BNB Chain Kicks Off Zero2Hero Hackathon


by Christopher Duggan

BNB Chain’s Zero2Hero Builder Series is receiving support from AWS, Google Cloud, and Tencent Cloud, as well as several Web3 partners, such as Chainlink Labs, Axelar, Nodereal, Polyhedra, Hacken, RSS3, and Port3, for an upcoming hackathon

March 23, 2023 – BNB Chain, the world’s largest smart contract blockchain in terms of daily active users,  has recently announced Zero2Hero Hackathon, the second phase of its 6-month online Bootcamp-Hackathon-Incubator program, starting on April 17th and running until May 14th. Zero2Hero Hackathon gets support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Tencent Cloud as key strategic technology partners.

This hackathon brings together blockchain professionals and developers from around the world to collaborate on projects and solutions that will help advance the blockchain industry. Register here!

“As part of the 6-month Builder Series, the Zero2Hero Hackathon is an exciting opportunity for developers to showcase their skills and compete with the best in the industry. With the support of our strategic technology partners, including AWS, Google Cloud and Tencent Cloud, as well as our Web3 partners such as Chainlink Labs and Axelar, we are excited to bring together a community of talented developers and innovative projects,” said Zoe Wei, Head of Developer Relations at BNB Chain.

In the Web3 space, BNB Chain has partnered with several leading companies. Chainlink Labs is serving as the official Oracle Partner, Automata Network as the official Privacy Partner, Nodereal as the official Node Provider, Tea as the official Dev Tool, Hacken as the official Security Partner, RSS3 as the official On-chain & off-chain Social Content Aggregator, and PolyhedraZK as the official Infrastructure Provider.

Additionally, Axelar, Port3, and Polyhedra are supporting BNB Chain’s Cross-chain, Socialfi, Infra & Scalability tracks. These partnerships have been crucial in making this hackathon a reality and showcasing the talent and innovation in the blockchain industry.

The hackathon will feature 7 tracks: DeFi, Infra & Scalability, SocialFi, Cross-chain, NFT, Gamify & Metaverse, Greenfield and Innovation. Participants will compete for cash prizes of $15k for 1st place, $6k for 2nd place, and $4k for 3rd place in each track. The 1st place winner for each track will be granted a ticket to the incubator program, which will equip the developers with more exposure besides technical skills like Web3 marketing, tokenomics design, community building, and more. Bounties provided by sponsors will also be available to participants.

During the hackathon, it is expected to provide nearly 20 technical workshops where hackers can learn the latest technologies. Free access to multiple dev resources such as cloud and node services will be available, and the calendar of the tech teams of partners will be open for hackers to book office hours.

The judging criteria will lean towards full MVPs projects, although a clean and creative implementation of the feature serving as an excellent example of feature usage is also acceptable. Projects should be functional and available on the BNB Smart Chain (BSC) Testnet for testing and evaluation.

The 6-Month Builder Series, focused on accelerating Web3 development, commenced its initial phase in February with a Bootcamp featuring sessions in multiple languages. The series will be held in partnership with the Blockchain Center, established by Astana Hub, the largest technopark in Central Asia, and the Payment and Financial Technologies Development Center of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, a subsidiary of the country’s central bank.

Other partners included the Blockchain Academy Group, a Hong Kong government-backed program, and Encode Club, a leader in Solidity training, which has partnered with OpenSea, Solana, and Ledger to provide training to over 50,000 developers across 100 programs.