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Students and recent alumni from all universities are welcome to participate.

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I'm new to blockchain, can I participate?

YES. The only way for blockchain to grow is if new developers enter the industry.

How many students can be on a team?

Teams of 2-4 are encouraged; however, we will allow teams of 1-5 people.

How do students sign up to be on a team?

Students will join Taikai individually, then will create a new team and invite the other students from their University to join their team.

Can alumni participate?

Yes, but must have graduated within the last year.

Can international students participate?


What's the code of conduct?

We have zero tolerance policy for harassment and other negative behavior.

• "Harassment" includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments or other online activity related to gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If participants fail to comply they will be banned from all channels and access to the event. ‍

• All sponsors, judges, mentors, organizers, volunteers and the like are also subject to the anti-harrassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event. ‍

• Be wise and careful and mindful of the words you choose to use at all times. Be respectful and don’t be a jerk. ‍

• Report all violations anonymously here.

How will I be judged?

Each submission will be judged solely on the quality of the work completed during the duration of the hackathon. If you use pre-existing code, disclose all information in your submission, indicating what’s pre-existing and what code is new and show how your submission is explicitly different from old work. First and foremost, we want you to build on Harmony. Preference will go to submissions that utilize the Ethereum-to-Harmony Horizon Bridge and whose applications are focused on DeFi. We'll publish a wish-list of applications we want to see on Harmony in a blog post soon. Of course, all submissions need to be linked to a public Github repository and if, selected, be ready to join demo day and present your submission as a team.

All projects will be submitted to Snapshot. In true decentralized fashion, the Harmony community will vote on all submitted projects to select a 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place winner from each university. The community will be asked to judge projects by the following criteria:

  • Global scalability
  • Originality
  • Is it realistic?
  • Provides a solution or means to solving an existing problem

Where are project templates that we can use as resources?

Our team and contributors have prepared sample projects in this repo.

Sample projects include:

Academy Cryprokitties

AMM Pool

Crosschain API




DeFi Tutorial




Meme of the day

On-chain Wallet

Are there restrictions to what my team can build?

Feel free to build whatever your heart desires! You are welcome to submit any project related to hardware, software, or tech. However, you must not have completed this project prior to the University Hackathon (yes, we do check.) Projects will be judged by our community on criterion involving 

  • Global scalability
  • Originality
  • Is it realistic?
  • Solution or means to solving an existing problem

How do I attend ETHDenver on the $1K sponsorship?

Once you RSVP, please complete the following ONE Scholars form to be eligible for the travel sponsorship. Users must create a ONE Wallet, which can be done here.

How do I become an ambassador? *Submissions are now closed.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please submit the intake form here

To remind everyone, you will not be eligible to hold an ambassador role if you are participating in the hackathon. If you are participating in the hackathon, please let me know as soon as possible.

In this role, Harmony is offering a $1K stipend for 1 ambassador from each university for doing marketing and general on-campus promotion to recruit 10 entries (projects) from their campus.

This means that our goal is to recruit 10 teams, consisting of 2-4 participants, for the hackathon, and support them to complete and submit their projects. 

Throughout the hackathon, we will need to verify and check you social media handles, as well as receive updates from you about your progress, plans, and goals.

Step 1. Marketing and general on-campus promotion to onboard participants

Step 2. Follow-up with participants, support and help them join a team

Step 3. Teams must create a project

Step 4. Encourage teams to seek help, and complete and submit projects.

The pay structure is as follows:

 $500 for initial 8 registered participants who have joined a team  and created a project

 $500 for 16 total registered participants who have joined a team  and created a project

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I have additional questions, who can I contact?

You can reach out to us on our University Hackathon Telegram.