Below is a breakdown of the total prize allocation per category:
Grand prize – $30, 000
DeFi Track – $35K
Web3 Track – $35K
NFT Track – $35K
Solana is also giving builders an opportunity to compete for regional prizes:
China (supported by Serum and Raydium) – $125K
India (supported by Devfolio and CoinDCX) – $50K
Eastern Europe (supported by Hacken) – $155K
Brazil (supported by BRZ) – $25K
Africa (supported by Blockchain Nigeria User Group, Bundle Africa) – $25K
Vietnam (supported by Kyber, Coin98) – $25K
In an exclusive with Bitcoin KE, Chimezie Chuta, CEO / Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group, one of the organizations supporting the African chapter of the Solana hackathon, said:
“As you might have known, Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG) has been on the forefront of driving adoption of blockchain technology in Nigeria and had identified the obvious lack of requisite skills in the region. This was what led us to initiate the BlockchainDev1000 geared towards raising at least 1000 developers within two years. This was what had led to various partnerships with IBM, VITE Labs, Tezos, Binance and now Solana.
It’s very important for Africans developers to keep abreast of every innovation going on in the blockchain space, because africa’s problems can truly be solved by Africans.
– Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group
Among the key speakers and judges (including Africans) during the hackathon will include:
Sam Bankman Fried – CEO, FTX
Balaji Srinivasan – Angel investor
RAC – Grammy award winning artist
Robert Leshner – Founder, Compound
Jeremy Allaire – Founder, Circle (USDC)
Chimezie Chuta – Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG)
Ali Yayha – General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Niraj Pant – General Partner, PolyChain
Bobby Ong – COO, CoinGecko
David Ratiney – Co-Founder, BonFida
Aaron Liang – VP, Engineering, CoinMarketCap
Anton Bukov – Co-Founder, 1inch
Akinyemi Akindele – Blockchain Engineer, Bundle Africa
Aaron K – Head of Listings, CoinMarketCap
Bolaji Onibudo – CEO, XendBit Exchange
Speaking to Bitcon KE, Yele Bademosi, CEO, Bundle Africa, said:
“At Bundle, we care about driving mainstream adoption for crypto in Africa and other frontier markets. A key part of that is the developer ecosystem across these markets, we are excited to partner with Solana on Solana Season to further grow the ecosystem and support exciting projects that will come from it”
– CEO, Bundle Africa
About Solana Hackathon
The Solana Season Hackathon is a competition where projects will be evaluated by judges on their technological merits without consideration of legal viability.
The virtual hackathon focused on allowing developers to experiment and leverage the Solana blockchain to create a plethora of projects spanning DeFi (Decentralized Finance), NFTs, and Web3.
Participants in the Hackathon will create software solely for purposes of evaluation by judges as part of a competition and not for commercial deployment or release as part of the Hackathon.
While participants are encouraged to build novel crypto apps, hackers can build infrastructure or any tool they believe will have an impact on the Solana ecosystem. The only requirement is that teams must incorporate Solana into their project in some way.
All participants must comply with applicable laws and regulations when releasing any software that they develop as part of the Hackathon.