The Invitation

Could we be making more progress, faster? Are there problems to solve, or capabilities to gain that are "unlocks" for the next steps of civilization?


Imagine writing down 99 problems for your domain. Alongside a million other people! Now make it easy to gather the problems into maps. It’s a network of problems!


Or let’s start from the top. How do we chart - and fund - humanity’s challenges, from cracking climate to exploring the cosmos? 


The point is not to agree; some solutions will seem like problems to others. The point is to coordinate with those solving similar problems, to find and fund new opportunities.

 

A good way to figure out if such maps are useful is by prototyping them. For that, we need an app that allows you to contribute, fork, and iterate. 

 

The main $30k prize is for creating such an app.

 

Or, you can constructively tell us why we’re wrong and win a $1k bounty.

 

The Hackathon

 

Create a fun app to open source collaboration on maps of problems (Miro-style) through crowdsourcing (Wikipedia-style) and crowdfunding (Kickstarter-style).

 

Individuals and communities will use it to coordinate on their local problems, such as Matters.Global's Problem Maps, or Foresight Institute's Longevity Tech Tree.

 

Others will use the app to incentivize desirable trajectories through the problem spaces, as described in Trent McConaghy’s Starships & Tokens, or Balaji Srinivasan's Tech Tree.

Requirements

The app you submit should allow the creation of maps that are:

  • Attractive
    simple, fun, futurist design (e.g. Civilization game)
  • Interactive
    anyone can modify and improve (e.g. Wikipedia)
  • Granular
    define goals, milestones at different levels (e.g. Roam)
  • Multi-perspective
    multiple “truths” can coexist, or fork off (e.g. Github)
  • Interoperable
    export and import data into other graph-based systems
  • Incentivization
    allows crowdfunding (e.g. via tokenization, crypto bounties)
  • Open
    open backend data so front-end developers can find various ways to engage with the data 
  • Mobile
    main features are available through a mobile-version of the app

    Requirements:

Your submissions must be open source using MIT or CC0 licenses.

We don't expect a perfectly working app. We'd love to see an exciting prototype for what such an app could look like. 

If we like the prototype and you enjoyed building it, we hope you consider collaborating with us on the creation of the actual app post hackathon.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2022, and the $30k prize will be awarded on March 28, 2022.

Questions or comments? Join our Discord for regular AMAs!

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Prizes

$61,000 in prizes

Best Prototype App

You built the best prototype app overall. Ideally, but not necessarily, you have some interest in a continued collaboration on actually building the app.

Constructive Criticism

Tell us constructively how this project could be improved and win $1000!

Special Feature Award

You built out one feature extremely well.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy
Ocean Protocol

Seda Roeder

Seda Roeder
Sonophilia Foundation

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson
Planetary Holdings

Allison Duettmann

Allison Duettmann
Foresight Institute

Amir Banifatemi

Amir Banifatemi
X Prize

Andy Zmolek

Andy Zmolek
Matters.Global

Matthias Roeder

Matthias Roeder
Sonophilia Foundation

Balaji Srinivasan

Balaji Srinivasan

Evan Miyazono

Evan Miyazono
Protocol Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Attractive
    simple, fun, futurist design (e.g. Civilization game)
  • Interactive
    anyone can modify and improve (e.g. Wikipedia)
  • Granular
    define goals, milestones at different levels (e.g. Roam)
  • Multi-perspective
    multiple “truths” can coexist, or fork off (e.g. Github)
  • Interoperable
    export and import data into other graph-based systems
  • Incentivization
    allows crowdfunding (e.g. via tokenization, crypto bounties)
  • Open
    open backend data so front-end developers can find new ways to engage with the data
  • Mobile-friendly
    main features are available through a mobile version

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