We are kids, all 18 and under. Madison is 18 years old. Annabelle, Azzi, Lauren & Zoe are 10 years old and are 4th graders at a Florida public school.

Climate Change will affect us the most, yet most policymakers don't include us at the table, because we can't vote until we are 18. This hackathon changes that, we finally have a voice and we're using it now! This is our future that older people are trying to fix, but we think it's also our responsibility to help you do so!

What it does

An app that reminds you of why polluting is not a good idea! Using game-play to teach decades long lessons in one week.


We begin in the 99 cents treehouse where an Earth Advocate can purchase renewable energy resources that will replace age-old technologies. Renewable energy resources include food waste amendments, tidal wave, solar, hydroelectric, wind, nuclear, geothermal technologies. With these tools and technologies bought with regular money, secure in their backpack, the Earth Advocates are ready to clean the Earth. As tools combined with actions, generate carbon money(-) earned from negating the pollution and will eventually set Earth(+) back to carbon net-zero(0).

Game Currency

There are two currencies in this game, regular money and carbon money. Real money is nice, but at what cost. Carbon money benefits the Earth. Starting with only real money, the goal is to reach carbon net-zero.

Motivating the Player

To motivate players, players are paid actual money to clean the city, as the Foundations and Government policymakers that sponsor this app, will reward players with mini-grants of real money for getting to net-zero. This teaches players to be environmentally friendly through a decades-long lesson that pollution is hard to clean, all in a week of gameplay. [Amendment 3/6/21: A climate advocate mentioned mini-grant costs could spiral, so instead we propose that the sum paid to buy the app (99 cents or more) be banked into a climate action investment fund with excellent returns and be paid out on the date the player sets (1-20 years), giving a surprise reward for a seed sum they may have just forgot about.]

The Ideal End of the Game

As cities get less polluted the dark contrasting colors lighten and eventually clear to a black & white drawing to show the city is finally clean and the avatars can throw off their masks, goggles/sunglasses and hats and enjoy the world as best as it can be.

How we built it

White Paper with drawings and a business modeling that figures out how it will get funded and made, which was then converted to an iMovie video presentation.

Challenges we ran into

Logistical issues, two teammates do not have Google Chrome, so Team Google Meets were impossible. Free Zoom calls ends at 40 minutes, so we had to constantly relaunch the call to finish our train of thoughts or just keep them at 40 minute meeting intervals. Also just pulling together forgetful minors with busy schedules was challenging, it would take 10-15 minutes of texting and calling to find everybody and get everyone to join the meetings. But other than that, it was fun, and we're happy to have taken part in this experience!

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We finished something that looked professional! We also practiced communication skills, planning skills, research skills, critical thinking skills, and spent the weekend+ really thinking about climate change. We also got to Zoom chat with some amazing people, Eimear Manning of Eco-UNESCO & Shitangshu Roy of KAYR, first-time hackathon organizer extraordinaire! They inspire us and we appreciate them for including us.

What we learned

We learned we can't forget the reason why polluting is not a good idea! Once it's done, it's not easy to fix, so we aim to teach this lesson through our app, I Forgot!

What's next for I Forgot!

Hopefully we win, because we think it would be fun to present at the Ocean Bridge Conference! We can probably reach lots of people including policymakers aka change-makers on Ocean Bridge's platform/stage and hopefully inspire other kids to try to save our future world, too!

Where we found this Challenge

We found this Challenge on Finastra's Hack to the Future 2020 Hackathon Slack Channel. Shitangshu Roy, from Oathe Project posted this in #random.

To thank Finastra for helping to connect us to this opportunity, we wanted to share a quick shout-out to all students, hackathon enthusiasts, developers and startup founders, particularly womxn and fellow kids, who are interested in making a positive impact on daily lives and redefine finance for good. Remember, finance touches everyone! Finastra is now hosting a new Hackathon with the theme #ChoosingToChallenge Bias in FinTech! Check it out HERE.

Built With

  • brains
  • creativity
  • gacha-lfe
  • google-suite
  • imovie
  • mentors
  • zoom
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