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the fathom whitepaper:

Status & Roadmap

This section will describe the current state of the different components the fathom-team is developing, how one can contribute and what we plan to build in the future. It also describes our plans to instantiate and initially support the network.


Smart Contracts

The assessment process of the fathom protocol as described in this document is fully implemented in solidity. The code, a testsuite and some supplementary simulations are in our gitlab repository.


We are also working on various user-facing applications to interact with the fathom protocol. Our first project was an arbitrary chat room application aloowing the creation of social environments based on on-chain data, which was a prototype for a platform for concept communities in fathom, as well as for a space to conduct assessments. The code for this project is in this repository. While we still subscribe to the idea of permissioned chatrooms, work is currently underway to refactor the work into different, more abstract parts that can be reused in a modular fashion. The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow in our blog or in the org-repo in which we keep an updated roadmap.

How to Contribute

It’s our philosophy to work out in the open as much as possible, so this section will lay out the documents we are using to structure our work and the process by which we invite volunteers to contribute.

All parts of our project are in our GitLab repository. The documents in the org-repo are a good place to start.

Also, we publish an approximately bi-weekly progress report on our blog to keep you updated about the development and about ways to engage with us and to help us prepare fathom for a successfull launch.

We appreciate any interest in fathom and seek input from individuals with all kinds of educational- or cryptoeconomic-related backgrounds. Feel free to reach out to us at contact@fathom.network or to create issues in our repo.

Instantiating the network

In order to bootstrap the network, we will run a decentralized learning bootcamp, aka the fathom playground. In brief, it will bring together a group of motivated learners that will receive the initial batch of network-tokens and use them to create credentials in order to coordinate their own learning. A detailed explanation of the plaground will soon be published on our website and our blog.


We believe that a participatory protocol tied directly to the communities practicing skills and defining ideas will diminish the gap between credentials that can be credibly assessed and issued and the wide variety of skills and abilities that people are capable of.

Tying economic incentives to this social process and ontology, such that they are both visible to everybody and aligned amongst all those participating, allows for fathom-credentials to be trustworthy and transparent.

By distributing the work required to communities, allows the system to scale and be accessible to anyone, no matter their previous records, achievements or socio-economic circumstances.

We believe that through these traits fathom enables a world where people are free to shape their own experiences, communicate them to others, and organize to achive shared ambitions.