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Sia and Namebase Present: ‘Own the Internet’ Hackathon

Jul 29, 2020 - Aug 20, 2020

This hackathon event had ended at Aug. 20, 2020, 6:59 a.m., please check the ongoing hackathons.

Sia and Namebase Present: ‘Own the Internet’ Hackathon

Build next-generation decentralized applications that are truly in your control

The modern internet is dominated by a handful of corporations and is vulnerable to censorship and invasions of privacy. Peer-to-peer and blockchain-based protocols enable a truly decentralized internet and puts individuals back in control of their data and identity. 

‘Own the Internet' is a hackathon that enables developers to build the next generation of decentralized applications. We invite all developers — regardless of whether you are a beginner or a web3 expert — to join us on this journey and build truly open source and censorship-resistant apps on Skynet and Handshake. 

Skynet is a platform for developing and hosting decentralized web applications. Skynet lets you host files and apps across multiple peers with redundancy, making them effectively permanent and censorship-resistant and empowering developers and users. Check out the Skynet AppStore to explore content and applications built on Skynet. Skynet is the application layer built on Sia - the high-performance decentralized storage infrastructure. 

Handshake is a Proof-of-Work protocol like Bitcoin, except unlike Bitcoin where you only use the coins as money, Handshake coins (HNS) are also used to register names on the Handshake blockchain. Handshake names are top-level domain names (.com, .net, .org) but unlike traditional domain names that you can only rent, you truly own your Handshake names forever, which no one can take from you nor prevent others from accessing. And rather than being limited to renting from a small number of extensions like .com and .org, you can own and use almost any extension you can think of, including ones with Chinese characters, Russian characters, and even emojis! 

The 'Own the Internet' hackathon offers an interactive and rewarding experience for developers with many resources provided including tutorials, mentorship, a chance to meet the co-founders of the event’s sponsors, and an opportunity to showcase your project to a wider community. And of course, prizes! Up to 1,200,000 SC and 40,000 HNS (~ $8,000) are up for grabs. Moreover, every project that uses Skynet and/or Handshake will be eligible for participation prizes and an exclusive 'Own the Internet' T-shirt.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll build on Skynet x Handshake to help accelerate decentralized web adoption!


Sia Discord

Namebase Discord

Project Idea Board - Add Your Own!

Hackathon Airmeet

Blog posts:

Skynet 🤝 Handshake

Handshake + Skynet tutorial

Workshop Schedule:

Gitcoin Livestream with Sia and Namebase Friday July 24th, 2 pm ET - Watch Here

Sia Workshop + Hackathon Kickoff - Wednesday July 29th, 1 pm ET - Watch Here

Namebase Workshop - Thursday July 30th, 1 pm ET - Watch Here

Mid-Hack Pitch Day - Tuesday August 11th, 12:00 pm ET - Watch Here

Finalist Demos (Handshake/Skynet Individual Bounties) Tuesday August 25, 12:00 pm - Register

Finalist Demos (Handshake+ Skynet Combined Bounty) Wednesday August 26, 12:00 pm in ET - Register


  • Who can attend?
  • Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a Web3 expert, we want you to join us.
  • Is there an entry fee?
  • No, this hackathon is free to all who want to join.
  • What makes this hackathon worth participating in?
  • You can win prizes up to 1,200,000 SC and 40,000 HNS (~ $8,000). 'Own the Internet' also offers an interactive and rewarding experience for developers with many resources provided including tutorials, mentorship, a chance to meet the co-founders of the event’s sponsors, and an opportunity to showcase your project to a wider community. Plus you get a free T-Shirt! 👕
  • Will there be anyone available to answer questions?
  • Yes, once you register you will get access to chat and the townsquare to ask organizers and other hackers any question on your mind. You can also join the following Discord servers: Sia & Nambase
  • Is there a reminder that doesn’t require signing up?
  • Yes, you can add a calendar reminder to this event without an account by clicking here.
  • How many people can be on a team?
  • Teams can range in size from 1 - 5, but we don't recommend any bigger than that for a hackathon. Find some old or new friends and get hacking!
  • Who will be judging?
  • The Sia and Namebase teams will be judging this hackathon.
  • Who owns the right to project submissions?
  • The hackers!
  • How many bounties and which one should I submit my project to?
  • In total, there are three bounties in this Hackathon. Bounty 1 is for projects that build on both Skynet and Handshake. Bounty 2 is for Skynet only projects and Bounty 3 is for Handshake only projects. Submit your project to the bounty based on the tech you use. 
  • Can I submit same project to multiple bounties?
  • No
  • Can I submit multiple projects per bounty?
  • Yes

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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Submit Work via Gitcoin

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