Neo Collaborates with OKX and BingX to Host Hackathon in Vietnam with More than $1,100,000 in Prizes and Grants

Neo
6 min readJul 31, 2023

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Neo, the open-source, community-driven blockchain platform, will host a hackathon weekend on August 12th -13th in Ho Chi Minh City. This event is the second stop in the hybrid Neo APAC Hackathon, which includes face-to-face, offline events in six cities across the APAC region as well as a series of online events. The Neo Foundation and valued partners have designated a generous prize and grants pool of more than $1.1 million to reward outstanding participants across the region.

With the local event in Ho Chi Minh City, Neo aims to foster the growth of Web3 talent in Vietnam’s emerging crypto market and contribute to the overall prosperity of the country’s Web3 industry. Multiple major industry players, including OKX and BingX and more, have enthusiastically joined forces to maximize the impact of the Ho Chi Minh City event.

About the Ho Chi Minh GAS Station Event: Prizes, Grants, and Networking Opportunities

The Ho Chi Minh City GAS Station will be held at Asiana Plaza (Bình Thạnh). Participants can compete for a pool of prizes and grants totaling more than $1.1 million and take advantage of communication opportunities with Neo’s esteemed partners and guests as well as Neo leaders on site.

Prizes and opportunities for participants at the Ho Chi Minh City GAS Station include:

- Eligibility for consideration to share in the $1.1 million post-hackathon grants fund

- Face-to-face networking with leaders from Neo and key industry partners

- Excellence Prizes: $5,000 for each of 2 winning teams

- AWS Choice Prizes: $5,000 for each of 2 winning teams

- Travel grants to the Hong Kong Finale in October: $1,000 for each of 2 winning teams

OKX Ventures, Bing Ventures, and other esteemed Neo partners will actively participate at this event by attending panels, offering valuable industry insights, and seeking out discussions with event participants. Numerous media partners and influential Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) have also been invited to attend to provide comprehensive event coverage.

For further information about how to participate, please visit the Neo APAC Hackathon website and reference the Ho Chi Minh City GAS Station page. To ensure smooth participation at this local event, all attendees must register prior to the event on the Ho Chi Minh City Gas Station lu.ma page.

About the Neo APAC Hackathon

The Neo APAC Hackathon is a hybrid event designed for APAC Web3 enthusiasts. This ambitious regional event blends online workshops, panels, and project submission methods with a set of face-face, offline hackathon weekends in five APAC cities (Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangalore, Seoul, and Singapore), culminating in a grand finale and winner announcement ceremony in Hong Kong in October. The hackathon offers country-specific opportunities for in-person collaboration and networking. Participants can choose from categories such as DeFi, GameFi, AI, SocialFi, DAO, infrastructure, and more.

Industry Partners Join with Neo to Offer Added Opportunities

Neo’s APAC Hackathon operates within the favorable regulatory environment of the APAC region. Neo appreciates the support and collaboration of industry partners for the Ho Chi Minh City GAS Station event, including OKX, and now BingX, a major player specializing in the APAC regional market. Together, their involvement will make it possible to offer a highly engaging and customized hackathon experience for the vibrant Vietnam local developer community.

OKX brings a valued dimension to the Neo APAC Hackathon experience for participants by providing a specialized series of through themed NFTs for the event. All 5000 NFTs were claimed on its launch day. These NFTs entitle their holders to online voting for this hackathon and allow them to redeem their NFTs for gifts at each offline event. In addition, the top 20 teams selected by the judging panel in this Hackathon will have the opportunity to collaborate with the OKX Web3 team and engage in valuable discussions with the OKX Ventures team, based on their possession of the Hackathon-themed NFTs.

BingX, a valued partner in this collaboration, is set to play a pivotal role in supporting and empowering the vibrant Vietnam Web3 community throughout the hackathon journey. BingX’s key contributions will encompass driving impactful marketing efforts across various media and social media channels, securing influential speakers and esteemed judges for the event, supporting participating projects with valuable feedback and reviews, and presenting a distinguished speaker to enlighten the panel discussion at the Ho Chi Minh City GAS Station. With BingX’s active involvement, the Neo APAC Hackathon is poised to foster an engaging and enriching experience for all participants, further solidifying its commitment to nurturing the growth of Web3 in Vietnam.

“BingX is excited to be supporting the Neo APAC Hackathon. Fostering the next wave of builders is imperative, and Neo is developing an amazing environment that truly embraces the decentralized aspect of the blockchain industry. By hosting both online and offline innovation through their hybrid hackathon, Neo is innovating the future of early-stage building. We are truly excited to see what is to come not only from the Hackathon, but the Neo ecosystem as a whole.” said Megan Nyvold, Head of Branding and PR North America for BingX.

“We at Neo look forward to engaging alongside our valued partners with talented and ambitious Web3 enthusiasts in Ho Chi Minh City. We are pleased to be able to offer participants at this event a rewarding and stimulating experience as we continue to invest in vitalizing region-wide growth of the Web3 industry,” said John Wang, Head of Neo Eco-Growth.

About Neo

Founded in 2014, Neo is an open-source, community-driven blockchain platform designed to welcome developers into the Smart Economy. By enabling developers to digitize and automate the management of assets through smart contracts, Neo is built to realize the optimized digital world of the future. As the most developer-friendly blockchain, Neo meets developers where they are by integrating seamlessly with the world’s most widely used languages and tools, and providing the most feature-complete blockchain platform for building full-stack decentralized applications. With native support for powerful infrastructure including decentralized storage, oracles, and domain name service, Neo is the ideal foundation for developers to build the next generation Internet.

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About OKX

OKX is the second-largest global crypto exchange by trading volume and a leading Web3 ecosystem. Trusted by more than 50 million global users, OKX is known for being the fastest and most reliable crypto trading app for traders everywhere.

As a top partner of English Premier League champions Manchester City FC, McLaren Formula 1, golfer Ian Poulter, Olympian Scotty James, and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, OKX aims to supercharge the fan experience with new engagement opportunities. OKX is also the top partner of the Tribeca Festival as part of an initiative to bring more creators into web3.

Beyond OKX’s exchange, the OKX Wallet is the platform’s latest offering for people looking to explore the world of NFTs and the metaverse while trading GameFi and DeFi tokens.

OKX is committed to transparency and security and publishes its Proof of Reserves on a monthly basis.

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About BingX

Founded in 2018, BingX is a leading crypto exchange that offers spot, derivatives, copy, and grid trading services to more than 100 countries and regions worldwide with over 5 million customers. BingX is committed to building a safe, innovative, trustworthy, and transparent leading trading platform where investors can easily manage their assets and diversify investment portfolios. BingX provides a connected social network for elite traders and crypto beginners with continuous innovation in products and services, making crypto accessible and friendly to all.

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