Ethereal Virtual Hackathon Introduction and Sponsor Profiles

Ryan Shea
Apr 23 · 8 min read

Thanks for your interest in the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon 2019 — Powered by Gitcoin and Microsoft.

The hackathon is NOW LIVE until April 30th. Take advantage of the many bounties being offered by our sponsors!

Everyone: We’re offering a $500 referral bounty to anyone that successfully connects a developer (hacker) with a funded issue.

Developers: During this hackathon, you can take advantage of tens of thousands of dollars being offered by TOP projects in the Ethereum space — from anywhere!

Funders: We believe that increasing the number of great developers in the Ethereum space leads to greater adoption and growth in the ecosystem. It’s in our collective best interest to find the next generation of great developers in the Ethereum space!

We also understand that recruiting talented developers that you want to work with is a challenging process. We’re providing this service to the community to help funders bring developers onto their team. Whether this arrangement lasts for only one bounty or evolves into something more long-term is up to you.

Quorum is an enterprise-level version of the Ethereum blockchain protocol. The Quorum platform is ideal for applications requiring high-speed, private transactions within a permissioned network. Created by J.P. Morgan Chase, Quorum was built to address the specific challenges to blockchain adoption within the financial industry, and more.

Posted Prize: [Quorum] Privacy Bounty — 500 DAI

The ConsenSys’ Labs Team operates a blockchain venture studio providing world-class resources, tools, and talent to entrepreneurs and developers around the world. Offering a rigorous startup curriculum and a robust network of experts, ConsenSys Labs provides the resources required to become a successful company in the Ethereum space.

Posted Prize: TBD

MythX is a security analysis API for Ethereum smart contracts. In bringing advanced security analysis directly into development environments and build pipelines, MythX builds security into the SDLC. This powerful API detects many common Solidity language vulnerabilities and Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode vulnerabilities.

Anyone can use MythX to deploy purpose-built Ethereum security tools. Ready to use out of the box, these easy to install tools include Truffle plugins, IDE extensions, and CI scripts. MythX is being developed by the team behind the Mythril security analyzer.

Posted Prize: Build An Awesome MythX Tool — Category Freestyle

PegaSys (Protocol Engineering Groups and Systems) is dedicated to enterprise-grade blockchain initiatives at ConsenSys. The company is working to build Enterprise Ethereum by bringing together the strengths of public and private blockchains.

Pegasys is harnessing the potential of a large developer community while meeting enterprise needs for privacy and permissioning. The company is solely focused on privacy, permissioning, scalability, and other features that make Ethereum production-ready.

Posted Prize: [Ethereal Hackathon] GraphQL EIP-1767 Implementation For Pantheon

Microsoft needs no introduction. This American-based multinational company develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and countless other services.

The company’s foray into the world of blockchain is largely represented by Microsoft Azure. This cloud-based service helps organizations meet unique business challenges around the world. It provides companies with the ability to build, manage, and deploy blockchain networks using familiar tools and frameworks.

Posted Prize: Exchange — Token Application

Fortmatic is a developer-first, Web3-compatible JavaScript SDK that can be implemented in any DApp with just a few lines of code. Because the Fortmatic SDK is compatible with web3, developers can simply swap their existing web3 provider with the Fortmatic provider, without having to change any of their existing web3 implementation. Fortmatic is also easy for new users, since it can be enabled with just a phone number, removing the need to download a long mnemonic or create an easy to forget password.

Perhaps most importantly, despite being easy to use Formatic is also highly secure, beyond the standards of many ecosystem wallets. For users’ private key security, they’ve adopted an architecture called cryptographic anchor, using hardware security modules (HSMs), which is also adopted by many custodial solutions in the ecosystem. On the user side, they’ve implemented protections against SIM hijacking, account recovery, and other useful security features.

Posted Prize: Ethereal Hackathon Bounty: Integrate Fortmatic in DApp

AdEx is a trust-minimized protocol for digital advertising. Originating in 2017 as a decentralized exchange, AdEx evolved into a full protocol for decentralized digital advertising. The company aims to disrupt the existing online advertising landscape and address its pre-existing problems. These problems include advertising fraud, privacy, and consent to receiving sponsored messages or otherwise.

AdEx facilitates the trading of advertising space and time, subsequently verifying that this action has actually occurred. The protocol essentially covers all interactions between publishers, advertisers and end users. It combines traditional peer-to-peer technology, cryptography, and blockchain technology.

