Vara online hackathon

Gear Foundation is committed to cultivating an ecosystem of bold and creative ideas. That’s why we’re launching the Varathon.

About Vara hackathon

6th Season


Hacking dates:

from 01/07/2024

to 02/09/2024

Demo day:05/09/2024
Season prize fund:$6,000

5 of 10 seasons

have already been successfully completed

$30k of $60k prize pool

has already been awarded to winners

1 month per season

It culminates in a Demo Day for showcasing projects.

Only onchain projects

To enhance and expand the capabilities of the Vara network

What is Varathon?

Varathon is a groundbreaking online Web3 development hackathon spread across ten seasons over ten months. We invite Rust developers to explore the cutting-edge Wasm implementation based on the Actor model and Persistent memory. Join the forefront of Web3 technologies and create remarkable projects on Vara Network!

Unleash your creativity, create meaningful connections, and embark on an exhilarating journey of tech-driven innovation.

How it works?

  • Registration

    Register as a team or solo hacker looking for a team

  • Discord & Telegram

    Join our channels and find the organizational information

  • Build & Learn

    Build your project and get individual guidance from mentors

  • Submission

    Submit your project by the season deadline

  • Presentation Day

    Participate in the Presentation Day hosted by Gear Foundation

Ready to get started?

Varathon Mentors

Gear Foundation, Inc.

Our distinguished Web3 experts will serve as judges for the Varathon Demo Day, where you can showcase your projects.Throughout all seasons, seize the opportunity to connect with potential advisors, paving the way for your project's success. Varathon is an integral part of Gear Foundation's extensive accelerator program.

Learn and receive expert evaluations in Rust programming, network integration, technical support,and project assessments from our specialists.

  • Pavel Salas

    Pavel Salas

    Chief Growth Officer

  • Peter Volinsky

    Peter Volinsky

    Chief Technical Officer

  • Luisa Medova

    Luisa Medova

    Ecosystem Team Lead

Why Build on Vara?

Grant Opportunity

Seize the chance to receive a grant from Gear Foundation to bring your project idea to life.

Apply for grant

Web3 Innovation Through Education

The official learning hub for building on the Vara Network, unlocks your potential as a multi-chain developer.

Vara Academy

Future-Ready Scalability

Maximize potential with Vara's scalable, secure, and efficient platform, ideal for next-generation gaming and financial applications.

Vara Network Website

Parallel Processing Power

Leverage parallel processing and access a rich dApp smart contract library to inspire and initiate your development journey.

Vara Wiki

Available tracks

Note that you are not bound to suggested ideas, it’s rather a friendly guidance.

Ready to build on the edge of Web3?

Utilise actor model, persistent memory & WASM

Register now

Meet Our Hackathon Champions

1st in 1st season

2nd in 2nd season


Arena is the first on-chain battle game on Vara Network

More info about project Arena

1st in 2nd season


Decentralized Messanger on Vara Network

More info about project Sparkle

3rd in 2nd season


On-chain NFT gamified platform

More info about project Rutzo

2nd in 3rd season


Social media web3 app

More info about project Serenium

3rd in 3rd season


An "open internships" platform that bypasses interviews to equally welcome new talents.

More info about project Commit