The Blockchain Economic Forum and The World Blockchain Hackathon: Learns and Gains
The world of blockchain has been changing dramatically since 2017, when people started to realize the value of the technology. The global economy was also affected strongly by blockchain economics, in which lots of ICOs emerged from startups in opposition to the traditional ways of raising money. We expected the Blockchain Economic Forum to be a venue for learning about new perspectives on the world’s changing economy and about how all these buzzwords — cryptocurrency, blockchain, Bitcoin, AI — are changing it. This is how Forbes described the event: “The Blockchain Economic Forum comes back to facilitate the discussions of the most important topics of the crypto economy and its growing influence on the global economy.”
In our opinion, BEF is a better managed forum than most. Heidi, our CEO, was honored to attend a panel on Women Founders & Innovators Transforming Industries with Tavonia Evans, and Michelle Tsing, Teodora Atanasova, and Skye Dunworth. All these women are powerful thought leaders and great entrepreneurs. During her talk, Heidi emphasized the importance of diversity in the tech industry. She also said women should not try to compete with men but should become allies with them in pursuing a common goal.
We interviewed people about lots of great and interesting projects during the event. You can check out the videos on our channel or on Heidi’s YouTube channel. These projects included TOTLE, a sort of Kayak for tokens; Payblock by instaSupply, which aims to improve how quickly businesses pay and are paid; and the Playchip, an exclusive gaming token of some of the world’s leading gaming operators. Check out our channel for more!
The World Blockchain Hackathon was organized by Radhika Iyengar-Emens and Jorden Woods to help build a strong and healthy blockchain ecosystem in Silicon Valley. (We apologize for having credited this event to the PVInsights, who hosted the Blockchain Connect Conference. They are not related.) More than 300 engineers competed for a grand prize of $12,000. The objective of the Hackathon was to use blockchain technology or distributed ledger technology (DLT) to create an valuable solution to a business or social problem.
Lots of great teams competed. The winners were the all-female team BTure. All their members came from different countries and backgrounds. We had a great discussion with them, too! Find out more here: The Interview: Women in Tech Matter. Second place went to an all-engineer team without a CEO called Chaincert (PS: They’re looking for a CEO). Their interview will come soon!