The 2022 Polkadot Winter Hackathon APAC co-organized by OneBlock, Parity and Amazon Cloud Technology ended today in Chengdu, China. This hackathon attracted more than 200 developers and 48 projects around the globe as participants. Only 23 teams entered the final round after the intense elimination competition and demonstrated their project execution skills and strong technical strength on demo day.
Among the projects developed by the 23 final teams, 6 leading projects were built on the Cumulus Encrypted Storage System (CESS) chain or integrated CESS’s decentralized cloud storage services. These projects respectively are the decentralized mail system PMail, decentralized video streaming platform VIDEOWN, decentralized document signing platform YGY and Designer, decentralized podcast QV.OD, and decentralized code repository Gitverse.
Tenet, the development team of VIDEOWN, a decentralized streaming media platform built on the CESS chain, won the first prize and the best innovation award of the 2022 Polkadot Winter Hackathon. The Gitverse and PMail (RedStone Network) that also built with CESS network respectively won second and third prize.
In addition, the AdMeta team also won the second prize, and the PrivaDEX team and zkNFT team won the third prize. The ALine team won the Excellence Award, and the Cumulon Protocol team won the Developer’s Favorite Award.
It is worth mentioning that on this hackathon demo day, many developers showed great interest in CESS, the “new star” storage network in the Polkadot ecosystem. The developers discussed in depth with the CESS team the changes that decentralized cloud storage has brought to the scalability and performance of Web3 projects. Some of the teams that use CESS decentralized cloud storage development projects also said that it is the decentralized storage function of CESS that makes the projects they develop come true or greatly improve their project performance.
The prize ($3000USD) funded by CESS for this hackathon was awarded to VIDEOWN, QV.OD and Gitverse, and was split and shared equally. The first prize of this hackathon is 15,380 DOT (worth about $73,000 USD), the second and third prizes are 6,150 DOT (about $29,000 USD) and 3,070 DOT (about $14,500 USD) .
In addition to CESS, Moonbeam, Gear, Manta Network, Web3Games, and Amazon Cloud (AWS) all provided prizes for this hackathon. These sponsor projects selected team Amphi, team Designer, team zkNFT, team Aura Wallet, and team O20k as winning teams.
Last year, the CESS team participated in the Polkadot Hackathon APAC for the first time and won first prize. A year later, CESS became the infrastructure for the champion team’s project development. In just 365 days, CESS has gone from ‘newcomer’ to an important provider of decentralized cloud storage solutions for the entire Polkadot creator ecosystem.
In 2022, CESS underwent iterations of 5 major test versions, and gradually implemented the self-developed consensus and storage proof mechanism. Last month, CESS officially launched the decentralized object storage service (DeOSS) with high security, scalability and privacy rights management, and reached a cooperation with Amazon Cloud, the world’s largest cloud service provider.
In 2023, CESS will provide developers with more grants and prizes, as well as even more powerful decentralized cloud storage services and development tools. Of course, the most exciting thing is that CESS will soon usher in its mainnet launch. Looking forward, CESS is ready to become a decentralized cloud storage infrastructure for the Polkadot ecosystem and gradually for the whole Web3, and even Web2!