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Shock The Web ⚡️ is back this June for our second lightning hackathon of 2022. We'll be picking up from where we left off last time, enabling makers to explore, build and design web applications that can interact with lightning & WebLN.

Our first hackathon back in March was a huge success. We had over 10 hours of workshops, talks, mentorship, and discussions from some of the biggest names in the lightning ecosystem, plus 13 teams of makers coming together to submit their projects, winning trophies, badges, as well as $2650 in prizes! Most importantly, we helped onboard new makers into lightning's ecosystem and had fun building lightning web applications using WebLN along the way!

This time around, to keep things interesting, we’re going to change up the format a bit. Structured around a shorter 4 day format, Shock the Web 2 ⚡️will be starting on Thursday (June 16th) with a day of discussions and workshops. We'll then let you get on with hacking for the whole weekend until the submission deadline (17th-19th). Of-course, we’re going to have mentors to help you along the way. Register now, so you don’t miss out on the FUN!

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gold medal

1st

$1,600

silver medal

2nd

$650

bronz medal

3rd

$250

best design medal

Best Design

$100

Schedule

Thursday 16 th

- Day 1

9 events

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Welcome makers 👾

12:00 - 12:30 PM, UTC

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Opportunities awaiting Bitcoin developers

12:30 - 12:55 PM, UTC - Oluwasegun Kosemani

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Panel Discussion: Web3 on Lightning ⚡

13:00 - 14:00 PM, UTC - Roy Sheinfeld, John Carvalho, & Christoph Ono

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Reimagining lightning UX on web

14:10 - 14:40 PM, UTC - Anthony Potdevin

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Introduction to WebLN Guide

14:45 - 15:00 PM, UTC - Moritz Kaminski

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WebLN Guide + LN app template demo

15:00 - 16:00 PM, UTC - Rene Aaron

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Escrowed lightning payments

16:20 - 16:45 PM, UTC - Super Testnet

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Introducing LNC-web by Lightning Labs

17:00 - 18:00 PM, UTC - Evan Kaloudis

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Getting started w. LSATs/Aperature

18:00 - 18:45 PM, UTC - Hannah Rosenberg

Friday 17 th

- Day 2

3 events

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Hacking begins 💻

12:00 - 20:00 PM, UTC

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Q+A with mentors ❓

14:00 - 16:00 PM, UTC

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Makers hangout 🍕

20:00 - 21:00 PM, UTC

Saturday 18 th

- Day 3

3 events

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Hacking continues 💻

12:00 - 20:00 PM, UTC

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Q+A with mentors ❓

14:00 - 16:00 PM, UTC

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Makers hangout 🍕

20:00 - 21:00 PM, UTC

Sunday 19 th

- Day 4

6 events

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Hacking continues 💻

12:00 - 16:00 PM, UTC

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Q+A with mentors ❓

12:00 - 13:00 PM, UTC

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Submissions close 🚨

16:00 PM, UTC

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Final presentations 🍿

17:00 - 19:00 PM, UTC

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Results + closing ceremony 🏆

20:00 - 20:30 PM, UTC

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Post hackathon hangout 🎉

20:30 - break of dawn, UTC

Speakers

Rene Aaron avatar

Rene Aaron

Maker

@_reneaaron
Oluwasegun. K avatar

Oluwasegun. K

Botmecash

@MrlamilamiKosch
Roy Sheinfeld avatar

Roy Sheinfeld

Breez

@Breez_Tech
John Carvalho avatar

John Carvalho

Synonym

@BitcoinErrorLog
Anthony Potdevin avatar

Anthony Potdevin

Amboss

@tonyioi
Christoph Ono avatar

Christoph Ono

Bitcoin Design

@GBKS
Evan Kaloudis avatar

Evan Kaloudis

Lightning Labs

@evankaloudis
Hannah Rosenberg avatar

Hannah Rosenberg

Lightning Labs

@hmichellerose

Judges

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Ben Arc

LNbits

@arcbtc
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Moritz Kaminski

Alby

@moritzkaminski
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Roy Sheinfeld

Breez

@Breez_Tech
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John Carvalho

Synonym

@BitcoinErrorLog
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Stephen DeLorme

Bitcoin Design

@StephenDeLorme
judge bumi

Conor Okus

Spiral

@ConorOkus
judge bumi

Oleg Mikhalsky

Fulgur Ventures

@olegmikh1
judge bumi

Nifty Nei

Blockstream

@niftynei

FAQs

What is Shock the Web?

