The fourth iteration of the Bitcoin SV Hackathon has set a new record in both the number of participating developers and geographical reach. The Hackathon attracted over 600 developers from across the globe, with a majority participating solo. Ultimately, three projects emerged as the finalists and will battle it out at CoinGeek New York in October.
The 4th Bitcoin SV Hackathon kicked off on June 14, with a total prize pool set at $100,000 (payable in BSV). For this iteration, the Bitcoin Association set the theme as peer-to-peer applications, with the participants required to leverage SPV Channels and the merchant API (mAPI).
Ten weeks later in August, TKS Pnt, CATN8, and Bitcoin Phone were announced as the three finalists. The three projects will present to an elite panel of judges at CoinGeek New York, which kicks off October 5, for a chance to walk away with the lion’s share of the prize money.
— Bitcoin Association (@BitcoinAssn) September 15, 2021
The Hackathon was the largest ever, attracting 623 participants. Of these, 552 developers entered the competition working on solo projects while 71 entered in teams. The participants all had six weeks to code and build their projects before submitting them to the judges.
The Hackathon attracted 144 full-stack developers, 87 entrepreneurs, 41 designers, and 34 data scientists. It also brought in 30 mobile developers, 27 backend developers, and 32 participants who identified as product managers.
Geographically, Australia, the U.S., Brazil, and Nigeria were represented by the highest number of participants. India and the U.K. also saw a high number of participants, as did Canada, Russia, Sweden, Germany, and Poland.
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