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Use-a-Thon: A contest for innovative uses for off-the-shelf Byteball


The general idea is to come up with beneficial uses for the Byteball platform in a local community. There is a competition format, with small teams competing for a monetary prize. Entries will be submitted in English, and judged by Byteball veterans. Ongoing help will be available to any team, in writing, but such answers will also be visible to all the other teams too.


  • A university: University people are the local co-ordinators, whether faculty or student council members or as appropriate. At least one of them must speak good English, and will be the main person in touch with "Byteball Competition Central", and will be expected to help the teams register. A local faculty member will have final approval of the teams. Local promotion may get done by the local Student Council, or as possible.


  • Team of two or three students, at least one of whom must speak good English.
  • Prior familiarity with Byteball is not essential, but obviously the team must rapidly discover what is possible and not possible to do with tokens on the platform.

Use-a-Thon #1: Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela

  • Dates: May 14 to June 24, 2018
  • Local co-ordinator: FCEUSB at La Casita, email:
  • Final team approval: Msc. Professor Carlos Castañeda, Social Science Department
  • Byteball co-ordinator: Casper Niebe, @Punqtured on Slack, email
  • Byteball jurors and helpers: (in Slack) @Punqtured, @Suirelav, @Slackjore
  • Prizes: 1st place 2 GB, 2nd place 1 GB, third place 500 MB (0.5 GB)

Prize money

4.0 GB (plus 5000 bytes for transaction fees) are set aside for the prizes plus expenses. See Explorer link.[1]

General Rules

  • Register team (2-3 USB students) as above by May 24, 2018
  • The project must describe a real-world use case that the Byteball cryptocurrency platform could provide a solution to, to solve an actual problem in your community (can include the university)
  • Each team leader must register one Byteball wallet address with @Punqtured to receive transaction fees
  • Project entries in PDF format must be written in English, summary of 150 words or less, in a normal project format showing main goal, sub-goals, details and milestones as applicable
  • All entries shall be available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  • Deadline for handing in projects is June 24, 2018 (email with attached PDF to local co-ordinator)
  • If less than five projects are handed in, the competition will be cancelled
  • Byteball reserves the right to (but really hopes it won't need to) cancel the competition at its own discretion

Fast sign-up

  • Each of the first five approved teams will receive a sign-up bonus of 100 MB (equivalent to about $20), paid to their registered address. The team members may spend this as they wish
  • As soon as a team has registered and been approved, it will be able to ask questions directly on the Slack, as detailed below.


  • See the presentation linked just below, including three videos showing Byteball features
  • Download the platform/wallet from, get millions of free tokens from the fun-coins faucet in the wallet, and enough Bytes (Byteball currency) for transaction fees from @Punqtured or @Slackjore or some other local person, and try out things
  • Team contacts may ask questions directly on the Byteball Slack^ at (Channel #byteball_use-a-thon). Display the username "USB_TeamNNN", where NNN is your team number. Note that anyone can see these messages (there is no private help available). The three main people answering your Use-a-Thon questions are Punqtured, Suirelav and Slackjore. They are all in the UK/EU time zones (UTC +1/+2), although others may be able to answer general Byteball questions when these three are not available
  • The rest of this wiki is very informative too.

^ To get on Slack, Team contacts can either:

  • Go through and click one of the social media buttons Twitter, Facebook, Reddit or Linkedin. Depending on several factors (account age, number of followers etc.) you can get an immediate invite; otherwise you will receive an email from @cryptkeeper in which he will ask for other means of authentication. OR
  • Email Punqtured at from your account giving your name and Team number. Ask for the invitation. He will forward your info to @cryptkeeper.



The organizers will also give a reward of 1 GB for documentary material about this Use-a-Thon. No details worked out yet, but potential media-people should prepare material (videos, photographs, interviews etc) while it is taking place.

Registered teams

"Contact" is designated team member who speaks English; bold font shows the team leader. etc is team member's regular student email address.

# Team contact Other members Address Notes
000 jbohne aaaaaaa, cccccccc CARJFJ6SKDC2XGLX2XSNMIITAVRDEW2R[2] Example only, not a real team