220 STEEM + 40 Bonuses ~ Sponsored Writing Contest: Cool Cousin (CUZ)

4년 전

Welcome to the @OriginalWorks sponsored writing contest!

Status: CLOSED.

Accepted Languages:

  • English

Start Time: 6 PM ET, Saturday
End Time: 6 PM ET, Tuesday

This is a call to all great Steemit writers! Cool Cousin has sponsored a Steemit writing contest!

Prizes: 220 STEEM + 40 Bonuses

  • 1st Place: 40 STEEM
  • 2nd Place: 32 STEEM
  • 3rd Place: 25 STEEM
  • 4th Place: 21 STEEM
  • 5th Place: 17 STEEM
  • 6th Place: 14 STEEM
  • 7th Place: 13 STEEM
  • 8th Place: 12 STEEM
  • 9th Place: 11 STEEM
  • 10th Place: 10 STEEM
  • 11th - 15th: 5 STEEM
  • 16th - 55th: 1 STEEM Bonus

Deadline: 72 Hours

All articles must be submitted within 72 hours of this post to be considered!

Changes in submission rules below

What is Cool Cousin?

Cool Cousin is a decentralized ecosystem that connects travelers with the well-informed locals of their destination. Cool Cousin allows users to connect with one another for the purpose of acting as travel agents. Instead of wasting precious vacation time on research about local events and places, a user can find a "Cousin" that has similar tastes as themselves and get recommendations that are fit for them.


The Problem Faced Now

Travelers are faced with a ton of options regardless of where they go. Most tourists resort to online reviews and research to determine which locations to visit during their stay. The problem with the online content is that it is not catered to them, nor is it necessarily honest. Online reviews and tourist-targeted websites can often be misleading and offer an imbalanced experience that benefits the businesses rather than the traveler.

The Cool Cousin Solution

Think about the area where you live and perhaps have lived for decades. Think of all the great spots, whether they are restaurants, sight-seeing locations or shopping malls. If someone from another country is visiting your city who has similar tastes to you, what are the chances of them being able to find those spots on their own during their short stay?

This is where Cool Cousin steps in. As a tourist, you can list through local profiles and find someone who has similar interests. Each profile contains a map with that person's favorite places! If that is not enough information, you can always directly message them and ask about something specific you are looking for.

Cool Cousin will save travelers time and bad experience. It creates a platform for visitors to truly experience the locality, while providing locals a chance to earn for their knowledge.

The Cool Cousin Community & User Types

Cousins & Pro-Cousins

The locals are referred to as Cousins. The Cousins are at the heart of the platform. These are the individuals who live in destinations the traveler is going to. They know their city inside out. Cousins will create profiles on Cool Cousin that travelers can look through. The profiles will contain a map that points out that Cousin's favorite places. Cousins can also write various guides and answer questions the travelers may have.

Cousins will earn CUZ tokens from answering questions and making sure their profile contains useful information.


Travelers are the users who will be using the service. They will have access to Cousin profiles and can choose to pay for more in-depth services.


There are more ways to earn CUZ than just being a Cousin. Travelers can earn by helping the Cool Cousin community. This can be in the form of pointing out inaccuracies, sharing the app with friends, uploading pictures of locations and reviewing the quality of Cousin recommendations from a user's point of view.


Businesses will be able to manage their content on the platform if they are on a Cousin's go-to spot. Any promotional content will be clearly distinguished to ensure the users are able to separate it from organic content.

Cool Cousin & Blockchain

Cool Cousin is implementing blockchain for a number of reasons.

Prevent Commercial Manipulation

The Cool Cousin community will be able to control who thrives in the community. This means that a successful local business cannot pay to be rated higher than their counterparts. This distribution of power requires that the community has power over itself. The transparent and immutable nature of blockchain will play a key role in granting the community real control.

Fast & Convenient Payments

One of they key elements of the blockchain is its ability to perform financial transactions quickly and securely without being costly. The Cool Cousin ecosystem requires that payments can be made internationally to accommodate the traveler, while not charging them exorbitant banking and exchange fees.

Cool Cousin (CUZ) Tokens

The Cool Cousin ecosystem is powered by CUZ tokens. The CUZ tokens will enable use of in-app services on the platform. This includes and is not limited to tipping Cousins and getting detailed information.

Their utility does not stop there. CUZ will grow in utility together with the platform as businesses join Cool Cousin and third party services such as restaurants, bars and events are offered at a discounted rate.

Cool Cousin is Already Here

Cool cousin is not a prototype in the making. They have a fully functioning platform that will now integrate blockchain technology.


The company has already invested in building a strong foundation. Now the blockchain will help it scale globally.

For a quick introduction, check out this video:

More Information & Resources:

Rules & Submission

  • Write an article about Cool Cousin and how it will change the travel industry. How can this impact the way we travel? How can travelers as well as locals benefit from Cool Cousin? Feel free to come up with some use-cases. Would you be a Cool Cousin member in your area? How will Cool Cousin(CUZ) tokens encourage engagement? As always, the contest is open-ended. Be creative!
  • Feel free to use images and media from their website. You can even make your own video and have it in your submission! Videos have a chance of winning a separate bonus based on quality. Videos should be uploaded to DTube.

  • The article must be at least 250 words in length and it is recommended(not mandatory) that the length is under ~1500 words.

  • At least 70% of the submission must be original. Using "article spinners", and other word substitution tools is also not permitted.

  • All copied text must be in quotes.

  • Please keep discussions relevant to the contest topic. We would like to encourage a good vibe in the comments!

  • To submit please do the following:

  1. Add the word "cc2018" (without the quotes) at the very end of your article.
  2. Link this post in your submission.
  3. Post the link to your article as a reply to this post.
  4. Resteem this contest post.

