The hackathon will happen exclusively online, from February 12th to 26th. Main communication hub for the hackathon will be our Discord and you can join the hackathon channels already!
Hackathon-Lounge - This is where you can find a team, share tips & brainstorm! All of our updates will be shared here, leave your notifications on for this one!
Hackathon-Projects - This is where teams will regroup around their projects, document progress & interact in their own forum-like post. The channel is open, but you can’t post in there yet, only when the hackathon starts!
The main prizes are tiered to recognize the top five submissions:
In addition to the main prizes, special partner prizes add an extra chance to get recognized & rewarded:
The hackathon also features bounties and honors to encourage a wide range of contributions:
Up to 15’000$ in ALPH are reserved for the bounties
Up to 8’500$ in ALPH is reserved for special honors at the jury’s discretion.
Participants can engage in one of two primary participation methods: embarking on the main quests or tackling side quests called bounties.
Participants can participate either as teams or as solo hackers and complete projects in the following categories:
Can I join with an existing project? Those who wish to start with a pre-existing project can do so, but only the progress made during the hackathon will be considered for evaluation and judging. Clear objectives will need to be set at the beginning of the hackathon to facilitate this assessment.
Everyone can participate as a team or hack solo (but bounties are not eligible for the main prizes). These are specific/smaller tasks or challenges that participants can complete for rewards. If you are a solo hacker and want to participate in the hackathon, this is the way (teams can also do bounties!).
The general goal of bounties is to provide improvements to the user/developer experience. Bounties are divided into 4 focus areas:
Enhancing/creating developer documentation. (Create a PR in the relevant repo)
Creating proof-of-concepts / code examples that help to explain Alephium. (Create a PR inthis repo)
Developing a front-end feature.
Designing a dashboard & calculators for useful information.
If you have an idea for a bounty, propose it to us in the general chat of the hackathon!
For submission, the process is the same as for main quests. Once you have chosen a bounty, please create a post in the Hackathon-Projects channel with the name of the bounty as a title. You can document your progress there or ask us for help or advice in the post. At the end of the hackathon, you will provide a link to your work in the submission form, to be evaluated by the jury!
Announcement and team enrollment - Opening of applications
Opening of the special Discord Channel for team finding and general chat.
Open Office Hours & Live Support: These one-hour sessions will allow participants to engage with the core contributors and seek assistance or clarification on their projects.
Submission deadline: All projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM CET.
First, you need to apply! Join by completing the form here!
For the duration of the hackathon, the main communication Hub will be the hackathon’s general channel. Ping us there if you didn’t get the special discord role!
Additionally, each team will have access to a dedicated Discord sub-channel in a dedicated forum channel for discussion, progress reporting, and collaboration.
At the end of the hackathon, the teams & individuals will need to submit their work through this form (not yet open, check back after the 20th of February).
We’ve assembled a knowledgeable, exigent but amicable & engaged jury composed of core contributors. This jury will distribute the main prizes, bounties rewards & honorable mentions:
Partners will have their own juries & will choose the partner prizes independently:
Partner jury — Bitmain
Partner jury — Blockflow DAO
Partner jury — Cetacean Capital DAO
Partner jury — Dappnode
Participants are encouraged to be creative and propose projects that resonate with their interests, as long as they align with Alephium’s framework and fit into one of the proposed categories. Here is how the jury will evaluate your project:
Does the interaction with Alephium demonstrate quality software development?
Does the idea/intention announced at the beginning match with the output at the end?
Is the user experience and design of the project well thought out?
How big of an impact could the project have on the Alephium ecosystem?
How creative and unique is the project?
Participating projects can subsequently apply to Alephium’s grant program.
Cetacean Capital is also interested to support participating projects as the DAO “is dedicated to supporting standout projects that align with their criteria in the upcoming Hackathon, providing investment/seed funding ranging from $50.000 to $1.000.000”.
The Blockflow DAO also expressed interest in helping quality projects develop further after the hackathon.
Fill out the form to apply and start your project!