Decentraland, the virtual world powered by Ethereum blockchain, announced today that it would be conducting its biggest-ever Hackathon – an intensive two-week creative deep dive commencing September 16.
With over 250k USD worth of prizes to be won, participants will create content that will form part of Decentraland itself – anything from a multiplayer game or interactive art installation to a virtual shop. Gaming industry figures will choose the winners, who will share in two and a half million MANA (Decentraland’s cryptocurrency) and 200 LANDs (virtual plots).
Entrants, who can either work as a team or solo, will create their scenes using the Decentraland SDK and share an interactive preview of it. Decentraland will make the best creations available for LANDowners to upload.
Decentraland blogger and judge of the June Hackathon, Matty aka DCLBlogger, said: “The response to the June Hackathon was fantastic, with many community members coming up with a range of very cool and surprising creations. Based on the success of that event and two extra months of SDK maturation and feature additions, expect participants in the September Hackathon to produce even more amazing creations.”
To enter the Hackathon, participants should visit the official Decentraland SDK Hackathon page where they can sign up and find out all they need to know about the two-week event.
For a taster of what to expect come September 16, check out this short video compilation of creations from our June event.
Decentraland provides an infrastructure to support a shared virtual world, also known as a metaverse. It consists of a decentralized ledger for LAND ownership, a protocol for describing the content of each land parcel, and a peer-to-peer network for user interactions. LAND in Decentraland is permanently owned by the community, giving them full control over their creations.
Users claim ownership of virtual LAND on a blockchain-based ledger of parcels. LAND owners control what content is published to their portion of LAND, which is identified by a set of cartesian coordinates (x,y). LAND is a non-fungible, transferable, scarce digital asset stored in an Ethereum smart contract. It can be acquired by spending MANA. MANA can also be used to make in-world purchases of digital goods and services. For more information, please visit decentraland.org.