Status $25,000 Global Hackathon

Extend Status with commands, create decentralized chatbots or mobile-ready your web DApp to win prizes. June 3rd — June 10th

Let’s decentralize the web together

To celebrate the launch of our experimental Status API, and to help us find bugs and receive valuable feedback from developers, we're hosting a week-long global Hackathon, with $25,000 in prizes to be won. It’s completely free to enter, and everyone is welcome to participate, wherever you may live.


A total prize pool of US$25,000 is up for grabs, and will be paid out in ether (ETH).

$10 000
First Prize
$6 000
Second Prize
$3 000
Third Prize
6x$1 000
Runner ups

What is Status?

Status is an open source messaging platform and mobile browser to interact with decentralized applications that run on the Ethereum Network.

With Ethereum, we have a path towards a more open, censorship-resistant internet, that puts users control of their own data. For the first time ever, we can create real trustless, permissionless and decentralized systems with fair access.

Built entirely on peer-to-peer technologies, Status provides not only a medium for free trade and communication, but a window to access the decentralized world of Ethereum.

Note: Most web-DApps are compatible with all major clients: Mist, MetaMask, Parity and Status. With the Ethereum JavaScript API, web3.js, on the front-end, the idea is that once you have developed your DApp for desktop, you can deploy it on mobile with Status. Develop once, run everywhere.

Custom keyboards

New input possibilities

Dynamic commands

Dispatch actions & query data

Custom messages

Friendly automated interaction

HTML5 Webview

Full screen mobile DApps

Check out our resources and familiarize yourself with our documentation.

Status API Documentation

Requirements to Enter

Status is both a Web 3.0 browser, and a messaging platform. To be eligible for prizes, whatever it is you build, just needs to work inside of Status. The protocols we're built on are still in alpha, and our API is highly experimental - so a number of bugs are to be expected, and feedback for improvements are welcome.

Mobile ready your DApp

Already have a DApp? Make it mobile-compatible, or build one from scratch.
Open docs

Create a decentralized chatbot

Create chatbots that don’t require centralized servers using the Status API.
Open docs

Extend Status with commands

Help us improve Status by creating a new command, or add a command to your existing DApp.
Open docs

How to Enter


1. Join Our Community

Come say Hi in #hackathon. We’re friendly people! You can meet teammates and get your questions answered. We'll also pin updates in the Slack channel along the way.
Join our Slack

2. Submit Entry via Github

We're using GitHub for submissions. Right now, add your team's project as an issue. Then, edit it as you make progress. By the Pencils Down deadline, your issue should include everything on the template and you should make a pull request with your code.
Sign up with Issue


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a marathon of innovation where teams and individuals come together to design and build something cool and compete for prizes.

What should I expect?

Status is alpha software and the Status API is highly experimental. The purpose of the Hackathon is to gather feedback from developers, so expect to run into bugs along the way.

Who can apply?

Anyone, anywhere. The Hackathon is borderless, virtual, and remote. You're free to build your DApp on an island under a palm tree with sand between your toes.

Do I need a team?

No, you can enter alone, or team up with another developer via our Teammate Finder doc or our Slack.

What can I build?

Whatever you like, so long as it uses Ethereum, and runs inside of Status. If you're seeking inspiration or have an idea you would like to give to the community, check out our Community Ideas doc.

How much does it cost?

Our Hackathon is completely free to enter.

What is Ethereum?

Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.


  1. The hackathon officially begins at the Kickoff event listed on the schedule. You have from that time until the Pencils Down event to work on your project. Before the Kickoff, you should not code your project. Prior to Kickoff, you can learn and practice with the Status API, discuss ideas, and find teammates.
  2. Do not make any modifications to your project after Pencils Down.
  3. You may only use preexisting code if it is already open source. That way, all teams have access to the code.
  4. If you are making an existing DApp mobile-compatible you must disclose that on your GitHub issue RSVP. Write “Existing DApp” for the Type. You will still be eligible for prizes—in fact, we will award a prize for the “Best Mobile Conversion”.
  5. Your team's source code must be available for public review and scrutiny so that anyone can audit it to check for ethics and bugs. One of our core tenents at Status is open development, so you'll be participating in the Ethereum ecosystem the same way we do. You are free to choose any type of licensing as long as your source code is publicly viewable.

Submission Guide

Follow this video tutorial that shows step-by-step how to submit your project.


  1. If you have a smart contract, you need to deploy it to Ropsten
  2. Make your DApps and chatbots accessible on the internet with URLs
  3. Add the `contact.json` and `README` files to your project, like this sample project
  4. Don't forget to update your GitHub Issue RSVP description (include any challenges you faced) and team members
  5. Optionally, record a max 5-minute demo video and include the URL in your GitHub Issue (NOT pull request)

All this will help the judges understand your project easily. When you've done all that, submit your pull request to feel the sweet satisfaction of success 🚀

I have more questions!

Come say Hi on our Slack, and direct any questions you may have in #hackathon, we’d be happy to answer them.



Saturday June 3rd 7:45am PDT
10:45am New York, 3:45pm London, 5:45pm St. Petersburg, 10:45pm Shanghai
Hangout on Air: API intro tutorial, answer questions about the hackathon. Begin coding your project.

Pencils Down

Sunday June 11th 7:45am PDT
10:45am New York, 3:45pm London, 5:45pm St. Petersburg, 10:45pm Shanghai
The final due date to submit your project as a pull request on GitHub.

Winners Announcement

Tuesday June 13th 7:45am PDT
10:45am New York, 3:45pm London, 5:45pm St. Petersburg, 10:45pm Shanghai
Winners announced in a blog post with judges' comments.


Iuri Matias

Creator of Embark

Carolyn Reckhow

Director of Operations at Consensys

Alex Van De Sande

Co-Creator of Mist and
ENS at Ethereum Foundation

Xin Xu

Co-Creator of ETHFans

Jorge Izquierdo

Co-Founder of Aragon

Ben Morrow

Hackathon Organizer at Status

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