It has been reported that the hackathon, which is scheduled to take place from February 15 through March 1st, will be hosted in partnership with Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) of FTX’s Project Serum.
However, SBF will also offer mentorship to hackathon participants alongside Solana CEO Anatoly Yakovenko.
“A lot of an ecosystem’s success depends on how much the community builds on it. I’ve been really happy with the growth of Solana so far building out the world’s fastest, most scalable on-chain ecosystem; I’m excited to see some projects come to market!”
The report said that participants will also compete for a $200,000 prize pool, with the event’s judges including:
Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle
Stani Kulechov, the CEO of Aave
Meltem Demirors, the CSO of CoinShares
Bobby Ong, the Co-Founder of CoinGecko
Likewise, the announcement encourages developers to explore Solana’s bi-directional Ethereum bridge “Wormhole,” in addition to Solana’s new Chainlink oracle integration.
Solana’s upcoming DeFi hackathon will see participants compete for a $200,000 prize pool and $200,000 in seed funding. https://t.co/YUdfi3EAi3 — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) February 9, 2021
Yakovenko noted his excitement to see what recurring participants who took part in Solana’s Q4 2020 hackathon will build in the upcoming event. Yakovenko emphasized that Solana offers benefits to developers through its support for traditional compiler toolchains like Rust by making it “more accessible for folks outside of crypto.”
“This could be as simple as: I get a Wrapped BTC savings account, but in the background, it’s earning a DeFi yield. And the end-user, a general consumer, isn’t really dealing with smart contracts or the complexity of [DeFi], but they actually get access to all of the entire pipeline.”
Also, Yakovenko predicts that such a “BTC savings account” could exist within the near future by stating:
“That one use-case would require the entire stack to work […] I don’t know if this is going to happen in 2021, but it feels like everything is ripe for that.”
Thus, he concluded:
“The tools are much better, key management is much better, you can ship applications on iOS and Android with secure keys […] I’m excited to see who actually pulls it off and scales [DeFi] to one million or ten million users.”.