Incubator2022-07-12T18:29:56+00:00

BSIC is partnering with GreenNFTs on a grant and mentoring program with seed-stage / ideation stage firms looking to drive impact across our ecosystem. GreenNFTs aims to unite the NFT community in action to bring awareness to best practices for reducing the ecological footprint of NFTs.  Started by Jason Bailey, joined by Fanny Lakoubay and others, GreenNFTs facilitates and incentivizes the development of community-driven open source solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of NFTs in the near and middle term while longer-term solutions are being developed by private organizations.

 
2022 cohort:

regrò is a reforestation and conservation project using POS blockchains to trace its status and progress, and to build a net of like-minded humans. Founded in 2019, the regrò project features today two active farms in Kenya and Italy, with a total of 85 acres. Both farms are committed to increasing soil health, biodiversity and water retention on their lands. It also includes reforestation and landscape restoration efforts.

BICOWG is a brain trust of crypto-climate experts from protocols, organizations and individuals.  This brain trust also supports coordination, tooling development, hosting forums and clearinghouse services.

SISU is making carbon credit purchases easy and accessible to the Web3 community and beyond. The idea behind SISU is how to create carbon offsets engaging and as simple as a click. People want to know where their money is going and have radical visibility. SISU is making this happen.

CleanNFTs is founded by Jose Andres, an Artist and Community Builder in the NFT space. In early 2021, he helped cultivate the CleanNFTs community to address the ongoing discussions about NFTs and their environmental impact. This community of concerned artists & developers evolved into a grassroots movement towards Proof-of-Stake chains like Tezos. 


Welcome to NFTs for Impact! 

Ideation bootcamp starting November 2021

 

The Decentralized Impact Incubator is a 2-part program, with the ideation bootcamp starting in November and the incubator development starting in mid-January 2021, focused this year on NFTs and their impact. This first ideation bootcamp will focus on formulating and designing blockchain-based / NFT-focused solutions to global social and environmental challenges. During the period, participants from around the world gather to form teams, ideate and work with our mentors and colleagues on the concept and business models. After the selection phase in January, the 3-week sprint with draft proposals, executables and related content will begin for those selected teams. For that phase, 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.

The Decentralized Impact Incubator is supported by members of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). BSIC is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization that incubates, develops, and collaborates on blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. For this year’s incubator, we are partnering with Green NFTs.

Green NFTs aims to unite the NFT community in action to bring awareness to best practices for reducing the ecological footprint of NFTs.  Started by Jason Bailey, joined by Fanny Lakoubay and others, Green NFTs facilitates and incentivizes the development of community-driven open source solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of NFTs in the near and middle term while longer-term solutions are being developed by private organizations.
 

JOIN AS A PARTICIPANT

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

 

BE A SPONSOR

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

BE A MENTOR

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

BE A JUDGE

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

SIGN UP AS A MENTOR, JUDGE OR SPONSOR

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.

Past Highlights

In past cohorts, 1200+ participants from 55+ countries have joined the challenge. More than 150+ teams were formed. 150+ mentors and 60+ judges took part in the process. 
A total of USD $100,000 has been granted to 16 winning teams.

During Phase 1, participants need to submit a clear problem, solution, beneficiaries and impact solution, applicability of blockchain technology and consider equity and inclusion.

 

The NFTs for Impact Incubator is supported by members of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). BSIC is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization that incubates, develops, and collaborates on blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. For this year’s incubator, we are partnering with Green NFTs and hosting the incubator on Gitcoin.