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Join The Akashian Challenge

With a sprawling challenge that encompasses three phases over eight weeks, and massive token rewards—3,000,000 Akash Tokens (AKT) or 3% of total AKT pre-mined at genesis
The Akashian Challenge invites you to leverage your technical and social cunning to maneuver your way to victory.

As the second largest testnet in the Cosmos ecosystem since Game of Stakes, the Challenge currently has 106 active Challengers vying for 64 validator positions at mainnet.

The Akashian Challenge enables us to strengthen the scalability, security, and usability of our platform.

Play as an individual or part of a team. Validators who persevere will be generously rewarded.

Ready to get started? Phase 2 will go live at 1600 UTC / 9AM PST!

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The Akashian Challenge

The Akashian Challenge went live on April 30th, 2020, and runs for 8 weeks in three distinct phases:

Phase 1: Node Operations

Phase 1 comprises four separate, week-long stages with different objectives. Participants earn tokens by solving different challenges related to operating and validating the Akash Blockchain. The challenges will range from setting up Akash nodes to governing the network.


  • Bring a network live in a decentralized manner with a minimum set of 64 validators
  • Verify and test network upgrade procedures, identify and fix any gaps
  • Stress test the network to understand scalability parameters
  • Drive community participation for contributions to code and documentation
  • Encourage engagement across teams for a self-sustaining ecosystem

During Phase 1, we’ll be testing four releases of Akash Network in the span of four weeks starting April 30th, 2020:

  • Each of these releases have important milestones published here.
  • Instructions for getting started on Centauri are published here.
  • Instructions for each release will be published before the week begins.

Release Schedule

Release Goal Begins Ends
Centauri The goal of Centauri release is to launch the network in a decentralized manner with a minimum set of 64 validators April 30th, 2020 1500 UTC May 8th, 2020 1600 UTC
Sirius The goal for Serius release is to verify and test network upgrade procedures; identify and fix any gaps May 11th, 2020 1600 UTC May 15th, 2020 1600 UTC
Eridani The goal of Eridani release is to test resilience of the network against corrupted upgrades. There might be a case where the upgrade binaries will be available only after the proposal is passed.
What if something is wrong with the new binary? Skipping the upgrade is the best way to handle such cases
May 18th, 2020 1600 UTC May 22th, 2020 1600 UTC
Cygni Cygni upgrade will require features for Akash Phase 2. The goal is to ensure upgrades happen without friction, and coordination gaps are identified and fixed May 25th, 2020 1600 UTC May 29th, 2020 1600 UTC
Reward Structure

Phase 1 has four categories of rewards a team can earn by completing tasks for the category. Each participant can earn upto 67,556 AKT. A detailed reward schedule for Phase 1 is published here. Below is a summary:

Reward Description Max Reward
One-Off Mandatory tasks to be completed to collect the phase completion reward 1,667
Phase Completion Reward for completing all the one-off rewards 10,000
Bonus Bonus challenges that earn extra rewards but are not mandatory 33,667
Bi-Weekly Bi-weekly rewards with a surprise (details soon) 22,222
Centauri Release

Centauri is the first release of the testnet and has three critical milestones that eventually lead to the launch of the network on May 8th, 2020 1600 UTC.

Follow the Phase 1 guide for instructions.

Milestone Begins Ends
GenTx Submission April 30th, 2020 1500 UTC May 6th, 2020 1500 UTC
Genesis Release May 7th, 2020 1500 UTC May 7th, 2020 1500 UTC
Network Live May 8th, 2020 1600 UTC May 8th, 2020 1600 UTC
Phase 2: DEX Operations

The Akashian Challenge Phase 2: DEX Operations launches on Monday, June 29th at 1600 UTC / 9:00AM PST. Phase 2 will encompass three weeks of challenges.

To incentivize participants we’ve allocated 600,000 AKT for Phase 2 rewards.

The Akashian Challenge Phase 2 will introduce, demonstrate, and test the decentralized exchange features of Akash. This decentralized exchange (DEX) is different from others in the cryptocurrency world, which are focused on settling trades; the Akash DEX is designed to settle requests for application deployments.

As this phase of the competition is primarily focused on the on-chain code, we won’t be running the network in a decentralized fashion. Weekly challenges will focus on provider and tenant DEX operations–creating orders, bidding, handling leases–, while long-running challenges will focus on supporting a healthy network foundation.

Long-Running Challenges

Long-running challenges are active for the entire Akashian Challenge. They’re designed to encourage participation, and present an opportunity for us to observe longer term behaviors of the network.  These long-running challenges include the following, detailed below:

  • Validator Architecture and Monitoring
  • Network Infrastructure Support

Validator Architecture and Monitoring

The process of operating a validator is varied and there are many possible architectures that can be used. The choice of architecture depends primarily on the security model the validator operator chooses to protect against. Whatever architecture is chosen, monitoring and alerting tooling is necessary to help the validator maintain uptime and respond to on-chain events like proposals, slashing events, delegations, etc.
Teams will earn rewards for:

  • Writing blog posts detailing their validator setup with supporting code/configuration
  • Writing blog posts detailing their monitoring infrastructure with supporting code/configuration
  • Making PRs that add additional prometheus metrics to the x/deployment, x/market or x/provider modules facilitating network monitoring.

Network Infrastructure Support

In order to support the network, a validator needs to run full nodes and sentries. This long running challenge will reward validators who run seed nodes with publicly available P2P endpoints or full nodes/sentries with publicly available RPC/p2p ports.

Note that running tenderseed instances is allowed/encouraged. Nodes must be reachable and posted in the ovrclk/net repository to be eligible for this reward.

