Recap of the DeWeb Virtual Hackathon 2021
Hackathon participants successfully used Syntropy technology to create innovative solutions for gaming, security, and more.
Syntropy is designed to solve issues prevalent in the current Internet framework, including security, privacy, governance, performance, reliability, and ineffective resource utilization. It is based on a combination of technologies that includes blockchain, encryption, and optimized routing, and an economic model that enables and fosters deployment of it’s architecture. In recent weeks, we organized our first-ever online hackathon to explore the vast possibilities of Syntropy technology.
Submission evaluation criteria:
- Relevance. How well the project relates to the challenge it was submitted to solve? Is it user friendly?
- Impact. Does this project solve a practical issue? What potential impact does this project have?
- Creativity/innovation. In what ways is the solution innovative?
- Quality of code. Will the code do what it sets out to do? Is it valid?
- Presentation. How well the team communicates the project? Are the challenge, solution and importance clearly communicated?
Teams participated across six different sections:
- DARP Data Analysis
Hackathon participants successfully managed to utilize and integrate into the Syntropy ecosystem (Platform, Agent, Windows Application, etc.) and submitted some exciting projects for us to evaluate. Here’s a quick overview of the top projects.
The winning submission
MC Panel took home first place with their unique and well-executed idea for Minecraft servers. As you may recall, we shipped a Minecraft integration several months ago, but this team of two managed to create a new software utilizing Syntropy Stack that allows users to create and manage Minecraft servers with a couple of clicks, also securing the connection with the help of Syntropy Agent.
This project solves a massive headache for gamers, who can now create their own secure, fast servers within minutes through MC Panel. With the help of BungeeCord, the platform ensures load balances and stability of servers.
With solid documentation, unique approach, and robust code, MC Panel took home first place. They will be on Syntropy’s radar for further collaboration.
We will include the winning submission in our Builders program to further enable Syntropy builders to build on this awesome project. If you’re interested in finding out more information on the winning submission, find the pitch down below.
Simplifying blockchain node deployment
Using technologies like Ansible and Terraform, the Strack team simplified the deployment of blockchain nodes by creating an easy-to-use node deployment tool with a user-friendly interface. In this case, Syntropy Agent’s implementation allows you to create your network and make the data on the node even more secure.
The team of four built easy-to-use software by leveraging previous integrations made by Syntropy, but making them easily accessible on one platform. The project managed to score massive points for their professional front end and detailed documentation. To further develop this project, we will add this project to the Builders program.
Safer file transfers
Yet another impressive submission was made by the Soteria team. Data transmission security is addressed by various enterprises, big and small, which heavily invest in making the process faster and safer. The team created infrastructure for a real-world problem and did it with style. Their pitch deserves the award for the most professional pitch in this Hackathon.
Soteria allows computers to send files on P2P connections through private networks. Files become encrypted and can’t be accessed by anyone outside the company, with noticeable gains in the transfer speed. The project targets a sizable use case with developers who need a private and fast solution for transferring files between various servers.
All data transfers are managed through the Syntropy App, and it allows the transfers to be paused, resumed, and stopped at any given moment. The Soteria team opened our eyes to another use case that developers worldwide will develop further in our Builders program.
Deploying your own VPN with Raspberry Pi
SyntroPies is a Raspberry Pi image pre-loaded with Syntropy Agent software with its dependent packages and modules. It’s a simple cockpit-based application for easy agent management from any device on your home network or elsewhere.
SyntroPies solved the security problem by providing a very easy-to-use playground for users to manage their VPN. What’s even more impressive is that the one-person army created the platform, a solid use case for Syntropy.
We are happy to see people recognizing the vast possibilities of Syntropy Agent, particularly the use case of Syntropy VPN. This submission is a perfect example of Syntropy Stack being a go-to solution for network management and automation, secured by Wireguard encryption protocols.
Better data visualization
Another single-man project submitted during the hackathon makes DARP data visualization more straightforward and more customizable. DARP Analyzer collects the data from our test runs and makes it easy to read by showing various maps.
Even though our matrix of DARP seems quite sophisticated at the moment, with further development of DARP, we will look for ways to make the matrix easier to interpret by any Syntropy website visitor. Having software that can easily manage and visualize the data could be very useful in the future.
We are grateful to strengthen our relationships with Oracle, Turing College, Block.is, as well as pulling off new partnerships with NFQ, Startup Lithuania, and many more. These relationships will be further utilized in searching for new developers, testing our technology, and spreading the word about Syntropy.
We would also like to thank our jury that observed all the submissions and gave us vital feedback on every submission. Their guidance and insights were beneficial both for hackathon participants and organizers.
The DeWeb Hackathon was a great challenge. We received plenty of submissions, and several of them will be listed for further development on the Builders program.
It’s eye-opening to see how skilled people understand the vast possibilities of Syntropy Stack and how they implemented interesting use-cases in such a short amount of time. With more resources invested into some of those submissions, they can become Syntropy products that generate revenue. That’s the grand vision of the Builders program — turning builder contributions into products.
Thank you for participating and being a part of the DeWeb Hackathon. We’re looking forward to organizing more successful events.