Seagate and Protocol Labs have joined together to host the 2022 CORTX Integration Challenge. The objective is to connect CORTX, Seagate's open-source mass capacity object store, with Filecoin, an innovative decentralized storage network based on the blockchain.

CORTX Integration Challenge seeks to expand the possibilities of data by making it easier to move, store, and activate data at scale. Win the challenge – worth prizes up to $28,000 by creating a working integration between CORTX & Filecoin or between CORTX and a platform or tool that deals with data at scale.  Any integration between CORTX and another tool or platform is eligible to win, but we have a special bonus category for submissions that transparently transfer data between CORTX and the IPFS and Filecoin network.

CORTX is Seagate’s open-source mass capacity object storage system. designed to make storage more efficient, eocnomical, and durable, in order to ensure that generated by the data revolution can be harnessed to the full extent of its potential.

Filecoin is a decentralized storage network designed to store humanity's most important information. Filecoin is an open-source, public cryptocurrency and digital payment system intended to be a blockchain-based cooperative digital storage and data retrieval method. It is made by Protocol Labs and builds on top of InterPlanetary File System, allowing users to rent unused hard drive space.

Participants can create integrations using either the S3 API or by connecting directly with Motr, the object store that powers CORTX.

Learn more about this challenge by checking out the Resources tab. 



Join Slack, meet teammates, plan your project, and get familiar with CORTX
May 6th - May 26th


Attend CORTX 101 and the Integration Workshop webinars (optional)

May 26th CORTX 101 webinar RECORDING HERE

May 26th &
June 9th | 9:00am PDT


Spin up your own CORTX VM or request access to a CORTX CloudShare instance and start building!
May 26th - June 27


Add your integration to the CORTX Github project and then complete your submission on Devpost no later than
June 27th

Learn more about this challenge by checking out the Resources tab.



May 26th CORTX 101 Webinar | 9:00am PDT
June 9th Live Kickoff and Integration Workshop | 9:00am PDT
June 27th Submissions Due | 11:00pm PDT
July 5th Judging
July 11th Winners Announced


Developers, data scientists, storage fanatics, and API wizards of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to submit projects. Individuals, and teams of individuals, must have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.  See full rules for details.


As CORTX is an open source project, a submission will only be considered complete if it contains:

  • A functional integration between CORTX and another system, platform, or tool, which is explained and documented in-
    • A folder shared via a pull request to the CORTX GitHub Repository
    • A video demonstrating the set up and functionality of the integration, along with an explanation of its purpose which is linked from within the documentation. 
    • Documentation in the pull request explaining how to set up and use the integration.


Challenge statement for the Filecoin Bonus Prize:

  • Build a prototype for a solution that will transparently transfer data between CORTX and the IPFS and Filecoin network. For example, by creating an S3 Bridge to IPFS. Alternatively, build a prototype solution that that uses CORTX to store IPFS/Filecoin data.

Hackathon Sponsors


$30,000 in prizes
Cryptocurrency logo Prizes paid in cryptocurrency

1st Place

$7,500 USD

2nd Place

$5,500 USD

3rd Place

$3,000 USD

4th Place

$1,500 USD

5th Place

$500 USD

Filecoin Cryptocurrency Category - 1st Place
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$4,500 USD in FIL

Filecoin Cryptocurrency Category - 2nd Place
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$3,500 USD in FIL

Filecoin Cryptocurrency Category - 3rd Place
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$2,000 USD in FIL

CORTX Motr Bonus Prize

$2,000 USD prize for the best eligible submission that interact at the MOTR layer of CORTX

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tom Prohofsky

Tom Prohofsky

Josip Relota

Josip Relota

Matt Curry

Matt Curry
Sandia National Labs

Shaun de Witt

Shaun de Witt
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Stefaan Vervaet

Stefaan Vervaet
Protocol Labs

Bill Schreckenstein

Bill Schreckenstein
Protocol Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Submission Completeness
    Full credit requires submitting a pull request on the CORTX GitHub that includes a write-up, documentation, and a link to the integration video.
  • Documentation & Write Up
    The pull request should include a summary of the intention behind the integration and what it does, as well as clear and easy-to-follow documentation on use and setup.
  • Integration Video
    Video explains purpose of integration, and includes a working demonstration as well as concise, easy, and clear instructions for setting up the integration.
  • Technical Evaluation
    Each submission will be rated on its functionality and degree of technical difficulty. Judging criteria will be based on integration functionality, the complexity of the integration platform, and/or the number of functions utilized.
  • Reach / Impact
    Submissions will receive points based on impact/reach. A high scoring submission will be one with high impact potential, e.g. an integration with a system/tool/platform core to multiple industries or domains.
  • Reproducibility
    Documentation, including the video, will be scored on how easily understood, concise, and complete the instructions are. Reproducibility means that a third party would be able to successfully run the integration based on the instructions.

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