“Developers, developers, developers!” Most notably chanted by the former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer, we’re in agreement with him. He was right. Without developers, tech cannot innovate. Avalanche is no different, and we’ve channeled our “inner Ballmer” since day 1.
Since Avalanche mainnet launched on September 21, we’ve bootstrapped efforts to bring new developers onto the platform; Avalanche-X grants, community growth efforts, tutorials and dev tools, and technical programming all kicked into high gear with room for more. To date, MoneyDance, Avalanche’s virtual event merging a hackathon, summit, and demo day all into one streamlined experience, has nearly 200 hackathon participants and over 1,000 summit registrants–with keynotes and workshops from leading industry experts like Sergey Nazarov, Co-founder of Chainlink, Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of FTX, Kendrick Nguyen, CEO of Republic, and more.
Today, we’re excited to unveil our involvement as Gold Partners for a university-focused blockchain hackathon, Encode, one of the leaders in the university hackathon space.
Encode works directly with university societies, clubs, and academics all around the world, including Oxford Blockchain Society, Cambridge Blockchain Society, and Blockchain Society at the University of Washington, to name a few.
The team at Encode are no strangers to running highly-engaging developer events. Specifically with Encode Hack Club, some notable stats: a total of £200K has been given out as prizes to over 100 teams; more than 50% of hackathon finalists featured PhDs on their teams; and $5MM raised in investment rounds by hackathon finishers. Do you have what it takes to win?
Like with all developer events, we want to provide as much value to participants as possible. Encode Hack Club is no different. The hackathon will start with 5 weeks of learning. Throughout this segment, Ava Labs, the team building Avalanche, will lead technical workshops to inspire great results. After the learning phase is over, the hackathon will round out the remaining 5 weeks of the program. Throughout the program, Ava Labs and Encode team members will be available to provide technical support and feedback on the Avalanche Discord.
We want to maximize success for everyone and have worked closely with Encode to develop a hackathon program that works for all skill levels. Here are the challenges:
Create a Tutorial for Avalanche Challenge — $100 x 5
- Create a fixed cap asset on Avalanche
- Create a variable cap asset on Avalanche
- Create an NFT on Avalanche
- Create a subnet on Avalanche
- Create a new blockchain on Avalanche
Build on Avalanche Challenge — $1,500, $1,000, $500 for the top 3 submissions
- Launch a decentralized lending app (e.g., Compound) on Avalanche
- Launch an automated market maker (e.g., Uniswap) on Avalanche
- Port existing Ethereum infrastructure (e.g., Infura) to Avalanche
Launch a Custom Virtual Machine on Avalanche Challenge — $3–5k available in the prize pool based on submission
- Launch a custom virtual machine (e.g., ZK-SNARKs, BTC Script, WASM)
To get started, carefully review the details and schedule below. If you have additional questions, please refer to the FAQ or contact Anthony Beaumont at Encode.
Who can participate?
- Register by December 13, 2020
- Learn: November 9 to December 13, 2020
- Hack: December 14, 2020 to January 17, 2021
- Submissions: January 17, 2021
- Judging: Mid to late January 2021
- Prize Distribution: February 2021