Voting on EtherCamps 2nd Hackathon is Getting Interesting
EtherCamp 2nd Hackathon—Virtual Accelerator
All the rage right now is finding out how to become a developer for the blockchain startups you are associated with and how to get in on the ground floor of other startups that you think will be successful. Currently there is a way for you to do both! Ether Camp is holding its 2nd hackathon, and a virtual accelerator. This live coding event gives hopeful startups a chance to be judged by blockchain’s finest and also win $50,000. The camps/startups, have their own unique page with details on their idea, and a link to the sites open IDE. Judges, participants and fans who like what they see can vote for their favorites.
As I was trolling twitter for current bitcoin, and other blockchain news I came across Dialthisnumber, who tweeted a pic, “Vote for eSports! Go to ether camps hackathon, and vote for: Crowdfunded eSports!” I sent them a DM and asked what this was all about. The reply came quick and swift. “EtherCamp is hosting its 2nd Hackathon. We are allowed to solicit votes from our friends and followers on social media. So go to https://hack.ether.camp/scoreboard register and vote now for eSports. Tell your friends too!”
Needless to say, I went to the site and registered for the live ether camp hackathon. After logging in, I was a bit confused on how the process worked. There was a way for me to vote, but I needed votes in order to vote. I figured, I got a quick reply back the first time, why not try #DialThisNumber again. They did not disappoint.
DialThisNumber.net gave me a step-by-step tutorial on how to purchase ether and how to download the myetherwallet. From the ‘myetherwallet’ I was able to send ether to my ether camp account, and I was able to vote. They have a YouTube channel that explains in laymen’s terms what Ethereum is, how the blockchain works, and they even host meetups on how to get a wallet and spend your cryptocurrency. What I enjoyed about this experience is that #dialthisnumber didn’t make me feel like an idiot. Though they were very knowledgeable, they didn’t use tech vernacular and made sure that at each step I had complete understanding before going further.
As I was on the site I noticed that Crowdfunded eSports was number 9. That’s pretty good considering that there are hundreds of companies online competing for the $50k. On the Crowdfunded eSports Team page it says that it is powered by Ethereum and governed with futarchy. The solution that eSports provides to the connectivity problem with fans and lack of brand loyalty is this; their “crowdfunding model allows fans to become part of the team and help make decisions, which will massively increase loyalty”.
The Crowdfunded eSports team has a slide presentation that you can watch here: https://hack.ether.camp/public/crowdfunded-esports-team