Neo announces a hackathon to discover the best talents of blockchain developers in the world

Neo announces a hackathon to discover the best talents of blockchain developers in the world

Neo has announced its beginner-friendly hackathon to bring top talented developers to N3 and facilitate the development of the ecosystem.

Singapore, March 7 – Following the recent switch to Neo N3, a fully decentralized all-in-one blockchain, Neo is now looking for the best global talent to grow in its ecosystem: Neo’s next hackathon, Polaris Launchpad, is now accepting registrations.

Participants in the Polaris Launchpad will compete for prizes and business incubation support by building cutting-edge projects in five categories: decentralized finance (DeFi), metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), organization decentralized autonomous (DAO), middleware incorporating NeoFS and oracle, and general. The prize pool for Polaris Launchpad totals $500,000, with opportunities to receive additional funding for business development through Neo’s $200 million EcoBoost program.

The event will kick off on March 7 through a virtual community kick-off session. Da Hongfei, founder of the Neo Foundation, will begin with a discussion on Web3. Steven Liu, Development Manager at Neo Global Development (NGD), will follow with a briefing on the Neo technology stack and N3 functionality. Catherine Lu, Business Development Manager of Neo Global Development, will discuss the N3 ecosystem and the types of projects Neo wants to incubate for growth regarding N3. Dean Jeffs, founder of Neo News Today, will deliver closing remarks, including an overview of Polaris Launchpad logistics and how to get started.

The first phase of the Polaris Launchpad event will be the optional month-long Planathon. This phase focuses on conceptualization, education and planning. Planathon attendees can participate in panel discussions on the Metaverse, DeFi, NFT, and DAO, as well as introductions to the N3’s all-in-one developer ecosystem of NeoID, Neo Oracles, NeoFS, and more . In weekly 60-minute demo panels, former hackathon project developers and community leaders will discuss their hackathon experiences to spark new ideas and inspiration.

Polaris Launchpad is a beginner-friendly hackathon event. Neo hopes to attract talent and new ideas by providing technical training during and after the event. Classes and hands-on labs, weekly office hours, and Q&A rooms on Discord aim to establish a level playing field for all participants. Neo community mentors will provide support throughout the hackathon.

Neo has yet to announce the judges for the Polaris Launchpad event, but it has already teased a few names: Among others, the Neo judging panel will welcome Neo community leaders and developers such as project founders Da Hongfei and Eric Zhang, NGD President John deVadoss and NGD Chief Development Officer Steven Liu. The main evaluation criteria will include concept and feasibility, project design and project implementation. Judges will be looking for projects that take full advantage of N3’s functionality and decentralization and have the potential to attract more end users to the ecosystem.

Following the announcement of the hackathon stage winners on May 30, Polaris Launchpad will move on to its final stage: Polaris Plus, from June 8-21. Polaris Plus is a bonus round where the community will vote to select projects to receive additional support. Neo GAS token holders will choose the winners of this final round by popular vote, and Neo will match the funding by quadratic means.

Polaris Launchpad marks the next phase in Neo’s evolution as the foundation of the smart economy and enabler of Web3. Just as traveling explorers once looked to the North Star as a guide to new destinations, developers can turn to Neo’s Polaris Launchpad as a guide to bring their visions to life on the Neo N3 blockchain.

Developers can register here:

About Neo

Neo is an open-source, community-based blockchain platform created in 2014. It is the most comprehensive blockchain platform for building decentralized applications. Neo enables developers to digitize and automate asset management through smart contracts. It also provides powerful native frameworks such as decentralized storage, oracles, and domain name service, creating a solid foundation for the next-generation Internet. Learn more about the website.

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About Neo Launchpad

The Neo Launchpad hackathon series is specifically designed to help developers succeed with Web3. Neo Frontier Launchpad, the first Neo hackathon on Neo N3, took place in 2021. The event attracted over 700 participants and 95 teams. This resulted in 11 winners-all of whom now rely on N3. The event spawned promising DeFi, Crowdfunding, NFT-centric and other innovative projects including Humswap, ToTheMoon, Rentfuse, Lyrebird Finance and more.

Polaris Launchpad takes the Neo hackathon series to the next level with an expanded prize pool and plenty of post-hackathon business incubation support opportunities in this new opportunity to join the growing Neo ecosystem.


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