unblock 2021
The best thing that ever
happened to computers is code.
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The first computer programmer was a woman born in 1815. Ada Lovelace published her algorithm to compute Bernoulli numbers over 200 years ago, but the advent of modern high-level programming languages wouldn’t occur until the 1950s.

From the 145,000 lines of code that took humans to the moon, to the 2 billion lines run by Google today, code has become an essential part of our culture. Since the invention of the first personal computer over 40 years ago, software development has become a far more valuable skill.

The mind of a developer can be a chaotic place, filled with outlandish ideas, creative problem-solving, and rational decision making. Computers may be capable of calculating things millions of times faster than humans, but they can’t do it unless we tell them how.
Revolutions happen all the time,
what’s so special about this one?
Our financial system is broken. High inflation rates and frequent recessions plague our economies, and centralized banking has largely stayed the same despite it. Blockchain is more than a vision of better money, it’s a vision of better business.

From relatively simple decentralized payment networks, blockchains have evolved into sophisticated distributed systems that are used in countless different ways. In just a decade, cryptocurrencies have shown us what the future of money could look like – a future that isn’t too distant anymore.

The blockchain industry is small but thriving, and developers are at the forefront of that progress. With billions of dollars in cryptocurrency transactions taking place every day, there’s little room for error. Developers are constantly creating better, and more efficient ways to do things on the blockchain, and incentivizing new solutions is paramount to making blockchain better.
What is
UNBLOCK 2021?
unblock 2021 is a celebration of software development that aims to spark interest in amateur and expert developers alike. We want to help you make blockchain better through developing robust, relevant applications that can bring value to people.

The hackathon will take place in three phases: Know, Imagine, and Create.

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Know

This phase will involve learning the basic concepts behind blockchain technology, and how blockchain development tools work. An idea can go a long way with the right guidance, even if you only have minimal programming experience.

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Imagine

Ideas need space to grow, and great ideas aren’t made up on the spot. The Imagine phase will involve discussing your ideas with our expert mentors and your team members. Let your imagination run wild as you conceptualize what you want to build.

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Create

They say dreams come true in the Create phase. Visions come to life as participants battle it out for chunks of that delicious prize pool. This phase will last an entire week, so make sure to schedule regular breaks, and remember to stay hydrated!
The Build Week will involve conceptualizing and developing ideas, as well as Q&A sessions with the mentors while teams gruel it out to the finish line for a prize pool.
DecentralHacks
Bringing Blockchain to developers, and developers to Blockchain.
Earlier this year, we conducted the DecentralHacks hackathon as part of The Road to Metamorphosis II. With nearly 1000 participants, our judges had a hard time closing in on the final contestants. By educating people in using the tools required to develop for blockchain, we hope to inspire new and better applications and usecases for distributed ledger technology.
Best Matic Hack
Keshab Mundhra
Best Greenhouse Dapp
Sahil Kharya
CXIHub Bug Bounty
Avi Chakrabarti, Utkarsh Sharma
Best DecentralHacks Ambassador
Samujjawal Kumar
Elastos Track Prize
Prajwal A, Aditya Upadhaya
Past Speakers
Emin Gün Sirer
Founder and CEO,
AVA Labs
Nicolas Cary
Co-founder and President,
Blockchain.com
John deVadoss
Head of Development,
NEO
Bobby Ong
Co-founder,
CoinGecko
Wui Yang Ee
CMO,
SnapEx
Charles d'Haussy
Director of Strategic Initiatives,
ConsenSys
John Izaguirre
Europe Ecosystem Lead,
Ontology
Nikolaos Kostopoulos
Community & Intl. Partnerships,
Harmony.One
Clarence Liu
VP Development,
Elastos
Sumit Gupta
Co-founder & CEO,
CoinDCX
Abhishek Bourai
Founder & CEO,
Cxihub
Prashanth Balasubramaniam
Co-founder,
LastBit
Harsh Rajat
Founder,
Ethereum Push Notification Service
Belavadi N Ramesh
Founder,
Puppipay
Ashish Mehta
Chair,
BWG Cloud Security Alliance
Mohammed Roshan
Co-founder,
GoSats
Vikas Singh
Founder & CEO,
Bloque Labs
Raghu Mohan
CEO & Co-founder,
IBC Media
Naimish Sanghvi
CEO,
CoinCrunch India
Rohan Agarwal
Co-founder,
Cypherock
Wilson Bright
Co-founder,
Blocksurvey
Om Malviya
Director,
Tezos India Foundation
Akshay Aggarwal
CEO & Co-Founder,
Blocumen Studios
Omkar Godbole
Market Reporter,
CoinDesk
On Yavin
Co-founder,
Cointelligence
Past Sponsors
Past Partners
FAQs
How long is each phase of the hackathon?
The Know and Imagine phase will take one week, and the Create phase will last for two weeks.
Are Unblock 2021 and The Road to Metamorphosis III free?
Yes! Tell your friends too.
What’s the judging procedure?
Participants’ apps will be judged by our hackathon partners based on the rules laid out in the event guidelines.
How many people can be in a team?
Teams of up to 5 people are allowed. There are no restrictions on who can be in a team, so feel free to mix and match skill levels and connect with other participants.
I’m new to development. What will my experience be like?
Everyone starts somewhere, and even though you might find some things you don’t understand along the way, remember that it’s all part of the learning process. Hop on our Discord channel to connect with other developers, take part in mentor sessions to clarify your views, and try building something for the heck of it. Learning is a continuous process.
I’m a veteran developer. Will this be a waste of time?
The Road to Metamorphosis is about discussing topics with industry experts from around the world. Unblock 2021 is about creating products that people value. These are some of the most valuable inputs for influential developers. Blockchain is a small space with huge market potential. There aren’t as many experienced developers, giving you the opportunity to make your mark.