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Polkadot Hackathon Global Series: North America

May 30 – July 18 2022

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About

The first North America hackathon in the new Global Series from Polkadot has arrived!

 

This fully virtual six-week program in association with Web3 Foundation continues on from the huge success of October 2021’s Polkadot APAC Hackathon, and brings together a diverse community of blockchain developers ready to build and collaborate.

 

Although the event is focused on North America, it is open to everyone, everywhere. The program is designed to create the ideal environment to make and break new blockchains, learn from your fellow attendees, and hack to your heart’s content!

 

This is the perfect opportunity to network with a global community of developers to make lasting connections, and be in with a chance to win from a massive prize pool.

Total Prize Pool: $600,000+

More challenges and prizes will be added from Polkadot ecosystem teams in the upcoming days.

Polkadot Hacker House

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The first ever Polkadot Hacker House will be held in New York City, from June 23rd to 28th. This 6-day event for developers, coders, engineers, and builders will be filled with technical workshops, in-person support, mentorship, and networking. Put your hacking hats on because New York, here we come! Make sure to APPLY NOW, only limited seats are available.

Categories

Category 1: Interfaces & Experiences

This track is dedicated to building your understanding of UI and UX fundamentals, including best practices specifically for blockchain development. Gain experience in building a wide variety of interfaces and user experiences that chains can adopt.

Category 2: DAO & Governance

Discover the breadth of DAO functionality and governance mechanisms in this track. Get the opportunity to explore ideas, including the creation of new DAOs and the necessary tooling involved in this development process, as well as new governance mechanisms and pallets.

Category 3: Web3 & Tooling

A diverse track focused on all kinds of tooling and applications that can be used to expand Web3. Those interested in building a better web can explore the use cases for open-source technologies for a society run on peer-to-peer networks.

Category 4: DeFi

Builders can make use of this track for the multitude of DeFi-related solutions, including DEXs, AMMs, and stablecoins. Learn how to not only develop new financial primitives, but also work towards the integration of existing ones, such as breaking the barriers of assets between blockchains. This all contributes to helping build wider adoption of DeFi.

Category 5: NFT

This track for developers interested in the use cases for NFTs will explore the scope for their creation across multiple industries, including gaming, art, real estate, logistics, and general collectibles. The scope includes exploring the importance of optimizing for complex NFT use cases, and blockchain-agnostic NFT platforms that enable cross-chain functionality.

Ecosystem Challenges & Prizes

Acala Bounties:

USD $30,000

Astar Network Bounties:

USD $30,000

Bifrost Challenge:

USD $25,000

Best Use of Crust:

USD $6,000

Equilibrium Challenge:

USD $5,000

ICE Network Bounties:

USD $2,000

Interlay Bounties:

USD $30,000

Moonbeam Challenges:

USD $25,000

Phala Network Challenges:

USD $8,000

RMRK Challenges:

Non-monetary prizes

Robonomics Challenges:

USD $7,000

Subsocial Bounties:

USD $5,000

Subquery Challenges:

USD $5,000

Subsquid Bounties:

USD $12,000

Unique Network Challenges:

USD $18,000

Zeitgeist Challenges:

USD $30,000

Combined Challenge by Subquery & Gear:

USD $4,000

Combined Challenge by SubQuery, Moonbeam, Acala and HydraDX:

USD $20,000

Combined challenge by SubQuery & Acala:

USD $2,000

Combined challenge by SubQuery & RMRK:

USD $6,000

Prizes

USD $600,000+ worth of prizes, swag box and discount for Substrate Runtime Academy!

*The prize pool is being updated on a rolling basis, check back later for more updates!

