Meet the Coders Who Hacked The Orb
Agoric and Chainlink announce winners of the DeFi hackathon.
Through much of November, coders took on Hack The Orb hackathon challenges. We’re excited today to announce the winners, but first a bit about the hackathon itself.
Several awards were up for grabs, and participants put their efforts before an esteemed awards committee. Hack The Orb’s judges were Zaki Manian, co-founder of the Cosmos validator iqlusion; Miko Matsumura, General Partner with Gumi Cryptos Capital; Lauren Stephanian, investor at Pantera Capital; Baek Kim, who supports venture investments at HASHED; and Keenan Olsen, community manager at Chainlink.
Winning Team #1: Commute Insurance Project
Dan Barrett and Mason’s Commute Insurance application won the Ignite award for the best DeFi dapp that includes Chainlink Oracle. The team produced a proof-of-concept project of what they described as “a basic insurance contract that mints tokens if the queried train time is not equal to the expected train time.”
Here’s how it works.
As for the chosen topic, Dan replied, “I liked the idea of taking readily accessible real world data — like my morning commute times — and affixing some hedging mechanism to it. It felt like a fun project to approach that potentially has use cases on larger scales.” Dan’s team sees broader applications of the concept: “The idea is that if you could do logic like the above, you could build some interesting risk instruments, like insurance contracts against your commute time, or commuter tickets that decay in price the later the train is.”
Visit the project’s Github repo.
Winning Team #2: Umqhele Project
The team of Tom Greco, Suhail Manzoor, and Dan Connolly won the Refract award for best user experience. They described the dapp as “an application that allows you to auction and trade Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) that grant access to live video streams. It currently allows you to auction live video streams for test currency. You can create auctions as well as bid on them. This dapp demonstrates Agoric contract composition, offer safety, and object capabilities.”
Overview of the application:
Suhail Manzoor said of the project’s impetus, “I really miss going to concerts during this year. Dean Tribble, Agoric CEO, often talks about concert tickets when talking about NFT, so I thought I’d put the two together and see what can happen.”
Visit the project Github repo.
And that ties the bow on our final hackathon of 2020. We’ll have more in 2021, as we build toward Agoric’s mainnet. Numerous video tutorials and explainers resulted from Hack The Orb, all available at https://www.youtube.com/c/Agoric/videos.
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