Building The Stack!

Be part of “Building The Stack!” Alongside the MIT Bitcoin Expo, this year’s hackathon focuses on building out the components of a blockchain stack so we can expand the technology’s usefulness and increase adoption. The hackathon will bring together students for a weekend of coding, learning, experimenting, and collaborating. The hackathon is co-located with the Bitcoin Expo and MIT Press’ inaugural Cryptoeconomic Systems Conference, so you’ll also get to meet and hear from the people at the forefront of blockchain and cryptocurrency development. 

Register for the Bitcoin Expo/CES conference here:



Usability/User Experience: Make blockchain and crypto easier to use. Projects examples include wallets, key management, front end design for dApps.

dApps/DeFi: Create apps that make end-users want to adopt blockchain such as decentralized finance, social media apps, enterprise-focused apps.

SDKs: Build APIs and other tools to connect existing apps and languages into blockchains.

Infrastructure: Projects include anything that helps blockchains run better or more efficiently, cross-chain interoperability, privacy, etc.

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Any university student or professional who is at least 18 years old may participate.

All hackers must sign the liability waiver before the hackathon. Any participant without a signed waiver will not be allowed to hack.


Submissions should include the project description (approximately 200 words), screen shots, and a link to a GitHub code repository.




Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Relevance
  • Execution
  • Presentation Delivery