Up to 20K USD to each of the three teams selected to join the Incubation program
Access to mentoring and training by experts in blockchain
Promotion of your DApp in Cartesi's channels and additional publicity opportunities
Cartesi will invest +20K USD in a matching pool, to be distributed among the top three teams according to the Quadartic Funding system. But that’s not all! Any additional funds raised by the community will get added as a bonus to each team’s winnings.
In phase I, between September 14 - October 12, 2020, submit your application to join the Cartesi DApp Incubation program in partnership with Gitcoin. You may request a budget (up to 20K USD) that you think will be enough to fund your project for three months and set your own development milestones along with delivery deadlines. With the timely achievement of each milestone, a portion of the total amount you requested will get unlocked and paid out to your team.
In phase II, three teams will be selected out of all the applicants to build their Cartesi DApps, which must be submitted by February 1, 2021. Build your DApp in your preferred industry, while receiving mentoring from top experts in the field.
In Phase III, between February 8-19, an additional award will be determined by a Quadratic Funding system from Gitcoin. Cartesi will invest additional 20K in a matching pool (plus any extra amount raised by the community) to be distributed across the three projects in accordance with the number of votes each one has gathered.
September 14 - October 12, 2020Submit your idea by filling out the application forms
October 13 - October 22, 2020Review of applications
October 23, 2020Announcement of the three teams to join the incubation program
October 26 - January 25, 2020Incubation program, mentoring & DApp building
February 8 - 19Gitcoin community voting
February 1, 2021Submission of final DApps
February 26, 2021Announcement of the winning team to get the 20K USD award
Interested in DeFi? Applications built on Cartesi will be able to perform complex and intensive computation involving large amounts of data. These features give DeFi immense power, releasing it from the current scalability constraints of blockchain, in a fully decentralized way. Additionally, Cartesi allows for blockchain introspection. Parties can enter into contracts that depend on the entire state of the blockchain where the contracts are themselves defined.
Gamer at heart? Cartesi will unleash vast new possibilities for blockchain games. You will be able to use traditional tools and libraries that can be compiled for Linux for your decentralized game logic. Additionally, game state processing will be free from the computational limits and high fees of blockchains without the need to sacrifice decentralization. Check out Creepts https://creepts.cartesi.io/en/, our first tower defense game
Come up with an idea that will improve a social cause, such as safeguarding data privacy, improving the lives of others, facilitating transactions in communities, monitoring violence and other similar causes.
Build a Cartesi DApp in any field you choose. Put your creativity at work.
Originality and creativity of the idea
Functionality of the code and the DApp
Practicality and expected reach
Great user experience (when applicable)
No plagiarism or infringement on intellectual property rights
Relevance and priorities of the Cartesi ecosystem
Solving a true problem
Ability of the team to continue development
Team’s qualifications and proven experience
Clarity and quality of the technical proposal
Clear deliverables and milestones
Proposed product documentation
Security of the DApp’s users
Development methodologies (e.g. automated testing, CI, tools, processes)
Blockchain, Web3, Astrophysics, Maths, Investments, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Full Stack Innovator
Business Development, Product Management, Strategy and Innovation Consulting and Venture Capital Investment.
Co-Founder of IOTA
Senior Researcher at Universidade do Porto, Director of Research IOTA Foundation
Biz Dev at dfinance
Core developer, architecture designer and project manager.
Co-Founder and R&D Lead at dfinance
Blockchain Developer. Team Management. Web Development
CTO of Cartesi
Researcher at IMPA, Post-doctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research Redmond.
CSO of Cartesi
Postdoctoral Researcher at Ecole normale supérieure,
Vice President, Growth at Matic
Computer Vision, AI
Yes you can participate as an individual or as a team with as many members as you wish.
During the call-for-applications phase, you can submit as many ideas as you wish. If you are selected to join the program, you can submit and work on only one DApp, and you will be judged based on that.
Yes, of course you do.
All communication will be in English and all submissions must be in English to be considered eligible
You can leave the program whenever you want. Payouts will be unlocked according to certain development milestones agreed with Cartesi. This means that Cartesi will be having regular meetings with you to evaluate progress.
Quadratic Funding is a mechanism that enables communities to dictate how a pool of funds is distributed among open-source projects for public benefit.. Find out more here. Cartesi will offer a $20k matching pool to be distributed to the top three Cartesi projects. But the community gets to decide how those funds are distributed among the projects by "voting with their money" (ie. donating).However the match is not a 1 to 1 ratio, each project's matching amount is decided by both the number of unique donors and the amount donated. A $1 donation can go a long way!
Check out "Quadratic Payments: A Primer" and "Quadratic Funding in a Nutshell" to get a better understanding. As a very simplified example, to demonstrate the "quadratic" nature, two individuals donating $5 each will earn the same match as one individual donating $25. Essentially, the idea of this mechanism is to give more power in allocating funds to the masses, as opposed to the wealthiest. The number of individual donors is weighted more heavily than the size of donation.
Each of the three selected teams will receive up to 20K USD each.
You will have a chance to book an online meeting with available mentors on a first-come-first-serve basis. Simply check who is available and book as many meetings as you want.