What is HumanKind?
Geographically dispersed, and hunkered down in the middle of a pandemic, over 800 developers recently converged online to compete in the intense six-week virtual hackathon, Hedera20, focused on building the ultimate, decentralized app of the future.
Seeing the current disparity in the world and wanting to create something that would have a lasting social impact, our team spent the first week brainstorming over a dozen ideas, eventually consolidating and narrowing them down into a single project spanning the most promising aspects of each, called HumanKind:
HumanKind is a decentralized marketplace that aggregates, sponsors, and rewards altruistic behavior and random acts of kindness, giving back to the communities, businesses, and charities you care about. Essentially, the kinder you are, the more you - and the community you are a part of - get back.
Check out our pitch video.
It’s like Facebook marketplace meets Groupon but every aspect has a charitable component that gives back.
Simply Put: It Pays to Do Good Things
With the goal of aligning with Hedera’s mission of being “the trust layer of the internet,” and create a new “trust layer of social good,” we got to work. Knowing we couldn’t create every feature we’d thought of, we focused on the core:
- Creating Your HumanKind Identity – Becoming “kind” isn’t as easy as it sounds 😊 Every HumanKind user is required to donate a small percentage of whatever they earn on the platform to their favorite causes and charities. We get them set up with all the traditional credentials, then ask them to create unique donation rules that will define where and how much they’d like to give back. Everyone also gets a kindness “score” that goes up based on how much they do on the platform.
- Creating Marketplace Posts – We only focused on a single post type for the hackathon, but HumanKind users have lots of ways to earn and take action, including items for sale, help wanted, charitable posts (kind of like GoFundMe) and more. Businesses and charities can post to the platform as well, creating coupons and offers that give back.
- Taking Action and Buying Things – You could decide you want to mow someone’s lawn, buy a pizza from Domino’s, or donate to a family in need. And even more ways to post are waiting in the wings.
- Getting Rewarded – Regardless of what you decide to do, every time you do something kind on the platform, you earn money for your causes and charities and add to your kindness score. Imagine buying a Domino’s pizza, and they give 20% of the total price to your favorite charities! On the HumanKind platform it’s always a win-win.