Dear #BUIDLer

You have been selected to participate in this year’s #BUIDLathon, which is on track to be the world’s largest web3 #BUIDLathon to date. We’re thrilled to be #BUIDLing alongside you towards the decentralized future. We hope that your time in the Mile High City is a memorable one and that you leave believing that you are capable of making a difference in the web3 ecosystem and the world. Because you are.

To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of materials that will get you up to speed before the event begins in February. The more knowledge you have before attending ETHDenver, the more you’ll get out of the weekend. This guide will give you several quality resources, from basic to advanced, to help you be as effective as possible during your time with us.

ETHDenver 2023 also welcomes other chains and technologies that aren’t directly related to Ethereum. We believe that the web3 effort is a “rising tide raises all boats” effort. We believe in a future where blockchain interoperability and collaboration create limitless possibilities. 

Should you have any questions, please contact our #BUIDLx team at buidlx@ethdenver.com or in the #buidlx and #mentors-dev-help channel on Discord

See you soon!

ETHDenver #BUIDLx Stewards

MEME + EDUCATION

What Is
#BUIDL?

Propagated at ETHDenver 2018, #BUIDL is a misspelling of the word "Build."

#BUIDL is a call to blockchain enthusiasts to build and contribute to the advancement of the blockchain ecosystem (decentralization), rather than passively HODLing (HODL Bitcoin), and waiting for the price to go up.

ETHDenver is focused on #BUIDL culture rather than HODL culture. We cannot just HODL our way into the future, we must #BUIDL the decentralized future.

#BUIDL EDUCATION

What is a
#BUIDLathon

A “#BUIDLathon” is a celebration of #BUIDL culture and values:

  • It’s an event where #BUIDLers from around the world come together to solve problems and pitch their ideas to the community. SporkDAO #BUIDLathons are also run in parallel with a community innovation festival.
  • It’s a magical time when talented, impactful, and genuine people get to hit mute on the usual grind of spammers, scammers, and noise. They let their guard down to explore new ideas and make surprising connections. Engaged #BUIDLers leave #BUIDLathons with new skills, understanding, and relationships to supercharge their efforts “in the real world.”

At ETHDenver 2023, #BUIDLers will form teams of 2 to 4 and spend up to 9 days #BUIDLing to their unique web3 visions. #BUIDLers have the 24/7 support of peers, mentors, stewards, and sponsors. They are the stars of ETHDenver’s community innovation festival; their projects, teams, and relationships will propel web3 forward long after the 2023 #BUIDLathon has concluded.

Who participates in a #BUIDLathon

#BUIDLers

We define “#BUIDLer” very broadly:

  • Someone who commits to building a better, decentralized future.
  • Someone willing to learn, eager to contribute, and excited to share their unique skillset.
  • Someone who contributes by writing code, designing UI/UX, managing to a product vision, marketing to adopters, keeping businesses protected from regulatory naysayers, and the like.

#BUIDLing is all about collaboration. The best products (and communities) meld unique perspectives from different walks of life. Whether you have a technical background or not, there’s a role for you in the #BUIDLathon and beyond:

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Marketers
  • Product Managers
  • Writers
  • Strategists
  • Lawyers
  • Financiers/Investors

Mentors

Mentors are here to support #BUIDLers in their pursuit of new ideas and contributitions to our decentralized future. ETHDenver Mentors will provide feedback, help think through challenges, and generally guide you through the ETHDenver #BUIDLathon experience. Seeking wisdom from these mentors can not only just bring you a new advocate, but will unlock new experiences (hint…hint)!ETHDenver also has a mentor program that operates year round and supports BUIDLers even after this weekend comes to a close.

