Grant Proposal: Kyiv Tech

Grant ID: 8685c7e21


Kyiv Tech is Ukraine’s flagship web3 hackathon & builder community.

In September ‘22, more than 550 hackers met to build creative solutions to solve humanitarian crisis and Vitalik Buterin made his first ever visit to Ukraine. The event was made possible by sponsors Celo, Aragon, NEAR, Nym, Ethereum Foundation, Filecoin, Aave Grants DAO, Aurora and Unstoppable Domains. We also received support from Gitcoin, Optimism and zkSync as community partners. In terms of media, the event was covered by CoinDesk(Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin Appears at Kyiv Tech Summit to Support for Ukraine), Forbes(Ерік Шмідт та Віталік Бутерін одночасно відвідали Києв: про що говорили —, The Block(Vitalik Buterin makes surprise appearance at Kyiv Tech Summit | The Block) & CoinTelegraph(Blockchain could help anonymously document war crimes), will be featured in the upcoming Ethereum Film( and you can watch a documentary that was created by Coinbase here:

On Oct 13-15 2023, Kyiv Tech returns, with a larger dedicated & hybrid international hackathon. We are looking for sponsors to help with event expenses and fund bounties for hackers to build priority innovations on open source web3 networks. You can learn more about Kyiv Tech here:

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Describe what your project does or is aiming to do in 50 characters or less:
Kyiv Tech is Ukraine’s flagship web3 hackathon & builder community.

If available, please enter a link to your project below:

How far along are you?:
We are already in active organisation mode for the hackathon in terms of venue, sponsors, branding, merch, refreshments, content and hacker outreach / community building. The hackathon itself will take place on Oct 13-15.

Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you’re making?:
We decided to found Kyiv Tech in mid 2022. Having raised $10M in crypto for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, including $2.5M from Vitalik Buterin, we understood concretely that;
a) Ukraine has an incredibly large developer community and,
b) People are spending an agonising amount of time in bomb shelters.

So, Kyiv Tech was born with the vision to host a hackathon in a bomb shelter in Kyiv that would enable people to build creative, web3 solutions to humanitarian problems, and spend their time underground using crypto to drive real world impact.

Kyiv Tech ‘22 set the precedent for an ongoing series of community led web3 events & gatherings in Ukraine, and now we’re organising a larger dedicated & hybrid international hackathon since the situation in terms of air defence in Kyiv has improved greatly, with people returning to living somewhat regular lives.

What’s new about what you’re making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn’t exist yet (or they don’t know about it)?:
We are the flagship web3 hackathon & builder community in Ukraine and have an extremely tight filtering process- only collaborating with world class web3 orgs to encourage hackers on the ground to build the future.

What’s your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:
The focus of Kyiv Tech hackathon is onboarding more developers into web3 and activating the existing, large web3 developer community in Ukraine to build priority innovations for open source protocols like The Graph. With bounties funded & curated by The Graph, we envision our hackers working proactively to build on The Graph Stack, contribute to the protocol, build tooling, subgraphs or dapps and push the boundaries of what is possible. An activation of this nature will enable The Graph to strengthen it’s awareness and presence in the Ukrainian ecosystem, where there is a lot of web3 developer talent, resulting in increased open source contributors and ecosystem builders, as well as general users of the protocol.

How will you measure success?:

  • Quality of hackathon submissions
  • Number of participants
  • Number of first time web3 hackers
  • Media visibility & outreach metrics

What milestones will you achieve in the coming weeks/months, with or without the grant?:
We are already in active organisation mode for the hackathon in terms of venue, sponsors, branding, merch, refreshments, content and hacker outreach / community building. The hackathon itself will take place on Oct 13-15.

Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:
Subgraph Developers, Other, Curators, Delegators, Indexers

How much funding are you looking for? (USD):

Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:
Budget Breakdown


  • $5,000 - hackathon bounties
  • $10,000 - ops expenses (venue, comms, branding, merch, food, etc)

NOTE: any funds left from ops expenses will be reinvested in the Kyiv Tech local events, onboarding activities, etc.

Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:

If yes, please describe where you’ve received funding from and how much you have, or will, receive:
Kyiv Tech ‘22 was sponsored by Celo, Aragon, NEAR, Nym, Ethereum Foundation, Filecoin, Aave Grants DAO, Aurora and Unstoppable Domains.

Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:
Rev & CJ are impact maximalists with product brains & a growth mindset, they have spearheaded various initiatives in the last years including most recently:

  • Atlantis World, generating more than $2M in non-dilutive income to disrupt education and social with web3, working with governments and universities as a public good to onboard the next generation of crypto literate super users.
  • Raising $10M for humanitarian aid in Ukraine at Unchain, including a $2.5M donation from Vitalik Buterin, helping more than 400,000 people in less than a year and launching crypto debit cards that helped around 10,000 displaced families receive emergency financial assistance.
  • Hosting Kyiv Tech Summit, a war time conference with 500 impact hackers, bringing Vitalik to Ukraine for the first time ever.
  • Leading Save Pakistan & Anka Relief, launching further crypto powered disaster interventions in Pakistan & Turkey, where Vitalik also donated.

CJ is an active member of 2 World Economic Forum initiatives, the Crypto Sustainability Coalition as part of the Crypto Impact & Sustainability Accelerator and Global Shapers, whilst advising 2 government offices on virtual assets. Rev & CJ are green-pilled Optimism Badgeholders.

Nadia Yakubets
Nadia is the co-founder leading communications and ops at Kyiv Tech, Ukraine’s flagship web3 hackathon & builder community. Nadia has over 10 years of experience in PR & communications, including as CCO at Ukraine’s largest globally ranked confectionery manufacturing group Roshen with billions of dollars in revenue generated. Nadia also has a background in tech & pharmaceuticals, and led communications at Unchain- Ukraine’s largest web3 native non-profit. Nadia is based in London, but travels to Ukraine regularly, and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. Nadia is also a member of esteemed organizations like the International Federation of Journalists and the Charted Institute of Public Relations.

Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:
We love The Graph. We’ve been active community members for the longest time, and also recently launched Anka Relief to fundraise for earthquake relief in Turkey (Vitalik donated 50 ETH) where Eva Beylin kindly joined us as a multi-signer.

Are you applying as a team or individual?:

What type of grant are you pursuing?:
Project (one-off)

Please select the category your project best fits into:

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Hey Kyiv Tech Team,

Thank you for submitting your proposal.

Unfortunately, due to the short timeframe between now and the event, we won’t be able to accept this proposal.

We encourage you to apply for a grant in the future. For the best chance of success, please consider submitting your application ideally 3 or more months before the start of the event.

We look forward to seeing your future proposals!