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The “Hacker House,” as Tron DAO dubbed it, brought together some of the brightest young minds in blockchain development on the Harvard University campus from November 12 to 13, 2022. This face-to-face “Mini Hackathon” was a track for Season 3 of the TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 . This season welcomes a number of new partners, including Circle, SafePal, Crypto Zombies, Playbux, Unstoppable Domains, Gala Games, LinkedIn, and Travala.com.
The Hacker House
The “Hacker House” was hosted at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on Harvard’s campus. Student-led, blockchain development teams, involving more than 250 students, participated from Harvard, MIT, Yale, Penn/Wharton, Princeton, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Boston University, Bentley University, Queen Elizabeth’s School (United Kingdom), and several other schools. Each developer team worked on a decentralized application using the Tron and BTTC blockchains, developing all weekend for a chance to win a portion of the $74,000 prize pool.
The Hacker House weekend was also the official launch of Tron Academy. The purpose of the Tron Academy program is to engage with up-and-coming blockchain developers from top-tier universities across the globe. The hope is to connect with talented students and help them tap into Tron development opportunities at an early stage. Tron DAO leaders will help mentor college students passionate about blockchain tech.
H.E. Justin Sun, Founder of Tron, has shared his vision for Tron Academy:
“I have been a beneficiary of mentors and teachers through my entrepreneurial journey. They helped accelerate my learning and improve the value I could deliver. I am proud to see the Tron DAO create the Tron Academy program, allowing access to resources for anyone to achieve their individual aspirations and reach their full life potential.”
Hacker House was created to empower next-gen innovators with an in-real-life event, designed specifically for students. There will be more Hacker Houses in 2023.
Registration for Season 3 of the Tron Grand Hackathon 2022 closed on November 14. There are over 1100 participants involved this season, with 104 countries represented among those who have registered. Numerous projects based in 64 countries have been submitted for each of the tracks, including 74 for Web3, 48 for DeFi, 50 for NFT, 30 for GameFi, and 35 for Ecosystem. Judges will evaluate the projects submitted between November 29 and December 12, 2022. Winners will be announced on December 16, 2022.
The Hacker House, as a “Mini Hackathon” track, was a stunning success. As TRON Academy moves forward, the Tron DAO team will continue to seek the most innovative students from among the world’s best universities to leverage the technology available for development in the Tron ecosystem.
Tron DAO is a community-governed DAO dedicated to accelerating the decentralization of the internet via blockchain technology and dApps.
Founded in September 2017 by H.E. Justin Sun, the TRON network has over 120 million total user accounts on the blockchain, more than 4.2 billion total transactions, and over $9.1 billion in total value locked (TVL), as reported on TronScan, as of October 2022. In addition, Tron hosts the largest circulating supply of USD Tether (USDT) stablecoin across the globe, overtaking USDT on Ethereum since April 2021. The TRON network completed full decentralization in December 2021 and is now a community-governed DAO.