TRON Grand Hackathon Season 3 - Get started Now!

Welcome to The Grand Hackathon Season 3! Many improvements have been made to make this the best hackathon yet. With over $1.2 million in prizes this season, this Hackathon is designed not only to empower developers to BUIDL better but to also bridge the gap and connect blockchain ecosystems together.

To join the season 3 hackathon, register on DevPost and make sure you read the rules carefully and submit your project before 2022-11-15T00:00:00Z. Here is our Hackathon’s schedule at a glance.

Submission Period: 2022-09-20T16:00:00Z2022-11-15T00:00:00Z

Judging/Voting Period: 2022-11-29T16:00:00Z2022-12-13T00:00:00Z

Winners Announced: Around 2022-12-16T19:00:00Z

You may check our Hackathon home page for all of the important event’s countdown timers.

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For this Hackathon, we have listened to your feedback and understand that the community would like to see completed projects being awarded. Therefore, for this hackathon, you will be submitting a complete project or project that is near completion so make sure to have your project ready and submitted before the deadline. You need to have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that is hosted online so the judges and the community can check out the project directly. Projects that have smart contracts will need to be deployed onto the testnet or mainnet.

There are $975,000 of prizes to be won if you participate on DevPost, among the total 6 tracks. A panel of judges will choose the winners through the DevPost platform.

TRON DAO Forum posting is required for this Hackathon as many of you requested projects to interact with the community. All projects are required to sign up on the TRON DAO Forum and start posting your Hackathon project to our Hackathon 2022 Season 3 category when submission opens on September 20th, 2022. There will be $225,000 in prizes for the forum and forum winners will be chosen by the community through polling.

A new bonus award introduced in TRON Grand Hackathon S3 is a 5000 USDD New Project Engagement Prize awarded by TRON DAO. This prize will be awarded to a project that has continued to keep the community updated with forum post progress and engagement but has yet to receive a prize. So, it is beneficial if you make your project post right away and keep the community updated throughout the Hackathon.

We have also added 2 new tracks for season 3:

  1. Ecosystem Track - This will feature the Ethereum blockchain this season and focus on attracting Ethereum projects looking to expand their reach. This track will be centered around the mass adoption of blockchain technology and innovative cross-chain solutions. TRON has always supported cross-chain functionality as it is compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). Now with the further development of the BitTorrent Chain, developers have more flexible options to deploy on and interact between different L1 blockchain ecosystems. Projects joining the Ecosystem track will have to be pure Ethereum projects. If your project is on TRON or BTTC, you must join one of the four tracks - Web3, NFT, DeFi or GameFi. Winners of the Ecosystem track will not only get hackathon prizes, they will also be given the resources and support to help them convert into our TRON/BTTC ecosystem.

  2. Academy Track - This will concentrate on launching an in-person event designed specifically for currently enrolled university students. It will be positioned as a “hacker house” where students can gather in real life, learn about the TRON ecosystem, and compete with one another for some solid prizes. More information about this track will be released in October as students joining this track will have a later start date and earlier end date (Early November). [Details to be updated later here]

The TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 and the TRON DAO Forum are all about possibilities, interactions, and empowering the TRON DAO community to have a say in the digital world. The decentralized web is all about putting the power in the hands of the people. With TRON DAO Hackathon 2022 Season 3, anyone can win a prize, including those who are not participating in the submission of a hackathon project. During the winners’ announcement, ten active and helpful community contributors will be awarded to get a bonus community contributor prize as well! Let’s HackaTRON!

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REQUIREMENTS
Participate in the TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 by submitting your project on the Devpost platform and the TRON DAO Forum before the deadline. Here’s how:

DEVPOST SUBMISSIONS

Build (or significantly update) a software application/dApp/website that integrates with the TRON/BTTC blockchain (Exception of the Ecosystem Track) that fits into one of the following tracks:

  • Web3 Track: contribute to the transition of Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 by introducing useful DAO tools, SocialFi, and other Dapps.
  • DeFi Track: Leverage DeFi to offer convenient financial solutions to everyone
  • GameFi Track: The next generation Gaming where entertainment meets blockchain
  • NFT Track: Embrace the creator economy utilizing NFTs
  • Academy Track: Enrolled University students meet blockchain
  • Ecosystem Track (Ethereum): Off-Chain projects looking to integrate to BTTC or TRON.

