Blockgeeks Lab inaugural Blockchain Hackathon attracts world-class talent

The weekend festivities kicked off Friday evening with Vitalik Buterin headlining our speaker event at the MaRS auditorium in Toronto, which was filled to capacity with 400 local blockchain enthusiasts.

While that was going on, 75 invite-only developers, designers, and entrepreneurs rolled up their sleeves and began their preparations for the weekend Blockchain Hackathon competition with up to $25,000 in prizes up for grabs.

After an intense 38 hour period of building blockchain-based solutions from scratch, teams were given 10 minutes each to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

HealthChain won the first place prize of $5,000 CAD.  Led by Adam Cole, they used blockchain technology to create an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system.

The runner up prize of $3,000 CAD went to RicMoo, led by Richard Moore, who developed a $12 DIY ethereum hardware wallet in one weekend!

The third place cheque of $1,000 CAD went to Arkilio, led by Lladislav Stejskal, who developed a peer-to-peer, blockchain and digital currency-enabled commercial marketplace for architects, engineers and contractors.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of blockchain development and ecosystem building and we are looking forward to hosting our next event in the very near term.   Big thanks to all the participants who came out and worked their butts off, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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1st prize winner  – HealthChain

 

HealthChain won the first place prize of $5,000 CAD.  Led by Adam Cole, they used blockchain technology to create an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system. HealthChain believes that by providing a tool for doctors and pharmacists which improves the privacy and security of all prescriptions while not impeding their usual workflow, healthcare professionals can comfortably provide the right medication to the right patient for the right condition.

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Jeff Coleman

Vitalik Buterin

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Date

April 21 - 23, 2017

Location

MaRS, 101 College St

Only

150 Tickets

Speakers

8 Professional Speakers

Blockchain Hackathon Get together with experts in the industry and fellow developers to realize your blockchain idea and win prizes!

Our world is undergoing a massive technological transformation. Blockchain is a major technological invention of the last decade that creates unprecedented opportunities to re-think the way the world operates and interacts.

The Blockgeeks Lab Hackathon wants to enable a new generation of technology leaders creating startups that will disrupt existing business paradigms with a new way of thinking, organizing, collaborating, and creating through decentralized applications.

Why should you attend the Blockgeeks Lab Hackathon?

IDEATE

This is a breeding ground for new ideas

IGNITE

Creative action with industry experts

COLLABORATE

With developers, mentors, corporate sponsors

BUILD

New concepts, products and community connections

You have 38 hours to build a blockchain product from scratch, with 150 other participants, and compete for:

The hackathon is open to all developers. Space is limited, and selection preference will be given to those with previous coding experience; the entrance fee will be returned for those applicants not accepted. Participants will have the opportunity to work alone or in teams and will have access to blockchain and industry mentors throughout the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, all teams will present their final products to a panel of judges where the final winners will be selected.

1st prize: $5k
2nd prize: $3k
3rd prize: $1k

In addition to the main cash prizes, we are also taking an appreciative approach and will be distributing prizes throughout the event.

Bonus Prize: $15k  – as selected by Polychain Capital

Deadline to register: April 19th​

Apply for Hackathon

** This is not the speaker event. To purchase tickets for the speaker event go here.

Doors Open

Seating is general admission, so come early, get a good spot and start forming new industry connections.

Kickoff Speaker Event

An evening with Vitalik and special guests.  Get ready to learn and be inspired!

Collisions and Connections Networking

All ticket holders are invited to a post speaker networking and ecosystem building event where you form new industry connections. We will serve beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Hackathon Participants Pre-planning Event

Registration begins and all participants get a chance to meet Vitalik and other blockchain experts to discuss your idea, bond with team members & other developers and pre-plan your

Doors Open

Find your team table, plug in your computers and start to get settled in to your home for the weekend

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An evening with Vitalik Buterin and special guests – Friday, April 21, 6:30-10:30pm

We are gathering some of the industries brightest minds and visionaries for a weekend of blockchain development and Toronto technology ecosystem building. Vitalik Buterin, a Toronto native, and the inventor of Ethereum, will be the keynote speaker on Friday night to kick-off the weekend hackathon.

​Open to all technology enthusiasts, we invite you to come spend an evening with Vitalik to learn new and valuable insights and form meaningful industry connections.

Event Speakers

Vitalik Buterin

Inventor of Ethereum

Jeff Coleman

Head of Technology Ledger Labs

Matthew Spoke

CEO, Co-founder NUCO

Michael Young

CTO, Paycase

Investor Panel Fireside Chat - A conversation about early stage investments

Dmitry Buterin

CEO, Wild Apricot || Partner, Blockgeeks

Ryan Zurrer

General Partner, Polychain Capital

Jim Orlando

Managing Partner, OMERS ventures

Dennis Bennie

Founder & CEO, XDL Capital Corp.

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$111

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$175

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Event Sponsors

BAC

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Event Location

MaRS Discovery District

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HACKATHON FAQ

Who can attend?

Blockchain Developers, Front & Back-end Developers, ​UX / UI Designers, Software Architects, Data wizards

How much Blockchain knowledge is required to take part?

