What if you ask small teams of college students to solve real-world problems?
Inspired solutions – that’s what.
HackSC is an annual hackathon at the University of Southern California (USC) in which RippleX has been allowed to participate for two years. This year RippleX sponsored the hackathon which attracted 800 aspiring developers, designers and builders. We hosted a series of challenges and encouraged teams to come up with innovative solutions using the XRP ledger. We were overwhelmed with the results!
Building bridges to the world through innovation
Inspired by the global need for connectivity in these turbulent times, this year’s HackSC “Connect the World” theme challenged attendees to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to bring individuals and communities together.
The students developed technology solutions in four different industries, with winners announced for each industry.
The vertical requirements and winners of the HackSC 2021 were:
- Person: Teams need to develop a solution to enrich relationships and enable more effective communication. Winner: PurplePOV, connects people with different points of view for discussion.
- Team: Participants need to find ways to facilitate productivity and collaboration, and to redefine what “connectivity” means. Winner: Handoff, a simple tool for collaborative website creation.
- Customer: Teams need to create a way to simplify the exchange of products while encouraging conversations with customers. Winner: Cofu helps people sell food online.
- Equipment: Participants need to develop a way to integrate and interconnect numerous devices. Winner: Brainrunner, a game that uses brain sensors to help people with cerebal parsy relax.
As part of this year’s hackathon, RippleX hosted a workshop, API demo, and presented three different sponsored challenges to drive connectivity and drive innovation.
Challenge # 1: Play
During this first challenge, participants built an addicting game or virtual world. In addition to enabling the digital asset XRP to be accepted for the purchase of virtual goods, the students developed a way for users to spend their game currency directly on the XRP ledger, track balances and facilitate the exchange of values.
Challenge # 2: media
During the second challenge, teams created a social media platform similar to YouTube, Instagram or Clubhouse. The platform needed to allow users to subscribe and pay for their favorite creators – including the ability to send XRP based tips.
Challenge # 3: News
In the final challenge, the students developed a new type of messaging application. The teams were asked to make it easy for users to use to establish connections as a line of trust on the XRPL, including providing credit-based payments to each other in the currency of their choice.
We were impressed by all the teams that took part in our challenges this year! The energy and creativity that is shown in such a short time window of 36 hours surprises us again and again.
The winner of the RippleX Gaming Challenge went to RippleXChat. Developed by Atharva Rishi, Gayatri Atale and Tanvi Pisat, RippleXChat is a messaging app with support for XRP payments. It uses Express.js, Socket.io, and the Google Cloud Platform to integrate the XRP Ledger with chat messages.
Your small team learned a lot about blockchain technology and the use of XRP during this challenge. In the future, they envision that RippleXChat could integrate support for tokens (IOUs). Check out the RippleXChat source code on GitHub.
The winner of our media challenge (and with one of the best project names) went to OnlyStans. The team developed a social media platform that uses the XRP ledger and makes it easy for fans to pay celebrities to chat with them.
After all, the winner of our messaging challenge went to NFT! This team of students developed a system for minting non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the XRP ledger to track art purchases.
Congratulations to all HackSC participants! We are inspired by the young visionaries who are building new solutions on the XRP ledger and strengthening the XRPL developer community.
If you’re a developer interested in building on the XRP ledger, learn more today.