T-Labs Blockchain Identity Hackathon Berlin #TLabsHACK

On the weekend of January 20th The Blockchain Society together with Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T- Labs) hosted an epic hackathon in Berlin called #T-LabsHACK. The 32-hour Identity & Blockchain Hackathon and Learnathon was designed develop and share blockchain solutions with a diverse group of blockchain professionals from all over the world.

This is the follow-up T-Labs Hack Session, with the first one taking place in Seattle during October of 2018. At the end of February The Blockchain Society will also host a third #T-LabsHack in partnership with Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Carrer de Pujades in Barcelona.

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With the increasing popularity of blockchain technology there comes a desire to always be ahead of the curve; at The Blockchain Society #T-LabsHackathons, we bring attendees up to speed on some of the hottest tech to hit the blockchain space, which contestants can then use directly in their Hackathon projects to win great prizes!

The Challenge of the #T-LabsHACK in Berling was centered around Identity Marketplaces. A Learnathon was also included, with a workshop that introduced hashstaX. HashstaX combines different distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) into an enterprise-grade operating stack to enable blockchain-agnostic development of business-relevant decentralized applications. To learn more about hashstaX check out this video.

The hackathon was held at Hubraum Café, and the schedule was as follows:

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Saturday, January 19th
9:00 am: Registration & team formation, breakfast
9:45 am: Opening remarks from T-Labs
10:30 am: Opening remarks from the Blockchain Society
10:45 am: Introduction to hashstaX Workshop

11:45 am: Workshop by Cryptowerk
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Hackathon rules, team formation, challenge overview
1:25 pm: Start of Hackathon
7:00 pm: Dinner

Hacking continued overnight for those teams that were eager to maintain momentum! Attendees were provided a place to sleep and work at the Cafe - some chose to remain while others went home.

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Sunday, January 20th
9:00 am: Breakfast
12:00 pm: Lunch with judges
3:00 pm: Conclusion of Hackathon & submissions on DevPost
3:15 pm: Presentations & judging
4:30 pm: Winner selection & final remarks by T-Labs
4:45 pm: Optional networking
6:00 pm: Closure

Teams consisted of no more than 4-5 individuals and were organized prior to the event. A €6000 in cash prize and €3000 in IOTA tokens were awarded to the winning teams, who were selected by a panel of judges after presenting their work.

There was a detailed set of rules that all teams had to follow during the coding process in order to be considered for the first place prize:

1. Fresh Code - Everyone started coding at the same time. It was permitted for coders to work on designs, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone beforehand, but things had to be kept within a fair limit.

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

3. Ownership and IP - All coders had to own their IP and whatever they created.

4. Team Size - Teams could be no larger than five people in order to eligible for competition.

5. Submissions - All hackers received an email with instructions on how to submit their work.

6. Demos - All hackers had to demo the functionality of their project and talk through the idea. Everyone received an email with instructions on how to do just that prior to the event.

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The Hackathon projects were all judged based on Technical Deployment, Consumer Centric, Usefulness and Innovation. The judging panel shared had a diverse set of experiences within the blockchain space, and each judge offered a unique perspective and insight regarding the projects that were presented.

Judge John Calian is a Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom AG, and the Head of the Telekom InnovationcLaboratories (T-Labs) in Berlin, a group of some 300 experts & scientists (+ entrepreneurs) from a variety of disciplines, from more than 25 nations all working together at T-Labs. Additionally, John co-founded and leads all product development for the T-Labs Blockchain Group, a team dedicated to decentralization research and development. In this dual role, John is responsible for developing and leading innovation topics, including blockchain strategies and initiatives, machine learning techniques and customer experiences, for Deutsche Telekom and its partners. Prior to joining T-Labs, John held numerous technology leadership roles and was the founder and COO of multiple startup software firms in the Seattle area. Mr. Calian holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington.

Matt Law spent most of his career building teams and growing digital agencies with a focus on innovation, most recently as Worldwide Chief Operating Officer at a creative agency network. Matt has led teams that have been awarded at Cannes, D&AD, the Webby’s and One Show among others. He advises our portfolio on brand strategy, and telling their compelling stories through marketing planning, content, PR and communications. He is passionate about building inspired and committed teams, and is applying this to the operations of Outlier as it grows, advises our partner companies on their growth strategy, as well as developing our increasing network of commercial, academic and developer communities. A regular writer and speaker, he has contributed insight and analysis to marketing and business titles such as Campaign Magazine, The Drum, The Times and the Financial Times.

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Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk is a 10 year veteran of the telecommunication industry, having held various positions at Deutsche Telekom in Berlin. Dr. Mikityuk received her Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin. In 2010, she concentrated her research and work on secure media distribution and processing topics. In 2013, she joined the Security in Telecommunication research group at TU Berlin, where she received her doctorate (PhD) in embedded security for remote processing. In 2017, Dr. Mikityuk turned her attention towards distributed ledger technology and is currently the Co-Founder and Head of Blockchain Technology for The Blockchain Group, a unit of Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs (T-Labs).Event Schedule.

Holger Köther is a global Senior Director, Program Manager and IT enthusiast, who has worked over the last 17 years at the multinational corporate IT organizations Siemens and Atos.

After a series of impressive presentations during which all teams in the #T-LabsHACK competition shared their final projects, the judges selected team #PiDee as the winners for their innovative open source identity protocol for mobile wallets. Thanks to our sponsors MobiledgeX, Jolocom, IOTA, Moeco, Minespider, Code University, BerChain and TIOTA, and a HUGE thanks to all who competed! We’ll see you all in Barcelona!

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Aaron Ballantyne