Join us for a weekend of hacking, hustling, and deep-diving into the blockchain industry's most cutting edge DLT developer tools.

Today's most exciting use cases for blockchain technology extend far beyond payments and digital currency. New protocols that offer much more robust programming capabilities than bitcoin have ushered in the era of the "smart contract," and expectations are sky-high for what that could mean in industries ranging from capital markets trading, digital rights management, new peer-to-peer insurance models, and the internet of things.

The Building Blocks Hackathon at Consensus convenes many of the world's top blockchain developers vying to build the next killer smart contract app. Participants can build on top of any blockchain protocol: bitcoin, ethereum, any hyperledger project or otherwise. And through various sponsor challenges, they're encouraged to leverage the software and support made available by our world-class mentors in order to deliver these solutions.

Join us for a weekend of hacking, hustling, and deep-diving into the blockchain industry's most cutting-edge developer tools.

You can walk away with new contacts, prizes of up to $30,000 plus other sponsor goodies, in-kind awards, and coverage for your new creation on CoinDesk.

Timings:

Saturday, May 11 - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 -  9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Agenda-at-a-Glance    (timings subject to change)


Saturday, May 12
08:00 AM : Doors open & Power breakfast 
09:30 AM : Welcome, Sponsor prizes, Ideas & Team formation 
11:00 PM : Coding starts
01:00 PM : Lunch 
04:00 PM : Rehearsal signup 
07:00 PM : Dinner

Sunday, May 13

08:00 AM : Breakfast of Champions 
08:00 AM : Rehearsals (required to present/signups on Saturday) 
12:00 PM : Lunch 
01:00 PM : Coding ends / Submissions due on Devpost
02:00 PM : Demos begin / Demos only / No slide decks
04:00 PM : Judges weigh in

05:00 PM : Winners announced / Prizes awarded

 

More details on how to use DevPost:

  1. Have EVERY person on your team go to the link above and click Register for this hackathon. (You all must create Devpost accounts.)
  2. One person from each team will Enter a Submission (which is a button you'll see after you Register). Where it asks you to add your teammates' email addresses, make sure to use the same ones they used to create their Devpost accounts.
  3. Submit early and include as much information as you can, so you won't be rushed toward the end. And remember, you can keep updating your project until the deadline.

View full rules

Prizes

$77,697 in prizes

CoinDesk First Place

$15,000 for First Place

Using blockchain technologies, create a prototype to give trackability and
transparency to GrowNYC food supply chain, from farm, to warehouse, to retail outlet, to
consumers.

CoinDesk Second Prize

Second Prize: $10,000

Using blockchain technologies, create a prototype to give trackability and
transparency to GrowNYC food supply chain, from farm, to warehouse, to retail outlet, to
consumers.

CoinDesk Third Prize

Third Place $5,000

Using blockchain technologies, create a prototype to give trackability and
transparency to GrowNYC food supply chain, from farm, to warehouse, to retail outlet, to
consumers.

AlphaPoint

First Place - $7,500

Build an amazing application tied into a digital asset exchange: digitize an asset and integrate it into the blockchain, build a merchant processing application, build a market marking tool, build a custom trading front end

AlphaPoint

Second Place - $2,500

Build an amazing application tied into a digital asset exchange: digitize an asset and integrate it into the blockchain, build a merchant processing application, build a market marking tool, build a custom trading front end

Chainpoint

Prize is 1 BTC (+ a Tierion swag bag :)

Build something amazing with Chainpoint with a focus on a real world use case

SONM

Prize is 1 BTC

Re-revised Challenge:

Implement an interesting application, that is making use of SONM decentralised IaaS:
- Application must be running on SONM.
- Application logic ideally should be using multiple computing nodes at once.
- Application logic ideally should be replicated and tolerant to loose single nodes.

Nebulas

Prize will be ~$5,120 USD equivalent issued in NAS token

Build a decentralized predict market DApp based on Nebulas.

Interbit

Induction into Interbit's Starting Block Program + $5,001.

Best Social Media App, including User ability to delete their data

Blockfolio - ERC721

$5,000 USD equivalent prize will be awarded in Bitcoin.

Challenge will be revealed by end of day Thursday May 10, 2018.

Quorum: Token or Web 3.0

$5,000 USD

Use Quorum to create an ERC 20 token platform that allows paying for services using a token, an example of the services can be registering a domain name, reviewing code or attending a meeting. Ideally utilize Whisper, Swarm or IPFS.

IBM

Prize is up to 4 Oculus Rift Virtual reality headsets (one per team member)

Best hack using Hyperledger Fabric

Microsoft Azure Workbench

xBox for each team member

Best application built using Azure Workbench

Hyperledger

Winners will receive a Hyperledger Backpack with Hyperledger Swag

Implement an original game concept using one or more Hyperledger projects as a blockchain application. Submissions must be made available under the Apache-2.0 license. Submissions that demonstrate cross-chain or multi-chain interoperability will be favored during the judges voting process.

Blockstack

Each winning team member will receive Beats headphones, Blockstack swag and a half-day session with the Blockstack NYC team as well as ongoing coaching and support

Build a new decentralized social network: Blockstack is supporting the development of decentralized alternatives to popular social networks as well as the development of all new types. These networks should be built with user data ownership and privacy at the core.

Eligibility

Participant: Individuals 18 or over in age.

Team size is up to 5 members.

Prize money winners will likely be required to show government issued IDs to Sponsors; and additionally may require Tax form completion.

Requirements

The objective is to create a new working prototype of an app, a DApp, a protocol, a platform etc. Your project may include hardware. 

It is recommended to have a full description of your project, and any slides on DevPost. However judges may not have time to review your DevPost submission. 

Judges

Olivia Blanchflower

Olivia Blanchflower
Director of Wholesale & Distribution / GrowNYC

Joe Ventura

Joe Ventura
AlphaPoint Founder and CTO

Wayne Vaughan

Wayne Vaughan
CEO & Founder / Tierion

Robin Zhong

Robin Zhong
Founder - Nebulas

Jay Milroy

Jay Milroy
Head of Product / Interbit

Suresh Shetty

Suresh Shetty
Head of Blockchain Engineering - JP Morgan

Ed Moncada

Ed Moncada
CEO / Founder - Blockfolio

Igor Lebedev

Igor Lebedev
CTO / SONM

Jordan Earls

Jordan Earls
Co-Founder / Qtum

Brian Behelndorf

Brian Behelndorf
Executive Director / Hyperledger

Muneeb Ali

Muneeb Ali
Co-founder / Blockstack

Judging Criteria

  • Use of DLT Tech
    Use of Blockchain / distributed ledger technology
  • Implementation & tech quality
  • Problem being solved
    Is it big? is it small? is it just a hack?
  • Presentation quality
    Did you practice? Will an investor understand well enough to invest?
  • Market readiness