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NEM Virtual Hackathon

NEM Virtual Hackathon

    With Symbol by NEM going live, team are excited to announce the launch of the Powering Possibility Hackathon is a 3-week online hackathon that offers developers and designers an opportunity to create innovative applications powered by Symbol technology.

    Reward pool
    ~ $22,000
    Expected profit
    $5,000 - 10,000
    Max participants
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  • Activity Type: Registration Tasks Contest Content Hackathon Video
  • Date: 9 Jan 2021 03:00(UTC+3) - 22 Mar 2021 03:00(UTC+3)
  • Registration: Closed
  • Event status: You can't participate (Event ended)
  • Links: Official Announcement Rules
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This hackathon offers a variety of prizes ranging from a possible coveted spot in the NEM Ignite Accelerator Program, with hands-on mentorship, commercialization guidance and financial support of up to $10,000 to $22,000 of dollars worth of XEM for the selected projects. The hackathon will be supported by many key figures from across the NEM ecosystem and broader blockchain space.


The hackathon will focus on creating solutions using the Symbol functionalities to solve real world problems. This will be divided into four tracks:

  • Hybrid a submission that utilizes both a public and private chain on Symbol. 
  • Interoperability a submission that utilizes both Symbol as well as another blockchain protocol. 
  • Libraries & Plugins a submission that extends the functionality of Symbol through the plugin system. 
  • Design a submission that improves upon the user experience, UX or UI of a given product. 




Individuals – and teams of individuals – must all have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.
Note: NEM Group and its affiliates are not eligible for participation.


Submissions must build (or update) an open-source software application or integration that leverages Symbol features. To qualify for prizes, participants must abide by all of the rules and the following minimum submission requirements:

  1. Any submission must be released under the Apache V2 license.

  2. Any submission must have clear, cleanly documented code in plain English.

  3. Any submission must have an additional video or document explaining the rationale and use case behind the submission, as well as a working demonstration.

  4. Any submission must be running on the Symbol main-net.

  5. Any submission must be in a GitHub or GitLab repository - team will not accept closed binaries or packages sent through email

Judging Criteria

  • Performance
  • Real-World usefulness
  • Documentation & Quality
  • Design