On April 6 and 7, 2019, BlockDevs Asia successfully held its second blockchain hackathon in Makati, Philippines — the Decentralized Innovation Startup Hackathon (DISH 2019). The hackathon brought together 75 participants, 10 mentors, and 12 judges who worked together in developing blockchain solutions that can potentially make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Our aim for the hackathon is to increase the use of blockchain as an emerging technology for commercial and societal solutions. We’ve decided to focus on three platforms for this blockchain hackathon — IOST, Ethereum, and Stellar. However, we made sure that it was still a blockchain agnostic hackathon.
On day 1, at around 9 AM, the event started with an introduction to blockchain by Caspar Oostendorp, followed by the introduction of mentors. By 11 AM the participants were asked to start working on their application. Breakout sessions were arranged and technical mentors for each platform started teaching the participants. Mark Vernon, Johan Sten, and Tracy Li were mentoring for Stellar. Chris Verceles and Caspar Oostendorp were mentoring for Ethereum. Amadeo Brands and Terrence Wang were mentoring for IOST. A token economics workshop was conducted remotely by Lisa Tan as well. This gave the participants insight on how to design a token for their platform.
Most of the participants were not sure where and how to start because they have no coding experience in blockchain. The mentors guided them by giving them ideas on the possible blockchain use cases, and how they can integrate a business model with it. Different ideas and solutions came about and we’ve finally seen teams working on blockchain-based – financial solutions, games, data mining thru quizzes, escrow, funding platforms, education systems and many more. It was an afternoon of technical and business mentoring for us and it was worth it. Our hardcore mentors, Mark and Caspar stayed until midnight making sure the teams were on the right track.
Day 2 was the judgment day. It was time for us to evaluate and pick qualifying and winning teams. We were impressed by how most of the teams managed to create a working blockchain application or DApp despite their unfamiliarity with blockchain when they started.
Around 1 PM, we started the elimination round and chose 12 teams to qualify for the final pitching. We had checked their architecture and codes, specifically how they were able to write and read data to and from a blockchain. Then at 4 PM, the 12 teams started pitching their projects. We and the judges carefully picked the winners by considering the technical, commercial and societal viability of each project. The top 3 winners used EOS and IOST blockchain platforms. Other teams used Stellar, Ethereum and NEM blockchain platforms.
This blockchain hackathon also gave the audience a chance to vote for their favorite team by using their smartphones. The crowd favorite was Team Horton with their pataTASK for kids project. Our platinum sponsor, Token News, also picked 5 teams for their Token News choice award.
Major prize winners:
Special award winners:
Token News choice award winners:
We had an immense sense of fulfillment when we saw these new batch of coders and innovators learned blockchain development in less than 48 hours.
As a beginner, blockchain development is really a difficult concept to grasp but DISH provided an avenue of learning by doing while providing support both on the business and technology side (and food) to the participants. It was really a privilege of learning the concepts through the mentor’s experiences and insights. With his, it helped us improve our ideas to make feasible and innovative solutions using blockchain.
Ernest, 2nd prize winner, shared his thoughts to BlockDevs Asia.
It was another successful blockchain hackathon for us and we would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible – IOST, CEstates (bronze sponsor), HB Wallet (gold sponsor), Aizen (gold sponsor) and Token News (platinum sponsor).