Frequently Asked Questions
This is a quick guide to the MapAustin contest and gameplay. We want this to be easy to read and answer most of your questions. But remember! We've had teams of lawyers work (and bill) long and hard on very official documents like these:
These documents are super boring but they govern the contest rules, so please read them! If you have questions, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll help any way we can.
Wait, when is it again???
The contest begins on Friday, March 1 2019 at 12:01AM Central Time. It ends on Sunday, March 31 2019 at 11:59PM Central Time. Don't wait until the last minute to add Places!
Am I eligible to participate?
Again, you should read the official rules here, but the highlights are:
- You must be a legal resident of the United States.
- You must be 18 years old as of February 28, 2019.
- You must not be an employee of StreetCred (we're looking at you, Cassidy).
If you win a prize and don't meet the eligibility criteria, we're going to feel really bad for you and then donate your winnings to one of our charity partners.
Where do I get the app?
Can you remind me to download the app?
Yes, if you sign up for the email list on our contest page, we will totally remind you.
Who are you and why are you doing this?
We're StreetCred, and we're building a blockchain-based marketplace for point-of-interest data. We're running this contest to test out some things before we do a broader launch. In the end, we want local communities to be paid to collect the real-time local data for those who need it.
Oh right! You did this in NYC?
Yes, StreetCred ran a similar contest in NYC last September/October. We learned a lot, have improved, and are running MapAustin to learn more about what we're building. For more info on MapNYC, check out the snazzy wrap-up page.
Is this going to be awesome?
So the prizes are really in Bitcoin?
Yes. StreetCred has allocated 15 Bitcoin to the MapAustin contest. The contest page shows the current USD values of the Bitcoin prize tiers, which will fluctuate throughout the contest.
What if Bitcoin goes way up?
What if Bitcoin goes way down?
How can I win?
Use the StreetCred app to create, validate, or improve Places around Greater Austin. As you do, you'll earn points that will be used to calculate the winners of the contest. The top fifty (50) point earners will be eligible for Bitcoin prizes. Throughout the contest, we'll regularly publish an updated leaderboard with the latest standings on the contest page.
What's the deal with the 10,000+ places bonus?
Our goal is to collect 10,000 places across all of Austin. If we reach this goal together, an additional Bitcoin prize pool will be unlocked. Don't worry, if we don't reach the goal, we'll still offer Bitcoin prizes to the top 50 participants. You can check out the leaderboard on the MapAustin site for the detailed payouts in both scenarios. Let's work together to reach 10,000 Places!
What Places are eligible to add?
Any point of interest that someone would reasonably search for or navigate to is eligible. You will need to specify the category for each Place you add. If you can't find the category in the StreetCred app, it probably isn't a valid place.
How do I earn points?
There are multiple ways to earn points:
- Create a Place (2 points): Points are awarded for every new, valid Place you add via the StreetCred app. You must be physically present to add a Place. All data you enter about a place must be accurate. Once you add a place, it will be available for other participants to validate its accuracy. If the Place is successfully validated, you will be granted the full points. If that place is invalidated by the community, you will not receive any points.
- Validating a Place (1 point): Points are awarded for every Place you accurately validate. To validate a Place, you must verify that the location and associated data about a Place is accurate. We use multiple validators to ensure accuracy. If your validation is consistent with other validators, then you will be granted points. If your validation is inconsistent with the community, then you not be granted any points.
- Improving a Place (2 points): Points are awarded for every existing Place you improve. To improve a Place, you can update data such as website, photos, phone number, hours of operation, handicap accessibility, and/or outdoor seating.
- Add a facade to a Place (3 points): Into photography? You're in luck! Points are awarded for every facade photo you capture. A facade requires you to take three pictures: one directly facing the Place, one at a 45 degree angle from the left and one at a 45 degree angle from the right. The StreetCred app will guide you.
We may change these totals depending on data coverage throughout the contest, and will notify users by email if we do so.
Why are some of my points marked "Pending?"
It's very important that data created by the community gets validated. So, some of your points may be marked as "pending" until those Places are successfully validated by others.
You also get points for validating Places created by others: a win/win! If you validate or reject a Place, your points will show as pending until consensus is reached by other validators. You will only earn those points if you voted along with consensus.
If you have a lot of pending points, spread the word about MapAustin to get more participants in your area.
How does validation work?
Every Place created in the MapAustin app must be validated by multiple people. As you travel around the city, nearby Places that need validation will be highlighted on the main screen. From the Place page, you will be asked if Place information is accurate or inaccurate. Some good reasons to invalidate:
- The Place does not exist at the given location
- The name is wrong or doesn't match the visible name on the sign
- Associated information is incorrect, like hours, category, etc.
- The photo doesn't match the Place
All participants can validate Places in the app to earn more points.
Duplicate places should not be added to the app. If you see a place in the list and on the map, and you add it, it will be flagged as a possible duplicate and will not pass validation.
Location: where should I drop the pin on the map?
Like ride-sharing apps, MapAustin gives you the ability to move a pin to the correct area on the map so you can locate a Place correctly. You should drop the pin at the "main entrance" of the Place. Use your best judgement if the Place has multiple entrances. If it's a statue or similar object, drop the pin at the center of the Place.
The app should automatically generate suggested addresses for you to select. If you can't find the correct address, feel free to edit yourself. Just make sure it's the accurate address so that it will be validated!
What if I can't read or type the Place-name's language?
Austinites speak many languages, and many Places don't have signs in English. If you see a Place with multiple names and one is in English, feel free to add the English name. If you speak and write the non-English language of the Place-name, feel free to enter it as it's displayed. If you can't enter the language, just move on to the next Place. We'll support translations later; for now, do your best.
What if I create inaccurate or inappropriate data? Will I be caught?
Yes. If the validation process doesn't catch this, we have many tools and systems that will. They be disqualified from the contest.
Can I share my account with a friend to maximize points?
No, every user must have their own account. Our system can tell if an account is being shared, and those doing so will be disqualified. Mapping with friends can be fun, just do it with your own accounts.
What happens at the end of the contest?
The contest ends on March 31 and we'll announce the winners no later than April 14. We need this extra time to ensure the process worked and the winners played according to the rules.
I won! Now what?
We will contact you by April 14 if you've won a prize, and arrange to have the Bitcoin transferred to you. We'll walk you through this process, but if you don't already have a Bitcoin wallet, you might create an account at Coinbase.