Shenzhen, 17th-18th November, 2018

Hackathon is back on TechCrunch Shenzhen

All coders, designers, makers in Shenzhen, China: if your inner beings are to code, design, build and hack things in a cool way; if you want to have fun with someone like you to spend 24 hours and make a weekend special; if you love using your superpower to win some (crypto) cash and prizes, if you have some side project you’ve been thinking about for weeks… then come on! Get your stuff at the TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon on Nov 17-18. There’s really no better place to build it than here.

Like the traditional TC Hackathon, participating in the Hackathon is free, all you need to do is to register. And after 24 hours of building, hackers present their projects to their peers and a panel of judges.

Every hacker who successfully submit their project receives a two-day TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 pass (valued 1299 RMB), a certificate of honor and a souvenir t-shirt.

The top teams win the grand prize and other special awards, including the Most Innovative Product, the Most Valuable Product, and the Most Completed Product awards.

There will also be a bunch of blockchain challenges from our sponsor Ontology and other partners. With blockchain’s versatile applications and penetration into a seemingly endless number of industries, the blockchain challenges bring different knowledge base and backgrounds, from gaming to supply chain software, from medical software to voting application. If you believe in blockchain then it is the place to prove it.

The TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon takes place at the Bay Eco-Technology Park 深圳湾科技生态园 on Nov 17-18. Get your tickets here!

Event Introduction

The Hackathon is a staple of all our TechCrunch events. Each team has 24 hours to design and develop a proof of concept. Judging and awards comes from the most innovative companies in the world.

Who can participate

Everyone interested in technology is welcome to join. You can come to share your ideas, broaden your horizons, and test your skills. We want to learn from you, even if there’s no mature product or clear business model. We want imagination and unconstrained innovation!


Ownership and Intellectual Property Right
The Ownership and the Intellectual Property Right of the products produced during the Hackathon competition belong to their producers completely, and could be used on their own will.
All the participants should sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement for APIs at Hackathon in TechCrunch Shenzhen, 2018.

Both individual participants and teams are acceptable. To be noticed, the limit of members for each team is 5.

You should run your product and present it to the public. If you do not finish your presentation, don’t worry! Just try your best.

The jury of Hackathon consists of experts and the delegates from the sponsors. At the end of Hackathon, comprehensively concerning the performance of each team during the whole competition period, we would award the top participants with the grand prix or other special awards, including the Most Innovative Product, the Most Valuable Product, and the Most Completed Product.

Registration Qualification

We suggest that participants had better have 3-5 members on a team. However, if you think you’ve owned sufficient capacity to be both a front-end engineer and a developer, individual participants are also acceptable. Registration information should include division of the work, name list and an introduction of your program.

We agree that it would offer better help if you’ve already have a mature idea before coming to Hackathon. Nevertheless, you are not allowed to bring a semi-finished or finished product to the competition. Besides, if you have a strong will to participate in Hackathon but find it difficult to have partners with you, you could note down in your registration information along with related details, and tell us the role you could play in a team. Then you could directly build your team with other participants who are in favor on the spot. We would patiently and conscientiously assess your registration information, and finalize the list of participants.


NOW –16th Nov

Sign-up Page:
the official website of TechCrunch 2018 Shenzhen

3/F Building 7B Shenzhen Bay Eco-Technology Park

9th Nov – 16th Nov
Log in at the official event webpage and finish the registration. Teams that pass the qualification assessment may make their access to Hackathon in Shenzhen. The jury would finalize the winners through the evaluation and assessment of their performance in the competition.

17th Nov– 18th Nov
Those teams that have passed the qualification assessment could be accessible to the Final. According to results of final evaluation, the top three of the corresponding questions would be awarded.

TechCrunch Rewards

1.Everyone gets Two-day TechCrunch 2018 International City Event – Shenzhen ticket if their program could be submitted successfully
2.TechCrunch International City Event 2018 – Shenzhen Hackathon certificate of honor.
3.Sponsor souvenir T-shirt
4.A “.xyz” domain name provided by .xyz

Judging Criteria

Creativity: The novelty of the product
Experience: Whether the product brings a new or smooth experience when used.
Business value: Whether the product will produce commercial value.
Presentation: The team is clear and rational about the product.
Impact: The scale of impact of the problem solved by the product.
Technology: The technical difficulty required for the product and the quality of the smart contracts used.
Completion: The product is complete and can be fully operational.
Design: product appearance, user interface, and user experience.


