To whom it may concern,
My name is “TashLion”, speaking on Behalf of Capitol Lion an existing protocol that’s returned from Season 2 Hackathon. The Capitol Lion Project was recently disqualified from The Season 3 HackaTRON due to “Failure to Meet Requirements”… This Letter is not intended to reevaluate us to meet requirements, just to state our experience with The Hackathon process and how to improve foundational support for the Developer Economy on TRON moving forward.
For existing projects, we were directed to this FAQ section …
- Q. Can I join the hackathon if I already have an existing developed/developing project?
Yes. You can still join the hackathon provided that you have made significant updates or new feature additions to your project.
Please make sure to make it clear to judges and the community what you have built and what will you be building during the hackathon period.
Projects found not making any updates during the hackathon period will be disqualified.
- Q. Can I join the hackathon if I have participated in TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 1 & 2?
You are more than welcome to join season 3 of the hackathon if you have launched your existing hackathon project for the community to use.
You must make sure to select that you are submitting an existing project during your Devpost project submission so the judges can judge accordingly.
Each judge will make their own decisions on how they treat pre-built projects vs new projects.
You will need to signup on DevPost like the rest of the participants and create a new project post under
Which we strongly believe we successfully provided enough information on Forums & DevPost to make it extremely clear to Judges and The Community what we built and what we were building during the hackathon submission period.
The only way to be ineligible for existing project reentering is stated here,
“Projects found not making any updates during the hackathon period will be disqualified.”
This was the only message we received clarifying the Situation of Disqualification, which in my opinion isn’t Valid.
Below is Capitol Lion’s Submission entry post from Season 2 & Season 3
Season 2 = Capitol Lion Music Network
Season 3 = Capitol Lion Music & Entertainment
Season 2 = https://devpost.com/software/capitol-lion-music-network
Season 3 = https://devpost.com/software/capitol-lion-entertainment
Just to highlight the Projects Differences stated from Season 2 - Season 3 :
Season 2 =
Capitol Lion Music Network is a LionX Umbrella Project which is Ultimately creating a MusicDAO. The MusicNFT Economy will be integrated into the LionX Ecosystem of Networks, with it’s very own Music Launchpad.
Genesis Holders/DAO Members will Govern this Music Network as a Collective effort. The Governable sectors of this Network pertains Economics, Community, & Underling Technology.
Season 3 =
The Development of a Decentralized Multi Chain Social app Built around Music & Entertainment is the Ultimate Goal. Operations behind Season 2 created the initial establishment of the Network. We formed a Self Governing structure which was made possible by holder’s of the Capitol Lion Genesis NFT. We also introduced the in-house NFT Launchpad, as well as a built in NFT Marketplace. We believe this season will be a great time to display the overall updates to the Features & Functionalities we’re seeking to implement into Capitol Lion. Such as, Streaming Capabilities which will grant users access to watch Tokenized content or listen to The Capitol Lion Music NFT player. This will allow for the opportunity to incentivize NFT owners based on Stream count & Traffic. This will also set up the opportunity for Non NFT holders to join the organic userbase. Streaming Sections will direct users to Popular Creators & Trending NFTs as well as Track the activity of Creators, Communities, & Collectibles within the Catalog of Capitol Lion. Another exciting update from last season is that Capitol Lion is pivoting into a direction to become a Social DApp. This transition will allow users to create a profile within Capitol Lion and build their Reputation through Contributions, Engagement, &/or Networking. The Activity & Credibility of Creators, Communities, & Collectibles will become easily viewable with these brand new social experiences. We’re looking forward to encourage Entertainers, Musicians, Engineers, DJs, Art Designers, Videographers etc. to collaborate on projects deployed within Capitol Lion.
DevPost currently has us as an active Participant and accepting votes in the Hackathon & also sent us confirmation emails stating we’re eligible and Voting has begun.
Prior to Officially entering The Season 3 Hackathon, Capitol Lion applied for a Developer Grant and Ecosystem Fund grant in which on Sep 28, 2022 we were Denied for both and were recommended to enter the Season 3 Hackathon.
