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National DigiFoundry

Dr. Anna Brady-Estevez,
US National Science Foundation
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NDF Steering Committee
Dr. David Beck,
US Space Force
,
NDF Steering Committee
Ms. Melissa “Lisa” Oliva
US Dept of the Treasury,
NDF Steering Committee

The National DigiFoundry (NDF) is a national collaboration initiative to foster continuous innovation in the digital asset ecosystem. It represents an opportunity for public and private sector innovators to work together to mitigate and deal with various risks, frauds, and scams in this space. By fostering a public/private partnership with extensive participation, the NDF, a National Science Foundation grant recipient, aims to create an inclusive environment that caters to society’s diverse needs and interests, thereby democratizing financial systems and reducing inequalities.

MISSION: Collaboratively exploring global standards and best practices for the use and exchange of digital assets.

Stargazer Wallet

All members will be issued a Stargazer Wallet to manage their National DigiTokens ($NDT). Your wallet is a portal to your crypto assets, personal data, and Web3 experiences. $NDT is not traded on the open market or listed on any token exchange. Stargazer works on all your favorite devices with three different flavors and is cross-chain compatible with the Ethereum Network. If you own a crypto wallet, we will assist you with setup and configuration during onboarding.

NDF WORKGROUPS

Workgroups are the core of our operations and are the source of our value. Participation enriches your NDF experience by allowing you to share your expertise across a global community.  NDF membership and 2,500 DigiTokens per workgroup are required to participate. If you are not a member, please become a member first by completing the membership request form. All Bronze members ($0 annual fee) receive 2,500 DigiTokens.

Climate Change Disaster Response

Alan Seid
Pacific Islands Digital Asset Visionary

Climate change increases the possibility of more droughts and stronger hurricanes more likely. This trend is one of several factors contributing to Maui’s wildfires. This workgroup would explore using a DAO as a post-natural disaster small business recovery engine. The DAO would serve as an SBIR/STTR Incubator for small businesses in climate-related disaster-prone areas. This would accelerate regional economic recovery, spur job growth, and support long-term community sustainment.

Decentralized Science

Mark Stoner
BioCrowd

The scientific publishing industry (peer reviewed publishing) is a $28 billion a year industry. The scientific authors don’t get paid, the reviewers don’t get paid, only the publishers. The DeSci working group would develop a digital asset financial incentive model that targets California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grants for scientific authors and reviewers. The workgroup would initially support research and development of treatments for diseases and conditions of the brain and central nervous system but would be extensible to other research areas. If you are interested in joining the DeSci Working Group Steering Committee, visit https://bit.ly/DeSci_Working_Group

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Secure Information Sharing

Benjamin Diggles
Constellation Network

Businesses, governments, and every individual depend on data. While information access and sharing are part of our everyday lives, very few treat it as an essential digital asset. The rise of identity theft, ransomware attacks, electronic fraud, and e-commerce theft proves the fallacy of this attitude. The secure information-sharing workgroup will explore how blockchain can improve information-sharing security.

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Space Working Group (SWG)

Digital assets can streamline use cases that involve international commerce. With this in mind, the SWP will explore the many and varied use cases that operate at the intersection of digital assets and space manufacturing. The workgroup will include NSF, NASA, the Space Force, the Defense Innovation Unit, other agencies, the private sector, innovators, and academic institutions in joint activities to accelerate the commercial space industry.

Financial Product Tokenization

Many see the recent approval of Bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as a harbinger of a future where virtual and fiat financial instruments will operate seamlessly across the global marketplace. This working group will focus on the standards, regulations, restrictions, and oversight needed to make that future a reality. If you want to join the Financial Product Tokenization workgroup, please visit https://forms.gle/upQs1PZcJSh8Ta1B7 .

Digital Asset Education & Certification

Ryan Williams
The Blockchain Academy

Education and certification serve as the beating heart of any professional organization. This truism is even more important for the nascent digital asset industry. The NDF has partnered with the Blockchain Academy to offer a full range of blockchain, Web 3.0, crypto trading, regulatory courses, webinars, and live instructor-led opportunities. Members of this working group earn life-long access to all virtual, self-paced course offerings. Discounts are available to attend webinars or live instructor-led events.

(Click the course title for additional information)

Bryant Nielson, CEO
Web3 Certification Board

Bronze members ($0 annual fee) receive 2,500 DigiTokens, which can be exchanged for lifetime access to The Blockchain Academy‘s entire virtual, self-paced course catalog for no additional fee!

