Accessing Bounties

From the navigation bar, choose "Products" and then "Bounties".

Bounties Work Flow

Bounties can be used in two different ways:

  • I am a developer looking to contribute to a project. (Contributor)
  • I am an OSS project looking for talent. (Funder)

Bounty Specifications

Time left: Amount of time to complete the bounty.
Project Type:

  • Contest: Multiple submissions wanted, the top tier will receive a prize.
  • Cooperative: Multiple contributors will make multiple submissions and funding will be split.
  • Traditional: One applicant will be selected to complete the work requested, one submission, one payout.


  • Permissionless: Anyone can work on the bounty after expressing interest.
  • Approval Required: Contributors are to express interest and await approval to work.

Opened: How long ago the bounty was created.

Time Commitment: Length of time the completion of the bounty is expected to take.

Issue Type: Functional aspect of the project that the bounty applies to. (i.e. Security, Documentation, etc.)

Experience Level:

  • Beginner: Little to no pre-requisite skills are needed to complete the bounty.
  • Intermediate: Some pre-requisite skills are needed to complete the bounty.
  • Advanced: Specialized knowledge or subject mastery may be required to complete the bounty.

Description: A detailed explanation of the work requested from the funder.

Contributor Work Flow

  • Choose "Explore Bounties" from the Bounties menu.
  • Optional: Set search criteria on the left side of the screen (default is mainnet / open issues).
  • Select a bounty of interest.
  • Examine the bounty specifications to ensure a good fit for your skill level.
  • Make sure you have a complete understanding of the bounty instructions via the description.
  • Click on the "Github" link to further explore the project and issue in the respective repository.
  • Click on "Express Interest" and give a descriptive summary of how you plan to work on the issue.
  • For permissionless bounties you can begin work, for approval required bounties you must wait to be notified that you are approved to work on the bounty. You will get a platform notification and an email.
  • When work is completed, submit the work by a pull request on the bounty Github repository. Copy the URL for the pull request.
  • Return to the Github bounty page and select "Submit Work".
  • Paste the pull request URL into the PR field, accept the terms, and submit the bounty.
  • Your web3 wallet will open requesting you to approve the gas cost in Eth, approve this request. This records the project completion on the blockchain. NOTE: New users can visit the Eth faucet for a one-time small amount of Eth to be granted for gas costs.
  • The funder may provide feedback in the Github repository for some changes to be made prior to acceptance, check back to the pull request frequently.
  • Payout is made once the bounty is satisfied. Allow one to two weeks for a funder response.
  • If you are unable to complete a bounty for any reason, return to the bounty page and click "Stop Work".

Contributor Tips


  • Choose bounties appropriate to your skill level.
  • Understand the bounty requirements on the bounty page and Github issue page.
  • Give a descriptive plan for bounty completion to maximize your chances of being selected in traditional bounties.
  • Give status updates to the funder as appropriate (delays, questions, suggestions, etc.)
  • Create appropriate documentation for the funder and other contributors to be able to follow your work.


  • Abandon a bounty. "Stop Work" on the bounty if you are unable to complete it.
  • Be offended if denied to work on a bounty by a funder.

Funder Work Flow

  • From the Bounties menu choose "Fund Issue".
  • Set the bounty specifications according to the work needed.
  • Include the issue URL from the Github repository.
  • Give a clear description of the requirements for work to be accepted.
  • Click "Fund Issue".
  • Approve the transaction in your web3 wallet (i.e. Metamask).
  • Approve or deny applicants that express interest (if applicable).
  • Review work submitted in the pull request and provide feedback or accept the work (if applicable).
  • Payout the bounty or announce contest winners.

Funder Tips


  • Price correctly.
  • Be specific about acceptance criteria.
  • Start small.
  • Provide adequate documentation.
  • Be responsive to the contributor.


  • Create bounties for architecture (building from the ground up).
  • Create bounties that require market awareness (unless well documented).
  • Create security-sensitive bounties (private keys etc.).

This article was last modified: March 12, 2020, 8:35 a.m.