DAO-Fi Fusion: The DAO and DeFi Code Challenge

DAOs and DeFi are experiencing rapid growth and interest. In the DAO-Fi Fusion hackathon, you get an exciting opportunity to showcase your skills and creativity by building innovative and useful solutions using Sophia Smart Contracts on the æternity blockchain!

Developers from all over the globe are encouraged to contribute to this emerging space and help shape the future of decentralized finance and organizations.


We are looking for smart individuals and teams, from all over the world, who excel at functional programming. Empower the community by creating tools & frameworks that allow everybody to easily create and manage DAOs for decentralized decision making on æternity - one of the most advanced blockchains in the entire industry!

Your solution should ideally consider DeFi aspects (e.g. treasury management) and allow to enforce decisions (e.g. payouts) on-chain.

æternity was built from scratch and ships its own unique Virtual Machine (FATE VM) that executes Smart Contracts with almost zero gas fees! The Smart Contracts are written in a novel and functional language called Sophia.

Make yourself familiar with the technology and take this unique opportunity to:

  • learn more about DAOs & DeFi
  • have fun working together in a meaningful challenge that has an impact on the whole ecosystem
  • become a well-recognized and valued community member
  • improve your developer skills & become an expert in writing Smart Contracts in Sophia
  • win the main prize of $ 20,000!

Checkpoint Events

During the hackathon there will be so-called checkpoint events where the whole community including the hackathon participants is invited to join!

Technical Reviews: Feedback from experienced æternity contributors!

Right after the submission deadline has passed and eligible submissons have been determined, selected experienced æternity contributors will perform a technical review and value the project based on specific criteria (see rules).

Community Live Event & Winner Announcement

Once the technical review is finished, the judges will screen and judge the submissions by taking the technical review as well as other criteria (see judging criteria) into consideration. The combined feedback of all judges will determine the 3 main winners.

Every project gets the chance to pitch its solution in the Community Event to the community. This is also the place where in the beginning the 3 main winners will be announced. Be prepared and convince the community to vote for your submission in the Community Award poll!

Community Award

Right after the live community event, a poll will be created in the æternity forum. To prevent cheating, the poll will be conducted in a special category where only community members who own specific badges can participate.

The poll will be open for 24 hours and the submission which receives the most votes wins the Community Award!


Build an application that allows users to create and manage DAOs (powered by Sophia Smart Contracts) with their Superhero Wallet at least on æternity testnet (preferably also mainnet) via an user interface.

Submission requirements/deliverables

  • Project name and a list of all team members
  • A description of what your project does and why you decided to build it
  • Demo video
    • should be around 3 minutes long and include a demo of your working project
    • must be made publicly visible
  • Public GitHub code repository which includes:
    • Meaningful README
    • Service(s) and/or application(s) that allow users to create and manage a DAO at least on æternity testnet (preferrably also mainnet) via an user interface by connecting with their Superhero Wallet
    • Instructions how to run the service(s) and/or application(s)
  • A URL to the publicly hosted application that allows judges to test during the juding period



Judging Criteria

  • Technical Implementation (40%)
    Experienced æternity contributors will perform a technical review on each project. These reviews will be published and considered by judges to pick the winning team. Smart Contracts are a MUST and a high test coverage of these is desired.
  • Impact and Usefulness (30%)
    Does the project make a significant impact in the æternity ecosystem? How big is the overall market potential of the project?
  • User Experience (20%)
    How useable is your project? Does it look nice? Does it accomplish what it’s set out to do in an easy to use and approachable way?
  • Presentation and Communication (10%)
    The quality of the project presentation and how well the team communicates the idea. The presentation should be clear, concise, and engaging. Show the community who you are and why your project should win!

If you read until here, go ahead and sign up for the hackathon on Devpost :slight_smile:


Thanks for organizing! Can’t wait to see the ideas that come out of this challenge :smiley:


We are glad that there is a new edition of this hackathon :star_struck: the competition last year was very sharp and brought out some interesting innovations :robot:
let the competition begin :rocket: :rocket: :rocket: :rocket:


good timing for new DAO and DEFI things in the crypto space! :wink:


Why is there no follow-on development for previously winning projects such as Nuclearswap, AEUSD, and Cluster

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If that’s the case, what’s the point of having these hacker development projects

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Hey @kjminer, thanks for the questions and your interest in those projects. Actually @FerumFlex continued working on NuclearSwap (Aerenity) for quite some time end moved quite far with his project, see the discussion here: https://forum.aeternity.com/t/aerenity-bring-usdt-and-other-stablecoins-to-ae

In general we encourage every hackathon participant to continue working on their projects and we always aim to answer questions as meaningful and helpful as possible.

Unfortunately I cannot speak for the projects that you mentioned above, so it’s better to ask @FerumFlex, @Hexdee or the creators of AEUSD. Of course I would love to see all of them to continue building! :slight_smile:

When it comes to support / funding there are different possiblities:

  • Token Sales
  • Grants from the æternity crypto foundation (will be explained in one of the Checkpoint Events during this hackathon)

In the end it depends on the participants if they want to go the next step and find support from the community and potentially also investors.

EVERYBODY is encouraged to apply for grants and build cool tooling, frameworks & applications on top of æternity. This is not limited to hackathons only!


Hi, need to finish nuclearswap. I need to finish small things, and in general can run it on production.