IBM Blockchain and Global Citizen announces Blockchain Contest for Humanitarian Aid

IBM is partnering with Global Citizens to have coders help rethink the way donor funds are tracked and accounted for. Participants in the contest will win VIP tickets to Global Citizen festival and meet with IBM and industry leaders on how the solution can be actualized.   

The contest duped Challenge Accepted, takes place between May 15 at the Consensus 2018– July 14 this year. They will announce Winners on July 31 on the website and social channels. The top 5 submissions will get the tickets to the join IBM at a Global Citizen Festival.

Boosting philanthropic accountability

Good enough! You will be using blockchain to ensure that the funds donated by impactful donor group the federal governments are used with transparency and accountability that Global Citizens demands and that they go to the people who need it most: boosting philanthropic accountability.  

The challenge is based on the one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals towards the United Nation’s #Envision2030 initiative, i.e. UN’s Goal 16 promoting peace, justice, and strong institutions. The leading application in the award will have its developers get a “workshop session with IBM, Global Citizen and industry leaders” to see how the innovation can become a reality. The code will also be made available to people to help change the world with blockchain.

Way to Participate

You will need to sign up for the “Starter Membership Plan (Beta) – Free” for free then head to the IBM Coder’s challenge page to get the tools and start work.    

Developers are tasked to develop a kind donation tracking application on the blockchain. So, needless to say, the application should be able to help in tracking funds usability for more accountability and transparency.

You will be given the tools needed and will need to 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.

What are some of the ways you think blockchain can help develop the society by helping to improve the use of donor funds?

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David Kariuki is a journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions including cryptocurrencies. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Hypergrid Business, Cryptomorrow, and Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review magazines.

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