Xpring Blockchain Interoperability Hackathon

October 3 - 3, 2019

Pauley Ballroom, Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, USA

About Xpring Blockchain Interoperability Hackathon

October 2-3, 2019 | 7:00 PM - 5:00 AM PDT

Xpring is hosting a Blockchain community event with Berkeley at Blockchain for UBRI Connect – the first annual conference of the University Blockchain Research Initiative sponsored by Ripple. This is an exciting opportunity to learn, collaborate with other developers and build on the XRP Ledger and Interledger protocol, alongside Xpring product + engineering teams. All levels of engineering are welcome! Come join us!

Register now to win a chance at taking home some amazing prizes, including XRP! Plus, the top winners get an opportunity to present their demos on the main stage at UBRI Connect in front of 150+ academics, developers, industry experts, investors, and companies in the blockchain, cryptocurrency and FinTech space.

Lots of demos, good food, and music will be provided while you build the Internet of Value!

Attendees who plan to participate in the hackathon, should join our Xpring-Hacks Slack community to find out more details about forming teams, projects to work on, training materials, live stream info and latest announcements.

Join our Slack community here: http://bit.ly/Xpring-Hacks-Community

Please note travel expense reimbursements are not provided for this event.


There will be a total of 3 judges from Xpring/Ripple, Berkeley at Blockchain and Electric Capital.

  • Ken Deeter, Investor, Electric Capital

  • Ethan Beard, Senior Vice President, Xpring/Ripple

  • Gloria Zhao, President of Blockchain at Berkeley


Day 1: Wednesday, October 2

7:00pm - Doors open. Check-in at the registration desk.

7:20pm - Welcome!

  • Kickoff Introduction - Warren Paul Anderson, Senior Product Manager

  • Xpring Announcements - Ethan Beard, Senior Vice President

  • “Lap Around Xpring” XRP/ILP Demos - Doug Purdy, VP of Engineering

  • Team Selection + Staff Identification

8:00pm - HACK!!!

8:30pm - Dinner / Coffee & Tea Service

Day 2: Thursday, October 3

2:00am - Light breakfast snacks. Prepare for demos.

2:50am - 10 min warning announcement

3:00am - Judges Panel Introduction

  • Quick announcement of team pitch order

  • Introduce judges / quick review of judging criteria / awards + prizes

  • Ethan Beard, SVP, Xpring

  • Ken Deeter, Investor, Electric Capital

  • Gloria Zhao, President of Blockchain at Berkeley

3:10am - DEMOS!!! (4 mins + 1 min Q&A)


6:00am - Close

10:25am - Top Hackathon Winner presented at the UBRI Connect keynote.

Chou Hall, Haas School of Business 2220 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720


Award Categories

Xpring will award prizes totaling up to $15,000 to 6 teams that integrate the latest XRP Ledger and Interledger protocol features using the new Xpring Developer Platform.

  • Best Social Impact
  • Best Growth/Adoption
  • Best Consumer
  • Best Enterprise
  • Most Entertaining
  • Best Overall

Prizes Categories for Top Winners

  • Donation to charity of choice (social impact category)
  • Oculus Quest
  • Nintendo Switch
  • iPad Mini
  • Drone (DJI Spark)
  • Bose Wireless B/T Headphones
  • Lunch Conversation with Xpring/VC (top winner)


For the event schedule, visit https://xpring-hack.devfolio.co


After all projects have been submitted by 3:00 AM, teams will present their demo on stage in front of the judges' panel. The team can use up to 5 minutes (eg: 4 minutes demo and 1-minute questions) max to talk about what their hack is. They will have the opportunity to talk about what they build, why they built it, and demo how their project works. The judges will be rating each team on the quality of idea (creativity + originality), implementation of the idea (execution + integration) and impact of the project. Judges will then pick the best projects reviewed with a total of 6 winning teams. The top winner will be invited back to attend UBRI Connect on stage the following morning (October 3) during the keynote where they will again get 4 minutes to present their project on stage to all attendees.

Speakers and Judges