Meet likeminded innovators and builders and get rewarded for your innovative creations on Bitcoin!

Dive into insights from a diverse group of founders and investors – knowledge that usually takes months to acquire, all at your fingertips.

 

Hack together a proof of concept, compete for over $100K in prizes, and snag bonus 1-on-1 sessions with industry leaders. But that's not all! We're not just hosting a competition; we're building the future. We want YOUR project to grow beyond the hackathon into a meaningful societal asset.

 

Get rewarded, evolve with top Bitcoin leaders, and be a part of an ecosystem buzzing with creativity, collaboration, and mentorship. We're here to foster startups that redefine the Bitcoin economy. 

Requirements

A winning project will demonstrate:

 

Submission Requirements:

* Github code (must be new code written between Aug 26 and Sep 30, 2023)

*3-minute video: Present your project in this order:
a. Have cover slide to show clearly what tech & prizes you are competing for.
b. Team slide.
c. What user problem you are solving.
d. How your product solves the user problem.
e. How your product is unique from the competition.
f. Show proof of traction on X (Twitter).
g. Show a walkthrough of your product’s user interface.

* Submit all team member Discord & Twitter handles: Only members of our Discord server (https://discord.gg/btcstartuplab) are eligible for the prizes. Only contestants that have twitter accounts are eligible for the prizes.

* Show proof (screenshot) that you REPOSTED & REPLIED to: https://twitter.com/btcstartuplab/status/1692238515114041838 If you do not, you do not qualify for prizes. Reason: Our prizes are 100% undiluted meaning that all prize money goes directly from prize sponsors to winners. The Bitcoin Startup Lab does not take any fees for operations and marketing. To make this model sustainable, we invite contestants to contribute a few minutes to help co-market the event.

* Include a URL to a functional demo app or to the Project code repository. Access to the Project code repository must be provided by making it public or by giving access to james@btcstartuplab.com

  • Include a Project built on one of the Bitcoin testnets (L1, L2, side chain or protocol) and meets the above Project Requirements.

  • Include a text description that should explain the features and functionality of your Project.


* Important note: Our prize sponsors will give out more prizes with more active participants. 20% of the prize pool is unlocked for every 100 ACTIVE participants. ACTIVE participants are counted from all the team members of all the qualified teams that submitted Github code and 3-minute video and follow the rules to qualify.

* Release of liability: By participating in this hackathon and submitting your project, you agree to not hold the Bitcoin Startup Lab liable for any prize related issue. Reason: The Bitcoin Startup Lab does not handle any of the prize money. The prize money goes directly from the prize sponsor account to the winners of the hackathon. The Bitcoin Startup Lab covers the costs of operation so that winners can enjoy 100% undiluted prizes.

Multiple Submissions: An Entrant may submit more than one Submission, however, each submission must be unique and substantially different from each of the Entrant’s other Submissions, as determined by the Sponsor and Devpost in their sole discretion.

Submission ownership. Be the original work of the submitter, be solely owned by the submitter, and not violate the IP rights of any other person or entity.

Public Distribution: The Entrant may make the Project available to the public via a website or online store but is not required to do so. 

Testing: Access must be provided to an Entrant’s working Project for judging and testing by providing a link to a website, functioning demo, or a test build. If Entrant’s website is private, Entrant must include login credentials in its testing instructions.The Entrant must make the Project available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation and use by the Sponsor, Administrator and Judges until the Judging Period ends. Judges are not required to test the Project and may choose to judge based solely on the text description, images, and video provided in the Submission. 

If the Project includes software that runs on proprietary or third party hardware that is not widely available to the public, including software running on devices or wearable technology other than smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, the Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to require the Entrant to provide physical access to the Project hardware upon request.  For Projects running on widely available smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, Entrants may make their Project available using one of the following methods: 

  • URL to a functional demo app OR URL to public code repository

  • Access to Your Project: Teams Should submit any relevant source code, design assets, or datasets necessary for the evaluation process. Provide necessary details for judges to access your solution, whether it's a test account or a website. Make sure the instructions are clear and straightforward and easy to access. Teams can use any format necessary to communicate the idea.

