UB Blockchain ThinkLab collaborated with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to host the inaugural Blockchain Buildathon. (April 13-15) at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo.
The primary goal was to engage the community of students and local businesses in learning and building applications for the blockchain technology.
The six majors sponsors (Moog, M&T, CTG, Praxair, Rich Products, ValueCentric) provided the use cases to be solved. Participants used the Ethereum blockchain platform for building the blockchain solutions.
Topcoder provided the platform for project submission and judging. Teams of participants worked on the blockchain solution for the use cases. The businesses that defined the use cases selected a winner and a runner-up team for their use case.
April 13: There were 81 participants including students from UB, NCCC, UB alumni and local practitioners. They formed 20 teams. Businesses explained their respective use cases and the teams of participants then chose the use case of their interest.
April 14: The teams worked on designing and implementing solutions in Solidity smart contracts and decentralized applications. Sponsoring businesses were well represented throughout the event. They answered any questions participants had about their use cases. Fireside chats with the sponsors publicized the history and mission of their organizations.
April 15: By mid-day, the participants had submitted their design documents and project solutions, and given their presentations. Representatives from Topcoder platform helped students submit their projects. They also facilitated judging by hosting a judging rubric. Teams presented their use cases to the judges from the sponsoring companies. Each company sponsoring a use case decided a winner and runner-up. Organizers (Sam Marrazzo, BNMC, and Bina Ramamurthy, UB) handled the judges choice, selecting an overall winner and a runner-up.
|Business||Use Case||# of Teams|
|M&T||Third-Party Risk Management||4|
|CTG||Home Monitoring Health Device Data||4|
|Praxair||Supply Chains for Semiconductor Chip Manufacturing||4|
|Rich's||Frozen Food Supply Chain Traceability||3|
|ValuCentric||Supply Chains with Data Privacy Concerns||2|