blockchain buildathon.

The University at Buffalo is proud to have hosted the 2019 Blockchain Buildathon, a hackathon that welcomes over 100 talented participants for a full day of hacking. Teams from all over the region joined together for hours of hands-on blockchain frenzy in order to solve local and global challenges on the spot.

UB North campus.

Today’s most exciting use cases for blockchain technology extend far beyond payments and digital currency. New protocols that offer much more robust programming capabilities than bitcoin have ushered in the era of the “smart contract.” Expectations are sky-high for what that could mean in industries ranging from capital markets trading, digital rights management, new peer-to-peer insurance models and the internet of things.

April 12 - 13, 2019

This year's sponsors

M&T Bank Technology.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western NY.

2019 Blockchain Buildathon Gallery


Friday, April 12th

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm:  Registration

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Welcoming Reception

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Presentation of Use Cases

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Mentors and Student Teams Introductions

Saturday, April 13th

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Registration

8:30 am:  Breakfast

9:00 am: Building begins

12:30 pm: Working Lunch

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Final Projects Presented to Mentors

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Light Reception

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm:  Awards Ceremony


Blockchain workshops

This workshop will be lead by Dr. Bina Ramamurthy, Director, Blockchain ThinkLab, University at Buffalo and will introduce blockchain emerging technology and decentralized application development. It will consist of two conceptual components and one hands-on project, then conclude with some Q&A on applications development.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Hall, room 113 A, University at Buffalo, North Campus


Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Student Union 330

Workshop agenda:

  • What is a blockchain and how does it work? (20 minutes)
  • Discussion on the architectural model and system model of a blockchain application. (20 minutes)
  • Hands-on introduction to a blockchain use case, design and development of solution, and deployment on a web-environment.  (50 minutes)
  • Q&A (10 minutes)

We invite your company to participate through sponsorship to support this exciting cutting edge event in Buffalo. Through the sponsorship options, your company will receive branding, exposure and engagement opportunities to all of the talented teams in attendance. 

University at Buffalo’s Blockchain Buildathon event will offer a wide variety of methods to increase your exposure and engage attendees with your brand. We can customize your exposure to showcase your innovations and deliver inspiring experiences. Based on the level of sponsorship you choose you can gain access to attendees, students, educators and companies.

Nick Lane
Associate Director
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Division of University Advancement
University at Buffalo
910 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214