Meet the winners of the Riptide hackathon

Bringing the next wave of high-impact projects to the Solana ecosystem.

Meet the winners of the Riptide hackathon

Solana Ventures is pleased to announce the results of Riptide, a global hackathon focused on bringing the next wave of high-impact projects into the Solana ecosystem. Riptide is the fifth Solana hackathon, and the first to take place as Solana Hacker Houses gathered builders from around the globe. The hackathon  brought together crypto pioneers and developers from around the world to build projects on the Solana blockchain spanning Payments, DeFi, Gaming, DAOs, and everything in-between.

Open to teams globally, Riptide saw nearly 7000 participants submit 550 final projects to the judges. Google, Visa, Jump Crypto, Samsung NEXT, MonkeDAO, and Mango joined Solana Ventures as category sponsors for the global hackathon, offering participants a global prize pool of up to $5 million in prizes and seed funding.  

“I’m thrilled to see the projects that have started building on Solana during Riptide,” said Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana Labs. “From payments to governance, games to finance to web3, the builders in the Solana ecosystem are paving the way for mass adoption of blockchain technology.”

Browse through all the project submissions in the Riptide public directory.

Without further ado, here are your winners:

Grand Champion

Cronos, an on-chain task scheduler that allows users to schedule instructions, received the Grand Champion prize of $65,000 in USDC, along with passes to attend Breakpoint, the annual Solana conference in Lisbon Nov. 4-7, 2022, where they will present their project.

See their presentation:

Payments Track

For the Payments track, first place went to mtnPay, a suite of payment solutions that include an iOS point-of-sale app, securing a prize of $50,000 in USDC.

Additional prizes went to:

  • Second: Tiplink, a single-link payment solution.
  • Third: Commerce DAO, a fully integrated web3 commerce payment stack.
  • Fourth: NiftyPay, a tool that allows creators to add NFT-linked access to real life events.
  • Fifth: Elfo Protocol, a subscription payments protocol.

Although they did not win any prizes, the judges would also like to recognize, in no particular order, the work of the following honorable mentions:

DeFi Track

For the DeFi track, first place went to Otter Cash, a privacy layer for Solana, securing a prize of $50,000 in USDC.

Additional prizes went to:

  • Second: Advent, a fixed-rate borrow/lend protocol with concentrated liquidity.
  • Third: Million Finance, self-balancing, non-custodial index funds that also generate yield.
  • Fourth: OptiFi, a derivatives DEX with a portfolio-based margining approach and partial liquidations engine.
  • Fifth: zkSwap, a zero-knowledge AMM.

Although they did not win any prizes, the judges would also like to recognize, in no particular order, the work of the following honorable mentions:

Web3 Track

For the Web3  track, first place went to Wordcel, a decentralized publishing stack that enables creators to publish, distribute and monetize their work on-chain, securing a prize of $50,000 in USDC.

Additional prizes went to:

  • Second: Crossmint, an SDK to allow NFT creators to accept credit card payments.
  • Third: Tensor, which provides robust pricing data on NFTs.
  • Fourth: RealityCoin, a protocol encouraging people to create real-world maps for the metaverse.  
  • Fifth: DeGit, a decentralized Git repository.

Although they did not win any prizes, the judges would also like to recognize, in no particular order, the work of the following honorable mentions:

Gaming Track

For the Gaming track, first place went to Strangemood, a decentralized gaming platform and marketplace that allows users to build their own storefronts, securing a prize of $50,000 in USDC.

Additional prizes went to:

  • Second: Rogue Star, a futuristic, space shooter-inspired MMORPG.
  • Third: SolRace, a drive-to-earn racing game.
  • Fourth: LadderCaster, a DAO-based NFT strategy game.
  • Fifth: Badbeat Poker, an NFT-powered poker community.

Although they did not win any prizes, the judges would also like to recognize, in no particular order, the work of the following honorable mentions:

DAOs Track

For the DAOs track, first place went to Strata Launchpad, a protocol that allows users to easily launch their own tokens, which secured a prize of $50,000 in USDC.

Additional prizes went to:

  • Second: Slide, an expense management tool for DAOs.
  • Third: Gilder, which allows users to interact with DAOs via a mobile app.
  • Fourth: Tokr, an open-source protocol for financing real-world assets.
  • Fifth: ded.social, a decentralized social media platform.

Although they did not win any prizes, the judges would also like to recognize, in no particular order, the work of the following honorable mentions:

Community Prizes

The Community Choice award went to ReadON, a project which uses a GameFi structure to incentivize a reading lifestyle, receiving a $10k USDC prize for the project.

Several members of the Solana ecosystem also sponsored Company Prizes for excellent integrations. Unless otherwise noted, the winners — which are selected by the providers of the prize — will receive $30,000 in USDC:

Thank you to all who submitted a project, judged, or gave a talk. Riptide was a rousing success and it could not have been done without your support.

Check out all the submissions. Congratulations, everyone!