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The categories include SocialFi, GameFi, Metaverse and NFTs, Asynchronous DeFi, Public Good/Social Impact, and Blue Sky.
The time has come for Demo Day, where each of the 42 finalists of the Internet Computer’s global Supernova Hackathon present their Web3 projects for final consideration. The inaugural hackathon saw nearly 4,000 developers and entrepreneurs building dapps, services, and products using the world’s most advanced general-purpose blockchain.
On the Internet Computer, systems, dapps, and services can run entirely on-chain and be truly decentralized, while leveraging advanced tokenization strategies to fundraise and drive viral growth.
The following 42 finalists were selected from among hundreds of outstanding IC-based projects vying for up to $6 million in prizes, grants, and seed investments across tracks that include SocialFi, GameFi, Metaverse and NFTs, asynchronous DeFi, Public Good/Social Impact, and Blue Sky. The hackathon submission deemed the strongest of all the submissions by the judging panel will receive the Grand Champion Prize.
Watch the finalists present their hackathon projects on June 30 beginning at 8AM PST. The live stream will appear on the Supernova site as well as this YouTube link, and viewers can also join Demo Day via Zoom.
“Conshax enables Web3 native on-chain hosting for Podcasting 2.0, and it enhances the standard’s RSS value tags by turning them into tradable tokens of podcast episodes. In doing so, Conshax enables the automatic distribution of Lightning payments according to the token split structure of an episode. Thereby, we combine Web2 and Web3 through the integrated Podcasting 2.0 access. We offer new monetization opportunities for podcasters, and we enable token-based community interaction.”
“crowdEats is a Web3 reimagining of how we find, curate, moderate, evaluate, and more generally interact with local businesses on the internet. It leverages tokenization and community juries to create a scalable, decentralized review moderation mechanism. On top of that, it offers users a food-based social media running entirely on the blockchain, which unlocks new ways to curate and monetize content that aren’t possible in Web2.”
“GoBazzinga is a short-video social media platform on blockchain, which not only provides the fun and excitement of social media but also enables the users to earn rewards for creating content, engaging with it or sharing it with their friends and family. (Think TikTok on Internet Computer!) The content moderation system filters flagged content based on the votes by the users. This gives the control to the community and creates a decentralized content moderation platform. There are 2 layers of moderation — an AI-based layer, which scans the video and text content for explicit content, and a user-driven reporting mechanism for reporting explicit content on the platform.”
“Kontribute allows readers, writers, and Web3 enthusiasts to write and read stories, as well as sell and trade NFTs from their stories, all within our dapp. To achieve this we have integrated a creative writing feature, a story section, and an ICP wallet in the dapp — users can directly hold their NFTs and ICP all within Kontribute. Kontribute gives writers a place to share their stories with a community and a way for them to sell NFTs from their stories. Readers may want to support an author’s story by purchasing their NFTs. Larger projects with large stories and a large collection of NFTs can also launch stories and NFTs on the dapp via our launchpad.”
“Mora is a content protocol based on the Internet Computer created as a unit of Canister. Any individual, team, or media can create different content Canister with different thought dimensions. Based on the protocol, anyone can create subscription account, blog, self-publishing, help center, wiki, and other content-related products. Everything you create is a specific, independent and complete module.”
“I was inspired to build Signals after moving to a new city and finding it hard to connect with new people. It occurred to me that I pass the same strangers every day who share my interests and hobbies — we live in the same building, go to the same gym, enjoy the same cafes or play the same sports. Signals presents an opportunity to re-think social media to put connection at the heart. Signals is built as a DAO, meaning that its users control how it operates and are incentivised through the Signals Token to interact with the map and maintain the quality of the data. Currently it supports leaving three types of signals — Chats, Trades and Events. Any user with sufficient tokens can see the state of the system, and make proposals on how Signals should be run.”
“Vitalik Buterin wrote a paper a few weeks about a concept he dubbed Soul Bound Tokens, and we were inspired by the impact the concept could have and immediately started iterating. We believe there’s a lot of problems facing the industry today, with lack of trust online being the biggest cause. We want to solve this problem, and through the presentation we talk about how our product solves the issue of trust, improving the whole Web3 experience along the way. Each user is granted a ‘stkr wall’ upon signup, where they can showcase NFTs in the form of ‘stkrs’ that highlight their professional experience, communities they’re a part of, or fun activities that they like to engage in. Stkrs are minted by organizations which get approved for stkr minting by the stkr DAO, verifying that organizations issuing stkrs are legitimate.”
