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Announcing: The Grant For The Web x DEV Hackathon Winners!

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・3 min read

Last month, we announced the Grant For The Web x DEV Community hackathon.

Grant for the Web (GftW) is a collaboration between Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil. They are working towards a healthier internet, using open standards to give people more independence and control over how they distribute and monetize content. This effort is deeply aligned with our values at DEV (we're even Web Monetized now!) and thus the joint hackathon was born.

We sought projects across three categories: Foundational Technology, Creative Catalyst, and Exciting Experiments. More about those categories in the post from last month.

It was incredibly difficult to pick just a handful of winning entries with so many amazing projects to choose from. But after a huge amount of consideration from the DEV and GftW teams, we're thrilled to share the winning Web Monetization projects!

We'll be following up with each winner about their prizes soon, and all DEV prizes will be emailed to you within the next two weeks.

Now, please meet the grand prize winners and runners up β€” and their projects!

Foundational Technology Winner: @mazentouati

Creative Catalyst Winner: @kewbish

Exciting Experiments Winner: @projectescape

The Awesome Runners Up

Prizes to Be Awarded

Each Grand Prize Winner Is Receiving:

  • $2,000 USD gift card or equivalent πŸ’Έ
  • $300 USD credit to the DEV Shop 🎁
  • DEV β€œGrant For The Web Hackathon” winner badge πŸ†

Each Runner-Up Is Receiving:

  • $400 USD gift card or equivalent πŸ’Έ
  • $150 USD credit to the DEV Shop 🎁
  • DEV β€œGrant For The Web Hackathon” runner-up badge πŸ‘

Participants (whose projects meet contest criteria) Are Receiving:

  • $50 USD credit to the DEV Shop 🎁
  • DEV β€œGrant For The Web Hackathon” participation badge πŸ’ͺ

We will reach out to winners within the next couple of weeks to award prizes by contacting the email address associated with their DEV profile.

Our sincerest thanks again to everyone who participated in the hackathon, and for GftW, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil. You're all making the internet a better place.

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BIG congrats to all!

Grand Prize Winners: @mazentouati , @kewbish , @projectescape

Runner-Up Winners: @wobsoriano , @sharon , @krishnakakade , @signalnerve , @philnash , @jasmin , @benhayehudi , @emma , @katieraby , @ari_hacks

Echoing Ben that you are all making the internet a better place for all kinds of creators! Thank you so much for your participation and creativity. We'll work on getting these prizes out 😊


So exciting that @elliot and I received a Runner-up award for our project Akita 😁 Thank you for this opportunity - we've learned so much!

Huge congrats to all the winners and runners up, lots of super interesting projects from everyone πŸ™Œ Awesome to see all the thought and time put into building up Web Monetization!


Wow!! Cannot believe it, so excited. A massive congratulations to all the winners and runners up, so many fantastic projects and so proud to be among them. πŸŽ‰


What a thrill this morning to wake up and see I've made it to a runner-up state! Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about web monetization and to think about tooling around it for backend developers. I went from not hearing about it before this to knowing a bit more as a result! :)

Congrats to the winners and all the runners-up!


Yeah congrats to all team who participated and winners also thanks to Hally for working this project and congratulations to @katieraby @wobsoriano


Delighted to have picked up a runner-up prize!

Congratulations to the winners, other runners-up and everyone who built something!


To all the winners! Congratulations!!

Runners up! Congratulations... And everybody who participated and coordinated. Hands raised and clapping.... πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹


Congrats! This has been a lot of fun, I'm excited for any future hackathons DEV might have in store πŸ˜†


Congratulations all! So pleased to have been beaten by such great projects! There really are some great ideas there :)


Congrats to all winners, runners up, and participants!!

I was aware I did not have enough time or the chops to build something original or meaningful enough to win but I participated anyway and it was fun! Learned & shipped new things I would not have known & built otherwise. πŸ™ŒπŸ½


Just a quick plug... if you enjoyed hacking on ideas around Web Monetization, you might be interested in the hackathon just starting today around PayID, which is in the same sort of area of making payments easier.


Some background info on PayID in a post I did recently:


lots of amazing projects, happy to be listed here! thanks @ben and team :)


A big shout-out to all the participants. It was a great learning experience and it feels really amazing after making a contribution. Thanks a lot to the team for bringing such lovely opportunities ❀️

Looking forward to more hackathons 😁


Congratulations everyone πŸŽ‰ it was a great experience experimenting with this technology. Hats off for the runners up for their great projects πŸ¦„


Congrats everyone! πŸ”₯

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Congratulations to all the teams involved! Looking forward to seeing your projects scale!


grats all πŸš€


Congrats! Glad to see you scored a prize, you deserved it!


Thank you! 😊


Thank a lot for your help!

One of the reasons I was able to build this project was your puppeteer recommendation


Congratulations! You deserve it.


Congratulations all! Well deserved!!

I'm personally just hoping my submission was good enough to get that sweet, sweet participation badge. πŸ™


Congratulations all!! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰ And thanks a lot, I still can't beleive it


Holy crap - I can't believe it! Congrats everyone πŸ™Œ super cool projects!
Loved working with Web Monetization <3


Hey - you can have my runners up voucher if you want! Unfortunately the way the DEV store is set up the voucher wont cover the shipping cost though so you'd have to pay that yourself.


No worries! I actually recently received another voucher so I've got enough DEV merch for the moment πŸ˜†. I'll send you a message once I get it.

Thanks alot Emma✨;

Lol,. I am really excited to get my first every merch and beacuse of youπŸ”§;

And I can't express my feeling right nowπŸ¦„;

Wow you are Lucky to get the merchπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Yes, I am Lucky enoughπŸ¦„;

This would be my first every Developer merch!

And I am really excited, I prepared my cart too.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ό

Nice; good luck with merchandise πŸ‘'

Would love to see what you got and do make a post!


Congratulations to all πŸ˜„, All the best.


Congratulations to all. we did it have a good dayπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸŽ‰πŸ±β€πŸ‘€


ah damn im not win but cool hackathon though learning react and web monetization along the way congrats for the winners


Congrats to all winners, runners up, and participants :)




Congratulations to all the winners!!