Language Requirements

All Submission materials must be in English. 

Team Representation

If a team or organization is entering the Hackathon, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on the Hackathon Website on behalf of a team or organization you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your team or organization.

Intellectual Property: Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your Team, or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your Team, your Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. An Entrant may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Entrant’s work product and the result of the Entrant’s ideas and creativity, and the Entrant owns all rights to them. An Entrant may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Entrant complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Hackathon, you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

Financial or Preferential Support: A Project must not have been developed, or derived from a Project developed, with financial or preferential support from the Sponsor or Administrator. Such Projects include, but are not limited to, those that received funding or investment for their development, were developed under contract, or received a commercial license, from the Sponsor or Administrator any time prior to the end of Hackathon Submission Period. The Sponsor, at their sole discretion, may disqualify a Project, if awarding a prize to the Project would create a real or apparent conflict of interest.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$176,001 in prizes
Cryptocurrency logo Prizes paid in cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Tech Agnostic - Grand Prize

$30,000: This prize is only for entrants that want to go full time into their startups.
$6,000: Up to 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$12,000: 101 - 200 qualified entrants submit final submission
$18,000: 201 - 300 qualified entrants submit final submission
$24,000: 301 - 400 qualified entrants submit final submission
$30,000: Over 401 qualified entrants submit final submission

Note: This prize will be judged by protocol agnostic judges. The top teams from each Bitcoin technology prize category will advance to the final round where judges, that are not affiliated with any Bitcoin technology that can be used for building a hackathon project, will give final scores.

Bitcoin Tech Agnostic - Runner up Prize

$10,000: This prize is only for entrants that want to go all in on their startups.
$2,000: Up to 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$4,000: 101 - 200 qualified entrants submit final submission
$6,000: 201 - 300 qualified entrants submit final submission
$8,000: 301 - 400 qualified entrants submit final submission
$10,000: Over 401 qualified entrants submit final submission

Note: This prize will be judged by protocol agnostic judges. The top teams from each Bitcoin technology prize category will advance to the final round where judges, that are not affiliated with any Bitcoin technology that can be used for building a hackathon project, will give final scores.

Bitcoin Tech Agnostic - 3rd and 4th Place Prize (2)

2 X $5000
$1,000: Up to100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$2,000: 101 - 200 qualified entrants submit final submission
$3,000: 201 - 300 qualified entrants submit final submission
$4,000: 301 - 400 qualified entrants submit final submission
$5,000: Over 401 qualified entrants submit final submission

Note: This prize will be judged by protocol agnostic judges. The top teams from each Bitcoin technology prize category will advance to the final round where judges, that are not affiliated with any Bitcoin technology that can be used for building a hackathon project, will give final scores.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Zero Knowledge Proofs (using any tech)

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Nostr (building any app with Nostr)

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Ordinals

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

BRC-20

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Rootstock Prize 1st Place

$10,000 (1st prize)
$3,000: Up to 50 qualified entrants submit final submission
$6,000: 51 - 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$10,000: Over 101 qualified entrants submit final submission

Rootstock 2nd Place

$6,000 (2nd prize)
$2,000: Up to 50 qualified entrants submit final submission
$4,000: 51 - 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$6,000: Over 100 qualified entrants submit final submission

Rootstock Prize 3rd Place

$4,000 (3rd prize)
$1,000: Up to 50 qualified entrants submit final submission
$2,000: 51 - 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$4,000: Over 100 qualified entrants submit final submission

Rootstock Prize 4th Place

$3,000 (4th prize)
$1,000: Up to 50 qualified entrants submit final submission
$2,000: 51 - 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$3,000: Over 100 qualified entrants submit final submission

Rootstock Prize 5th Place

$2,000 (5th prize)
$1,000: Up to 100 qualified entrants submit final submission
$2,000: Over 100 qualified entrants submit final submission

ICP/Dfinity Prize 1 (2)
Cryptocurrency logo

2 x 1st place winner prizes : $5K in prizes and $20k in grants.

