Frequently Asked Questions
This is a quick guide to the MapNYC 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.
The contest begins on Friday, June 21 2019 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time. It ends on Sunday, July 21 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Don't wait until the last minute to add and update Places!
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 20, 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.
Yes, if you sign up for the email list on our contest page, we will totally remind you.
We're StreetCred, and we’re building a 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 compensated to collect the real-time local data for those who need it.
Yes. StreetCred has allocated $30,000 worth of Bitcoin to the MapNYC contest. The contest page shows the current USD values of the Bitcoin prize tiers, which will fluctuate throughout the contest.
Use the StreetCred app to create and improve Places around New York City. 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. We’ll have a live leaderboard with the latest standings on the contest page.
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.
There are multiple ways to earn points:
- Create a Place: 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 take the Place Challenge 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 or could even lose points, so make sure you’re entering in all data correctly!
- Place Challenge: Points are awarded for validating Place data by taking the Place Challenge. In the Place Challenge, you answer a series of questions about a Place, and we compare your answers with multiple other participants to ensure accuracy. If your responses are consistent with others, then you will be granted points. If your responses are inconsistent with the community, then you may not be granted any points.
- Improving a Place: 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.
Point totals can be found in our contest rules and may change throughout the contest, and will notify users by email if we do so.
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 improving and validating Places created by others through the Place Challenge… a win/win! In some cases, your points will show as pending until consensus is reached by others who may validate or reject your entries.
If you have a lot of pending points, spread the word about MapNYC to get more participants in your area.
It’s important that places created in MapNYC are validated by multiple people. As you travel around the city, nearby Places that need validation will be highlighted as eligible for a Place Challenge. To complete the challenge, you will need to be physically located at the Place location and answer questions accurately. If your answers match those of other participants, you will be rewarded points.
All participants can take Place Challenges 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 be approved through the Place Challenge.
Like ride-sharing apps, MapNYC 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!
New Yorkers 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.
Yes. If the Place Challenge process doesn’t catch this, we have many tools and systems that will. They be disqualified from the contest.
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.
The contest ends on July 21 and we’ll announce the winners within 14 days. We need this extra time to ensure the process worked and the winners played according to the rules.
We will contact you by August 4 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.
Our goal is to create and update 20,000 places across all of NYC. If we reach this goal together, an additional prize pool will be unlocked. Don’t worry, if we don’t reach the goal, we’ll still offer prizes to the top 50 participants.
You can check out the Prize table for the detailed payouts in both scenarios. Let’s work together to reach 20,000 Places!