Kusama Network Hackathon - Hackusama

Kusama Network Hackathon - Hackusama

    Welcome to Hackusama, the first-ever hackathon for the Kusama or Polkadot ecosystem. Hackusama is a 7-week online hackathon being launched for developers to "Build a Blockchain" or submit your wildest tools, visualizations, and ideas to the "Open Hack" category. A $30,000 USD prize pool is up for grabs.

    Reward pool
    $30,000
    Expected profit
    $2,000 - 8,000
    Max participants
    DropsEarn score
    Neutral

  • Activity Type: Contest Hackathon Development
  • Date: 29 Jun 2020 12:00(UTC+3) - 15 Aug 2020 02:45(UTC+3)
  • Registration: Open
  • Event status: You can participate (Event started, Registration open)
  • Links: Official Announcement
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Detailed Information

Hackusama has two categories: Build a Blockchain or the Open Hack. Please note: Blockchains or Tools may be either newly created or updated by your team. Teams entering submissions that existed prior to the start of the Submission Period will be required to explain how their submission has been updated during the Submission Period.
 

For a full breakdown of the categories and a list of several ideas, see the Hacker Guide.

  1. Build a Blockchain: Developers can build custom blockchains in this hackathon using Substrate. These blockchains will have the ability to connect to the core ‘Relay Chain’ of Kusama in the near future using ‘Cumulus’, allowing for interoperability of data, value, and information. Since Polkadot and Kusama share a nearly identical codebase, these chains will also have the ability to connect to the Polkadot Relay Chain, if desired. Chains on Kusama could be fully fledged businesses, or even a platform hosting a multitude of businesses, especially for use cases not needing bank-like security, such as Gaming and eSports, messaging, DAOs, marketplaces, oracles, music, and social networking. 
  2. Open Hack: The hackathon also offers another category, which will allow hackers to build tools, visualizers, or other creative projects to make it easier for developers to build on Kusama Network. For example, this could be tools for translating from one programming language to another or making it easier to test blockchain functionality on Kusama.

Prizes

Total - $30,000 in prizes
 

 Build a Blockchain Champion - $8000

- $8,000 (paid in DAI) 
- Expedited pitch session for Substrate Builders Program 
- Fast-track to discussion about funding ($30k-$100k) with Web3 Foundations Grants team 
- 3 Ledger Nano X devices 
- 2 hours of consultative phone calls from Web3 and Parity developers 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media

 Open Hack Champion - $8000

- $8000 (paid in DAI) 
- Expedited pitch session for Substrate Builders Program 
- Fast-track to discussion about funding ($30k-$100k) with Web3 Foundations Grants team 
- 3 Ledger Nano X devices 
- 2 hours of consultative phone calls from Web3 and Parity developers 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media

Build a Blockchain 2nd Place - $4000

- $4000 (paid in DAI) 
- 1 hour of consultative phone calls from Web3 and Parity developers 
- Fast-track to discussion about funding ($30k-$100k) with Web3 Foundations Grants team 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media 
- 3 Ledger Nano S devices

Open Hack 2nd Place - $4000

- $4000 (paid in DAI) 
- 1 hour of consultative phone calls from Web3 and Parity developers 
- Fast-track to discussion about funding ($30k-$100k) with Web3 Foundations Grants team 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media 
- 3 Ledger Nano S devices

Build a Blockchain 3rd Place - $2000

- $2000 (paid in DAI) 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media

Open Hack - 3rd Place - $2000

- $2000 (paid in DAI) 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media

Community Choice Winner - $2000

One submission will be selected as a Community Choice winner by the DevPost community after a public vote. 
- $2000 (paid in DAI) 
- Polkadot and Kusama swag 
- Feature in Polkadot social media


Eligibility

The Hackathon is open to: Individuals who are at least the age of majority where they reside at the time of entry (typically 18+), team of eligible individuals or organizations.

The Hackathon is not open to: Individuals or Organizations who reside, located, or incorporated in Syria, Iran, Cuba, Crimea or North Korea, or any other country or territory which, after the Effective Date, becomes the target of such comprehensive, country-wide or territory-wide Sanctions. Hackathon is not open to employees of Web3 Foundation or Parity Technologies.

For more information on eligibility, view the ELIGIBILITY section in the rules


Requirements

What to build: Use Substrate to build/update a blockchain, or build/update any project in the Open Hack for the Kusama ecosystem.

For more details on the submission requirements, please see the Hacker Guide.

 

What to submit:

 

  • "Build a Blockchain" submissions are encouraged to be in one of the following formats: 
    • a live running site or running chain and provide an endpoint, if you are running a substrate chain (highly encouraged)
    • a Docker image (highly encouraged)
    • a Linux executable (discouraged)
  • If starting from a fresh Substrate project, please use rc3 or later. If building on existing work, participants are permitted to use another version.
  • Provide a way to access the project for judging and testing by including a link to a repo hosting the submission's code and any other deployment files and testing instructions.
  • Indicate which challenge you're participating in (all valid submissions will automatically be considered for the Community Choice prize).
  • Create a video that includes footage that clearly explains your App’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration.
  • Please include a project name and 150 word description in your submission’s readme file. Teams entering submissions that existed prior to the start of the Submission Period will be required to explain how their submission has been updated during the Submission Period.

Judging criteria

  • Contribution to Decentralization and Web 3.0 Friendliness (25%)
    Includes how useful the blockchain or tooling is in the Kusama, Polkadot, and Web 3.0 ecosystem as a whole.
  • Originality, Creativity, and Innovation (25%)
    Includes how new and novel the submission is versus existing technologies.
  • Technical Difficulty (25%)
    Includes the level of skill or knowledge required to build the blockchain, tools, or other type of submission.
  • User Experience (25%)
    Includes how intuitive and understandable the submission is for potential users.