Join Us Live in London at Advancing Bitcoin

Are you ready to supercharge your skills and dive into the exciting world of Bitcoin's Lightning Network? Join us for a groundbreaking hackathon that will empower you to harness the power of LDK and reshape the future of digital money!

Learn from the Experts

Rub shoulders with industry experts and top-notch developers who will guide you through every step of building Lightning Network applications. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned coder, you'll find the support you need.

Join a Thriving Ecosystem

Be part of a vibrant community of developers, enthusiasts, and visionaries passionate about shaping the future. Network, collaborate, and exchange ideas with like-minded people.

Compete for prizes

Showcase your skills and innovation in our hackathon competition for a chance to win exciting prizes and gain recognition for your groundbreaking work.


March 13th - March 15th at Advancing Bitcoin in London


Open to all individuals interested in Bitcoin and Lightning development. MUST BE REGISTERED AND HAVE PURCHASED A HACKATHON TICKET TO ATTEND!



We also have a limited number of free tickets for students. Please email with proof of being a student.


Join us for an exciting two-day hackathon event packed with workshops, lectures, and a thrilling hackathon competition! Here's a breakdown of our schedule:

Day One (Workshops/Lectures + Hackathon Kickoff):

*9:00 AM - 12:00 PM:* 

Start your day with a burst of knowledge! We've got an engaging lineup of lectures and workshops to get you ready for the hackathon. You'll have all the resources you need at your fingertips. Topics covered include:

  • Lightning Quick Overview: A fast-paced introduction to set the stage.

  • LDK Overview: Dive into the specifics of our exciting LDK (Lightning Development Kit).

  • LDK Technical API Overview: Get an in-depth look at the technical aspects.

  • LDK Node Workshop: Hands-on experience to harness the power of LDK.

  • LDK Services RGS, LSP, VSS: Explore the services that LDK offers.

  • Example/Starter Projects: Spark your creativity with practical examples.


Once you've soaked up the knowledge, it's time to roll up your sleeves and start hacking! Feel free to form teams with fellow participants during the morning sessions. The hackathon officially begins, and you can start turning your ideas into reality.

*Day Two:* 

This is where the magic happens! Dedicate the entire day to hacking on your projects. Bring your ideas to life, collaborate with your team, and make your project shine. Remember, the clock is ticking, so make the most of this time.

*Day Three:* 

After two intense days of hacking, you'll have the morning to polish up and then show your creations in the afternoon. Keep your presentations concise, with a strict 5-minute limit for each team. Pre-recorded demos are encouraged to ensure a smooth presentation. Our expert panel will assess your projects and announce the winners of the hackathon. Prizes await the most innovative and impressive creations.

*Feedback Session:* 

We value your input! Share your thoughts and experiences during the hackathon. Your feedback helps us improve and ensures an even better event next time.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn, innovate, and compete. Get ready for an unforgettable hackathon experience!


What to Build:

Build a Lightning application using LDK Node and/or LDK

What to Submit:

 Provide a public URL to your code repository for judging. 

 Provide a public URL to the deployed app.

 Include a video (about 3 minutes) that demonstrates your submission. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and made public.

 Your complete submission form on Devpost before the final deadline. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,500 in prizes
Cryptocurrency logo Prizes paid in cryptocurrency

First Place
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- $3500 in BTC

Second Prize

- $1500 in BTC

Third Prize

- $1000 in BTC

Emphasis on Self-sovereign Mobile Experience
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- $375 in BTC

Emphasis on BOLT 12 Integration
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- $375 in Bitcoin

Emphasis on Watchtower Security and Remote Signing
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- $375 in Bitcoin

Emphasis on Privacy
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- $375 in BTC

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Conor Okus

Conor Okus
Product Manager / Spiral

Elias Rohrer

Elias Rohrer
Software Engineer / Spiral

Christoph Ono

Christoph Ono
Product Designer / Bitcoin Design Foundation

Daniel Nordh

Daniel Nordh
Product Designer / Bitcoin Design Foundation

Judging Criteria

  • Technological Implementation
    The project must leverage LDK Node and/or LDK.
  • Design
    Is the user experience and design of the project well thought out?
  • Impact
    Does the project have the potential to scale to a significant number of users? Could it be used by the average person?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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