Due to caution regarding COVID-19, and our concern for our students, volunteers and participants, we have decided to cancel the Blockchain Buildathon and the Blockchain Workshop for the Spring 2020 semester. Please continue to monitor the UB COVID-19 Information website for updates and important information related to this evolving situation.
The University at Buffalo is proud to host the 2020 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.
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.
Student teams were randomly assigned use cases developed by the sponsors: M&T Bank, ValueCentric, and BlueCross BlueShield.
Each year, the Blockchain Buildathon changes to reflect the expansion in understanding of both students and industry.
This year, most of the student teams were able to develop a complete solution for their assigned case.
Dean Folks talks to representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which was sponsoring the event.
The recipients of the Grand 1st prize worked on the M&T Bank use case, creating a platform to look for liens on one’s property.
Judy Feldman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at ValueCentric, helps to announce award winners.
The recipients of the Blockchain Buildathon Grand 1st Prize pose with representatives from M&T Bank and faculty member Bina Ramamurthy.
The recipients of the Blockchain Buildathon Grand 2nd Prize pose with representatives from ValueCentric and faculty member Bina Ramamurthy.
Friday, March 27, 2020
7:00 pm: Registration
7:30 pm: Welcome Reception
7:45 pm – 8:30 pm: Presentation of Use Cases
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Mentors and Student Teams Introductions
Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:00 am: Registration and breakfast
9:30 am: Building begins
1:00 pm: Working Lunch
5:00 pm: End of Day 1
Sunday, March 29, 2020
9:00 am: Registration and breakfast
9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Teams finalize projects and presentation
1:00 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Presentations to Judges
3:00 pm: Judge evaluation and Winners announced
3:30 pm: Winner presentations
5:00 pm: Event Ends
This workshop will be lead by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in conjunction with 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: Monday, March 23, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Knox Hall, room 104, University at Buffalo, North Campus
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.
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Division of University Advancement
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Buffalo, NY 14214