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Blockchaingers Hackathon 2018
From the 5th until the 8th of April, the second edition of the largest blockchain hackathon of the world is taking place in Groningen, the Netherlands: Blockchaingers Hackathon 2018. 63 selected teams come together to co-create prototype solutions for global challenges. What are these challenges, what are the solutions and who are the people that work on the future of blockchain technology?
Daniel Naumilkat and Rodney Mhungu of team Ingenium
“A hackathon is all about solving problems. Our goal is to enable farmers in rural areas in Zimbabwe to claim an identity and corresponding entitlements to farming goods, services and subsidies. We think that with blockchain technology this can be done with a lot less of the risks and overhead expenses associated with microfinancing in rural agriculture today.
One of our team members (who was born in Zimbabwe) witnessed how hard it is for people in rural areas to gain access to the economy of developing countries. Our entire team shares this concern. Through our small, but hopefully scalable solution, we hope to improve farmers’ ability to participate in emerging economies.
Blockchain technology can verify information about your identity that says, for example, “I am farmer X, and I need Y amount of seeds (to sustain my seasonal crop yields) through subsidies of government (or NGO) Z”. This can help farmers by building transparency and decreasing risk of corruption, by making it easier to claim a legitimate identification and by improving the trustworthiness of the identification.”
Robin Gringhuis of team Deloitte Architects
“Our team is called the Deloitte Architects, as our aim is to build a global blockchain technology infrastructure. That might be a bit ambitious, so for now we will focus on building a part of it. Blockchain technology offers lots of possibilities for many different industries and applications. Among others, the technology creates a single source of truth for all kinds of data in the world.
As trust is embedded in the very nature of the technology, it can help greatly with verifying data. During the hackathon, we hope to build a solution that creates a link between data of the Kadaster, relating to land- and building-registry, and financial data, such as mortgages or other loans. If we can make that work, together with the Kadaster and other third parties, we can get rid of a lot of hassle for people trying to buy, sell or renovate a house, for example, hopefully making them a lot happier. Wouldn’t that be cool?”
Haischel Dabian of team Kryha
“Our team focuses on exploring real-world applications of "Distributed Ledger Technology", also known as blockchain technology. We started off during our student years, and now we are working with some of the coolest organizations in the world. We help them identify opportunities, we develop prototypes, and we bring them closer to production. We utilize design thinking for a more human-centric approach to identifying problems and solutions, "lean startup" to find the best product/market fit, and agile methodologies for a more iterative approach when it comes to software development.
Kryha sees blockchain technology as an opportunity to redesign the foundation of how we trade with one another. Blockchain technology levels the playing field, giving everyone the freedom to participate. There is still a lot to be done with regards to the technology, but the end goal seems very promising.
Blockchaingers Hackathon 2018
On April 5 - 8 2018, the second edition of the largest blockchain hackathon in the world will take place in Digital City Groningen, The Netherlands. Over 600 people will join from over 20 countries. The hackathon is organized by DutchChain and supported by Deloitte. On March 7th we facilitated the pre-hackathon at Deloitte Rotterdam in the Maastoren to get the teams ready for the main event.
For more information on blockchain technology or the Blockchaingers hackathon, contact Jacob Boersma or Anna Klapwijk on their contact details below.