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Blockgeeks Labs to Hold Blockchain Hackathon in Toronto

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.

Richard Kasteleinhttps://www.the-blockchain.com
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, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has 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 at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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