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Halloween Social
Mon Oct 31 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

dSoc is pleased to announce our next big social of this semester. Something untoward has happened within our society... where has our President gone? It has become apparent our President has been captured by a ghost *da da daaaaaa*. We need your help to free our President by coming along to Building 46 / 3001 (LT / A) at 6:45 pm for a prompt 7 pm start. We will have some spooky Halloween-themed team games, including apple bobbing, donut eating, quiz and karaoke. No Halloween social wouldn't come with tricks or treats so look out for friendly scares, sweets and CRYPTO! Yes, you heard it right you can win free ETH by coming to the event. All tickets are free and must be scanned to be eligible in winning ETH. Tickets are limited and book now to avoid disappointment closer to the event! This is event is open to all students of the University of Southampton. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Date and Location

Mon Oct 31 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Centenary Building (100 / 1001)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

Learning Outcomes

Past Events

Distributed Web
Tue Oct 25 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

The Decentralised Society (dSoc) is organising a new event for next Tuesday 25th where you will learn about other aspects of Web3 that are often disregarded, in particular, the Distributed Web. The talk is targeted towards any audience.

The current web relies on a centralised system, which comes with several issues such as censorship, single point of failure, lack of net neutrality, and no real digital sovereignty among many others.

The talk will be a journey through the different P2P protocols that have emerged in the past (and are still in use today) until reaching the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), an exciting project that has the potential to change the web forever.

And that’s not all, there will be FREE PIZZA 🍕 AND DRINKS 🍹 PROVIDED!!

You can get your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/distributed-web-a-journey-through-the-forgotten-reaches-of-web3-tickets-445099995067

See you on Tuesday at 6 PM at the Centenary Building (100 / 1001)!

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Date and Location

Tue Oct 25 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Centenary Building (100 / 1001)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

Victor Gabaldon

Learning Outcomes

Problems of the current web

P2P networks

BitTorrent

IPFS

Intro to Web3
Tue Oct 18 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

Fish on Toast and the Decentralised Society have come together to help you explore the Web3 space. Learn how to get started and what it takes.

Our session will feature Tom Humber who is a Special Projects lead at Parity Technologies. Special projects is a sub-department of Ecosystem Development, and primarily focus on schemes that fall outside the traditional mandate of Growth or Enterprise. This includes, CSR schemes, technical competitions and mergers and acquisitions.

The session will run for 45 minutes followed by Q&A. You will also have a networking opportunity afterwards.

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Date and Location

Tue Oct 18 2022 18:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Centenary Building (100 / 1001)

Organisers

dSoc

Fish on Toast

Speakers

Tom Humber

Learning Outcomes

Get to know each other

Learn interesting facts about blockchain

Freshers Pub Quiz
Thu Oct 06 2022 19:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

dSoc is organising their first pub quiz of the academic year at the iconic Brewhouse & Kitchen. This event will help both new and current members to get to know each other, have interesting discussions and learn a lot of fun facts about blockchain! We can't wait to see you there!

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Date and Location

Thu Oct 06 2022 19:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

TBD

Learning Outcomes

Get to know each other

Learn interesting facts about blockchain

FoT x dSoc Welcome Event
Tue Oct 04 2022 18:15:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

This is your opportunity to find out what the UoS has to offer in terms of enterprise related student-run societies. Each of AiSoc, dSoc, Enactus, Women in Business (WiB), and Fish on Toast Entrepreneur Society (FoT) will be telling you all they have to offer, how you can get involved and what is coming up! Did we mention there will be free drinks and pizza! Remember the date, 4 October at 6:15pm in B46 (Physics Building) Room 3001.

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Date and Location

Tue Oct 04 2022 18:15:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 3001)

Organisers

Fish on Toast

dSoc

others

Speakers

TBD

Learning Outcomes

Get to know about the societies in the entrepreneurship field

SUSU Freshers Fair
Fri Sep 30 2022 10:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

A welcome event organised by the Students' Union where students will be get to know about the different societies on campus and join those in which they are interested.

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Date and Location

Fri Sep 30 2022 10:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

SUSU Building 40, 42

Organisers

SUSU

Speakers

Not a talk

Learning Outcomes

Get to know and join any society on campus

ECSS Expo
Tue Sep 27 2022 14:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

A welcome event organised by ECSS to present the societies in Electronics and Computer Science.

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Date and Location

Tue Sep 27 2022 14:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Turner Sims Concert Hall

Organisers

ECSS

Speakers

TBD

Learning Outcomes

Get to know about the different societies in the ECS field

Cryptocurrencies, NFTs & Web3 - Lessons from the Metaverse
Thu May 05 2022 19:15:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

This is the crypto talk that you don't want to miss... Covering all the tips and tricks you will need to survive the Crypto revolution.

Heard about Crypto but never known where to get started? Ever wondered WTF an NFT is? Want to dive into DeFi but not know your ERC-20 from your ERC-4626? This is the talk for you.

Coming from Southampton's very own Bored Ape & DeFi Degen, this talk aims to provide you with a crash course to help wrap your head around Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs, and web3 more generally. More importantly, Tom will be taking you through the lessons that have been learned from his seven-year journey into this space. To do this, the talk will be divided into a handful of sections focusing on specific topics.

- A Market Overview: where have we come from, where are we now, and what's next?

- Crypto Basics: what are the fundamentals that you need to understand?

- NFT/web3 Basics: how do NFTs fit into this picture and the broader web3 landscape?

- Getting Started: how can you get started in this space?

- The Important Lessons: want to avoid some of the common pitfalls/mistakes? Don't miss this!

To conclude the event, there will be a Q&A as well as the opportunity to network and chat following the event.

