In 2021 Neo launched N3, the newest and most powerful version of the Neo blockchain development platform. Alongside the release, the Frontier Launchpad was initiated, calling on trailblazers to be the first to take advantage of Neo’s powerful features. Over 700 developers answered the call, sharing in over US $100,000 in prizes and $200,000 in post event funding.

With foundations firmly established, developers can now look towards the Polaris Launchpad for the next opportunity to join the growing Neo ecosystem. Just like the Northstar was a guide for travelers who would journey through the wilderness, the Polaris Launchpad can be seen as a guiding light for developers seeking a home on the Neo platform.

Polaris features five development categories representing the next wave of applications we would like to see come to life on N3. Neo is upping the ante, with a $442,500 prize pool and opportunities to receive further funding through Neo’s $200 million EcoBoost program.

These categories are:

  • DeFi

  • Metaverse & NFT

  • DAO

  • Middleware Incorporating NeoFS/Oracle

  • General

As always, developers can expect to receive hands-on support from Neo’s global development community to help them bring their projects to life. Neo’s multi-language support provides a range of options, offering a choice between C#, Python, Go, or Java smart contacts. Developers can also take advantage of Neo N3’s full stack of native features, including the NeoFS distributed storage platform and oracles, along with best-in-class tooling.  

Learn about Neo’s features here.

Competition details

Highlights:

  • Multiple phases: Planathon (optional), Hackathon

  • $442,500 prize pool

  • 5 x major prizes of $35,000 each + prize multipliers

  • 15 x excellence awards of $8,000 each + prize multipliers

  • Entry into a quadratic funding round
  • Incubation opportunities to the best teams

Planathon 

March 7th - April 5th

Thomas Edison once said, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” Building on the fantastic response from Frontier Launchpad, we are once again kicking off our launchpad with a Planathon.

Before you get stuck into development, we want you to take some time to really flesh out your Polaris project. This includes evaluating the suitability of your ideas for blockchain, organizing a team, drafting a business plan, identifying delivery milestones, and so forth. We understand that what you develop during Polaris may only be just the beginning of something fantastic.

The teams with the best plans will win “multipliers” between 1.1x and 1.5x that will be applied to any prizes won at the conclusion of the Hackathon phase. For example, if your team wins a 1.5x multiplier and you win a grand prize of $35,000, you will actually receive $52,500.

Not only does crafting a project plan put you way ahead of your competition, it also increases your opportunity to earn! The average prize money won during the Frontier Launchpad was increased by over 42% for Planathon participants!

Further, Neo is actively looking for promising projects to incubate, so this is also a chance to put us on notice and show that you mean business. Short written feedback will be provided to all submissions.

Participants are not required to compete in the Planathon to make a submission in the Hackathon. However, teams that take part in the Planathon will also have the advantage of having their final submission judged against the background of their original plan. This may help judges evaluate the quality of your submission within the bigger picture of your project, and not just the features you were able to deliver within the competition time frame.

Finally, even if you do not win a multiplier in the Planathon, getting feedback on your ideas could be critical to adjusting your project concepts so you’re better positioned to win a Hackathon prize. 

Multipliers will be awarded to teams on April 11th.

So what are you waiting for? Get planning!

The Planathon submission form can be found here.

Hackathon 

April 12th - May 9th

Submissions for the Hackathon phase of the Polaris Launchpad open after the results of the Planathon have been announced. This is when you put your skills to the test and start building your project. 

If you need help getting started, visit Neo’s Developer Portal to find documentation, tutorials, and tooling options. If you haven’t already, please join the Neo Discord, where the Neo community (who is responsible for many of the tools you will be using) will be ready and waiting to provide support, advice, and encouragement. 

Submissions for the development phase close on May 9th. Our esteemed Polaris Launchpad judges will review all entries and announce the winners on May 30th.