Weekly Challenges

The Akashian Challenge: Phase 2 will encompass three weeks of challenges. Weekly challenges focus on different aspects of network functionality each week. These challenges are designed to test specific features of the DEX.

Week 1: Capture the Orders

The Akashian Challenge team will be creating orders continuously. The Week 1 challenge asks users to explore how to operate as a provider by finding and bidding on leases. This can be accomplished by running the provider daemon, using `akashctl` and some `bash` scripting, or by building custom tooling.

Reward Opportunities:

  • Validators whose providers have won the most number of leases.
  • Validators whose providers have placed the most number of bids.
  • Bonus Category: Blog post detailing how winning provider bids works in the Akash system, and custom code to do so.

Week 2: Chaos is a Ladder

Week 2 is a test for throughput of the DEX. This will allow our team to identify performance bottlenecks in our code under realistic network conditions. The challenge builds on users’ provider experience from the Week 1: Capture the Orders challenge and encourages them to explore how to operate as a tenant on the network. 

Reward Opportunities:

  • Provider: Total Lease-Hours per Provider: Points awarded to the provider that accumulates the greatest total number of lease-blocks. A lease block is an open lease for one block – if a provider has two leases during one block it is counted as two lease-blocks.
  • Provider: Total Lease Count: Points awarded to the provider that accumulates the greatest total number total leases.
  • Tenant: Total Lease-Hours: Points awarded to the tenant that accumulates the greatest total number of lease-blocks. A lease block is an open lease for one block – if a tenant has two leases during one block it is counted as two lease-blocks.
  • Tenant: Total Lease Count: Points awarded to the tenant that accumulates the greatest total number total leases.

Week 3: Cast a Wide Net

The Week 3 challenge encompasses more throughput DEX testing, and encourages participants to explore large-scale deployment options. During this time, the provider daemon will be in Beta, in preparation for Phase 3.

Reward Opportunities:

  • Tenant: deployment with the largest number of individual providers: Tenants can create deployments that have many orders – who can make a deployment that is fulfilled by the highest number of individual providers?

  • Provider: largest number of concurrent leases: Providers may have more than one active lease at any given time. Award tokens to the provider that has the most active leases at one time over the period of the challenge.

Phase 2 Rewards

You can check out the Phase 2 Rewards Schedule for a detailed schedule of reward opportunities. A total of 600,000 AKT is allocated for Phase 2 Rewards that include:

1. One-Off Challenges
2. Phase Completion
3. Long Running Challenges
4. Bi-Weekly Winners
5. Bonus Challenges

Ready to Get Started?

1. Review the Challenge Schedule
2. Review the Rewards Schedule
3. Check out the Phase 2 Docs
4. Plan for launch next Monday, June 29th at 1600 UTC / 9:00 AM PST

Phase 3: Developer Operations

Phase 3 incentivizes developers to build on the Akash Network. Developers earn tokens by deploying applications. The most creative applications will be selected every two weeks by committee and the public in a live-streamed ceremony.

  1. Registration: Submit the form here. Once the form is submitted, our team will review the information and integrate the information into a publicly viewable spreadsheet for tracking.
  2. KYC/AML: Complete KYC/AML here.
  3. Tax Documents: W-8 BEN or W9. Once your KYC application is approved, our team will send either a W-8 BEN for international participants or a W9 via HelloSign.
  4. Status: The status of your participation agreement will be tracked along with the other registration information. We will also notify you upon completion or rejection of any submitted participation agreements.

Important Dates

  • Registration Open: April 23, 2020
  • Rewards Details: April 28, 2020
  • Phase 1: April 30, 2020
  • Phase 2: TBA
  • Phase 3: TBA

Goals for Incentivization

  • Establish clear objectives for each challenge while ensuring validators’ creative freedom
  • Identify desired behavior from validators and reward accordingly
  • Ensure participants are rewarded for actual efforts rather than access to capital (level the playing field)
  • Design a reward structure to incentivize long term participation instead of short term financial gain
  • Maintain fairness throughout the competition

A total of 3 million AKT (3% of AKT) is allocated for rewards that include:

  1. 64 Finalist Rewards
  2. One-Off Challenges
  3. Phase Completion
  4. Top 5, 10, 20 Finalists
  5. Bi-Weekly Winners
  6. Bonus Challenges
Reward Schedule

Below is the proposed reward schedule and individual rewards may vary depending on the number of participants. We may shuffle rewards as we introduce challenges for each phase.

Phase 1 666,667 AKT
Phase Completion 333,333
One-off Challenges 133,333
Bi-weekly Winner 66,667
Bonus Challenges 133,333
Phase 2 666,667 AKT
Phase Completion 333,333
One-off Challenges 133,333
Bi-weekly Winner 66,667
Bonus Challenges 133,333
Phase 3 666,667 AKT
Phase Completion 333,333
One-off Challenges 133,333
Bi-weekly Winner 66,667
Bonus Challenges 133,333
Ecosystem Tooling 500,000 AKT
Top 3 Block Explores 200,000
Top 3 Wallets 200,000
Top 3 Dashboards 100,000
Completion Bonus 500,000 Total
Top 5 20,000 100,000
Top 10 12,000 60,000
Top 20 7,500 75,500
Top 64 6,000 264,000

Exclusive Prizing

In addition to their token rewards, the Top 5 Finalists (individuals or teams) for The Akashian Challenge will receive our Supermini portable supercomputer at launch later this year (only 300 Superminis available at launch).

Biweekly Live Streams

Every two weeks, we'll be live streaming reward announcements. Registered and active Akashian challengers who attend each of these live streams will have the opportunity to win a Supermini.


Reward compensation is subject to Terms listed here.

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