we at Deutsche Telekom deal with many other topics in the area of web3 - so if you have ideas to discuss, I would like to act as a link between DT & CELO and am therefore open for a chat or virtual meeting.

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Hey Celo Community,

I’m Monish Crypto Community builder, (Ex. Creative Lead at NEAR Protocol), and currently working as a Community Strategist. Also, Co-founder of KalakendraDAO, A DAO missioned to Onboard and Educate web2 Artists, Developers, and Tech enthusiasts of India Web3 space for Social Good. Founded almost a year back on Nov 2021 to Widely Educate, Onboard, and adopt web3. Since then we have onboarded different communities in India.

Apart from this, I am working in the crypto/web3 space for more than 2.5 years, Having a vast understanding of NFTs, Defi, DAO & its governance, and finally Web3 Community Strategy.

This led to finding KalaKendraDAO (Community Owned DAO) collectively Governed by the community to take Decisions. as a result we not just started educating Indians, We Started to collectively Build web3 Products for the Community.

Currently, We are building an NFT Ticketing Platform on Celo, which interested in bringing to the Celo Community. After Understanding the community itself we are now trying to build a Community Sourced News Aggregator ( A DAPP to Aggregate Celo Signal) With the guidance of @ericnakagawa and @jason on.

We are Constantly Throwing Ourselves for the benefit of the community.

The Major Important milestone that I would like to break is. We are in talks with the Tamilnadu Government ( A State in India to Push Web3 for Tamil Community) as a result of this KalakendraDAO and Active other Indian Community Joined hands to Create a Web3 for TN, a meetup Inauguration in Chennai this November 25. We KalakendraDAO would be represented over there.

Also, We have been constantly Educating and onboarding web2 Peeps, our Efforts had passed pushing boundaries to align our Mission. Some being

  • Representing KalakendraDAO in One of the biggest conferences happened in India, Web3 Conf Goa.

  • Representing KKD in First NFT Summit that Happened in Bangalore - Namastey NFT

Also, recently we have Sponsored Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, For Web3 Hackathon for Social Good, We got 12+ Submitted projects and we are incubating one from KKD as well.

  • Also, as a web3.0 Social/community builder, we are actively contributing to different levels to get every fellow Indian onboarded to web3.

Finally IMHO “Community is a Fuel for the Web3.0”

Please find my socials below

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CryptoMonish
Telegram - @MonishMuralidharan
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/monish016/
KalakendraDAO - DAO Tool - https://app.astrodao.com/dao/kalakendradao.sputnik-dao.near

Would you like to connect with me? Please Schedule a Call with me

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This is the level of commitment i promise to the celo community

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Welcome, Monish! Looking forward to working with you.

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Hello, Celo community,

My names are E. Hawwal Ogungbadero, & I’m a British Nigerian currently living in Lagos Nigeria. I have a BSc in computer science & I do 2D animation, filmmaking & music. I’m a Guinness world record holder :medal_sports: & the founder of Blaqk stereo Dao. Blaqk stereo Dao is a dao focused on finding sustainable solutions for creatives in Africa using web3-based tech. to aid, fund, & educate about blockchain technology applicable to their careers. In pushing that endeavor, I decided to launch a project of building a music app which is still in its ideation phase and we are currently seeking some angel investment to kick start the building of this app that will solve a major problem for creatives here in Africa and around the world post its launch. Here is our github page.
I’ve been into the web3 space learning and adapting for about 2 years now and it has really been a phenomenal experience for me.

I would love to contribute to the celo community by bringing in my skill set, experience, and time pushing my primary focus which is to build and develop lasting solutions for creatives as well as individuals in Africa.

Here is my Linkedin
Thanks

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My Name is SUNDAY GABRIEL EDACHE, Popularly known by my stage name WIZPRINCE. I started my music career professionally as a versatile Singer, Rapper and Producer at the age of 15 and since then I have made a lot of known achievements in the music industry. As a multi-talented creative, I have explored my abilities as a Tiktok content creator, artist developer and talent manger, all of which are currently sustained simultaneously. As a graduate with BSc in Theatre art i also obtained certificate in YouTube insiders program here in Nigeria .

I’m a crypto enthusiast and a council moderator of mastermindsDAO under the ecosystem of the Near Protocol

Here are some links to my socials

https://www.mintbase.io/thing/9OvrcOrGXd6mb9063UxvJdL7YkIm-vW1hwgWd5IjGzM:nxm.mintbase1.near

My most recent project with the Near protocol community is the ( Near Music Fest in Collaboration with KM28 )

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Hi Celo community!

My name is Serena Giñan, I’m originally from Mexico, worked a couple of years first in CDMX and then in Colorado US; since a couple of months ago I’ve been working in Netherlands (Rotterdam) as a full stack developer. Back in north America I was just working a front-end developer though, so this was kind of a big jump to me. My last project I was part of was for this virtual education company (StudyPug), my current project is for a government social housing program. I was started being curios about blockchains back in the day when BTC and ETHE were gaining momentum but unfortunately I didn’t get into it upon till when NFTs were making their way. This because although I don’t have formal training, I’m a digital illustrator as a side project/hobby.

