Supernova Launch Event starts in 0h 0m 0s
May 10 - June 20, 2022

Internet Computer Global Hackathon with $6 Million In Prizes + Grants


realweb 3.0

Dapps fully hosted on chain, serving content directly to your browser


TX finalized in 2 secs. State-preserving calls processed in milliseconds


Users do not need to jump through hoops to use your dapp


Chain key cryptography enables environmentally friendly decentralization and keeps gas costs stable


Dapps can grow without limits as the IC transparently adds more nodes


Parallelism enables scaling. Contracts are asynchronous

Supported languages to develop canister smart contracts:


Total Prizes and Funding

Grand Champion

$75K + $100K Grant + up to 6 Free Tickets to Internet Computer Developer Conference


Your submission must be decentralized social media that incorporates tokenization ("social media" is defined broadly). For example, you might give out tokens to users that refer other users to your service, who post content that is appreciated, help with moderation, or do something else that is helpful. Show the world how good next-generation social media owned by its community can be!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant


Your submission must be a decentralized game that incorporates tokenization ("games" is defined broadly). For example, the game experince could be built from JavaScript, or an engine like Unity, and served from the Internet Computer into the browser, then interacting with backend blockchain code running on the Internet Computer. The game must involve tokens as incentives or prizes. It could be a multi-player card game, or space invaders that pays out bitcoin when the high score is beaten. You should have a plan to defeat cheating, for example using dynamically inserted CAPTCHAs. Help make sure Web3 gaming is game on!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant

Metaverse and NFTs

Your submission must incorporate a system or code framework that supports building decentralized metaverses ("metaverse" is defined broadly). If you want to take on laying the foundations for an actual decentralized metaverse, of course you can do that too! For example, you could submit a system that sells online real estate as NFTs, or enables multiple players to interact inside a virtual space. Or you could show how a powerful gaming engine can be repurposed for use in the metaverse. Join the grand mission to make sure the metaverse is decentralized and open!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant

Asynchronous DeFi

When a blockchain transaction invokes a smart contract on old-school blockchains, and it calls another contract, which calls another, and another, the functions of the different contracts run on a single call stack. This makes them very insecure thanks to re-entrancy, which has been one of the biggest sources of hacks on blockchain to date. Another problem is that transactions must be run in sequence, which creates a firm upper bound on transaction throughput. On the Internet Computer, smart contract calls run in parallel, because smart contracts (called "canisters") are "software actors". This removes a key security vulnerability, and provides for the unbounded, efficient scaling of blockchain computation. Now create a 100% on-chain and scalable auction house for NFTs, or a decentralized exchange for tokens. Or create a software library that helps others with the new way of coding DeFi. Or write code that interacts with other blockchains. Be a trailblazer for a new DeFi paradigm!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant

Public Good / Social Impact

Tokens create powerful incentives that can help new services and ventures succeed. But blockchain is not just about "success" in the conventional sense. The world faces many difficulties, including climate change, pollution, war, oppression, economic inequality, and fake news. This is your chance to build something that makes a difference, in whatever field you choose!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant

Blue Sky

Are you feeling constrained by the foregoing categories? Compete in this category and build anything you like, as long as it involves the Internet Computer!

  • 1st$45K + 6 Tickets + $50K Grant
  • 2nd$30K + $25K Grant
  • 3rd$20K + $25K Grant
  • 4th$15K + $5K Grant
  • 5th$10K + $5K Grant


The community will be able to vote for their favorite submission in the Supernova hackathon, which will win the Community Choice Award!

$10K + $5K Grant


Judges & Speakers

Olaf Carlson-WeeOlaf Carlson-WeePolychain Capital
Maria ShenMaria ShenElectric Capital
Tom SerresTom SerresWarburg Serres
Ryan SelkisRyan SelkisMessari
Dominic WilliamsDominic WilliamsDFINITY
Guy WuolletGuy WuolletAndreessen Horowitz
Lucas LiuLucas LiuHuobi Incubator
Hao ChiHao ChiSNZ Capital
Sue XuSue XuAmino Capital
Jarosław GrzywińskiJarosław GrzywińskiASI GIG
Tony ChengTony ChengForesight Ventures
Claude DonzéClaude DonzéTomahawk.VC
Diran LiDiran LiMessari
Adriana HamacherAdriana HamacherDecrypt
Andreas RossbergAndreas RossbergDFINITY
John LilicJohn LilicPolygon
Igor LilicIgor LilicBlackComb
Tekin SalimiTekin Salimidao5
Anthony BeaumontAnthony BeaumontEncode Club
Steve NgokSteve NgokDoraHacks
Hamish PeeblesHamish PeeblesOpenChat
Rick PorterRick PorterDSCVR
Bob BodilyBob BodilyToniq Labs
Max ChamberlinMax ChamberlinInfinitySwap
Tommy MTommy MIC Gallery
ICP MaximalistICP MaximalistIC Gallery
Dan OstrovskyDan OstrovskyInternet Identity Labs
Jesse NeumannJesse NeumannPortal
Anna EscherAnna EscherDFINITY
Lomesh DuttaLomesh DuttaDFINITY
Carsten JacobsenCarsten JacobsenDFINITY
Aniket RajAniket RajDevfolio
Linda XieLinda XieScalar Capital
Justin BrezhnevJustin BrezhnevHacker Fund
Alejandra PachecoAlejandra PachecoHackLatAm
Ryan KumarRyan KumarMintdropz
Denis DyackDenis DyackApocalypse