Requirements

You may build any type of project or application provided it uses Neo N3 blockchain technology. Submission requirements for the Planathon and Development phases are as follows:

Planathon

An eligible Planathon submission must include the following information:

Project description
  • What will your project or application do?
  • Why will your project bring value to the Neo ecosystem?
Project Architecture
  • Proposed use of the Neo blockchain and its features 
  • Proposal technical architecture
Team composition
  • Who is in your team and do you have any relevant experience?
Roadmap
  • What are your short term deliverables for the hackathon?
  • What are your medium to long term goals post-hackathon?
User acquisition model
  • Who is your target audience?
  • How do you intend to generate users?
  • If your project is profit generating, what does your revenue model look like?

Hackathon 

An eligible Hackathon submission must satisfy the following criteria and include the following information:

  • GitHub link with source code

  • Link to live demo

  • Smart contract deployed to the N3 TestNet (if applicable)

  • All code must be open source and Apache 2.0, MIT, GPL, or public domain.

  • A link to a short video introducing your dApp and demonstrating its functionality (Max. 5 minutes)

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$442,500 in prizes

Best DeFi Project

The project that demonstrates the most outstanding use of DeFi technology will win:

- $35,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- Entry into the Neo EcoBoost program for incubation support
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Best NFT / Metaverse Project

The project that demonstrates the most outstanding use of NFT or Metaverse technology will win:

- $35,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- Entry into the Neo EcoBoost program for incubation support
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Best DAO Project

The project that demonstrates the most outstanding use of DAO technology will win:

- $35,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- Entry into the Neo EcoBoost program for incubation support
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Best Middleware Project Incorporating NeoFS / Oracle

The project that demonstrates the most outstanding use of NeoFS or Oracle technology will win:

- $35,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- Entry into the Neo EcoBoost program for incubation support
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Best General Project

The project that demonstrates the best all-round use of Neo N3 technology will win:

- $35,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- Entry into the Neo EcoBoost program for incubation support
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Excellence Award (14)

Excellence prizes will be awarded to projects that have demonstrated excellent technical execution and will receive:

- $8,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- One hour consultation with NGD EcoGrowth to discuss your project and its goals
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Excellence Award (Student only)

One Excellence prizes will be set aside for students that have demonstrated excellent technical execution and will receive:

- $8,000 in NEO tokens (plus multipliers)
- One hour consultation with NGD EcoGrowth to discuss your project and its goals
- Entry into the Polaris Plus quadratic funding event

Planathon Awards

Prize multipliers of between 1.1x and 1.5x will be awarded to outstanding plans. Short written feedback will be provided for Planathon submissions.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Da Hongfei

Da Hongfei
Neo Founder

Erik Zhang

Erik Zhang
Neo Founder

John deVadoss

John deVadoss
President / NGD Enterprise

Steven Liu

Steven Liu
Head of Development / NGD

Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams
Founder / COZ

John Wang

John Wang
Head of Neo Ecosystem Growth / NGD

Odd Jørgen Røland

Odd Jørgen Røland
Developer / Flamingo Finance

Vincent Geneste

Vincent Geneste
CEO / GhostMarket

Stanislav Bogatyrev

Stanislav Bogatyrev
NeoFS Architect. CIO / Neo SPCC

Guil. Sperb Machado

Guil. Sperb Machado
Builder & Founder / AxLabs

Dean Jeffs

Dean Jeffs
Founder / Neo News Today

Navin Reddy

Navin Reddy
CEO / Telusko Edutech Pvt Ltd

Matthew Broadhurst

Matthew Broadhurst
Product Manager / Poplar Protocol

Hong Wan

Hong Wan
Associate Professor / NC state University

Fan Lei

Fan Lei
Professor / Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Judging Criteria

  • Concept & Feasibility
    What is your project’s concept and how is it designed to succeed or differentiate itself in the market? What is your project’s value proposition? If your project is revenue generating, what is the proposed revenue model?
  • Project Design
    Does your project make good use of the Neo N3 blockchain and its features? Will your project architecture scale? Are interfaces well defined and thought through? How is your project designed to succeed?
  • Project Implementation
    Is the project well implemented? Is it clean and effective in its goal? What level of functionality has been delivered? As submitted, how easy to use is the project? How well does the submitted project align with the concept and design?

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