Roles our Mentors are Experts in:

  • Art/Design/UI/UX
  • Business: Development/Sales
  • Business: Marketing/Communications
  • Investment: Founder-Investor
  • Professional: Financial/Accounting
  • Professional: Legal/Compliance/Regulatory
  • Security
  • Software Developer: Back End
  • Software Developer: Front End
  • Software Developer: web3/Smart Contracts
  • Software Developer: Solidity

Judge(s)

Our judges understand what it takes to #BUIDL the decentralized future. Experts in their craft, they encourage innovation and can spot creativity, uniqueness, and real impact. ETHDenver Judges will evaluate submitted projects to the five tracks using our 2023 Judging Criteria and provide you with feedback so you can keep on #BUIDLing after ETHDenver completes.

Roles our Judges are Experts in:

  • Art/Design/UI/UX
  • Business: Development/Sales
  • Business: Marketing/Communications
  • Investment: Founder-Investor
  • Professional: Financial/Accounting
  • Professional: Legal/Compliance/Regulatory
  • Security
  • Software Developer: Back End
  • Software Developer: Front End
  • Software Developer: web3/Smart Contracts
  • Software Developer: Solidity

Workshops

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Sponsors

Our sponsors are some of the most respected projects, DAOs, and companies in web3. Their support enables this event to be what it is. They have chosen to be at ETHDenver specifically to connect with #BUIDLers—providing bounties, job opportunities, and support to accelerate your project.

Community

The community of ETHDenver will be buzzing around the #BUIDLathon all weekend, but on Sunday, they gather for the main event: to watch the #BUIDL teams pitch their projects. The ETHDenver community recognizes the dedication and effort that goes into #BUIDLathon and is there to celebrate it (and maybe find some alpha!).

#BUIDLx Stewards

ETHDenver was founded to grow and celebrate the Ethereum + web3 ecosystem. The #BUIDLathon is an extension of that vision focused on hands-on doing.As our community innovation festival has grown, so has the team and infrastructure available to support #BUIDLers.The BUIDLx Team is tasked with creating opportunities for #BUIDLers to learn, create, network, earn, and land jobs. Your success is our success metric.

Your 2023 BUIDLx Team includes the following stewards:

Jason

  • Advocate for the #BUIDLathon, #BUIDLer, Judges, Mentors, and Sponsors
  • Engages with all those who participate in the #BUIDLathon and makes sure each voice is heard and works to improve the overall #BUIDLer experience.

Matt & Max

  • Advocate for the #BUIDLer when sponsors submit bounties
  • Helps sponsors ideate awesome bounties and prize amounts
  • Makes sure sponsor clearly define what success looks like and what an acceptable quality threshold is
  • Leads the Bounties Council and gets feedback on all proposed bounties from leading industry experts, past celebrity judges and #BUIDLathon winners

Casey

  • An OG #BUIDLer. And one of #BUIDLers biggest advocates
  • Reviews all mentor applications, invites industry known mentors to participate in #BUIDLathon, and involved in curation of #BUIDL Palace content
  • Makes sure mentors know where to be, at what time, and defines what it means to be a mentor for SporkDAO

Graven

  • Peer advocate of #BUIDLers (be a catalyst right on the floor with you)
  • Connect you with the right mentors and stewards (introvert tendencies be damned—they’re here specifically to help you)
  • Help ideate and match with the right bounties (and project strategy)

Jason & Justin

  • Advocate for the the #BUIDLathon and #BUIDLer when selecting judges
  • Reviews judging applications and builds the judging teams for each track of the #BUIDLathon, making sure they are well balanced and experts
  • Responsible for content programming on Sunday for Community Science Fair Judging and Top  Presentations

Mentoring

How should you approach A #BUIDLathon?

#BUIDLathons are designed to speedrun the discovery process for your next big idea (or web3 job). Mentors, educational content, networking, and bounties are there specifically to help remove obstacles to making that happen.

The best #BUIDL participants don’t ignore constraints though. You have 9 days to demonstrate to your peers, the judges, and sponsors that your project/team has legs. Your personal vision, no matter how strong, must meet the audience and users where they’re at, so they can join you in the future. 

