I’m glad to greet you all, recently I had the opportunity to meet Guillermo who is the AEternity Ambassador of Bogotá City. I currently work at Alta Consejería Distrital of TIC which is an office of the Bogotá Mayoralty that is focused in to promote eGovernment, Digital Economy and city tech community strengthening through the management and execution of programs and projects in a wide variety of platforms.
As part of this public politics, last year we implemented in cooperation with the National University, a functional prototype of a voting system based in Solidity and Ethereum that allowed near of 1300 students to vote for their student representatives at three public Schools. Likewise, this year we have replicated the exercise with one public school of 1200 students and OpenSourced the project at Github with the code name Votatoon.
Votatoon was deployed only for the elections days using an Ethereum node, as currently the Public Entities has the restriction to acquire any kind of tokens and make transactions in Blockchain mainnets. However this prototype and others that are being impemented as proof of concept in the colombian government using Blockchain test networks, allows to validate its usage and shows the importance of its implementation in many other escenaries.
Meanwhile, we have recently shared this experience at the Latin American Festival of Free Software Installation - FLISOL at Bogotá city to motivate the technological community to undertake projects with Ethereum and AEternity.
Aside of this role I have at public sector I am a Free and Open Source technologies promoter that recently meet AEternity thanks to my friend @arpunk who invited me to learn about this amazing project. In this sense, as a proof of concept, we decided to port this voting system to AEternity in our free time, taking in count the improvement opportunities that we identified at Alta Consejería TIC related to Votatoon.
Finally, as the Alta Consejeria TIC is commited to promote this technologies, we have agreed with Guillermo to enable a space and colaborate to realize the next AEternity Meetup, looking to reach to many blockchain enthusiasts and share our experience about it.
I’m sharing to you the Votatoon repository on Github: https://github.com/altaconsejeriatic/votatoon and the second edition report of elections in public schools with more detailed explanation: http://ticbogota.gov.co/documentos/blockchain-elecciones-estudiantiles