Upland, the popular and fastest-growing metaverse app mapped to the real world, is partnering with the EOS Network Foundation to launch its second hackathon for web2 and web3 developers. The aim is to create new games and experiences leveraging Upland assets. The EOS Network Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that coordinates public goods funding and support to encourage the growth of the EOS Network.
Hackathon for metaverse development
Upland is the only metaverse mapped to the real world, allowing developers to create experiences that leverage unique characteristics of the Upland ecosystem, such as geo-specific context and assets. This year’s Hackathon event is designed to empower developers to create unique, immersive, and community-driven experiences that drive increased engagement in the metaverse. Participants are invited to participate in one of three tracks: Metaverse Innovation Track, FIFA Women World Cup 2023 (FWWC23) Track, and Design Track.
Idan Zuckerman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Upland, said that the event is part of the company’s mission to build the first Metaverse Super App. Each track has a contextual connection to the Upland ecosystem, community, and economy. Developers, designers, artists, gamers, and blockchain enthusiasts will be provided with the tools, support, and inspiration to bring their Web3 game ideas to life.
The Hackathon event will have four judges, including representatives from Upland, FIFA, and the EOS Network Foundation. Each project submission will be rated for the quality of each pitch and its prototype, its use of Upland’s 3rd-party development tools, its team’s composition and diversity, business feasibility, and fulfillment of the Hackathon’s mission statement.
Yves La Rose, founder and CEO of the EOS Network Foundation, commented on the partnership:
“We are very excited about this opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the brightest metaverse developers today (…) EOS has made GameFi a cornerstone of its ecosystem development, and Upland is one of its biggest success stories so far. Upland chose to build on EOS because it’s one of the most robust and scalable networks of all, with an extremely diverse and talented pool of developers. Now we’ll get the chance to see what those developers can do, and we’re extremely enthusiastic about helping them bring their ideas to life.”
The various initiatives from Upland
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Track is an exciting initiative from Upland, FIFA’s official metaverse partner. Developers can leverage Upland’s third-party SDK along with FIFA NFTs to create games and experiences that showcase their creativity. The winning project will be displayed at the FIFA World Cup Village in Upland.
Upland’s Design Track challenges creators to design a 3D asset that will serve as the trophy for the World of Football eSports tournament. In this tournament, players compete in live football matches that take place in the Upland metaverse.
The Innovation Track invites developers to submit community-focused Web3 games or experiences that promote socializing and sharing value. This flexible track allows developers to use Upland’s developer tools to create any kind of game or experience that they believe can become an Upland metaverse hit.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup and Innovation Tracks offer Grand Prizes worth $10,000, with $5,000 going to the runners-up of each track. The winner of the Design Track will be awarded 2 million Upland UPX tokens. Additionally, the Grand Prize and Runner-up Prize winners will join Upland’s post-hackathon incubator.
The Hackathon begins with a kick-off party with OnePiece Labs and will be officially launched at GDC on March 22. Teams can register for the Hackathon until May 12, and submissions are due by May 26. Finalists will be selected on May 28, and the final presentation and awards ceremony will take place during Upland’s annual Genesis Week Conference at the Sahara Casino and Resort in Las Vegas on June 9.
Upland is an open web3 platform for the metaverse that is mapped to the real world. The company aims to create a dynamic maker community through a strong entrepreneur economy that allows players, creators, developers, and brands to manufacture goods and experiences, monetize assets, and provide utility and fun to other players. Upland is headquartered in Silicon Valley with hubs in Las Vegas, Ukraine, and Brazil, and is committed to becoming carbon negative. Upland is available on iOS, Android, and the web and can be played from anywhere in the world.
The EOS Network is an advanced blockchain platform of the third generation that runs on the powerful EOS VM. This high-performance WebAssembly engine has low-latency and extensible capabilities that make it ideal for creating optimal Web3 experiences for both users and developers. As a Layer-1 network, EOS is the preferred choice for developers seeking to build blockchain-based games (GameFi), deploy decentralized applications (dApps), and create digital assets like NFTs.
One of the key advantages of EOS is its collaboration with multiple chains, built on the Antelope framework, utilizing Antelope Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC). Additionally, the EOS Network Foundation (ENF) is responsible for driving funding towards public goods that support free and open source tools and infrastructure.