Welcome to the Data Economy Hackathon! This hackathon is all about bringing together the brightest minds to push the boundaries of what's possible in web3. Imagined by PL Architect in collaboration with our flagship sponsors, Filecoin and InterPlanetary Consensus (IPC), we are rallying developers from Asia and across the globe to explore and build on the Protocol Labs Ecosystem tech stack. With a focus on Filecoin and IPC, here’s what we’re aiming for:

  • Harness Data Value: Tap into decentralized networks to maximize data utility.
  • Innovate for Scalability: Develop with InterPlanetary Consensus for cutting-edge scalability.
  • Create with Filecoin: Bring to life dApps that enhance the Filecoin ecosystem.
  • Smooth Out the Filecoin Experience: Aim for projects that refine participation in the Filecoin network.

Winners will be showcased to our accelerator programs with leading partners, including Longhash Ventures & Graph Paper Capital, and be exposed to our extensive investor & mentor network.

That's our vision for sparking an open data economy revolution.

About Us

At Protocol Labs Architect we believe The Ecosystem outperforms The Corporation as the dominant driver of progress for humanity. Our craft is the structured and programmatic design and growth of internet-scale ecosystems in computing.

Our global programming supported:

  • 63,000 hackers with $1.6M+ in prizes
  • 602 grants awarded across categories
  • 300 teams graduated from our accelerators; these early-stage teams have raised > $440M+ in venture capital to date

Filecoin Filecoin is the L1 blockchain and storage network uniquely poised to power the open data economy. The mission of Filecoin is to create a decentralized, efficient, and robust foundation for humanity’s information. The Filecoin Virtual Machine, launched in March 2023, brings programmability to Filecoin, & has already gained traction with thousands of developers.

InterPlanetary Consensus (IPC) With IPC, decentralized apps can reach planetary-scale through recursively scalable subnets, sub-second transactions, robust compute workloads, and highly adaptable WebAssembly runtimes tailored to dev requirements. It enables the creation of flexible, living networks of customizable sidechains or "subnets", which can achieve massive scaling by running parallel chains that interoperate with one another. The journey begins with supercharging devs’ capabilities on the Filecoin network.

Fleek Fleek gives developers everything they need to seamlessly build Web3 apps and services that are edge-optimized for performance and helps with decentralized hosting, storage, CDN and more.

Push Protocol Push is the communication protocol of web3. Push protocol enables cross-chain notifications and messaging for dapps, wallets, and services tied to wallet addresses in an open, gasless, and platform-agnostic fashion. The open communication layer allows any crypto wallet /frontend to tap into the network and get the communication across.

Tableland Tableland is an open source, permissionless cloud database built on SQLite, enabling tamperproof data interaction for apps, data pipelines, or EVM smart contracts. Tableland stands at the intersection of blockchain's security and traditional databases' flexibility, offering a decentralized solution for relational data management.

Key Dates

  • Opening ceremony (19th Feb)
  • Workshops (20-23rd Feb)
  • Submission deadline (7th Apr)
  • Winners announced (17th Apr)

Startup Challenge

Total Prize Pool: $500,000 USD (in accelerator seed funding)
No. of Winners: Max. 5x (shortlisted for priority consideration by Protocol Labs Accelerator Partners, including Longhash, Graph Paper Capital & more)

Challenge: Best BUIDL (project) submitted to any Dorahacks Data Economy hackathon track or sponsor bounty with a potential to turn into a startup.

What makes for a good submission for this challenge?

  • Innovative Idea: An idea that’s technically creative, and solves a real problem innovatively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the technology: Clear perspective on why you chose this technology or its associated ecosystem for your use case.
  • Product Prototype: A working prototype demonstrating how the idea comes to life for its users.
  • Strong Team: A strong team comes with a great mix of skills, including technical expertise, ability to execute and a strong understanding of Product.
  • Business Model: A simple plan (at this stage) with a potential to generate revenue or create value through other means.
  • Great Pitch: A clear, concise pitch that summarizes the above.

Prize Eligibility

  • Submitting the same project across multiple hackathons will lead to disqualification.
  • Projects that have been awarded Filecoin grants will not be awarded a Hackathon prize if their grant has been approved and the scope of work for the hackathon and the grant are the same.
  • Only projects or features (preferably in separate branch) built specifically for the respective hackathon will be considered for prizes.
  • Broken links may disqualify the project from the judging process.
  • We have instituted policies to confirm payment disbursements are compliant with legally required sanctions. (A list of sanctioned and otherwise restricted countries include, without limitation: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, the Crimea region of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic. Depending on which country a team resides, they may not be eligible to participate in our events and/or receive prize payments. We may request teams provide relevant information as necessary, and will process payments once cleared by our legal team.)

A quick check before submission can prevent disqualification and keep your project in contention for a prize. Let’s make sure all that hard work pays off!

Check out the prize tracks

Submission Guidelines

At a minimum submissions for prizes should include the following items:

(1) Project Description

  • The name and summary of the project.
  • Names/pseudonyms of team members and contact info (e.g., GitHub handle, email address, or other).
  • How the project uses our technology with explicit links to files & functions in code where this technology is used and addresses of smart contracts deployed (FVM).

(2) Link to the publicly visible source code repository

  • A comprehensive README, incl. a clear description of the work and mention of how our tech is used in the Technologies Used section of README.
  • A link to the working demo or testing guide.

(3) Showcase [optional]

  • Short (typically 2-3 minute) video that presents the idea, including a brief demo that demonstrates tech usage.

Judging Criteria

  1. Novelty/Creativity: Does it have unique and novel features or combine features of other products or services in a unique and novel way? Does it solve a new problem? Is it creative and puts a smile on people’s faces?
  2. Potential Impact: Does it fill a gap in the universe, and have the potential to be used frequently by a large, growing and diverse audience or market?
  3. Technical Accomplishment: Is the code elegant, clean, and technically interesting? Is the project complete?
  4. Implementation: How well integrated and critical a part our technology is of your project? [FVM-related: How well does the project leverage content addressing that is native to FVM?]
  5. Design: How is the UX/UI/DX? Is it easy to use? If targeting developers, is the experience smooth and intuitive? Does the visual design delight you?

Event-specific deviations may be possible. Contact the FVM hackathons team with questions, if any.