Looking Back: 2nd BSV Hackathon

By Alex Speirs Published: June 9, 2020

Registration for the 3rd BSV Hackathon is now open, with the coding phase kicking off on June 23rd and $100,000 in prizes up for grabs. In the lead-up to our latest competition, Bitcoin Association looks back at the 2nd BSV Hackathon.

In 2019, Bitcoin Association hosted a pair of virtual Hackathons – limited-time coding competitions for developers, all in the pursuit of a hefty prize pool. During the Hackathons, entrants are tasked with designing an application on the BSV blockchain in accordance with an overarching theme. The top three entrants, as selected by a panel of expert judges, present their idea at one of the flagship CoinGeek conferences, with the winners determined by a combination of their adjudged score and crowd vote.

The second BSV Hackathon took place on the weekend of August 17-19, with entrants tasked with designing inventive ways for users to use Bitcoin SV to earn value. 200 developers entered, with three teams selected by a panel of expert judges to present their projects at CoinGeek: Seoul.


1st – Codugh

Taking out the top prize was Codugh, an online marketplace for APIs built by Shashank Sinhal and Andrew Snow. With APIs becoming both increasingly prevalent and varied, Codugh provides a straight-forward system to connect API developers with users, while allowing microtransaction-based options for monetization based on successful API calls.

But winning 200 BSV at the 2nd BSV Hackathon would prove to be just the tip of the iceberg for Codugh. Earlier this week, TAAL Distributed Information Technologies – the publicly traded transaction processor and blockchain services firm – announced that they had acquired a 20% stake in the business.

Expect to see more headlines from Codugh, as the BSV Hackathon project turned business looks to have a bright future ahead. Follow their journey at codugh.com

2nd – Hive

Leaning on his academic pursuits, PhD candidate Robin Kohze finished runner-up at the 2nd BSV Hackathon with Hive, an information structuring protocol based on molecular dynamics. The collaborative system is used to organize and curate quality content, with contributions intertwined with – and incentivized by – Bitcoin SV.

Following his second placing at the 2nd BSV Hackathon, Kohze went on to win the inaugural Satoshi Nakamoto scholarship to support his studies and the contributions he continues to make to the development of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.

A beta release of Hive is expected to be released later this year. Keep up to date with the latest on Kohze’s works, including the Hive project at kohze.com

3rd – BitQ+A

Winning third prize in Seoul was BitQ+A, an incentivized information sharing platform. Users can pose questions on the BitQ+A platform with an associated bounty (paid in BSV), after which those in the community are free to answer, with the responses voted on by the community and the bounty distributed to the author of the highest voted post.

BitQ+A was designed to appeal to niche and special interest groups, where information and support can be particularly difficult to source. 

Try the platform today at bitqa.app

Registration is now open for the third BSV Hackathon, with the competition commencing on June 23. Visit bsvhackathon.net to find out more and register today.