NDF Workgroup Funding

NDF Workgroups are funded through one of four paths:

  • NDF direct funding through the membership proposal and voting process;
  • Contract or grant awarded to the NDF through a government or commercial RFI/RFP process;
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract awarded to an NDF member through a US government solicitation process that lists the NDF as a partner or contractor;
  • Contract or grant awarded to an NDF member through a government or commercial sole source bid process that lists the NDF as a partner or contractor;

Tokenomics

Governance Token
Utility Token
Training Token

Tokenomics structure drives the economics of any DAO. Tokenomics also defines the tokens’ role in the ecosystem and their value within the ecosystem. The overall goal is to align the behavior of each member, strengthen the ecosystem, and create trust.

The National DigiToken ($NDT) will be the primary digital asset used within the NDF. They serve as the platform’s economic engine and are the internal exchange currency used for paying transaction fees and participating in NDF activities. $NDT is not traded on the open market or listed on any token exchange. Operationally, $NDT will be used as the internal funding mechanism for resourcing topical working groups. Members can support the topics and activities important to them through a minimum pledge of 2,500 $NDT per 6-month workgroup term to support any proposed workgroup topics. Members can earn $NDT for volunteer work, in-kind donations, capital investments into the DAO, or through fiat currency exchange. Individuals can exchange 2,500 $NDT for lifetime access to online professional certification in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and Web 3.0 technology through The Blockchain Academy.

Stargazer Wallet

All members will be issued a Stargazer Wallet to manage their National DigiTokens ($NDT). Your wallet is a portal to your crypto assets, personal data, and Web3 experiences. $NDT is not traded on the open market or listed on any token exchange. Stargazer works on all your favorite devices with three different flavors and is cross-chain compatible with the Ethereum Network. If you own a crypto wallet, we will assist you with setup and configuration during onboarding.

List of Services

  • Blockchain, Web 3.0, Crypto Virtual Course Access: No additional charge to Bronze or higher NDF members. One (1) access voucher per membership. Contact us to acquire multiple vouchers for an organizational account.
  • SBIR / STTR / Grant Application Strategy Session: No additional charge to Bronze or higher NDF members.
  • Workgroup Membership: $NDT 2,500 per six-month study period.
  • Professional Certification Exam Voucher: $NDT 250 per voucher.
  • Live Instructor-Led Events: $NDT 1,000 per attendee.

(Fixed Exchange Rate US$250 = $NDT 2,500)

NDF DAO MEMBERSHIP

NDF will be a member-funded ecosystem. Membership fees will support working group activities, capital improvements, industry outreach, external collaboration, and internal operational costs. Members can support the topics and activities that are important to them by transferring their utility tokens to the relevant working group. The following are the available membership levels. Qualification requirements, annual fees, entitlements, and privileges are also below. Appropriately modified equivalents are available for government, NGOs, and non-profit organizations:

NDF Patron

  • US$0/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events

Bronze Foundry Worker

  • US$0/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events
  • $NDT account authorization (Stargazer wallet required)
  • Vote on industry best practices
  • Propose working groups
  • Vote on working groups
  • 2,500 utility tokens
  • Bronze Member NFT for the applicable year 
Bronze Foundry Worker

Silver Sand Caster

  • US$10k/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events
  • $NDT account authorization (Stargazer wallet required)
  • Vote on industry best practices
  • Propose industry best practices
  • Propose working groups
  • Vote on working groups
  • 5,000 utility tokens
  • Silver Member NFT for the applicable year
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Gold Die Caster

  • US$25k/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events
  • $NDT account authorization (Stargazer wallet required)
  • Propose industry best practices
  • Propose working groups
  • Vote on working groups
  • Vote on industry best practices
  • Vote on research projects
  • 10,000 utility tokens
  • Gold Member NFT for the applicable year
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Platinum Centrifugal Caster

  • US$50k/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events
  • $NDT account authorization (Stargazer wallet required)
  • Propose industry best practices
  • Vote on industry best practices
  • Propose research projects
  • Vote on research projects
  • Vote on governance changes
  • 25,000 utility tokens
  • Platinum Member NFT for the applicable year
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Governance Continuous Caster

  • US$100k/yr fee
  • Digi-Foundry website login credentials
  • Access to member-only content
  • Advance notice of NDF events
  • $NDT account authorization (Stargazer wallet required)
  • Propose industry best practices
  • Vote on industry best practices
  • Propose governance changes
  • Vote on governance changes
  • Propose capital investments
  • Vote on capital investment
  • Sponsor capital investments
  • 50,000 utility tokens
  • Governance Member NFT for the applicable year 
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