6 teams win $17K in prizes + lots of honorable mentions

1,900+ students and young professionals from 28 countries signed up to participate in-person and remotely in Proffer’s inaugural hackathon, vying for $17,000+ in prizes for blockchain-based applications for societal good.

In the end, 93 participants from MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, IITs, and top engineering institutions around the world submitted projects, tackling problems in government and enterprise infrastructure, automotive / agricultural / pharmaceutical supply chains, insurance, micro-finance, peer-to-peer lending, AI data privacy, energy markets, e-voting on elections and government programs, crowd-funding public goods, crowd-sourced information exchange, and more.

After a week of deliberation by a panel of judges from Coinbase…


Nov 10–13, participate from anywhere, $12k+ in prizes

TL;DR

Proffer is teaming up with the IBM, Microsoft, Accel Partners, Coinbase, and Government of India to bring you a first-of-its kind blockchain summit and hackathon from Nov 10–13, dedicated to envisioning and building use-cases of blockchain for social good — beyond bitcoin, beyond currency.

$12K+ in prizes for your Dapps and smart contracts addressing corruption and inefficiencies in real estate, supply chain, finance, information exchange, national identity, or other sectors of your choosing.

Open to participants from anywhere in the world, with optional in-person workshops and hacking sessions taking place at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD).

Registration is…


Nov 10–13, $17K+ in prizes, participate from anywhere

TL;DR

Proffer is teaming up with the Government of India, IBM, Microsoft, Accel Partners, and Coinbase to bring you a first-of-its kind blockchain summit and hackathon from Nov 10–13, dedicated to envisioning and building use-cases of blockchain for social good — beyond bitcoin, beyond currency.

$17K+ in prizes for your Dapps and smart contracts addressing corruption and inefficiencies in real estate, supply chain, finance, information exchange, national identity, or other sectors of your choosing.

Open to participants from anywhere in the world, with optional in-person workshops and hacking sessions taking place at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD).

Registration is…


Determining ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for subjective crowd input using a global expertise bank and expertise-weighted reviews

In my last article, I wrote about the need for Social Search — using human intelligence and experience to answer questions that Google and AI cannot answer.

For a social search platform like Proffer (or any system that relies on crowd intelligence) to work and to offer high quality responses, there needs to exist a reliable system for evaluating crowd-provided answers — for categorizing answers as better or worse, right or wrong. Without a mechanism to measure ‘correctness’ of an answer, there would be no way to rank or filter the answer space. …


App #2 of Proffer’s 5 apps in 5 days series

Proffer Edu is a peer-to-peer question/answer based education app on the blockchain — one of 5 apps my teammate Sinchan and I built for Coinbase’s Toshi/Token Hackathon in June ’17 to explore use cases of social search on the blockchain. These 5 apps helped us iterate on the protocol design for Proffer, and collectively won the grand prize in the hackathon.

The goal of this article is to discuss why decentralized 1-on-1 education is a valuable pursuit, and how it can be implemented easily with Proffer, the foundational protocol for search through crowd intelligence on the blockchain.

Note: If…


Determining ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for subjective crowd input using a global expertise bank and expertise-weighted reviews

In my last article, I wrote about the need for Social Search — using human intelligence and experience to answer questions that Google and AI cannot answer.

For a social search platform like Proffer (or any system that relies on crowd intelligence) to work and to offer high quality responses, there needs to exist a reliable system for evaluating crowd-provided answers — for categorizing answers as better or worse, right or wrong. Without a mechanism to measure ‘correctness’ of an answer, there would be no way to rank or filter the answer space. …


5 winners from 3 continents taking home $19K in prizes + lots of honorable mentions

Thank you to the 1,400 students and professionals from around the world that signed up to participate, to the 350 of you that attended OpenEd.ai’s free ML and Data Science workshops in-person two weeks ago, and to our partners IBM, Google Developer Groups, Omidyar Network, Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, IIT Delhi, Camp K12, and NITI Aayog.

We received projects from 80 participants, and our judges Prof. Alexander Rush (CS prof @ Harvard, head of Harvard NLP), Denny Britz (Stanford, Google Brain, WildML.com), François Chollet (Google ML research, author of Keras.io), Joel Tetreault (NLP expert from Grammary, ex Yahoo! …


TL;DR: OpenEd.ai is awarding up to $17K in prizes and over $1.5K per participant in cloud credits for open-source AI projects solving problems in Education during the global AI for Education HackWeek (July 28 — Aug 4). Judges include Computer Science faculty from Harvard University and NLP experts from around the world (e.g. François Chollet, creator of Keras), and the event is generously supported by Omidyar Network (sponsoring grand prize of $6K), IBM, Google Developer Groups, Amazon Web Services, and Digital Ocean. Over 850+ students and professionals already registered to participate from MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, IITs and tech firms…


TL;DR: OpenEd.ai is awarding up to $19K in cash prizes and computing resources for open-source AI projects solving problems in Education during the global AI for Education HackWeek (July 28 — Aug 11). Judges include Computer Science faculty from Harvard University and NLP experts from around the world, and the event is generously supported by Omidyar Network (our grand prize sponsor), IBM Watson, Google Developer Groups, Amazon Web Services, Digital Ocean, and a number of other leading tech firms. Sign up now.

Six months ago, Nikhila and I met as students at Harvard, bound by a common interest in education…


Finding dates, doctors, and difficult answers through collective intelligence

Modified screenshot. Google gives results for this query but they’re meh.

“Who’s a good dentist in San Francisco?”
“Who’s the right guy/girl for me?”
“Where’s the bug in my code?”
“What job should I do next?”

Google is great and will keep getting better with time, but try asking these questions and you might find the answers less than satisfactory. …

Anshul Bhagi

Founder @CampK12, bringing k-12 education into the 21st century. Applying blockchain tech @GenBlockchain, @ProfferNetwork, ex mckinsey google, MIT/HBS grad

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