Sonophilia Foundation co-launches a $30K Challenge for Aligning Collective Creativity to Solve Big Problems

Could we be making more progress faster if we aligned our collective creativity? Are there wicked problems that, when defined and solved, are “unlocks” for humanity’s next steps?

Let’s find out!

Sonophilia Foundation joins forces to announce The MapsMap Challenge with Ocean Protocol, Foresight Institute and Planetary Holdings. A prize offering of $30K will be given to build the first mobile-friendly web app prototype to map the world’s problems and align collective creativity to tackle them using open source collaboration, crowdsourcing, and crowdfunding (or $1K for constructive criticism on the idea). This is groundbreaking work done by the taskforce, which has been meeting every week for the last year!

MapsMap seeks an early collaborative tool and mapping protocol that enables communities to coordinate on their local problems, such as matters.globals problem maps, or Foresight’s tech trees, while others utilize it to incentivize desirable trajectories through the problem spaces, as described in Trent McConaghy’s Starships & Tokens, or Balaji Srinivasan’s Tech Tree.

The Big Picture

To accelerate problem-solving, the MapsMap app should reveal undervalued areas for progress, how they interrelate, and allow funding pathways through the space, thereby transforming problems into more manageable goals. What we want is to kick off a new kind of collaborative and open infrastructure where people from diverse backgrounds can crowdsource problems and capabilities across domains, and collaborate on solutions.

When & Where
Applications start now and will close on March 1st.
The winner will be announced on March 28th.
Hackathons and other community events will be hosted along the way.

How to get connected
Submit your proposal via Devpost.
Visit our website for more information.
Join our discord channel for all inquiries and announcements.

Allison Duettmann (Foresight Institute)
Andy Zmolek (
Amir Banifatemi (X Prize)
Balaji Srinivasan
Eric Anderson (Planetary Holdings)
Trent McConaghy (Ocean Protocol)
Seda & Matthias Röder (Sonophilia Foundation)