Register .HACKTOBERFEST Domains

Be part of the blockchain community

Hacktoberfest is a massive online event hosted by DigitalOcean every year in October to encourage participation and introduce new people to Open Source Software development.

Hacktoberfest is open to everyone in our global community. Whether you’re new to development, a student, long-time contributor, event host, or company of any size, you can help drive growth of open source and make positive contributions to an ever-growing community. All backgrounds and skills levels are encouraged to complete the challenge.”

This is a community-run initiative to help bridge the OSS and blockchain development communities, unaffiliated with DigitalOcean. 

Trademark Eligibility

A trademark holder can apply for their corresponding domain name, and the domain name must be an exact match. The trademark holder does not need to provide evidence upon initial registration, but they may be asked to provide evidence in the future if their claims come into suspect or if another trademark holder lays claim to the same name. If they cannot prove that they own a valid registered mark for their domain name then the name may be confiscated from them.

The following are considered valid registered marks:

  • A registered trademark is a nationally or regionally (i.e. multi-nationally) registered mark on the principal or primary register in the mark’s jurisdiction.
  • The trademark must have national effect and be registered at the time it is submitted for verification.

The following are not considered valid registered marks:

  • Trademark applications
  • Trademarks registered by a city, state, province, or sub-national region
  • International trademark applications made via the Madrid system unless the underlying basic trademark registration has national effect
  • Registered marks that were subject to successful invalidation, cancellation, opposition, or rectification proceedings

Sunrise Info

  • Sunrise Registration: $7.50
  • A trademark holder can apply for their corresponding domain name, and the domain name must be an exact match.

More Info


  • Regular Registration: $2.00
  • Regular Renewal: $2.00
  • Some domains may be reserved
  • Please be aware that this is an experimental domain registration process.
  • These domains don’t resolve to regular DNS and won’t show up on the regular web. Click here to see how to use NextDNS to access your names.
  • This registration is not used to protect brand names.

Handshake is an experimental peer-to-peer root DNS

Handshake is a proof-of-work protocol like Bitcoin, except unlike Bitcoin where you only use the coins as money, Handshake coins (HNS) are also used to register names on the Handshake blockchain. Handshake names are top-level domain names (.com, .net, .org) but unlike traditional domain names that you can only rent, you truly own your Handshake names forever, which no one can take from you nor prevent others from accessing. And rather than being limited to renting from a small number of extensions like .com and .org, you can own and use almost any extension you can think of, including ones with Chinese characters, Russian characters, and even emojis!

These domains do not resolve on regular DNS sites. Use the search engine below to access Handshake names.

For more about Handshake, start here.