The Pi Network’s Pi Core Team participated in and sponsored three university hackathons that were held at Harvard, Cornell, and UC Berkeley from October 14 to 16. This outreach is a part of the Core Team’s initiatives to develop Pi’s utilities and infrastructure during the current Enclosed Network Period. It aims to introduce Pi Network to enthusiastic builders, inform innovative young developers about Pi platform, and invite and onboard the next generation of developers to assist in realizing Pi’s vision for the next generation of cryptocurrencies.
Students participated in these hackathons to further that vision by learning about the Pi Network, its community, and its platform SDK. They also researched and constructed numerous prototypes of Pi apps on the Pi Developer Platform for their creative ideas. Games, health applications, NFT apps, apps with an environmental impact, and other types of apps are among those that demonstrate the platform’s potential to be truly useful and help the Pi ecosystem develop and prosper.
The Core Team has also made significant advancements in the creation of essential Pi Developer resources as part of the preparation for these Hackathons, and has published more comprehensive tools for Pi app developers in general.
For instance, Pi network have added a number of new tools to the Developer Portal, such as an “App Checklist” to assist developers in setting up their apps and a clearer, more detailed process for registering apps. At develop.pi on the Pi Browser, you can see for yourself how the new Portal updates work. To make it simpler for developers to set up and test a Pi app, they updated and enhanced the sample app and our SDK API. A new developer Onboarding Guide that teaches developers about the Pi Ecosystem and building on Pi was also launched (and is always being enhanced) as part of our effort to provide developers with better documentation.
These tools can aid in the development of new Pi apps and network utilities not only for the hackathon participants but also for network’s seasoned Pioneers and community developers.