“Upcoming Aleph Zero CTRL+Hack+ZK Hackathon to Welcome Major Partners”


Aleph Zero Launches Comprehensive Hackathon Event CTRL+Hack+ZK with Up to $575K in Bounties and Funding Opportunities

On January 2nd, 2024, the Aleph Zero Foundation, in collaboration with Telekom MMS, stc Bahrain, Heartcore Capital, Arca Finance, Cardinal Cryptography, and other partners, announced the launch of CTRL+Hack+ZK, a hackathon event with a total of $575K USD in bounties and funding opportunities. This virtual event will take place from January 10th to January 31st, 2024, and offers different tracks for developers to showcase their skills and creativity.

The Aleph Zero Foundation, dedicated to promoting and advancing the adoption of the Aleph Zero blockchain, is excited to host its most immersive hacking event to date. The event aims to encourage innovation and collaboration within the blockchain industry.

CTRL+Hack+ZK invites developers of all levels to participate in a three-week virtual hackathon experience. The event will include workshops on Rust and ink!, educational programming, and one-on-one mentorship with Aleph Zero’s core development team and ecosystem partners.

Previous Aleph Zero hackathons have led to the creation of successful projects such as AZERO.ID and Syncra, which have become integral parts of the Aleph Zero ecosystem. CTRL+Hack+ZK offers a platform for developers to turn their innovative ideas into reality, with the chance for their projects to be integrated into the growing Aleph Zero ecosystem.

“We are honored to partner with some of the world’s most esteemed organizations in various sectors for the CTRL+Hack+ZK hackathon. Their support further fuels our mission to expand the Aleph Zero ecosystem,” said Antoni Zolciak, Co-Founder of Aleph Zero. “Our focus remains on delivering exceptional user experience, prioritizing privacy, compliance, and speed. This hackathon aims to promote the overall adoption of Web3, with a specific focus on using the Rust and ink! programming environments to build the application layer.”

Partnerships and Opportunities

The hackathon partners include MMS Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Saudi Telecom Bahrain, idOS, Cardinal Cryptography, Generative Ventures, Heartcore Capital, WW Ventures, Blockchain Founders Capital, and Buidlers Tribe. Additionally, collaborators from Franklin Templeton Investments, Block54, RR2 Capital, and others will serve as hackathon judges, providing significant exposure opportunities for participants.

Teams from existing Aleph Zero ecosystem partners will share their experiences, offering practical insights and learnings that can guide new hackathon entrants in the development of their own projects within the ecosystem.

Fostering Innovation Across Diverse Tracks

The hackathon offers prizes ranging from $2K to $20K USD from the $75K USD pool, as well as the opportunity for projects to be fast-tracked for up to $500K in follow-on funding. The different tracks for the event include:

  • Telco: This track challenges developers to revolutionize the telecom sector by leveraging Aleph Zero’s advanced tools. The focus is on optimizing existing infrastructure and coming up with new services, setting the stage for future telecommunication advancements.
  • DeFi: Participants are encouraged to use Aleph Zero’s privacy-centric framework to develop unique DeFi solutions and services.
  • DiD: This track explores identity-related solutions utilizing Aleph Zero’s native privacy stack and network of interoperable tooling libraries to enable secure and decentralized identity management.
  • Gaming: Developers are invited to use Aleph Zero to create NFT-based in-game items, enhance game development through specialized libraries, build smart contracts for in-game transactions and collectibles, and create indexers for gaming data.
  • Tooling and Infrastructure: This track focuses on developing applications, node providers, libraries, and tools that enhance the developer experience and ecosystem around Aleph Zero.

Schedule and Participation Details

The hackathon will commence with the Aleph Zero ecosystem Town Hall on January 10th, followed by a series of workshops, intensive hacking sessions, and a demo day. Winners will be announced on February 5th, with prizes, mentorship opportunities, and the potential for inclusion in the Aleph Zero Ecosystem Funding Program. This program has distributed almost $4M in grants to various teams and products.

To register for CTRL+Hack+ZK and for more information, visit https://hack.alephzero.org/.

About Aleph Zero

Aleph Zero is a layer 1 blockchain designed for speed and opt-in privacy, achieving efficiencies similar to conventional web2 systems. It maintains strict standards for data privacy and transaction security while striving for genuine decentralization over time. Aleph Zero has already been utilized in over 40 active use cases, demonstrating its adaptability across various sectors and applications.


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