Bringing crypto one step closer to life, together.

Let's decentralize the web together. Leading up to DevCon4, we invite you to Prague to help build a better, more equitable internet where we can live completely on crypto.

We're deadly serious about putting the power of these networks into people's hands without compromising on the core principles that inform Ethereum. We think we can achieve this by playing with our peers in a way that allows everyone to #buidl products together that will allow for more frictionless communication and transaction without any central control.

#CryptoLife is our latest contribution to a better web by gathering all the best minds in Ethereum right before our annual conference and creating the space they require to build paradigm-changing stuff together.

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Any and all are eligible for our event.


Projects must be submitted, in the form of a PR to this GitHub repository (with an accompanying post to DevPost) before the hacking stops on Sunday, the 28th of October 2018.

How to enter

Apply on the website: and adhere to our Pirate's Code:

We want to come together to exchange ideas, make new friends, and build things as an inclusive community set adrift on the high digital seas, navigating these distributed networks by no more than the stars in our own eyes.

Hackers and pirates care about code; not criteria such as degrees, age, race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof), or position.

Be Open

Be welcoming to all. Especially welcome newcomers to the community. Great things can happen when we show up with an open mind and curiosity.

This also refers to the fact that all code submitted to this repo for consideration at the hackathon must be open source. We use the Mozilla Public License most often at Status, but you can find a good list of options here

Be Kind

Be kind to others. Treat their work, time, and perspectives as worthy of your attention. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself and respect the #buidl.

Express Yourself Freely

Dare to create something nobody has before. Code counts more than words, so come and be your most radical self at all levels of the stack.

Build Stuff That Matters

We're here to bring crypto closer to life, so pay attention to the world around you, rather than the passing promise of riches or fine booty. Make public data available, protect private data. Build what matters to you. You can create new applications, find/fix bugs & vulnerabilities, work on bounties, or help others during their hacking. You can create art and beauty on a computer: a whole cosmos awaits.

Hacking Starts at #CryptoLife

Hacking starts during the event. Teams can form and ideas can evolve before the hackathon. However, the code base, hacks, and prototypes that you submit for prizes or bounties need to be written during the event itself. Apps, hacks, and projects that were built before the event do not qualify and will be excluded from judging and any prizes.

Bugs & Vulnerabilities

If you believe you have found a bug or vulnerability, please submit a report to the appropriate team or project right away. Make a good faith effort not to access or destroy another user's data. Act for the common good through the prompt reporting of all found vulnerabilities. Don't willfully exploit others without their permission.

Inspiration Drawn From


If you have any questions, before or during the event, please contact or find her in person (it's pronounced K-er-y) at #CryptoLife for all your pirate needs.

Additional rules

No striking one another on board, but every human's quarrels to be ended on shore, at sword and pistol. The quarter-master of the ship, when the parties will not come to any reconciliation, accompanies them on shore with what assistance he thinks proper, and turns the disputants back to back, at so many paces distance; at the word of command, they turn and fire immediately (or else the piece is knocked out of their hands). If both miss, they come to their cutlasses, and then she is declared the victor who draws the first blood.
To desert the ship or their quarters in battle, is punished with death or marooning.


Griff Green

Griff Green

Simon de la Rouviere

Simon de la Rouviere
Ujo Music, Token Curation Markets

Shruti Appiah

Shruti Appiah
Consensys Labs

Kei Kreutler

Kei Kreutler

Virgil Griffith

Virgil Griffith
Ethereum Foundation

Robbie Bent

Robbie Bent

Sina Habibian

Sina Habibian

Vojtech Simetka

Vojtech Simetka

Josef Jelacic

Josef Jelacic

Kraken Yu

Kraken Yu

Judging Criteria

  • Intellectual Property Rights
    All submissions remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. All submissions will be open source.
  • Creativity
    Buidling products or services that require blockchains and that also bring utility to people's lives requires creative thinking. This category is weighted heavily to encourage think outside the box when bringing crypto closer to life.
  • Technical Innovation
    a.k.a. "Appropriate use of blockchains and technical difficulty of task". As important as coming up with creative solutions is implementing them in ways which leverage the benefits networks like Ethereum really provide.
  • Execution
    We strongly encourage teams to produce a demo when presenting to the judges on the 28th. We understand that some hacks don't get completed, and that's totally OK! Just show us what you got, because running code really counts.
  • Business Model
    We aren't really looking for a traditional model here, but we need to see evidence that you've thought of the viability of your product or service and how it might sustain itself in the long term.
  • Pitch
    Each time will get a set amount of time to pitch their projects to the judges once the hacking itself has ended. The demo itself is marked separately, but the ability to explain your ideas concisely and directly in a short period of time.
  • User Experience & Design
    We care about UX and Design at Status. Building a distributed future requires designing new ways for people to transact directly. We understand that UX is not high priority, but would like to see some thought given to how people will use your hack.
  • "Wow" Factor
    If we're going to bring crypto closer to life, we have to really "wow" people. Some things at hackathons just don't fit neatly into predetermined categories, so we'll leave the final 10 marks open for the general "wow" you leave in the judges' minds.