Pi Hackathon Guideline and Agenda: June 28th — Sept 30th

Updated Pi Hackathon Agenda

Note: We’ve updated the Pi Hackathon agenda both to reflect new extended deadlines and to include more events and resources for teams and developers. This updated plan both allows more time for developers to work on their apps and provides more events and resources to facilitate their team building and app development..

You can participate in the Hackathon through the Brainstorm app in the Pi home screen.

If participants have any questions about the Pi Hackathon, please join the Pi Ecosystem Development Discord also through the Brainstorm app and share questions you may have.

Pi Hackathon Guideline and Agenda: June 28th — Sept 30th

Pi’s first Hackathon is the first event for our developer community. The #BuildPi2gether Hackathon is a collaborative event where Pioneers & developers join to build the future of Pi together. The event will span from the weeks of June 28 to Sept 30.

There are two categories of apps to build:

  • Ecosystem apps — Apps that improve the Pi ecosystem & functions.
  • Business apps — Apps that serve a consumer or commerce product.

Prizes:

In total, Pi Network will award $100,000 USD and 100,000 Pi to top team projects. Based on placement, winners in each category (Ecosystem or Business apps) will receive:

  • 1st prize = US$20,000 + 20,000 Pi
  • 2nd prize = US$15,000 + 15,000 Pi
  • 3rd prize = US$10,000 + 10,000 Pi
  • Honorary mentions (5 winners) = US$1000 each + 1,000 Pi

Judges and the Pioneer community will evaluate projects. Winners will be decided by the Pi Core Team based on these ratings.

Winning Pi Hackathon teams have full responsibility on how they will handle their treasury & prize distribution. They will need to designate one account to receive the prize.

To participate in the online hackathon:

  1. Join hackathon on Brainstorm app
  2. If you’re a developer, take the developer quiz inside the Brainstorm app to become a verified developer.
  3. In the Brainstorm app, propose your project or join other published projects with a concrete app idea. If you have proposed a project, get other developers in the Hackathon to join your team by reviewing the applicants to your team on Brainstorm through the “Manage team” button.
  4. Once you’re ready to build your app, visit the Pi Developer Portal to apply and get your Pi SDK credentials by visiting develop.pi on the Pi Browser.
  5. Access Pi SDK & Documentation through the following link:
    https://developers.minepi.com/
  6. Submit your midpoint progress report by EITHER
  7. Sending a 2–3 minutes video of your app demo to develop@minepi.com or through this form https://bit.ly/pi-updates.
  8. Attending a live Zoom session to present app progress to the Core Team.
  9. Submit your final project and presentation to the Pi Core Team

A well-balanced Hackathon team will compromise of experts in:

  • Development: Builders of the third-party Pi app with code
  • Business: Professionals determining the business viability and growth of the project
  • Marketing and Communications: Specialists presenting their product vision to the community
  • Design: Artists creating the UI/UX of the app for Pioneers’ usability
  • Others: Pi Hackathon is open to everyone! Communicate and utilize your special skill sets to contribute to the future of Pi. Reach out to teams and share your expertise.

An eligible Pi Hackathon final submission must satisfy the following criteria and include the following information:

  • The submission must be a functional Pi app correctly integrated with Pi SDK and accessible on Pi Browser through a URL.
  • It must also include a link to a short video introducing your project (upload to Youtube & submit a link). The final video presentation should showcase the problem & solution, the intended audience, and a demonstration of the App’s functionality.

Week #1 — Hackathon Kickoff

Start forming teams on Brainstorm now. The Pi Core Team will give opening remarks and details on the Pi home screen.

June 28th (Monday)

It’s Pi2day! View the Pi Core Team’s opening talk for an overview of the Pi Utilities Apps Platform, SDK, and developer community. The #BuildPi2gether Hackathon begins today.

Hackathon Team & Idea Formation: Form your team by proposing a project (project leaders can accept community applicants) or joining an existing team through Brainstorm.

After getting to know your project applicants through Pi’s in-app chat, decide who can join your team. Migrate to your team’s dedicated Discord channel for collaboration after finalizing your team through an invitation to Pi’s new developer Discord server. Find a time to meet, sync up, identify roles and build.

Hackathon Teams — form your team and start building.

Week #2 — Core Team Workshops + Building your App

July 8th (Thursday)

Core Team Workshops Part 1 will take place on the Pi app home screen.

Hackathon Teams — continue building your app.

Week #3 — Core Team Workshops + Submitting your progress July 15th (Thursday)

Core Team Workshops Part 2 will take place on the Pi app home screen.

Core Team Tech members Q&A — Send more questions to the Core tech team about the Pi Platform, SDK and building apps on Pi.

July 18th (Sunday) — Original Mid-point Progress Report Submission

Progress Update submission — All teams in the Hackathon need to submit a video via email updating their project’s progress to the Core Team by 10pm PDT.

