At openDeFi, we bring startup magic, blockchain experts, & curious developers together for 2.5 weeks of innovation.Build Something Useful - IRL
Technical Workshops With Q/A:
Learn new skills from the best cryptographers, DeFi experts, and blockchain engineers in the space. Ask questions. Get hired. Create or contribute to the formation of a viable blockchain business.
Hackathon & Team Formation:
Form your teams, start building your protoype, connect with mentors & investors, and ask questions.
Investor Dinners, Hacking, & Pitch Practice
Join us IRL in San Francisco. Eat good food, get feedback on your project from your peers, and continue building.
Demo Day & Job Fair:
Teams will have 3 minutes to pitch their project in front of a crowd of investors from around the globe. Win prizes & potentially get funded. Blockchain companies will be actively conducting interviews & may hire!
Speakers & Mentors
Founder & Organizer of OpenDeFi
ex-Head of Growth @ Stellar (XLM), Solana; ex-Director @Tezos (TQ).
Co-Founder of Gitcoin
ex-Ethereum Support Group Member; Consensys Grants Advisory Committee
Managing Partner at Proof of Capital
Founder @RelayNode & @Startup Digest. ex-GreyLock Partners
Co-Founder of CryptoKitties
Hyper Growth @DapperLabs
Advisor & Mentor @Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Tech (UC Berkeley)
ex-Senior Director, Digital Products @Visa
Co-Founder of She256; Co-Founder @Opyn
R&D at Blockchain @ Berkeley; Research @MechanismLabs
Founder & CEO of Blockscale
Created the Staking Infrastructure for the Tezos Foundation; works with CoinBase Custody.
Co-Founder of Starfish Mission
ETH SF Meetup Organizer; Community @Nervos.
Advisor & Co-Founder of Cornell Blockchain
BD at Tezos (TQ); ex-Barclays; ex-IBM
Baek Kyoum Kim
Senior Associate at Hashed
Ex-engineer @ Amazon Web Services
Head of Grants @ The Web3 Foundation
ex-Venture Investor @CMCC Global
Head of Business Development @Harbor
ex-Venture Principal @SkyDeck Berkeley, ex-Investments @Oxford Seed Fund
Korea Lead @GO.Exchange
Seoul Curator @RelayNode; Ex-BD Manager @KyberNetwork
Software Engineer @Coinbase Custody
Ex-Consultant @Metastable Capital; Ex-Intern at Numerai
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Frequently Asked Questions
No. OpenDeFi Hackathons are 100% open to all developers & designers regardless of skill level.
Our first hackathon will happen in San Francisco, January 2020. Apply below to reserve your spot.
OpenDeFi runs hackathons & works with universities, research organizations, and quality DeFi projects to inspire students & hackers to build privacy applications & next-gen, decentralized financial instruments.
Yes! Mentors are a critical part of OpenDeFi hackathon - they assist hackers by giving advice, helping troubleshoot, and providing other assistance. Shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send all sponsorship inquiries to email@example.com.
Apply To OpenDeFi To Join In On The Fun! Meet Your Next Co-Founders, Investors, & Mentors.