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🌟Host Your Own Hackathons on DoraHacks🌟

🌟Host Your Own Hackathons on DoraHacks🌟

Options for Hosting a Hackathon

When it comes to hosting your own hackathon on, there are two approaches to choose from. Regardless of your preference, the items listed in the Prep Materials Checklist below are essential.

  1. DIY (Do-It-Yourself): With this approach, you have the flexibility to create and manage your hackathon independently. This includes tasks such as creating your hackathon, updating hackathon details, and more.
  2. Delegate to DoraHacks: Alternatively, you can opt for a more hands-off approach. By preparing the necessary materials and then handing them over to the DoraHacks team, we take care of setting up the hackathon page, adjusting the layout, and updating details as required.

Whichever path you choose, we are here to support you in ensuring your hackathon runs smoothly and successfully.

Prep Materials Checklist

This doc includes the checklist of to-do items for the hackathon organizer to prepare all the materials needed. When the listed materials are ready, the landing page can be set up easily.  Landing page examples from previous DoraHacks Hackathon:

Hackathon Introduction

An introduction about the hackathon from your organization’s POV (for branding purpose). Or a PR article from Your Organization.

Example: BNB Chain Revelation Hackathon Announcement

About Your Organization

A short blurb about your organization.

Example: BNB Chain Hackvolution - About BNB Chain

Landing Page on Your Organization’s Official Website (Optional)

If the page is not planned, that’s OK, since there’ll be a landing page on DoraHacks.

Sponsors / Ecosystems / VCs / Launchpad Partners

Key Dates

Including such as opening ceremony, submission period, workshop schedules, judging period, winner announcement/closing ceremony, etc.

Example: BNB Chain Hackvolution - Key Dates

Prize Pool Allocation and Prize Distribution

How do you plan to allocate the prize pool, and when you distribute the prize, in what token/currency? on which blockchain or off-chain?

Example: BNB Chain Hackvolution - Rewards Distribution


Including tracks e.g. DeFi, NFT, Infra, etc. Please also give a brief description for each track and potential ideas if possible.

Example: FraxBuild Hackathon - Tracks & Ideas

Submission Requirements

If your blockchain is EVM-compatible, to attract as many as submissions, we suggest the entry be open for all the EVM-compatible projects and set “build on your blockchain” as required only when anyone wins a prize. Deployment on a chain is easier than building on a good project :D

Example: Comdex Hackathon - Requirements

Developer Resources

Optional. Developer resources can be links for some documentation or tutorial recordings.

Example: 0x, AWS, Family, Polygon | Decreasing Frictions in DeFi - Resources

Workshops & Office Hours (Optional)

Workshops provide some of the most valuable contents that are very much appreciated by all the developers in our network.

Example: Fuel's Sway Summer Hackathon - Workshops

Judge Criteria

Judge Panel

Usually about 5-10 judges. Example of some judges from Polygon Hackathon as below; please offer info of their Name, Company/Organization, Title, Headshot.

Key Visual Design

Design specifications for DoraHacks website: Overall size:1500px*400px

Please also provide with the editable files of the design so that DoraHacks can help adjust if there is any edit needed.

Hackathon Banner Specification

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a fee to host hackathons on DoraHacks?

No, it is free of charge to use as infrastructure to host your hackathons.

2. Any other support that we can get from DoraHacks apart from the website?

Firstly, we have user support on Telegram @dorahacksofficial. Our team will help support the hackers that participate in your hackathons. Hackers’ enquiries will be answered in a timely manner.

Moreover, we can let our developers community know about your hackathon to help you onboard more hackers. We send out hackathon collection newsletters to our 100k+ subscribers on a weekly basis. In addition, we also tweet about hackathons happening on our platform.

3. How do I host a hackathon with the DIY approach on DoraHacks?

First you create an organization account, then you can create your own hackathon. The process takes around 5 mins once the above-mentioned materials are ready. You can find the Step-by-Step Guide on our blog page.

4. Can I customize my hackathon on DoraHacks?

Absolutely. You can create customized tabs on your hackathon page to highlight certain contents. You can also create a customized onboarding checklist to facilitate smoother hacker participation.

5. How do I manage submissions?

You can review all the submissions and approve the ones relevant to your hackathon, so that those submissions will show up in the BUIDL gallery on the hackathon page. Furthermore you will have access to the project info including vision, description, team info, github, demo and contacts.

Hackathon Agenda

Timeline can be flexible according to the hackathon organizer’s plan. Here’s an example of a 60-day long hackathon and every step can be customized.

Step 1 Registration Period (10 days prior)

Hackers can click “Register as a hacker” on the hackathon page. When registered, the hacker’s emails(required), Github(Optional), Twitter(Optional), LinkedIn(Optional) will be recorded, and the hackathon organizer can email them with notifications and updates. (Please note that some details including location, socials, referring channels are not required in the registration form. If they are necessary to be provided, we suggest using other information collection tools such as Google form or typeform.)

Step 2 Submission Period (D1-50)

Participants submit BUIDL via the hackathon page on DoraHacks (without on-chain registration) . Project info including vision, description, team info, github, demo and contacts are submitted. The hackathon organizer can review all the submissions and approve the ones relevant, so that those submissions will show up in the BUIDL gallery on the hackathon page.

Step 3 Judging Period (D50-55/57)

The whole judging process is controlled by the hackathon organizer, but support from DoraHacks is always available when needed. We suggest every judge to have several voting tickets with a certain amount of funds. Here’s the judge’s scoring template suggested by DoraHacks. Judge's scoring sheet template Partners are also welcome to use their own sheet. Results will be posted under the hackathon via ”Results” tab.

Step 4 Winner Communication (D55-59) & Announcement (D60)

WInner Communication: The contacts of the winners (usually Telegram handle and email) can be provided from DoraHacks, so that the hackathon organizer can inform the winners that they would win a prize but MUST integrate the organizer’s blockchain with their project, otherwise they would not be given the prize money.

Winner announcement usually takes place in a virtual closing ceremony for the hackathon with hackathon organizers summarizing the hackathon including average quality of the submissions and some highlights in the hackathon, sharing future ecosystem and developer community building plan, winners presenting a short demo and judges giving brief feedback. This virtual closing ceremony can be live streamed via DoraHacks Binance Live and YouTube channels with over 110k subscribers. (or your own channel)

Example: Hack-a-TONx w/ DoraHacks Closing Ceremony