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Hi all! I’m Luka and i am from Serbia currently located in Budva, Montenegro!
I’m graduated manager of bussiness management and also finished Faculty of Aplied computer engineering. I’m senior officer in leading company dealing in trade in construction materials and investments

My passion are cryptos and hoby community manager at Moola. I’m active as member and investor in Celo because i saw probably the best transparency, community and team in crypto space. Also i have to mention i’m big fan od “make it mobile”. One of best idea is to bring crypto to billions mobile users. If you ask me, my phone made be lot of income cause i can access DeFi anywhere and anytime i want at daily job, in car, at gym, even in front of girlfried :slight_smile: .

I can contribute as community manager and as doer .

Yes, invest in western Balkan.

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Hi all, my name is Sebastian Rodríguez-Larraín, @serlarrain ; I’m a Peruvian-American artist, civic innovator and philanthropist committed to socio-cultural and environmental issues.

Based in Lima, Peru, I’ve been assessing the local landscape as a Celo Ambassador since May 2022. My main focus has been on building strategic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and exploring potential use cases with them. Concurrently, I’ve been cultivating professional relationships with members of the Celo Foundation, the Climate Collective, the Social Impact Collective and the Alliance for Prosperity; as well as with members of the Celo Ecosystem, including impactMarket, EthicHub, Resource Finance, Plastics, and Ari Gallery, among others.

I’m also the creative behind the Social-Impact project, Centenarios de Peru, the highest grossing NFT Collection minted on Celo in $CELO terms. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex Rodriguez and his team for helping me kickstart the project with an Ari Gallery grant.

Thanks to the financial support of Ari Gallery and FlyWallet, I was able to travel to Barcelona and gave a talk on Day 2 of Celo Connect titled, Creating Conscious Impact with NFTs. The experience was magical.

Meeting all the bright, innovative and kind-hearted members of the Celo Ecosystem in Barcelona instilled in me a deep sense of community, purpose and hope. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of Celo and look forward to continuing to build a more just, beautiful and prosperous world together!

P.S.
*I was recently invited to form a part of the LatamDAO multisig wallet. Please refer to the LatamDAO thread for more information.

*I would also like to announce my participation in the Ubeswap Destiny Hackathon. My NFT art series is called “Tokens of Gratitude,” and is my way of paying tribute to the Celo spirit and symbolically expressing why I’m passionate about Celo.

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Always so inspired by you and your focus on creating a more inclusive and prosperous life :sparkles:.

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Hi I’m @Ferrig , I’m a Colombian artist autor of OURAPES & REMOTEPEOPLE, I find in the blockchain ecosystem tools that allow me to share with different communities and present projects in a clear way and with innovative digital dynamics, I find very interesting that CELO is building around social solutions, I was in Medellin in the meetup with Mila and I met several CELO projects in LATAM.

I invite you to know my projects and I hope this year to be part of the CELO family with some of my new collections.

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Welcome, Ferrig. :pray:

We definitely love seeing your Remote People :heart_eyes: on Ariswap.co. we also hope to engage in projects with you and other contributors in Medellin that create social impact

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Helping Medellin become a Crypto Valley.

We are determined to elevate Colombia and yourselves to the next league. Another channel for our members to strengthen their offerings to the world, listen to experts and peers as we all move to strengthen our eco-system.

Hash aims to bring influential blockchain projects closer together, improve communication between developers, researchers and users, and cultivating the eco-system required for Medellin to flurish in the blockchain space. Our social space is the start of something big.

Webpage: https://hashhouse.club/

You can follow us in our socials:

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Hello, here Platohedro, a non-profit organization in Medellin since 2004, we generated a process of social transformation from the arts and technology, we met CELO last year during ETHMedellín and we had the pleasure to meet @MilaRioja in our space.

This year we want to work in Platohedro around layer zero (people) and we want Celo to be one of the domains that we explore or offer to our communities, girls, boys, youth and adults.

We have a group of developers that already know Solidity called Cypherplato and would be great to explore the ecosystem nd the development tools.

We also have talked with @juancamp1987 and he invite us to join this space and Discord Server, we hope this year we can work together to know more about Celo.

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Hello everyone :wave:

We are in love with Celo’s mission and would like to help grow the community in Colombia.
We have created a fanpage on Twitter, Instagram, also a Discord User CeloOrgCo#1966, and Reddit user.
https://linktr.ee/celoorgco

We are working in our free time to grow the Celo Community. They are unofficial networks, but we want to help grow the ecosystem in Colombia.

We hope we can work together and help the Celo Ecosystem to be more known and adopted in Colombia.

We are excited about this community proposal and hope to be on the air soon.

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