Session Descriptions

Tuesday, March 29

Data Science Today, Data Science Tomorrow

Robert Wicks, Vice President of Philanthropy and CEO, Gladstone Institutes Foundation; Mike McCoy, Senior Product Manager of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Blockdaemon

 As the impact of data science continues to grow on society there is an increased need to discuss how data is appropriately used and how to address misuse. In this session, participants will learn about the challenges faced by both the for-profit and nonprofit sector in addressing transparency and data privacy.

Our data is captured in one way or another as we interact with the brands and products around us. This data is mined, analyzed and eventually monetized without our direct remuneration. Decentralization is shifting this dynamic by putting individuals in control of their data. This session will also uncover how the new world of Web3 has the potential to mitigate issues around data monetization.

Attendees will learn about the tools being harnessed to restore data privacy to customers and donors as well as the implications for these groups based on the emergence of decentralization and web3.

Session Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the issues that challenge data science today
  • Conceptualize the significance of a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)
  • Identify what differentiates Web3 from Web 2.0

Data Science Panel

Moderator: Danny Kim, CEO, Quest Institute; Sharise Harrison, Development Strategist; Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., Professor, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 

The panel will elaborate on Robert Wicks’ opening session, highlighting the opportunity we now face and the significance of philanthropy as a launching pad for innovation in this new context. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and discuss.

Philanthropy Decentralized

Matias Travizano, Director, Rewilder Foundation

Matias Travizano will share the origin story of a crypto-native non-profit that coordinates the global purchase of land for wildlife conservation. A project borne out of a desire for more transparency and engagement with donors, Rewilder provides a great case study in how NFTs can be used in both the for profit and nonprofit space.

This ‘tokenization’ of philanthropy provides a sound model that can be replicated across all sectors. At its core, the Rewilder concept ties into Apra’s values of using data and technology to foster connection to the missions of philanthropic institutions.

In this session, you’ll learn how DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) can increase transparency and a sense of ownership while optimizing organizational objectives.

Session Learning Objectives: 

  • Define what an NFT is
  • Conceptualize the significance of a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)
  • Identify other use cases for NFTs

Quest for Space: The Overview

Danny Kim, CEO, Quest Institute

The Quest Institute is an educational non-profit organization that develops and markets STEM educational programs and support materials for K-12 schools globally. The mission of the Quest Institute is to introduce, intrigue, inspire, and ultimately engage students to understand what it means to pursue STEM-based careers.

Several programs have been developed to foster that mission, the most recent being the Quest For Space (Q4S) program. Q4S is a proprietary and patented technology experiment platform that enables students to create science experiments that run on the International Space Station (ISS). In this session, you’ll learn how NFTs can be used as a vehicle in financing the education of students in underserved regions all over the world.  Danny Kim will introduce this concept to lead into what attendees will be challenged with on Day 2 of Apra Expanse: designing this project to launch it into the metaverse.

Session Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the metaverse
  • Conceptualize the significance of NFTs as a fundraising tool
  • Identify the stakeholders shaping this new landscape

Wednesday, March 30

Quest for Space: The Design

Sharise Harrison, Development Strategist

After establishing a roadmap, participants will build the architecture to launch the Quest For Space (Q4S) program into the metaverse. Ultimately, this effort will generate a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for the new Q4S experience. 

Participants will have an opportunity to actively build the Q4S project, or observe and learn how each component is realized. This activity will be educational in nature with each facilitator guiding the audience through a dialogue to complete the build.  

Quest for Space: The Compilation

In this wrap-up session, each facilitator from the design session will share their progress and create the connection points to piece all of the elements together.

Launching into the Metaverse

Danny Kim, CEO, Quest Institute; Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D., Professor, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 

With Facebook’s recent announcement that it is jumping into the metaverse, including changing its parent name to Meta, there is an opportunity to build out this space with an ethical underpinning.

This session will cover what next steps would look like, how this ties to the future of philanthropy, and how the QS4 project would be integrated into the metaverse. 

Closing Remarks

Pavel Rutherford, Associate Director of Philanthropy Research and Prospect Management, Gladstone Institutes; Robert Wicks, Vice President of Philanthropy and CEO, Gladstone Institutes Foundation

Apra Expanse will close out by revisiting the challenges faced by data scientists today and the emerging landscape, its implications, and the opportunities at your fingertips.