This past weekend, the MESG Foundation was proud to sponsor, mentor and judge in the SURGE workshop and hackathon hosted by UNICEF Innovation. The event focused on building solutions to increase financial inclusion.

MESG Workshop: Ethereum notifier

For the educational portion of SURGE, MESG Co-founder and CEO Anthony Estebe lead an excellent workshop on how to use MESG to create an Ethereum notifier that reacts to transactions by sending an email using SendGrid.

Watch the workshop below to learn how to build a MESG service, then connect it to an existing ERC20 service from the Marketplace:

SURGE Hackathon — Winning projects:

First prize — 30,000 MESG Tokens

EdChance won the top spot in the SURGE hackathon by building a custom solution to UNICEF’s top problem in Thailand: hundreds of thousands of the children of migrant construction workers don’t have access to educational services.

The app aims to ensure children’s attendance in schools by giving each child a KeyCard that they use to clock into school using a card reader. A smart contract manages the check ins and ensures funding for school (in the form of stablecoin Dai) is paid from the Gnosis wallet of the construction company to the school’s wallet.

This system verifies that the student is, in fact, attending school, and in exchange, the construction company agrees to pay for their education, incentivized by higher-quality laborers.

Second prize — 15,000 MESG Tokens

CFF (Children Future Fund) won the second prize in this hackathon with a project which helps create a fund for individual children that follows them from birth, and funds are released at the age of 18. A notable feature was the ability for aid organizations such as UNICEF to directly credit funds to individuals’ wallets in a time of crisis.

With this system, children receive a digital ID card, along with an e-wallet and Status KeyCard at birth. Money can be continually added to the wallet throughout childhood.

All deposited funds are split, with 50% going to a locked wallet and only becoming available once the child turns 18, and the other 50% able to be withdrawn anytime before the age of 18. This mechanism aims to encourage financial responsibility and to get children in the habit of good money management.

Third prize — 6,000 MESG Tokens

iDonate took home the third prize for creating a decentralized marketplace to connect local communities together with donors, funded via a cryptocurrency stablecoin.

The app utilized Ethereum, Maker DAO’s Dai, IPFS and React to make a web based donation system which functions much like sites like GoFundMe or KickStarter.

A cool feature of this application is that donated cryptos can be automatically converted into fiat currency for schools to purchase supplies with.

Honorable mentions

Best MESG Utilization

Behave set out to tackle the recycling problem in Thailand by creating an app that rewards users with stablecoin Dai in exchange for uploading pictures of recycling in progress. The team won best MESG utilization by using MESG to connect file uploading to an ERC20 payment on the blockchain.

Best Embark Utilization:

Sceed utilized Embark and MESG to create a crowd funding site which connects donors directly with recipients, the focus being that blockchain allows for transparency and immutability to ensure donors their funds are being used as intended. If goals are not met, funds are automatically retuned to the original donor via a smart contract.

Best Dai Utilization:

The Katinrun Fundraising Platform looked to help raise money for various causes, and for food and medicine, managed through a smart contract. The team used Vue.js to construct a front end that allows sponsors to donate, then connects to a decentralized exchange to convert donated cryptos to stablecoin Dai.

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