Shall we play a game?
So we've been trolling you all on Twitter about this whole "Blockchain" badge concept and the general reaction has been:
"They must be trolling!"
"Cryptocurrency mining on a badge??"
The truth lies somewhere between; sure we've had some fun trolling but we think we've found an interesting use for a distributed blockchain! Our blockchain implementation is a little different:
1. It's not a centralized blockchain like bitcoin but instead a distributed "tree" of interactions
2. It operates on collaborative proof of work proving interactions are authentic
3. It runs on sneakernet instead of the interwebs!
As you walk around DEFCON and meet other folks wearing one of our badges you will trade one of your White Blocks and they will begin doing their Proof of Work. A special animation plays on each of your badges to tell you that it's building the new block. When this process completes you will see a special completion animation before your badge and the attached blocks resume their normal bling patterns.
The goal is to do this trade with as many folks as you can, swapping your White Blocks and gaining new interactions to build your score.
We've decided to spice up the game a little with a bit of pay-to-play because capitalism! We've offering some special blocks that aren't meant to be swapped that come in a variety of colors and with different effects on your badge and/or the game. See the reward levels for more information.
Risks and challenges
We're running pretty close to the deadline to get hardware made in China on time, hence we're not shipping any of these out. We will announce times to come collect your badge in person at DefCon and the earlier you pick it up the more time you will have to play!
We're watching component stocks and have some backup components in mind if they go out of stock so we've put limits on the reward levels this year. We will keep you all updated if this impacts production.
We're also still developing the firmware and testing the game mechanism; we believe this will be finished during the manufacturing phase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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