The first-ever Bitcoin Association Bitcoin SV (BSV) hackathon was initially announced in the middle of March, prepared to reward 400 BSV to the top three finalists. The project was designed to “inspire the next generation” of developers, with a completely virtual competition taking place May 4-5. The contest was tied into the recent CoinGeek Toronto 2019 conference, which took place at the end of May, where the three winners were announced and the results show how diverse and creative BSV developers are, and how interested they are in bringing real-world use cases to the platform.
There were some incredible projects presented for the hackathon, but not everyone can win. At the end of the CoinGeek Toronto’s main conference day, the top projects were announced, with Polyglot taking third place and 50 BSV, TonicPow taking second and 100 BSV, and UptimeSV being awarded top honors and 250 BSV. At the time of the conference, the prize pool would have been worth around $82,400, but BSV’s continued climb in price would now yield about $85,200. The competition is already proving to provide additional rewards on top of the prize money.
Thirty six projects involving over 200 developers were submitted for the contest. Polyglot is a system designed to be an intuitive method for different Metanet protocols to interact through Python and allows for a simpler method for developers to get involved with BSV. TonicPow allows users to monetize their sites using the platform’s peer-to-peer advertising solution, while earning BSV directly from advertisers. It has the added benefit of being simple, requiring the installation of just a single line of code in a website in order to function.
UptimeSV was developed to help protect the Internet. It provides distributed performance and uptime monitoring for dedicated denial of service (DDoS) enterprise systems to thwart attacks and is powered by BSV. Anyone is able to earn BSV by installing the app and participating in uptime tests for clients. Given the ease with which DDoS attacks can be promulgated, and the number of sites that have fallen victim to the attacks over the years, UptimeSV has the potential to ensure better security and uptime than other solutions.