April 19 - 21, 2019 // Cape Town, South Africa. Bringing you Africa’s first ETHGlobal hackathon.

About The Event.

Building a culture of innovation in the beautiful tech hub of Cape Town, South Africa.

Leading minds within the blockchain space will join over 200 international hackers, developers and curious minds to collaborate on building a decentralized future using Ethereum. The occasion will be inclusive and educational, inspiring communities through the creative design of blockchain applications.

There has never been a better time to be a part of this community.

Hacker Applications now open!

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Speakers & Judges

Vitalik Buterin

Chief Scientist


Anastasia Andrianova



Griff Green



Devon Krantz

Managing Director

Linum Labs

Simon de la Rouviere



Sean Brennan

Technical Partnerships


Andy Tudhope


Gustav Arentoft

Business Development


Justin Myles Holmes


Michael Kisselgof



Paul Kohlhaas


Linum Labs

George Spasov


Lime Chain

Yoav Weiss



Richard Moore


Event Schedule

4:00 PM

Registration opens

4:30 PM

Introduction to Solidity and DApp Development with Richard Moore

6:00 PM


6:30 PM

Team formation workshop

7:00 PM

Opening ceremony begins

8:30 PM

Hacking officially begins!

9:00 PM

Building privacy preserving DApps with NuCypher

9:30 PM

Learning by example from DeFi projects using Dai

10:00 PM

Get started #buidling on Raiden

10:30 PM

Working with Ethereum Grid Tools

11:00 PM

Introduction to Solidity and DApp Development with Richard Moore (repeat of 4:30pm session)



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Frequently Asked Questions.

What is ETHCapeTown?


ETHCapeTown is Africa’s FIRST ETHGlobal hackathon to come to the continent, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 19–21 April 2019. Developers of all backgrounds will work on projects using Ethereum to build something of value that can have a real impact on the world. We provide teams with an abundance of hacking resources like mentors, sponsors, and software tools. Sleeping is optional, but trying to make awesome things is not. ETHCapeTown is where the real BUIDL magic happens.

How do I get to ETHCapeTown?


All travel costs are up to you to figure out. If you’re coming from abroad, we recommend booking your flights well in advance to minimise the cost of getting here. Any local travelers will be required to make their own arrangements as well. We’ll soon be releasing a South African guide to travel and visa requirements.

Who can participate?


Anyone can apply. Much like the Mother City, ETHCapeTown is bringing together heaps of diverse participants. We’ll assess applications based on interest in Ethereum and proven ability to write software.

How much does it cost to attend ETHCapeTown?


Admission for accepted and invited guests is completely free for the hackathon.

Who can I bring to the hackathon?


If you're thinking of bringing children to Cape Town, we’d like to give you a heads up way in advance because you will be needing paperwork. We’ve included some helpful guidelines for you here. In any case, please be sure to double check your country’s specific requirements. If you’re definitely bringing children, please let us know so that we can gauge numbers. We’re working hard on trying to organise child care services for parents who come to ETHCapeTown. As for doggos, unfortunately, we can’t accommodate your furry friends but we do know of an excellent doggy-daycare close to the venue.

How many people can be on a team?


Maximum of 4 members per team. You can team up with hackers from any country or of any experience level.

What if I've never been to a hackathon before?


Absolutely no worries! We’ll admit that it’s definitely helpful to have some programming or technical experience, but it’s not a requirement. Don’t worry, we won’t throw you in the deep end. We’ll be organising talks, mentors, and workshops to get you started and help you along the way as you build your project. Hackathons are great places to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just come eager to learn, excited to meet lots of awesome people, and most importantly, come ready to build.

Can I start working on my hack before the event?


No. In the interest of fairness, attendees should not be working on their projects before ETHCapeTown begins. We do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. You can, however, familiarise yourself with all the necessary tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand!

Will there be meals provided?


Yes!! All meals will be provided! All you need to do is have fun at the event!

What kind of workshops, talks, and activities will there be?


Talks will be focused on Ethereum development such as using Solidity, state channels, testnets, and other related topics. We’ll make an announcement as soon as the schedule is released.

How does judging work?


A few of the industry’s leading experts will form part of a panel that will then evaluate hacks based on creativity, technical difficulty, design, and usefulness. As new judges come on board, we’ll announce them on our Twitter, so make sure to follow us!

I have a question that is not listed here. Who should I ask?


Feel free to email us at [email protected] or reach out to us on Twitter!

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