Decentralized Impact Incubator2018-08-23T15:26:00+00:00

Decentralized Impact Incubator

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The moment has come. We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Decentralized Impact Incubator 2018. Each of these projects has submitted their deliverables up to the highest standard, and stood out from a pool of 93 teams, 642 participants from 53 countries. Introducing:

#Democracy 1st Place >

Popchain – A decentralized open census protocol that was created to put the voices of under-represented and under-counted communities at the center.

Team members: Val Denay Mack (@thevaleriemack), Gael Gundin (@GaelGuGu)

Twitter: @Popchain_us




< #Agriculture 1st Place (tie)

GreenBlocks – A decentralized, community-driven marketplace connecting urban farmers, landowners and consumers.

Team members: Philipp Beer (@Philipp_Beer), Lewis Daly (@lewdaly), Billy Garrison(@BlockchainBilly)

Twitter: @Greenblocks_net


#Agriculture 1st Place (tie) >

Thor – A decentralized weather data system that uses blockchain to store and distribute raw weather data.

Team members: Ylli Vllasolli (@Yvllasolli), Charlotte Stephens (@charlotteweb18), Bayo Akins (@BayoAkins), Erica Sundberg (@elliica), Stephen Jackson (@_stevejaxon)

Twitter: @ThorWeather


< #Refugees 1st Place

unCHAINed – A digital identity and resource allocation system that empowers refugees and displaced persons with self sovereignty, while making the aid distribution process faster, more effective, and more efficient.

Team members: Trevor Campbell, Sam Blumenthal, Gurmeet Budhraja, Madhu Machavarapu, Urja Pawar, Todd Schultz

Twitter: @unCHAINed_ID


#Hardware 1st Place >

Kidner Project – A decentralized protocol to facilitate kidney paired donation while preserving privacy and confidentiality.

Team members: Sajida Zouarhi, Maroussia Arnault, Amelia Lintern-Smith, Noah Basri, Clément Massonnaud, Mathieu Vincens

Twitter: @KidnerProject


< #Democracy 2nd Place

Akshar – A platform that incentivize teachers based on the student performance and provide transparency of funds to donors.

Team members: Rahul Bansal, Siddharth Swarnkar, Sundari Narayan Swami, Bhavyaa Rastogi, Carlos Rojas Noverón, Dr. Hugh Gosnell

#Refugees 2nd Place >

Arcadia – A suite of software tools and services that enable NGOs to provide cash transfer services to refugees.

Team members: Elisa Pasquali, Anca Zamfir, Ioana Stanescu

Twitter: @ArcadiaBlkchn


< #Hardware 2nd Place

Aphetor – A new consensus mechanism for asserting and verifying the identity and reputation of charging stations, EVs, and drones, and automating the exchange of energy and payments between distributed charging  stations and battery-electric machines.

Team members: Alexander S. Blum, Meredith Finkelstein, Seth Weiner, Chris Jaroszewski, Peter Lyons

The Decentralized Impact Incubator is a 6-week program to ideate and prototype blockchain-based solutions to global social and environmental challenges. During the period, participants from around the world gather to form teams, design business models, draft proposals and code. Teams need to pass through weekly checkpoints and are guided by mentors throughout the process. Winning projects will receive grants to support continued development.

The scope of these challenges includes early-stage ideas for a product/solution, innovative business models, a timeline for sustained development, and if possible, a prototype, but not continuations of projects that are already beyond testing phase.

Decentralized Impact Incubator is supported by members of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). BSIC is a community of impact-focused entrepreneurs, investors, and humanitarians who convene to share resources, knowledge and cutting-edge blockchain technology to address global social and environmental issues.


Work in a small team to solve a challenge of your choice. Your goal is to demo a deployable blockchain-based solution.


Get involved as a Sponsor by contributing capital to teams’ continuing development of solutions after the Incubator period ends.


Share your business, technical, and subject matter expertise to guide teams through weekly checkpoints. Typical commitment is 3-5 hrs per week.


Review teams’ submissions given set rubrics. Judges are experts experienced in designing and deploying impact solutions in the challenge category.

Ethereum Developer Resources

The Ethereum blockchain has a robust set of tools and infrastructure that allow decentralized applications (DApps) to be quickly built and iterated on. This makes it a perfect fit for a rapidly paced hackathon exploring new and emerging applications.

  • Truffle – A development environment, testing framework, and asset pipeline for Ethereum.

  • MetaMask – A Chrome browser extension that manages keys and enables web-applications to interact with any ethereum blockchain network.

  • INFURA – Provider of remote Ethereum and IPFS nodes.

  • Solidity – A popular high-level language used to write smart contracts.

  • Ethereum JavaScript API – The API used by web applications to access the Ethereum blockchain.

  • IPFS – A P2P system that implements a filesystem.

  • Lightwallet – One implementation of an Ethereum JavaScript wallet.

  • ethereumjs-wallet – Another alternate implementation of an Ethereum wallet.

  • TestRPC – A simulated blockchain for fast testing and iteration.