* 1st milestone prize: 5,000 USD in ICP will be paid once the grant application is received at the end of the hackathon.
* Rest of the 20,000 USD in ICP will be paid accordingly through the grant journey
* Show proof that you finished the ICP grant application (https://dfinity.org/grants)
* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

ICP/Dfinity Prize 2 (6)
Cryptocurrency logo

6 x 2nd winner prizes: $2.5k in prizes and $2.5k in grants.

* Rest of the 2,500 USD in ICP will be paid accordingly through the grant journey

*All prizes will be paid in Developer Grant format.
*To claim the prize, the winners will have to go through the milestone journey. However, we will consider their hackathon submission itself as a milestone 1 for each grant.

* Show proof that you finished the ICP grant application (https://dfinity.org/grants)

Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

ICP/Dfinity Post-Hackathon Prize 1 (2)

2x $20000 ICP Developer grant tracks are available for the winners after receiving the grant application. Note: This prize is for post-hackathon milestones. Bitcoin Olympics will introduce ICP to debrief winners on how to access post hackathon prizes.

ICP/Dfinity Post-Hackathon Prize 2 (6)
Cryptocurrency logo

6x $2500 ICP Developer grant tracks are available for the winners after receiving the grant application. Note: This prize is for post-hackathon milestones. Bitcoin Olympics will introduce ICP to debrief winners on how to access post hackathon prizes.

Interlay Innovation Prize (3)
Cryptocurrency logo

*Must use Interlay tech
*3 x $1,667
*Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Hiro Prize 1st Place
Cryptocurrency logo

* $2K

* The project must use Hiro technology.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Hiro Prize 2nd Place
Cryptocurrency logo

* $1K

* The project must use Hiro technology.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

OnChainMonkey 1st Place

* 3k fiat + 1 Genesis OCM

* Winner will be considered for launch with marketing on Osura.com

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

OnChainMonkey 2nd & 3rd Place (2)

* 2 x 1 Karma OCM

* Runner-ups on art collections using OCM Dimensions technology.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

DeepLake DLC Apis

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Lightning Labs & Taproot Assets

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Bitcoin Developer Kit (BDK)

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Sovryn

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Bitfari

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Bitcoin any tech is accepted

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Cyberscope 1st Place

1st place in Hackathon: $3000 in auditing credits provided by Cyberscope.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Cyberscope 2nd Place (2)

2nd & 3rd place in Hackathon: 2 X $2,000 in auditing credits provided by Cyberscope.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Cyberscope 3rd Place (3)

4th, 5th & 6th place in Hackathon: 3 X $1,000 in auditing credits provided by Cyberscope.

* Top teams are eligible for final round of $50,000 prize pool from Sora Ventures (tech agnostic)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Jason Fang - Investor

Jason Fang - Investor
Managing Director of Sora Ventures, Investor of Bitcoin Magazine Ecosystem Fund

William Fang

William Fang
Investment Associate at Sora Ventures

Dan Von Kohorn - Investor

Dan Von Kohorn - Investor
Entrepreneur & Managing Partner and CIO of Broom Ventures

Tom Giles - Investor

Tom Giles - Investor
Managing Partner of Megatron Ventures

Jonathan Sadlowe - Investor

Jonathan Sadlowe - Investor
General Partner at Gossamer Capital

Christopher Burger - Investor

Christopher Burger - Investor
General Partner at Gossamer Capital

Arun Krishnakumar - Investor

Arun Krishnakumar - Investor
Web3 investor, entrepreneur, and published author

Amanda Terry - Investor

Amanda Terry - Investor
ACTAI Ventures Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Albert Liang

