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Welcome to the Age of Apps That “Can’t Be Evil”

can't be evil, blockstackThe Can’t Be Evil contest will reward the development of applications that do more than promise not to do evil, but are built in such a way they can’t. $15,000 in cash prizes and much, much more are up for grabs. Submit by Jun 5th, 2019 for an automatic $500 bonus!

When it comes to big tech companies, promises made have become promises broken. There was a time when we trusted these once upstart companies without even thinking about it. After all, these were colorful companies with pleasant mottos who were just trying to connect us and make our lives easier. But, as they grew, and every aspect of our lives became more and more embedded in these services, most of us didn’t stop to think about the increasing amount of power, data, and rights we were handing over or the systemic risks involved in these relationships.

Today, it’s difficult to function in our daily lives without interacting with at least one of just a handful of companies. In the wake of massive breaches, shady data sales practices, and needlessly difficult privacy management features, promises are simply no longer good enough. As we take the lessons from this age of the internet and forge ahead building new online experiences, it’s critical that we build and support technology that can’t abuse users.

Decentralized computing protocols allow for ecosystems in which users don’t have to compromise their digital rights or data to engage with useful applications. There are over 100 such applications already in production using Blockstack’s end to end decentralized computing stack, with more on the way.

To celebrate this and to fuel further development, Blockstack PBC is hosting the ‘Can’t Be Evil’ contest.

Along with our esteemed judges; Elizabeth Stark, Cofounder, and CEO of the Lightning Network, Kyle Lu, CEO of, and Brandon Kessler CEO of DevPost, we’re selecting the top dapps in 3 categories and supplying them with prize money as well as opportunities and experiences that will be helpful in continued development.

Prize preview:

  • $5,000 for 1st place in each category, additional cash for 2nd and 3rd prizes
  • Ongoing payouts from App Mining for every entrant (currently App Mining rewards $100K every month across all apps)
  • CEO session with DevPost
  • Custom launch with
  • Blockstack Swag
  • more!

Join the ‘Can’t Be Evil’ contest by submitting an app that is private by default, leaves the user in full control of their data, and protects their fundamental digital rights. In other words, submit a Blockstack application and take your first steps into a growing ecosystem that is flipping the current status quo on its head. You’ll not only be eligible to win the prizes shown above but also to receive ongoing monthly payouts via App Mining.

Due Date: June 30th, 2019 at 11:45pm EST


Learn More + Register

Get a $500 bonus if you submit by June 5th, you’ll still be able to continue working
on your application until the final deadline. Learn more at

Mitchell Cuevas

Mitchell Cuevas

Mitchell is Blockstack PBC’s Head of Growth. He previously led Marketing at UP Global (Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Week) before joining the Product team at Techstars. He curates the Martech Digest, advises at Cove Group, and runs ScreenChecker.