SNI Winter 2022
Hackathon Call
Calling all Earth-minded innovators, eco-hackers, blockchain environmentalists, and nature/web3 thinkers!

Hackathon dates: February 4th-6th, 2022
Location: the Metaverse (online!)
For our Winter 2022 Hackathon, Sovereign Nature Initiative will be asking teams to:
Develop ideas that enable representation of non-human life, establish governance models and empower ecosystems to act in their own interests and to produce and capture value in their own right. We invite you to define "value" broadly and consider in addition to practical ecological value other qualities such as beauty and inter-connectedness. Your idea should support SNI's broader goal to go beyond common approaches towards sustainability and break the cycle of human domination over 'nature'.

In thinking about identity and value, we are especially interested in solutions that acknowledge the challenges and opportunities of human design and architecture in dialogue with nature. We urge you to consider built environments where human/nature harmony is the goal.


One example of such a semi-built environment is De Ceuvel, a post-industrial reclaimed former shipyard in North Amsterdam that operates as a sustainable planned workplace for creative and social enterprises, a unique land trust, and a laboratory for new ideas. Your technology may wish to help address some of the following real challenges faced at this space as examples of practical applications. We offer these merely as points of inspiration as your solution may not attempt to 'solve' or to join in any of these concerns, but you may want to use one of De Ceuvel's ongoing efforts as a point of reference for your ideas.
The winners of our Hackathon will see their solutions showcased at a live event at De Ceuvel in the late spring of 2022.
Areas of interest for this organisation that may be relevant to your work:
Land Ownership ("Land Trust") and models of public / private / nature partnership
Soil Repair through Phytoremediation: Plants that absorb, stabilize or exhaust high concentrations of pollution.
Data Collection and Sensoring (Air quality monitoring, toxicity testing, etc.)
Rewilding / Native species restoration
Urban agriculture / Aquaponics

SNI's Winter 2022 Hackathon is a juried competition with a coin prize (10,000 $OCEAN and 3,000 $POP) plus €5,000 cash. Winning teams will be given the opportunity to further develop the solution submitted and integrate it as part of the Sovereign Nature Tech Stack.

Together with other stakeholders who are part of the SNI ecosystem, the top three winning teams will also be invited and have the opportunity to showcase their technology at a public event at De Ceuvel in Amsterdam in May 2022.

2022 Jury Members
Andrea Leiter
Co-Founder & Head of Research, SNI
Trent McConaghy
Founder, Ocean Protocol
Karl Burkart
Co-Founder and Deputy Director, One Earth
Catherine Bischoff
Danielle Bennett
Investor Blueyard
Ewald Hesse
Co-Founder, SNI

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