How the winners are decided

The submissions will be passed along to the team at Cool Cousin, and they will decide the best articles.

More information & recommendations:

  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar!
  • Feel free to use informal language such as "I would, etc"
  • Use information and resources above to learn more about Cool Cousin!
  • If you copy something, use quotes. This is an @OriginalWorks contest after all :)
  • Link the company's website: Cool Cousin ICO so that your readers can do research for themselves.
  • Articles can be edited up until the deadline.

After writing an article, within a few minutes you should get one of these as a response to your article post:

If you don't get one, let me know by adding a quick message after you submit your link as a reply here and it will be done manually. Sometimes it can take some time, so don't worry if it isn't instant! Rest assured, as long as your link is shared as a reply here, everything is double checked at contest close to ensure that all articles are submitted!

40 submissions will get 1 STEEM each. The article must meet the contest conditions such as word length and a level of quality.

Disclaimer: @OriginalWorks makes no claims as to the legitimacy or operating procedures of contest topics. @OriginalWorks does not offer any sort of investment advice. This is a writing contest. @OriginalWorks does guarantee prize payout. The contest topic company may choose to share the winning contest submissions.

Good luck to all the contestants!

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I wrote a pretty lengthy essay about Occupational/Organizational Psychology here



Hi @ianmcg.

Please refrain from posting links that are not related to the contest topic at hand.


@unprovoked ... I Didn't get answer from bot... My entry was submitted?


@unprovoked, didn't get a message :(

Here's my first entry to an OW contest. Plan to participate going forward. Thanks for the contest.



I did not get a reply from @contestbot

Here is my post and thank you very much for the opportunity:) https://steemit.com/contest/@dmilliz/cool-cousins-revolutionizing-the-way-we-travel

Fantastic, cool cousin is going to be cool.

Hi! @unprovoked. I´m a little worried, haven´t received the comment .

If you could check, please. I´ll be really thankful.

Have a nice day.


Didn't get the bot reply on my post. @originalworks @contestbot

Hello, thank you for this contest. I didn't get a comment from contestbot so here's my entry for COOL CUZ contest:


Here is my entry


Helo @originalworks, please i haven't received any confirmation message yet.

here's my entry for the contest


Here's my entry. Really cool platform, and I love that they have partnered with CanYa! I can't participate in the ICO unfortunately, because 'Murica. ;--; bleh.


Didn't get the bot reply on my post.

@originalworks another refreshing new concept to write about Cool Cousin

my friend told me about this contest , will surely participate now

the great project just awesome .........


Gonna try hard this time.
What a great project well organized.

another great opportunity from Cool Cousin and @originalworks

Another @originalworks contest and an interesting project from Cool Cousin

  ·  4년 전

Muy buen Post.

Thanks again for such a great opportunity!


Another great contest again from @originalworks.

Time to start writing now...Thanks

Thank you @originalworks for another writing opportunity, and of course...a big thank you to the CUZ as well...Good luck everyone.

this project if it's great, it's more, they already have a cousin in venezuela: D

Very intresting this time.. Let the work begin!!!
Goodluck to everyone

Good. Thanks for the information.

resteemed & 100% upvoted

who is the real cool cousin ?

Another one!!


I did not got message from @contestbot

Wow a platform that connects travellers this would be so interesting.

I was already thinking that there won't be an @originalworks contest this week because of the delay. You're really doing a great job getting these sponsors every week. Not just that, collating and distributing rewards to winners will takes a lot of time and yet you didn't give up even when you were discouraged. Thank you for doing this. It's deeply appreciated.

I join this project @originalworks

This is cool, been expecting it since yesterday. Gonna enter for it as usual. Kudos @originalworks

Nice project! But I guess, there is a mistake with the start time of the contest.


@originalworks, I am yet to get confirmation message.

this is a great contest don't know why there are not more entries

  ·  4년 전

Here's my submission

Here is my entry. Good luck! to all of us participating in this great contest.


I have not received a reply from @contestbot


The confirmation of entry has not yet arrived! Thanks

Another contest by @originalworks. I'm coming people!!!


My post haven't been submitted yet @unprovoked for the contest


@unprovoked seriously i need to know the real truth


Helo @originalworks, please i haven't received a message from @contestbot as confirmation of my entry.

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I posted on Monday. Why have not they registered me?

Hi @originalworks, I've submitted my entry but yet to receive any response.

Looks like a nice fusion between the business model of Airbnb with the community spirit of Couchsurfing :)

i must participate.nice platform.

@originalworks, I have summitted my entry @mike4christ but I haven't received the bot response as you said

Hi, Resubmitted the post because of certain reasons

  • Edited
  • Added cc2018
  • Includes Disclaimer of right use of the photos.



@unprovoked Hi, I haven't received any notification

Great one again.

But start time shows 6pm ET friday?



I love your post.

This contest is best of its kind....
Thanks @original work and #cool cousin for this amazing contest.
Wishing success to all participant

Managed to squeeze a little time out inorder to join you guys!

My Entry;

May the Best Man win!🤗



@contestbot, @unprovoked, i haven't recieved the confirmation message.

nice work project run.

Great opportunity for steem writer.....Everyone should try to participate in this contest.....

This post has been submitted for the OriginalWorks Sponsored contest!
You can also follow @contestbot to be notified of future contests!



This week I focused on bringing my experiences to the Cool Cousin app:

Thanks again @OriginalWorks.


Hi @originalworks and @unprovoked,

I never received the submission confirmation (submitted by about 5pm on Tuesday). This is the first this has happened or taken this long to confirm.

Thank you kindly,


The boot are broken?

@originalworks and @unprovoked
How does a project go about sponsoring a writing contest?

I posted on Monday. Why have not they registered me?

very good this proposal!

Does annyone here likes reading?