Neo APAC Hackathon Kicks Off at Tokyo GAS Station: Uncovering Local Web3 Talents and Empowering Regional Development
PRESS RELEASE. Neo, the open-source, community-driven blockchain platform where developers are building the future Smart Economy, today announces the launch of its new APAC Hackathon in partnership with OKX. The event includes a total prize pool of $120,000 for event winners and a post-hackathon grant fund of $1 million, provided by Neo Foundation and dedicated to fostering Web3 growth in line with recent positive regulatory developments in the APAC region.
The Hackathon will take place from July to October and features in-person events across five cities in Asia — Tokyo (Japan), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangalore (India), Seoul (South Korea), and Singapore, each with a two-day hacking weekend to allow elite Web3 developers to showcase skills and forge valuable connections. There will also be a series of virtual sessions featuring workshops and mentoring from the Neo team, alongside panel discussions and ongoing support, for those who may not be able to attend the in-person events, ensuring that all those interested can get involved.
On July 22nd and 23rd, Neo is going to kick-start the Neo APAC Hackathon offline event series in Tokyo, hosting Tokyo GAS Station. Participants of the Tokyo GAS Station on-site will get the chance to win the following prizes and opportunities.
- Excellence Prizes: $5,000 X 2 teams.
- Travel grants to the Hong Kong Finale in October: $1,000 X 2 teams.
- Chance to share the $1 million post-hackathon grant fund.
- Media coverage, industry connection and investment opportunities.
For those who are unable to attend the Tokyo GAS Station offline event, they can still participate by registering and submitting their projects online for the Neo APAC Hackathon on its website.
Building on the astounding successes of previous hackathons, Neo will announce the overall winning team at a prestigious celebration in Hong Kong this October. All 20 finalist and shortlisted teams, from the in-person events and projects submitted online, will showcase their projects and deliver engaging demos at the celebration.
Neo will provide all 20 teams with grants towards their travel funds to attend the finale in Hong Kong. To register for the Hackathon, please see Neo’s dedicated website: https://hackathon.neo.org/.
Participants at this year’s Hackathon can develop across five categories: DeFi and Payment; NFT and Gaming; AI, Social and DAO; Infrastructure and Tooling; and General. Each category has a final prize of $10,000, which will be announced at the finale in Hong Kong and will be awarded in NEO tokens.
Neo, the most developer-friendly blockchain platform, will enable participants to choose from among the most popular developing languages to build on. Reflecting its status as a driver of innovation and cooperation across the blockchain industry, Neo is for the first time this year opening its doors to EVM-based (Ethereum Virtual Machine) projects in parallel with Neo N3 projects.
Neo’s Collaboration with OKX
Neo’s partnership with OKX recognizes the combined synergy and impact that will be made possible by joining forces. As part of the partnership, OKX will be designing a series of unique NFTs for participants in the Hackathon, in addition to promoting opportunities for participants to collaborate and innovate further with OKX.
Launching the Hackathon, Da Hongfei, Founder with Neo said: “The whole team here at Neo is absolutely delighted to launch this year’s Hackathon for the APAC region, building on the resounding successes of our previous events and under the favorable regulatory environment of the APAC region. Through our Hackathon, we aim to attract and support the finest in blockchain and Web3 talent, alongside exciting startups working in the blockchain industry, and truly introduce people to the capabilities that developing on Neo provides. I encourage all developers interested in blockchain and Web3 to get involved in our Hackathon. We look forward to seeing an exceptional set of projects, celebrating the winner at our prestigious event in Hong Kong, and showcasing the finest talent in the APAC region.”
Jason Lau, Chief Innovation Officer at OKX, stated, “We have always been committed to the development of web 3 industry infrastructure. This collaboration with Neo for the APAC Hackathon is another great example. We eagerly support the growth of the web3 developer community in APAC and look forward to what these builders will accomplish.”
For more details about the Hackathon, please see Neo’s dedicated Hackathon website here. Neo’s Hackathon Handbook is available to view here.
Founded in 2014, Neo is an open-source, community-driven blockchain platform designed to welcome developers into the Smart Economy. By enabling developers to digitize and automate the management of assets through smart contracts, Neo is built to realize the optimized digital world of the future. As the most developer-friendly blockchain, Neo meets developers where they are by integrating seamlessly with the world’s most widely used languages and tools, and providing the most feature-complete blockchain platform for building full-stack decentralized applications. With native support for powerful infrastructure including decentralized storage, oracles, and domain name service, Neo is the ideal foundation for developers to build the next generation Internet.
OKX is the second-largest global crypto exchange by trading volume and a leading Web3 ecosystem. Trusted by more than 50 million global users, OKX is known for being the fastest and most reliable crypto trading app for traders everywhere.
As a top partner of English Premier League champions Manchester City FC, McLaren Formula 1, golfer Ian Poulter, Olympian Scotty James, and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, OKX aims to supercharge the fan experience with new engagement opportunities. OKX is also the top partner of the Tribeca Festival as part of an initiative to bring more creators into web3.
Beyond OKX’s exchange, the OKX Wallet is the platform’s latest offering for people looking to explore the world of NFTs and the metaverse while trading GameFi and DeFi tokens.
OKX is committed to transparency and security and publishes its Proof of Reserves on a monthly basis.
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