Workshops, Incubator, Online Course, and Announcements: What 2021 Was Like for Tezos Ukraine

Workshops, Incubator, Online Course, and Announcements: What 2021 Was Like for Tezos Ukraine

In spite of the pandemic, 2021 proved to be very cool: Tezos had three updates, and the tez price nearly broke the historical record. Meanwhile, we held a hackathon, launched an incubator, wrote an online course, and planned more events.

Check out what we did in 2021 and have in store for 2022.

92 articles, 104,000 views, and thousands of likes

In 2021, we published 92 articles and interviews, and a giant 80-page course in Russian, Ukrainian, and English. Our works became the most popular posts about Tezos on Twitter and Reddit more than once. We’ve made it to several digests on ForkLog HUB as well.

If you’re a newcomer to Tezos or want to know more about the crypto market, check out our most interesting articles:

Workshop on Developing Smart Contracts

On February 11, Tezos Ukraine and Attic Lab held a workshop on developing smart contracts with the prize pool of 500 tez ($1,900 at the time) and announced Tezos DeFi Hackathon 2021. During the workshop, Mikhail Degtiarev summarised the video course on smart contract development and answered the questions from the audience. The authors of the best questions got 15 tez each, while everyone else, 8 tez.

Then they proceeded with the practical task: writing a smart contract against a specification. Three fastest participants got 80 tez each. Recall it and watch the workshop again.

Tezos DeFi Hackathon 2021

Two-day hackathon on developing Tezos-based projects with the prize pool of $25k kicked off on February 26. We did our best to prepare the participants and helped organise three workshops:

  • creating an FA1.2 token in LIGO, led by Anastasia Kondaurova of Madfish Solutions
  • working with the blockchain explorer BetterCallDev, PyTezos, and smart contracts in a browser, led by Mikhail Zaikin of Baking Bad
  • interacting with smart contracts from any JavaScript-supporting framework, led by Korney Vasilchenko of Madfish Solutions

There were 207 participants registered who separated into 22 teams to finally present 24 projects: 11 implementations of their own ideas and 13 solutions to partner-provided challenges.

Six teams became winners:

  • DONUTEZ TEAM — a yield farming constructor based on a tokens factory;
  • Fortune — on-chain bets on cryptocurrency exchange rates via Harbinger;
  • The Buttonists — an NFT marketplace with new auction types;
  • Ditsch — NFT comics working without an IPFS;
  • PlugTruck — a marketplace for selling music in the format of NFT;
  • DeFi Experts — a DeFi game about space.

A Startup Incubator for Blockchain Developers

The quarantine couldn’t stop us from launching a startup incubator. In July, Tezos Ukraine formed two teams of frontenders, backenders, and devops, gave them MacBooks, and started teaching them blockchain development. By December 2021, the incubator members have finished studying theory (over 1k hours of lectures and practical exercises) and proceeded to work on their pet projects. Soon they’ll present their blockchain explorer with a friendly UI and API support.

Even though their job is not done yet, the incubator has already proved successful. Its participants say the mentors helped them get rid of rookie mistakes, get to know better ways to tackle problems, and learn how to work as a team.

Blockchain Development for Rookies

Any documentation for developers has the downside of being focused on, well, developers. That’s why we wrote a course for newbies explaining everything, from the difference between constants and variables to releasing an NFT through a freshly-written smart contract. Here are some facts about our course:

  • It was published on ForkLog, the biggest Russian-language media on cryptocurrency
  • There are 80 pages of theory, examples, templates, and practical exercises
  • Also available in Ukrainian and English
  • Released as an ebook (PDF)
  • 15 thousand people read it

If you’ve missed it, it’s no big deal, it’s still available. Learn how virtual machines work, what influences blockchain app fees, and why there aren’t any tokens even though there are. There are five lessons overall, so reading it without the practical part will only take 20 minutes.

Contract Testing: a Workshop

In October, we held a workshop with the Baking Bad dev Stepan Naumov who showed how to test smart contracts and how to create a blockchain app interface with Taquito and Beacon. The practical task was to find two bugs in a contract, show them via tests, and fix them. Three fastest participants got $500 worth of tez. But what was even cooler, they continued learning and developing on Tezos. By the way, Stepan Naumov is one of the Tezos DeFi Hackathon 2021 winners who joined Baking Bad.

A Workshop on NFTs

Another winner of our hackathon is Dmitri Bondar, the co-founder of The Buttonists and the NFT Button marketplace. In November, he held a workshop on creating NFTs during GeckoCon. We’ve made a detailed summary for those who missed it. It includes an NFT slang vocabulary, basic principles of token pricing, guidelines on issuing an NFT, and a set of tools for artists and collectors. Also, check out our DeFi Vocabulary if you want to learn the basics of yield farming or APY.

Plans for 2022

We’ll keep on working: explaining new updates, putting new Tezos-based projects in the limelight, look for interesting NFTs, and interview interesting people. But on top of that we’re planning to run at least three major projects: a guide on baking and running a Tezos node on any OS, a guide for DeFi in general, and the biggest blockchain hackathon for Russian-speaking developers.

As for our other plans, we’ll leave it until 2022.

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