Introduction

In partnership with Oxfam Australia, researchers at Edinburgh, Lancaster and Northumbria universities, in the UK, are studying how blockchain technologies can provide better ways for charities to connect with their donors, and for people to give to causes that matter to them. As part of this 100 Trailblazers will try out our Smart Donations App.

The Trailblazers will include a wide range of people who will pilot the Smart Donations App for 4-weeks. By piloting the app in everyday contexts, we will:

If you’d like to become a Trailblazer, then read on!


Trailblazers donate our money to Oxfam during the pilot!

Trailblazers are all sorts of people who want to help Oxfam develop new ways for people to connect with the world around them by piloting the app.


Trailblazers need to be over 18 years old and own an Android smartphone. But trailbazers ….


We will upload $10.00 credit to each Smart Donations account at the start of the pilot, and for the following weeks Trailblazers will be free to use the app however they like. If they spend the first $10 credit within the app before the pilot ends then we will upload another $10 credit. If a Trailblazer does not spend all of this credit before the end of the pilot, we will give them the choice to donate any remaining funds, or redeem them as a shopping voucher.

All the money used in the pilot comes from our research funds, and all the money that Trailblazers donate through the app goes to Oxfam Australia at the end of the pilot. Trailblazers don’t require any of their own funds to take part, nor will they be able to add any additional funds to the Smart Donations app.

What will Smart Donations Trailblazers do?

How long will it take?

When will it happen?

Express your interest

Under a minute

Any time from now until early October 2019

Read more information about the study

5 - 10 minutes

Any time from now until early October 2019

Receive an email from us with a User ID

Under a minute

After expressing your interest

Give your consent to be in the research

Under a minute

After expressing your interest and reading the participant information until early October 2019

Tell us how you use your phone and interact with charities in a short questionnaire

10 - 15 minutes

After expressing your interest and reading the participant information until early October 2019

Download, install and set up the Smart Donations app on your phone

30 minutes

From early October 2019 

Use the Smart Donations app to donate to causes using credit that we give to you

5 minutes at a time whenever is convenient for you

For up to a month from early/mid October 2019

Tell us what you think about the app in a short questionnaire

10 - 15 minutes

Early to mid November 2019

Only for some Trailblazers: tell us more about your experience and opinions  in using the app in a phone interview

30 - 50 minutes, only if you want to

Mid November onwards

Assign your final donation, or redeem your shopping voucher - a thank you for being a Smart Donations Trailblazer

Under a minute

November - December 2019