Ask yourself early and often “Why (not just what) are we BUIDLing?” to focus your efforts. No project is perfect after 9 days (or ever), so iteration is key. 

Successful projects aren’t always the most technically intricate, but the ones with a narrative that resonates with the audience. They have a well-developed user perspective and unique selling point. Teams that blend technical, design, and business expertise are the best at this!

In the real world, you compete with spam, scams, and full-time work just to get 10 seconds of attention through a tweet, DM, or email. Use this unique time when mentors, peers, employers, and partners have explicitly come to the #BUIDLathon to connect with you.

Don’t wait until judging time to introduce yourself, your team, and project to the #BUIDLathon. The most valuable things you can leave the #BUIDLathon with are relationships (mentors, advocates, employers, co-founders, employees, etc.) that persist back to the real world. You never know what opportunities will present themselves in the future because you spent a few minutes listening, sharing, and connecting with someone on a personal level.

In the end, have fun. Be present. Make memories. Commit to making the 2023 ETHDenver #BUIDLathon a seminal moment in your web3 journey whether it is just starting or is ready to go to the next level!

Mentor Access

ETHDenver is committed to supporting BUIDLers with high-quality and professional mentors. Mentors are volunteers who have a vast amount of experience stretched across multiple skillsets available 24/7 during ETHDenver. These mentors can be found in person as well as on our discord.

#BUIDLhub

Mentors in the #BUIDLhub are located on the left-hand side, between Workshop Stage 1 and Workshop Stage 2. Although not all mentors will be available 24/7, you can find mentors for help with technical and business questions here all throughout #BUIDLWeek. These mentors can also help you with answering questions about the #BUIDLathon, Bounties, Judging, and more too.

Mentor

Finding an in-person mentor is super easy at the $SPORK Castle. Located on the lower level of the National Western, the mentorship table provides teams access to assistance across all aspects of the development and design process. Although not all mentors will be available 24/7, you’re sure to find valuable knowledge and support here all throughout ETHDenver weekend.

Virtual Mentorship

Discord will be the primary location for quick and easy mentorship assistance during the event—especially when a mentor for your specific question isn’t available live. Navigate to the #mentors-dev-help channel and ask anything from development, business, or general guidance from an experienced mentor. If the right mentor is unavailable or more guidance is required, email mentors@ethdenver.com.

Talk with Sponsors

If you are working on a project using one of our sponsors’ technologies and are having technical difficulties, stop by the #BUIDL Mentor Desk. We can help you get in contact with the correct party to help debug any issues you are having with a sponsor’s technology. Every sponsor will have a channel in Discord that you can ping 24 hours a day (many of them have global teams able to help during off-hours as well). You can also visit sponsors directly at their tables located in the education wing of the $SPORK Castle. They will have representatives present to give you quick assistance so you can finish their bounty!

#BUIDLer Palace

Want to find a team to #BUIDL a project with and solve sponsor bounties? Need to brush up on your skills for presenting your project, bounties, and more? You can always check out how-to-articles on the web or try to watch a YouTube video. But since you’re at ETHDenver, why not tap into a great new resource this year’s #BUIDLathon—the #BUIDLer Palace.

We are providing various in-person classes/workshops that are aimed to help you win bounties and succeed as a project. You can take workshops to pick up tips and tricks on pitching your project to judges, how to answer questions judges may ask, improving your UI/UX, and how to rethink problems when you are stuck. You can dive into topics such as project management, designing pitch decks, picking the right bounties, becoming a better solidity developer, defining an MVP, how to approach investors and funding after ETHDenver, regulatory guidance, and more.

Three types of in-person workshops—Skills, Labs, and Walks we are working on. The Skills classes feature basic lessons on specific #BUIDLer topics, processes, and techniques. The Lab classes are more interactive and provide hands-on participation working with mentors, community leaders, sponsor, and community peers. The Walks classes teach you how to prepare to deploy your projects in the real world.

#BUIDLathon Rules

Team Formation

To qualify for track and bounty prizes, #BUIDLathon teams must consist of 2 to 4 members. We suggest taking the time to start your team formation efforts before the event. Here are some ways that you can get started if you don’t have a team yet, or do, but wish to add a few more members:

Get Connected in SporkDAO Community

If you are coming to ETHDenver as yourself and without a team, it is common that you might find yourself overwhelmed when it comes to finding a team to work with. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to relate your skills to the projects that you see and or hear people are working on. To help you, we’ve created many ways to start engaging with others prior to the event happening.

  • Join the ETHDenver Discord and find a team on the #find-a-team channel. Make a post telling us a bit about what you are interested in:
    > What skills do you have?
    > What do you want to learn?
    > Have an idea? Pitch it here so that people looking for teams and projects can DM you to connect!
  • Join the ETHDenver Pre BUIDLathon Livestreams. If you’re looking for ideas, use cases, inspiration, or for a team, join the conversation on our Twitch and engage in the Discord channel after to find a team on the #find-a-team channel.
    > Jan 13 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon + Bounties
    > Jan 20 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon + Judging + Mentor
    > Jan 27 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon +
    > Feb 03 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon +
    > Feb 10 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon +
    > Feb 17 @ 1pm MST: #BUIDLathon +
  • Find team members during Team Formation Icebreaker events during #BUIDLWeek and the first Thursday at National $SPORK Castle inside “#BUIDLer Palace” located directly behind the mentor area. 
  • Continue reading this BUIDLx Prep Guide and also check out some of the Appendix articles on other articles that we like.

Note that we typically have over 500 solo #BUIDLers attending. Make an effort to connect with people via the Discord channel, but don’t be worried if you can’t form or join a team until the first day of the event. And, if you don’t start BUIDLing until March 3rd (Friday), don’t be concerned you are late to the #BUIDLathon, #BUIDL a project and submit. Five projects last year that made it to the main stage started #BUIDLing on Friday night and walked away with over $100K in prizes.

Imposter Syndrome

#BUIDLers who have never attended ETHDenver or participated in a #BUIDLathon (or hackathon), can suffer from “imposter syndrome”: the feeling that they don’t belong because they are new to the space, don’t know how to code, or some other internal barrier that’s been erected. Well, check that at the door because everyone has something to contribute. We are all students. We are #BUIDLing the future together.

Tracks

DAOS & Community

DAOs, digital communities, tokenomics, governance, bridges to Web3, etc.

Decentralized Finance

DeFi 2.0,  DEXs, lending protocols, yield farming, staking, liquidity mining, etc.

Impact & Public Goods

UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), public goods funding, ReFi,, underserved communities, etc.

NFT + Metaverse + Gaming

digital art, PFPs, wearables, metaverse ecosystems, blockchain games, collectibles, etc.

Infrastructure & Scalability

L1, L2, side chains, zk rollups, POA networks, dev tools, wallets, on-chain privacy, etc.

Cultivating Great Track Projects

Not every project makes a great #BUIDLathon project. It’s important to maximize the following qualities in the project that you are working on:

  • Be clear. Projects should have a clear question or problem that they are trying to solve, and a reasonably specific proposed solution to solve this question or problem.
  • Attainable. Most teams will accomplish about 20% of what they think they can accomplish in the limited time that they have. Having a PM for the project is a good place to start and following ETHDenver’s suggested #BUIDLathon Plan will help you feel accomplished at the end of each session.
  • Welcome new thoughts. Teams should be open to having other people with other views participate.
  • Establish a stakeholder. The leader should guide the project to real-world relevance. Project’s without a stakeholder can “solve” a problem that doesn’t exist.
  • Organized. The project leader's role should be to coordinate the project, ensuring each team member has something to work on.

When you start a team, you should treat these ideas like a checklist. Teams that think like this will be happier and more productive.The sooner your team can start to think about these the better. Which is why participating in as many pre-#BUIDLathon content opportunities are a smart thing to do.

Read these articles from #BUIDLx

Bounties

Sponsors have created detailed guidelines for their bounties in the following 5 categories. You can hack on as many as 10 bounties, or one. Stack bounties to get more chances to make a connection with a sponsor, and of course, potentially win some money.

The easiest way to win a bounty is by reading/listening carefully. Address the challenge the sponsors have outlined in their bounty descriptions and be clear throughout #BUIDLing why your efforts qualify. Judging a project submitted for a bounty, but not understanding why the work meets the criteria is a judge’s least favorite outcome. When it comes time for judging, directly explain to the sponsors why your project fits their criteria, why you chose the bounty category, and why they should choose you as a winner!

There are five categories of bounties this year at ETHDenver:

  • Feature Bounty - Use a feature of a protocol in your dapp or create a standalone experimental use case that leverages a feature.
  • Bug or Issue Bounty - Want to focus on isolated issues, find bugs and solve problems along the way to deploying your dapp? This one is for you!
  • Launch MVP on Testnet or Mainnet - Are you launching a full dapp? Check which bounties are available for launching on specific networks and see if they apply to your dapp!
  • Early Stage Startup - Are you ready to launch? Looking for grant, investment or follow-on funding? There may be opportunities for some amazing exposure in this category!
  • Meaningful Open Source Contribution - PUBLIC GOODS are GOOD! Let’s build the crypto space together by hacking on some amazing open source repositories!

Qualifying for Prizes

To qualify for track and sponsor bounty prize consideration:

  • YOU MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT ETHDENVER TO WORK ON A PROJECT FOR SUBMISSION
  • You must form a team of 2-4 members
  • Your project must integrate blockchain technology (other chains besides Ethereum are fine)
  • You cannot work on your project before the event begins on February 24, 2023.
  • You cannot steal another team's source code or use previous code from another hackathon
  • Decisions are final for determining prizes and awards by the #BUIDL Steward and/or #BUIDLx Team 
  • You must be physically present at the closing ceremonies to win a prize
  • Please comply with all instructions from ETHDenver organizers
  • To compete in #BUILDathon, all team members must be physically present in Denver
  • Be cool - disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification
  • Please refer to the waiver you signed when applying for the event for additional details regarding appropriate behavior.

Final Decisions

The #BUIDL Steward is like the commissioner of any sports league. The #BUIDL Steward will hav final say in your team and projects eligibility in #BUIDLathon, prizes, and awards for all track prizes and sponsor bounties.

#BUIDLathon Top 25 (Sunday Presentations)

The Top 25 projects from the Five Tracks will have an opportunity to present on stage during Sunday’s closing ceremony. Prizes will be awarded to select projects from these five tracks. Sponsors will also announce bounty prizes. All winning teams will be recognized during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 5th. 

Judging

There are two types of judging happening during ETHDenver: Track Judging and Sponsor Bounty Judging. Track Judging focuses on the project that you submit to track of your choosing in the #BUIDLathon and Sponsor Judging focuses on the bounties that you include in your projects.

Let’s break down how “Track Judging” works and how “Sponsor Judging” works. If you’ve participated in years past, there are some key improvements we’ve made so make sure you read through.

Track Judging

Community Judge Selection

Community Judges will be responsible for judging a single track, based on their expertise. Each judge that has applied has identified their top three  tracks and what role(s) they are experts in. The roles that they have self identified include the following:

  • Art/Design/UI/UX
  • Business: Development/Sales
  • Business: Marketing/Communications
  • Investment: Founder-Investor
  • Professional: Financial/Accounting
  • Professional: Legal/Compliance/Regulatory
  • Security
  • Software Developer: Back End
  • Software Developer: Front End
  • Software Developer: web3/Smart Contracts
  • Software Developer: Solidity

Judges are required to include why they are an expert in these topics, past experiences judging, and if they are technical individuals they are required to provide GitHub. Each judge will be vetted by the BUIDLx Stewards, Event Founders, Buffi’s Round Table, and Bufficorn Ventures.Judging teams are based around a single track and split across these four categories:

  • Technical:
    > Security
    > Back End
    > Front End
    >Web3/Smart Contracts
  • Business:
    > Development/Sales
    > Marketing/Communications
  • Investment & Professional:
    > Founder-Investor
    > Career or Executive Venture Capital
    > Finance
  • Artist/Designer/UIUX

Judging Schedule

First Round

Let’s talk about the schedule:

  • Projects submission will be open from March 4th at 8:00 PM and must be submitted by 8:00 AM on Sunday, March 5th. If it’s in at 8:01AM, the system will not let you submit, so make sure you plan ahead.
  • Your team will be assigned to present on the track stage you submitted to and your entire team must be present on the stage; even if only one person on your team is doing the presentation. 

    New to this year, your presentation will be the exact same amount of time you have if you were to make it to the main stage. This will look like:

    > 2:30 – two minutes and 30 second presentation
    > 1 min – for judge to ask a question
    > 1 min – to answer judge question
    > 30 second transition

    There will be a ring, bell, or a human informing you to stop when you reach your presentation length and question. On some stages, your microphone will be turned off to make sure no additional conversations regarding your project takes place.
  • The Top 25 Track projects will be notified between 2:15 to 2:45pm and invited to present their project on the main stage starting at 3:15pm in the final round.
  • The Top 25 projects will be decided proportionally, based on the number of submissions received from each track, with a minimum of 2 teams from each track.

IMPORTANT: Before/After Your Track Presentation
Before/After your track presentation you will be assigned a table on the #BUIDL floor so that the community can visit to learn about your project and so that interested sponsors who have qualified your bounty submission can get an in-person demonstration.

Second Round

Let’s talk about the schedule:

  • The Top 25 teams will be notified of their presenting order and must follow the directions of the main stage stage manager. Your team will be assigned to present on the main stage and your entire team must be present for check in; even if only one person on your team is doing the presentation.
  • Your presentation will be the exact same amount of time you had during round 1. This will look exactly the same:

    > 2:30 – two minutes and 30 second presentation
    > 1 min – for judge to ask a question
    > 1 min – to answer judge question
    > 30 second transition

    There will be a ring, bell, or a human informing you to stop when you reach your presentation length and question. On some stages, your microphone will be turned off to make sure no additional conversations regarding your project takes place.
  • Before/After your track presentation you will be assigned a table on the #BUIDL floor so that the community can visit to learn about your project and so that interested sponsors who have qualified your bounty submission can get an in-person demonstration.
  • A panel of five Celebrity Judges will listen to your presentation and ask questions before adjourning to decide the ETHDenver 2023 #BUIDLathon winners. Each Celebrity Judge will pick their favorite project.

Sponsor Bounty Judging

During the first round of judging, Sponsor Bounty Judges will review all submitted entries through the #BUIDLathon platform we are using this year. After reviewing they will come visit the projects that they are considering awarding the bounty prize to. If you completed a Bounty, please make sure you do not vacate your table unless you are presenting on the track stage. If you do not hear from a sponsor bounty judge that you applied for, please first look at the #BUIDLathon platform to see if the sponsor had left feedback or request to meet.

Bounty Guidelines

Community Judges will be responsible for judging a single track, based on their expertise. Each judge that has applied has identified their top three  tracks and what role(s) they are experts in. The roles that they have self identified include the following:

  • If no one is present at your table when the Bounty Judges arrive, your submission will be forfeit from Bounty Judging. We cannot predict how long it will take for Bounty Judges to get to your table, as it depends on how many entries each Bounty sponsor receives, so please be patient and take turns exploring, keeping at least one person present.
  • Bounty Judges will have the same amount of time to judge your project as the track judges:

    > 2:30 – two minutes and 30 second presentation
    > 1 min – for judge to ask a question
    > 1 min – to answer judge question

Bounty Judge Guidelines

  • Bounty Judges use their own criteria to judge bounty submissions. Bounty judging criteria are listed in each bounty.
  • After receiving the list of submissions, including table locations, at least one dedicated Bounty Judge will be deployed to visit each submitting team within the 4 hour judging block.
  • Sponsors are responsible for ensuring all submitting teams are reviewed.
  • Sponsors are not required to visit every project that is submitted. Bounty Judges will review through the #BUIDLathon portal and then determine which ones qualify. However, if they believe you do not qualify for the bounty they are still required to grade your project and provide reasons as to why.
  • When done, judges will submit bounty winner(s) via the #BUIDLathon Platform. Winners will be added to the ETHDenver website as we learn of the winners.

If you want to see what Sponsor Bounty Guidelines are for ETHDenver 2023: click here.

Track Prizes

Monetary

The ETHDenver team has been incredibly impressed with the quality of projects we’ve seen before, and picking a “winner” quickly becomes a game of inches and preferences. This is why for the sixth year in a row, we have chosen to split each track’s prize pool equally among the teams in their track. For example, if there are 3 NFT Track teams in the final round, all 3 teams will split the NFT Track prize.

IF a Track has $15,000 in prizes, the distribution would look like this:
> Team 1 - $5,000
> Team 2 - $5,000
> Team 3 - $5,000

Recognition

Celebrity Judges will not be deciding the Track finalists, but they will each select their favorite team to allocate a cash prize to. Going home with the “Vitalik’s Choice” award would be an honor to us, and, we hope, to you.

Schedule & Planning

We suggest reviewing the detailed schedule at ethdenver.com (to be released during #BUIDL Week) with your team so that you can schedule time in advance to attend workshops and panels without disturbing your team’s workflow.

#BUIDLWeek

Plan to attend BUIDLWeek events from Friday, February 24th through Wednesday, March 1st! Events will center around educational and technical workshops to get you ready to rock at ETHDenver. All #BUIDLWeek event details are on ETHDenver’s website. If you decide to arrive in town early but still need to get work done between sessions, be sure to take advantage of complimentary co-working space access at the #BUIDLHub from 9am to 11:59pm, February 24th to March 1st.

Core Event

ETHDenver officially begins on March 2nd, 2023 for the Opening Ceremony. The BUIDLathon starts on February 24th at 10 AM until the project submission deadline of 8:00 AM on Sunday, March 5th.

The Closing Ceremony, including Top 25 awards, is on Sunday, March 5th from 2:00-6:00 PM. Remember that your physical presence is required for prizes per the guidelines above.

The ETHDenver Closing Party takes place from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM at National $Spork Castle and the ETHDenver After Party from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM features live music, libations, and an incredible spread catered by top local eateries.

#BUIDLer Bodega

#BUIDLers who demonstrate to mentors that they are continually working on their project will be “air-dropped” free food, drinks, and additional credits to spend at the #BUIDLer Bodega, food trucks, and around the entire venue, like the coffee lounge. Just a bit of extra motivation and reward on top of the value of making new connections with mentors, winning bounties, and developing skills during the #BUIDLathon.

Make sure you download the Official ETHDenver 2023 Wallet My Ethere Wallet (MEW Wallet)

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Core Blockchain concepts

Other Blockchains related software

These links will give you a starting place for learning about blockchain & Ethereum. Although you may be aware of these concepts, it is essential to know the fundamentals. 

A Brief Primer on a few ethereum competitors (smart contract platforms) 

Chainlink - an oracle system for odd-chain data to be verified and locked on a chain

IPFS - A distributed file system, often paired with blockchain data & contracts

HyperLedger - a set of projects centering around blockchain for Enterprise.