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TechnologyI am Tim M. Zagar, co-founder of ICONOMI fund management platform. This is our first recurring AMA!

Nov 15th 2016 by TimICONOMI • 50 Questions • 84 Points

Hey Reddit people, I'm Tim Young. After finishing my BSc in Psych in 2008 (and winning 10k in an online poker tournament mid-2008), I went on a working holiday to Fernie Ski Resort, BC, Canada. After 3 months working on the mountain, I broke the c5/c6 vertebrae in my neck while snowboarding on a trip to Whistler, BC. I then spent 6 weeks in Vancouver Hospital on a ventilator, a further 3 1/2 months on a ventilator in Middlemore hospital New Zealand, 5 months in spinal rehab, then later a further 4 months in spinal rehab in Christchurch, NZ after surgeries. My travel insurance bill was over $100 billion $1million. I was in Christchurch for both catastrophic earthquakes in 2010/2011. Since hospital I've done all the things I bragged about in the title.

I'm doing this AMA to build publicity and support for the kickstarter campaign for my video game, Rocket Island! I have used all of my pedagogy research and experience in educational technology to design and develop Rocket Island, after learning to program games from YouTube tutorials. Rocket Island will hopefully be developed in Virtual Reality and for different languages. I aim to raise enough funding and ultimately profit from developed countries so I can distribute Rocket Island for free to developing countries.

Please watch video in link below for a great overview of the project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/educationthesedays/rocket-island-immersive-and-fun-3d-educational-vid Edit: Pretty please consider pledging a couple of dollars to increase number of backers and to build momentum.

The NZ Herald covered my story last week: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11739893

I'm a long time redditor but learned from the Bone Zone to use a throwaway.

Here's my proof: http://imgur.com/a/FPPQf

AMA about life in general or my project :-)

Q:

1) Will the assets in our open fund management portfolio be locked on ICONOMI? or will it be the open fund managers responsibility?

2) Will their be an internal exchange to trade the open fund management assets?

3) Do we need to have cryptoassets pre-purchased and added to our open fund?

4) Will their be anti-fraud security measures in place or is this trust dependant on who your open fund manager is ?

5) Will the open fund managers be able to customize their fee (profit % for running their fund)?

6) Will there be % details on gains and loses similar to ICNX/ICNP?

7) Will we have custom introduction/details on our funds ?

8 ) Will the investors of the open fund management need to pay in FIAT or is BTC/ETH and other currencies accepted for shares in the custom open funds?

A:

Woah:

The young entrepreneur invested the ACC compensation payment he received after his accident into the stock market, he "did alright" and used his earnings to buy a house.

Was that a bit of a risky gamble in hindsight?

How much is "alright"?


Q:

1) Assets will be kept by ICONOMI.

2) You will be able to enter and exit investment fund positions from/to cryptocurrencies. But there will not be an exchange functionality with live trading books available as a stand alone product.

3) No. Assets will be managed by the ICONOMI platform. This includes entering, exiting and keeping the assets safe.

4) Yes, there will be several anti-fraud measures enforced. For example, the most obvious one will be the prevention of fund managers pumping certain tokens using fund’s assets, while at the same time dumping his/her personal assets on an exchange. It will be a continuous learning process. We’ll begin with a small control group and gradually expand in accordance with the feedback received. Security measures will be the same for all the assets on ICONOMI.

5) Fund managers will be able to customize their entrance, exit, management and performance fees within a valid fee range set by ICONOMI. If a manager will disable the performance fee, the fund will become a coin traded fund (CTF), with a possibility to be traded outside of the ICONOMI platform.

6) Yes.

7) Yes - each fund on the ICONOMI platform will have its own presentation page.

8) Investments into the funds on the ICONOMI open fund management platform will be possible with cryptocurrency. However, there will be a simple ramp up process for FIAT investors which will involve the exchange of FIAT currencies into cryptocurrencies.

A:

I invested about 40k (not all of my money) into 10 different ventures with varied risk, after lots of research, so I was pretty safe but obviously not immune. I made 25-30k over a couple of years.


Q:

Can ICNX & ICNP be listed on NASDAQ or NYSE exchanges? How soon before we see them listed there?

A:

Nice.