A subset of these videos will be showcased to the community on the home screen over the next few weeks.

Hackathon Teams — continue building your app and submit your midpoint progress report.

Week #4 — Networking

July 22nd (Thursday) 9am-4pm PDT // 4pm UTC-11pm UTC
Pi Developer networking online meetup. Come join our live community Zoom meetup to connect with other project leaders & developers.

Week #5 — Networking + Core Team office hours

July 28th (Wednesday) — 8pm PDT — 12am PDT // 3am UTC- 7am UTC
Pi Developer networking online meetup. Come join our live community Zoom meetup to connect with other project leaders & developers.

July 29th (Thursday) — 9am — 4pm PDT // 4pm UTC-11pm UTC
Pi Developer networking online meetup. Come join our live community Zoom meetup to connect with other project leaders & developers.

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Week #6 — Networking + Core Team office hours

Aug 4 (Wednesday) — 9am — 2pm PDT // 4pm UTC-9pm UTC
Pi Developer networking online meetup. Come join our live community Zoom meetup to connect with other project leaders & developers.

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Week #7 — Networking + Core Team office hours

Aug 11 (Wednesday) — 9am — 2pm PDT // 4pm UTC-9pm UTC
Pi Developer networking online meetup. Come join our live community Zoom meetup to connect with other project leaders & developers.

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Week #8 — Extended Midpoint Progress Submission

Extended Midpoint Progress Submission

Hackathon teams must turn in only one type of midpoint check in by August 15 — either a video submission or a Zoom presentation. More details of each format of submission are below.

August 15th (Sunday) — Extended Midpoint Progress Submission Due

We’ve created several options for you to submit your midpoint Pi Hackathon report.

  1. Submit via Google Form — HERE
    https://bit.ly/pi-updates
  2. Submit on the Pi Ecosystem Developer Discord server #video-update
  3. August 16th & 17th — Schedule live recorded Zoom Session to demo your app. The Pi Core Team will moderate Zoom presentation times and record your presentation. Schedule a live Zoom session to present app progress to the Core Team through a link we’ll share on Discord later.

Acceptable Video Upload format:

  • Youtube — Upload
  • File Upload Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Social Media (I.e. Facebook, Twitter etc)

Project Showcase:
A subset of these videos (submitted or recorded via Zoom) will be showcased to the community on the home screen over the next few weeks.

Suggested presentation structure (2–3 mins):

  1. (1 min) Idea pitch
  2. (1 min) App demo if there is a functioning app
  3. (10 sec) Current team size
  4. (20 sec) Type of team members needed
  5. (30 sec) Other needs they have

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Week # 9- Office Hours and Project Showcase

August 26th(Thursday) — Projects Showcase I
Showcasing part 1 of project progress update videos.

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Week #10 — Office Hours and Project Showcase

September 2nd (Thursday) — Projects Showcase II
Showcasing part 2 of project progress update videos.

Core team tech office hours on Discord
We are opening up office hours so the Pi Core Tech Team can answer your tech development questions. Join our Pi Ecosystem Discord Office-Hours voice channel at these times to ask questions.

  • Hugo — Monday — 11am PDT // 6pm UTC
  • Hakkyung — Tuesday — 3pm PDT // 10pm UTC
  • Lyriaaw — Wednesday — 7am PDT // 2pm UTC
  • Aurelien — Thursday — TBD

Hackathon Submission & End

September 5th (Sunday) Hackathon building period ends.

Submit your final project and presentation to the Core Team by 11:59pm PDT.

Ways to Submit:

Make sure your app is functional and accessible in the Pi Browser through the URL that you will submit to the following form. You must submit your final project and presentation via the Google form HERE https://forms.gle/FWtDyaFQsS28qgR9A

If you do not have a recorded video for your presentation, schedule a recorded Zoom live presentation session with the Core Team. We will share the scheduling link on Discord as the event approaches.

People should present their final presentation in 3–10 mins

  1. Idea pitch (Problem/Solution, Opportunity, Addressable Market)
  2. App demo, if there is a functioning app
  3. Current team
  4. Future Outlook — What’s next beyond the hackathon for your project.

Acceptable Video Upload format:

  • Youtube — Upload
  • File Upload Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Social Media (I.e. Facebook, Twitter etc)

Hackathon Judging & Community Rating

September 16th (Thursday) — September 22th (Wednesday)

Pi Core Team & Judges will choose top projects that qualify for the final round. Pioneers can upvote their favorite Hackathon submissions inside the Pi app.

Pi Hackathon Winners announced

The Pi Core Team will decide and announce our first ever Pi Hackathon winners after considering judge and community rating scores on final projects & presentations.

Sept 30th (Thursday)

Winners will be announced alongside their final presentations on the Pi app home screen. Congratulations in advance to everyone who participated!

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