April 24-June 7, 2020

Open to all university students. Help find bugs, build new tooling, improve the AVA client, or build new finance contracts.
You decide. $50k in prizes.


AVA University Hackers

This is the first AVA hackathon and it is all about building cool applications and tools on AVA. We are inviting all college students to build something cool on AVA. This may include, but not limited to, the following ideas:

  • Applications for financial, products and services, such as derivatives, futures, stablecoins, lending smart contracts, etc. See DefiPulse for inspiration.

  • AVA Infrastructure tools, such as AVA bridges, wallets, validator explorers, etc.

  • Identify a major bug or optimization issue and solve it

The goal of the event is to provide a platform to learn and even propel a project to the next stage. This is why we are giving over $50,000 in prizes and internship opportunities.

Details on the structure of the hackathon are provided below, which includes the following:

  • How it works

  • Prizes

  • Resources

How it works

AVALaunch is live! Participants will have until June 7, 11:59pm EST to submit a project and there will be a total of three winners. All participants should be aware of the judging criteria, rules and submission guidelines provided below.

Judging Criteria

The winners will be determined based on the following criteria with each category rated between 1 to 20 at a grand total of 100 points.

  • Technical Complexity

  • “WOW” Factor

  • Usefulness

  • Accessibility/User Experience

  • Practicality/Sustainability


The following rules are meant to make it clear on what is expected in order to participate in this hackathon and to be eligible to receive a prize.

  • You must be currently enrolled at a University in order to be eligible to participate

  • You submitted your school email address in the registration form

  • Participants agreed to the terms and conditions of the AVA Hackathon

  • Participants acknowledged and agreed to the AVA Hackathon Code of Conduct

  • Participants accurately filled in the required information for registration

  • The submission of work must be done before the close of the hackathon and any additional work done after the specified deadline will not be considered for review

  • Participants must follow the submission process and guidelines

  • Each team must submit only their own work and if any open source or licensed work is used, it must be identified clearly. Any attempt to pass off another person’s work as one’s own may result in disqualification

Submission Guidelines

The submission form provided at the end of the page must only be filled out when you are ready to submit the project. In order to be eligible for the prizes, teams have to submit the project by June 7, 11:59pm EST. Please review the submission form to know what is required before beginning your project.


There are a total of $50,000 in token prizes for participants, employment opportunities, and of course, some swag.


All participants will have access to the following resources throughout the hackathon: Documentation, Tutorials, Office Hours, and Communication Channels.


There is a wide range of papers and technical documentation available on the AVA website located here - Documents.

Code Repositories


There are tutorials available to jumpstart anyone with the AVA codebase located on the Medium developer page: Developer Page. The tutorials include the following:

  • Installing Gecko and Avash

  • Launching and becoming familiar with the AVA Tools

  • Using the Javascript library for interacting with AVA platform APIs

Channels of Communication

Discord Developer Lounge

This is a great place to directly ask questions to the community and AVA core developers. Please feel free to join the Discord chat here: Discord

Weekly Office Hours

This will be an opportunity for anyone to join and ask technical questions to AVA core developers. The schedule will be announced and emailed to all participants.

Code of Conduct

This hackathon is a community event intended for learning and collaboration. We value the participation of each member of the community and want everyone involved to have productive and enjoyable experiences. To make clear what is expected, all participants, judges, and organizers are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. 

Be respectful and kind to others.

This includes all communication from within your team to the organizer, judges and other participants. All participants are expected to behave professionally. Harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary treatment is prohibited. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion and deliberate intimidation. 

The hackathon is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, build exciting tools or applications and to join a broader community of developers, entrepreneurs and academics. Be thoughtful and open to others. Most importantly, bring your excitement to create a welcoming and friendly environment for everyone.


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Project Submission

This submission form is to only be used when you would like to send in your completed project.

Note that all submissions must be sent in by June 7, 11:59pm EST and any work done afterwards will not be eligible for the prizes.

* Also, please make sure to enter the University email addresses entered by all team members who have registered. If a team member has not registered, please have them complete the registration form.

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