What to Submit

  • Provide a URL to your code repository OR a link to a functional prototype for judging and testing.
  • Include a video (about 3 minutes) that demonstrates your submission. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook Video and made public.
  • Identify which category you are submitting into.
  • Clearly identify how you integrated with TRON or BTTC. (Exception Ecosystem Track)
  • Your TRON DAO forum username and project post.
  • The completed submission form on Devpost before the deadline.

Important Academy track projects will not have to submit on devpost. They will instead be submitted to the EasyA Educational team through this link.

TRON DAO FORUM SUBMISSIONS

In addition, it is REQUIRED to create a Hackathon project post on the TRON DAO Forum during the submission period. You will be posting the same project you will be submitting to the DevPost platform. It is advisable to create a project post early on and update it throughout the hackathon period so that the judges and community can learn about your project as you are building it.

Forum hackathon winners will be selected by the community through the forum poll. Participants that chose to participate on the DevPost platform and the TRON DAO Forum will be eligible to win up to two Hackathon prizes.

Steps to participate:

  • Sign up on TRON DAO Forum
  • Leave your DevPost username saying you want to enter underneath the Season 3 TRON grand Hackathon Post. Make sure to tag @admin.hackathon for visibility.
  • Wait for approval to be added to the Hackathon group which will give you the permission to create a project post on the correct hackathon participant category
  • Post your project in the TRON Hackathon > Hackathon 2022 Season 3 category on the TRON DAO Forum and tag it with one of the relevant tags: Web3, DeFi, GameFi, NFT, Ecosystem or Academy.
  • Follow the hackathon project post format given to create a new topic for your hackathon project
  • You should update your project post actively as you made progress throughout the hackathon period.
  • You should also actively answer community questions in your own project post as the community will be the ones that chose the Forum Hackathon winners

REQUIRED:

Web3, DeFi, GameFi, NFT and Ecosystem tracks are required to submit their projects to BOTH the Devpost platform and also create a TRON DAO Forum project post.

Important:
Academy track projects are required to submit the registration form through another platform (Link to be provided when it is ready in early October) and create a TRON DAO Forum project post.

Please make sure not to leave project submission till the last minute as there are several questions related to your project that you will be answering during project submission.

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PRIZING STRUCTURE

There will be 6 tracks for you to participate in - Web3, DeFi, GameFi, NFT, Academy, and Ecosystem. If your project covers multiple tracks, simply chose the most relevant track that describes your project.

All Hackathon prizes will be paid out in USDD. With the new introduction of USDD, which is a decentralized stablecoin that depends on an on-chain mechanism & currently fully collateralized assets, we are excited to see how projects can utilize and build around it. USDD circulates on TRON, BSC, Ethereum, and other networks via the cross-chain protocol BitTorrent Chain (BTTC). The new PSM (Peg Stability Module) is one of the tools to help keep USDD stable and allows users to swap between USDD and other stablecoins ( USDT, USDC, TUSD) at a 1:1 rate. You can find it here.

Web3, DeFi, GameFi and NFT will have the same prizing structure as below:

1st Prize $60k
2nd Prize $50k
3rd Prize $40k
4th Prize $30k
5th Prize $20k

The Academy Track prizing structure is below:

1st Place $15k
2nd Place $10k
3rd Place $9k
4th Place $8k
5th Place $7k
1st Runner Up $5k
2nd Runner Up $5k
3rd Runner Up $5k
4th Runner Up $5k
5th Runner Up $5k

The Ecosystem prizing structure will be split into 2 themes. One of the themes will win the technical prize and the other will win the creative prize. A separate panel of judges for Ecosystem will select the top 10 best Ecosystem track projects and assign them a winner’s slot based on if they are more technical or creative. Ecosystem track participants do not need to specify a theme when they join and can win prizes from either one of the themes. The following is the prize structure for both:

