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Apply: Campus Blockchain Hackathon

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The Campus Blockchain Hackathon is an initiative of Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI), to give students from institutions of higher learning in Africa, early exposure to the career and business opportunities being presented by the Blockchain/DLT Digital Innovations.

The Hackathon creates a structured and sustainable community that nurtures and empowers awesome developers by providing and democratizing access to knowledge, capital, and mentorship.

“The African continent has this year become the new hotbed for peer-to-peer cryptocurrencies trading, as shown by the Chainanalysis crypto adoption index that places, for the first time, Nigeria and Kenya featuring in the top second and eight of global nations, respectively.

“This presents not only an opportunity, but a call for immediate action in grooming indigenous Blockchain ideation, deploying needed solutions, and driving practical adoption.” – Kayode Babarinde, Executive Director, Africa Blockchain Institute.

This contest asks students from academic institutions of higher learning across Africa, to build Blockchain Applications on Free TON that will add value to both the continent and the Free TON network.

FREE TON positions itself as a community of the Open Source (OS) project that was created by the developers of the Telegram Open Network (TON).

The Hackathon is planned to engage the academia on everything and anything they need to know about Blockchain Technology.

Topics covered will not only give participants a good understanding of the Blockchain and how it works but will also discuss current and future applications and how they are being implemented to change the world profitably.


  • Fintech infrastructure/Digital Wallets (to help those who do not have access to banking)
  • Human rights protections.
  • Land ownership and registry
  • National voting platforms
  • High tech job creation

(Participants are allowed to specify any other applications that best serve the needs of Africa).

The contest is divided into the country competition, regional competition, then continental competition. While the country and regional competitions are virtual, winners of regional competitions will receive an all-expense-paid trip to visit Rwanda for the finals.

Even if you are a newbie, don’t panic! Some of the best technical experts in the blockchain community will be there to help you build your project. Come as you are!


1st prize 25,000 TONS

2nd prize 15,000 TONS

3rd prize 5,000 TONS

4th to 20th place 1,000 TONS

Plus other supporting prizes.

The grand finale will be hosted at the African Leadership University, Kigali-Rwanda.

The Hackathon Program is in partnership with the Rwanda Information Society authority (RISA); Ministry of ICT & Innovation, Republic of Rwanda; Government Blockchain Association – Africa; African Leadership University; and TON Labs.

Notable Dates

Applications open: December 21st, 2020.

Idea screening & award: January 4th – 21st, 2021.

Application Deadline: January 22nd, 2021.

Hackathon Dates: February 1st, 2021 – April 8th, 2021 

Begin your application here:


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