“Apesteroid Mining is the Dfinity Space Apes project’s official play-to-earn game where only Dfinity Space Apes holders can play and earn Mutant Space Apes NFTs. Players will be able to mint Mutant Space Apes NFTs when they reach a certain number of elements they collect. In this way, they actually gain a new NFT with the element they have accumulated. Planet NFTs consists of 10 unique 3D planets. There are 10 maps in total in the game and each represents a planet. According to the rarity in the DSA collection, the number of planets will also be limited.”
“Cubetopia seeks to be the first fully decentralized multiplayer RPG/sandbox game built on the Internet Computer. Cubetopia will allow users to express their creativity on their own unique island on the blockchain. Cubetopia’s mission is simple: we want to create a game that is fun and engaging for players as a unique way to onboard more people into the Web3.0 space. We are aiming to create a game that feels familiar and intuitive to as many players as possible. We want to spark both creativity and a sense of adventure within our players.”
“We are creating Eimolad, an MMORPG NFT game fully deployed on the Internet Computer. The game is not ready yet, but now you can walk around our first location. Characters of different races will fight against game monsters and against each other. They can form groups and alliances for greater efficiency. The more a character plays, the faster his game level and skills grow. Game attributes can be improved with weapons and equipment that can be bought or crafted using game resources. Weapons and attributes can also be bought or sold on the game Market using ICP tokens and eGOLD. We will add updates as we achieve the development goals.”
“Faefolk was inspired by Stardew Valley, a pixel-style, slice of life game that has been enjoyed by gamers for over 10 years. We wanted to bring this experience to the blockchain, and the Internet Computer was the most effective path to bring the vision to life. In its current iteration, Faefolk allows users to farm, craft and build in a multiplayer, procedurally generated, persistent world. While much of what it will be is not yet built, the internet computer offers a unique opportunity to enhance game play loops by incorporating blockchain technology into the user experience. The current demo will demonstrate the minting of real NFTs by harvesting trees and stone, along with a procedurally generated world that users can play in with their friends.”
“GalacticWar is a play-to-earn game that is powered by the Internet Computer blockchain. The community can contribute and earn in a variety of ways, including but not limited to playing the game, live-streaming gameplay, and staking weapons, as well as selling on secondary marketplaces. The core of the game lies in creating your own base and looting other bases to earn Aureus (an in-game DIP20 token). All the elements in your base are DIP20 tokens that can also be sold on a DEX. You own your assets. There are special purpose miners which help players to mine in game currencies at a certain rate. There are attackers which players can buy to loot other bases.”
“We first started our project in September of 2021 in the form of an NFT collection, named ICKitties. In order to make it easier for our audience to follow our story, we created a 90 second animated video showcasing the background of each kitty race in a fun and easy to follow way. Now, our NFT collection will find a new home in Paws Arena, our upcoming game. We noticed that no other project on the Internet Computer had a challenging multiplayer feature or any system that would give players a reason to come back and play again. That is why we created Paws Arena to allow users to connect in multiplayer PVP fights and get rewards every time they win a match.”
“The idea came when I saw the tourism in Bali starting increase, but the center of the tourism are still in South Bali. I came from North Bali and from my perspective there are so many potential that North Bali possible do for tourism, but still untapped. That is why I think we need something a new way to motivate people to visit the tourism destination. tripX is Web3 dapp that empowers people to do trip to tourism destination while they can earn crypto for it. Through the NFTs utilization, GameFi token model, and bring Trip-to-Earn concept, we are creating the new way and new experience how your trip to tourism destination.”
Metaverse and NFTs
Apocalypse NFO Prototype
“Going beyond the concept of NFTs, we propose the concept of Non-Fungible Objects (NFOs), which have all intrinsic value of purchases for the user, giving true secure ownership of their items. The Apocalypse Studios NFO Prototype enables the storing of complicated data describing the properties of objects, which have actions and can mutate in a structured manner. It includes a predicate language for expression permissions on objects, allowing for both machine verification of the validity of transactions and human interpretation of the value proposition of an action.”
