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Update: Ontology’s Klein Bottle Challenge

Klein Bottle Challenge

In 1882, mathematician Felix Klein proposed a self-enclosed model with no clear boundaries called the Klein bottle. If the Klein bottle is likened to a real bottle, it is a bottle that will never be filled. The inside of the bottle is also its outside. Its surface is endless, like the universe.

The purpose of the Klein Bottle Challenge is to encourage students who are interested in blockchain technology to apply their knowledge to practical applications. During the process, Ontology will provide full-scale support from finance to incubation to help you bring your ideas to life on our platform.

Just like a Klein Bottle, we don’t set limits to what you can do but, instead, encourage your creativity. We welcome all kinds of projects and applications on Ontology network, regardless of type or complexity. To reward your contribution, we are offering a bounty of up to $20,000 ONG. Furthermore, you can join the program as an individual or as a team. Whether you’re new to blockchain or an experienced developer, we hope you can push the limit and accept the challenge.

Below you can find out more details about the application stages of the challenge:

Eligible participants: Attendees of Global University Workshop, Ontology online course students, a project team with at least one member participated at the above events.

Stage 1: Submit your Business Plan

  • Beginners
    For applicants who are just starting to become aware of entrepreneurship in blockchain, they are encouraged to engage in ideation by submitting a 1-page Business Idea of their dApp. Successful applicants will be awarded $500 ONG, we would also provide you with further consultation and development track so you can keep researching your area and move forward with its realization.
    - Submission period: no limits, once you have the idea
    - Evaluation period: 2 weeks after your submission
    - Reward: $500 ONG
  • Starter pack
    For mature applicants with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, they are encouraged to submit a 5-Page Business plan (max 10 pages Appendix), Operational and Tech Architecture Plan where they will plan their dApp in great detail. Successful participants will receive a first stage grant and proceed to the next stage.
    - Submission period: no limits, once you have the idea
    - Evaluation period: 2 weeks after your submission
    - Reward: $3,000 ONG

Stage 2: Minimum Valuable Product

  • At this stage, you will receive Ontology’s help to enhance your technical capability if you proceed to Stage 2. Keep working on your Blockchain Business Plan to make it a real dApp. You will be given full-tech incubation support from Ontology. By the end of stage 2, you are encouraged to have a ready MVP of your dApp. After passing Ontology’s mid-term evaluation in 3 months, you will proceed to the next stage with the funding amount of $ 5,000 USD ONG rewards.
    Result announcement: On the last Friday of every season, we will announce the qualified “Business Plan” on Twitter and our website ont.io. If you are willing to make your Business Plan into a real dApp, we will facilitate these teams to build up and launch it on Ontology TestNet.
    - Submission period: within 3 months after you passed Stage 1
    - Evaluation period: 2 weeks after your submission
    - Reward: $5,000 ONG

Stage 3: Launching on TestNet. Incubation Level

  • At this stage, you will launch your dApp on TestNet, finalize product details, and start beta testing with focus group users. You will be offered an Ontology incubation trip to spend 2 weeks with our tech team as well as venture fund pitching opportunities. After full completion of your dApp and launching it on Ontology TestNet, you will proceed to the next stage with seed round funding and further support from Ontology until your project starts full operation on the MainNet. You will be offered $10,000 ONG rewards. You will also get the full incubation support with both technical & marketing support to gain more users.
    80% of developing work done
    - Succeed to get dApp launched on Ontology TestNet
    - Pass Ontology’s final evaluation
    - Submission period: within 4 months after you passed Stage 2
    - Evaluation period:2 weeks after your submission
    - Reward: $10,000 ONG

Stage 4: MainNet Launch

  • Once you finish full completion of your dApp and launch it on Ontology MainNet, you will be provided with Seed Round Funding and further support from Ontology for your daily operation, final product development, promotion plan, and even VC round investors.

For Web App Developers:

  • If you have experience developing Web Apps or have already built up Apps before. Don’t hesitate to join this challenge by skipping 3 stages. All you need to do is create a transformation! Our technical team will give timely & all-round support. With the help of Ontology’s incubation, once you gain 100+ users over 3 months, you will get $20,000 ONG rewards.
    Who should participate: Web App Developers
    - At least one team member attended the Global University Workshop or passed all quiz of our online courses
    - Submit your Web App demo + the Plan to use blockchain technology on it
    - Pass the evaluation by Ontology
    - Your dApp is in a stable technical performance on Ontology TestNet
    - Gain at least 100 users in 3 months
  • Please note that this challenge is for long-term participation and an open time period for all candidates. We encourage you to manage your project according to your own situation. It’s more significant that you learn something by doing. If you need any support, we’d like to help.

Evaluation Criteria for all Challenges

There is no uniform standard for all candidates, such as the number of page views or daily active users. We will evaluate each project case by case due to different market segments, target audience, and technical framework, etc. The evaluation of all projects is conducted by Ontology Research Institute and will consider the following factors:

  • Function: What’s the main function of your project? Document management, Identity, Transaction? Any project using ONT ID for Identity management will get a special pass to the next level of Challenge!
  • Execution: How well was the project executed and explained? Beyond design, was the end-to-end user experience for the solution considered? The completer and more usable, the higher the mark your project will receive.
  • Creativity: How original, creative or unique is the idea? We are expecting applications that perform exceptionally in the market based on Ontology’s blockchain framework. Please note that gambling projects are not eligible for this bounty program. Also, plagiarism is not accepted.
  • Sustainability: How scalable is the solution? Is your business model sustainable? Does it have the potential to gain a market in the future? Does it have a healthy user lifecycle?
  • Integration: How well is your project integrated with Ontology’s ecosystem? Please note that if you have attended the course, it may provide you with insight and inspiration regarding the application that you developed.
  • Popularity: Does your project appeal to or have the potential to appeal to more fans? Are there active users every day/week/month?

How to submit your project:

Fill in the submission form here.

What you need to know before you develop an application:

To find out everything you need to know before you start, please check:

1. Punica Suite — The Ontology Blockchain dApp development framework:

2. SmartX — One-stop Ontology smart contract IDE:

If you need TestNet ONT&ONG, please apply here.

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If you have further questions, please contact us via research@ont.io



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