Blockgeeks Labs to Hold Blockchain Hackathon in Toronto

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Blockgeeks Lab, an online education platform for Blockchain technology, announced its Blockchain Hackathon where developers can win up to $25,000 in cash prizes. The hackathon will also feature a speech from Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the world’s 2nd largest and fastest growing public Blockchain, ethereum.

On April 22 and 23 at MaRS in Toronto, developers will work in teams for over 38 hours to create a Blockchain idea from scratch. The final products will be presented to a panel of judges on April 23, and the final winners will be selected. The first place prize is $5,000, second prize $3,000, and the third prize is $1,000. There is a bonus prize of $15,000 given to the team selected by Polychain Capital. Blockgeeks Lab will also be distributing additional prizes throughout the event.

“Toronto is becoming a hotbed for cryptocurrencies and Blockchain innovation. We want to bring developer talent together with the goal of Toronto becoming a global leader in the Blockchain industry,” said Dmitry Buterin, founding partner of Blockgeeks Lab.

Father-and-son Blockchain duo Dmitry and Vitalik are coming together with industry experts for a speaker event on April 21 to discuss Blockchain’s potential impact on several industries. In 2014, Vitalik Buterin won a $100K Thiel Fellowship and the World Technology Award 2014 – IT Software for his work on ethereum, beating Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in this category.

Other speakers during the event include Paycase CTO Michael Young and Nuco CEO and co-founder Matthew Spoke.

“Blockchain is a major technological invention over the last decade that creates unprecedented opportunities to re-think the way the world operates and interacts,” said Dmitry. “We think it’s time more Canadians know about Blockchain and the story of ethereum, which was created by my son Vitalik, right here in Toronto.”

Applications are open until April 19 here.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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