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Upland, the metaverse super-app mapped to the real world, partners with the EOS Network Foundation, a community-led, non-profit organization that coordinates public good funding and support to fuel the growth of the EOS network Network Upland’s second hackathon, inviting Web2 and Web3 developers to showcase new games and experiences using Upland assets. As the only metaverse mapped to the real world, developers are able to create experiences that leverage unique characteristics of the Upland ecosystem, which include geo-specific contexts and assets such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ credentials , through to the largest growth web3 community.
Web3 gaming combined with Metaverse experiences will transform the way people play, interact and socialize. This year’s Upland Hackathon aims to empower developers to create unique, immersive, and community-driven experiences that increase engagement in the metaverse. Developers are invited to participate in one of three tracks: 1. Metaverse Innovation Track; 2nd route of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 (FWWC23) and 3rd design route. with the best ideas rewarded with cash prizes and a chance to be included in Upland’s post-hackathon incubator.
Upland is one of the most popular and fastest growing metaverse utilizing blockchain technology. Upland is the Earth’s metaverse, spread across dozens of global cities mapped to the real world and accessible via web, iOS, and Android.
“After a successful first round in 2022, we’re excited to host our second hackathon for Web2 and Web3 developers alike to use our tools to create new experiences in the Upland Metaverse,” said Idan Zuckerman, co-founder and Co-CEO of Hochland. “As part of our mission to build the first Metaverse Super App, the key themes of this hackathon will drive development teams to leverage web3 concepts, integrating games and experiences with the Upland platform to drive engagement and adoption to new innovative way to promote.”
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This year’s hackathon event features three unique tracks, each related to the Upland ecosystem, community and economy. Developers, designers, artists, gamers and blockchain enthusiasts get the tools, support and inspiration to bring their Web3 game ideas to life. Using Upland’s simple Rest APIs, participants have the option to sit on the virtual map.
The Upland 2023 Metaverse Super App Hackathon will be judged by four judges, including representatives from Upland, FIFA and the EOS Network Foundation. Each project submission will be evaluated on the quality of each pitch and its prototype, its use of Upland’s third-party development tools, the composition and diversity of its team, business viability, and meeting the hackathon’s mission statement.
“We are very excited to have this opportunity to meet and collaborate with some of the brightest Metaverse developers today,” said Yves La Rose, Founder and CEO of the EOS Network Foundation. “EOS has made GameFi a cornerstone of its ecosystem development and Upland is one of its biggest success stories to date. Upland chose to build on top of EOS because it is one of the most robust and scalable networks out there, with an extremely diverse and talented pool of developers. Now we’re getting a chance to see what these developers can do, and we’re really excited to help them bring their ideas to life.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Track builds on Upland’s status as an official FIFA Metaverse Partner and offers developers a unique opportunity to create games and experiences that leverage Upland’s third-party SDK alongside FIFA NFTs in Upland. Developers are tasked with creating unique games or gamified experiences leveraging FIFA Legits and Upland Assets, with the winning project to be showcased at the FIFA World Cup Village in Upland.
In the competitive design track, Upland invites developers to design a 3D asset that will serve as a trophy for the World of Football eSports tournament. In World of Football, players compete in live football matches that take place in the Upland metaverse.
Finally, the Innovation Track invites developers to submit community-focused Web3 games or experiences that bring people together to play, connect and share values. This is a flexible way in which developers can use Upland’s developer tools to create almost any type of game or experience that they believe has the potential to be an Upland Metaverse hit.
Competitors of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Innovation Tracks will compete for grand prizes worth US$10,000, with US$5,000 going to the runners-up of each track. Meanwhile, the Design Track winner will receive 2 million Upland UPX tokens. Both Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners will also be invited to participate in Upland’s post-hackathon incubator.
The hackathon begins with a kick-off party with OnePiece Labs, followed by its official launch at GDC on March 22nd. Teams have until May 12 to register for the hackathon, with May 26 being the deadline for submissions. Finalist selection will take place on May 28th, with the final presentation and awards ceremony taking place during Upland’s annual Genesis Week conference on June 9th at the Sahara Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.
Upland is an open Web3 platform for the real-world mapped metaverse. The company’s mission is to build one of the premier and most vibrant maker communities through a strong entrepreneurial economy that empowers players, creators, developers and brands to craft goods and experiences, monetize assets and provide value and fun to other players. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with hubs in Las Vegas, Ukraine and Brazil, Upland was named one of Fast Company’s “Next Big Things in Tech” in 2021 and one of “22 San Francisco Startups To Watch in 2022” by Built In SF. Upland is committed to becoming carbon negative and is a proud partner of Carbonfuture. For more information on our sustainability commitment, visit https://www.upland.me/sustainability. Upland is available for iOS, Android and web and can be played from anywhere in the world.
About the EOS Network Foundation
The EOS Network Foundation (ENF) is a non-profit organization that coordinates financial and non-financial support to encourage the growth and development of the EOS Network. EOS is the native token of the EOS network, launched in 2018. The EOS network offers best-in-class, robust smart contract functionality, enabling developers to easily build and open the best decentralized applications (dApps) on the web of the future, thereby powering the web3 economy. The ENF is the hub of the EOS network, which is uniquely suited for NFT, GameFi, DeFi and enterprise applications. The organization is committed to unlocking the full potential of the EOS blockchain to drive innovation, create new opportunities, and empower individuals and communities.
The EOS Network is a 3rd generation blockchain platform powered by the EOS VM, a high-performance and extensible, low-latency WebAssembly engine. Purpose-built to enable optimal Web3 user and developer experiences, EOS is a premier Layer 1 network for developers building blockchain-based games (GameFi), deploying decentralized applications (dApps), and building digital assets such as NFTs would like. EOS benefits from a multi-chain collaboration of blockchains built on top of the Antelope framework with Antelope Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC). EOS drives public good funding for free and open source tools and infrastructure through the EOS Network Foundation (ENF).
Lindsay Anne Aamodt
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