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    About the Incubator

    The Decentralized Impact Incubator is a 6-week program built off of the traditional idea of a hackathon to ideate and prototype blockchain-based solutions to global social and environmental challenges. We are calling it an incubator because we will challenge you to build an actual, deployable solution on the ground, more than just code. During the competition, participants from around the will gather to form teams, study human landscape, design business models, and define impact metrics. Teams need to pass through weekly checkpoints and are guided by mentors throughout the process. Winning projects will receive grants and training to support continued development.

    Prizes

    Cash prize of $50,000 USD to best teams of each challenge category:
    • $10k for winners, $2.5k for runner-ups.
    • Business development training for all winning teams to accelerate solutions beyond PoC stage.
    • Exposure and visibility across BSIC channels, networks, and more.
    • Opportunity to showcase their solutions in front of the most reputable impact investors, NGOs, philanthropists, charities during conference in June in Washington, DC.

    Timeline

    Registration and Team Formation:

    ‌ March 21st - April 16th

    Competition:

    ‌ April 9th - May 21st

    Judging:

    ‌ May 21st - June 4th

    Winners Announced:

    ‌ June 4th

    Judging Criteria

    • Weekly checkpoints (which will guide you to create an excellent White Paper)
    • White Paper (optional, in case of updates/changes uncovered in your weekly checkpoints)
    • 5-min video demo demonstrating:
      • A description of your early stage idea: The challenge of your choice and the overview of your solution.
      • An explanation of your business model: How does your solution create value and be financially sustainable?
      • Prototype / Proof-of-concept: A minimum viable product that captures how your product functions.
      • Timeline for sustained development: A plan for project's growth beyond the scope of the incubator.

    Get Started

    Register for the Challenge
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    Refugees Challenge

    From Myanmar to Syria, geopolitical instability has created the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII. 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced, and lack of identity, opaqueness of process, insufficient aid and political obstructions are adding to their undue burden. Blockchain technology is often touted as a solution to uplift refugees, providing services ranging from self-agency and educational credentialing to crisis response and evidence collection in dangerous regions. As the technology matures, it has become more durable, reliable, and appropriate to deploy in many of these use cases.
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    Democracy Challenge

    Secure voting, protected privacy, free flow of information...these ideas empower an equitable, distributed world, but they are also the most susceptible to violations. Blockchain is a “political” “human” technology. The central ethos of the technology is about inclusion and equality, cutting out the intermediary where corruption and collusion breed. Dive deep into the world of democracy, autonomy, and self-sovereignty, and you will see many opportunities for blockchain to benefit the vulnerable populations of the world.
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    Hardware Challenge

    As more and more blockchain for social impact projects pop up, a pattern of problems has arisen. How do we reduce the need for human verification? How do we allow for localized blockchain access in low infrastructure areas? How do we create trusted automated interactions between IoT devices? There is an increasing need for reliable hardware architectures to support blockchain solutions. Without those, blockchain remains out of reach for the majority.
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    Agriculture Challenge

    Poor agricultural practices are damaging the Earth's land and environment. Overgrazing and overdrafting lead to soil erosion. Slash and burn farming devastates our forests. Pollutants and harmful chemicals get recycled into aquatic ecosystems, endangering various species that rely on delicate natural habitats. Blockchain technology represents to increase the sustainability of agricultural practices through a plethora of ways. Securing the supply chain, reducing waste, and incentivizing better habits are just a few of the possibilities!

    FAQ for Competitors

    What do I absolutely need to know about the #ImpactIncubator?
    How do I join the Incubator Slack?
    Can I join multiple challenges or multiple teams?
    Can I add team members after registration? Can I change team members after registration??
    How do I see the forums? How do I see my Team Private Forum?
    I have problems accessing the forums. What do I do?
    What does my team do if mentors don’t show?
    What if I don’t want to use the forums?
    What must be in the forum?
    What counts as a usable submission?
    How do I drop out of the competition?
    How do we deal with in-team disputes?
    I’m having trouble uploading a project. What do I do?
    Why can only the team captain upload a submission?
    What should my final submission contain?
    What should my final submission not contain?
    What if I already submitted to the challenge for my use case?
    How will payments be distributed?
    Who owns the IP of my submissions?
    When will I know the results?

    FAQ for Mentors

    How many teams are there?
    What happens if I cannot reach my team?
    What teams are assigned to me?
    Can I see submissions from all teams or just my own teams?
    What happens if the team delays in submitting?
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