Huge Prize & Funding Pool

$765,000 in Cash Prizes + $765,000 in Grants* + up to $4,470,000 in Seed Funding Opportunities

JOIN THE 1ST GLOBAL "INTERNET COMPUTER" WEB3 HACKTHON

Web3 is the new phase of the web, which will transform the internet, and provide extraordinary opportunities to developers and entrepreneurs. This hackathon provides you with the chance to start building using the most advanced Web3 platform in existence today, and win large prizes, grants and seed investments in the process.

You can play a key role building out a new internet in which things like social media services are directly owned, run, and updated by their communities via governance tokens that control DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). In this brave new world, social media and online games will blend with functionality from DeFi (Decentralized Finance) to become SocialFi and GameFi, and smash together in a new decentralized metaverse. DAOs, decentralized finance and tokenization will be pervasive, and developers and entrepreneurs will be able to use DAOs to fund their exciting new projects, from anywhere in the world — and the good news is, it's happening now, and any solid coder can take advantage.

The Internet Computer is a new kind of blockchain, which took years to develop, and was created by one of the best R&D teams in tech (browse their bios here https://dfinity.org/team). Through a massive R&D program that began in 2016, this team developed a new blockchain architecture powered by new cryptography (see how it works here https://dfinity.org/howitworks). This has created a game-changing blockchain that can, for example, directly host "mass market" social media services, and all their data and computation, on-chain. That means you can now build truly decentralized online services using only advanced blockchain code ("smart contracts"), and nothing else, using programming languages such as Rust and Motoko (a native language that can be quickly learned by any Solidity or JavaScript programmer), which compile to WebAssembly.

This is because on the Internet Computer, your blockchain code can serve rich, interactive web experiences directly to end users, and can store and process data with efficiency that is several orders of magnitude greater than the next most efficient competing blockchain. This means that you can build systems, dapps and decentralized services that run 100% from the blockchain, in a huge leap forwards, which means you don't need centralized IT like cloud services, or server machines in data centers, as you do when building on other blockchains. Using the Internet Computer, you can build truly decentralized dapps and services, with end-to-end security that online communities love, and leverage advanced tokenization strategies to fundraise and drive viral growth.

Join our Web3 movement to build a new generation of online services that are fully decentralized, by building them exclusively from blockchain code, then placing under the control of an advanced community DAO. Have the DAO run a "decentralization sale" to raise money for ongoing R&D from the decentralized ecosystem, quickly forming a growing community that supports your service, and gain posession of valuable governance tokens, which reward you for your success, and provide you with liquidity.

During this hackathon, decentralized services on the Internet Computer will begin creating an advanced type of DAO, called a "Service Nervous System", just by following a simple procedure, and then assigning control over their service to them, for the very first time... place yourself on the vanguard of Web3 and do the same with the project you develop.

Bonus opportunity: the novel "chain key cryptography" that powers the Internet Computer has recently been made available to hosted blockchain code via APIs. This means you can now write blockchain code that directly invokes code and controls token balances on OTHER blockchains, and create DeFi systems and meta glue that binds different blockchains together, without need for dangerous bridges. 

For inspiration: take a look at what people have built already at https://dfinity.org/showcase/, or start coordinating with prospective team members using Open Chat at https://oc.app, a SocialFi chat service that runs from the Internet Computer, where your account will soon also be a wallet.

Play your part in Web3!

The Internet Computer hackathon begins 10th of May 2022, but submissions will be accepted until June 20th 11:45 PM Pacific Time.

We wish to extend thanks to our generous sponsors and judges, including Polychain Capital, Electric Capital, Huobi, Foresight Ventures, Tomahawk.VC, Animal Ventures, and more!

Workshops

The Dfinity Foundation and community members ran a number of workshops ran to introduce participants to building on the Internet Computer. If you missed these workshops, fear not, you can access records of them here!

Stay tuned for further workshops describing how to assign control of your 100% on-the-blockchain dapp or service to a DAO.