Overall Winner

Grand Prize: USD$30,000

Category Winners

1st Place: 
USD$20,000 

 

2nd Place: 
USD$15,000

 

3rd Place (Up to 3 teams): 
USD$10,000

Other Awards

Community Choice
(Up to 3 teams):

USD$5,000

Hackathon Schedule

May 23, 2022
Polkadot's Perspective: Pre-Hack Community Event #1

10AM PST / 7PM CET

May 26, 2022
Past Winners' Perspectives: Pre-Hack Community Event #2

10AM PST / 7PM CET

May 30, 2022
Hackathon Opening Ceremony

10AM PST / 7PM CET

May 30, 2022
Virtual Networking & Team Formation

11AM PST / 8PM CET

June 2, 2022
Substrate Workshop #1

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 2, 2022
Ecosystem Session #1

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 3)

June 3, 2022
Parachain Slot 1

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 4)

June 6, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 7, 2022
Parachain Slot 2

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 8)

June 9, 2022
Substrate Workshop #2

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 9, 2022
Ecosystem Session #2

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 10)

June 10, 2022
Parachain Slot 3

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 11)

June 13, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 14, 2022
Parachain Slot 4

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 15)

June 16, 2022
Substrate Workshop #3

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 16, 2022
Ecosystem Session #3

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 17)

June 17, 2022
Parachain Slot 5

11PM PST / 8AM CET (june 18)

June 20, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 21, 2022
Parachain Slot 6

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 22)

June 23 - 28, 2022
Polkadot Hacker House
June 23, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

11PM PST / 8AM CET (June 24)

June 27, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

10AM PST / 7PM CET

June 30, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

11PM PST / 8AM CET (July 1)

July 5, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

10AM PST / 7PM CET

July 8, 2022
Mentor Office Hours

11PM PST / 8AM CET (July 9)

July 11, 2022
Submission Closes

11:55PM PST / 8:55AM CET (July 12)

July 12 - 17, 2022
Judging Period
July 18 2022
Closing Ceremony

11PM PST / 8AM CET (July 19)

Judges

Benjamin Weiß

Director of Ecosystem Success

Parity Technologies

 
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Bette Chen

Co-founder

Acala

 
Bill Laboon

Director of Technical Educations, Support & Community

Web3 Foundation

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Bob Liu

Substrate Runtime Developer

Bifrost

Bruno Škvorc

Founder

RMRK

 
Dan Brehmer
Dan Brehmer

Founding Team Member

ICE Network

 
Dimitri Zhelezov

Co-founder

Subsquid

 
Dominik Harz

CTO

Interlay

 
Dudley Needham
Dudley Needham

Developer Relations

KILT Protocol

 
Emre Surmeli

Technical Educator

Web3 Foundation

 
Galen Danziger

Core Contributor

ICE Network

 
Gautam Dhameja

Director of Solution & Services Delivery

Parity Technologies

 
greg-Zaitsev
Greg Zaitsev

CTO

Unique Network

 
Holly Weckler
Holly Weckler

Developer Relations Marketing Lead

Figment

 
Hoon Kim

CTO

Astar Network

 
James Bayly

Head of Business Development

OnFinality & SubQuery Network

 
Kevin Nielson

Developer Relations Engineer

Moonbeam

 
Logan-Saether-Zeitgeist
Logan Saether

Founder

Zeitgeist

 
Luke Fan

CTO

Crust Network

 
Maarten Heskens
Maarten Heskens

Head of Business Development

Astar Network

 
Peter Sergeev
Peter Sergeev

Senior Project Manager

Equilibrium

 
Radha Dasari

Technical Educator

Web3 Foundation

 
Shelven Zhou

Lead Researcher

Phala Network

 
Shumo Chu
Shumo Chu

Co-founder

Manta Network

 
Vadim-Manaenko
Vadim Manaenko

CTO

Multi-Agent Systems

 

Mentors

We are looking for community mentors to guide our participants during the hackathon. If you have a deep understanding of Polkadot and you want to help us creating an amazing community experience, do fill out this form!

