Unlock innovation in the Fully On-Chain with ICP Hackathon! 


The Internet Computer is the world’s first web-speed, internet-scale public blockchain, developed by the DFINITY Foundation. 

The Internet Computer overcomes the limitations of traditional blockchains and smart contracts for better speed, storage costs, security, and scalability, offering Web2 performance on an infinite Web3 platform.

Build groundbreaking dapps leveraging ICP's unique features, introduce Layer 2 Bitcoin dapps, or revolutionize decentralized gaming. 




What to Build

Track 1: Awesome ICP 

Build an awesome dapp on the IC. We are looking for projects that leverage the unique features of the ICP to build the next-generation web 3 apps.

What are we looking for:

  • SocialFi applications - Social interactions on chains means that users own their data. On ICP you can host websites and interact with smart canisters directly from the browser. On top of this, ICP has the smoothest user onboarding experience. No wallet necessary.

  • DAO tooling - ICP has the capability of hosting the entire governance process for DAOs on-chain. Show us what you can build to make DAOs thrive. 

  • Privacy focused applications - Blockchains in general are not the best for privacy of data. vetKeys on ICP help you build dapps in which users can preserve their privacy. 

  • RWA DeFi protocols - With https outcalls, ICP canisters can bring in real world data streams on chain. We are looking for projects that tokenize new assets and bring them on chain.

  • Multichain infrastructure and dapps   - Canisters can sign transactions targeting other blockchains using Chain-key signatures, and fetch data from RPC nodes using HTTPS outcalls. 

  • Decentralized AI - ICP allows for the creation of fully decentralized AI models that function entirely on the blockchain. 

  • Anything you can imagine that leverages the capabilities of the Internet Computer in solving a real world problem.


Track 2: BUIDL Bitcoin

Build your Layer 2 Bitcoin dapp bringing ICP’s functionality to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Attention all developers, designers, and crypto enthusiasts! Are you ready to take Bitcoin to the next level?


Bitcoin is the king of crypto, but it's been held back by limited programming capabilities, low speed, and high fees. That's where the Internet Computer (IC) comes in. With the native Bitcoin integration, you can unleash the full potential of Bitcoin and build innovative DeFi solutions without the need for custodians. Plus, with ckBTC, a smart contract controlled 1:1 Bitcoin-backed IC-native token, you can create low-latency payment solutions with fees of only a fraction of a cent and plug into a growing ecosystem IC native tools and services.


The IC provides the Layer 2 functionality for Bitcoin you’ve been waiting for. Unleash the power of Bitcoin’s liquidity with the Internet Computer's superpowers:


  • Host websites and interact with canister smart contracts directly from your browser 

  • Smooth user onboarding with the reverse-gas model - no wallet necessary 

  • Secure login with a security key or biometrics 

  • Leverage enormous computational power and storage at low cost

  • Call APIs directly from a canister -  no oracles required

  • Flex your programming muscles with familiar languages like TypeScript, Python, and Rust, or master Motoko, the tailor-made language designed to streamline development on the Internet Computer

  • Canister smart contracts are upgradeable and can be community governed. Allowing you to turn your app into a DAO or autonomous open internet service whenever you are ready.


But hold onto your hats, because there's more! The Internet Computer cannot only integrate with Bitcoin, but it has the ability to interact with many other chains. So, if you’re an Etherean or a Multicoiner, you'll also have the golden opportunity to explore and build on the first phase of the IC’s Ethereum integration.

For those of you working on your GameFi projects, BOOM DAO has a game-changing offer. With BOOM DAO, you'll be able to streamline your development process, thanks to its pre-built features that include:

  • Wallet integrations compatible with popular gaming engines
  • In-game economy infrastructure for essential functions like minting, crafting, and burning
  • Seamlessly integrated database systems

The sky's the limit!


Join us to revolutionize the world of DeFi and commerce and unlock the untamed power of Bitcoin!