1st Place $15k
2nd Place $12.5k
3rd Place $10k
4th Place $7.5k
5th Place $5k

Participating in the TRON DAO Forum will also enable you to win one of the forum track prizes. Each of the 5 tracks will have the same prizing structure as below:

1st Place $10k
2nd Place $9k
3rd Place $8k
4th Place $7k
5th Place $6k

The Academy Track for the community forum prizing is as follows:

1st Place $5k
2nd Place $4k
3rd Place $3k
4th Place $2k
5th Place $1k

There are 3 additional bonus prizes to be won for this season of the TRON Grand Hackathon! You can even win one of the community contributor prizes without coding in the hackathon! :partying_face:

  • Bonus: Devpost Community Prize $1,000 - Determined by popular choice voting on Devpost by DevPost community members.
  • Bonus: Project Engagement Prize $5,000 - Determined by the TRON DAO team based on a project’s engagement on their forum post with the community. Awarded to a project that did not win another prize.
  • Bonus: Community Contributor Prize $5,000 - Determined by the TRON DAO team based on an individual’s valuable contributions during the hackathon. Awarded to individuals who did not win another prize. The individual does not need to be a hackathon project participant. Up to 10 individuals may split this prize pool with a minimum of $500 per person.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Please make sure to tailor your DevPost submission to touch upon each of these criteria as it will help the judges.

  • Originality & Creativity
    How novel and innovative is the idea? Does it set out to do something unique or at least improve existing models?
  • Technicality & Design
    What is tech like? Is it user-friendly and does it have comprehensive and efficient features? Is it designed to scale?
  • Business Model & Feasibility
    What is the value proposition and how does it set out to differentiate itself? How will it capture the market and/or generate revenue?
  • Usability
    What is the user experience like? Is it clean and intuitive such that users not familiar with blockchain can easily interact with the program?
  • Practicality & Use Case
    Is this something the community would actually use and want? Will the idea have an impact on the crypto community?
  • Contribution to the Crypto Ecosystem
    How does your idea increase crypto adoption, value for its users, and innovation in the field of blockchain? Does it welcome new users and help existing users?
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FAQ

Q. Where do I sign up for TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 3?
You are required to sign up on DevPost. Please make sure to read the rules carefully and submit your project before the deadline.

Q. Is it required to join TRON DAO Forum for this hackathon?
Yes, it is required to join this forum to participate in the current hackathon. Projects that do not join will be disqualified.

Q. What are the steps for a Hackathon participant to make a Hackathon project post?

  • After you sign up on DevPost, sign up for an account on the TRON DAO Forum
  • Make a comment underneath the TRON Grand Hackathon Season 3 post with your DevPost username and tag @admin.hackathon
  • Wait for approval to be added to the Hackathon group which will give you the permission to create a project post on the correct hackathon participant category
  • Post your project in the TRON Hackathon > Hackathon 2022 Season 3 category on the TRON DAO Forum and tag it with one of the relevant tags: Web3, DeFi, GameFi, NFT, Academy or Ecosystem.

Q. How long will it take for the forum approval to post in the Hackathon 2022 Season 3 category?
It will take less than 24 hours for the approval to take place. If you are still not able to create your project post after 24 hours, please send a private message to admin.hackathon and provide your DevPost username again.

Q. What do I need to do after posting a project to the forum?
You will need to ensure you submit your complete project before the deadline on DevPost. Additionally, you will have to make sure you are actively monitoring your project post and answering the community’s questions. Make sure to post new updates to your project post often to get community members engaged as they are the ones that will be voting during the judging period and choose 5 winners per track from forum hackathon participants.

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 TRON Hackathon > Hackathon 2022 Season 3

Q. What are the differences between TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 2 and Season 3?
Season 3 adds 2 new tracks Ecosystem and Academy. There is the new project engagement award and participants are required to post on the TRON DAO Forum. Please make sure to read the rules fully before submitting your project.

Q. How to find the number of Hackathon S3 registrants so far?
You may check live hackathon participants on https://trons3.devpost.com at the “Participants” tab. You may also check all submitted Forum entries for S3 here - Hackathon 2022 Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum

Q. Will there still be community voting for S3?
Yes. One for DevPost and one for TRON DAO Forum. The Devpost community can like projects on DevPost will pick the winners of DevPost community prize ($1k) and the TRON DAO Forum community members will pick the winners for Forum participants ($215K prize pool).