“deBunker is another crucial step on the road to decentralised, community-owned immersive VR spaces. Built by the creators of The Island Collective, it strives to go one step further in terms of interaction, communication and performance. In a move away from the tropical topside, this steel and concrete subterranean shelter has several game rooms, each containing one of our current experiments. The main attraction is a two-player baseball trainer, where one person takes charge of loading the pitching machine while the other gets in some batting practice.”
“The NFT industry is full of projects with capped supplies that exclude users and assets which only benefit the dev team of a single dapp. We wanted to create something which changed this completely: an NFT project that is accessible to everyone and focused on gamifying the entire Internet Computer ecosystem. Anyone can join dSquad by minting a personalized Avatar for a low flat rate of 1 ICP, and as long as they keep this NFT in their wallet it gives them a chance to earn prizes in monthly airdrops (both with prizes from our collection and partnering projects) as they use the Internet Computer. They can complete “missions” on various dapps across the ecosystem and engage with other projects to increase their rank on a leaderboard and improve their odds for winning prizes.”
“glue allows projects on the IC that are built using the EXT or DIP721 standards to add holder verification to their discord server. For Ethereum NFT communities it is the most normal thing in the world to verify the holder status of members via collab.land. collab.land is an integral part of the infrastructure and enables many interesting use-cases like token gated communities or token gated raffles. On the Internet computer, there are so far only specialized solutions that work exclusively with the respective projects and were developed specifically for this purpose. Not every project can and not every project should develop its own solution. So what has been missing so far is glue — an easy to use solution for community leaders and members to perform holder verification.”
“The IC Avatar Creator is a project that enables users to mint their own Avatars for the metaverse and store them fully on-chain. The project is 100% on-chain and leverages the power of the canister architecture to provide a seamless experience for users. The aim of this project is to provide newcomers to the open metaverse with a way to express their identity through a 3D avatar that they can own and use on a wide variety of platforms. Hosted entirely on-chain via IC, users are able to create their avatars as NFTs and secure or trade them using a crypto wallet and decentralized identity. Users can view their avatar from the same canister the assets are stored in, and even inspect it interactively in Plug wallet. This provides a unique and powerful solution for users who wish to have greater control over and connection to their online identity.”
“Saga’s initial purpose is to bring a delightful, faithful digital tarot experience to existing tarot fans, and to do it in a way that enables and encourages open contribution and participation at all levels. We do this by first establishing the groundwork for interoperable tarot goods and services (NFTs and dApps) as a suite of open source software and SDKs.”
“UnfoldVR is a VR native app, integrated with IC using WebRTC, that aims to become the Creative Metaverse. A place where people create and discover 3D NFTs and can interact with others in real time. As a boutique VR development studio we were tired of B2B work and wanted to create our own product. We knew what people enjoyed about VR and what they didn’t so we set out to create something to take full advantage of the VR technology. Fast forward a couple of years and many conceptual iterations, users and mentors feedback and we realized that the idea of the Metaverse has to be linked to decentralization and IC was the obvious target. We envision UnfoldVR as a key building block of the wider IC metaverse ecosystem.”
“The Beam Payment Protocol enables creators to be paid in a constant stream over the duration of a job on the Content Fly platform. It is one of two payment options for buyers who have created a job, with the other being a standard lump sum payment, which is only sent once the job has been completed. As the buyer awards a job to a Creator they select the payment type for the job and deposit the payment into the smart contract. Once payment is deposited, it immediately begins streaming to the Creator.”
“Enoki is a decentralized xchange that allows users to swap tokens, provide liquidity, trade using limit orders, and act as a market maker. A user signs up to the exchange and is assigned a broker. The user can submit limit orders to the broker, which are then executed by the exchange after a synchronization round. Users can also lock liquidity into a Liquidity Pool. Brokers have access to this liquidity, which is available for swapping at prices determined by the bid-ask curve of the limit orders in the exchange. This way, users are also able to instantly swap tokens with any broker, without having to wait for any exchange synchronization.”
“Finterest is the first borrowing and lending protocol on the Internet Computer that utilizes the native Bitcoin integration. We’ve been inspired by the potential of the upcoming Bitcoin integration on ICP to create a simple and robust borrow/lending protocol to be the foundation of the DeFi ecosystem on the IC.”