Important Dates

Live Hackathon Kickoff Event @ https://dfinity.org/supernova
10TH MAY
11:00am PDT (San Francisco)
03:00pm EDT (New York)
07:00pm GMT (London)
08:00pm CET (Zürich)
02:00am CST (Beijing) +1 day
03:00am JST (Tokyo) +1 day

Project Submission Deadline (it's not over until it's over!)
20TH JUNE
11:45pm PDT (San Francisco)
02:45am EDT (New York) +1 day
07:45am GMT (London) +1 day
08:45am CET (Zürich) +1 day
02:45pm CST (Beijing) +1 day
03:45pm JST (Tokyo) +1 day

Demo Day & Grand Prize Ceremony
30TH JUNE
Times and details TBA

Website: https://dfinity.org/supernova Contact: supernova@dfinity.org

Requirements

HACKATHON TRACKS

The hackathon has six super impactful tracks that place participants at the forefront of Web3. You choose which category you wish to compete in:

1 SocialFi. Your submission must be decentralized social media that incorporates tokenization ("social media" is defined broadly). For example, you might give out tokens to users that refer other users to your service, who post content that is appreciated, help with moderation, or do something else that is helpful. Show the world how good next-generation social media owned by its community can be!

2 GameFi. Your submission must be a decentralized game that incorporates tokenization ("games" is defined broadly). For example, the game experince could be built from JavaScript, or an engine like Unity, and served from the Internet Computer into the browser, then interacting with backend blockchain code running on the Internet Computer. The game must involve tokens as incentives or prizes. It could be a multi-player card game, or space invaders that pays out bitcoin when the high score is beaten. You should have a plan to defeat cheating, for example using dynamically inserted CAPTCHAs. Help make sure Web3 gaming is game on!

3 Metaverse and NFTs. Your submission must incorporate a system or code framework that supports building decentralized metaverses ("metaverse" is defined broadly). If you want to take on laying the foundations for an actual decentralized metaverse, of course you can do that too! For example, you could submit a system that sells online real estate as NFTs, or enables multiple players to interact inside a virtual space. Or you could show how a powerful gaming engine can be repurposed for use in the metaverse. Join the grand mission to make sure the metaverse is decentralized and open!

4 Asynchronous DeFi. When a blockchain transaction invokes a smart contract on old-school blockchains, and it calls another contract, which calls another, and another, the functions of the different contracts run on a single call stack. This makes them very insecure thanks to re-entrancy, which has been one of the biggest sources of hacks on blockchain to date. Another problem is that transactions must be run in sequence, which creates a firm upper bound on transaction throughput. On the Internet Computer, smart contract calls run in parallel, because smart contracts (called "canisters") are "software actors". This removes a key security vulnerability, and provides for the unbounded, efficient scaling of blockchain computation. Now create a 100% on-chain and scalable auction house for NFTs, or a decentralized exchange for tokens. Or create a software library that helps others with the new way of coding DeFi. Or write code that interacts with other blockchains. Be a trailblazer for a new DeFi paradigm!

5 Public Good / Social Impact. Tokens create powerful incentives that can help new services and ventures succeed. But blockchain is not just about "success" in the conventional sense. The world faces many difficulties, including climate change, pollution, war, oppression, economic inequality, and fake news. This is your chance to build something that makes a difference, in whatever field you choose!

6 Blue Sky. Are you feeling constrained by the foregoing categories? Compete in this category and build anything you like, as long as it involves the Internet Computer!

JUDGING CRITERIA & PROCESS

All projects will be reviewed by the Supernova Hackathon Team to determine whether the project submissions meet the minimum level of viability with respect to theme and submission requirements according to the hackathon rules. Each project submission must include a video demonstration of what your team built. Each video must be a minimum of 5 minutes. You must also provide access to your repository of code by uploading your files to Devpost.  Once approved, these projects will post to the Devpost project gallery. If you need any help uploading your project submission, please contact us.

The panel of judges will review all submissions that are approved to the Devpost gallery of projects based on the equally-weighted judging criteria detailed below. Prizes are awarded to winners based on the scores assigned to their projects by the judges. 

  • X Factor and Potential: What is the wow factor of the idea? Does it have potential?
  • Technical Competence: What is the quality of the technical designs and source code?
  • Social Impact: Does this project solve a real-world problem? Can people use it?
  • Progression: Can a library be used? Is a service actually usable? How far did you go?
  • IC Factor: Have you managed to leverage and demo a unique platform capability?

In the event of a tie, the tied submission with the highest IC Factor score will be considered the higher scoring submission. If two or more submissions are tied on the IC Factor score, the panel of judges will vote on the tied submissions.