Albert Liang
Founder and CEO of Bitcoin Startup Lab

Danny Yang - Investor

Danny Yang - Investor
CEO at Metagood

Domo

Domo
Creator of BRC-20

BitGod

BitGod
Creator of $OXBT

Leonidas

Leonidas
Host at The Ordinal Show

Charlie Spears

Charlie Spears
OrdinalHub Strategy at Luxor

Psifour

Psifour
Developer and Dev. Advocate at Luxor

Lomesh Dutta

Lomesh Dutta
VP of Growth at DFINITY

Pei Chen

Pei Chen
Chief Growth Officer at IOV Labs

Alex Miller

Alex Miller
CEO of Hiro

Edan Yago

Edan Yago
Core Contributor to Sovryn

Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp
Co-Founder and CTO of Casa

Mithil Thakore

Mithil Thakore
Co-Founder and CEO of Velar

Dominic Wörner

Dominic Wörner
Senior Solution Architect at DFINITY

Carsten Jacobsen

Carsten Jacobsen
Senior Developer Relations Engineer at DFINITY

Moritz Fuller

Moritz Fuller
Developer Relations Engineer at DFINITY

Radu Diaconescu

Radu Diaconescu
Senior Developer Partner Manager at DFINITY

Ongun Ozdemir

Ongun Ozdemir
Venture Associate at IOV Labs

Alejandro Cavallero

Alejandro Cavallero
Head of Integrations and Support at IOV Labs

Alexei Zamyatin

Alexei Zamyatin
Co-Founder and CEO of Interlay

Dominik Harz

Dominik Harz
Co-Founder and CTO of Interlay

Zhixi Zhang

Zhixi Zhang
Business Development at Interlay

Igor Sylvester

Igor Sylvester
Entropics Engineer

Jay Lee

Jay Lee
Co-Founder and CEO of Bison Labs

Philip De Smedt

Philip De Smedt
Founder and CEO of Arkadiko

Abdel Harraz

Abdel Harraz
Co-Founder and CEO of Deep Lake

Dan Trevino

Dan Trevino
Co-Founder and CTO of Deep Lake

Jordhy Ledesma

Jordhy Ledesma
Founder and CEO of Bitfari

Rafael Cárdenas

Rafael Cárdenas
Staff Software Engineer at Hiro Systems

Anatoly Kozlov

Anatoly Kozlov
CEO & Co-founder of Force Prime

Anton Tiulkin

Anton Tiulkin
Co-founder & App Architect at Force Prime

Diego Mey

Diego Mey
Co-Founder & CSO at BitFlow

Jerry The Martian

Jerry The Martian
Founder of Luminex.io

Shakhira KKhrevich

Shakhira KKhrevich
Founder and CEO of Satology

Egor Abramov

Egor Abramov
Investor, General Partner at Contribution Capital

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran
Developer Relations Engineer at DFINITY Foundation

Rapha RSierra

Rapha RSierra
Founder and CEO of UASU

Judging Criteria

  • 1. Be our Discord Member
    Must be in our Discord: https://discord.gg/btcstartuplab
  • 2. Reply Tweet
    Do your part to support innovation on Bitcoin by replying to this tweet with hashtag #BTCOlympics https://twitter.com/btcstartuplab/status/1692238515114041838
  • 3. Repost Tweet
    Every 100 active contestants, unlocks 20% of total prize pool. Do your part to unlock more prizes by REPOSTING this tweet: https://twitter.com/btcstartuplab/status/1692238515114041838
  • 4. Novelty
    Must be original code building with a Bitcoin technology. Be clear about how your solution is different.
  • 5. Build Something that Matters
    Does it solve a real user pain point for users of Bitcoin? The key here is to build for specific users.
  • 6. Traction
    Demonstrated user engagement and dialogue on X (Twitter).
  • 7. Technological Implementation
    How good is the code and solution? To earn top scores here, have something launched on testnet and make sure it is original code. Leveraging existing APIs and libraries etc is ok.
  • 8. Teamwork
    Single participants can join and submit, but only teams with 2-4 people may qualify for prizes. Only teams that have at least one marketing and one technical team member can get top scores.
  • 9. Presentation
    Quality of the 3-minute video presentation. Top scores goes to videos with all of the above explained in a clear and concise manner.
  • 10. Excellence
    Teams must score above 3.5 to become eligible for prizes. All scores above are scored between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest score.

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