ETHWaterloo will occur from 8th- 10th November 2019 in Waterloo, Canada and is now accepting applications for the hackathon.
🦄 hey Ethereum!
We can't wait for you to join us back where it all began 🇨🇦
🎉 Applications to ETHWaterloo II are now open!
— ETHGlobal (@ETHGlobal) August 13, 2019
ETHWaterloo is a subsidiary of ETHGlobal, which hosts Ethereum hackathons around the globe with the aim to strengthen developer communities, help people integrate into the Ethereum community and work together to build innovative decentralised applications (dApps), while also winning crypto prizes. By being part of the hackathon, a person can become more integrated into the Ethereum community and can assist in “building Web 3.0”.
The event has a massive list of sponsors, all of whom have developed innovative services for the Ethereum ecosystem. These include Skale Labs, NuCypher, Thunder Core, Matic, ConsenSys, Enigma, Ethereum Name Service and the Ethereum Foundation, among many others. This will be its second edition.
This itineration of ETHGlobal is important because it is based where the idea of Ethereum was born by its founder, Vitalik Buterin. Buterin, who is the Chief Scientist at the Ethereum Foundation and who published the Ethereum whitepaper in 2013, used to attend college at the University of Waterloo. Though he dropped out in 2014 to work formally on Ethereum, he has returned to the university since to discuss his brainchild.
Hackathons such as these are widely popular among Ethereum community members and those who wish to be initiated into the ecosystem. Attendance is free, and meal costs are also covered. Applicants must, however, apply and get selected to attend. Applications are based on a person’s interest in Ethereum and proven ability to ‘BUIDL’, that is be a developer in an Ethereum context. The definition of ‘developer’ is broad in this context, and can include “writing software, designing beautiful UXs, product management, or something else entirely.”