Not much, but some will definitely help with the application process . Obviously, preparation gives you an advantage. There are 4 local pre-hackathon meetups that would be helpful. During the hackathon we will provide blockchain expert mentorship.

What should I bring?

A laptop and ideas. Be courteous and bring hygiene products such as a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.

Can I bring animals to the event?

No.

Can I bring my mom / friends / neighbor to the event?

If they have registered for the event and are actively participating, yes. Otherwise no.

I am a minor, can I still join the event?

Yes.

Can I only join for parts of the event?

We recommend staying the whole weekend to get the full experience.

Can I leave early?

We do not advise leaving early, as working in a hackathon is a team effort.

How much is a ticket?

Tickets are $50.   This includes food, beverages, mentorship, networking and the opportunity to win cash prizes all weekend.

I am a vegetarian/vegan/allergic, can I still join the event?

Yes.  We will be offering vegetarian and gluten-free food options.

Will there be (enough) food?

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner and additional snacks.  If you want to bring your own special snacks please feel free.

Are drinks provided?

Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks will be provided.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the event?

Food and drinks yes, alcohol no.

Will you serve alcohol at the event?

Yes, only on Friday night, but bringing your own is not allowed.

Can I sleep at the event?

We are not providing any beds but there will be a relaxation room where you and your team members can lay down.  Bring a pillow if you want.

Can I shower at the event?

No, the location does not have showering facilities.

Can I park my car?

Yes. Lot #340. This underground garage offers very convenient parking for MaRS, Toronto General Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children, with entrance located on Elizabeth Street.

I am disabled can I still join?

Yes. please send us an email at hello@blockgeekslab.com and tell us about your disability so we can help you take part in the event

How do teams form?

A team can present themselves as a team during the application process.  If you are seeking additional team members or are you an individual looking for a team; we will be inviting all participants to a slack channel to curate all team formations.   

I don’t have a team yet, what should I do?

Register yourself and then join the slack channel to chat and meet with other teams.  Also, go to some local ethereum developer meet ups to meet others and form teams. Also, if you have an idea about what you would want to work on during the hackathon, create your own team in the slack channel and say that you are looking for additional team members.

What size are the teams?

Any size of team is ok. However, we recommend teams of 3 to 6 people. Larger teams are ineffective. You can work in a smaller team, but expect to get less stuff done.

What disciplines does a team need to have?

We recommend Front-end, Back-end, UX/UI, Data Wizard, Blockchain experience.

How does a team select a use-case to work on?

Teams can choose from the use-cases provided by our corporate sponsors or develop their own use-case.  

Is it possible for multiple teams to work on the same challenge?

Sure. May the best one win!

How are roles assigned in each team?

That is up to you and the team you are in. Every team is a self-governed entity.

Will there be coaches or any other form of assistance?

There will be technical experts available for assistance on blockchain related issues throughout the weekend.  A delegation from each corporate sponsor will also be present to give further background on the track and use cases.  Furthermore, during the hackathon you can invoke the help of experienced coaches to smoothen any hiccups in team dynamics.

Who will own the team’s results?

The IP of everything that is produced, belongs to the team (or the team’s employer, in case of a corporate team, subject to your employment contract). Use of Open Source code, and sharing of results by means of Open Source licenses, is recommended.

How will the jury pick the winners?

We will explain at the hackathon.  A few key criteria are quality, impact and contribution to the blockchain ecosystem. There will be bonus points for use of open standards and open source code.

What are the prizes?

First prize is $5000 CAD, Second prize is $3000CAD and 3rd prize is $1000CAD.  There is also a potential special bonus prize of $15,000CAD rewarded by Polychain Capital.  Details of this to be provided upon being accepted into the hackathon.

  • There will be cash prizes throughout the hackathon
  • Teams and/or Individuals can also win a Hacker-in-Residence with Blockgeeks Lab for a period of time

What will happen after the Hackathon?

That’s for the team to decide. Of course we hope that as many teams as possible will decide to continue their efforts after the Hackathon. But that is for the teams and the individual team members to decide. Many of the participants will have to go back to school or work on Monday. For your consideration:

  • Please respect your fellow team members’ choices. We are all different.
  • The team owns the IP of the weekend’s’ results. If your team chooses not to continue after the Hackathon, will it allow others to build on your results? We hope so.

Can we compete with an already existing product?

No, you need to build your idea from scratch.  

Do you need to come with an idea to apply?

No, idea creation and team formation will happen from when you register right up until kickoff.

Why is there a fee?

To avoid no shows.  You will get lots of value for your entry fee.

Which blockchains?

Any blockchain you want.  We love ethereum and have expert mentors to help out.

Are there development tracks and use-cases available?

Yes.  While you can choose an idea you like, try to find real-world cases and here are some potential categories:  Insurance, Banking & Fintech, IOT & Networks, Supply Chain, Healthcare, Identity, Legal, Payments, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Government  Additionally, our corporate sponsors will be supplying real-world problems and case studies for developers to hack.  These will be made available on slack between now and April 14th.