DoraHacks’ Filecoin Grant Application Guide: Enter and Share the $115k Prize Pool

*Prize pool updated: $115,000 now!

What is Filecoin Grant?

Filecoin Grant Global Online Hackathon is open for developers from all over the world starting until July 18! The hackathon is co-organized by Filecoin, a decentralized storage network, and DoraHacks, a global developer community and hackathon organizer.

The program encourages and supports early-stage developer projects that build next-generation decentralized protocols and applications involving Filecoin/IPFS. All participants can submit their projects on DoraHacks’ blockchain developer platform to win a slice of the $115K grand prize pool!

For registration and teaming-up, please join the Telegram group chat or add @hackerlinkofficial on Telegram!

*Gas fee needed. If you do not have enough balance, please contact @hackerlinkofficial on Telegram. We can help!

How is the Prize Pool Distributed?

The $115k prize pool will be divided into 2 portions:

Part of it will be allocated proportionally based on the number of votes each team gets from the judge panel;

the other part will be allocated based on the popularity of each project (as determined by the community voters);

In addition, each team can get direct donation from the community. When community members vote on the project, they’re making direct donations to the project and become the project’s sponsors.


Submission Period: May 1, 2021 — July 18, 2021

Submitted projects will be displayed on each round’s detail page, and a real-time community donation ranking will be displayed on the leaderboard.

Voting Period: May 1, 2021 — July 18, 2021

Who Can Apply?

In general, any project involving Filecoin or IPFS can apply!

Filecoin Grant Global Online Hackathon accepts the following types of early-stage and senior projects, including but not limited to:

  • IPFS & Filecoin for NFTs — This new non-fungible world brings new challenges, and a need for new tools and services. Solve a problem that the NFT explosion brings — archiving or organizing collections, NFT backpacks or widgets or other ways to show off your collection, tools for valuation or provenance connections, tools for management and publishing.
  • Developer Tools — We live in a mostly HTTP world, and all our tools assume it’s the protocol we’re using. We need you to build new tools for debugging, diagnosing, visualizing or otherwise aiding development with IPFS, Filecoin and libp2p. This could be a developer integrations, such as an extension for browser developer tools, VS Code extension or any other IDE or cloud service integration. Or it could be a debugging tool for network conditions, DHT performance or content availability. Anything that makes developers’ lives easier counts!
  • Decentralizing Data — We REST on the availability of data on the HTTP web, but the future needs us to put that same data on Filecoin and IPFS. We challenge you to find existing data and make it available on IPFS — map data, historical data, content archives, financial data. Included in this challenge is tooling — libraries for automatically publishing from existing HTTP datasources to IPFS, or managing updates to existing data, or tools for indexing, searching and managing large data sets.

How to apply?

  1. Open, and click on the right corner to log in. If you’re new to Hackerlink, login with your GitHub or email. If you choose email, a verification code will be sent to your email to create your account.
  • When registering a new account, please fill in your information with your mostly used contacts (such as Whatsapp, and Telegram)

2. Click “Grant” on the top-bar, and then click “Filecoin Grant” on the page. Or you can try clicking

3. Click on “Apply Grant”. Make sure you’re on the Filecoin Grant’s page, instead of other grant programs.

4. Choose “Filecoin Grant Round 1”, connect your wallet (MetaMask or WalletConnect) to HackerLink. Make sure to change to the BSC network.

*Gas fee needed. If you do not have enough balance, please contact @hackerlinkofficial on Telegram. We can help!

If your MetaMask doesn’t have BSC network yet, select “Custom RPC” in the MetaMask page, and enter in the BSC mainnet details as follows:

*If you're still stuck at this step, scroll down to the Q&A section of this article for a step-by-step guide with screenshots.

5. Fill in the project name, team info, GitHub link, Twitter etc. Please complete the information as much as possible. Verify your Twitter links and GitHub Repo so that Filecoin Official and DoraHacks can help promote your projects, and community contributors can make sure they are donating to the real and correct project.

6. Confirm submission to complete the application. You will be able to see your submitted project on the Grant page, which means you have completed your application.

6. If your projects have updates, you can edit it by clicking on your profile photo and selecting “My Uploaded Projects” in “Account”.

*Notice! After submission, please add @hackerlinkofficial on Telegram to get more support in promoting your project on social media.

How to Gain More Votes?

a. Join the live demo

DoraHacks staff will arrange the schedule with you via the contacts you give for the live demo and official promotion supported by Filecoin and DoraHack. Before every demo, Filecoin and DoraHacks will send out reminders in the global developer communities.

Therefore, please give your Whatsapp,Telegram, or other ways to let the staff reach you.

b. Join the hackathon earlier

Apart from the three rounds of live demos arranged every 20 days, there will be continuous exposure of the projects uploaded throughout the online hackathon, which means the earlier the projects are submitted, the more people can see and vote for them.

And don’t worry if you’d like to update your project after submission, updates are allowed and every updated project will be listed on the top of the wall.

c. Share in your communities

Share your projects to your communities to gain more support, votes or technical advice.


  • Please only upload projects involving Filecoin or IPFS.
  • Fill in your Twitter links and GitHub repos, so community contributors can confirm the identity of you and your project.
  • Complete detailed project information, so that staff can reach you for global live project demo.
  • Please share your project on social media platforms like Twitter, FB and WeChat friend circle, to let more people know about them and win more community votes (donations).
  • Please submit a real and valid project that is developed by you or your team. Do not submit other’s projects or plagiarize. All plagiarized projects will be disqualified in all grant applications and the community will be notified.

My MetaMask wallet doesn’t have BSC network, what do I do?

  1. Open MetaMask → Settings → Networks, choose “Custom RPC”.

2. Fill in the configuration as below:

I’ve submitted my project. What’s next?

1. Open your submitted project in “personal centre”, and click on “project detail”.

b. Verify your Twitter link by publishing a verification message, and verify your GitHub account with a single click. (If you are one of the contributors of your submitted repo’s master branch, you will be verified.)

Please verify the twitter link and GitHub repo so that community members can verify your identity and your project.

How do community contributors vote?

Your first vote towards a project costs 1USDC in this round. According to quadratic funding algorithm, your Nth vote towards the same project costs 1*N USDCs.

How can I check the prize allocation and project ranking?

Click on “Grant details” of Filecoin(or here) to check the current prize allocation leaderboard. Please note that the board will keep updating until this grant round is closed.

Need Help? Contact Us

Telegram: @hackerlinkofficial

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About DoraHacks

DoraHacks is a decentralized global developer community, hackathon organizer, and venture builder. DoraHacks’ blockchain developer platform provides tools to incentivize and foster open-source blockchain development, such as grants, bounties, BUIDLs, and hackathons.

For more information on DoraHacks, please visit our website.

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