Miracles of laser focus: a hackathon review
This past weekend Cryptonomic held a hackathon encouraging participants to build on Tezos using the products and libraries we have available.
First, some statistics beyond our liquid consumption. This was a virtual hackathon, we had nine teams sign up, spanning the globe. Of the total, five completed their stated projects, two teams made significant headway but were ultimately thwarted by current limitations of some tooling. The other teams are still working on their projects. On a personal note we had a visit from some friends, the result of which was an update to TezosJ. In the past we have contributed some wallet-oriented code to that library, we have expanded that functionality and added useful project plumbing for unit tests and code coverage. It’s great that this library is keeping pace with the platform.
The most exciting developments came from Cameroon. There was a lot of interest in this event from the attendees of the conference put together by Nzinghaa Lab and Tezos Commons last month where Cryptonomic hosted a technical workshop on blockchain development. Both teams built wallet software aimed at end-users. Both were able to demonstrate functional prototypes in interactive demos against alphanet.
The wallet from Cryptolions concentrated on digital-first use-cases. The team offered a breadth of functionality and visual statistics on transactions and chain participation. Their app works seamlessly on Android, which is very important for their cohort in West Africa.
In contrast, the team from 10000 Codeurs focused on a payments use case with their app attempting to cross the divide between the Tezos blockchain and last-mile payment providers like Western Union and money kiosks. With some additional effort, the team can focus on a smooth on-boarding process to make the app useful to ordinary Cameroonians.
We had two entrants from the Polish technology outfit — Scala...