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🌍What Happened in Bogotá
This week: Regen Marketplace has launched, Rio de Janeiro is accepting crypto payments for property tax, the EU moved forward with crypto guidelines, Schelling Point Bogotá videos are up, givepact is bringing Web3 and social impact professionals together, and more. Plus: our very own recap of what we did in Bogotá last week anyways. Spoiler: a lot!
We’re thinking about what sanctioning a cryptocurrency protocol means, how the experience of Colombians shows the promise AND challenge of ETH adoption, and new data showing a definitive racial gap when it comes to crypto adoption and why it matters (hint: Black communities are adopting crypto at faster rates, and the racial wealth gap in tradfinance probably has a lot to do with it).
Another exciting piece of news: Police complaints in India are going on the Polygon blockchain. With a historically messy process for registering complaints marred by corruption, bureaucratic delays, and retractions by individuals themselves - this is definitely a move to be appreciated. With the immutable nature of blockchains, complaints cannot be removed or changed, and this is definitely an interesting use case.
As always, we love to know what you think. Our DMs are open.
🌊 What Happened in Bogotá
🕊 Tweet of the Week
📣 Latest News
📚 What We’re Thinking About
📡 On Our Radar
🌊What Happened in Bogotá
Last week Web3ForGood was in Bogotá, and if you’re on Web3 Twitter at all, you probably saw a lot of other people you follow there too. So why Bogotá and why last week? The short answer is: Devcon. Devcon is a giant, multi-day conference that describes itself as an intensive introduction for new Ethereum explorers and a global family reunion for those already part of the ecosystem. While there’s (fair) criticism of whether or not IRL events are really inline with the inclusive ethos of Web3, Devcon for now remains a big deal for the same reason any industry conference is — people meet, explore, learn, swap ideas, and ultimately make magic happen. Because of this, Devcon wasn’t the only Web3 event that took place last week. From hackathons and workshops to gallery tours and cacao tasting, there was something for everyone, and we wanted to be a part of it.
Here’s where we give you the plot twist: we did NOT go to actual Devcon. However, I (Sam) was in Bogotá and did go to some incredible Devcon-adjacent, impact-focused side events, where I met scores of inspiring people along the way.
So what did Web3ForGood do in Bogotá? Find out.
🕊 Tweet of the Week
givepact launched a new Slack group to bring the brightest minds in Web3 and social impact together. Find out more in this thread.
📣 Latest News
Introducing Regen Marketplace, the place to buy, sell, and retire on-chain carbon and ecological assets
Police Complaints in This Indian District Are Going on the Polygon Blockchain
Legal jurisdictional issues relating to cryptocurrencies and digital assets have necessitated a law reform project sponsored by the Ministry of Justice
Spirals Partners with the Climate Collective to Maximize Grant Potential
Giga finances school connectivity in Rwanda through Ethereum Staking
Coinbase CEO to Sell 2% of COIN Stock to Fund Life Extension, Scientific Research
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will accept crypto-payments for property taxes
KlimaDAO & Sushi announce automated carbon offsetting via 'Green Fee'
📚 What We’re Thinking About
The Gitcoin Passport slides from Devcon Bogotá. (Devcon)
How Web3 internet design could lead to a more sustainable world. (World Economic Forum)
What does sanctioning a cryptocurrency protocol mean for Web3? Sanctioning and the corresponding response by affected actors stirred up intense debate in cryptocurrency circles and beyond about how permissionless protocols should be regulated. (World Economic Forum)
The implications of Web3 for cybersecurity. (Nasdaq)
Slides: Hypercerts for Carbon Dioxide Removal (Rhys Lindmark)
How can the voluntary carbon market be harnessed to provide economic incentives for climate mitigation and adaptation in Africa? (Mercy Corps Ventures)
A survey from Plaid shows there are gaps in attitude toward crypto based on racial groups. With definitive data depicting racial wealth gaps in traditional finance, crypto adoption among Black communities is shown to be higher than in white populations. (The Block)
Sophie Hartley guest writes for Toucan Protocol: What are the core ideas around blockchain and Web3 incentivized climate action? What are the key barriers that get in the way of success? (Toucan)
This month, the European Union (EU) agreed on text for a unified licensing regime for cryptocurrency exchanges to operate across the EU bloc as part of its Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA). The United States has not provided that same regulatory clarity. (CoinTelegraph)
Outside of Devcon, Colombians’ experience shows the promise and challenge of Ethereum’s adoption. (The Defiant)
How UNICEF’s Giga is using emerging tech, including NFTs, to close the global digital divide. (Forbes)
Apply: PositiveBlockchain is looking for developers to revamp its website directory, a database of 1200 projects using blockchain for good. Apply by sending an email here.
Apply: Protocol Labs is hiring a Developer Relations role for its Launchpad.
Apply: Topl is hiring for multiple positions.
Apply: Arkive is hiring a Growth Manager.
Apply: Algorand is hiring a Senior Software Engineer.
Apply: Reach is hiring a Director of Marketing.
Write: The Forefront Journal is accepting essays until November 1st.
Attend: The Giving Block is hosting a free webinar, Crypto Philanthropy 101: How to Incorporate Cryptocurrency into Your Fundraising Strategy, on multiple dates.
Attend: Gitcoin’s Open Data Science Hackathon is happening now.
Contribute: Project Ark, a web3 studio working with WWF, Peace Parks Foundation, Conservation International among others, is conducting a short survey to understand our relationships with rewards programs.
Learn: Bakpak in collaboration with Spirals Protocol launched a new ReFi Quest. Learn all about ReFi and earn incentives like badges for completing lessons.
Join: The givepact Slack group is bringing together the brightest minds in Web3 and social impact to figure out the future together.
📡 On Our Radar
Neutral Protocol is creating derivatives tailored for carbon markets and ensuring alignment with the ReFi ecosystem.
MetaGame is a DAO building a massive online coordination game about finding the most optimal ways to play life on a personal as well as the collective level.
R Planet is an interactive brand that uses tokens and community activity to create actual impact in the real world. A Genesis collection of utility-based ‘wanderers’ living on the blockchain as ERC 721 tokens exist within an alternate reality that mirrors our own.
hashmail is a unified web3 mailbox.
Sunrise Art Club is a creative impact agency that is committed to helping brands and individuals feel included in the emerging Web3 movement.
ICME allows anyone to build a website on blockchain without coding.
Cosmic Cats are mutant cats that survived the eco-apocalypse of 2420 when the world was overrun with plastic. Each Cosmic Cat is handcrafted and sale proceeds will go to saving street cats in Tulum.
Steward is a soon-to-launch Web3 collective working for people and planet.
IMPT.io is a decentralized application with the core objective of financing via shopping the development of green initiatives worldwide.
devpill.me is a public good blockchain development guide aimed at becoming the go-to learning resource aggregator for building on Ethereum and its wider ecosystem of scaling solutions and applications.