Building the Future of Virtual Worlds: Decentraland Hackathon in Nairobi
A three-day hackathon was recently held in Nairobi, Kenya, with the goal of developing simple arcade games on Decentraland using the SDK. Organized by Metaverse Architects, the event brought together teams of developers to collaborate and create new games and experiences for the decentralized virtual world of Decentraland. As well as Africa’s very own VirtualisReal and the African Meta Club.
The Games Developed
Over the course of the hackathon, four teams worked together to develop four unique arcade games: Pong, The Floor is Lava, Red Light, Green Light, and Prop Hunt. The games were developed with the intention of providing a fun and engaging experience for users in the Decentraland virtual world. Other games that were to be developed included Hide and Seek, Ultimate Tag, Parkour Masters, and Glass Plates. These games were developed using Decentrland’s SDK, which uses Typescript.
Was so awesome working with these fantastic devs.Sean Ellul, Co-Founder Metaverse Architects
Collaboration over Competition
The hackathon’s goal was to foster collaboration among the teams, rather than competition. The developers worked separately on their respective games, but also shared resources and knowledge to help each other out. In the end, the four games were combined into one arcade experience, showcasing the power of teamwork and collaboration.
Open-Sourcing the Code
The code and models developed during the hackathon are open-sourced and posted to the Decentraland Awesome Repository. This means that anyone will be able to access and use the code. Providing an opportunity for other developers to build on top of the work done during the event. The works of the awesome devs will be showcased in true light on different scenes provided by the Metaverse Architects.
Support from AIBC/SIGMA Conference
The hackathon was entirely funded by Metaverse Architects and supported by the logistics of the AIBC/SIGMA conference. The event was a huge success, and the organizers have plans to repeat it in different regions of the world in the coming year. Including Dubai, the Philippines, Malta, and Cyprus.
Upskilling the Future Generation
The primary goal of the event was to train the next generation of Metaverse Architects. The developers who took part in the hackathon left with much to attest to. They were able to learn new skills and gain valuable experience working on the cutting-edge technology of the metaverse.
The event was a huge success. Participants were able to make history and meet brilliant Metaverse Architects who have been inspiring them for months. The team behind the event continues to encourage others who would like to support their mission of training the world on the ins and outs of metaverse development to get in touch with them.