Gitcoin Virtual Hackathon

Golem Network Hackathon

Dec 8, 2020 - Jan 5, 2021

This hackathon event had ended at Jan. 5, 2021, 11:59 p.m., please check the ongoing hackathons.

The Golem Virtual Hackathon

Dec 8, 2020 - Jan 5, 2021

$35k in prizes!

Make sure to join the Golem Discord for all questions related to the hackathon


The first Golem Network hackathon is a one-month-long online hackathon designed to allow developers to build on top of the platform, and compete for prizes. 

The hackathon will be held in participation with Gitcoin, that will administer the bounties, and we will also host an introductory workshop where we’ll give an overview of the New Golem. Further technical information, and a SDK, can be found here. The hackathon submissions will be aggregated to our awesome-golem directory, social media, and Gitcoin’s social media, and in the future, featured in a website section.

Bounty tracks & prizes

Open Track Bounty - 4 x $5,000 USDC prizes

May the most compelling application win! The Open Track’s main rule is to build a great application on top of New Golem. Please note that the app has to be working to be considered for this bounty.

Best DeFi app - $3,000 USDC prize

If you’re into DeFi and distributed computing, we challenge you to build an app! Use Golem however you deem necessary, as long as the platform is included in your app’s architecture!

Golem for Social Good - $2,000 USDC prize

We’d love for someone to build an app with a use-case that can help people. PoCs are accepted within this category.

Gaming on Golem - 2 x $2,000 USDC prizes

Come build your game on Golem!

Hack New Golem! - 4 x $1,000 USDC prizes

Have any ideas of cool add-ons or improvements for New Golem? Maybe a cool UI? A widget? Go for it, we will be stoked to see it! 


  • The hackathon starts on Dec 8th, 2020 and will end on January 5th, 2021
  • Judging process will happen on January 6th and 7th - winners will be announced on January 8th. 
  • Community managers will reach out to participants and winners to ask to participate in developer surveys and interviews. 
  • Each participant has to register in order to be considered as part of a team. 
  • The projects presented have to be built and developed during the hackathon - while participants can develop their ideas prior to the hackathon, projects built before the hackathon will exclude the entire team.
  • Golem will not own the projects. Projects will have open source licence and will be publicly available and accessible, by the judges and whomever might be interested, on Gitcoin. 
  • Final delivery will include: 
  • A video demo
  • A presentation (can be either a PDF, a Google Slides, a ppt, etc) describing the project
  • A working link to a Github repository containing the code, team members, presentations, demo and documentation
  • Each project to be licensed using GPLv3 or a license that's compatible with it

Judging criterias

  • Innovation: what is the innovation that the application brings to the table?
  • Added value: will the application bring actual added value to its users?
  • Technical: does the code work? 
  • Completeness: incomplete applications will not be considered. 

In addition, each track might have its own specific track judging criteria. 

Eligibility - hackathon participants

  • Participants can register as a team or as individual runners. Participants can either join other teams or work alone. 
  • It will be a fully-online event. Participants from everywhere are welcome to apply.
  • A team must consist of a minimum of 1 person and up to 5 people. 
  • Participants have to be over the age of 18 years old by the day the hackathon ends. 
  • Employees, contractors, or officers of Golem Factory GmbH and its affiliates are not eligible for participation in the hackathon.


Any disputes arising out of or in connection with the hackathon shall be exclusively decided by the ordinary courts of the city of Zug, Switzerland and in accordance to Swiss law.


Make sure to read our privacy policy.

If you have any questions - please join us on discord. We are very excited to have this hackathon, it took a lot of love and work to prepare it and adjust it to Golem's needs and the community's expectations. We are looking forward to your participation!

Additional Resources

Website: golem.network

Twitter: twitter.com/golemproject

Reddit: reddit.com/r/GolemProject

Discord: chat.golem.network 

Email: contact@golem.network

Hackathon Repo: https://github.com/golemfactory/hackathons

bounty explorer
Check out the Prizes

Visit the Prize Explorer to check out the prizes posted by our hackathon sponsors. Click each prize to show important details, including the submission requirements, submission deadline, etc.

express interest
Join the Hackathons Chat Workspace

Chat with other hackers, ask sponsors and the Gitcoin team questions, find or create a team, and communicate real-time. Click here to join the party!

bounty explorer
Start Work via Gitcoin

When your team is formed please have one of your teammates navigate to each prize page you plan to compete for and click the “Start Work” button.

express interest

Build your cool ideas and make your vision come true with your team!

bounty explorer
Submit Work via Gitcoin

When your project is completed, submit your work by clicking the “Submit Work” button on the prize page/