University Hackathon

Dec 18 sat - Jan 16 sun

School Winter? Web3 Summer!

Your university is on winter break, but Web3 is in its invincible summer.

University $1M+ Hackathon

As part of Silicon Valley Blockchain Week, Harmony will host a web3 hackathon for students from Dec 8th, 2021 to Jan 23rd, 2022 with over $1M in grants and prizes. Students and recent alumni from all universities are welcome to participate.


Harmony is a believer in nurturing enthusiastic builders of the future. The University web3 hackathon will give students a chance to build and showcase their projects for a chance to claim grants and prizes valued at over $1M. The hackathon will run from December 8th, 2021 until January 12th, 2022, with winners announced on January 16th, 2022. See "Important Dates" below.

What Is Harmony?

  • Build on Harmony, Bridge to all chains.
  • Harmony is your open platform for assets, collectibles, identity, governance. Be the ONE to bridge to all blockchains.
  • Harmony is an open and fast blockchain.
  • Our mainnet runs Ethereum applications with 2-second transaction finality and 100 times lower fees. Harmony’s secure bridges offer cross-chain asset transfers with Ethereum, Binance and other chains.

Winner Selection Process

All projects will be submitted to the Harmony Discord. In true decentralized fashion, the Harmony Discord community will vote on all submitted projects to select a 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place winner from each university The community will be asked to judge projects by the following criteria:

  • Global scalability
  • Originality
  • Is it realistic?
  • Provides a solution or means to solving an existing problem


$10,000 to 1st place winners from each university + $1K travel stipend to present at University Demo Day on January 23rd hosted by Harmony in Palo Alto, Ca. $6,000 to 2nd place winners from each university $4,000 to 3rd place winners from each university $2,000 to any participating team that launches a working product on Harmony testnet


All participants from the University Hackathon will be given priority eligibility to apply for Harmony’s $50,000 Launch grant.

As well as receiving funds to bootstrap their projects, grantees will also benefit from co-marketing, AMAs, and other collaborative initiatives to promote the project to the wider Harmony community.


In addition to the grants and prizes, all hackathon participants will be eligible to attend EthDenver 2022 from February 11th-20th with a $1,000 sponsorship grant to cover expenses.

Important Dates

December 8 - Hackathon Launch January 12 - Submissions Due January 16 - Voting Ends - top 3 winners from each school selected by community votes January 23 - Winners will be invited the Web3 Launch Day in San Francisco to pitch their demo January 23-29 - Silicon Valley web3 week

Team Notes

  • Teams of 2-4 are encouraged
  • Submissions will need 4 components - video walkthrough, GitHub, launch on testnet, names of team members & their Twitter handles
  • Must feature complete product = can connect to a wallet, can be tested with testnet tokens by 50 users
  • Winners must show at least 100 unique wallet addresses interacted with the product
  • Weekly check-ins are optional through the Harmony Forum; however, ongoing support can be found through:

Unable To Participate But Want To Be Involved?

Harmony is offering a $1K stipend for 1 Ambassador from each university for doing marketing and general on-campus promotion to recruit at least 10 entries from their campus. Contact Matthew McDonald on Telegram.


I'm new to blockchain, can I participate?

YES. The only way for blockchain to grow is if new developers enter the industry.

How many students can be on a team?

Teams of 2-4 are encouraged; however, we will allow teams of 1-5 people.

Can alumni participate?

Yes, but must have graduated within the last year.

What's the code of conduct?

We have zero tolerance policy for harassment and other negative behavior. • "Harassment" includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments or other online activity related to gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If participants fail to comply they will be banned from all channels and access to the event. ‍ • All sponsors, judges, mentors, organizers, volunteers and the like are also subject to the anti-harrassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event. ‍ • Be wise and careful and mindful of the words you choose to use at all times. Be respectful and don’t be a jerk. ‍ • Report all violations anonymously here.

How will I be judged?

Each submission will be judged solely on the quality of the work completed during the duration of the hackathon. If you use pre-existing code, disclose all information in your submission, indicating what’s pre-existing and what code is new and show how your submission is explicitly different from old work. First and foremost, we want you to build on Harmony. Preference will go to submissions that utilize the Ethereum-to-Harmony Horizon Bridge and whose applications are focused on DeFi. We'll publish a wish-list of applications we want to see on Harmony in a blog post soon. Of course, all submissions need to be linked to a public Github repository and if, selected, be ready to join demo day and present your submission as a team.

Where are project templates that we can use as resources?

Our team and contributors have prepared sample projects in this repo.

Sample projects include:

Academy Cryprokitties

AMM Pool

Crosschain API




DeFi Tutorial




Meme of the day

On-chain Wallet

Are there restrictions to what my team can build?

Feel free to build whatever your heart desires! You are welcome to submit any project related to hardware, software, or tech. However, you must not have completed this project prior to the University Hackathon (yes, we do check.) Projects will be judged by our community on criterion involving

  • Global scalability
  • Originality
  • Is it realistic?
  • Solution or means to solving an existing problem
I have additional questions, who can I contact?

You can contact Matthew McDonald on Telegram.