2 years ago I fell playing soccer and broke my c2. I was very lucky though and had no major issues after the bone healed. However I still have ongoing problems like headaches and neck pain that may never go away. There are days where I get very pissed off with it all. Then i find a thread like this and it puts it into perspective.

Very inspiring. Keep it up.


Q:

Your guess is as good as ours :)

A:

Thanks :-) I'm glad you healed well. 2 years isn't long though, my body was still adjusting until about 5 years, so if you keep up with physio and range of neck movement, hopefully you'll keep improving.


Q:

My question is regarding Performance Fund. I know Iconomi recently invested in Golem and more will come in the future. I was wondering how this will be managed in terms of adding or removing projects from the funds in order to invest in other ICOs or take profits.

When and how will Iconomi take profits and sell its position? (either parcially or totally)

A:

Thanks for that. It sure feels long :)

Overall, I'm probably having more good days than bad ones in the last while so need to stay positive.

Wish you well. It's folks like you that motivate others in similar situations.


Q:

In our recent blog posts (https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-performance-fund-is-launched-with-the-first-investment-588ea41e95ab#.unu3q0287) we have described the results of 2 months of ICO evaluations. Right now there are 3-4 projects that could meet our criteria. For now they are as follows: the project itself, the business plan, the team behind the project and their milestones. Projects should be interesting long-term. These projects are predominantly in the infrastructure space (such as Golem), but we’re also seeing some projects like ICONOMI, with planned revenue streams and possible dividends.

We don’t have an answer regarding the selling positions at this point.

A:

I'm glad I can help :-) I wish you well too.


Q:

How and when will it become possible to invest in the Iconomi.INDEX & Iconomi.PERFORMANCE funds?

A:

Just made a pledge on KS. Best of luck with the game.


Q:

It will be possible to invest once the funds are launched. ICONOMI.index will open by the end of this year. New investment batch for the ICONOMI.performance fund is planned to open in Q1 2017.

A:

Thanks so much! I really appreciate it :-)


Q:

Swiss government just announced they want to push Fintech companies and make it easy for them to get their business regulated. Swiss government wants to have all regulated soon. Kind of Banking licences will be issued with much less hurdles. Wouldn't it make sense to have an office in Zug, Switzerland? It will be the place to be for Fintech companies. And will give you more confidence for future investors with a address in Zug, Switerzland

A:

speaking of the bone zone, can your girlfriend enjoy your bone zone?


Q:

We are looking into different options, and Switzerland is one of them.

A:

Already answered

Wise edit


Q:

Question regarding referral program:

Have you yet decided on how referral/affiliate programs will work. Will it apply to both acquiring more customers to invest in funds and acquiring customers to OMF platform

Question regarding acting as Fund Manager on OMF platform:

How do I know if it’s legal to offer “crypto fund management” services in my country? I have a bunch of friends interested and wanting to invest in my funds, but I’d like to scale this up and offer my services to the masses. Will Iconomi/Cashila offer any legal counseling for this?

Question regarding the amount of Funds one can manage:

Is it going to be limited to one, or am I able to start up multiple funds for different risk types / portfolios etc.

A:

i was too excited to use bone zone i didnt think to check :P


Q:

We will announce our affiliate program in 2017, including all the pertinent details.

ICONOMI will continue to monitor the legal statuses in different jurisdictions and exclude some of them if so required.

You’ll be able to set up as many funds as you like for the exact reasons you have mentioned.

A:

I know the feeling :-)


Q:

I know the whole thing about NDA but Is it safe to say that ICN should be available in new exchanges before the end of the year ?

A:

Do you really?

r/imgoingtohellforthis


Q:

We can’t say anything.

A:

Haha touche


Q:
  1. Would ICNX and ICNP be another smart contacts on Ethereum?

  2. Would there be the feature of auto reinvest? Eth dividends reinvested to buy more icn or icnp or ICNX.

  3. Would profit (obtained by management fees)be divided into 87 m or 100m ICNs?

  4. What would the minimum number of ICN required to receive dividends?

  5. Can Icn come in ICNX after two months?

  6. Are you planning to partner with Wings?

A:

Hey Tim, just wondering - when you gonna chill the fuck out and stop making us all look bad?

Jk man. I wish you a long, beautiful and productive life.


