Hey Gitcoiners, big news! Our final virtual hackathon of the year, Global Communities, has just kicked off. In 2019 we went all-in on our hackathon platform running 6 successful events since April, only made possible by you, the Gitcoin & blockchain community. Our previous hackathon, Web3 World, was one of the best yet with submissions on 100% of bounties, so we’re excited to send off 2019 with a bang.
To celebrate the hard work Gitcoin developers have put in this year, Global Communities will feature a “Community Choice” prize, where Gitcoin users who sign up for the hackathon will get to vote on a winner. Additionally, we’ve partnered with the BUIDL Network to host in-person meetups all around the globe for education, project ideation, and team formation. Check out this list to see if there is an event local to you.
Now to dive into what we’re all most excited about: the companies and prizes. The lead partner for Global Communities is Hashing Systems, a decentralized development studio building on Hedera Hashgraph.
Hashing Systems is an organization that seeks to provide the developer community access to Hedera Hashgraph by building the infrastructure needed for developers to easily create on Hedera, infrastructure that automates much of the development stages specific to Hedera. This allows blockchain developers to essentially “copy and paste” the projects they are already pursuing on their networks onto Hedera.
Hedera is an EVM-compliant decentralized network, created in partnership with IBM’s Hyperledger along with several other Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, and Tata Communications. It is much faster than previously decentralized ledgers, tested at over 10,000 transactions per second. It also boasts services not seen on other networks like the consensus service, and file storage.
Through this hackathon, Hashing Systems will be introducing the greater developer community to Hedera Hashgraph. The projects on the hackathon will have a wide range of difficulties and awards. The goal is to empower developers to focus on the innovative components of their projects and not on core infrastructure. This journey began with Hash Name Service, a decentralized domain registry like ENS. Composer, a web extension currently on Chrome and Brave, allows users to create Hedera accounts through Google login as well as send most types of transactions to Hedera. Console, a development environment to deploy and manage smart contracts directly from the web browser, will soon be released. You can use Console just like you would Remix and Studio for Ethereum. Make sure you’ve updated your Composer to version 1.2 or later.
Here are some guides to get you started:
- Hedera Hashgraph Services — Part 1: Cryptocurrency
- Hedera Hashgraph Services — Part 2: File Storage Service
- Hedera Hashgraph Services — Part 3: Smart Contract
- How to Get Started on Hedera and Composer in 5 Easy Steps
Challenges & How to Participate
Once you reach the prize explorer, take a look at the seven Hashing Systems bounties. Prize amounts are listed in USD, but they will be paid out in HBAR, the native cryptocurrency of the Hedera public network.
- $300 USD – Create An Embeddable Tip Bot Using Account Ids, HNS, And Github Pages
- $120 USD – Create A Tutorial For Developers To Get Started Deploying A Contract Using Console
- $200 USD – Create A Tutorial For Developers To Use Composer Functionality With ReactJS
- $600 USD – Create An NFT Sales Page For Game Assets
- $1,000 USD – Create A Decentralized Exchange
- $1,200 USD – WrappedHBAR: Create A Cross EVM Erc20 Token Transaction Solution
- $500 USD – Create A Library To Connect Dragonglass With Composer
If you have any questions, reach out to Hashing Systems or Gitcoin in Discord. Good luck!