The Dock recently played host to the inaugural Blockchain for Good hackathon, hosted by Accenture and our blockchain partner Hyperledger.
Over sixty participants from across the globe travelled to The Dock to develop ethical and sustainable blockchain solutions using Hyperledger code bases.
In total, fourteen teams from fintechs, start-ups, enterprise tech teams, universities and more built solutions that addressed problem areas in sustainable supply chain and identity.
Participants were afforded the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent thought leaders from both problem areas as well the Hyperledger project itself.
Our Global blockchain lead, David Treat, was there to mentor the participants and judge the final entries.
Also in attendance was Dakota Greuner, Executive Director of the ID2020 Alliance, who gave participants an understanding of how blockchain can be used to help give over one billion people a legitimate, secure and trust worthy form of identification.
This included an overview of the ID2020 project that a team from The Dock participated in and presented at the UN in New York back in June of this year.
The Executive Director of Hyperledger, Brian Behlendorf was also there as a mentor to the teams and judges.
Brian is one of the biggest proponents of the open source software movement and his achievements to date include co-founding the Apache Software Foundation, working in the Obama administration on open data policy and taking on the CTO role at the World Economic forum.
Having that calibre of mentorship and guidance throughout the weekend inspired the participants and helped them to develop their ideas into strong proofs of concept.
We were blown away by the quality of the ideas that were presented after 36 hours of coding.
There were solutions that addressed the homeless crises in Ireland, climate change, tracking ethically sourced halal meat, an idea around giving users back control of their data and many more.
After more than two hours of presentations the judges considered each of the fourteen projects carefully before awarding one overall winner and another winner for each category.
There can, after all, be only one winner, and the team with the concept that most appealed to the judges was Block K-9.
The objective of the group’s project is to prevent the euthanising of lost microchipped dogs that get sent to kennels, by building a shared ledger on blockchain with their identity records.
The team was awarded €8,500, along with the opportunity to develop their proof of concept in Accenture’s blockchain centre of excellence in Sophia Antipolis, France, to help move their project forward.
The winner of each category also received a cheque for €5,000.
Winners aside, no-one left empty handed; there were hoodies, pizza and beer for every participant, along with the opportunity to work with likeminded people on innovative #Blockchain4Good solutions, which resulted in attendees asking for the event to happen again next year.
We even had one tweet asking us to run a similar event in France.
Otherwise, see you next year!