Blockchain Charity Donation Contest Announced By IBM And NGO Global Citizen

Announcements, Blockchain | May 14, 2018 By:

Tech giant IBM has partnered with non-governmental organization Global Citizen to present a blockchain for good developer challenge.

Headquartered in New York, Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. To date, the actions by their global community, along with their advocacy efforts, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $30 billion that is set to affect the lives of one billion people.

Called Challenge Accepted, the contest aims to improve the lives of impoverished and at-risk people. This challenge gives developers a real-world application to hack on that addresses a major issue in the NGO world and is directly related to the United Nation’s Envision 2030 initiative.

Challenge Accepted, which will run from May 15 to July 14, aims to create an incentive for the creation of a blockchain platform that can be applied to tracking philanthropic commitments from their receipt to their eventual utilization. Using the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan, developers will be given easy access to the IBM Blockchain platform, where they can set up a test network and develop their initial product.

“Build a simple three-member network on IBM Blockchain platform (Government,, Global Citizen) where cause-specific pledges and fund transfers are made by the government, registered with aid organizations and validated by Global Citizen,” IBM said. “We walk you through every step of the blockchain development process.”

The winning submission will have their minimum viable product (MVP) featured on IBM’s website and their code will be made available to thousands of people working to change the world with blockchain. The winning submission will also get a workshop session with IBM, Global Citizen, and industry leaders to discuss how this application can become a reality.

Simon Moss, co-founder of Global Citizen, said that Challenge Accepted asks developers to construct the foundational layer of the much-larger lifecycle of impact and accountability tracking, validating government and large corporate commitments and fund transfers resulting from Global Citizen’s advocacy work.

“Bringing trust and transparency to the world of commitment accountability and impact tracking presents a strong use case for blockchain technology,” said Moss. “Blockchain used wisely will make the world more open and equal, help create a better balance in how data is shared and managed – for the many, not just the few.”