5 reasons why you should participate in Hackathons

OKT Chain
4 min readMar 8


5 reasons why you should participate in Hackathons

As a web 3 and smart contract developer, you’re constantly looking for new opportunities to hone your skills and make a name for yourself in the industry. One of the best ways to do this is by participating in hackathons. Hackathons are events that bring together developers, designers, and other tech enthusiasts to create new products or solutions in a limited amount of time. Here are X reasons why you should participate in hackathons:

Sharpen your skills

Hackathons can provide a unique opportunity for developers to learn new skills, techniques and technologies. Participating in a hackathon requires quick learning and the ability to adapt to new challenges and technologies. For example, a hackathon focused on blockchain technology may require developers to learn new programming languages, such as Solidity, to create smart contracts. This type of experience can be invaluable in helping developers to learn new skills quickly, which can be applied to their future work. Additionally, hackathons often involve working in teams, which can help developers to improve their communication and collaboration skills.

Network with other developers

Hackathons are a great opportunity to meet other developers in the industry. These events bring together developers, designers, and other tech enthusiasts who are passionate about the same things. For example, the ETHDenver hackathon is an annual event that brings together developers and blockchain enthusiasts from around the world. Participants have the opportunity to network with other developers, as well as industry leaders, and attend workshops and panel discussions on the latest trends and technologies in the blockchain industry.

Get feedback on your work

Hackathons offer an opportunity to receive feedback on your work from judges, mentors, and other participants. This feedback can be invaluable in helping developers to improve their coding skills and learn new techniques. For example, a hackathon may have a panel of judges who evaluate each project based on specific criteria, such as creativity, functionality, and overall effectiveness. Receiving feedback from these judges can help developers to understand what worked well and what could be improved in their projects.

Learn about new technologies

Hackathons often focus on specific technologies or themes. For example, the ETHWaterloo hackathon is focused on building decentralized applications (DApps) on the Ethereum blockchain. Participating in these events can be a great way to learn about new technologies and see how they can be applied to real-world problems. Additionally, hackathons often have mentors available who can provide guidance and help developers learn new techniques and technologies.

Build your portfolio

Hackathons provide a great opportunity to build a portfolio of work that can be showcased to potential employers or clients. The products developed during hackathons can be used as proof of concept for a variety of applications. For example, a developer who participated in the ETHIndia hackathon developed a decentralized ticketing system using the Ethereum blockchain. This project could be used to demonstrate their ability to create real-world solutions using blockchain technology.

Hackathons are a valuable experience for web 3 and smart contract developers. They provide an opportunity to sharpen skills, learn new technologies, network with other developers, receive feedback on work and build a portfolio. Hackathons can be found all over the world and can be great events for developers to showcase their skills and connect with others in the industry. By participating in hackathons, developers can gain invaluable experience and knowledge that can be applied to their future work.

Join OKX Hackathon

If you’re ready to put your web3 development skills to the test, sign up for the BUILD with OKX Hackathon 2023. This exciting event will bring together web3 developers from all over the world to collaborate and build innovative projects using the latest technologies and tools. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to showcase your skills, network with industry leaders, and potentially launch your next big project. Sign up today and get ready to hack!

Timeline to sign-up

Application period: Now- March 22

Application closes on March 22, 23:59 PST.

Accepted participants will be notified via email.

Workshops + Grouping: March 17th-22nd

Meet and find your potential team members during our workshops and sharing sessions by thought leaders in the space.

Hackathon: March 24 to 26

Address: 3120 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 95054

*Only open to accepted participants

Who can participate?

Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate. Whether you’re new to blockchain or a seasoned developer, OKX experts will be available to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have.

Join Our Upcoming Hackathon from 24–26 March 2023



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