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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Unleashing Innovation: BNB Chain Q1 Hackathon Review and Opportunities

BNB Chain, the community-driven blockchain ecosystem encompassing the world's largest smart contract blockchain, has recently unveiled the launch of its quarter 1 (Q1) installment of the 2024 hackathon program. Geared towards boosting growth and fostering project success within its ecosystem, the focus of the BNB Chain Q1 hackathon revolves around constructing smart and fully on-chain applications. The remarkable growth experienced by BNB Chain, with BNB Smart Chain (BSC) and opBNB standing out as two of the top three fastest-growing chains, not only signifies an upward trajectory in user adoption but also shines a light on the project types propelling its expansion, notably AI and GameFi.

Hackathon Focus and Tracks

  • The Q1 hackathon aims to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Web3 development.
  • The hackathon tracks span across DePin, DeSoc, DeSci, and Gaming and Infrastructure sectors.
  • Additional challenges from hackathon partners in Q1 aim to enhance creativity and innovation.

Prizes and Rewards

  • Participants in the Q1 2024 hackathon will have access to a $60,000 funding pool.
  • Winners stand to receive a comprehensive Kickstart package worth $300,000 ($50,000 each), including credits from AWS, Google Cloud, and essential development tools.
  • Extra Rewards are available from the sponsor track, with an additional prize pool of up to $115,000.
  • Winners will be eligible for BNB Chain support for up to one month post-event, along with a dedicated technical support group and an opportunity to interview with MVB.

Developer Incentives

  • To encourage blockchain innovation and progress within the industry, a $10,000 prize pool will be distributed to all developers contributing to the BNB Chain ecosystem with a qualifying submission.

The BNB Chain Core Development Team emphasized the crucial role that initiatives like hackathons play in nurturing a flourishing BNB Chain ecosystem. The commitment to fostering growth and innovation underscores the dedication to advancing the blockchain landscape.


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