Apr 6, 2022
This is a set of resources for folks who want to spend a day or two hacking in web3 — assuming no prior experience.
We recently held a web3 hack day for the Privy team and friends. It’s hard to make time to hack on side projects sometimes and we wanted to make time for ourselves. Folks found this “Getting Started” guide super helpful and I wanted to share.
A note on mindset:
There is nothing too complicated to be explained simply and clearly.
There is nothing you can’t learn.
You have every right to become an expert here — no gatekeeping!
There’s no shortage of stuff to hack on in web3. But in case you’re looking for some ideas, here are a few projects and tutorials to get you started!
1) Interactive game tutorials at https://ethereum.org/en/developers/learning-tools/
My favorite is CryptoZombies — learn Solidity building your own Zombie game.
This bison is too frickin adorable to not mint.
Might take a little longer to mint for reals but looks like you can deploy to testnet pretty quickly.
*** = highlighted as particularly interesting. Wagmi.
Start mining some Filecoin
Try to build an adversarial miner in an Ethereum testnet.
Build your own Bitcoin validation script walking back to genesis!
Set up your own chain using Tendermint and Cosmos
***Write a basic smart contract (check out smart contract sandbox tools)
Create a basic splitter contract
Create a basic recurring payments contract
Capture The Ether — hack Ethereum smart contracts to learn about security.
Build decentralized twitter (figure out what “decentralized” means)
Add a feature to a blockchain game (fork and extend?)
Create a meta-marketplace that bridges prices from Opensea, Looksnice, Sorare, Foundation, etc. Reservoir for inspiration
Timelapse of Moxie’s NFT art project https://autonomous.graphics/
Start doing some MEV searching!
Set up a uniswap v3 trading pair
Build a tradebot on uniswap v3 NFTs
***YieldFarm bot 🌽🧑🌾🚜🤖
***Set up a visualization of a smart contract’s activity — e.g. EtherOrcs
***Ask a simple question and answer it programmatically — e.g. How much are all ERC20 tokens worth? How many ERC 721s are there?
***Build a v0 of a social recovery protocol using a simple smart contract
Implement your own multisig — extend gnosis SAFE
Don’t just limit yourself to the ETH ecosystem, work on Polygon, BTC, Solana or AVAX for instance.
Stanford CS251 assignments
Etherorcs smart contract
Rabbithole.gg — a collection of tutorials around web3
There is so much more to build and explore in Web3 — and there will be many more Privy hack days too! Join us for our next one and meanwhile, happy trails!