Gitcoin Virtual Hackathon

Grants Round 12 Hackathon

Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 16, 2021

Gitcoin Grants Round 12 Hackathon

December 1st - December 16th, 2021

Calling All Builders!

Join Gitcoin’s vibrant community of builders getting paid to build Open Source. This community includes more than 200,000 active builders who have collectively generated $40+ million for digital public goods. Join a sponsored hackathon and team up with new friends to tackle new challenges and learn new skills while earning rewards in Open Source.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Find a team and connect with builders on the Gitcoin Discord; navigate to the #👋start-here channel and select the 'Virtual Events' role; then, go to #😺team-up
  • Sign up for the hackathon and 'Join Now' at the top of this page
  • Link to the event and workshop schedule: https://www.addevent.com/calendar/Fu274403
  • Check for updates on #🖖builders-general and the #🦄gr12-hackathon in the Gitcoin Discord and your email inbox

Here’re the key dates:

  • December 1st, Wednesday: Hackathon begins
  • TBD: Opening Ceremony
  • TBD: Team Building Session 1
  • TBD: Team Building Session 2
  • December 16th, Thursday: Deadline for submission of hackathon projects
  • TBD: Hackathon project showcase

Why Build Digital Public Goods?

The past year has seen an increasing public interest in Web 3. As a result, many people worldwide became aware of the value of Open Source Software, and more generally, "digital public goods." 

Open-source research and development for blockchain platforms are more critical than present speculation in decentralized financial markets and the unsustainable races in proof of work mining. Fortunately, the diverse and vital Web 3 ecosystem is growing increasingly powerful, and many builders and funders make essential contributions to public protocol and application infrastructure that genuinely assist humankind.

Gitcoin Grants is one of the crucial funding flywheels for these initiatives. Utilizing a new matching funding mechanism known as Quadratic Funding, Gitcoin Grants is a more scalable and democratic grant-making program that steers increasing returns towards initiatives that benefit a broad community instead of things with only a few wealthy backers. As a result, public work in Web 3 is becoming an attractive career choice for builders to bypass shareholder-owned, for-profit arrangements as we know them from Web 2 (e.g., Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta.)

Moving forward with this accelerating impact by our community, we are now entering the 12th Gitcoin Grants round. Concurrently, as established, we are organizing a hackathon in the spirit of digital public goods: So, welcome to the Grants Round 12 Hackathon!

Two-Week Collaborative Event

We invite you to join us to learn about Web 3, connect with like-minded builders, and win prizes worth $TBD. The event sponsors, ranging from more established to early-stage projects in the space, put up an exciting range of hackathon challenges around issues including "Decentralized Finance," "Non-Fungible Tokens," "Solarpunk," "Decentralized Autonomous Organizations," and "Web III" more generally.

Set Sail!

Sign up for the hackathon via the “Join now” button above. Select the ‘Virtual Events’ role in the #👋start-here channel in the Gitcoin Discord and find a team and connect with builders on the Gitcoin Discord in #😺team-up. Check for updates on the Gitcoin Discord in #🖖builders-general and #🦄gr12-hackathon and your email inbox. Finally, make sure to submit your projects by December 16th at 11:59 pm UTC.

Do I Have to Be a Developer?

No! We welcome anyone who brings dedication and experience to the hackathon. Whether you want to help as a designer, project manager, give product experience advice, write documentation, or do something else. Often the projects that do well at hackathons are the ones that focus on more than just code.

New to Decentralized Application Development?

If you're new to Ethereum, Web3, and decentralized application development, you are most welcome here! Below are some resources for you to learn the fundamentals and get hacking as quickly as possible.

bounty explorer
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.

express interest
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!

bounty explorer
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.

express interest

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

bounty explorer
Submit Work via Gitcoin

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