DFINITYHacks is a month-long, virtual social-impact hackathon in which Hacker Fund mentors will have the opportunity to create open source projects for the Internet Computer that (1) help the disadvantaged, (2) educate the broader community, or (3) protect the environment.
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- There is no maximum team size.
- Each team must write original code. Existing apps that are modified for the competition will not be accepted.
- Participants must build on the Internet Computer and use the DFINITY SDK, Motoko Programming Language, Canisters, and/or other DFINITY resources that will be provided.
- Participants must complete a fully-functioning application and submit a video demo of their hack to Devpost by the deadline. In each demo, the participants must explain what they built and how they built it.
- Teams must build an open source project that (1) helps the disadvantaged, (2) educates the broader community, or (3) protects the environment.
- Teams must conduct themselves with integrity and good sportsmanlike conduct throughout the hackathon, including but not limited to participation in Slack channel conversations, office hours, and workshops.
On the heels of the Internet Computer's public network (aka, "mainnet") launch, Hacker Fund is launching a series of professional development workshops to give its mentors direct access to the DFINITY team — comprised of the world’s top cryptographers and distributed systems and programming language experts. Hacker Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity with the mission to empower technologists to create social change by connecting students to educators and mentors, with a focus on providing STEM curriculum and access to educational resources for underserved communities across the United States. Since 2014 Hacker Fund has served more than 30,000 students by enabling America’s largest STEM mentor network to provide volunteer workshops, curriculum, tech events, and career development.
By partnering with the DFINITY Foundation — a Swiss-based not-for-profit whose mission is to build, promote and maintain the Internet Computer; and by doing so, improve the world. — both organizations hope to empower the next generation of developers with the tools and resources necessary to build software that returns the internet to its free and open roots.
"The Internet Computer extends the functionality of the internet from a network that connects billions of people (via TCP/IP protocols) to a public compute platform that empowers millions of developers and entrepreneurs (via the Internet Computer Protocol, or ICP) — providing a revolutionary new way to build websites, enterprise systems, pan-industry platforms, DeFi applications, and open internet services. The next generation of developers now have a genuine choice: continue using proprietary and insecure server farms controlled by Big Tech, or securely deploy software and services directly to the public internet."
As a part of DFINITY and Hacker Fund’s shared mission to provide pathways for students to have accessible computer science education, we are launching a program to educate volunteer mentors to enable students to be the first to build on the Internet Computer. Laying the foundation for a continued effort to enable nonprofit and educational institutions to have unrestricted access to the Internet Computer and the resources to successfully build. With the launch of the Internet Computer's public network, DFINITY is giving unprecedented access to Hacker Fund’s mentor community through a series of workshops. This is in tandem with an exclusive virtual challenge on DevPost that’s launching Jan. 2021 — the top 3 winning teams to build on the Internet Computer will be awarded total prizes $5,000.00 USD and $15,000 USDC, among other awards. Participants will also have access to office hours and a private Slack channel.
Please watch the video featured above to learn more about DFINITY and the Internet Computer.
Members of the DFINITY technical staff will lead 3 workshops throughout the month-long challenge. Please review the schedule below:
- 02/22/2021 @ 12:00 pm PST - Alexa Smith - Intro to the Internet Computer
- 03/01/2021 (TBA) - Enzo Haussecker - Motoko Master Class
- 03/08/2021 (TBA) - Ben Goering - Building Web Apps for the Internet Computer
- Partner Office Hours - Thursdays at 9am PST starting 02/11/2021 (subject to change)
Hackathon participants will be invited to the DFINITY Team Slack channel for Open Office Hours, invites to Hacker Fund exclusive workshops, a Mentor Swag Box, and access to other limited resources.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no cap to how many members can be on a team. You must be a registered Hacker Fund mentor to participate.
Projects must be built on the Internet Computer using DFINITY SDK, Motoko programming language, and/or other resources demonstrating the potential of the Internet Computer. Please reference the Internet Computer resources that will be emailed to you once you register for the challenge.
All submissions must be open-source technology projects.
Projects must satisfy one of the following theme criteria:
- Help the disadvantaged
- Educate the broader community
- Protect the environment
$20,000 in prizes
The winners will receive $3,000 USD and $10,000.00 USDC (USDC compatible digital wallet address required).
All prize money will be split among the winning team members. Winners will receive an advisory meeting with Beacon Fund.
The winners will receive $1,500 USD and $5,000.00 USDC (USDC compatible digital wallet address required). The prize money will be split among the winning team members.
The winners will receive $500.00. The prize money will be split among the winning team members.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Founder & Chief Scientist
Internet Computer Factor
Projects must be built on the Internet Computer using the DFINITY SDK, Motoko programming language, and/or other resources demonstrating the potential of the Internet Computer.
Submissions must be open-source technology projects that (1) help the disadvantaged, (2) educate the broader community, or (3) protect the environment.
Projects should display a level of technical depth leveraging novel technical and/or economic frameworks now accessible through the Internet Computer.