“ICTC is a distributed transaction framework for Defi applications on the IC network. ICTC consists of Transaction Manager (TM), Task Actuator (TA), and Transaction Compensator (TC). Transaction Order: A transaction, including one or more transaction tasks, that requires all tasks to be either fully successful or fully rejected. Transaction Task: A task within a transaction, including local tasks of the caller and remote tasks of other parties involved.”
“Created for the Supernova Hackathon using Portal technology and powered by the Internet Computer. The Portal Creator Marketplace is a video NFT platform that is hosted and running on the Internet Computer blockchain. Feel free to interact with the marketplace and check out the functionality. Buy a Royalty Token, purchase a video rental, and see the revenue split deposited to your wallet.”
“Spinner Cash implements a private ledger on which all transactions are 100% private. It does not reveal the sender or receiver of a transaction, nor the amount of tokens being transferred. Therefore, transactions conducted on the private ledger is 100% private. Similar to UTXOs, Spinner’s ledger stores private notes instead of account balances or user address. Only a note’s owners know the secret and can prove their ownership. To spend a note (for example, sending tokens to another account), a user has to first prove that she is the owner of the input note. The Spinner ledger will verify this proof before approving the transaction.”
“Toniq Earn’s goal is to provide yield in a more liquid form than the NNS, provide interest rates that are substantially higher than Sonic’s liquidity pools, and give NFT accumulators a place to go to leverage their NFTs for additional liquidity. Toniq Earn is powered by the Interesting NFT Protocol, a decentralized interest rate protocol.”
Public Good/Social Impact
“We are CrowdFund NFT — an alternative to Kickstarter, Go Fund Me, and other traditional crowdfunding platforms. Our unique approach? We run entirely on the Internet Computer blockchain, and use NFTs to provide fundraisers with ‘proof of participation’ in the projects they back. This allows us to create a safer, cheaper and global crowdfunding service.”
“FACTIVE is A fact-checking service for (social) media platforms that leverages the power of prediction markets and decentralized consensus mechanisms to determine the factual correctness of content. With FACTIVE, we will lift the trust of Web2 and Web3 (social) media platform content to a level similar to news articles of the well-established media — finally social media will become a reliable source of information, created by the crowd, validated by the crowd, and consumed by the crowd.”
“ICMaps brings maps to the Internet Computer. With ICMaps you can create your own map servers and thus integrate map layers into Web3 Dapps, Web2 applications and even desktop GIS. ICMaps is on the one hand the software that can be installed on own canisters and enables a decentralized, scalable map server that is fully compatible with the standard WMTS. On the other hand, the ICMaps.org frontend provides a user-friendly interface to create custom map servers and load map tiles from existing maps into the blockchain. This allows maps to be created with just a few clicks. Many examples show the potential of Web3 maps. One example impressively shows the effects of climate change by directly comparing two glacier levels.”
“ICSCAN wants to be the most comprehensive and useful data explorer in the IC ecosystem. Since the IC ecosystem is still in its early stage, we divided the data into four parts, including IC basic data (network, canister, Ledger, governance, Principal) , NFT-related data, DeFi data, and dapp data. Based on these categories, we collect, process, and present different types of data.”
“Internet Computer Footprint uses verified carbon credits to offset IC projects on-chain. We have developed a methodology to calculate the entire emissions of the IC and then, using cycles, determine the carbon emissions of specific projects operating on the IC and provide a route to account for those emissions. We started the IC footprint to support the IC move towards a more environmentally conscious future. In our mind, a prerequisite for making the IC a force for good in the world is to ensure that we develop it in a way that considers its impact on the planet. We see IC footprint as the first step in a journey to harness the unique capabilities of the IC to help tackle climate change.”
“Metamob is a decentralized web3 app, running on the Internet Computer, that lets any user start mobilizations by creating campaigns of four different kinds: donations, votes, signatures and fundraising. Using metamob users can create campaigns to face real world problems like climate change, wars, oppression, inequality, or even to fix specific issues on his school or his condo, for example. Thanks to the Internet Computer and its 100% on-chain apps, metamob doesn’t depend on web hosts and can’t be controlled or censured by governments.”