PRIZES & GRANT AWARDS

Category 1st Place
$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Category 2nd Place
$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Category 3rd Place
$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Category 4th Place
$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Category 5th Place
$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Grand Champion Prize
Awarded for the hackathon submission deemed the strongest of all the submissions by the judging panel.
$
75,000 cash prize, $100,000 grant* and  6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Community Choice Prize
Decided by community votes. Devpost users can participate in a "+1" voting system, in which they can vote for as many projects as they like, but only once for each project.
$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 grant*

Additional Seed Funding
Up to $4.47M in additional seed funding by the DFINITY Foundation, its affiliates, partners, investors, associates, and further core contributors involved with the Hackathon, to be awarded within twelve (12) months from the final day of the Hackathon.

OVERALL PRIZE POOL
$765,000 in cash prizes + $765,000 in Grants* + up to $4,470,000 in seed funding opportunities

* Grant awards are not automatic or immediately guaranteed. Hackathon winners become eligible for participation in the DFINITY Developer Grant Program and entitlement to the full grant award amount is subject to meeting specified milestones and satisfying all terms and conditions of the DFINITY Developer Grant Program. Please review the DFINITY SUPERNOVA HACKATHON TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the full extent of these rules.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$765,000 in prizes

SocialFi - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

SocialFi - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

SocialFi - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

SocialFi - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

SocialFi - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

GameFi - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

GameFi - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

GameFi - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

GameFi - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

GameFi - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Metaverse and NFTs - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Metaverse and NFTs - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Metaverse and NFTs - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Metaverse and NFTs - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Metaverse and NFTs - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Asynchronous DeFi - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Asynchronous DeFi - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Asynchronous DeFi - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Asynchronous DeFi - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Asynchronous DeFi - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Public Good / Social Impact - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Public Good / Social Impact - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Public Good / Social Impact - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Public Good / Social Impact - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Public Good / Social Impact - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Blue Sky - 1ST PLACE

$45,000 cash prize, $50,000 project grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Blue Sky - 2ND PLACE

$30,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Blue Sky - 3RD PLACE

$20,000 cash prize, $25,000 project grant*

Blue Sky - 4TH PLACE

$15,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

Blue Sky - 5TH PLACE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 project grant*

COMMUNITY CHOICE

$10,000 cash prize, $5,000 grant*

GRAND CHAMPION

$75,000 cash prize, $100,000 grant* and 6 tickets to Internet Computer Devcon

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Olaf Carlson-Wee

Olaf Carlson-Wee
Polychain Capital

Maria Shen

Maria Shen
Electric Capital

Tom Serres

Tom Serres
Warburg Serres

Ryan Selkis

Ryan Selkis
Messari

Dominic Williams

Dominic Williams
DFINITY

Guy Wuollet

Guy Wuollet
Andreessen Horowitz

Lucas Liu

Lucas Liu
Huobi

Hao Chi

Hao Chi
SNZ Capital

Sue Xu

Sue Xu
Amino Capital

Jarosław Grzywiński

Jarosław Grzywiński
ASI GIG

Claude Donze

Claude Donze
Tomahawk.VC

Diran Li

Diran Li
Messari

Adriana Hamacher

Adriana Hamacher
Decrypt

Andreas Rossberg

Andreas Rossberg
DFINITY

John Lillic

John Lillic
Polygon

Igor Lillic

Igor Lillic
BlackComb

Tekin Salimi

Tekin Salimi
dao5

Anthony Beaumont

Anthony Beaumont
Encode Club

Steve Ngok

Steve Ngok
DoraHacks

Hamish Peebles

Hamish Peebles
Open Chat

Rick Porter

Rick Porter
DSCVR

Bob Bodily

Bob Bodily
Toniq Labs

Max Chamberlin

Max Chamberlin
InfinitySwap

Tommy M

Tommy M
IC Gallery

ICP Maximalist

ICP Maximalist
IC Gallery

Jesse Neumann

Jesse Neumann
Portal

Dan Ostrovsky

Dan Ostrovsky
Internet Identity Labs

Anna Escher

Anna Escher
DFINITY

Lomesh Dutta

Lomesh Dutta
DFINITY

Carsten Jacobsen

Carsten Jacobsen
DFINITY

Aniket Raj

Aniket Raj
Devfolio

Judging Criteria

  • X Factor and Potential
    What is the wow factor of the idea? Does it have potential?
  • Technical Competence
    What is the quality of the technical designs and source code?
  • Social Impact
    Does this project solve a real-world problem? Can people use it?
  • Progression
    Can a library be used? Is a service actually usable? How far did you go?
  • IC Factor
    Have you managed to leverage and demo a unique platform capability?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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