Gitcoin Virtual Hackathon

Building with Zilliqa: NFTs Made Easy

May 28, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021

This hackathon event had ended at June 11, 2021, noon, please check the ongoing hackathons.

Building with Zilliqa: NFTs Made Easy

Make sure to join the Zilliqa Discord for all discussions and questions for the hackathon!
Challenges & Prizes - $36k worth of prizes

As NFTs continue to surge in popularity over the next few months, we are aiming to better certain structures and functionalities on the Zilliqa blockchain to improve our community’s experience with NFTs. We are looking to the Gitcoin community to help build projects centred around these few focuses:

  • Building a Patreon type platform based on NFTs.
  • Creating a simple to use UI for customisable NFT auctions that allows creators without any programming experience to launch their NFT auctions.
  • Platform to showcase their NFTs
  • Innovate with NFTs - Build anything you want!

There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and grow within the Zilliqa ecosystem. Read on to discover how you can get involved!


  • The hackathon will take place online from 28th May to 11th June
  • Teams and individuals can sign up on Gitcoin starting today!
  • $36K main prize pool across 4 bounties, paid out in ZIL
  • Exclusive access to private discord channel for workshops and mentorship sessions

Prize structure [for each project]

  • The person or team to create the best project in each category will win $5K
  • The 2nd place team will win $3K
  • The 3rd place team will win $1K 

All projects should be built on Zilliqa. Selected projects will also gain the chance to join the ZILHive Grants programme.

Why Zilliqa

Zilliqa is the world's first sharded smart contract platform that is designed to scale while remaining fully decentralized. It has a total of 4 shards, each possessing 600 community validators, and the network can process up to thousands of transactions per second. Zilliqa also runs on a functional smart contract programming language, Scilla, that aims to eliminate bugs before run time and hence making the development process much faster and secure.

Zilliqa is committed to growing its developer/talent ecosystem through its ZILHive Education/Grants/Accelerator programmes, and we want you to take the first step in the ZILHive community by participating in this hackathon.

What to expect

Our two week hackathon will commence on May 28. Check out our existing learning resource LearnScilla to get a sense of how to build on Zilliqa, and what sort of learning resources we are looking out for. Do also check out dev.zilliqa.com to get a feel of how the development process on Zilliqa will look like before the hackathon kicks off.

Before the hackathon:
  • If you're solo and looking to join a team, we help you identify and connect with other hackers.
  • Come up with ideas! There will be plenty of bounties to work on but we'd love for you to get creative and come up with an exciting new project!

During the hackathon (14 days):
  • You work on your hack!
  • Access to Zilliqa and ZILHive team members on Discord
  • We will have regular office hours so that you can ask all your questions and feel supported throughout. Stay tuned for our programme schedule!

After the hackathon:
  • We begin the judging process.
  • You finalize and submit your hack and make your bounty submissions.
  • You'll get to present your project in front of our judges.
  • Win awesome bounties, prizes and a chance to join the ZILHive Grants programme.

Judging Criteria

All submissions will be judged by a panel of Zilliqa’s core developers and ZILHive employees. 

Submissions will be graded on:

  1. Quality of content 
  2. Level of curated content (Intermediate preferred)
  3. Usability and User Experience 

Bonus points for:

  1. Video tutorials 
  2. Tutorials translated into multiple languages 

⏳ Calls to Action 

If you’re a builder, hacker, designer you can...

  • Sign up now!
  • Join our Discord channel!
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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/