Q:

1) ICNX is a coin traded fund (CTF) and all CTFs will be released as an ERC-20 token on Ethereum. ICNP will be tradable on the ICONOMI platform alone.

2) This feature will be added in a subsequent update of the ICONOMI platform.

3) Profit will be divided equally among the 100M tokens that represent the complete ICONOMI equity.

4) The exact number of minimum ICN will vary with time. However, if you will keep your ICNs at an exchange that will support dividends or pool providers that will emerge, then any amount will do. Currently, this number will be fixed at 42 ICN. The cost of dividend distribution should be proportionally lower than the value of tokens one has.

5) ICN will not be included in ICNX. Obviously, that would be a conflict of interest.

6) This subject is covered by my recent post. https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-performance-fund-is-launched-with-the-first-investment-588ea41e95ab#.amg7xoz55 The same is valid for Wings: “The specific projects the fund invests in will be transparent but will be announced after the conclusion of each ICO to avoid any market speculations.”

A:

Haha thanks :-)


Q:

Whats the Iconomi adresses of the team members? and how long is it forbidden for you to sell the shares?

A:

Can I please help develop your game? I live in Canterbury too.


Q:

The addresses do not exist yet. Tokens are kept by ICONOMI. The rule we have in place is that the ICN tokens are vested over 2 years with a cliff of 6 months. This means no one receives anything for the first 6 months, while the rest is received in proportional monthly amounts over the next 18 months (24 months - 6 months). The addresses will be made public once they are created.

A:

Definitely maybe! PM your details and I'll be in touch if I raise enough monies. Unless you don't need money? Do you have experience with Unity?


Q:

May you get any info about ICONOMI founders club debit card? When we will get our free card and how we can use it? Just standard use or some new features related to your platform?

A:

I don't know if you're still answering questions and this is probably a dumb one but how do you drive if you can't use your arms and legs?


Q:

Debit cards will be available after the launch of the ICONOMI investment funds. More information will be published in 2017.

A:

Hand controls. Left hand has a glove with a pin in it which slots into the steering wheel to turn. Right has a glove that controls brake/accelerator, push/pull lever respectively. The head rest has buttons for indicator and high beam/low beam, which I control with my head. Auto gears, and auto windscreen wipers.


Q:

Could you give us the math behind the dividends ? or at least something estimated , If you make X profits , X dividends will be given per 1 ICN or something like that

A:

I don't have the physical level of problems you do but i am really struggling with disabilities. Despite not being as serious as yours, my ability to function is way less. The past 10 months I've hurt my knee and lost the ability to walk. Prior to that I've had a chronic condition for 17 years that impacts my upper body strength and is very painful. As a result I'm struggling with mobility. I am reliant on my husband ro carry my wheelchair down our house stairs so i can leave the house. That only happens on good days when my arms are strong enough to scoot me down while in sitting and when my husband has time to carry the empty wheelchair down and take me out. I can't self propel my wheelchair. I get intense pain when i do go out from overpushing my limits. As a result I rarely leave my home and my spirit and soul cry out desperately for the things of life i intensly miss such as a walk in the autumn leaves, a trip to Starbucks, a visit in a friends home, going on a little trip to a lake or park. The things you mentioned like travelling to 4 continents or going to school etc seem as far removed from my reality as a trip to Mars. I'd give every penny i posess to regain the ability to function in life. I am alive but not living. I guess what i want to know is how to do this. I'm not a quadriplegic and my disabilities are not as high yours, yet you live a life i can only dream of. Please, how do i function more like you? At this point, the ability to physically exit my own front door seems a dream. How do I find a life to live?

Thanks in advance for your consideration of my question. I'd be so grateful for your thoughts.


Q:

As long as we operate from crowdfunded assets, all profit will be distributed to the shareholders. Dividends are distributed equally to all addresses which are above the threshold for the receipt of dividends.

A:

That's tough. Aside from lobbying your government to provide carer support for those with disabilities, I would suggest trying to focus on the things you can do rather than the things you can't, and finding the courage to do things outside your comfort zone. Travel takes lots of planning to make sure everything is accessible, and it's definitely nerve wracking and uncomfortable (I had to bed wash while I'm away from home), but I was really motivated to find a way to see the world. Here's my travel blog if you're interested http://timsmosey.blogspot.co.nz/

I don't really leave the house often either, but with a computer and the internet, the world is my oyster. I studied online, except for a couple of block courses, and have tried to set up a career from home. Try to think about what you can do, set your life up to be fulfilling within that lifestyle, and try to forget about the rest. Also make long-term goals about where you want to be and take small steps (so to speak) constantly to work towards that dream. It will happen eventually. Good luck and Kia Kaha.