For partners looking to participate in Supernova see below for more information.

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Workshops for Developers

WorkshopOption 1: PT/CETOption 2: IST/CST
Introduction to Building on the IC - Motoko & Rust
Build an Encrypted Notes Dapp
Build a DeFi use case
Build a DAO

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Internet Computer Ecosystem

The Internet Computer is one of the top five fastest-growing blockchains. Check out the following examples of dapps within the Internet Computer ecosystem to inspire your own ideas for the Supernova hackathon.

Plug Wallet, built and open sourced by Fleek, is a browser extension that allows you to access your ICP, Cycles and other tokens – as well as log into Internet Computer dapps with one click. Download it here.

100 000 users

Fleek brings decentralized web-hosting to the Internet Computer. With thousands of webpages deployed, Fleek enables anyone to deploy their content on Web3.0

1 000+ websites

DSCVR is a decentralized version of Reddit, where users are the owners. Decentralized end-to-end, built on the Internet Computer, and accessible from any browser. Try it out yourself.

40 000 users

Distrikt is a completely decentralized, community-owned professional network. Users of the platform will vote on upgrades, and no user data will ever be mined or sold. Create your account, secured by Internet Identity today.

70 000 users

The Origyn Foundation is blending luxury goods, with NFTs by providing digital verifications for physical objects. Only possible on the Internet Computer.


Decentralized messaging has been a pipe-dream for decades. With the advent of the Internet Computer, real-time messaging is now possible on a blockchain.

50 000 users
Internet Identity

Internet Identity guarantees that your data isn’t visible, tracked, or mined. The blockchain authentication system enables users to sign in to dapps on the Internet Computer and sites across the web anonymously and securely.

1 000 000+
Motoko Playground

The Motoko Playground is an IDE for developers to learn Motoko – the native language for the Internet Computer blockchain. Deploy canister smart contracts for free, directly within a browser, without needing to download an SDK or set up a wallet.

IC Rocks

IC.Rocks is a complete "block explorer" for the Internet Computer – built by the community. Tracking everything from transactions, to network upgrades, to cycles, IC.Rocks enables anyone to explore the inner-workings of the Internet Computer.

NNS Front-End Dapp

The NNS front-end dapp allows anyone to interact with the Internet Computer's Network Nervous System with a user-friendly UI. Served completely end-to-end through blockchain, this dapp allows you to manage ICP, stake neurons, participate in voting, and earn rewards.


Dank is the first Decentralized Bank built on the Internet Computer, developed by Fleek. Through a collection of Open Internet Services for users and developers, Dank makes cycles management seamless.

Toniq Labs

Toniq Labs is the creator of Entrepot NFT marketplace, Stoic Wallet, Exponent, and Rise of the Magni, Cronic NFTs and more. Try out their projects that range from NFTs to wrapped cycles to games built on, and for, the Internet Computer blockchain.


The Internet Computer community canister registry. Find, publish and extend applications and services built on the Internet Computer. Log in with Internet Identity.


Agryo is the global risk intelligence provider that enables financial institutions to assess and manage financial risks in the crop field level for underwriting agriculture insurance, loans, and trade finance globally; as well as meet sustainability goals.


Sudograph is a GraphQL database for the Internet Computer. Its goal is to become the simplest way to develop applications for the IC by providing flexibility and out-of-the-box data management.


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Cash prizes will be awarded in full to the winners of the Hackathon. Winners will be eligible for participation in the DFINITY Developer Grant Program. For participants selected to the Developer Grant Program, entitlement to the full grant award amount is subject to meeting specified milestones and satisfying all terms and conditions of the DFINITY Developer Grant Program. Individuals and entities who participate in this Hackathon must comply with all applicable laws, regulations and the Hackathon's and/or DFINITY's terms and conditions. Failure to comply can result in your disqualification from the Hackathon and/or the Developer Grant Program and its associated benefits and entitlements.

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