A Decentralized Hackathon

Incorporating community engagement, worldwide participation, and wisdom of the crowds to reach consensus -- which teams should receive funding.

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dHack is a new type of hackathon: one that honors the values of decentralization, boosts the collective engagement of all stakeholders, and leverages the wisdom of the crowd. This decentralized hackathon (dHack) —is focused on funding continuity, allowing participating teams to continue work on their hackathon projects. The decision-making process will be stakeholder driven, incorporating sponsors, participants, worldwide spectators and community members to reach consensus as to which projects should receive such funding in continuity.

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Why is this even good? why do hackathons need decentralization?

Hackathons are becoming increasingly important and valuable to companies, corporations, and communities. With growing frequency, hackers, programmers and software professionals are squeezing in time against packed evenings and weekends to push their limits, create new value, and gain notoriety amongst their peers..

Currently there are two common hackathon models. Committee centered : A judge committee who chooses winning teams based on predefined criteria. However, this is a centralized process. Judges are often biased by pre-existing relationships and have little chance to review projects in-depth equally. They are thus left to rely predominantly on a short pitch, typically ranging from 3-5 minutes, which we argue does not result in the most correct winners being selected.Business / enterprise driven :  Businesses join together through the work of hackathon organizers and sponsor the event in exchange for the right to put up bounties. It is clear these bounties are designed to attract new talent and lure developer teams to build projects using their specific protocol or technology.

This dilutes the competitive nature of the game in favor of educating developers about the sponsoring business’ tech. This shift in incentives waters down the goal of the hackers from building the most incredible working prototype into building something that works on project xyz’s tech in order to woo sponsors and win prizes. This effectively eliminates spontaneity, threatens the ethos of open-source technology, and eviscerates the creative mojo born out of freely brainstormed ideas under pressure.

How can I participate and vote?

If you are coming to Berlin Blockchain Week, your ticket to each one of the events - Web3 Summit, DAOfest, DappCon, and ETHberlin will contain redeemable reputation. In addition you will be able to collect and redeem reputation in various special events and meetups during the week. More events participated - more voting power in the DAO.

How is the voting power distributed?

Voting power is expressed as Reputation in Alchemy, read more about it here
This will be the reputation distribution of the DAO 
- 10% for promotional PR —  first 50 eligible retweets of why “I should be a judge at ETHBerlin” with an Ethereum address (in order to receive Reputation).
- 30% for ETHBerlin sponsors and fund contributors.
- 60% for Berlin Blockchain week ticket holders and participants—Web3 Summit, DappCon, ETHBerlin—addresses for Reputation distribution to be self-submitted with proof-of-ticket by these participants.

Can I launch a dHack of my own?

Yes, of-course! everything is open source and can easily launched by anyone, with or without our help. Feel free to reach out eylon@daostack.io. More documentation will be available soon.