3rd Floor Building 7 Shenzhen Bay Eco-Technology Park(Shenzhenwan Science and Technology Ecological Garden),  Shenzhen Bay Inno Mall, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

Agenda of Hackathon

First day

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. Official launch + Sponsors pitches
11:00 a.m. Matchmaking session
11:30 a.m. Coding starts/Lunch
6:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Late Night Snack

Second day

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
11:30 a.m. End of Code/Lunch
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Final Demos
3:00 p.m.-4.00 p.m. Jury deliberation/Winners announcement

Task statement


We have prepared 15 special prizes, for the winning team, as well as most innovative team, the most valuable team, and the team that completes their product most. You can build whatever you come up with within 24 hours.

Ontology Challenge-Sponsored by Ontology

Ontology is a high-performance public blockchains and a distributed trust collaboration platform. Ontology multi chain framework provides customized public blockchain systems for various of industries/scenarios/companies in their own chains. These independent chains are also able to collaborate with each other among chain network with Ontology modules &protocol groups (cross-chain/identity/date exchange/reputation/sign).

Anyone takes Ontology Challenges as follows

  1. Try to build an application for real-world scenarios using modules provided byOntology – digital identity and/or data exchange (DDXF).
  2. Try to enhance Ontology modules (OWallet, DID, OEPs, ) by adding new features/functions/GUIs or create new ones for whatever cases that you assume to be valuable.
  3. Try to enhance Ontology blockchain explorer with rich functions designed for dAppsoverview and detailed view, also with highly customizable interface which is adaptable for real world business (both public and private chains).

Will have a chance to win the special Ontology prizes

  • First Prize: 10,000 USD in ONT
  • Second Prize: 5,000 USD in ONT
  • Third Prize: 3,000 USD in ONT
  • The Best Creative Prize: 1,000 USD in ONT
  • The Best User Experience Prize: 1,000 USD in ONT


How technically impressive was the hack? Is there a clear need for a token, smart contract, and distributed ledger technology? Did it successfully implement Ontology’s framework and tools?

How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution? Is it unique and defensible?

Is the project applicable for real-world scenarios? Can it tackle any existing issues in our daily life?

What is the growth potential of this application? What impact can it have on the world as a whole?

For technical manuals please check https://ont.io/

· Arcblock

Build decentralized applications by using ArcBlock OCAP platform.

Being a next-generation blockchain technology, ArcBlock invented Open Chain Access Protocol, which allows users to use the similar interface to access data from different chains, so that they can “learn once, build everywhere”. Right now ArcBlock OCAP platform has in-depth support for Bitcoin and Ethereum, with a wide variety SDK in different platforms (javascript, android, iOS, nodejs, python, etc), to enable developers to access data from the Blockchain easily.

The API provided by OCAP can be accessed through https://ocap.arcblock.io The detailed API doc and various SDKs could be accessed from: https://support.arcblock.io/hc/en-us/articles/360014254452-Getting-Started-with-ArcBlock-s-Development-Platform

Will have a chance to win the special prizes:

  • First Prize: iPhone XS Max 64GB
  • Second Prize: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition
  • Third Prize: HHKB Professional Keyboard(white)


· TomatoWallet

Building payment tools based on the application platform framework of the TomatoWallet,

On the architecture of the cloud wallet, the TomatoWallet for the first time realize the bitcoin red envelope function without the need for block confirmation with zero second. The TomatoWallet 3.0 App introduces the concept of a dual-core wallet, with a centralized cloud wallet and a decentralized HD wallet, which can solve the small transfer fee problem and realized the speed transfer function.

For technical manuals please check https://fanqieqianbao.com/ (The site is in Mandarin)

Will have a chance to win the special prizes:

  • First Prize: iPhone XS Max
  • Second Prize:5,000 RMB in BTC
  • Third Prize: 3,000 RMB in BTC

· Dapp.com & CryptoKitties & Animoca

Develop an Ethereum based decentralized application (dapp) utilizing the CryptoKitties API

CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first blockchain games. ‘Blockchain’ is the technology that makes things like Bitcoin possible. While CryptoKitties isn’t a digital currency, it does offer the same security: each CryptoKitty is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you. It cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.

You can get the API at https://docs.api.cryptokitties.co/

Will have a chance to win the special prizes:

  • First Prize: MacBook
  • Second Prize:6,000 RMB in BTC
  • Third Prize: 3,000 RMB in BTC





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