Mars Hackathon, organized by Filecoin, IPFS and Polygon, launched in India to empower developers



  • Mars Hackathon’ aims to strengthen and enhance the developer ecosystem in India

  • Winners of this two-month-long hackathon to gain incentives worth $35K


Filecoin, an innovative open-source cloud storage network in association with Interplanetary File System (IPFS), a unique peer-to-peer storage protocol, announced the launch of Mars Hackathon 2021.

Launched in partnership with Polygon, an Indian layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution and organized by Lumos Labs, an innovation management firm, this virtual hackathon spanning over two months is part of the larger Asia Hackathon Season 2021.

The Asia Hackathon Season is a multi-month Asia-focused hackathon series aimed at identifying, accelerating, and highlighting the impressive advancements being achieved on Filecoin and IPFS stacks by talented developers in the Asian subcontinent.

The Web3 wave in India has attracted global attention and the Indian developer community has proven its competency by solving relevant real-world issues through accessible solutions. The overall Indian public cloud services market is likely to touch $7.4 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 22.2% for 2020-24.


With its first India-focused hackathon, the Mars Hackathon 2021, Filecoin aims to strengthen the community further and pave the path towards more creation and innovation within decentralized storage technologies. It will be focused on providing the right tools to the robust developer ecosystem of India and helping them in creating and improving their innovations.

This eight-week hackathon is open to beginners as well as experienced coders and is a platform for developers to explore the world of decentralized storage. Participants can learn by creating new or enhancing existing dApps that solve everyday decentralized storage problems on FIlecoin or IPFS networks or by building on Polygon while exploring the utility of Filecoin and IPFS for their storage requirements. Starting from September 7, 2021, this unique hackathon is aimed at revolutionizing the world of storage in Asia.

Grants and prizes worth $500K are available to the teams, startups, projects, and entrepreneurs choosing to continue their journey of building on the Filecoin and IPFS stacks. Beyond hackathons, together with the collaborators and partners of the FIlecoin and IPFS ecosystem, participants stand to gain networking opportunities that will open various platforms for their ideas to grow into winning ventures.


Angie Maguire - Head Of Growth and Marketing, Filecoin, said:

“We are looking forward to witnessing the new and innovative solutions that will come through during the Mars Hackathon. The growth of the Indian developer ecosystem in the decentralized space has been highly impressive till now and we are delighted to have the opportunity to see it in real-time. Through Mars Hackathon, we hope to encourage and empower developers and entrepreneurs to solve significant problems, ship innovative applications and shape the future of the web to be more decentralized, robust, and secure.. Asia is a budding technology ecosystem and blockchain technology has brought certain regions of Asia to the forefront globally. We hope to be a part of this growing ecosystem through Filecoin, our decentralized storage solution and help in fixing the pitfalls of the current centralized cloud infrastructure.”

Sandeep Nailwal, COO and Co-Founder, Polygon, said:

“We have seen the decentralized world boom rapidly due to its independent nature and have seen India at the forefront of this boom since the beginning. As part of the Indian developer community ourselves, we have witnessed the growth right in front of us, and are well aware of the potential of the Indian blockchain ecosystem. Through this hackathon, we are excited to see what more can the developer and builder community of India create in the Web3 ecosystem space.”

The Hackathon is launched in partnership with Lumos Labs, an innovation management firm specializing in running technology open innovation programs in India. The entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of industry leaders and subject matter experts on three primary aspects of problem selection, solution innovation, and impact achieved. The registration window will be open from September 7 - October 10, 2021, which will be followed by multiple rounds of filtration, and finally five teams in the final cohort will present their solutions in the Final Demo Day.


If you have an interesting blockchain use case and are excited to apply for the Mars Hackathon visit: https://www.marshackathon2021.com/

To learn more about the Asia Hackathon 2021, feel free to visit-

https://events.filecoin.io/asia-hackathon-season


About Filecoin:

Filecoin, the world’s largest decentralized network, allows users to store, request, and transfer data via a verifiable marketplace. Filecoin is completely open-source, enabling people from all over the world to participate. The Filecoin protocol runs on an advanced and novel proof system — a combination of Proof of Spacetime (PoSt) and Proof of Replication (PoRep), to provide unmatched efficiency and reliability.

Filecoin’s advanced technology provides a robust foundation to store the world’s most valuable data sets. An alternative to costly cloud storage, the Filecoin network offers efficiently priced and geographically decentralized storage, minimizing financial barriers, and allowing users to take advantage of its unmatched network capabilities.

For more details: https://filecoin.io/


About Interplanetory File System (IPFS):

IPFS is a peer-to-peer network and protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open. IPFS upgrades the web to work peer to peer, addressing data by what it is instead of where it’s located on the network, or who is hosting it.

For more details: https://ipfs.io/


About Polygon:

Polygon is the first well-structured, easy-to-use platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its core component is Polygon SDK, a modular, flexible framework that supports building and connecting Secured Chains like Plasma, Optimistic Rollups, zkRollups, Validium, etc, and Standalone Chains like Matic POS, designed for flexibility and independence. Polygon’s layer 2 Chains have seen widespread adoption with 500+ Dapps, ~7M txns, and ~200K unique users.

If you're an Ethereum Developer, you're already a Polygon developer! Leverage Polygon’s fast and secure txns for your Dapp, get started here.

For more details, visit: https://polygon.technology/




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