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Welcome to our Weekly Question Series – every Monday, @sndbox will publish a question designed to challenge and explore new ways of engaging the Steem blockchain.

The #SmartMediaFutures Challenge

w / guest host @utopian-io

This week we’re tapping into the open source power of the blockchain. We’re here with @utopian-io, a growth engine for open source innovation, seeking a more collaborative future powered by Steem. Utopian is a massive interdisciplinary community designed to support all kinds of open source projects with community contributions. Their philosophy is centered around the premise that public-facing software development, design and ideation can cultivate better products and a healthier web environment. The cryptocurrency landscape revolves around the sharing of resources and ideas. Many of the 441+ projects and applications built on Steem are open source, many of them through the support of Utopian.io, and even the Steem blockchain itself was published under an MIT open source license.

Looking ahead, there’s an exciting new dimension of Steem that is being developed. Smart Media Tokens (frequently referred to as SMTs) are slated to be phased into the blockchain by March of 2019. SMTs are a new feature of the blockchain that will allow anyone to create their own cryptocurrency. These customizable Smart Tokens will have all the bells and whistles that Steem currently has; 3-second transactions (the time it takes to vote on content / transfer balances between users) and zero fees.

In anticipation of SMTs, this week we thought it would be a fun exercise to do a little open source brainstorming

What would your Smart Media look like?

If you could customize your own SMT, what would you want it to do? Is there an industry problem that you’d like it to tackle? Would you want it integrated into your existing website or publication? This weekly question aims to get the brainstorm-ball rolling.

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How to Play


  • Publish a post explaining your SMT concept. Explore the exciting precedents and parameters showcased on the SMT website for inspiration, here. What would your token do? What problems would you like it to address? What type of community do you imagine it might empower?
  • Tag your post with #smartmediafutures#utopian-io and #blog
  • Comment (below) with a link to your post and tell us a bit about your idea.
  • We’ll curate our favorites and the posts will also be reviewed and scored according to Utopian.io Guidelines, so there’s another potential reward for the most interesting, innovative and creative posts.

Learn more about the Utopian community:

Follow: @utopian-io
Twitter: https://twitter.com/utopian_io
Explore their website: https://join.utopian.io/
Join the conversation on Discord: https://discord.gg/HwETAmB

Explore Past Challenges


The Weekly Question Series, stems from research topics within the Sndbox incubator. This series is made open to the public in an effort to engage all Steemians and explore new forms of collaboration.

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