Berlin has one airport called Berlin Brandenburg Airport "Willy Brandt" (BER) and is well connected with railway. You can take a train from European cities such as Amsterdam and Paris to travel with the convenience of comfortable high-speed trains with internet access, avoid the long security lines, missing luggages, and decrease your CO2 footprint. Check the Deutsche Bahn website for routes.
Berlin is a bike friendly city. Most of the times the quickest and easiest way to getting from A to B is by bike. If you are staying longer than just a few days, you might want to consider renting a bike from Swapfiets. You will also find many scooters and bikes that you can grab around the city.
On the Jelbi App you can conveniently find the public transportation tickets and info as well as carsharing, scooters, bikes etc.
The hackathon has a nap room where you can rest, but not make it your home. Beanbags are provided, but sleeping bags are not allowed. If you want a good sleep, then you need to find somewhere else.
Join the couchsurfing chat if you are offering or looking for a couch: #couchsurfing (Matrix)
Aside from hotels and AirBnbs, you can try to find someone in Berlin renting out temporarily for cheaper options. You can check WG-Gesucht and Facebook groups for offers and can place your own request post there. However, please be wary of the risks and potential scams.
We recommend the districts Treptow, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, or Friedrichshain due to their proximity to the venue.
Find a Team/Hacker/Idea
Are you missing a team, a hacker, an idea? Or you have an idea that can be implemented during the hackathon? Find a match on Github or join the Hacker Matchmaking session on Friday after the opening ceremony.
Connect and Chat
The only official communication channel is the ETHBerlin Matrix space. Use it to connect with hackers and mentors, and to get updates from the organizers throughout the hackathon: #ethberlin:matrix.org
Food and Drinks
ETHBerlin will cover all meals and drinks for the entire Hackathon, and conference coffee breaks. There will be vegan and vegetarian options provided. Just come with an open mind, a knowledge-thirsty brain and enthusiasm. Meal and snack times will be on the program.
Hacking and Rules
Hacker teams are made up of maximum of 5 people. You can find some rules and resources useful while you are hacking here.
You must be at ETHBerlin to work on a project for submission
Your hack must be related to decentralization, cryptography, or privacy
You can plan ahead of time, but all code for your project has to be written during the event
You cannot use another team's source code
The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards
Please comply with all instructions from ETHBerlin organizers
You can use it for your hacks, drop funny tokens to these accounts or use it for voting systems where only participants can vote. Be creative and let us know how you used this list!
Prizes and Bounties
This year we are going to try something different. Please study the following section carefully.
The open-track prize is the main hackathon award. Every project is eligible, given they are respecting the hackathon rules. The open track will be judged by everyone attending the event. There will be no pitches and no judges. All the attendees can vote using their EtherCards.
The winning project will be presenting at the closing ceremony and the prize is 10000 DAI. There is only one.
Track awards are based on covering specific topics. Each project can only submit to one track maximum. It is not possible to apply for multiple tracks!
One team member pitches in front of the judges. The domain experts will evaluate the projects according to defined parameters. Judges will also review code and ensure hackathon rules are respected.
The winning projects will be presenting at the closing ceremony and the prize is 7000 DAI for each track. There is only one per track, four in total.
Meta awards reward certain aspects of your project. Every project is eligible, given you are respecting the hackathon rules. Projects should indicate which meta-award they think they qualify for in the submission form.
There will be no pitches and our judges will review submissions asynchronously during the track award pitching.
These are the three meta awards:
Best Smart Contracts: outstanding smart contract code quality and documentation.
Best Design: outstanding user interfaces, graphics and experience.
Best Cryptography: outstanding encryption security.
The winning projects will be presenting at the closing ceremony and the prize is 6000 DAI for each award. There is only one per award, three in total.
Spot our mentors at the venue! They are wearing yellow t-shirts and mentor buttons!
You have to register and create your project at ethberlin.devfolio.co for submission before Sunday, 11am.
Make sure to provide a link to your open-source repository, a video or a demo, and if applicable, the contract address(es) of your deployed application, either on a testnet of your choice or mainnet of a platform of choice.
All submitted projects will be eligible for the main hackathon prize. In addition, you have to select a category (track), which you would like to pitch for, and up to two meta awards.
This year, we will use a different platform for your submissions. We decided not to use devpost for this edition, since they are sadly excluding participation from some regions by default. This discriminatory and overly compliant behavior is kind of a "no" for us, so instead we shall be collaborating with the much more decentralised crew at Devfolio.
Each team will have one person pitch their project for 3 minutes followed by a 2 minutes Q&A session. The pitch will be in front of three judges each with different areas of exptertise. The presenter should bring their laptop and use it for the pitch. All judging will take place on the second floor. A schedule will be shared after 11:30 Sunday. Please be there at least 5 minutes before your allocated timeslot.
We aim to continuously improve the process. This is why this year we will have three different approaches to judging:
Overall, we also want to increase the transparency of the judging. This is why all judge voting sheets will be made publicly available after the winning ceremony.
Judging will take place on Sunday 18th September and the judges will be reviewing project submissions, and watching pitches, from the 11am deadline until just before the closing ceremony. Note: we will also be shuffling the judging teams halfway through just to make sure there is no relative bias.
The track specific judges will watch live pitches, while the judges allocated to the meta awards will review the submissions digitally. There will be 24 track judges (8 groups of three), and each group will include one technical person, one product/wildcard and one business/VC judge.
As mentioned above, the meta specific judges will review submissions digitally and there will be two pairs of judges per meta award.
The judges will be reviewing each submission with the following criteria in mind.
Technicality: How hard was it to build this and how does the quality of the codebase compare?
Originality: Is this something completely new or are there already projects with grant funding working on a similar scope?
Practicality: How would this submission survive in the real world, outside of the crypto community? Or, if the project were to be specifically targeted to the crypto community, how correctly targeted is it?
WOW Factor: What else is there about the submission? Has this project and/or team defied expectations, based on timing, efforts, etc.?
ETHBerlin is a hackathon first but not a hackathon only. We have different experiences for our hackers to enjoy during the weeekend:
Merkle Root: Berlin
Art exhibition curated by Stina Gustafsson and María Paula Fernández.
Saturday: 11:00-23:59 for hackers, 13:00-17:00 for public. Public tickets available here.
Audio Visual Installation by Zan Lyons and Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot)
A futuristic "mind" spa workshop guided by Grigoris Grigoriou for deep relaxation and journey to your inner dimensions.
Saturday 18:00 until late
Joy Space Zen Den
A space to rest and regenerate with holistic wellness & mindfulness experiences.
11:00 - Yoga with Luisa
13:00 - Meditation + Breathwork with Nadeya
15:00 - 8OS Movement Practice with Dmitry (2HR)
17:00 - Yin Yoga with Luisa
18:00 - Meditation + Breathwork with Nadeya
10:00-14:00 - Seated Massage with Genevieve
14:00-18:00 - Individual Reiki with Elia
11:00 - Functional Vinyasa with Genevieve
12:00 - Meditation & Breathwork or Strecthing with Nadeya
Relax-Sleep-Code in the Cinema
Show off your chess skills in our dedicated area
Saturday from 15:00
Graffiti Art Collab
a collaborative art space
What else is there to be done after 50 hours of hacking? Right, the afterparty! This year we are celebrating our achievements at the Watergate; doors: 21:00.
You will receive an afterparty wristband during the hackathon registration. If you don't want to or cannot attend on Sunday evening, you can share it with your friends. There will be no additional tickets or guest lists!