The hackathon provided new ideas for the transformation of Web3 from a concept into a product with practical application value.
What do 3D movies and Web3 avatars have in common? Do you think this question is particularly nonsensical? The answer, however, is that they do have something in common – they look good, but they don’t actually have much practical use. There are many Web3 projects that continue to emerge, but there is no evidence that they have practical utility. If you see who is Build products for Web3, and imagine what needs those products serve, and you realize that these builders look a lot like the people who built Web2.
At a recent hackathon, Tricia Wang, co-founder of Crypto Research and Design Lab (CRADL), said that Web3 is currently developing in the direction of repeating Web2. It is a small group of people who build tools for the majority of the world. The development of Web3 It should be built differently.
Web2’s biggest flaw is centralization
Many of the problems we encounter on Web2 boil down to a lack of representation and engagement of the people who build and use the tools, a notorious example being Google’s photo image recognition algorithm labeling black people as gorillas. Web2 leaders are designed and built in a direction that makes them profitable (based on an extractive advertising model), putting people’s needs and experiences second.
Despite mounting evidence that different teams can lead to better, more inclusive products, many of today’s Web3 builders are just Web2 builders with NFT Twitter avatars. But unlike Web2, it’s much easier for them to start learning Web3 and build a product that anyone can use, at least in theory.
A key part of Web3’s promise is that blockchain enables everyone to have sovereignty over their data, which is why Web3 is known as the “creator economy.” That’s why in Web3 we need everyone to be a builder. Because when you control the use of data (or community data), you can do so much more with it. Being a builder doesn’t mean you have to write code (especially as we move “no” to low-code Web3), it also means exploring the technology enough so that you can understand its use case scenarios and more Large environmental, social, policy and governance implications. But it’s also easy to get the idea “it’s a scammer’s business” when most of Web3’s conversations and headlines focus on billionaires, scams, and price swings.
How to Build a Healthy Web3 Culture
At the Crypto Research and Design Lab (CRADL), which I co-founded and directed, we look at how to enable more people to build community-focused examples of Web3. We learned that hackathons (especially at conferences) play an important role in how products come to fruition, that Chains dedicates an entire department to nurturing their developer ecosystem, and that hackathons are a key event for recruiting and maintaining talent.
Most hackathons, though, follow the typical behavior of a typical Web2 creator: the focus of crypto hackathons is usually on building, not listening. The education of hackathons is centered on the technology, not the people who use it, which creates a high barrier to entry even for new developers.
As Katherine Paseman, CRADL’s lead researcher for product research, explains, “In an industry like cryptocurrency, where the stakes are people’s life savings, digital identity or a pathway to financial freedom, avoid Silicon Valley ‘move fast and break the rules’ culture is worth it.
So, we asked ourselves: How can we design a new crypto/Web3 hackathon model that enables more participants to successfully build Web3 tools centered on the real needs of people and communities?
The idea was to partner with CoinDesk and HackerEarth to create Web3athon, a hyperlocal, people-focused crypto hackathon that brings together creatives and developers to solve some of the most pressing problems facing the community.
Here are some of their design decisions: First, instead of continuing to focus on mass adoption of Web3, they chose to make “hyperlocal” the overarching theme, as designing solutions for actual communities will ensure that the product is human-centric from the start , which is the foundation of any successful use case. To focus more on participants, they then narrowed it down to five pressing hyperlocal challenges that blockchain technology is well-suited to address: intergenerational wealth, financial health, sustainable culture and communities, environmental well-being, and disaster response and relief.
They then implemented a “people first, chain second” approach. So far, most hackathons in the crypto space have been single-chain. But what if the chain doesn’t fit your mind? What if all the people using your app skipped desktops and mostly used phones? Then, developing on a mobile-first chain is very important. They made Web3athon a multi-chain with a 16 layer 1 or base network, the first phase is two months so that participants have enough time to understand the problem they are solving and understand the chain, as the people-focused multi-chain hackathon will Produce faster and have better product-market fit.
Finally, the language of inclusivity in tech has emerged over the past few years in response to the growing problem of AI discrimination. In order to ensure that it is more popular with participants, and to truly build a Web3 culture, Web3athon has also adopted a more inclusive and broader language.
Just changing these few items, you can actually see a wider range of hackathon participants now entering. Lucy Edosomwan, a Nigerian-American-born financial literacy educator, data analyst, and digital strategist, told us, “I’ve done hackathons like MIT, but with Web3 marathons , I feel more aligned with the mission of building hyperlocal and making marginalized communities in Web3 the actual builders.
Ahmed Hamid, whose background in finance led him into investment banking, aviation finance and non-profit funds, assembled a team to develop Refound, a service for frontline and wartime journalists. The product. Jon Ruth, a solar panel installer, said: “As a non-technical person, I was encouraged to jump in and sign up for the Web3 Marathon, which was the first time I’ve been welcomed into a hackathon as a non-technical founder.
Most importantly, projects are now led by community leaders and built for their own communities. Community leader Henry Foreman, program director at New Mexico Community Capital, is launching IndigiDAO to support U.S. entrepreneurs in advancing investment, capital, grants and NFTs.
We are also seeing more beneficiaries of the Web2 era, such as startup founder Ronald Hernandez, a Venezuelan, who is creating an e-commerce platform with Web3 solutions for SMEs in Latin America. Some Web3 developers told everyone on the condition of anonymity after the game, “I think now it increases my chances of building something that people want.”
So far, we’ve seen hackathons in this format really change the culture of Web3, and by centering on community needs, more people from different backgrounds are inspired and empowered to build solutions. In today’s structural changes in the global economy, how to use Web3 innovation to benefit more people. If Web3 is to eventually become mainstream in the future, then we need builders to learn how to listen to people’s experiences and create application products that truly reflect the advantages of blockchain technology.
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