Announcing Building out Loud by Solana India

The internet’s fastest blockchain meets the world’s fastest growing open source community.

We’re excited to partner with Solana Foundation to announce Building out Loud - a hackathon exclusively for Indian developers. Solana is a fast, secure, and censorship resistant blockchain providing the open infrastructure required for global adoption.

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They’ve made incredible progress over the last few months - raising capital from a16z to accelerating the deployment of Solana-native dapps. With their blazing fast speed, low fees and deep focus on the developer community — we’re very optimistic about Solana’s ability to deliver the promise of public blockchains to a billion people. We will continue to participate in what we think will be a multi-chain world.

How you can participate

Hackathons are an incredibly important place of birth for crypto startups. What Y-Combinator is to startups, hackathons are to crypto. If you’re an ambitious engineer or developer in India looking to build something, this is the skyhook you’re looking for.

By participating in this hackathon, you have a unique opportunity to:

  1. Win prizes from a pool of over $80,000 (60+ lac INR)

  2. Launch a global product from Day 1.

  3. Pitch to and raise capital directly from Solana Foundation and prominent global investors

In addition to prizes sponsored by Solana, there’s a lineup of special prizes granted by Balaji Srinivasan, CRED, Republic.co, Lightspeed India Partners, Serum, Kunal Kapoor, Raj Gokal and Superpumped. They’re offering grants and prizes for teams that build products that match their specifications.

To adjudicate the competition, we welcome our blockbuster bench of judges who are excited to support the Indian developer ecosystem. This edition’s line up features Chris McCann, Preethi Kasireddy, Hemant Mohapatra, Amy Wu, Samuel Harrison, Kunal Kapoor, Meltem Demiros, Kunal Shah, Graham Friedman, Tyera Eulberg, Tamar Menteshashvili, Gautam Chhugani, Adrian Ciaffoncini, Siddhartha Jain, Aniket Jindal, Amitej Gajjala, Srikanth Kalapur, Paurav Joshi, Akash Nimare, Shardul Aeer, Mohak Agarwal, Tanmay Bhat and Akshay BD.

How you can get involved

Visit the Building out Loud website to sign up to get invited to the discord channel.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the 350+ project submissions and winners from the recently concluded global hackathon organised by Solana here.

Sign up for the Hackathon

When we started the Superpumped podcast, Tanmay and I wanted to find ways to showcase the developer talent coming out of India to the world. We’re grateful to Solana Foundation and all our partners who made this possible.

The next Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella won’t be lost to an American corporation. Instead, they’re likely reading this blogpost in a part of India you and I have never been to — with an idea they can bring to life from India. Today, you can launch a product, acquire customers from around the world, raise capital and scale your product without ever having to leave India. Crypto is the new H1B visa.

Apply today — we look forward to meeting you!

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