The rapid and continuous advancement of Web3, from steady iterative improvements in infrastructure like oracle technologies to the launch of smarter developer environments and tooling, has made development in the space more accessible than ever. Not only is Web3 now more accessible to new developers, but the opportunity space for developers has continued to grow rapidly.
Reflecting the continuous growth of Web3, the Chainlink Spring 2022 Hackathon saw the largest turnout of any Chainlink hackathon to date. With over 8,500 signups, 340 project submissions, and 50 hours of live educational content created for hackathon participants, the hackathon empowered Web3 developers—both novice and experienced and from more than 20 countries—to build the next generation of hybrid smart contracts.
Thank you to all the participants, judges, sponsors, and teachers who made the Chainlink Spring 2022 Hackathon a resounding success. Below are the prize-winning projects for this year’s Chainlink Spring 2022 Hackathon.
This spring, $540,000+ in major prizes were awarded across the following categories:
- Grand Prize
- Chainlink Services
- Social Impact
- Women in Tech
Grand Prize ($40,000)
The grand prize for the Chainlink Spring 2022 Hackathon was awarded to VMTree, which imagines a completely different conceptual framework for saving on gas costs while preserving the fundamental verification properties of blockchains. Built by Brad Czerkies, Cedric Heidt, 4vedi, and twister dev, VMTree combines SNARKs and hyper-reliable Chainlink nodes to help enable low-cost, private transactions useful for fair airdrops, privacy mixers, layer-2 solutions, and other Merkle Tree-related activities.
NFT and Gaming Prize Winner ($25,000)
The NFT and Gaming prize was awarded to NUSIC, a past Chainlink hackathon winner. This award was granted specifically for new additions to a previous project during the hackathon of an NUSIC layer 1, an NFT License Pass, and a demo of a metaverse-based music festival. Built by Adam Place, Logesh R, Zeeshan Hanif, Amanda Dittami, and Liam Halsey, these three components set the stage for providing audio rights through verifiable metadata, creator-permissioned music licenses, and hosting metaverse concerts as NFT License Pass holders.
DeFi Prize Winner ($25,000)
DeFi for People
The DeFi prize was awarded to DeFi for People, a DeFi project that aims to simplify DeFi for the masses. Built by a South-American team consisting of Nico Barragan, Cristian Valdivia, and Camilo Godoy, DeFi for People provides users with pre-tested DeFi strategies alongside easy-to-understand educational resources/questionnaires that help them understand what’s happening when they enter a DeFi position through the project.
Chainlink Services Prize Winners (Total: $22,500)
The Chainlink Services prize is awarded to the three teams that have built the most innovative projects that enhance the Chainlink Network and its stakeholders.
The first-place Chainlink Services prize of $10,000 was awarded to Node Ops, a project that enables Chainlink developers to run their jobs on-demand. Built by Sreeharsha Ramanavarapu, Sourabh Yadav, and Frank Köhn, Node Ops’ prize-winning project enables developers to host their Chainlink jobs on a blockchain of their choice with just the click of a button.
The second-place Chainlink Services price of $7,500 was awarded to PolyNodes, a Polygon-based project that aims to make it easy and inexpensive to spin up a Chainlink node with an External Adapter. Built by Rishabh Narayan, Robert Reinhart, Ray Deck, and Akshay Rakheja, PolyNodes also showcased a reference implementation for a Chainlink Automation-enabled price feed for DeFi applications.
Chainlink Job Spec Viz
The third-place Chainlink Services prize of $5,000 was awarded to Chainlink Job Spec Viz, an application that enables developers to visually program their Chainlink job specifications through a drag-and-drop editor. Built by developer Matt Durkin, the application aims to help developers better understand the Chainlink job specification process.
Social Impact Prize Winner ($20,000)
The Social Impact prize was awarded to HapticDAO, a DAO that focuses on providing individuals with disabilities access to the DeFi and Web3 ecosystems. Built by Mona Rassouli, Daniel Rassouli, and Christopher Fekete, the demo for HapticDAO showcased voice commands for checking digital asset prices and inflation metrics, a DAO voting system, and “Speak Swap”—a voice-activated DEX.
DAO Prize Winner ($20,000)
The DAO prize was awarded to 0xAudition, a DAO project that aims to provide both social and financial protection to new users delving into Web3. Built by Tomo Saigon, 0xAudition is a DAO governance platform that can power pools for smart contract insurance, bounty rewards for audits from top developers, and decentralized governance using Chainlink Automation to trigger outcomes.
Women in Tech Prize Winner ($20,000)
The Women in Tech prize was awarded to Chainlink Relayers, which uses a Chainlink decentralized oracle network (DON) to relay metatransactions in a highly-reliable, trust-minimized manner. Built by developer Ciara Nightingale, Chainlink Relayers are a way to keep the developer experience simple when using relayers by removing the requirement for forwarded contracts and leveraging a trust-minimized Chainlink DON.
Top-Quality Prize Winners ($750)
In addition to the major prize winners above, 40 projects were awarded a Top-Quality prize for their stellar implementations and innovative ideas.
Listed below are all 40 projects in alphabetical order:
The Chainlink Spring 2022 Hackathon Is Officially Complete
Thank you to the thousands of talented hackathon attendees, the excellent mentors and teachers, the many judges and sponsors, and everyone else involved in making this hackathon so special.
Various teams, both newcomers and veterans, came together to learn from experts, collaborate with like-minded builders, and create cutting-edge dApps underpinned by oracle infrastructure. The skills and experience gained from the Chainlink 2022 Spring Hackathon will undoubtedly serve every hackathon team well in the future.
If you’re looking for another hackathon to join or didn’t have the chance to join this time around, Chainlink hackathons take place each Spring and Fall—so stay tuned for the Chainlink Fall 2022 Hackathon!
In the meanwhile, we encourage all hackathon devs to keep working on their skills, check out the wide variety of resources in the Chainlink Developer YouTube playlist, and stay up-to-date on emerging infrastructure such as the Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol.
If you’re a developer actively looking to get your blockchain application connected to Chainlink Data Feeds, Chainlink VRF, or Chainlink Automation, or access any API, make sure to explore the Chainlink developer documentation page and connect with the technical community in the Chainlink Discord.