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Press release: Blockchain’s next gen: hackathon showcases emerging global talent

Published: Jan 2023

9th January 2023 – The TON Foundation, a non-profit association of developers and enthusiasts that exists to advance The Open Network (TON), has received applications from across the globe for a hackathon that promises to showcase the next chapter in the evolution of decentralized ledger technologies.

Hack-a-TONx DoraHacks, a 2-month long virtual hackathon staged in collaboration with DoraHacks, a global leading hacker organization that acts as a bridge, connecting hackers to enterprise challenges and entrepreneurial ideas, will offer participants a total prize pot of $180,000 in Toncoin (TON).

The truly global event will involve a variety of online onboarding and mentoring along with invite-only, on-site meetups in 12 major cities, including Seoul, Hong Kong, Ankara, London, Tel Aviv and Dubai. Teams will work to build myriad projects on TON, a revolutionary technology to unite all blockchains and Web2 internet into one open network. TON was born to empower billions of Telegram users with genuine Web3.

The hackathon starts January 30, 2023 at 11:00 am GMT with tracks including: Decentralized finance (DeFi), Social/Decentralized Identifier (DID), Non Fungible Token (NFT)/Soulbound Tokens (SBT), Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), Gaming, Web3 Services (Metaverse), Web 2.5 (The Ultimate Challenge) and Web2.5 (Webaverse).

“The Hack-a-TONx event has started receiving applications from around the world and will onboard thousands of Web2 and Web3 developers from the TON ecosystem and beyond, showcasing the many possibilities of building on TON,” said Justin Hyun, Head of Incubation at the TON Foundation. “If we are indeed in a crypto winter it might just be the perfect time for developers to build amazing technologies that could define the next stage in the evolution of the blockchain space.”

The hackathon onboarding week and awards ceremony will be live-streamed across YouTube, Binance Live, and Bilibili, showcasing the depth of global talent building on TON.

It’s time to build on TON

While the hackathon is track-agnostic the judging criteria will be tailored for each track:

Standard Track
  1. $50,000
  2. $35,000
  3. $25,000
  4. $15,000
  5. $10,000
  6. $5,000
  7. $4,000
  8. $3,000
  9. $2,000
  10. $1,000
The Ultimate Challenge ($30,000)
  1. $15,000
  2. $10,000
  3. $5,000
Hackathon programs
  • Day 1 (1/30): Kickoff and Onboarding
  • Day 2 (1/31): Q&A onboarding by region/timezones (Dubai and India, Europe and CIS, Taiwan and China, Korea).
  • Day 3 (2/1): Livestream session (DevEnv for JS developer (tonstarter) Zoom session).
  • Day 4 (2/2): Livestream session (Your First Smart-Contract with FunC Zoom session).
  • Day 5 (2/3): Livestream session (Get data from Your Smart-Contract with ton.js).
  • Day 6 (2/4): Livestream session (Authorization of WebApp with ton-connect).
  • Day 7 (2/5): Livestream session (Create Your First TON+Telegram WebApp).
  • Week 2-7: 2x a week office-hours with TON developer mentors.
  • Week 8: Pitch sessions (March 27-March 29); Closing ceremony and winners announcement (March 31).

In addition, there will be a series of offline meetups at the following locations:

Wave 1 (2/11/23 – 2/12/23):
Taipei, Taiwan
Seoul, South Korea
London, UK
Dubai, UAE
Bangkok, Thailand

Wave 2 (2/18/23 – 2/19/23):
Tel Aviv, Israel
Ankara, Turkey
Tokyo, Japan
Lisbon, Portugal

Wave 3 (2/25/23 – 2/26/23):
Prague, Czech Republic
Hong Kong
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Hyderabad, India

The top ten projects under the standard track and top three projects under the Web 2.5 track (The Ultimate Challenge) will be screened and then the teams will have a chance to present to a panel of judges. Three days of pitching and judging will take place between March 27, 2023 and March 29, 2023.

The event will conclude on March 31, 2023 with a closing ceremony and winners announcement, where prize money will be distributed along with a TON builder gift set including branded SafePal hardware wallet, a TON branded notebook, and Toncoin memorabilia. There will also be an incubation opportunity.

“Funding from the TONcoin Fund will also be up for grabs for the teams that come out victorious, providing a bountiful opportunity from a $250 million ecosystem fund dedicated to supporting founders building on The Open Network,” added Hyun.

The hackathon will also be a headstart to submissions for The Open Challenge (TOC), a metric based TON awards program. Furthermore, teams that make it to the finals in the contest may have the opportunity to travel to Dubai on an all-expenses trip and meet the TON Foundation leadership team and investors.

GitHub repo is required and live demo recommended. Teams can close-source GitHub repo during the hackathon but are required to open-source upon completion of the submission period. Teams can opt for open-source under BSL 1.1, which stipulates that the codes cannot be used for commercial purposes by other parties.

Registration for the event is available at the DoraHacks website where applicants will be able to submit BUIDLs until March 22, 2023.

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