Stay tuned for updates about our 3rd Hackathon. Round 1 is taking place online from 23rd June to 18th August, and the final round will be at the CoinGeek Conference in New York (USA) in October 2020.
I Want to Join
The Bitcoin Association Virtual Hackathon is setting the stage for developers to build new applications on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. If you’re one of the finalists selected, you get to present your application at the CoinGeek Conference in New York in October 2020. You’ll win Bitcoin SV and potentially receive investment funds.
This hackathon will be virtual – taking place entirely online from 23 June 2020 to 18 August 2020. That means you can participate from anywhere in the world! You can register your interest to take part in the competition from May 26 onward. Registration for the competition, as well as final submissions, are both open until the very end of the competition, which concludes on August 18 at Midday (GMT).
After the virtual hackathon, three finalists will be chosen.
Flight to CoinGeek New York
A representative from each of the three finalists will be flown to New York (USA) to present their solution at the CoinGeek Conference in October 2020
A panel of judges composed of experts in the blockchain industry and the live audience will select the winner
Build with us on BSV – the global enterprise blockchain.
The theme for the 3rd BSV Hackathon is “Connecting the world to one global blockchain”
One of the most powerful features of the Bitcoin model – of being a single, globally scalable blockchain, is that it brings opportunities for interoperability that were never before available. A single record of events in a common format. One of the great challenges of global information systems is that integration must be done repeatedly for every storage system that you want to interact with; Bitcoin solves this problem because you only have to do it once.
We would like to see examples of the real world being connected to, and making use of, Bitcoin as a common set of record – promoting interoperability between systems where this hasn’t previously been feasible.
Build an application that leverages efficiencies and benefits from data being written to and accessible from a single global blockchain. Examples can include applications that:
Note: Theme specific judging criteria may be added following the announcement of the theme for this hackathon event.
Things to remember
Whenever your code is in a working state, commit it. You never know when you may encounter a bug that you get stuck on. You can always roll back and submit an earlier working version. Sometimes, too, it can be easier to go back to a known working version and rewrite the code in a different way so as to avoid the bug.
Remember too, that your entry can address a smaller part of a bigger problem. The code component is meant to be a proof of concept. Make your entry as functional as possible, but if you need to, mock-up parts of other process flows – It is acceptable to demonstrate how your solution and its core components work.
We expect participants may have full-time jobs and will spend varying amounts of time on their entries. The 8 week competition period was chosen so that you can fit in time for the Hackathon around work and home obligations. The 8-week competition period does not reflect our expectations about the readiness or degree of completeness of your final submission.
Important: Please ensure you and all your team members have an active Discord for communication with moderators at all times.
Bitcoin Association recommends the following resources for use during the Bitcoin SV Hackathon:
We also advise that you read (or re-read) the original Bitcoin white paper.
Please note: If you are part of a team, you may also communicate with your team members directly through any medium of your choice.
However, a participant cannot be part of more than one entry. This means:
If you do not have a team but would like to join one, visit the Participants page on Devpost to see other registered users who are also seeking teammates.
Here is a video that shows how the submission process works.
Remember, our judging teams have limited time to review numerous entry submissions. Additionally, keep in mind it can be a challenge for our judges to get your application working, especially if your own development has dependencies installed that you are not aware of. If these are undocumented in your submission materials, it may be difficult to get your application to build without background knowledge of you work or the tech stack you are using.
For this reason, if you will not be running/hosting your entered application/service(s) and require us to run your submission locally, we advise you to dockerize your application in order to make this process easier for the judges. If you only have one image, then a Dockerfile in the repo or hosted publicly on Docker Hub is acceptable (with documentation on running the container). If you have multiple images, then a docker-compose in the repo is also acceptable.
Docker will be helpful in specific cases where we need to run your code, so if your project entails the creation of a library, for example, then Docker is not necessary.
You can learn more about Docker here: https://docs.docker.com/get-started/overview/
All entrants agree that Bitcoin Association, CoinGeek and their affiliates have permission to use the entrant’s name, picture or likeness, biographical information, prize information, information, material, and screen captures about their submission to the Bitcoin SV Hackathon, and/or statements they make about the Hackathon on the Bitcoin Association, Coingeek.com and other websites and for publications for editorial, advertising, and publicity purposes, without compensation, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
By entering the hackathon, all entrants agree to the following provision in the event they are selected as a top 3 finalist and therefore are considered a “Winner” of a Bitcoin SV Hackathon prize.
Winners agree that Calvin Ayre, Ayre Group CoinGeek and/or their affiliates will have the exclusive right up to and including 5 February 2021 to enter into negotiations with Winners for possible investment and to enter into any investment agreements for the project the Winners submitted in the Contest and any venture based thereon. Winners acknowledge there is no obligation for Calvin Ayre, Ayre Group, CoinGeek, and/or their affiliates to invest in Winners’ project submitted in the Contest or any associated venture.
Throughout the virtual competition period, moderators will communicate with you via Discord, the Devpost platform and email for all of the following:
Additional rules and eligibility exclusions
Bitcoin Association reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who does not adhere to the Bitcoin SV Hackathon rules applicable, and to anyone who gains an unfair advantage through fraud or unsportsmanlike conduct while participating in the hackathon.
All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff involved with the Bitcoin SV Hackathon are required to agree to the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a welcoming and fair environment for everybody.
If you have witnessed or experienced any breach of this Code of Conduct during the Bitcoin SV Hackathon, please get in contact with us as soon as possible via Discord or email: [email protected].
The Bitcoin SV Hackathon provides a safe and comfortable environment and harassment-free experience for everyone, irrespective of:
We do not tolerate harassment* of Bitcoin SV Hackathon participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate at any stage of the Bitcoin SV Hackathon, this includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Participants found to be in breach of these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the Bitcoin SV Hackathon at the discretion of the organizers.
*Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or political views, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Assistance will be available from both the moderators and nChain staff:
Your complete entry must be submitted on 18 August 2020 at midday (GMT+1).
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