Posted Prize: Ethereal Hackathon Bounty: AdEx: Build A CLI To Manage AdEx Channels

The Chainlink network connects Ethereum-based smart contacts with external data. The company contends that building a truly valuable smart contract requires the use of multiple inputs to prove contractual performance. It also requires the use of multiple outputs to affect outside systems or send payment to complete a smart contract.

Chainlink’s decentralized oracle network provides the same security mechanisms smart contracts are known for. By allowing multiple Chainlinks to evaluate the same data before it becomes a contract trigger, any one point of failure is eliminated and the overall value of a smart contract is maintained.

Posted Prize: Chainlink — Connect Smart Contracts To External Data — Judges’ Choice

The Kauri platform curates Ethereum articles, tutorials, documentation, and best practices for new developers and technical enthusiasts. While the Ethereum space is an incredibly welcoming community, Kauri acknowledges that there is a disorienting vacuum of technical documentation.

The platform also aims to improve the shortage of documentation that results from the fast-paced and rapidly evolving business models being driven by the Ethereum ecosystem. This space is often saturated with new protocols, crypto-mechanisms, and software on a seemingly weekly basis. Kauri brings together the best Ethereum resources to support the ecosystem.

Posted Prize: Help Improve Documentation For Plasma Group

LeapDAO aims to address the limited capacity of the Ethereum blockchain. When gas prices rise, high-transaction-volume use-cases and low-value transactions are pushed off the chain. Leap DAO creates and maintains an execution environment that hosts these use-cases. This increases the capacity of the Ethereum network and expands the scope of possible DApps in the ecosystem.

LeapDAO combines Holacracy and Decentralized Organizations to build a global, self-managing and purpose-driven community. The project rewards contributions using bounties.

Posted Prize: Create A Plasma DApp

Kleros provides fast, secure, and affordable arbitration for virtually everything. The platform connects users who need to solve disputes with skilled jurors to facilitate fair settlements. The Kleros resolution layer uses blockchain technology and crowdsourced jurors to adjudicate disputes.

The crowdsourcing component of the platform taps into a global pool of jurors. By leveraging the power of blockchain technology, there is also evidence of integrity and transparency in jury selection. Further, game theory provides incentives for honest rulings.

Posted Prize: Ethereal Virtual Hackathon Submission — Kleros — First Place — 4000$ Worth Of PNK

Alethio is a robust blockchain data, analytics, and visualization platform. The platform has recently released its Core API product and Alethio Analytics tool suite for Ethereum. Using Alethio, developers can build more reliable Ethereum-powered products, faster.

Those using the platform gain access to synthesized, indexed data in real time. This allows for more informed decision making based on meaningful on-chain activity and analytics.

Posted Prize: Alethio API Freestyle

NuCypher describes its platform as privacy infrastructure for the decentralized web. The company’s main product, Umbral, is a threshold Proxy Re-Encryption (PRE) scheme that powers the NuCypher network. Using Umbral, a data owner can delegate decryption rights to a receiver for any ciphertext intended to her, through a re-encryption process performed by a set of semi-trusted proxies.

When a threshold of these proxies participate by performing re-encryption, the receiver is able to combine these independent re-encryptions and decrypt the original message using a private key. NuCypher also supports Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE). This is a form of encryption that allows arbitrary, secure computation on encrypted data.

Posted Prize: Ethereal Virtual Hackathon — Build A Dapp With Any NuCypher Technology

Autom(8) brands itself as the world’s first free and open serverless platform. This platform is a place where live functions can be shared, reused, and remixed. This functionality facilitates the creation of software that’s always running, never goes away, and anyone can contribute to.

If you’re building an API, application, or entire product, Autom(8) doesn’t think you should have to build every component from the ground up. Ultimately, the platform aims to build a shared library of services and a distributed, serverless network for them to run on.

Posted Prize: Autom(8) Meta Bounty!!!

POA develops products for those that believe the Ethereum protocol must be cheap, fast, and scalable. The platform is primarily focused on providing the best developer experience for blockchain professionals. With a focus on interoperability, the platform has released a cross-chain bridge product.

This product allows people to convert their own POA Native Tokens from the POA Network onto the Ethereum network in a quick, cost-effective manner. POA promises that engaging with its products will allow you to create first-class applications.

Posted Prize: Ethereal Hackathon Bounty #1: 500 Dai To Deploy Your Game Or DApp To POA Core

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