20,000 DCT and more were won at the latest of the Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon Series.
DECENT, the company behind its proprietary blockchain platform, DCore, and creators of the highly successful mobile blockchain app store, ALAX, decided to pick Berlin, Germany as the second destination for its Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon, this time titled Blockchain4Good: Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the Future, after the successful May premiere in Bratislava.
DECENT chose the capital of Germany, Berlin, which is nowadays known as the hub for blockchain – a young but bright star on the rise in the world of this progressive technology – and such rising technologies need constantly new ideas. The exposure comes in form of hackathons, sprint-like events for IT enthusiasts who compete to come up with the best creative projects.
The event lasted two and a half days, from July 20-22. As for the location, DECENT partnered with Impact Hub Berlin, an immense co-working space. Together, they welcomed more than 60 attendees, which was much more than anticipated. For more than 70 hours, 5 teams competed to win 20,000 DCT, a collaboration and mentoring opportunity with DECENT, and a trip to Shanghai to attend an iconic annual blockchain gathering, Shanghai International Blockchain Week, courtesy of DECENT’s new partner, Wanxiang Blockchain Labs.
The hackathon hosted a number of captivating talks by subject matter experts, the likes of Thimo V. Schmitt, CEO of Bayer Foundations, and Tobias Oliver Khan from Exetta, on topics concerning improvement and growth of smart cities: Health, Governance, Mobility & Logistics, Energy, and Finance. These topics were also the focal point of the hackathon projects, and throughout the event, competitors received assistance from DECENT’s on-site experts.
At the last day, the jury, seven blockchain experts from DECENT, LVLX and Sberbank of Russia, had the projects pitched to them. DECENT also decided to introduce 2nd and 3rd places due to the number of impressive projects that have the potential to be used for their platform, DCore. The winning spots have been awarded to:
1stplace: Fashion Block: Transparent tracking of shared fashion garments, e.g. times worn, usage percentage, tracking the process from fashion shows to boutiques.
- 20,000 DCT
- Mentoring & collaboration with experienced DECENT team members
- Compete against other Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon winners in the grand finale
- 4x multi-entry tickets to SIBW including flight and accommodation
2ndplace: BlockVote: Incentivizing citizen and corporate collaboration by transparent voting.
- 2x multi-entry tickets to SIBW including flight and accommodation
- Team participation in the LVLX Summercamp (6 week incubator program)
3rdplace: HANAI: Removing the knowledge gap in healthcare.
- 1x multi-entry ticket to SIBW including flight and accommodation
The team leader of the winning project, Robina von Stein, had this to say: “I had the best team that I could have ever wished for. I am really happy and, at the same time, pleasantly surprised about winning the hackathon and the amazing prize. My team and I are excited to start further building on the DCore platform because of what we have learned about the benefits of the blockchain during this event.”
The 1st place winners will also compete in the Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon grand finale, which will also include the winners from the Bratislava and the upcoming Shanghai hackathons, to come up with the ultimate DECENT project.
DECENT is a non-profit foundation that has developed an open-source blockchain ecosystem focused on helping businesses adapt to a decentralized future. With their proprietary technology and platform called DCore, DECENT can improve a wide range of real-world applications, especially content distribution networks.
DCore is the blockchain you can actually build on. Developed by DECENT, this platform is set to revolutionize the way digital data is exchanged by providing simplified, decentralized and borderless content and data distribution for applications (dApps). DCore is an open-source solution for companies looking to fast-track their own blockchain-based ideas.