The annual premier hackathon event for the North American Ethereum community, ETHDenver and ColoradoJam, has come to a close. The 2021 event was 100% virtual, utilizing the gaming platform Gamerjibe as a virtual event venue, creating a unique and refreshing way for the dweb community to gather together.
# Event highlights
When it came to building with IPFS, we saw NFT marketplaces, decentralized and off-chain gaming, platforms solving real world issues involving life insurance and genetic testing, and consistently created ways to lower barriers for wallet creation, token creation, and more.
- 31 out 86 total projects submitted to ETHDenver applied for IPFS bounties
- 64 out of 86 projects submitted applied for IPFS-ecosystem tooling bounties (the most popular being Ceramic, Textile and Metamask)
- The IPFS project awarded bounties to 11 submissions for their creative use of IPFS
- 32 of the 51 winning projects were award bounties for using IPFS-ecosystem tooling
# The Virtual Castle
Alongside the event Discord, the livestream, and the hacks, ETHDenver also created a virtual venue for attendees to wander around, try on swag, gather collectibles, check out sponsor booths, and hang out as a community.
In lieu of a sponsor booth, the IPFS Help Desk returned! Folks from IPFS, Slate, Fleek, Pinata, Opera, and Foundation all took turns hosting as their digital avatars, even occasionally running into a rainbow Pegabufficorn.
# On the main stage
- 19 of the presentations featured were by crafted by folks in the IPFS ecosystem
- Watch all of the 2021 presentations here (opens new window)
- We recommend watching:
- Matt Ober from Pinata hosted a technical workshop on IPFS: The Global CID (opens new window)
- IPFS Ecosystem Lead Dietrich Ayala participated in a panel on the bridge from Web2.0 > Web3 (opens new window) with Igor Mandrigin and Susie Batt from Opera, and Bradley Kam from Unstoppable Domains.
# New projects in the ecosystem
Here are just a few of the projects from ETHDenver that have us excited about building even more with IPFS!
- Documint, an IDE for Ceramic providing developers with a powerful interface for viewing, creating, and editing smart documents.
- Gasless Wallet, an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) blockchain-agnostic wallet allowing users to pay transactions fee in any of the ERC-20 standard tokens.
- TruReview, a censorship-resistant review platform, allowing people to store their rich text/image/video reviews with IDX and Ceramic (stored on IPFS).
- Timelock, a simple app that helps lock money for a future date using a smart contract, which is then posted to IPFS.
- Super Rinkeby, a decentralized Super Mario-like game where you can magically change your character through an NFT purchase.
Our thanks go out to the organizers of ETHDenver and ColoradoJam 2021, the amazing IPFS community for their participation, and of course, the ETHDenver builders who inspired us with their inventive projects. We look forward to seeing what folks come up with next in the many more hackathons to come in 2021!