Cosmos and Blockstack hackathons offer glimpse into DeFi’s future

On Friday, blockchain projects Cosmos and Blockstack both announced winners of their respective HackAtom V and HackDeFi hackathons, each offering a glimpse into the coming wave of DeFi development — a vision including marked advances in tooling, interoperability, and composability.

While the overwhelming majority of decentralized finance (DeFi) development remains concentrated on Ethereum, where over $16 billion in digital assets are currently locked by various DeFi Protocols, Cosmos and STX are currently the #25 and #59 ranked projects by marketcap and look to be fast risers eager to take a slice of Ethereum’s DeFi pie.

On the Cosmos side, the interoperability and scalability focused blockchain awarded HackAtom V prizes to competitors offering cross-chain staking, as well as a timelocked “clawback account.”

Awarded to Tomas Tauber, who is one of the engineers working on’s forthcoming blockchain, the Clawback Account is a smartcontract-linked pair of accounts that offers a secondary access to funds for a certain period of time. Possible use cases for the linked accounts include cryptocurrency exchange wallet management, as well as programmed “cashback” and other digital asset reward programs.

Another promising DeFi submission is Osmosis, which pitched itself as “Balancer meets Interchain Staking.” An automated market maker similar to Balancer, the key feature for Osmosis is its “custom staking token design tool,” one which allows users to create tokens than can be staked on multiple chains — potentially offering developers access to liquidity across multiple ecosystems.

For Blockstack, a project aiming to bring Bitcoin as collateral to decentralized application (Dapp) development, the first-place prizewinner was DualX, a project that allows users to preprogram certain trading logic into normally locked staking funds.

DualX pitches itself as a new kind of exchange that “provides the opportunity for an investor‘s capital…

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