The February 2019 MESG Online Hackathon judging period has officially ended and we’ve reached a decision. We were thrilled to have seen such a wide array of creative, interesting and useful applications built on MESG.

In fact, we were so impressed by the submissions that we decided to award the top prize of $5,000 in MESG Tokens to two of our participants. The winners are:

1st Place — $5,000

MESG-Z by Joel Barna @JBarna

A two-way bridge between Zapier and MESG

We were extremely impressed with Joel’s entire submission package and for the sheer usefulness of the submitted application which created a two-way bridge between Zapier and MESG. Joel showed a great understanding of the use and potential of MESG and delivered an app that can greatly increase the business application and usefulness for future users of MESG as well. “MESG is a growing system of distributed applications, but needs connections to centralized applications to start” &

1st Place — $5,000

Spaceforce Messaging Application by Ryan Milbourne @ryanmilb

Send messages from space with MESG

This app couldn’t be more different from our other first-place winner. It utilized a front-end and the lightning network to send messages from a satellite orbiting Earth, in exchange for MESG Tokens. It not only was a grand vision, but it shows the versatility of MESG with the connection of four different services. Through the accepting of MESG Tokens on one end and using the lightning network on the other, Ryan created a business with this app, receiving income for performing automated actions for others. Not to mention he sent MESG into space, literally. 🚀

3rd Place — $1,000

mesg-lighthouse by Robin Eisenberg @eisenbergrobin

Automate website analytics for performance audits

Robin’s app uses the software Lighthouse to automate website analysis. Upon entering a URL, it launches a Chrome instance, performs an audit, then returns the raw results in a polished HTML report that is accessible through a new server. This app showcases both MESG’s versatility and automation abilities. While it’s not quite a standalone app, it provides critical information which can be used to extend abilities, and perform frequent audits for continuous website improvement.

Special Prize- $1,000

mini-home-meteostation-mesg by @MykolaSauliak

Write observed weather events onto IOTA, then send a notification

We decided to award our special prize to @MykolaSauliak, This app observes weather conditions like temperature, pressure and humidity with an arduino, sends the results to IOTA, then sends an email confirming the action. We loved this app because showcased MESG’s openness and versatility by combining three worlds through MESG: an IoT device, the web and decentralized technologies into a single application.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big thank you to all who participated! This hackathon has been a big success.

We’d like to give an additional shout out to all of the other participants who didn’t win a prize, but submitted apps that showed some serious innovation and value. In particular, we were excited to see such great services built within your apps which can live on to be used in other apps in the future, potentially bringing you a profit later down the road.

- Quality Life by Sri Sanketh Uppalapati @iamjustice_789 — Quality Life is an app that monitors air quality and sends notifications when air quality reaches hazardous levels. Great for those like us living in Asia!

- ChainWatcher by @DCPRevere — This app provides up-to-date ERC20 balances on IPFS. First it listens for ERC20 transfers using an existing MESG service, then uses a new IPFS service to store balance information on IPFS, using a great new IPFS MESG service.

- MESG3 by Chris Buonocore @cbonoz — MESG3 uses Stripe to receive payments, then uploads transaction receipts to Amazon S3 — It’s an accountant’s dream application. &

- tg_crypto_notification_MESG by @joveee — This innovative application gets info from different accounts Twitter, checks prices on Binance, then sends notifications through Telegram.

- Application-Users by Emre Keskin @emrekeskinmac — This app links a server and MongoDB to securely manage logins, including password recovery and everything a business needs to create its website.

- Proof of IoT Integration by Srinivas Ratnam @cnusrini — Proof of IoT Integration involved uploading files from devices to IPFS to store as a proof for later verification, in an effort to create a decentralized event hub for IoT.

Way to go everyone!

We will be holding more hackathons in the coming months and years, so please stay tuned for a chance to build and win again soon.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.