Q:

Iconomi itself has invested $ 5 million and another$ 5 millions get from other invited investors the performance fund.

If there is a profit of $10 million. $8 million goes to its investors and $2 million to ico investors. Out of that $ 8 million , Iconomi (as it has invested half the total capital, gets half of the profit which the investors get in total ) gets $ 4 million. We own profit Iconomi. So this $ 4 million belongs to ico investors.

So, In total we get $ 6 million (which is 60% of total profit).

Am I correct?

A:

Can you be more specific about your mobility ? What parts of your body are you able to move?


Q:

As long as ICONOMI operates from crowdfunded assets, all profit will be distributed to shareholders.

A:

Biceps, triceps (after tendon transfer surgery), deltoids, half of my shoulder muscles, and up.


Q:

1) What laws are most encumbering for Iconomi in terms of compliance in Slovenia?

2) What about in other countries, where fund managers may be operating, such as the US?

3) What are some strategies for how Ervin and the rest of the team are managing legal and compliance for Iconomi?

4) How will your legal and compliance resources be extended to fund managers?

A:

is it difficult to use your computer after your injury? If you are programming you must use it well but do you need special computers or software. It must be difficult to find out about all different options


Q:

1) ICONOMI is not based in Slovenia, therefore the Slovenian legislation does not apply.

2) ICONOMI will continue to monitor the legal statuses in different jurisdictions and exclude/adopt to some of them if so required.

3) There is a significant legal update being prepared. However, in short: - we have started cooperating with one specialised national law office; - we are on the verge of concluding a cooperation agreement with one proven international law office; - we are researching a large number of different jurisdictions; dealing with cryptocurrencies enables us to look basically at the whole world; - we have already established a Special Purpose Vehicle, ICONOMI Inc; - we are preparing, in cooperation with an US law firm, a legal opinion on the status of ICONOMI through the eyes of the US legislator (due to the fact questions of this nature were raised); - we are intensively researching the possibility of establishing a regulated, alternative investment fund in one of the EU countries.

4) Please see answer No 2 – the details are yet to be decided, but ICONOMI will always remain compliant with all pertinent legislation.

A:

I use my knuckle to type one letter at a time for small things, and the govt bought me voice recognition software which I use for longer messages/assignments. The govt also has technology specialists to tell you the options. Our healthcare is the shit.


Q:

With the recent announcement of Gav, Parity, and Melonport's collaboration in asset management, how will this affect ICONOMI? Will there be a joint effort between all or is project melon considered a different kettle of fish?

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ethcores-gavin-wood-collaborates-melon-hedge-fund-manager-crypto-portfolios-1591425

A:

Have you heard of the studies involving stem cells to reverse paralysis and would you participate if it were viable? Congrats on continuing to LIVE in a manner better than people without your injuries.


Q:

It is an interesting concept and we will definitely monitor the development. Time will show if there is a possibilty of cooperation.

A:

Yeah there seem to be quite a few studies that are progressing well. Maybe in 5-10 years when they've done enough human clinical trials I'll participate. I don't think it will get me walking, but I don't need to improve much to be independent and not need caregivers. But those treatments can lead to more damage, so they are still quite risky. Thanks :-)


Q:

I was wondering if you guys had attempted to get Iconomi added on larger exchanges...I know you might not be able to give us names because of NDA's but is it your intention to or have you already tried to get it added on more exchanges?

A:

First time asking in AMA's *Have you ever been bullied with this condition? *Have you used your great power to do awesome jokes like "I sit around a lot, but I still get to do many things." ?


Q:

NDAs require from us not to comment on our relationships with the exchanges. The listing of ICN is purely the exchange’s decision. Kraken is one of the exchanges that decided to list us for the time being.

A:

No, no bullying. I would verbally own them if they tried. Drunk people are annoyingly nice and supportive to the point where it's embarrassing for everyone.

