Student Life in the World of Web3 with Ulaş Erdoğan and Merve Hatun Özcan

Student Life in the World of Web3 with Ulaş Erdoğan and Merve Hatun Özcan

In the 5th episode of the ReFi Turkiye Podcast, our guests are Ulaş Erdoğan and Merve Hatun Özcan from İTU Blockchain Student Club, one of the blockchain student communities. University blockchain communities play a significant role in establishing a sustainable ecosystem in the Web3 field and positioning themselves among the prominent actors in the industry.

Ulaş Erdoğan and Merve Hatun Özcan are next-generation talents who actively contribute, learn, and develop within the Web3 ecosystem while continuing their studies at Istanbul Technical University. ReFi Turkiye, which aims to enhance the talent pool within the ecosystem, discusses the experiences and identified needs of the guests in this field in this episode.

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You can access information about ITU Blockchain via

You can check out the 'Devcon Colombia' event via the

You can watch the video of the first 'Web3 for Good' community gathering of the ReFi Turkiye program, including blockchain student communities via

You can access the Medium article on 'imece Dialogues', a webinar that examines the process of educational institutions adapting to change, via the

You can find evaluations of ReFi Turkiye's objectives during its inception process via the

Highlights from the Episode:

  • 1:01 "Blockchain Journey"
  • 04:59 "Can Universities Keep Up with the Pace of Digitization?"
  • 09:48 "Perspectives of Students towards Blockchain Clubs"
  • 15:28 “Web2 versus Web3’’
  • 21:25 "Where is Turkiye in the Web3 Ecosystem?"
  • 28:45 "The Excitement of Growth for Web3"
  • 31:25 "Risks Arising from Web3"
  • 34.24 "Are Unlimited Potential, Resources, and Freedom with Web3 Possible?"

What We Discussed In This Episode:

One thing about Web3 is that it seems to deliver more practical results compared to traditional structures: "I think my content and products have a much bigger impact, spread more easily, and reveal their true value much more easily. No matter what I do in the Web3, it can emerge anywhere in the world, even in random places. It's amazing to see someone recognizing and appreciating something I created a while back, and it makes me really happy." While questioning the shortcomings of traditional educational institutions, other options for professional development are highlighted: "When I decided to continue to blockchain, I decided to gather a ton of knowledge from different sources I found on my own, various people, and online resources. I wanted to create my own career path." One of the points expressed is that, unlike other areas, the shortcomings in the Web3 area are worked with a social interaction: "Hundreds of people are constantly thinking about how we can solve problems and create better tools for #Ethereum. We try to come up with different solutions by interacting with each other and people from different sectors, or at least we try to understand what's going on."

When considering the risks of Web3, there's a belief that "we're still in the early stages of this ecosystem, and I think we can establish a healthier culture and philosophy by spreading it to more people and different places."

The collaboration within the ecosystem is also emphasized: "Their approach is very different. Everyone shares ideas, and there's no concept of stealing. We feel safe and think the only thing we need to do is work."

One of the hopes for the field is quite intriguing: "I imagine a place where we can create our own ideas, maybe my approach is too utopia, but I envision a new order where we have the freedom to choose whatever we want."