Spark University Hackathon — Summary and Winners

Anthony Beaumont
Aug 31, 2020 · 4 min read

After 8 weeks of hacking, the Spark University Hackathon has come to a close.

For those who don’t know, the Spark Hackathon is for university developers and hackers to build a blockchain project.

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Why do we run it?

Our aim is to uncover the top hackers and developers earlier than anyone else and support them.

Statistics

This was our third and biggest ever hackathon with participants from 6 continents. From our last hackathon, the third placed team raised $1.7m.

The Judges

Dr Kari Kostiainen — Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich and Winner of our last hackathon with Snappy Labs.

Peter Yuan Pan — Co-founder of MetaCartel Ventures

Roderik van der Graaf — Managing Partner at Lemniscap VC

Tom Schmidt — Partner at Dragonfly Capital

The Winners

1st: Euler — (£3k): a permissionless lending platform, led by an Oxford post-doctoral researcher.

2nd: Nft.financial — Dragos Musan (£1.5k): A lending platform for NFTs with collateral integration through Aave, led by an Imperial undergraduate and student from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

3rd: Biton — Marios Isaakidis-(£500): A scalable peer-to-peer overlay network that provides plausible deniability for routing and storage, led by a UCL PhD student.

Other finalists:

Atomic Ninja: A transaction batcher for flash loans, built on Aave and Filecoin, built by a team of Brazilian hackers.

Pygate: Python integration for IPFS and Filecoin, including a student from Imperial and a PhD from the University of Glasgow amongst others.

Filecoin Pricing Mechanism: A decentralised platform enabling trustworthy assignment of storage capacity through multi-item auctions, built by three researchers from UCL, UCLA and UCLouvain respectively.

Flash Zaps: An aggregator platform that connects flash loan developers and people who want to use them, build by a team of Indian hackers.

Blockchain Inclusive: A decentralised storage platform (using Filecoin) with defi integration (using Aave), built by a team including students from the University of Colorado, University of Washington and Cambridge.

Codigo: An IOT portal for firmware distribution, built using Filecoin based on Edinburgh University research.

Footium: A football management game with players/clubs as tradable NFTs, built by a team including a Bristol and an Oxford student.

Watch and Listen: A marketplace for live music events built using Livepeer by a Russian based team.

Private Protests: A decentralised private protesting application using Nucypher by a team of India based students.

Bounty Prizes

Aave

Challenge: Build the most futuristic use-case for Aave’s money markets

1st: Team Surti (2000 aDai)
2nd: Tontine (1000 aDai)
3rd: Flashzaps (500 aDai)

Filecoin

Challenge 1: Build a system for storing and verifying scientific or othe research data on Filecoin.

1st: Deepverse: (£1.5k)
2nd: Filecoin Pricing Mechanism (£1k)
3rd: Filecoin Research Repository (£500)

Challenge 2: Build a dApp on Filecoin + IPFS

1st: Codigo (£1.5k)
2nd: Box and drop (£1k)
3rd: Kazan (£500)

All winners receive 300 FIL. All completed challenges receive 100 FIL.

Livepeer

Challenge: Build a decentralised live streaming application to help the world today.

1st: Watch and Listen (£2k)
2nd: Peerkat (£1k)
3rd: TeamDQ (£500)

Honourable mentions:

Shivam Sahil (£100)
Team Bit Rebels (£100)

Luno

Challenge: Make profit on Luno’s exchange

1st: Amin Ahmed (£1000 + keep profit)
2nd: Team Imperial (£250 + keep profit)

Other top 7:

Team Hop
Team Fox
Piotr Kram’s team
Team No Bot
Vijay’s team

Top 7 keep balance and profit.

Nucypher

Challenge: Build a dApp utilising Nucypher’s technology, including proxy re-encryption for managing permissions over encrypted data or nuFHE.

1st: Luna Chat (£2k)
2nd: De-Spotify (£1k)
3rd: NuCypher KMS (£500)

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Next event:

Our next hackathon starts in October and will be our biggest yet!

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