Ethereum is a world-changing technology that represents nothing less than the second generation of the Internet. It holds the potential to transform law, governance, finance, trade and social organization by removing the middlemen for global transactions and putting people back in control of their own data.
ETHEREUM: 2017 COMMUNITY WINNER
Ethereum is an open software platform that enables developers and designers to build and run almost any decentralized application. Applications like new electronic payment systems, social networks, online voting platforms – almost anything. These apps function securely on their own without any chance of fraud, censorship or third-party interference and, most importantly, they aren’t controlled by any central entity. The heart of these apps are called smart contracts – a computer code that can facilitate the exchange of money, content, property or anything of value.
Many of the centralized systems we use today could be built in the same decentralized applications run on Ethereum. For trade, transactions could be made directly between parties. If you were to buy a home, you could purchase it directly from the seller without the need for agents or banks – and of course, without the large fees. For identity and privacy, Ethereum allows you be in full control of your own online data. With all of your personal information hosted on the decentralized network, there is no chance it can be hacked, lost, or used without your permission.
The Ethereum platform is developed by an international team of passionate developers for the Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit organization. The Ethereum Foundation’s mission is to promote and support research, development, and education to bring decentralized protocols and tools to the world. These will empower developers to produce next generation decentralized applications (dapps) and together build a more globally accessible, freer and more trustworthy Internet.
Ethereum uses a systemic design approach to empower the global community to play a role in creating an unstoppable, censorship-resistant, self-sustaining, decentralized network.
The international INDEX: Award Jury consists of 14 influential men and women from all over the world – each one adding insight and experience from their field of expertise to the unique, collective intelligence of the group.
The jury’s primary task is to select the finalists and winners of INDEX: Award from the pool of nominations, while simultaneously playing a key role in the organization by constantly discussing, evaluating and advocating Design to Improve Life, in order to move the borders and expand the impact of design in the world.