Here is what was stated from Management within TRONDAO … “I came across your responses on our google form and think you would be a hand in glove fit for our upcoming Tron Grand Hackathon.
To give you a feel for what’s in store, last year we presented winners with over 1.2M in prizes across six tracks.
Please let me know if you would like to attend and I will personally get you set up.”
We replied back stating all operations we are currently involved in and stated we were in the previous season. We have yet to receive a reply from TRONDAO Leadership suggesting how we should move forward.
I stress this topic not to create FUD, but to spotlight the influence Hackathons & Grants have on Projects and Communities. For Community Driven ecosystems such as ours, They pride Themselves on the integrity of being community driven & backed. Hackathons & Grants create opportunities to keep that integrity alive during the development of settling the Foundational Infrastructure without exposing your Projects to VC’s or Investment entities looking for a profitable gain short term which can ultimately cripple an organization especially in it’s early days of identity discovery. We believe TronDAO & Judges should take this process carefully whether it’s a New Project or Existing. This is a great opportunity to expand the DApp development within the organic ecosystem of TRON. Before Disqualifying a project it should go through a transparent process of evaluation, especially existing projects/Teams who are previous winners. When projects are entering these Hackathons, everyone is ordered to open their playbooks and give public access to your entire operation. For those Leaking these details before fully established is a big gamble as it is. Especially when We’re seeing a pattern of New projects winning and then disappearing after winners are announced. Their should be TronDAO Team Members with boots on ground & synchronized with the Hackathon, so teams/projects are aware of concerns or issues before it’s too late & voting actually begins.
There’s a bunch of credible Tronics who have given great recommendations on how TronDAO should structure Future Hackathons.
-Examples of Valid viewpoints on existing teams and projects entering from @Sirluke & @fabsltsa
Another suggestion for disqualification procedures is “Letting teams know what they have to change, add,… and giving them 2 days to either comply with the requirements or be disqualified”
If these Hackathons are truly constructed for adding Value on top of TRON & BTTC, We need more ways to transparently track progression of milestones. Here’s what some additional credible Tronics had to say about this Topic:
I want to spotlight Simbad Marino’s GitHub repo - “This is an attempt to list ALL open source TRON & BTTC ecosystem DApps, utilities, scripts, etc.” (some Previous Hackathon winners are included)
( GitHub - simbadMarino/TRON-BTTC-Apps: This is an attempt to list ALL open source TRON & BTTC ecosystem dApps,scripts, etc. )
“I would love to see updates from ALL racket winners beside the forum winners , these projects have received great amounts of funding but have so far delivered very little to none.”
( HackaTRON S3 community topics - $5K in prizes! - #6 by Dendorion )
“What do you think about creating a list of all the previous winners from season one and two, check if what they’ve promised has been delivered or not and make it public? Could contact the teams that haven’t delivered yet and see how it is going and update the status as the projects are going forward. If it appears that the idea is good, I will contact a group of tronics and see if we can get a grant from TronDao to test the platforms (energy + trx). The list could be published here on the Forum with a section “delivered”, “going to be delivered”, “Left the boat”.”
( HackaTRON S3 community topics - $5K in prizes! - #8 by fabsltsa )
We need more Transparency in leadership roles similar to this update on Tron Hackathon winners
(HackaTRON S3 community topics - $5K in prizes! - #33 by EMerchant)
At the end of the Day I’ve been here since 2018, I’ve Personally witnessed firsthand the evolutional process of TRON over the years. I want what is best for the Community as a Collective, I don’t speak out about matters like this too often because I don’t want to stir up negativity or Doubt within our Ecosystem but I believe constructive criticism is much needed during times of opportunities like these. We should grow every season with efficiency and not back track with mistakes that will jeopardize organic value being implemented into Tron’s protocol long-term .
On behalf of The LionX ecosystem & Capitol Lion, Thank you very much for Letting me. Voice my perspective.
Feed Back is Greatly Appreciated