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Hack-o-ween: Civic Tech Buildathon

IRL 3-day hackathon from Oct 26-28th activating the local NY area through civic tech & public goods.

  • 55 Participants
  • 0 Invested
  • 0 Uninvested



  • Education
  • Social Good & Impact
  • Blockchain
  • Sustainability
  • Artificial Intelligence


$10,000 | General Prizes - $500-2,000 for top submissions | $500-$2k for additional prize tracks TBA

Determining Factors for Selection

Prize Guide: https://www.libertydao.online/bounties

Areas for Submissions

We welcome submissions in the following areas:

Community and cause engagement: designs that incentivize bringing people together virtually but especially IRL to care about improving aspects of their local neighborhoods.

Environmental sustainability: Solutions for a cleaner, more pedestrian friendly, nature-immersed, and less polluted New York. 

Housing, Transportation, and Urban Development: Tools to deal with rising housing uncertainty and food insecurity.

Education and Financial Inclusion/Literacy: Enhance access to knowledge for communities, especially underrepresented ones, to support themselves emotionally, mentally, and financially. 

Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Creating civic tools that will aid in addressing above issues.

Evaluation Matrix

How are judges evaluating projects?

Evaluation Factors

*NOTE* This Evaluation Matrix is not in its final form.

Projects will be evaluated based on technical ability, usefulness as a product, originality, and likelihood to scale into a business. Some factors in our evaluation matrix include:

Code complexity & cleanliness: Does the project’s component design patterns showcase a level of maturity? Are components easy to run? Does their code run efficiently? Does their project showcase a level of technical complexity?

Usefulness in NY & likelihood for other communities to fork: is this something that is a primitive someone would fork? Is this considered developer tooling or something that is infrastructure?  Does the widget metadata include clear documentation for others to do so?

Likelihood to continue project into NEAR/BOS native product: Is this a one time hackathon project or will they continue this into a public good the ecosystem needs?

Originality of idea: Is this a novel idea? Is this a use case that would bring external user adoption. If this is based on an idea suggested by an ideas list, how well did they execute the desired ideas. Does the project actually solve a pain point? 

Product / UX: Does the project have compelling UX? Would a user know how to interact with it without a demo / explanation? Are components mobile responsive and accessible?

Building on NEAR

Please see this following list of resources that will help you learn about blockchain technology and how to build on NEAR:

Google Meet Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kfn-yhyu-vur

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 347-741-7986‬ PIN: ‪554 769 489‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/kfn-yhyu-vur?pin=4718882974698