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It Begins! Introducing the Stacks 2.0 Hackathon Series

Blockchains grow up so fast! When the Stacks 2.0 testnet launched in April, it was another big step on the journey towards a user-owned internet, and now every week brings new functionality to tinker with.

To add an extra layer of excitement and intrigue, we’re thrilled to introduce the Stacks 2.0 Hackathon Series! From now until the Stacks 2.0 mainnet launch, it will be a non-stop hacking extravaganza giving you many chances to connect with the community, be among the first to experiment with novel Stacks 2.0 features, and of course, win some sweet prizes.

Meet the first 2 hackathons in the series below and stay tuned for new additions!

01 – Clarity Hack

The series will kick off with the Clarity Hack beginning on July 29th. That’s right, Clarity is back by popular demand. The smart contract hackathon in May made it clear that developers are rearing to push the limits of Clarity and build safer, more predictable smart contracts. We were blown away by the quality of submissions that flooded in, so we’re plenty excited to see what everyone does the second time around.

We’re upping the stakes on this smart contract safari, giving hackers the opportunity to win one of twenty-five prizes! The grand prize takes home a whopping $2,000, the runner-up snags $1,500, and the bronze medal still rakes in a cool $1,000. But wait, there’s more! Outside of the podium, the other 22 winning submissions will be awarded $500, $250, or $50 based on a sliding scale.

Now for the cherry on top. Everybody loves some extra credit, so we’re offering a handful of bonus prizes for the most important, mission-critical smart contracts that have yet to be built in Clarity. If you’re up for the challenge, be sure to browse the list on DevPost and earn some extra cash for knocking off an elusive smart contract. Submissions are due August 14th!

→ Registration for the Clarity Hack is now open on Devpost

02 – Hack Stacks

The second hackathon in the series is dubbed Hack Stacks, and it’s a good thing we have the Clarity Hack to keep us busy in the meantime, or I’m not sure we could wait for this one. Hack Stacks will challenge developers to leverage the incredible power of Proof of Transfer (PoX), a novel, Bitcoin-secured mining mechanism that will enable STX Mining and Stacking. Mining and Stacking provide stakeholders unique opportunities to share in value creation on the Stacks 2.0 network and earn both BTC and STX for their work.

In the interest of extending Mining and Stacking to as many stakeholders as possible, Hack Stacks will support and reward developers for building tools and products that make Mining and Stacking more accessible to the broader Stacks community.

03 – Stay Tuned

There’s still more! But, we’ll leave this for another day, so please stay tuned. For now, make sure to join Discord, where we have a dedicated #hackathons channel.

We’re so grateful for the amount of experimentation and tinkering done by the community the past few months and are eagerly anticipating what you’ll do next. If you have any questions, ideas, or feedback on the Stacks 2.0 Hackathon Series, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

See you out there!


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 Joe Bender

Joe Bender

Joe grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receiving his Masters in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After gaining an interest in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in 2016, he moved to New York City and joined ConsenSys to work on Ethereum. Joe joined Blockstack as a Developer Evangelist in April 2020, looking to spread awareness of the technology and empower developers to build powerful decentralized applications. His favorite thing about the blockchain ecosystem is the passionate, thriving community full of eclectic, ambitious thinkers.