Blockdaemon is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Open Web Forum (HackerEarth) Hackathon. Blockdaemon was a proud sponsor of the NFT theme and enabled participants to create NFT projects using our Ubiquity API. 

Ubiquity gives you instant access to reliable on-demand NFT data. Developers can use Ubiquity to quickly deploy and iterate innovative NFT products. 

The winners of the best Ubiquity build were, Christian Guzman (team lead), Nathaniel Acton, and German Dario. Together, they  built a Ubiquity Live Mint Monitor, which best utilized our Ubiquity NFT API.

Why Blockdaemon Chose The Ubiquity Live Mint Monitor

The Ubiquity Live Mint Monitor perfectly showcases how easy it is to rapidly build concrete and reliable solutions for the NFT space with the Ubiquity NFT API. 

The Live Mint Monitor’s simple frontend programmatically visualizes the NFT assets as they are minted, displaying their associated image and metadata. 

The Live Mint Monitor is a real-time block monitoring solution that identifies NFT mint events that have occurred. Some of the key features of the Live Mint Monitor include: 

  • You can leverage the Ubiquity NFT API typescript client to obtain real-time blockchain data.
  • The Live Mint Monitor is expandable to cover live mint events across multiple blockchains through an aggregated feed. 
  • You can monitor the blockchain from the current block height, or to consume events from a previous block number. 
  • Twitter integration lets you to tweet about recently minted assets. 

Overall, the Live Mint Monitor is a fully deployed, open-source application with its code shared on Github. Christian, Nathaniel and German team did an amazing job both building and presenting the Live Mint Monitor in such a short space of time. 

We Caught-up With The Live Mint Monitor Team

Blockdaemon virtually sat-down with the Live Mint Monitor team to ask questions about their build and their experience participating in the hackathon. 

Question #1: What were your biggest challenges while building the Ubiquity Live Mint Monitor? 

There were a couple, for sure.

First of all, time was of the essence. The initial timeline for the hackathon was 3 weeks, but ours was 5 business days, due to the work we are doing in our other blockchain projects. We built and tested the Live Mint Monitor in 3 business days. 

Secondly, we wanted to build something for the NFT category for the Solana blockchain, which some of our current projects are currently focused on. However, the Ubiquity API, while it has massive support for most ERC20 compatible blockchains, was still developing the Solana part. So, the support wasn’t entirely there. Yet, we still wanted to build for Solana and Ubiquity.

And then finally, we also wanted to include fraud detection capabilities into the app. However, considering the time constraint we included this in our business presentation for Blockdaemon as part of the future dev opportunities for the Live Mint Monitor. 

Question #2: How did you utilize Blockdaemon’s Ubiquity NFT API to help you build the Live Mint Monitor? 

Interestingly, it was the easiest part. It took us some minutes to understand the hierarchy and structure of the Ubiquity API SDK documentation, and then we were already planning how to build the missing Solana bits.

We quickly integrated the Ubiquity NFT API to scan for blocks as they were created, get their information, transactions, receipts, etc. It was all pretty simple for us. It also helped that we were already familiar with these structures so inspecting the outputs of the API was quite intuitive.

When we got to the missing bits we decided to complement it with our own knowledge of the Solana blockchain and what information can be queried. This is how we built additional API methods to obtain information about the NFT objects and their owners as they appeared in the blocks.

A few days later our work was completed. We will definitely consider using Ubiquity API in the future after establishing the value and speed unlocked when building blockchain tools.

Question #3: What has been your experience taking part in this hackathon, what would you recommend to someone who’s thinking of taking part in a hackathon? 

We had a lot of fun.

We were excited that Blockdaemon was one of the sponsors. We were interested in Ubiquity NFT API and to be honest, we were waiting for a product like this to finally appear. We’re also super interested in what Blockdaemon is building, its partnerships and its technological innovations.

When it comes to participating in a hackathon, our most important advice is to build something that you care about and are passionate about, and then challenge yourself to create it in a way that could also, possibly, have demand in the market.

Build it for yourself first, and then for the hackathon. The hackathon ends, and you might win it or not, but the knowledge and work you developed stays with you. The experience stays with you, and you are now wiser because of that.

Blockdaemon hosts and sponsors many different hackathons, keep an eye out on our social channels (Twitter and LinkedIn) to sign up. Additionally, for more information on how you can utilize our Ubiquity NFT API visit our website to get in touch with our team.