On Monday 27th April, after 3 months of hacking and 1 month of judging, we were delighted to host the Final and Prize-giving of the 2nd Future of Blockchain University Competition.
For those who aren’t already aware, Future of Blockchain is a long-form competition for those at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Berlin and others to build a blockchain project over 3 months. We attract students, researchers, alumni and leading developers. This year, we also received participants from outside our core universities, with submissions from the Universities of ETH Zurich, Rome, Stirling, Waterloo, Cape Town and Paris.
Here is what happened last year.
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How does the competition work?
Participants had 3 months to either (November 2019 to March 2020).
More details can be found here.
A. Build their own project (General Challenge).
B. Answer a Sponsor Challenge (Partner Challenges).
Finalists and Presentations
Winner: Snappy Labs — Vasilis Mavroudis — £10,000
A team of PhDs and Professors from UCL and ETH Zurich who have built a novel blockchain payment solution for retail.
2nd Place: ARRistry
A team of Imperial students who have built an art provenance platform using Arweave.
3rd Place: Reflexer
A design for a ‘reflex-bond’ to create an unpegged stablecoin.
Baseblock: A team of KCL students who have built a unique crowdfunding platform using Zilliqa.
Chain of Insight: A zero-knowledge encryption oracle and dApp, built on Tezos.
ChironCoin: A Cambridge MBA and PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris who has built a marketplace for sharing trading algorithms using Near Protocol.
dAirbnb: A Professor from Stirling University, a Senior Lecturer at University of Strathclyde and PhD from the University Ibn Tofail in Morocco who have built a decentralised property marketplace on Tezos.
Decentralised Robinson List: A Professor from University of Rome Sapienza and team from the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni and University of Roma Trewho have built an opt-out list for marketing transmissions in Italy using Algorand.
DeepVerse: A team of 3 Cambridge PhDs who have built a platform to train AI models collaboratively, using Tezos and Arweave.
Digioptions: A team of two brothers, a PhD from Uni of HUBerlin and Engineer from TUBerlin, who have built an online betting platform.
Hyperaware: A team of Imperial and UCL students from London Blockchain Labs who built a decentralised platform for governing connected devices based on location, using Arweave and also representing SAP.
Q-Vote: A quadratic voting platform from a team of KCL students, built on Tezos and also representing SAP.
Challenge partners and prizes
We are extremely grateful to our fantastic Challenge Partners. They have provided great challenges, support and prizes.
Asset Creation and Management Platform Challenge: Decentralised Robinson List — 25,000 Algos
Metamask like Chrome Extension Challenge: algoBox — 15,000 Algos
Teal Challenge: Rand Labs — 15,000 Algos
Eventers — 15,000 Algos
MangoDev.io — 15,000 Algos
Tezos Foundation prizes
1st Prize: Chain of Insight — 8000 Tezies
2nd Prize: dAirbnb — 4000 Tezies
3rd Prizes: DeepVerse, Q-Vote, Tezos Care, TZ-Factor — 2000 Tezies each
4th Prize: Tezos ETL — 1000 Tezies
5th Prize: Tezmania — 500 Tezies
Consolation prizes: Bricks on Blocks, MimicStream, Oaten, JSECoin, Sprytech , Stream Harbour — all 250 Tez.
The Graph prizes
For building a subgraph to index your smart contracts:
Unchained Games Fission Pool — 500 Dai
CO2ken — 500Dai
For utilising an existing subgraph from Graph Explorer to build a front-end dApp:
graph-TheGraph — 250 Dai
Team DQ — 250 Dai
Unchained Games Fission Pool — 250 Dai
Create a dApp that focuses on UX and ease of use: Vivid IoV Labs — $5k and 5k NEAR tokens
Create a dApp that uses NEAR’s Single Sign On and stores data against a NEAR account ID:
NEAR Finances — $500 and 100 NEAR tokens
Chiron Coin — $500 and 100 NEAR tokens.
Create a dApp that uses NEAR’s Single Sign On:
Arlene Blackwell — $100
DecentralDocs — $100
Heartbleed — $100
OATEN — $100
Redesign an industry using blockchain.
1st: ProsperChain — Internship with SAP in Germany.
1st: Baseblock — £3,000
2nd: RedPay — £2,000
3rd: StreamHarbour — £1,000
Develop a solution/migration for click fraud: James Bachini — £750
The Arweave Project Prizes
Build a dApp on the permaweb using Arweave:
1st: HyperAware — £3,000 +150 AR tokens
2nd: ARRistry, Decentradocs — both £1,500 each+ 150 AR tokens
Consolation —Datacian, DeepVerse, Lend721, Puma, Sw4rtz — all £250 + 150 AR tokens
Develop a Visual Studio Professional, Code or other IDE extension for creating smart contract projects from templates in a similar manner as other project types supported by the IDE:
Shared between James Bachini and Makarand (£1.25k each)
Photo highlights from competition (Between November 2019 and March 2020)
Email Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org
This could not have happened without our incredible partners.
We are also incredibly grateful to a network of Student Clubs, Societies and Groups who have marketed and help run the competition over the last few months.