Future of Blockchain 2: Summary and Prizes

Anthony Beaumont
Apr 28, 2020 · 6 min read

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.

Watch it back

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).

Statistics

Finalists and Presentations

Judges:

Curtis Spencer, Partner and Co-founder at Electric Capital ()

Kartik Talwar (, Partner at A.Capital and Co-founder of ETH Global ()

Min Teo (, Investor at ConsenSys Labs ()

Pamir Gelenbe (), Managing Partner at Libertus Capital

Patrick McCorry (), Co-founder at any dot sender

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.

Presentation

2nd Place: ARRistry

A team of Imperial students who have built an art provenance platform using Arweave.

Presentation

3rd Place: Reflexer

A design for a ‘reflex-bond’ to create an unpegged stablecoin.

Presentation

Other Finalists

Baseblock: A team of KCL students who have built a unique crowdfunding platform using Zilliqa.

Presentation

Chain of Insight: A zero-knowledge encryption oracle and dApp, built on Tezos.

Presentation

ChironCoin: A Cambridge MBA and PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris who has built a marketplace for sharing trading algorithms using Near Protocol.

Presentation.

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.

Presentation

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.

Presentation.

DeepVerse: A team of 3 Cambridge PhDs who have built a platform to train AI models collaboratively, using Tezos and Arweave.

Presentation.

Digioptions: A team of two brothers, a PhD from Uni of HUBerlin and Engineer from TUBerlin, who have built an online betting platform.

Presentation.

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.

Presentation.

Q-Vote: A quadratic voting platform from a team of KCL students, built on Tezos and also representing SAP.

Presentation.

Challenge partners and prizes

We are extremely grateful to our fantastic Challenge Partners. They have provided great challenges, support and prizes.

Gold Partners

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

Additional Winners

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.

Silver Partners

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

Lend721–250 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

SAP Prizes

Redesign an industry using blockchain.

1st: ProsperChain — Internship with SAP in Germany.

2nd: Q-Vote

3rd Hyperaware

Prizes

1st: Baseblock — £3,000

2nd: RedPay — £2,000

3rd: StreamHarbour — £1,000

Bronze Partners

Prizes

Develop a solution/migration for click fraud: James Bachini — £750

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

Catalyst

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)

Questions

Email Anthony at anthony@encode.club

Thank Yous

This could not have happened without our incredible partners.

Corporate 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.

Student societies and clubs.

Future of Blockchain Competition

University blockchain competition

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