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From a blockchain application that helps raise funds for some of the world’s most endangered species, to an incentivised peer-to-peer streaming platform, to an app that helps create jobs in Africa through gamified smartphone data.
These are just some of the three solutions devised by 15 teams who together were able to walk away with a combined $15 200 in prizes at last month’s ETHCape Town.
The event — billed as Africa’s first ETHGlobal hackathon and featuring a fireside chat by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin — saw over 100 participants devise 33 Ethereum applications and was attended by about 200 international hackers and developers.
Of the 33, four teams namely Wildcards, dTok, Snap and Sebenzai, emerged as the top winning applications at the hackathon (in no particular order).
ETHCape Town winners received $15 200 in prizes
Linum Labs marketing manager Megan Doyle told Ventureburn today (13 May) that a further 11 teams had also been selected as winners of additional sponsorship and prizes.
The names of these names are: Trickle, Will-o-the-Wisp, NИtube, Social Recovery Wallet, Snake Nation Colony, leak0x, D-Vote, DAO vs DAO, Lil Bits USSD, USSD For All and Faïrspöt.
Here are the 15 winners:
Wildcards (NuCypher winner): Wildcards is aimed at raising funds for some of the world’s most endangered species. Team members Jonjon Clark, Denham Preen, Sean Markham and Şen Ferhat came up with a way to link Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on Ethereum to individual endangered animals, starting with African black rhinos. Each African black rhino is an NFT that is always on sale via a Harberger Taxed property rights system. This ensures a continued divided stream going toward the African black rhino conservation fund. In future, Wildcards plan to add other critically endangered species to help raise further funding for these animals.
dTok (ENS, NuCypher, Maker DAO, Raiden winner): Leopold Joy, Matej Nemček and another team member with the user name arsenyjin combined the user experience (UX) design of Burner Wallet and the speed of the Raiden Network to power a unique pay-as-you-go model where streamers profit from their content.
Snap (NuCypher winner): A team which included Matthias Bachmann, Christopher Maree and Rafael Schultze-Kraft created Snap, an application that lets users create totally decentralised and automatically rebalancing smart contract portfolios. All users have to do on Snap is choose their assets and split, set a time period and top it up with funds.
Sebenzai (NuCypher, MakerDAO winner): Alex Conway, Gavin Wiener, Armand du Plessis and Ongeziwe Mbana created Sebenzai an Ethereum application that creates jobs in Africa through gamified smartphone data labelling for machine learning. The team says it will participate in the final round of Y Combinator interviews this month and is working on every type of data labelling for machine learning.
Trickle (ENS winner): Full-stack developers Nikita Savchenko and Kirill Beresnev created Trickle, an application that allows people to create hourly-rate driven contracts between multiple partners in any ERC20-compatible tokens or stablecoins. Trickle implements the most transparent monetary relationships between the customer and contractors.
Will-o-the-Wisp (ENS winner): Richard Moore and Yuet Wong created Will-o-the-Wisp an intentionally self-destructive asset store contract that allows easy transfer of items.
NИtube (ENS, Raiden winner): Anton Bukov and Sergej Kunz created NИtube a decentralised incentivised peer-to-peer live streaming application which is powered by Raiden Network payment channels. Users of the application will be able to pay content authors directly or over relays for every data stream portion, while relays will be able to charge fees for using their bandwidth.
Social Recovery Wallet (ENS winner): Nick Kozlov and Artem Vorobev created the Social Recovery Wallet (SRW) which allows users to send Etherum (ETH) and DAI stablecoin via nicknames or Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains.
Snake Nation Colony (NuCypher winner): Tawanda Brandon, Andrew Ngare are part of the team that developed Snake Nation Colony, an application that works through a chatbot that can be rolled out to facilitate accessibility for students and organisations that are decentralised and open, but often not aware of, or comfortable with blockchain technology. The team plans to continue build further with Colony to see where other collaborations can take it.
leak0x (NuCypher winner): Jay Welsh and Francois Joordan created leak0x, an application that allows whistle blowers to easily distribute information in a “censorship resistant” way.
D-vote (NuCypher winner): Siyanda Cibane, Nhlakanipho Mqadi and Rofhiwa Khangale are part of the team that created D-vote, a decentralised preference-based voting system.
DAO vs DAO ( NuCypher winner): Aidan Musnitzky, Trevor Clarke, Theo Ephraim and Bradley Clarke created DAO vs DAO, an application that takes cues form artificial intelligence (AI) and provides a framework to rapidly evolve co-ordinated intelligence.
Lil Bits USSD (MakerDAO winner): Comfort Jumbe, Nomzamo Muleka and Sibabalwe Mbiko created Lil Bits USSD, an application that enables users to create cryptocurrency accounts using USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) platforms to send and receive funds.
USSF for All (Maker Dao): Patrick Guay’s USSD for All enables feature phones to interact with blockchain using USSD technology. Among other things, the app can let users send tokens between phone numbers.
Faïrspöt (Raiden winner) Alina Sinelnikova is part of a two member team that created Faïrspöt, an application that incentivises the creation of internet sharing infrastructure (inspired by the Freifunk project) via micro-payments over the Raiden Network.
Included in the $15 200 in prizes:
- Each of the ENS winners were awarded $200, while projects that made use of NuCypher technology were awarded $3000.
- Teams that made use of the MakerDAO Query API were each awarded $3000 as well as 200 DAI to those that also uses MakerDAO as the core currency in their projects.
- Teams that used the Raiden API or those with the best Raiden enhancement hack were awarded $2000 in RDN tokens.
Featured image: Some of the participants at last month’s ETHCape Town hackathon (Supplied)