IOT & Security Blockchain Hackathon #T-LabsHACK @Create33 in Seattle

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The Blockchain Society together with Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T- Labs) hosted the #T-LabsHACK at Create33 in Seattle! What is the #T-LabsHACK you may ask? Well, with the increasing popularity of blockchain technology in the industry today, there comes a desire to always be ahead of the curve; with this event, we brought hackers and industry professionals alike up to speed on some of the hottest tech to hit the blockchain space. Over $5000 in prizes were given away to the top teams, in addition to tons of awesome merchandise.

A Learnathon was also included at #TLabsHACK, lead by the teams at Blockstack and T-Labs, during which judges shared industry insights and hacking tips with those assembled.  A workshop also took place that introduced hashstaX. With hashstaX businesses focus solely on deploying E2E business use cases by building apps on the hashstaX Operating Stack that empowers the creation of functionalities agnostically of the underlying blockchain technology. hashstaX enables you to build business apps without being confined to the technological boundaries of one type of blockchain. Moreover, with its unique plug-and-play replacements and combinations, you can use your desired blockchain technologies without even touching a line of code.

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The hackathon was held at Create33 which is a startup hub where budding entrepreneurs can learn from mentors and network with peers. It’s the brainchild of Madrona Venture Group, one of the largest venture capital firms in the Pacific Northwest.

Teams of maximum six people were assembled and given the judging criteria they would have to abide by in order to win.

 

RULES:

1. Fresh Code – Everyone had to start coding at the exact same time. It was permitted that hackers could work on a few things beforehand: digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but everyone started coding simultaneously in order to keep things fair.

2. Code Review - Winning teams were subjected to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning. This was to ensure that all code used is in fact fresh.

3. Ownership and IP – Contestants owned their IP and whatever they created. Simple as that.

4. Team Size - No more than five people.

5. Demos – Teams had 10 minutes to demo the functionality of their project and talk through the idea, and 1 minute for Q&A from judges.

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How was the hackathon judged? Projects were judged based on the following criteria:

·       Technical Deployment - 25%

·       Consumer Centric - 25%

·       Usefulness - 25%

·       Innovation - 25%

Judges included Alexander Renz, Managing Partner at New Mobility Consulting, who has been involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) since its humble beginnings at the MIT Auto-ID Center, where Kevin Ashton coined the term in 1999.

Precia Carraway, Senior Manager, IoT, Advanced Mobility at T-Mobile and technology advocate also acted as a judge, bringing her expertise in mechanical engineering, autonomous vehicles, aviation and robotics to the table.

Jonel Cordero, Chief Marketing Officer at Dragonchain, used his 10 years of experience in marketing, branding and analytics in order to inform his decisions as a #T-LabsHACK judge.

Chris Spanton, Senior Blockchain Architect at T-Mobile, used his work with the cloud with Auditing/Compliance, Identity, and Blockchain technologies when passing judgement as part of the #T-LabsHACK panel.

Aaron Ballantyne