Wheelchair jokes are easy and they always get a laugh so that's a good way to break the ice. What's small, black, and sits at the top of the stairs? Paraplegic after a house fire.


Q:

I often think that if I broke my neck I'd be done for. I don't have the funds to have multiple surgeries.

So, where did all the $ come from to keep you going?

A:

The awesome single-payer health care system in New Zealand. It's called Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). And travel insurance helped.


Q:

I thought ACC was only while in NZ?

A:

It also applies if you haven't been out of the country for more than 6 months.


Q:

C5/C6 quad here, I have a degree in CS and have been playing poker profissionally for the last 3 years. Grats for your project mate. I´m interested in how you approached girls after your accident, I´ve been only with hookers after mine (bone zone works fine with stimulation). Never been a true "playa" but I used to be fine and now I´ll fail or not even try. How did you get laid, engaged etc?

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Just being as confident as I could to talk to girls (fake it till you make it). Then it's a numbers game. Go on Tinder and online sites, be clean, and treat them with respect. Just keep trying. It took me a couple of years to find the right person, but don't settle for someone that won't make you happy long term. In my experience most girls (probably guys too) have to live through a few bad relationships before they realise what traits are important long term. Work on those traits, then just keep trying. You'll find someone eventually :-)


Q:

What was the first day of being a quadriplegic like?

A:

Good question. It was a bit shit tbh. I did a lot of thinking, but I was also high AF on morphine and so I was sleeping a lot before my first stabilising surgery. The Drs rightly diagnosed my very broken neck and said I wouldn't be able to walk. They didn't tell me I wouldn't be able to use my hands too, which took me a while to figure out. There was definitely some crying.

The day after, my mum had already arrived on a flight from NZ, so it was really good to have her there. Then more crying.


Q:

How has fighting through all of the adversity and struggle changed your perspective of the world? What things that have occurred would you change and do you think they would change where you would be at now?

A:

I don't think it really has. Trump being elected president definitely has.

I don't really understand your second question sorry.


Q:

As a negative thinking person I have always wondered how some people seem to stay positive and motivated no matter what. Any insight you could share?

A:

Mindset by Carol Dweck has some good insight. I think I have been lucky genetically, and in the environment I was raised, but I think it is a mindset thing and it takes practise. Also understanding positive/negative feedback loops and how positive thinking will impact your life, might increase motivation for you to develop a positive (growth) mindset as you will appreciate the influence it has.


Q:

As a person with almost zero physical ability, what are your thoughts on automation, and how it will affect society?

A:

I cannot wait, even though I will. The advancement of computers, touch screen smartphones, and the internet has already enabled me to do so much. I cannot wait till Google Home, Amazon Echo or other personal AIs develop a little more so I can be as productive as before my accident. Then a wheelchair/robot that could get me from bed to chair and back would be awesome. Obviously a decent Universal Income needs to be introduced to mitigate the damage automation will cause society.


Q:

Cheese! I was really hoping to come up with something more interesting than that but here we are. Any plans to spend some more time on the snow with a ski chair?

A:

Who even is this? Show yourself. Yeah I would like to but it's really expensive to hire the equipment and instructor.


Q:

Patches. You are now 1 of 2 people who know my Reddit username. What sort of money are we talking for a day on the snow?

A:

Oh hey! I won't dig dw. $100/hr for the instructor and more for equipment, but the sit ski really needs to be custom built or I can't do it for long. Snowplanet is the best place. One day I'll get a custom sit ski though.


Q:

Haha I don't have anything too worrying on here. I'd be happy to throw in a bit of dosh to get you back on the slopes when the time comes! And if I can help at all with this project let me know. I can't code but I have lots of free time if there is anything else useful I can do.

A:

That's what the Bone thought. Cheers maaaate! I would mucho appreciate if you contribute anything at all to my kickstarter, and convince any loved ones to join you :-) Let me know when you're in town.


Q:

Do you use electrical stimulation to maintain your musculature? What kind of physical therapy to you do to maintain your body?

A:

Yeah I use the Revitive footplate once a day to keep my feet healthy, as they can easily break down and are prone to infection due to my poor circulation. Otherwise I play wheelchair rugby, and use gloves with a theraband tied between them to exercise the muscles I have available in my upper arms and shoulders.


