Gitcoin Virtual Hackathon

Built to Explore - A Dream of the Future

Apr 9, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021

This hackathon event had ended at April 26, 2021, 6:59 a.m., please check the ongoing hackathons.

Built to Explore -

A Dream of the Future

Presented by Skynet Labs

April 9 - May 21, 2021*

*See the breakdown of phases below*

Make sure to join the Skynet Labs Discord Channel for this event!

Register for the hackathon Airmeet and look for calendar invites to join workshops, community sessions, and more!

Welcome to the Skynet Spring 2021 Hackathon, hosted by Skynet Labs and Gitcoin!

Skynet is the foundation for a new, decentralized internet. It is a content hosting and application development platform built on top of Sia, a decentralized storage network. Skynet apps transform what’s possible on the web. Key features of decentralization such as user-controlled data, persistent identity across apps, and censorship-resistance will be the new standards of the digital world.

We aim to introduce a new technology to Skynet with each hackathon we host, and this time we will be introducing both MySky and the Data Access Controller, or DAC. Together, these tools will help developers integrate a global login system along with tools that enable users to create content that is sharable and interoperable with other apps across the Skynet ecosystem.

Skynet’s Spring 2021 hackathon focuses on content and media, and features 3 phases to engage developers and non-developers alike: Build, Explore, and Dream. Participation prizes will be awarded at all three phases.

Build (3 Weeks, April 9 - April 25) - Over $20,000 in prizes Hackers should develop applications that can be used to either create or consume content. Content creation can be meme generators, blog posts, video channels, playlists and galleries of other content, or almost anything else where users are creating something to be shared with the world. $8,000 will be awarded at the end of Build, and $9,000 will be awarded at the end of the Explore. We’re also reserving prizes for first time Skynet hackers!

Build Phase Ends: April 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST — Finalists will be notified by May 5th — Final presentations on May 7

Explore (2 Weeks, May 7 - May 21)  - $3,000 in prizes Application developers will have the opportunity to test their app with real-life end users. The goal of Explore is to create and share amazing content with the world. Users from all backgrounds and experience levels with decentralized technology are welcome to participate in Explore! Small prizes will be awarded to participants throughout this phase, with an exciting participation prize to anyone who engages with multiple applications per day for at least 12 out of the 15 days.

Dream (1 Week, May 22 - May 30) - $2,000 in prizes Technical and non-technical participants will ideate around future decentralized use-cases across industries. The Dream phase is about letting go of the realities of today and instead looking into the future. The submission (be it a write-up, a video essay, or even an interpretive art piece) should contemplate the technological revolution of decentralization, and try to re-imagine the world where decentralization has replaced key parts of societal infrastructure.

Skynet will be hosting the Explore and Dream phases at https://skynet-hackathon.hns.siasky.net/

Skynet Labs is thrilled for this event to be the start of more inclusive hackathons that span different experiences, technical skills, and industries. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Please note: We will be using Sia’s Discord Server for chat during this hackathon (rather than Gitcoin Chat). Please ask questions, form teams, and share your ideas on the Skynet Labs Discord here: https://discord.gg/skynetlabs

Inspiration & HNS Names

Check out the ideas blog post for project inspiration!

Need an HNS name for building your app?

To get a free random decentralized Handshake name for your project, follow these steps:

1. Join hns.to/discord.namebase

2. Visit the #start-here channel and react to the message with 🤝

3. DM johnnywu/ with the following information:

- Namebase account's email address

- Namebase account's HNS wallet address (found by clicking "generate address" on the Dashboard)

Learn more at hns.to, and thanks to Namebase for generously donating these names to hackers!

Workshops & Recordings

Register for the hackathon Airmeet and look for calendar invites to join workshops, community sessions, and more!

Built to Explore Kickoff Session and Workshop - WATCH HERE


Join our Discord

Use Skynet (File sharing) 

Explore apps built on Skynet

Developing on Skynet 

SDK Documentation


In partnership with the Creary community, our campaign and swag was designed by the artist frac7ure. T-shirts will be included for all participants of Build and awarded as prizes during Explore and Dream.

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Check out the Prizes

Visit the Prize Explorer to check out the prizes posted by our hackathon sponsors. Click each prize to show important details, including the submission requirements, submission deadline, etc.

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Join the Hackathons Chat Workspace

Chat with other hackers, ask sponsors and the Gitcoin team questions, find or create a team, and communicate real-time. Click here to join the party!

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Start Work via Gitcoin

When your team is formed please have one of your teammates navigate to each prize page you plan to compete for and click the “Start Work” button.

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Build your cool ideas and make your vision come true with your team!

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Submit Work via Gitcoin

When your project is completed, submit your work by clicking the “Submit Work” button on the prize page/