Of course, as always, refershments will be provided. This event will not be live-streamed so be sure to get your free ticket asap to avoid disappointment as we expect this to be a sell-out event. Rumour has it, there may also be a crypto giveaway as well...

The talk will start promptly at 18:15, Building 100/1001.

So sign up now and don't miss out on what is set to be a great event!

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Date and Location

Thu May 05 2022 19:15:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 2003)

Organisers

dSoc

Tom Phipps

Speakers

Tom Phipps

Learning Outcomes

A comprehension of crypto, NFTs, and other Web3 aspects from a market perspective

Introduction to IPFS
Thu Mar 17 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

The current web mostly relies on centralised servers, which are subject to vulnerabilities and concerns, such as DDoS attacks, censorship, data breaches, or networking errors. However, an emerging protocol named IPFS could avoid these issues by establishing a distributed file-sharing network with no single point of failure.

In this workshop, we are going to introduce IPFS, explain its main features, and compare it with the current centralised web. It is recommended to have a basic understanding of P2P protocols such as BitTorrent and we encourage you to bring your laptop.

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Date and Location

Thu Mar 17 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 2003)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

Victor Gabaldon

Learning Outcomes

Understand the trajectory of distributed protocols

Interact with the IPFS network through the official client

Blockchain 101 - Introduction to Ethereum
Thu Mar 03 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

Following Session 0, The Decentralised Society is bringing the second workshop of the Blockchain 101 series. Introduction to Ethereum, led by PhD researcher George Giamouridis, will take place on 46 / 2003 at 6 pm.

In this event, we are going to go through the Ethereum ecosystem and explain how the biggest decentralised world computer works. We will cover topics like clients, wallets, transactions and of course smart contracts. We will focus on smart contracts development, and we will walk you through how to code your own smart contracts using the Solidity programming language.

Prerequisites:

- Basic programming skills (variables, functions, data structures, etc)

- Blockchain fundamentals

- MetaMask wallet

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Date and Location

Thu Mar 03 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 2003)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

George Giamouridis

Learning Outcomes

Understand the basics of the Ethereum blockchain and the EVM

Understand the concept and purpose of smart contracts

Know how to deploy a smart contract in Solidity

Crypto Trading 101
Thu Feb 24 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

The Decentralised Society at the University of Southampton is hosting a talk — Crypto Trading 101 — where you can learn about DeFi protocols, NFT investments, coin market caps, crypto market analysis and more.

Whether you’ve just heard about crypto, or you’re part of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, we invite you to join us for this interactive talk by Tony Su from OTSO Fintech Corp., where he will show you how to identify opportunities in crypto and invest in them. He will also be giving out Fantom (FTM) — more info during the event.

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Date and Location

Thu Feb 24 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 2003)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

Tony Su

Learning Outcomes

Basic understanding of the more financial aspects of crypto, NFTs and DeFi

dSoc Social - Bitcoin Pub Quiz
Tue Feb 15 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

Following the first workshop, we invite everyone to our first social — Bitcoin Pub Quiz Test your knowledge of Bitcoin and basics of blockchain in teams of 5 people. Every member of the winning team will receive a dSoc T-shirt!

This is also a great opportunity to connect with other dSoc members and discuss anything related to crypto, blockchain and web3 in an informal setting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Date and Location

Tue Feb 15 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Organisers

dSoc

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Speakers

Everyone

Learning Outcomes

Learn interesting facts about Bitcoin

Meet each others in the dSoc community

Blockchain 101 - Session 0
Tue Feb 08 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Abstract

The University of Southampton Decentralised Society, also known as dSoc, is presenting Blockchain 101 — a new series of workshops that will introduce the wonders of blockchain technology to everyone interested. The first workshop is led by George Giamouridis - PhD researcher at the Cyber Security Research Group of our university.

The team will give a brief talk about the history and technical aspects of Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency that introduced the blockchain to the world. You will also be able to directly interact with the Bitcoin network and explore blocks, transactions and other metadata.

This workshop relies on working with a laptop and basic knowledge of the terminal is recommended. There will be helpers assisting with the setup and troubleshooting.

Refreshments will be provided!

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Date and Location

Tue Feb 08 2022 19:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Physics (46 / 2003)

Organisers

dSoc

Speakers

George Giamouridis

Victor Gabaldon

Learning Outcomes

Understand the basics of blockchain

Interact with a crypto wallet

Learn how to inspect a blockchain

About

Founded by a group of freshers in September 2021, the University of Southampton Decentralised Society (dSoc) aims to establish a hub for students and professionals interested in the philosophy of decentralisation. Empowering its members with knowledge, project and research opportunities, the society strives to become a platform for collaboration in the space.

In less than a year, dSoc had already reached more than 280 members and hosted six events, making us one of the fastest-growing clubs on campus. We have also established connections with reputable institutions, companies, and other organisations worldwide, with whom we look forward to cooperating.

We are working hard toward one of our most important goals: becoming a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) by making our own blockchain. We believe this step is crucial to evolving into a truly decentralised society.

But that's not all. Apart from the governance use case, our network will open the door to a lot of possibilities: a reward system to motivate each others, an NFT marketplace, a microeconomy, or the tokenisation of virtually anything!

Whether you have just heard about blockchain or are an expert in smart contracts, we would love to have you in the society and attend our events! Join our discord server and stay tuned!

Meet the core team

German Nikolishin
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Victor Gabaldon
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James Tidbury
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Olly Ferrier
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Denitsa Hadzhiyska
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Jie-Jie Chan
DeFi Officer
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Ibolya Szenes
Research Lead - Finance
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