I am uncomfortable with the idea of using smart contracts with the underprivileged in the US; one of the virtues of them is that they are not strongly regulated by the government, but that is also problematic when they are not guaranteed to be secure. Ethereum can be forked when the wealthy investors of the DAO are scammed, but would it be forked to protect smaller smart contracts? That seems unlikely. A smart contract protects their rights to be paid when it works, but if it is attacked by a hacker nobody is protected unless they are rich. Consequentially, I wanted to work with smart contracts with people who had disposable incomes– for whom an attack would not mean loss of livelihood.

Problem: a number of fundraising events ask for a donation contingent on reaching some kind of goal. This includes things like marathons and donation matching. These events ask for a commitment, but they may not reach their goals. This can result in wasted resources like investment in running vests for runners who never run.

Location: NYC (or whole of NA)

Interview Plan: (one on one interviews) - Marathon runners (x2) - Charity run organizers (e.g. the London marathon had many defaultees) (x3)

Questions: - Why do you like to run marathons? - Do you regularly donate to charity otherwise? - What resources do you expect to help you fundraise for your place in a marathon?