What you can build 


  • New kinds of non-custodial Bitcoin wallets with simplified multi-sig processes, advanced policies, or social recovery functionality

  • Payment solutions for physical and virtual commerce

  • Non-custodial Ordinal marketplaces

  • Bitcoin-backed Stablecoins, lending protocols, or other DeFi integrations

  • Lightning Network integrations, Watchtowers hosted on the IC, UTXO watching.


Track 3: GameFi

Next gen web3 gaming is here and can be built on ICP. Show us how the future of decentralized gaming looks like.

ICP’s core features make it the ideal host for the next generation of decentralized web3 gaming applications. Those are enabled by:

  • Data storage capabilities
    Canister smart contracts on ICP bundle computation and storage. Unlike other blockchains, where limitations in blocksize means that data cannot be actually stored on chain, on ICP data is stored on-chain. This means that fully on-chain gaming is finally possible. 

  • Low latency

While on other blockchains transactions may take a long time to be finalized, on ICP 11,500 transactions can be executed per second with 1 second finality. This is ideal for a smooth on-chain gaming experience

  • Reverse gas model

On ICP users don’t pay gas for the transactions that they execute. Less friction, less bottlenecks, just gaming.

What are we looking for:

  • Wallet integrations with popular gaming engines

  • In-game economy infrastructure for minting, crafting, burning etc.

  • Database integrations

  • Fun games like battle royale, tower defense, etc.


**Check out the Internet Computer Ecosystem for your inspiration


What to Submit

  1. Project description
  2. Project deployed to Mainnet

  3. Open-source Project repository (Suggested license: Apache 2.0 or MIT license)

  4. Canister ID

  5. README (here is a good example)

  6. Video (around 5 minutes)

    1. Should include an overview of project and features
    2. Must include a demonstration of working application



** The grant prizes will be disbursed progressively as you achieve the milestones outlined in your grant proposal, and successively for the multiple grant prizes, per the DFINITY developer grant terms and conditions.

Find more about the DFINITY Developer Grant program.

Hackathon Sponsors


$23,000 in prizes
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Grand Prize
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US$5,000 in ICP + US$25,000 Developer Grant*

Selected from the Best of Track winners

Track 1 Winner - Awesome ICP
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US$5,000 in ICP + US$5,000 Developer Grant*

Best of Track 1: Awesome ICP!

Track 2 Winner - BUIDL Bitcoin
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US$5,000 in ICP + US$5,000 Developer Grant*

Best of Track 2: BUIDL Bitcoin!

Track 3 Winner - GameFi
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US$5,000 in ICP + US$5,000 Developer Grant*

Best of Track 3: GameFi!

Best privacy-focused dapp
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US$1,000 in ICP

All eligible submissions from any Track that include a privacy component

Best use of 100% on-chain game proof of concept using BOOM DAO
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US$1,000 in ICP

All eligible gaming submissions from any Track that uses BOOM DAO

Best use of chain-key signatures
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US$1,000 in ICP

All eligible submissions from any Track that use chain-key signatures

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lomesh Dutta

Lomesh Dutta
VP of Growth / DFINITY

Dominic Wörner

Dominic Wörner
Senior Solution Architect / DFINITY

Carsten Jacobsen
Senior Developer Relations Engineer / DFINITY

Moritz Fuller

Moritz Fuller
Developer Relations Engineer / DFINITY

Radu Diaconescu

Radu Diaconescu
Senior Developer Partner Manager / DFINITY

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran
Developer Relations Engineer / DFINITY


Judging Criteria

  • X Factor and Potential
    What is the wow factor of the idea? Does it have potential?
  • Technical Competence
    What is the quality of the technical designs and source code?
  • Impact
    Does this project solve a real-world problem? Can people use it?
  • Progression
    Can a library be used? Is a service actually usable? How far did you go?
  • IC Superpowers
    How well did you utilize the superpowers of the Internet Computer?

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