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Last Mile DeFi 03: Education as a catalyzer of mass adoption with Camila Ramos

Hola Last Mile DeFi familia, this episode of the podcast is with Cami Ramos from Colombia, and currently Head of Dev Rel at Fuel Labs. In this conversation, Cami and I focused in on the importance of providing equal access to developer education and the crucial role this could play in creating more opportunities for Latin Americans:

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Born in Colombia, and brought up in California, Cami’s journey towards becoming a developer began at an early age when she took an hour-long coding course in high school. At the same time, she also saw the inequity in accessing computer science education for black and latino students at her high school. This then kicked off her journey towards unlocking more educational opportunities for underrepresented communities through her writing and content she produces.

Cami’s north star is led by bringing crypto to those who need it most, particularly those in the global south. She sees an opportunity for crypto to provide enhanced financial infrastructure and drive more prosperity for Latin Americans, rather than seemingly futile applications that often times get a lot of attention in mainstream crypto that don’t provide practical use-cases for whose who have most to benefit most from crypto - points she discusses in her piece “The Deadend of Eurocentric Crypto”. This year Cami is focused on not only researching where crypto’s key intervention points lie, but also working towards building and implementing real solutions that drastically enhance people’s lives.

We also explored what real world adoption Cami has seen to date in Latin America and why she believes particular use-cases have taken off in the region and what we can do to nurture more adoption through creating better-designed user flows. One of the most interesting points of conversation is where we explore the questions around whether it is the job of incumbent crypto players to expand into the LatAm region or whether we could see more home-grown projects emerge locally.

To stay up to date with the latest findings, you can follow along on Twitter and Lens as well. I’ll be publishing updates on the research and behind the scenes content, so make sure you’re joining us. You can also join us in our Telegram channel too!

Lastly, thank you so much for your feedback on v1 of the report I recently published. There’s still time to review v1 (the open review session will close on March 31st, after which I will go ahead and publish v2 in April), so if you haven’t read it and reviewed it yet, would highly recommend doing so:

This research and podcast is produced with the support of:

Ethereum Foundation Fellowship: The Fellowship program is a forum for leaders who are driven by leveraging Ethereum as a public good to help billions of people coordinate and thrive. The Fellowship program aims to support individuals who are passionate about identifying barriers to mass-adoption and breaking down the barriers for underrepresented communities to access crypto.

Celo Foundation: Celo is the blockchain built for the real world. Carbon-negative, mobile-first and EVM-compatible, Celo is leading a thriving new digital economy for all. Build together and prosper.

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