Announcing the First Canto Online Hackathon

The Canto community is thrilled to kick off the first Canto Online Hackathon (COH): a virtual summit that invites developers to launch the next wave of apps, infrastructure, and original work. Extending over October 1 - 21, the COH offers builders the opportunity for mentorship, team matching, and CANTO prizes in their pursuit of launch within the Canto ecosystem.

To apply for the hackathon, visit

Launch on Canto’s Execution Layer for Original Work

Canto is a permissionless blockchain with an EVM execution layer (Cosmos SDK) and core financial primitives, including its novel decentralized exchange, lending market, and unit of account (NOTE). In support of Canto’s Free Public Infrastructure – a framework that advocates for DeFi primitives to be provided as public utilities, among other tenets –  the COH similarly values projects centered on sustainability, authenticity, and creativity. 

300,000 CANTO In Prizes

Builders will compete for prizes from a 300,000 CANTO rewards pool. The overall winner will be awarded 100,000 CANTO while category winners will receive 40,000 CANTO. In addition, teams earning the distinction of "notable build" will earn a share of a 40,000 CANTO rewards pool, split amongst all "notable builds."

Building categories are as follows:

  • Ecosystem Support – Analytics, tooling, and sites for Canto awareness.

  • NFTs – Collections that break new ground, and/or include experimental aspects.

  • DeFi – Original work that leverage Canto’s Infrastructure, including Free Public Infrastructure and Contract Secured Revenue.

  • New Things – The most divergent ideas: games, DAOs, all things weird.

More details on mentorship opportunities, judging criteria, and schedule will be available closer to the event start.

About Canto

Canto is a Layer-1 blockchain built to deliver on the promise of DeFi – that through a post-traditional financial movement, new systems will be made accessible, transparent, decentralized, and free. Created by a loosely organized collective of chain-native builders, Canto is a new commons powered by Free Public Infrastructure.

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