According to Solana.Information, Utah Rep. John Curtis used a domestically made crypto app to purchase a protein bar—however that is simply one of many improvements to return out of mtnDAO, a month-long hackathon for Solana builders.
Organized and hosted by @cypher_protocol and @marginfi, the occasion was held at The Shop co-working house in downtown Salt Lake Metropolis and featured panel discussions, workshops, ski journeys, Friday night occasions, and even a Utah Jazz sport.
Whereas there have been many social occasions on the agenda, collaboration with different Solana innovators as a part of a “hacker home” was the primary purpose. Sam Mehr, a blockchain legal professional and one of many organizers of the occasion, says the month was all about constructing a framework for collaboration after which letting folks construct from the within.
About 175 folks participated in mtnDAO, with about 30 staying in residence for the complete month. Getting all these folks collectively is big for brand spanking new developments, collaborations, and concepts that spawn out of those gatherings, Mehr says. “A number of us work together on Twitter and Discord, however there’s simply that factor that may’t get replaced with regard to being in-person and hacking away collectively till 2, 3, 4 within the morning, with somebody subsequent to you your code, you their code, otherwise you’re whiteboarding collectively. It’s that vitality that you simply feed off of that may’t be replicated on-line.”
At mtnDAO, two builders constructed mtnPay, an iOS point-of-sale app for Solana Pay that claims to combine with Sq., in simply in 48 hours, in keeping with tweets from its creators. It was that app that Rep. John Curtis used to pay for the aforementioned protein bar. Different developments included a stablecoin known as Bucket, aiming to “create a seamless stablecoin expertise throughout Solana.”
Additionally on the docket: bounties from PsyOptions, Zeta Markets, and Grape. Crypto bounty packages are incentives supplied to folks for finishing duties for a specific blockchain or cryptocurrency platform, and there was loads of that occurring throughout the month!
Although the blockchain has but to hit mainstream attraction, builders are forming tightknit communities to construct upon it. “I believe that’s the great thing about blockchain proper now: the communities are so small and tight, proper? We’re all attempting to determine the place that is going,” Mehr says. “We’re attempting to do our greatest to work collectively to construct cool issues that really profit society, and since we come from such various backgrounds, we’re on the lookout for one thing new.
“All we wish to do is assist others get the identical alternative as us. So once I say WAGMI [text speak for ‘we are all gonna make it’], it truly is this concept of attempting to assist everyone. Should you’re keen about this house, then you definately’re gonna meet folks with open arms who will do no matter they need to to ensure you really feel welcomed.”
And the occasion introduced extra corporations to Utah… completely. Mehr says that, over the course of the month, 5 of the 175 attendees signed leases in Utah. “I believe lots of people get shocked by Utah in plenty of methods. All the weather you want are right here. It’s simply the proper place to be,” Mehr says. “I do assume that the key is getting out. I believe it’s going to solely develop from right here.”
The plan is to carry mtnDAO in Utah each February, Mehr says, including that he hopes it may be even “larger and higher” within the years to return. Past Salt Lake Metropolis, Solana hosted a Solana Hacker House Inaugural World Tour from February to March, with Los Angeles, Seattle, and abroad occasions. Since then, extra hacker homes have been introduced in cities like New York Metropolis and Miami.
Salt Lake Metropolis won’t have the inhabitants of Los Angeles, New York Metropolis, or Miami, or the tech historical past of Seattle, however it’s on its strategy to that dialog, Mehr says. “It’s not essentially the most populous state. It’s not San Fran, it’s not LA, it’s not New York, however it’s rising extraordinarily quick, and also you get this sense that you simply’re serving to create one thing, and I believe that simply fuels you.
“I believe it provides you this appreciation for what it means to create one thing. It’s quite a bit simpler to pursue one thing when you may really feel and see the impression your work’s having, and I believe that’s what’s distinctive about Utah. If you wish to be lively within the growth of town you might be, and I believe you are taking that perspective into your work.”