Dash at SF Hacks '18: Proposal Update #2

Would you support another hackathon sponsorship?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 100.0%
  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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    1

arjunyg

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Hi all,
I would like to share the second and final update from the Dash @ SF Hacks '18 proposal with you all.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what is going on here, please read the original proposal (or the tl;dr posted at the top of it): https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-hackathon-sponsorship-at-sf-hacks-‘18.26661/

Update 1: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-at-sf-hacks-18-proposal-update-1.30578/

Update 2 tl;dr: The hackathon went great! We spoke to hundrends of attendees about Dash and got nearly universally a great response and interest. We awarded our prize to a team that did a great job integrating Dash payments in an event-ticketing app (similar to Eventbrite). Many other teams were interested in our prize, despite the setback of diminished Dash value over time since the proposal (Dash price was around $350 that weekend compared to over $950 at proposal time).

Giveaway
Our t-shirts and free Dash turned out to be a huge attractor for students (as planned). I didn't get a chance to take many pictures since things were pretty crazy, but luckily an attendee managed to capture the crowd gathering around our booth:

https://twitter.com/lanpaje/status/975062341330001921

We talked to hundreds of students and demonstrated Dash's speed and ease of use hundreds of times by giving each attendee 0.01 Dash to play with. Having the giveaway budget available was exceptionally useful for demonstrating features like PrivateSend to interested hackers. People were really excited to learn about a cryptocurrency that actually works as true digital cash, unlike Bitcoin these days. The variety of Dash's features (InstantSend, PrivateSend, and decentralized governance/proposals) caught the interest of many people we spoke to, including a few fellow sponsors.

The Prize Contest
A number of teams built projects that integrated Dash. One team built a fundraising platform specifically for neighborhood/community projects, another team built a platform similar to Facebook marketplace or Craigslist, with Dash as a payment option.

One ambitious hacker, Dhanush Patel, is building a platform to perform electronic voting, with security through voice and facial recognition. We loved his idea of using a blockchain to securely and transparently store authentication data and votes so much that we wanted to plug his project here: https://sfhacks2018.hackerearth.com/sprints/sf-hacks-3/dashboard/b030bda/submission/
(The second photo in that gallery shows our team member Zach testing it out :p)
This project was definitely the runner-up, but the Dash implementation wasn't quite far enough along for us to award the prize.

The winner of our 2.5 Dash prize was this team of 4, who built a ticket sale mobile app called CryptoBrite:

Left to right: Connick (Dash), ? (SF Hacks), Ryan (CryptoBrite), Sukhjit (CryptoBrite), Thomas (CryptoBrite) Nicholas (CryptoBrite), Arjun (me) (Dash), Zach (Dash)

Link: https://sfhacks2018.hackerearth.com/sprints/sf-hacks-3/dashboard/a369a06/submission/

CryptoBrite did a great job of integrating Dash payments into their app via Coinpayments. They demonstrated a fully working ticket purchase workflow within their React Native mobile app. They even had half of the merchant side of things working to verify the issued tickets at a hypothetical event admissions stand. All this impressive work was done in just 24 hours. We are looking forward to seeing them move forward with their app.

More event photos:


Myself explaining how to use the Dash testnet to Dhanush while Connick reviews our giveaway wallet.


Hackers busy at work!


Conclusion
On behalf of myself, Zach and Connick, I would like to thank SF Hacks for putting on this great event, and letting us share Dash with so many interested hackers. We had a great time, and would love to do it again. Thank you to the Dash community for sponsoring our team to bring Dash to SF Hacks.

Until next time,
- Arjun
 

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The Prize Contest
A number of teams built projects that integrated Dash. One team built a fundraising platform specifically for neighborhood/community projects, another team built a platform similar to Facebook marketplace or Craigslist, with Dash as a payment option.

One ambitious hacker, Dhanush Patel, is building a platform to perform electronic voting, with security through voice and facial recognition. We loved his idea of using a blockchain to securely and transparently store authentication data and votes so much that we wanted to plug his project here: https://sfhacks2018.hackerearth.com/sprints/sf-hacks-3/dashboard/b030bda/submission/
(The second photo in that gallery shows our team member Zach testing it out :p)
This project was definitely the runner-up, but the Dash implementation wasn't quite far enough along for us to award the prize.

The winner of our 2.5 Dash prize was this team of 4, who built a ticket sale mobile app called CryptoBrite:
WTF?
This was not a hack-athon, this was a develop-athon!!
Where are the hackers you prommised?
You event was full of developers, and no hackers!!!
 

arjunyg

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Dec 23, 2017
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Xmh1o91muC3bVuGB6zBRSsyYeRi6sYVJYy
WTF?
This was not a hack-athon, this was a develop-athon!!
Where are the hackers you prommised?
You event was full of developers, and no hackers!!!
Oh boy...not to encourage demo...but just to make sure everyone else has the correct impression...

To quote my original proposal...
For those of you unfamiliar, a hackathon is an event where a group of individuals gather at an event venue and form teams to build projects from start to finish in 24-48 hours to be submitted for judging for prizes.
And Wikipedia...
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon