Your Frequently Asked Questions

About ETHDenver

What is ethdenver?

ETHDenver is the largest Web3 #BUIDLathon in the world (fka hackathon) for Ethereum and other blockchain protocol enthusiasts, designers and developers.

Blockchain companies from around the world will host events in an open source format, inviting all to attend. Then moving into main event weekend, venues come to life featuring talks and workshops by top blockchain influencers and experts, BUIDLathon space to collaborate on projects, art installations, live music, networking events, food, drinks, and more.

The community attending ETHDenver shows up to contribute to the global blockchain ecosystem, whether by #BUIDLing decentralized applications (dApps), contributing to or starting infrastructure level projects, writing documentation / tutorials / white-papers, designing UI/UX, or info-graphics, or to learn, connect, and get more involved. So bring your inner awesomeness and some friends. We’ll provide mentors, resources, and all of the educational content you can consume.

ETHDenver is 100% community funded, and SporkDAO, the community-owned organization of ETHDenver, is on a mission to #BUIDL Colorado as the destination of choice to build a decentralized future, and will be raising a $5 million fund that will be deployed into the investments of projects that will come out of ETHDenver 2023.

The goal is to give value directly back to the community following the completion of the event–with ETHDenver functioning as an incubator and launchpad to create year-round funding for projects.

When and where is ethdenver?

ETHDenver 2023 will be taking place at the National Western Complex that we have temporarily renamed the "$SPORK Castle", the address is 4655 Humboldt St, Denver CO 80216 and will be utilized from March 2nd to the 5th

How does ethdenver define diversity

Diversity encompasses the full range of experiential, ethnic, socio-economic backgrounds, countries of origin, sexual preferences, and gender orientations. We are truly a "big umbrella" community, and believe we're far stronger for having a rich variety of backgrounds and diverse intelligences.

What is coloradojam?

In partnership with the State of Colorado and Governor Jared Polis, participants in the ETHDenver #BUIDLathon can submit projects that address ColoradoJam bounties provided by various state agencies looking to produce technological solutions to pressing problems. Winners of each agency bounty will be awarded cash prizes as well as a potential opportunity to kick-off a pilot program with the State of Colorado.

ETHDenver Memes

What is #BUIDL?

The #BUIDL meme was introduced formally to the ETH community at ETHDenver 2018 and has stuck as the community wide rallying cry throughout the world. #BUIDL is the our response to the BTC (Bitcoin) community's #HODL. We think that while #HODLing (holding) cryptocurrencies may be important, #BUIDLing (building) is much more important. Without #BUIDLing the decentralized future, #HODLing is nothing more than a sport of vanity.

What is a bufficorn?

The #Bufficorn is a magical fantastical animal that represents the collaborative spirit of ETHDenver. They live in communities atop Colorado's 14'er mountain peaks and strive to serve their communities above their own selfish interests. For more backstory, read the full anthology HERE.

What does the bufficorn say

The #Bufficorn makes quite a unique sound… "BUIIIIIDL!". It is solely responsible for the Ethereum community's rally cry. Those who subscribe to the community nature of the #Bufficorn will honor this incredible creature by replicating its call to action!

What is a sporkmarmot?

Living amongst the Bufficorn is the Spork Marmot (marmota sporkialus); a wiley and intelligent creature, known for their use of sporks for virtually everything, seeing clearly that it is a most utilitarian and superior utensil. A symbiosis formed between the Bufficorn and the Spork Marmot shortly after the War of Protocolis, when the famed Writ of Mt. Sneffels, along with various other 140 character musings, spread widely across the Front Range. The Spork Marmot, fluent in countless languages, was able to relay the wisdom of the Bufficorn by means of the bird Twiterpalious (colloquially known as the “Mountain Bluebird”), which found great dietary benefit in the pink sparkles trailing a herd of Bufficorn.

What does the Sporkmarmot say?

The Spork Marmot is a creature of few words, and sounds.


Who can participate

Anyone 18 and over at the time of the event can apply to participate in the #BUIDLathon (see next section if you’re under 18). Applications are based on interest in blockchain technology and demonstrated ability to code, design or otherwise meaningfully contribute to a project. Applications from any corner of the globe will be accepted. PLEASE NOTE that non-technical contributors are highly encouraged to participate (the best teams are well rounded). If you have something you think you can add to the ecosystem – whether it's a knack for crafting white papers to explain dApps, a creative or artistic perspective, or an entrepreneurial vision – we'd welcome your talents and skills on one of the #BUIDLathon teams.

How much does ETHDenver costs to attend?

