“Building Blocks” Hackathon at Consensus 2016, at NYC Blockchain Event

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CoinDesk is thrilled to announce that Deloitte, Microsoft, IBM, ConsenSys, Tierion and <ether.camp> are teaming up to sponsor the “Building Blocks” Hackathon at Consensus 2016, to be held from April 30th to May 1st at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square.

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Together, the sponsors represent the full spectrum of available blockchain tech providers, with representatives from bitcoin, Ethereum and the Hyperledger project attending to foster collaboration and innovation.

Each sponsor is making its expertise available by having their representatives act as on-site mentors for hackathon participants. Mentors will work with teams on how to rapidly deploy working prototypes by using their respective software development kits (SDKs), and later judge each team’s presentation at the conclusion of the event.

Here’s what some of our sponsors had to say about their participation:

Eric Piscini, Principal, Deloitte:

“This hackathon embodies our vision of making blockchain real. At Deloitte we are expecting innovative, disruptive yet realistic outcomes and wish all teams the very best.”

Joseph Lubin, Founder, ConsenSys:

“Consensus 2016 is one of the preeminent annual events on the blockchain calendar. We are very excited to participate both as conference presenters, and as the sponsor delivering the associated Consensus 2016 blockchain hackathon.”

Roman Mandeleil, CEO & Founder, <ether.camp>:

“The team is super excited to sponsor the Consensus hackathon and excited for our set of tools to be available for the hackers to have a better chance of winning this event.”

Jerry Cuomo, Vice President, Blockchain Technologies, IBM:

“IBM is excited to sponsor the Building Blocks Hackathon where developers will be challenged to transform existing transactional networks to deliver real business value by building blockchain-based applications. We look forward to engaging with the teams and seeing the transformative solutions they build based using Hyperledger on IBM Cloud.”

Wayne Vaughan, CEO, Tierion:

“Winning the Consensus 2015 Hackathon was a breakthrough moment for Tierion. I’m thrilled to be returning this year as a judge, and Tierion is proud to sponsor the event. Last year’s competition was intense. We can’t wait to see what participants create this year!”

CoinDesk will be accepting up to 150 applicants for the hackathon, with eligible developers split into teams of up to four contributors.

Teams will compete for a $5,000 grand prize, as well as additional awards from hackathon sponsors. The deadline to submit applications for entry is Friday, April 22nd.

Click here for more information on the full agenda and contest rules.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

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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