Q:

Were you in the earthquake a few hours ago? I noticed you never signed off and stopped answering questions. If you get a chance, check back in to let us know you are ok!!

A:

I'm way up north but it was still really strong here! Thanks :-)


Q:

What is your greatest accomplishment that you've succeeded during your life?

A:

Tough question. Probably completing my thesis for my Masters and finding a great female friend. I'm hoping Rocket Island will be up there.


Q:

Hi thank you so much for doing this! I am studying to become an occupational therapist specializing in spinal cord inpatient rehab. Would you be willing to share any OT experience you had, how you would rate the experience and your therapist, and what do you wish you could've told your therapist or wish they understood that you felt they weren't being sensitive to?

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What country are you in? Do they have good spinal rehabs? I had really good OTs that specialised in spinal and a couple of bad ones who didn't. The trick is to encourage and motivate without belittling and undermining. Also treat every person as completely different cases and try not to expect the same out of 2 people, even if they have the same break. Usually the young OTs are good. The annoying ones are usually older grumpy OTs stuck in their ways, just to make a few generalisations :-)


Q:

Psychologically, what do you credit with enabling you to adjust as well as you have?

A:

Just knowing that a positive outlook on life would mean I would be happier, and more likely to do well and achieve my goals. I think my BSc in Psych helped me to realise that really early - within the first week. Later on, joining a wheelchair rugby team was another boost to learn to be a successful quad (aka tetraplegic).


Q:

Where do you think you would be if you hadn't been injured?

A:

I think I would probably be worse off financially and in terms of reaching my goals. ACC provides me 80% of minimum wage for weekly compensation (until I earn more than that), which means I still live like a student, but I can focus on my passions and achieve my goals. It would have been difficult to achieve what I have with a full-time job. And my gf is amazing, so I couldn't have done better there.


Q:

She got a sister? haha

Seriously though, good on you man. Keep it up.

A:

No but she's got a brother who's a bit of alright if you're that way inclined. Cheers :-)


Q:

I'm just curious - do you think your life would be different if you'd been a woman? I constantly see disabled men who have girlfriends/wives, but very few disabled women who find men who will love them.

A:

From my experience, someone's personality is the main reason for whether on not they find someone, rather than their gender. The three ladies I know in chairs all have partners. There are many more males in chairs than women however, which may lead to your confirmation bias.


Q:

I had a friend who broke his neck diving into a lake and ended up as a quad. Great guy and he was doing his best to live his life but he had some serious depression issues. He kept a suicide bottle of Xanax and a note that he'd change the date on, periodically. He was 30 when I knew him and had been paralyzed for about 8 years. He said he just didn't know how long he could go on like that for. I lost touch with him and found out, years later, that he eventually did it.

How have you dealt with this?

Also, he actually got laid pretty frequently. He told me that there's girls who fetishize the quadriplegic situation and called them "quad hoppers". Have you encountered this?

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Not sure, I just have a different mindset I guess. Haha not really. It creeps me out when girls are overly interested. The gf keeps any advances at bay.


Q:

What are some surprising things about being a quadriplegic most people couldn't think of? Great to hear of all your success, good luck on your project :)

A:

Most people don't know about autonomic dysreflexia which is quite serious. Since spinal care is very specialised, most medical professionals/emergency staff know either nothing or not much about it, which makes it much more dangerous.


Q:

i Will donate some money, its not enought to bought the game but at least its something sorry, dollars are expensive here. I read some information about the autonomic dysreflexia and so you have to check every time for something "strange" low the spinal injury?

A:

Thanks a lot :-) That's okay, any amount is muchly appreciated!

Yeah, it's usually because my catheter is blocked, or as a warning to go poos (which can be slightly good so I don't have accidents). Sometimes it can be something more serious but it's really hard to pinpoint the problem. Having lots of kidney stones (because of lack of movement) has caused me quite a bit of trouble.


Q:

What are your plans for VR?

The natural interaction with hand controllers like on the Vive and the upcoming oculus touch controllers seem like a huge opportunity and a perfect fit for educational games, because even people without computer and controller experience can quickly jump in.

A:

Yeah I think it's a real opportunity to make education as immersive as possible. I've only looked at the feasibility of VR and possible ways to implement, but haven't fleshed out specifics yet.


