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Winning Projects for Developers in Solana 2022 Hackathon
In 2022, crypto industries have seen their fair share of highs and lows in recent years. Amidst the market turbulence, Web3 developers are building faster than ever.
According to Alchemy's Q3 Report on Developer Activity, Solana's active developer teams have grown over 1000% Y/Y and Year-to-Date with a 500% increase in API consumption YTD.
Similar trend can be seen in the recent announcement of Solana Summer Camp Winners, 8 of the winner projects are projects built to serve developers. Solana Summer Camp is the sixth Solana hackathon organized by the Solana Foundation.
It brought together crypto pioneers and developers from around the world to launch projects in the Solana Ecosystem, spanning Payments, DeFi, Mobile, Gaming, DAOs, and everything in-between.
In this article we've dug deeper into these developer-oriented projects as we believe these projects reflect what kind of products people need and what kind of problems to be solved in the current Solana ecosystem.
In such a fast growing ecosystem like Solana, we believe that there will be more infrastructure projects providing services to developers, bringing more productivity and innovation to the crypto ecosystem.
Are you curious about how these projects help to buidl and what issues they're focusing on? This article will give you a comprehensive overview of the projects designed for developers in Solana Summer Camp Hackathon. Let’s get right in!
Ironforge is an all-in-one solution for simplifying Web3 development, starting with Solana, including automated deployments, program previews, auto-generated APIs, monitoring and more. It helps developers build better frontends faster; simplifies program iteration; and provides comprehensive log, metric, and event monitoring.
Ironforge won the Grand Champion Prize in Solana Hackathon, which indicates that tooling and infrastructure for developers entering Web3 are currently in demand and deserve to be taken seriously.
Sphere offers custodial and non-custodial payments solutions to help people, NFT creators, and companies seamlessly accept Solana payments, increase customer engagement, and manage their online crypto store.
Sphere simplifies the process of accepting Solana tokens as payments, helping merchants and NFT creators build online stores and the whole payment processes. It won first place in the payments track.
CandyPay is a no-code tool for creating NFT on mobile, automatically generating QR codes to mint NFT, and providing subsequent mint data analysis. It is focused on simplifying and lowering the bars to enter NFT markets for a newbie.
Built on top of Candy Machine v2 by Metaplex & Solana Pay, CandyPay currently offers two core products:
A no-code NFT minting QR code builder.
A public API for developers to easily integrate CandyPay into their NFT minting sites, with complete customizations and secure workflow for users.
The innovation of CandyPay is NFT minting by means of QR code, which is more suitable for mobile phones. NFT creation, minting and trading on mobile is the future trend. It won fourth place in the payments track.
Daonetes solves the DAO collaboration problem by providing developers with the tools to develop and deploy software in a distributed manner, connecting different environments and sharing specifications for running applications. It won third place in DAOs Track.
Epics DAO is a decentralized crowdsourcing platform for incentivizing the development of open source software. As a Buidl to Earn platform, customers set up issues on GitHub as tasks (or smart contracts) and developers can be rewarded with tokens for completing them. It won fifth place in DAOs Track.
Spiling is an open, composable protocol to help developers build social dAPPs on Solana with the SDK. It won second place in Web3 Track.
Seahorse helps developers write Solana programs in Python. It is a community-led project built on Anchor with compile-time type safety, fully interoperable with Rust code and Compatibility with Anchor. The Seahorse compiler generates intermediate Rust artifacts and uses Anchor to do some of the heavy lifting. It won fourth place in Web3 track.
kSol is a native Android library for everything needed to interact with Solana blockchain, as well as a wallet built on top with Mobile-Wallet-Adapter support. kSol is for Android developers to solve the many problems they face, such as lack of detailed tutorials, lack of standards, and complex configuration environments. It won fourth place in mobile track.
Mirror World Smart SDK won 2nd place in the community-chosen award. Mirror World is a full-stack, mobile focusing infrastructure designed for decentralized apps. It includes 3 essential building blocks to help any team roll out their full-stack crypto dApps:
Seamless social login and SSO, plus on-ramp tokenization that ensures the easiest user-on-boarding on mobile
Native in-app wallet for uninterrupted transactions
App Store compatible crypto market for highest conversion.
Despite the bearish market, web3 developers are more active than ever. In fact, in 2023, we predict that developer infrastructure will be the new trend. Thousands of developers are building in Web3 right now. They’re experimenting with new ideas, building new projects, and bringing new utilities to the users.
New technologies in blockchain are still emerging, and products that provide services to developers and builders are the future. There are a variety of projects emerging from the Solana Hackathon, including developer incentives, sdk and developing tools, either of which will help more people join the crypto world. So if you’re looking for a way to get involved in this exciting industry, developer infrastructure is the way to go!
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