We're air-dropping cryptocurrency to Pioneers. The Stellar Development Foundation will award winners of our second tournament $6,000 in lumens in addition to the Pioneer investment ($5,000 with the possibility of a $100,000 follow-on).
Apply for the October Tournament here: https://pioneer.app.
Pioneer is an experiment in building an online game for productivity. We launched this August.
The Harvard campus is a wonderful place to nurture and grow. It affords its inhabitants a network of other like-minded people, an invaluable stamp on their resumes and encouragement to take their passion more seriously. We want to instill those virtues in an online game that anyone can play — not just the elite that make it to the Ivy League.
By funding the best players of our game, we hope to surface and support the millions of "Lost Einsteins" around the world — creative outsiders who have tremendous creativity and energy but lack opportunity. Each month we start a fresh tournament of our game. We just closed our first.
The First Tournament: What We Learned
People seemed to really enjoy the the motivational aspects of Pioneer and the positive feedback they got from other players:
- “Hugely appreciative of Pioneer for the sense of urgency it created for me last month. I highly recommend you to participate in the next cohort if you have a side-project, but are burdened with inertia...For me, even the positive feedback was socially reaffirming. It spurred my creativity and excitement to do more.” — Leonard Bogdonoff
- “I would highly recommend everyone with an idea in mind to apply for this tournament as the voting and the positive feedback will help you in developing the idea into a better version and get closer to converting your idea into a reality.” — Joel Zacariah
- "The video-game aspect of the tournament further incentivizes you to complete your goal to get a higher ranking, much like you’d want to happen if you were playing a game, and this might be my favorite feature of Pioneer." — Lama Al Rajih
- “By having to submit weekly progress updates, you feel more accountable for your actions which acts as a key motivator during the week. Throughout the week, I was constantly thinking about what to include in my update which helped me work as hard and as efficiently as possible." — James Gallagher
We learned a lot about how we can make the product even better. For example, the leaderboard has been upgraded to show regional positions, so that you have a better sense of peer comradery. Applicants receive both positive and constructive feedback from their peers. And many more features. We're constantly iterating and thinking how to make this an amazing experience for everyone to play.
Though we’re just getting started, we seem to have a global reach. Applicants hailed from 117 countries, ranging from 12 to 87 years old. Almost half of the tournament featured people from countries like India, UK, Canada, Nigeria, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, France, Turkey, and Kenya.
We'll be announcing the winners in the coming days.
Partnership with Stellar + October Tournament
As we grow, a surprising challenge we face is getting money to our Pioneers. Turns out sending small amounts of money around the world is hard. Which is why we're really excited about our new partnership with Stellar.
The Stellar foundation is joining us in funding Pioneers. Winners of the October Tournament will get $6,000 in lumens in addition to the Pioneer investment ($5,000 with the option of a $100,000 follow-on). $1,000 lumens will be completely unlocked and $5,000 locked up for two years.
Excitingly, Pioneers will get their lumens before the dollars arrive. This really speaks to the power of the Stellar network.
Human potential is one of the world’s most underestimated resources. With the start of the October Tournament, we hope to amplify the work of extraordinarily talented people and accelerate the progress of pioneering ideas.
The October Tournament opens today. Apply here: https://pioneer.app.