Q:

Im sorry I know im extremely late but Which continent did you find to be the most accessible for you?? What was the hardest aspect of learning to drive??

A:

Every country was different. Italy's cobbles are bad but train service was good, South Korea didn't have many accessible taxis. I've heard Japan is better. Eastern Europe isn't great. Germany's pretty good. NZ is great :-)


Q:

This might be a dumb question, but how does sex work when you're in a chair? Do you have to move to the bed, or something like that? Your story is very inspiring. I wish you all the best.

A:

Family might read this, but we find ways :-)


Q:

Wow, very cool! I have wanted to create an educational game related to socially responsible engineering for a while. I have a computer science degree and a bit of experience with Artificial Intelligence, but I have had a hard time finding good resources on educational game design. Would you be able to please suggest some good reading on the topic? Textbooks, articles, anything really that you think would help me design a better educational game. Thanks, love your game concept!

A:

There is a good book called Mathematics Education for a New Era, that explains how to teach mathematical thinking in video games. Otherwise, Lave and Wagner (1991) teach about situated learning and the importance of teaching/testing in situations that are relevant to daily life; van Oers (2012 I think) that talks about including students in choosing what to learn, choosing their own goals and how to test skills etc to avoid them feeling alienated from learning process (which often leads to low motivation and behavioural problems); learn about differences and pros/cons for learning face-to-face or online/video games, as different environments affect social hierarchies between students, participation levels, and engagement. Learning these differences will help design the game so it compliments things students will learn in everyday life, such as social interactions and how to treat others. There might be some other stuff on my website you might find interesting :-) www.educationthesedays.com


Q:

Being in Canadian treatment: Were hormonal treatment options, specifically human growth hormone, ever discussed or used during your phenomenal recovery?

I've always been curious how open they are about treatments like this that involve increasing growth factors specific to nerves and brain function (brain-derived neurotrophic factor, BDNF)

Thank you.

A:

Not that I remember. Just some anabolic steroids


Q:

Do you have any sensation in your penis or testicles?

Glad you seem to be doing so well man:)

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None at all from 1cm above my nipples. Cheers


Q:

Can i make the music for your game? I'm also from NZ!

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Definitely maybe! PM me. I won't decide that till next year though.


Q:

With such a high injury, do you have to deal with Autonomic dysreflexia?

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All the time, it sucks. I get it almost everyday going toilet or if my catheter blocks or bladder spasms.


Q:

What does your girlfriend do when she wants some cock?

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Wise Edit


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Thanks for doing what you're doing. Games and enjoyable hands-on projects/experiments are the best means of educating. The heads of the U.S. public education system are already aware of this but in an another example of government organization self preservation (and job preservation, in addition to some even less ethical motivations that I won't go into here) they cling to the horrendously outdated, mind-numbing, intelligence-stifling (and sometime insanity-inducing) teaching methods.
My question is: How do you think we can make games a major part of teaching in public schools when there's such strong opposition to it?

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We need lots of positive examples of video games, and good press behind them. Keep sharing good projects and spread the word. Public opinion is slowly changing.


Q:

How long did it take you to program Rocket Island? Also, after it takes off, do you plan on updating the game in the future? Great Kickstarter video and thanks!

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So far it's taken 7 months to develop and longer to design. I'd say it will take a year or so to complete, depending on funding. Yeah I would like to update it to add languages, cell-phone features and gameplay, but again it depends on funds. Cheers :-)


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Sorry but I've got nothing to give, hence the crowdfunding. I find people are more willing to give funds to support an idea or product that they feel will allow you to continue to support yourself in the future. Don't give up, it takes a lot of thinking and research, but you'll think of something if you keep trying. Have you tried training as a draftsperson, 3d modeller or designer? You can do anything on a computer these days, but it takes time and effort to learn.


Q:

What's the first video you would suggest to watch on YouTube if others are interested in your path? I think you have a spectacular idea btw! I wish you complete success.

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Thankyou :-)

I learned the basics of javascript and coding in general from Khan Academy. I use Unity to programme, and there are heaps of introduction videos on the Unity website which I would try first. Then search for others on YouTube, but there are lots to choose from.


Q:

This may be an ignorant question, but is there any hope for a stem cell treatment that may improve your condition?

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Not quite yet, but hopefully in the future :-)