Create an app to crowdsource and crowdfund collaboration on maps of problems.

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 $60k prize is for creating such an app.


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

The Challenge



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'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.

The App
Features

The app 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 and 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 app builders can develop various ways to engage with the data (e.g. JSON blobs)

Inspirations Design
When you build the app, you can use these as examples for designs.
Musicmap
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Roam Research
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Futures Narratives
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The Brain
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Infranodus
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Miro
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Inspirations Data Sets
When you build the app, you can use these as examples to test visualization.
Graphs in Starships & Tokens
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Nodes from Longevity Tech Tree
International Roadmap for Semiconductors
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Roadmap for Molecular Nanotechnology
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Alexei Turchin’s roadmaps
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Build
Prize: Up to $60,000
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.

Submissions
Find out more and submit your prototype on Devpost. Submissions must be open source using the MIT or CC0 license.
Submit your entry!

Deadline for Submission


Hackathon submissions: March 14, 2022

Prize awarded: March 28, 2022

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