ETHDenver is free to attend for approved applicants. ETHDenver also provides select food/beverages/snacks throughout the event.

When will I know if I am accepted?

The first wave of acceptances will be delivered several weeks after applying. Our applications team will release waves of acceptance every couples weeks after that. If it has been longer than 14 business days since you applied, search your email’s spam folder for “ETHDenver” or “SporkDAO”. If you don’t find anything in there, complete the contact form with the subject “application status”.

I was accepted to ethdenver. Can i bring a guest or other teammate that did not apply?

No. All applicants must apply individually and accept the terms of participation. ETHDenver is free to attend (and always will be), so please have your guest fill out an application as soon as possible to ensure time for our applications team to review prior to the event.

If I'm under 18 at the time of the event, can I still participate?

Yes. But not being 18 (legal adulthood in the US), you cannot legally agree to our application waiver. With parent/legal guardian consent and release, you can attend with them (or a chaperone approved by your parent/guardian). For under 18 application information, please submit your application, selecting the under 18 option, and contact us at to finalize your application.


How many people can be on a team?

You need at least two members to form a team. This is not a solo sport; collaboration is key. The max for any one team is four (4) people. If you don’t have a team, there will be an opportunity to form or join one prior to the start of the event or on the first day of the event following the opening ceremony. We invite both experienced and new developers, businesspeople, designers, students, and more. A diverse blend of skills have led to some of incredible projects at past events.A sample dream team may consist of:(1) Blockchain Coder(1) General Coder(1) Designer/Artist(1) Business/Marketing

i don't have a team but would like to join the discord channel

Join the Discord and Telegram channels to start connecting with other members of the ETHDenver community from around the world. We’ll invite you to join icebreaker sessions leading into ETHDenver where you can propose a project idea or listen as others share their ideas. Teams will indicate what skills they have and what skills they're looking for. You can mingle/chat with a number of teams and join the one that feels like the best fit for you. We'll also hold icebreaker sessions in-person in Denver if you haven’t found a team by then. Our Discord Channel

What if I've never participated in a #buidlathon? I'm a developer / designer / business person / student / artist / etc. can i participate?

There’s a first time for everything. Both experienced and brand new developers, designers, businesspeople, artists, students, and more are invited to join. Some of the most successful teams include a good mix of skillsets. If you’re interested in learning, even better reason to come. We’ll provide mentors, resources and workshops to help you sharpen your skills and unleash your inner awesomeness. Be eager, coachable and open. You never know what you might be able to create.

Can i start working on my project ahead of time?

If you're excited to get working, we suggest studying the skills you intend to use to create your project, but please do not begin working on your specific project. We believe in a level playing field. As such, pre-existing projects are not allowed if you wish to be considered for prizes. You may, however, build a new feature for an existing project that is unique and standalone. Judges will make the final decision on whether a project will qualify for prize consideration.

How does judging work?

The ETHDenver Judging page will have full details closer to the event. Get on the ETHDenver list to receive updates as they are released.

What are the prizes for the winning teams?

The ETHDenver Judging page will display details closer to the event. Get on the email list to receive updates as they are released.

Attending Events

What is the code of conduct?

I understand that ETHDenver is a community event intended for collaboration and learning in the community. We value the participation of each member of the community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the event. To make clear what is expected, all attendees and speakers at this event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, hacks, or other online activity related to gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If participants fail to comply they will be asked to leave the event. Be careful and mindful of the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary comments and hacks can be offensive to those around you. I understand that if a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the ETHDenver organizers will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon or other ETHDenver activities.

What sort of workshops, speakers, and other fun stuff will be going on?

The focus of all speakers and workshops will be on the latest trends in decentralization and all things blockchain – for example, development tools and practices such as Infrastructure, DeFi, DAOs, Solidity, testnets, state channels, tokenomics, and so on. The official schedule will be announced shortly before ETHDenver begins. Regarding fun stuff, we will provide many activities to help you take effective breaks and reset your brain. There will also be ample opportunities for socializing and connecting with your fellow participants and #BUIDLathon contributors in fun new spaces. Check out the Schedule for details.

What is ethdenver covid-19 policy

The safety of BUIDLers, speakers, sponsors, stewards, and staff will always be our top priority. Our team continues to be in regular communication with local health and public safety officials to ensure a safe and fun festival. We will continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation and regulations, and will provide updates on COVID-19 guidelines as often as possible. Please do your part to keep one another safe and healthy so the show can go on!

Will there be child care available during ethdenver

We will have child care available. Please pre-register to be informed about important deadlines for childcare.

Contributing to ETHDenver

Travel & Lodging