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Alberto Viera

Developer Relations Engineer

Moonbeam

 
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Alejandro Martinez Andres

Support Engineer

Parity

 
Abhinaya- Swar
Abhinayak Swar

Director of Engineering

ICE Network

 
Alex Melikhov
Alex Melikhov

CEO

Equilibrium

 
brandon-gomes
Brandon Gomes

CTO

Manta Network

 
Bruno Galvao

Support Engineer

Parity

 
Bruno Škvorc

Founder

RMRK

 
bryan-chen-acala
Bryan Chen

Co-founder and CTO

Acala

 
Dan Shields

Support Engineer

Parity

 
Daniel-Shiposha
Daniel Shiposha

Core Dev

Unique Network

 
Dominique Saripapazoglou

Integrations Engineer

Parity

 
dudley-needham
Dudley Needham

Developer Relations

KILT Protocol

 
Edwin-Wang
Edwin Wang

Bifrost Technical Committee

Bifrost

 
Erin Shaben

Developer Relations Manager

Moonbeam

 
Greg Hill

Software Engineer

Interlay

 
Hang Yin

Lead Developer

Phala Network

 
Henry Duong

Developer Relations Engineer

Moonbeam

 
Holly Weckler
Holly Weckler

Developer Relations Marketing Lead

Figment

 
Jake Hemmerle

Substrate Runtime Developer

Astar Network

 
James Bayly

Head of Business Development

OnFinality & SubQuery Network

 
Jan-Turk
Jan Turk

Solidity Engineer

Acala

 
Jimmy Chu

Runtime Engineer

Parity

 
Jorrin Bruns

Support Engineer

Parity

 
Jørn Andre Tangen
Jørn Andre Tangen

Technical Lead

Zeitgeist

 
karel-kubat
Karel Kubat

CTO

Composable Finance

 
Maarten Heskens
Maarten Heskens

Head of Business Development

Astar Network

 
Massimo Luraschi

Developer Advocate

Subsquid

 
Mingshi Song

Senior Business Developer

Astar Network

 
Oleh-Mell
Oleh Mell

Core Web Dev

Subsocial

 
Prajwol Gyawali
Prajwol Gyawali

Blockchain Software Engineer

ICE Network

 
Rogan
Rogan

Technical Support Analyst

Figment
Sabin-Chitrakar
Sabin Chitrakar

Senior Software Architect

ICE Network
Sacha Lansky

Developer Advocate

Parity Technologies

 
Sander Bosma

Software Engineer

Interlay

 
Sergei Lonshakov
Sergei Lonshakov

Software Architect

Robonomics Network

 
Shelven Zhou

Lead Researcher

Phala Network

 
Shumo Chu
Shumo Chu

Co-founder

Manta Network

 
Song Chou

Ambassador Development

Crust Network

 
Theodore Bugnet

Software Engineer

Interlay

 
Tushar-Ojha
Tushar Ojha

DevEx

Subsocial

 
Yash Sharma
Yash Sharma

Developer Relations Lead

Figment

 
Yuri Petusko

CTO

RMRK
Vlad-Pro
Vlad Pro

Core Blockchain Dev

Subsocial

Resources

FAQs

The event will be held from May 30 to July 18, 2022.

This event may be focused on North America, but it is open to all.

Whether you’re an experienced blockchain or non-blockchain developer, want to learn more about building on/for Polkadot, or are entirely new to the Web3 space, we welcome you!

You can enter the hackathon as long as you are above 18 years old and a citizen of the eligible countries.

(Please refer to the eligibility restrictions section on DevPost to check the list of countries whose residents are not eligible to take part in this Hackathon)

Yes! We want anyone with ideas or the passion to innovate to participate. Teams will however need at least one individual who can build/code a prototype as a code artefact is required for project submission.

You may choose to hack solo. If you are forming a team – there is no minimum or maximum number of team members, but we highly recommend that you form teams of 4 or 5 people.

Teams are recommended to be formed within your own locations & time zones to avoid time zone fatigue but this is not mandatory. You can choose to join a team located in another time zone as well.

View our detailed Team Formation Guide (found in the Participant’s Guide when you sign up).

Yes! Only registered individuals are eligible to participate and collect the prizes. Please ensure that all members of your team have registered their teams accordingly as well.

While we hope you’ll be able to build on Substrate, we welcome everyone to build based on whatever knowledge, skills and expertise you have. One of the objectives of the hackathon is for you to learn and understand about the Polkadot ecosystem, so we welcome anyone to join us!

Ready to start building?