竞争(Competition)、协作(Collaboration)、创意(Creativity)——这三个“C”在上周的旧金山的The Village 随处可见。在Block.one的EOS全球黑客马拉松第四轮比赛中，参赛选手的数量达到历次最高，共475名参赛选手竞争获得十二月决赛的资格。这三个“C”再加上最后一味配方—肾上腺素(adrenaline)—你就能感受到这个赛事独特的滋味了。
另一个参赛选手，SoHo Token Labs的CEO Elissa Shevinsky说，“这次黑客马拉松的氛围非常温馨和贴心，这真的太厉害了。”
“我睡得不多，只眯了一会儿，我们花了很多时间想创意，才能保证编程的时候时间不会太赶，”Zehao Li说，他特地从北京飞过来参赛，也带着他的小组Six Degrees取得了第三名。
“我们团队很多人已经在区块链业做了很久了，EOSIO平台让我们能够创新和建立我们信赖的应用，” Behnke说，“NouGit会成为全世界的开发者社区一直渴望的去中心化、有激励措施的git repo。我们很高兴能够继续参与EOS社区和生态系统的发展和学习。”
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We captured a slice of the atmosphere and energy at last weekend’s event—our biggest to date
Competition, collaboration, creativity — those three Cs were all in abundance at The Village in San Francisco last weekend as a record 475 participants graced the fourth instalment of Block.one’s EOS Global Hackathon series, all vying for the chance to attend our Grand Finale in December. Add in a fourth ingredient — adrenaline — and you have some idea of the event’s unique flavor.
“The EOS community is unlike anything I’ve seen in blockchain,” reflected Rob Behnke, who was part of the first prize-winning team, NouGit. “You can cut the excitement with a knife.”
Another participant, SoHo Token Labs CEO Elissa Shevinsky, commented: “The atmosphere at this hackathon has been really warm and supportive. And that’s been amazing.”
The EOS Global Hackathon is aimed at growing a global community of developers and entrepreneurs building on Block.one’s EOSIO blockchain protocol and amassing an infrastructure that facilitates the mainstream adoption of blockchain technology. As at previous iterations in Hong Kong, Sydney and London, San Francisco drew talent from all geographies and all walks of life, from accomplished programmers to complete novices.
Teams at each event are given 26 hours to develop applications, using the EOSIO codebase, in response to a specific hackathon “challenge” that is announced on the day. In this instance, their projects had to show evidence of a business model in which competitive advantage is gained by better alignment of interests among stakeholders or by driving more value back to users.
“I slept a little, just a little bit, [as] we spent a lot of time to think about the ideas so we can’t afford to be late on the programming,” said Zehao Li, who flew from Beijing for the event. His team, Six Degrees, took third place.
Most hackers showed signs of fatigue as the clock ticked away — but there was enough collective energy to shout the final countdown in unison. And after such a mammoth effort at their screens, some fell asleep at their desks before re-grouping to pitch their ideas and then witness the closing ceremony, where judges chose the winners from ten finalists.
The three winning teams — and a fourth, awarded the prize for Greatest Social Impact — will join 15 other teams at our December 7 finale, in Cape Town.
“Some of the brightest minds in technology right now are working on blockchain solutions and many of them here in EOS, so I don’t know exactly what the future will hold but I’m betting on those people,” said Shevinsky, who had travelled from New York.
Team NouGit beat out 74 others for the US$100,000 first prize with its bounty-based decentralized version of a git repo, a system for tracking and co-ordinating changes to source-code in files and software.
“Many of our teammates have been in the blockchain industry for years and the EOSIO platform really empowers us to innovate and build applications that we believe in,” said Behnke. “NouGit will become the decentralized, incentivized git repo the global developer community has been yearning for. We are beyond excited to continue to be part of growing and learning from the EOS community and ecosystem.”
Team Pollinate took second spot with a proposal for a last-mile package delivery system. Six Degrees, in third, offers a bounty-based program through which people can leverage their personal and professional connections to refer candidates for jobs.
Many participants remarked on the sheer scale of the event, and commended the choice of San Francisco as a location that epitomizes the energy in the sector. “I love that San Francisco is the host city,” said Shevinsky. “There’s just so much going on here.”
“I’m trying to get into blockchain, which is why I came here to network and be around all these beautiful souls,” gushed Terrence Butler, a freelance web developer.
Notwithstanding the cash prizes on offer, many developers present saw the event as an opportunity to have fun and collaborate with members of a growing but still niche community. Technical and entrepreneurial mentors were on hand all night for participants to consult with — and their expertise and staying power were both applauded.
“It was a great learning experience being able to have someone walk you through an error,” said Teddy Brinkofski of a team named Energenius.
Zokir Tiliaev, the New York-based CTO of Lumeos, commented: “One of the problems with the blockchain community is there’s not enough experts, so there’s just not that much help out there. Especially with EOS, it’s such a new technology so finding those experts in one place like we have here at the Hackathon, it’s a rare moment.”
In the end, that spirit of learning and collaboration seemed to win out as teams worked on EOS-based ideas ranging from a decentralized energy exchange that lowers energy costs to a platform that allows individuals on food stamps to use them to shop online. The latter won — for the EOS_ebt Food Stamps team — the Greatest Social Impact award and a cheque for US$3,000.
EOSHub’s Ami Heines, who travelled from Tel Aviv and had previously served as a mentor in London, captured something of the general sentiment when he told Block.one: “I’m really excited about the technology and the potential to benefit humanity. I’m sorry if that sounds cheesy, but I really believe it.”