About the challenges

The team at CUNY Digital Currency Initiative has published a short series of challenges for this hackathon competition.  Teams of participants will work together to devise creative and innovative solutions to these challenges in the CUNY system. 

The overarching theme of the challenges is “Education, Innovation, & Collaboration,” underscoring the connections between major challenges and the potential solutions to them. 

Participants will collaborate to build open-source software, data visualization, and scientific platform solutions aimed at addressing these challenges. 


Note:  The projects don't have to be full apps - and you don’t need to be a programmer to join! 

  1. No technical experience is necessary!
    Teams will need to comprise of diverse skill sets -- project leaders, designers, artists, educators, writers, and anyone who wants to make a difference and address the challenges at hand.

  2. We invite anyone with an interest to join. Blockchain projects don't have to be apps and you don’t need to be a programmer to participate. In fact, most teams will benefit from having non-coders working with them!

Pick a challenge and get started!


C H A L L E N G E  # 1

Build an NFT collection with Measurable Impact

Create an NFT art collection in 3D that represents student life on campus and publish it on the blockchain. Think about the implications of your NFT collection and how the CUNY community will reap rewards for actively engaging with your NFT collection. How can you create a utility for this project? Teams should focus on the value they can create for the community.

C H A L L E N G E  # 2

Design a blockchain app for CUNY student transcripts

One area of a student’s academic record that is used to inform both academic progress and potential awards is the transcript system. Transcript systems are routinely made by their academic institutions and tend to integrate with third-party solutions to send and receive transcript and diploma information between institutions, such as Parchment.com (3rd party service). The transcript information is collected from an individual’s academic progress at one institution and stored in a record each time a course is completed, but is rarely, looked at collectively for that individual over the history of the individual completing the information. Create an application that integrates blockchain as a solution to this problem.

C H A L L E N G E  # 3

Create a CUNY cryptocurrency with Measurable Impact

Build a cryptocurrency project that our CUNY system can use to improve its graduation rate. How will you grow your community? In other words, how will you work to gain holders of this cryptocurrency? Think about the implications of your cryptocurrency and how the CUNY community will use this asset throughout their academic careers. How can you improve the experience of holding this cryptocurrency? Teams should focus on the value they can create for the community.


Review the Participant Guide and the Event Schedule (page 12) for more details!



What to Build

When you pick a hackathon challenge, you will be expected to commit your code to Github and upload your finished project to Devpost.

What to Submit

You will be submitting a link to your Github project and a link to your video demonstration of the project.

Review the Participant Guide and the Hackathon Rules (page 16) for more details!

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,000 in prizes

Genesis Grand Prize (1st place)

Protocol Masters (2nd place)

Mainnet Deployers (3rd place)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Hanah Tran

Hanah Tran
Founder, FHH Ventures

JP Miller

JP Miller
Director of Curriculum, Reach.sh

Nick Stanford

Nick Stanford
Community Retention Manager, Reach.sh

Harold Spencer

Harold Spencer
Staff Engineer, Brave.com

Michael Wechsler

Michael Wechsler
Adjunct Professor, Queens College

Viren Mohindra

Viren Mohindra
Quant Researcher, Infinity Exchange

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does this solution address the problem in a highly significant way? How well does this project fit the needs of the challenge the team chose to tackle? How user friendly is the technology? How fully formed/mature is the idea?
  • Creativity
    How creative is the team’s approach? Is the solution new? Does the break new ground (i.e. represent something that isn't being addressed by the market)? Does the project break from established design?
  • Complexity
    How much progress did the team make during the event? Did they start from scratch or build on an existing solution? Is the solution complete and sufficiently complex to address the problem?
  • Product
    How user friendly is the technology? How fully formed/mature is the idea? Can it be a “product”? Can it be extended into a bigger product or system (growth potential)?
  • Presentation
    Did the team effectively communicate their solution? Did they tell the story of the project? And why it is important in a compelling way? How well did they respond to questions from judges (live pitch only)?

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