All Tronics and invited Ecosystem communities that meet the minimum requirements to vote will be able to participate in the community voting polls.

Q. Can I reward people to vote for my project?
Any type of reward is considered vote buying. Rewarding voters for voting for your project may result in disqualification. TRON DAO will be monitoring closely to make sure that all voting is done fairly. If you notice any projects that are practising vote buying, please feel free to inform us so we can take further action.

Q. Some projects are using bots to boost their voting?
The TRON DAO Hackathon team is always monitoring the voting process and analyzing bot accounts. After the voting period, there is a time for checking spam/bot voting. The Hackathon team may penalize participants who are dishonest and may even disqualify participants that are against the rules to keep the hackathon voting process fair.

The hackathon team will strive to make the voting process fair for every participant in the hackathon.

Q. Will TRON DAO release the Judge’s scores to the projects?
Due to the nature of how the Devpost platform works we are unable to release personal scores or provide judges’ feedback for each project as the platform doesn’t support it. The Devpost team will be evaluating and checking all judges’ scores and assigning the Hackathon winners.

Q. What if I still have other questions?
Feel free to leave your questions in this thread and our hackathon support team will get back to you publicly ASAP.

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We would like to enter the Tron Grand Hackathon Season 3 as Fuzzy Ocean, we have registered in DevPost under the name Fuzzy Ocean. @admin.hackathon

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Much better, still hope the season 2 all manage to complete their projects but this will help push development on the Tron blockchain :sunglasses::ok_hand:

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@Fuzzy-Ocean Welcome! You have been added to the Hackathon group. Please make sure to create your project post in Hackathon Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum as soon as possible and keep it updated. You will be given a project post template to follow when you have selected the correct category. Thanks!

Yes @Simon. We are listening! :smiley: Keep all the great suggestions coming. We will also follow up closely with S2 winners to ensure the community can make use of their projects ASAP!

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Really glad to see that the community has been listened :+1: Especially about having contracts deployed (at least on testnet) and avoiding to buy votes :clap:

Good luck to all the participants :fire:

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Hi Admin, love the updates to the regulation, the push to have the participating projects here as well is a great step forward.

TuruGlobal will also participate with a project here, so would appreciate if you can grant us access to enter our submission here.

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Hi @admin.hackathon :wave: I will also participate in the 3rd season of the Hackathon :smiling_face: nickname : DANILN89N

Hi @admin.hackathon. I would like to participate in the hackathon. nickname: selfguard.

I really appreciate the clearer requirements for S3.

USTX team will participate in S3 @admin.hackathon

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Yes @fabsltsa
It’s an exploring and learning process for all of us.
We need to find the best formula that works for the community, judges and also the hackathon hosting platform as well.
Therefore, please keep good suggestions coming and rest assured that we will be listening.


Hi @TuruGlobal Glad to hear positive feedback from you.
The community voiced out wanting to see all projects on here so we can interact with project owners/teams so here we are.
Since you have participated in a previous hackathon, you are already in the Hackathon group and can begin posting your project post in Hackathon Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum


Good to have you back @DANILN89N and @Sirluke
We heard your request for clearer hackathon requirements so we listed them clearly from the start :wink:
You are already in the Hackathon group and can start posting your project post in Hackathon Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum now. Thanks!


Welcome to TRON DAO Forum @selfguard
You have been added to the Hackathon group and you may now start posting your project post in Hackathon Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum now. Thank you!

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I like to post my project on the forum, how do I post? by replying here?

Welcome to TRON DAO Forum! You first need to sign up on https://trons3.devpost.com/ and then register for the hackathon and post your username here.

After we granted you access, you will be able to post your project to the Hackathon Season 3 category.

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My Devpost username is tgmasilo, I have already registered.

A Request to be added to the Hackathon group on the forum, thanks

Username: Calebo
Already registered

Thank you for the details @tiisetso and @Calebo
You guys have been added to the Hackathon group.
Make sure to create a new topic as a project post to the Hackathon Season 3 - TRON DAO Forum category.
All the best!