Shock the Web is a virtual hackathon to promote, explore, build and design web applications that can interact with WebLN enabled wallets and browsers. We want to make building on bitcoin more accessible to the masses of web developers out there.

Bitcoin development can seem scary for new developers coming in, but it doesn’t have to be. With the lightning network’s toolkit and libraries a bunch of new opportunities are waiting to be explored. We hope these hackathons can be a chance for you to preview what is possible on bitcoin and the lightning network by fostering collaboration, hopefully shortening (or easing) any developer onboarding time, and helping you connect with other makers in a fun and friendly space.

When and where will it take place?

Shock the Web 2 ⚡️ will take place online between 16th-19th June (Thu-Sun). All workshops, events, talks, and panels from day one will be streamed straight onto BOLT🔩FUN’s YouTube channel, so you can join us live or catch up in your own time!

All communications, team building, news, updates, schedules, mentorship, and everything else will take place inside of BOLT🔩FUN’s Discord - so jump in and say hi 👋 to other makers, begin forming teams, discussing project ideas, and get started on your lightning journey!

What will we be doing?

Just like last time, our first day of hacking will be dedicated to providing makers with some awesome lightning workshops, talks, discussions, and more from some of the industry’s leading experts!

We’ll then roll into 3 days of straight up hacking - allowing makers to connect with other participants + mentors, working away at building awesome lightning web apps! On the final evening, makers will submit their projects for review and have a chance to present them live to the maker community and our judges!

This is my first time hacking on lightning, will there be help?

As mentioned, our first day of hacking will be dedicated to providing makers with some awesome lightning workshops, talks, discussions, and more from some of the industry’s leading experts! This should provide some valuable insight and resources on getting started building your first lightning web app.

And if that’s not enough, we’ve got over 10 hours worth of online tutorials, workshops, and talks to get you started hacking at lightning speed! Just visit BOLT🔩FUN’s YouTube or BitcoinTV channels and get started with some of these great tutorials:

- Introduction to the Alby Web Extension
- Building Your First Lightning Web App
- Building on LNbits
- Getting started with the Galoy API

But that’s not all! Some of the kind folks over at Alby have also just released a WebLN Guide so you can get started building your first lightning web app in minutes!

Who can take part?

Anyone! Hackathons are often very developer focused, and design is often left to one side. However, great products or experiences require this gap to be bridged. It’s time to get designers and developers on the same team so we can create fun and cool new products.

We’d love to involve anyone that wants to take part: designers, developers, PMs, consultants, noobs! Everyone is welcome.

Looking for a team to hack with?

If you’re looking for a team to hack with, jump into our Discord and introduce yourself in our #team-building channel. Let other makers know who you are, where you’re from, what skills, resources, and time you can offer, plus what you’re excited to hack on over the course of the weekend!

Teams are self-organised, however we’d advise structuring your team so that you have a variety of skill sets (designers, devs, PMs, artists, researchers, copywriters, etc).

How will projects be judged?

We will have a panel of judges who will evaluate all final project submissions on Sunday evening (19th, UTC). They will judge projects on the following criteria:

- 🎯 Value Proposition: Does the app have a market? Can it make an impact?
- 💡 Innovation: Is that something we’ve seen before or it brings something new? Is there use of innovative technologies?
- ⚡️ Lightning Integration: Has the product used lightning and WebLN? Does it feel natural? Does it provide significant value to the bitcoin community (and beyond)?
- ✅ Execution: Although it’s a hackathon, attention to details and UI/UX focus are important. How well has the project executed their idea?
- 🍒 UI/UX Design: Taking into account both UI and UX, how well is the application or feature designed?
- 🔥 Je ne sais quoi: Taking into account the overall feel or “coolness” of the application. Does it have that extra level of pazaz?

Judges will score each category from 1-5, with a total possible score of 30. Scores will be tallied up, giving us 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. In the case that any of the top 3 teams have equal points totals, we can decide winners with a last minute tie break vote.

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