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Encode Polkadot Hackathon

Encode Polkadot Hackathon

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About Encode Club

The purpose of Encode is to educate, support and catalyse the emergence of new talent into the blockchain space. We work across 100+ universities worldwide, running hackathons, accelerators, education series as well as investing and recruiting the best to join leading blockchain companies. Read more here.

About Polkadot

Polkadot is an open-source network protocol that allows arbitrary data — not just tokens — to be transferred across blockchains. It’s built to connect private and consortium chains, public and permissionless networks, oracles, and future technologies that are yet to be created.


Polkadot facilitates a decentralized internet where independent blockchains can exchange information and transactions in a trustless way via the Polkadot relay chain.


Polkadot is the flagship project by the Web3 Foundation, a Swiss Foundation founded to facilitate a fully functional and user-friendly decentralized web. Find out more here: polkadot.network

How it Works

  • Register for the hackathon here.
  • You can join as an individual or as a team of up to 6.
  • There will be sessions to find teammates at the start of the hackathon.
  • The hackathon lasts 8 weeks, with workshops and 1–1 mentoring sessions happening throughout the hackathon.
  • You are not expected to work every minute of the 8 weeks, we give you lots of flexibility so you can find time on evenings and weekends to learn, build at your own pace, and develop your idea.
  • You submit your project at the end of the hackathon. You should submit a demo, a video, codebase, and, optionally, a presentation.
  • After the hackathon is over, we start the judging process!
  • The best 8 projects are chosen to pitch in a final, at which all the prizes will be announced!

General Prizes (paid in DOT)

  • Easy: Complete Onboarding Challenges: Complete up to 5 entry-level Substrate tutorials to begin learning how to build with Polkadot and Substrate. Find the tutorials here
  • Prizes: $10,000 total: $20 USD per challenge (5 max per person) until $10,000 has been filled.
  • Medium: Best dApp on any parachain
  • Prizes: 1st: $3k, 2nd: $2k, 3rd: $1k, Runners up: $500 x 4
  • Hard: Build a blockchain. Substrate is the framework used to build custom blockchains compatible with Polkadot. In this challenge, build a custom blockchain using Substrate that could eventually become a platform within the Polkadot ecosystem.
  • Prizes: 1st: $4k, 2nd: $3k, 3rd: $2k

Who can enter?

Anyone can take part. In particular:

  • Attendees of the Encode Polkadot Educate Series
  • Students
  • Researchers
  • Graduates
  • Hackers

Support during the hackathon

  • Regular 1–1s with the Encode team
  • Direct line to technical support
  • Online Discord Community


  • Register by Thursday 9th September 2021
  • Launch Event: Thursday 9th September 2021
  • Late Registration by Thursday 3rd October 2021
  • Submission Date: Sunday 31st October 2021
  • Final and prizegivingThursday 11th November 2021


Launch Event — Thursday 9th September 2021 at 5:30pm GMT+1
SubQuery Workshop — Monday 13th September 2021 at 7:30pm GMT+1
Final and Prizegiving — Thursday 11th November 2021 at 5:30pm GMT+1



This hackathon is part of Polkadot long-term programme, funded by the Polkadot on-chain treasury. This comes after the successful completion of the first part of the partnership: Polkadot Educate. After the Hackathon, projects will be able to apply for the 10-week Polkadot Accelerator run by Encode. The Encode Polkadot Hackathon will be similar to the previous hackathons, however, the sole sponsor and focus of the hackathon will be Polkadot, as well as some individual Parachains.

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Open until 9 Sep 2021 03:00(UTC+3)

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