“Proof of Personhood is a Sybil-proof identity system powered by decentralized AI human detection. It allows:
- a user to verify he or she is not a bot by answering a combination of random challenges with sequential simple human actions like simultaneous face gestures and speaking numbers;
- dApps or Web2.0 apps can prevent Sybil attacks by requiring users to complete Proof of Personhood via QR Code Authentication;
- Privacy preserved. No sensitive information (user face image or voice) ever leaves the user’s device. The on-device AI algorithm and the algorithm running on the IC canister together perform a Reverse Turing Test, in a decentralized way.”
“CanDB is the first flexible and truly horizontally scalable NoSQL database built for the Internet Computer. CanScale is an initiative to build scalable distributed infrastructure for the Internet Computer (IC) blockchain. CanScale’s first project, CanDB, is non-relational, performant, and horizontally scalable multi-canister database. CanDB provides a familiar and flexible NoSQL API that abstracts and automates multi-canister spin up & auto-scaling, data partitioning, and data persistence and stability. This enables developers to focus more on application development and less on IC specific distributed data storage design.”
“Candid UI, the most used tool when developing IC smart contracts, is handy and simple. However, when we are actively testing or inspecting the canisters, oftentimes we have to repetitively type the canister ids, method names, and parameters. In addition, the current setup makes the testing irreproducible, which slows down the overall development process. Candid+ allows the users to keep track of the canisters they wish to test or inspect by simply subscribing through the canister ids. Once subscribed, users can call the methods on those canisters just like they do with candid UI, while candid+ will keep track of all the call histories. Those canister calls can be organized as test cases to allow more comprehensive testing and reproducible debugging. Developers can choose to share those test cases for better development transparency. To be noticed, all data is stored on IC blockchain with complete permission management.”
“The Internet Computer, by being compute-first, allows functionality that is outside the boundaries of what a data-first blockchain like EVM is capable of. DeTi is a decentralized cron scheduling service that will fire off a message to a designated canister on a specific function endpoint on a schedule or at a time designated by the user. We wrangled the date work so you would not have to: run your function every day at 5pm. Or every Tuesday at 9:23pm. Maybe just once next Saturday at 11. No matter your scheduling needs, you can compose them using DeTi. With DeTi, unstoppable canisters become unstoppable robots.”
“FoxIC allows users to use MetaMask to sign IC messages and interact/control a wallet canister to send ICP transactions, and display ICP balance inside MetaMask, as well as transaction history. IC messages are signed inside MetaMask, not within a WebApp’s frontend page. So it’s more secure and the same usage pattern that users are already familiar with. The user’s private/public key pair i.e. identity, stored in MetaMask, is used directly for the signing function, just like any extension crypto wallet. The identity then can be used to interact with canisters, and even control the user’s own canisters. With this MetaMask/IC signing integration, building a frontend IC wallet app becomes straightforward, allowing MetaMask users to own and control their canister wallets.”
“At its core Internet Computer Services (ICS) provides easy creation and management of atomic units in IC called Canisters. But the realm of ICS expands to the scale at which AWS / GCP offers services in Web2. ICS aims to provide small, independent, developer-owned services that will become building blocks of dApps. 100% on-chain deployed queue service, secret manager etc., are some of the services ICS aims to provide and continuously add more as the community requires. Apart from these services, ICS aims at providing 1-click deployment of dApps available in the marketplace, minting of NFTs, token generation for any new project, and provisioning on-chain BTC and ETH wallets with few simple clicks. ICS will support many more upcoming native integrations in the future, like SNS.”
“Kinic is my answer to the problem of discoverability for web3 apps and content. I was inspired to build it because I was seeing content being made but having little chance of being discovered. Not because of quality, or variety of the content, but by the systems of centralized gatekeepers. These systems are in the interest of the status-quo. The gatekeepers do not mind to care.”
“In developing Union, we wanted to make a platform that would let us build our own IT-startup organization, but in a self-sovereign way. Traditional DAOs are cool, but they are way too limited. We wanted our organization to be able to interact with other web-services and other organizations; we wanted better decision making algorithms (more powerful votings and delegations); we wanted our organization to be able to have the same (or better) level of subject-ness as real organization have. And we wanted our organization to be able to scale with our needs.”
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