As an industry leader for bitcoin and block chain technology, we are passionate about meaningful conversations that inspire action. Hackathons are at the forefront of these conversations! Programmer hub Hacker Earth recently teamed up with our developer, Kevin Houk, to host a webinar with an across-the-board introductory look at bitcoin and explore other noteworthy applications of block chain technology. For added hackathon inspiration, Kevin also took a dive into some cool uses for our API. If you couldn’t make it to the webinar, check it out below.
A well-executed hackathon combines the right atmosphere, resources (aka endless caffeine), raw talent and teamwork in order to accelerate the transformation of interesting ideas into real, innovative, working prototypes. Here, we’ll rewind to revisit some of the projects that caught our eye and tackle real world problems, both big and small. One project is even preparing for an official launch. If we’ve peaked your curiosity, keep reading!
This year at FinTech Week Ukraine 2016, we attended our very first hackathon in Kyiv with the help of our awesome brand ambassadors. The event’s inspiration was simple – the creative implementation of FinTech solutions to improve our day-to-day lives. Approximately 70 enthusiastic hackers attended. Our ambassadors were fully stocked with Blockchain swag, and our hacker t-shirts were a huge hit. It’s inspiring to know we have hackers and Blockchain users alike wearing our t-shirts all over the world, and this now includes more in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.
Last weekend we attended IDHack 2016, our first hackathon of the year. IDHack is an annual student hackathon at Tufts University for developers, technology enthusiasts, and international development students. The challenge is to build applications that have a positive impact on communities around the world. In this recap we’ll share some more information about the event, and take you through some event highlights and key takeaways.
Undergrad and graduate students from all over the world came together last weekend to participate in HackPrinceton, which took place on Princeton University‘s main campus. The event was 36 intense hours, and included a variety of team and skill building activities.
As one of Princeton’s largest hackathons yet, the event attracted over 600 students and produced some of the “most impressive projects [they’ve] seen to date,” according to Zachary Liu and the HackPrinceton team. HackPrinceton welcomed experienced participants, as well as those who had never attended a prior hackathon.
An impressive 72 projects were submitted, and there were top 3 awards in both hardware and software categories. My personal favourite part about hackathon recaps is being able to review all the amazing submissions after the event is over. If you enjoy that as well, check out HackPrinceton’s DevPost page.
The second annual Money20/20 Hackathon was a sold out event that invited over 750 of the most ambitious and talented developers to collaborate and create over 24 hours.
The stakes were high, with $125k in cash prizes, plus another $100k in challenge prizes. As a sponsor, we also rewarded $5k to the best project built on our API, and a MacBook and Xbox to the runner up team.
Nearly 200 projects were created overall, and this year we had 21 different teams building on our API. From those teams, 2 of them each ended up winning one of the $20k finalist prizes, and our sponsor prizes.
Congratulations to all the winners at Cal Hacks last weekend!
Our sponsor prize of Best Bitcoin Hack went to BitMonster, a web-based bitcoin transaction platform that uses the Blockchain Wallet API to send and receive payments. The platform was built by Tom Li, Vincent Liaw, and Yixin Lin.
“Calling all hackers. Dreamers. 4-A.M’ers”
As we count down the last 48-hours until the event, we want to share some event details that make this hackathon a student developer’s Valhalla.
Major League Hacking‘s spring 2015 season came to a close with Hack The Planet, a 48-hour finale event that ended last Sunday evening.
On Friday, August 14, several hundred students made the Computer History Museum in gorgeous Mountainview, CA their home over the next 48 hours.
Blockchain sponsored the sold out #DevCore event this week in London during an unseasonably warm spring day.
The sessions were hosted at the Dexter House near the iconic London Tower Bridge.
DevCore was hosted by the Bitcoin Foundation and supported by BitNet, CoinDesk, C4, Inside Bitcoins News, Coinscrum, UKDCA, Liquidity Summit, the College Cryptocurrency Network and the Digital Currency Council.