The Polkadot Hackathon Series launches in Europe

We are back – bigger and better, this time in Europe.

The long-awaited third hackathon in the Polkadot Hackathon Global Series has arrived!

Happening from January 25th, 2023 till February 17th, 2023, this three-week hackathon is your chance to join fellow developers to build, break, and experiment with blockchain to your heart’s content! Although focused on Europe, this hackathon is open to all to join. Whether you’re an experienced blockchain dev, want to learn more about building on Polkadot, or are new to the ecosystem, a range of activities and a $230,000+ prize pool are up for grabs.

We have a networking event, dotSocial, at the end of the hackathon and we are headed to the City of Lights – Paris! The finalists of Polkadot Hackathon Global Series: Europe Edition will also be flown to Paris to attend and present their projects on stage. More details are to be released soon!

Join the hackathon now!


Join us in the Polkadot Universe

Following up on the previous North America Edition, the Polkadot Hackathon Global Series: Europe Edition will be our biggest one yet from Polkadot. The Polkadot hackathons aim to reach the developer community in all corners of the globe to connect everyone together, may it be virtually or physically. We are not stopping in Europe – there’s a whole bunch of plans lined up in 2023, just for you.


How to Participate?

Follow the 3 steps below to get the most out of the event:

  1. Register for the hackathon
  2. Join the Polkadot Discord
  3. Attend pre-hackathon events

The hackathon officially begins on January 25th, 2023 till February 17th, 2023. We have pre-hackathon events ongoing as well – be sure to join the Polkadot Discord channel to get the latest updates and reminders!

Ranging from mentor office hours to weekly workshops, we are providing support for all participants to build to their best potential.



We have five categories this time round – more information on the challenges and Prizes can be found here.

Category 1: Interfaces & Experiences
This track is dedicated to building your understanding of UI and UX fundamentals, including best practices specifically for blockchain development. Gain experience in building a wide variety of interfaces and user experiences that chains can adopt.

Category 2: ink! Smart Contracts
Explore ink!, an up-and-coming Rust-based embedded programming language for writing smart contracts for blockchains built with the Substrate framework. Get the chance to build your dApps that run ink! smart contracts that are performant, safe, and flexible.

Category 3: Web3 & Tooling
A diverse track focused on all kinds of tooling and applications that can be used to expand Web3. Those interested in building a better web can explore the use cases for open-source technologies for a society run on peer-to-peer networks.

Category 4: DeFi
Builders can make use of this track for the multitude of DeFi-related solutions, including DEXs, AMMs, and stablecoins. Learn how to not only develop new financial primitives, but also work towards the integration of existing ones, such as breaking the barriers of assets between blockchains. This all contributes to helping build wider adoption of DeFi.

Category 5: NFT
This track is for developers interested in the use cases for NFTs will explore the scope for their creation across multiple industries, including gaming, art, real estate, logistics, and general collectibles. The scope includes exploring the importance of optimizing for complex NFT use cases, and blockchain-agnostic NFT platforms that enable cross-chain functionality.

Register here


Prize Pool (Per Track): USD 35,000

1st Prize: USD 18,000
2nd Prize: USD 10,000
3rd Prize: USD 7,000

We are also awarding USD 3,000 per finalist team for travel costs to dotSocial: Paris!

An NFT, specially minted for Polkadot Hackathon Global Series: Europe Edition will be presented to all participants that turn in a submission.

Ecosystem teams’ challenges and prizes can be found here!

Register here


What is Polkadot?

Polkadot is a sharded, multichain network that allows multiple different blockchains to run in parallel (as parachains), connected to its Relay Chain. Polkadot’s infrastructure enables the transactions from the blockchains to be processed in parallel, also allowing the parachains to communicate and exchange assets between each other via cross-chain messaging, and with external blockchains through bridges.

What is Substrate?

Substrate is a fast, easy, and future-proof modular framework to build a blockchain optimized for your use case.

What is Kusama?

Kusama is a fast-moving, risk-taking scalable blockchain network built using almost the same codebase as its “cousin”, Polkadot Network.

Where do I start?

You can start by registering here to participate in the hackathon and join the Polkadot Discord to get connected to others. You will receive all necessary information about resources, guides and important events after registering via email.

I need help building. Where do I look for help?

No worries, there is plenty of help available. The best starting point for understanding Polkadot is the Wiki. On the Substrate side, a good place to start is diving into the Substrate Developer Hub, where you can explore the DocumentationTutorialsHow-to-Guides and other valuable resources. Make sure to register for the hackathon, participate in the upcoming office hours and workshops, and take advantage of having access to some of the most knowledgeable Substrate mentors out there. There are also special learning and development challenges that will help you get started as well as win some swag!

AngelHack is a global innovation organization, founded on the idea of bringing creators together. Companies from all over the world have chosen them as their partner to engage developers with their technologies through hackathons and events. AngelHack has created an incredibly diverse and global community of change makers and developers.

Polkadot is a next-generation blockchain protocol that is designed to support multiple specialized blockchains with security and interoperability. Polkadot is designed as part of a broad vision for the next generation of the internet that returns control to individuals over internet monopolies. Keep up to date with developments in the Polkadot ecosystem by following us on Twitter or joining in the conversation on Reddit.