IBCOL 2019: Who can join?
The 2019 International Blockchain Olympiad will be the largest gathering of multidisciplinary student blockchain talent in history. Obviously, it is for students. But what is a student? According to the IBCOL Rulebook:
A student is defined as a person enrolled in good standing at a recognised academic institution, or if graduated from a recognised academic institution within the last 2 years.
This means that any student or recent graduate within 2 years may participate, whether the student is enrolled in elementary school or in a post-doctorate programme. While we expect the majority of IBCOL 2019 contestants to be from the college or university level, we will not let technicalities prevent child prodigies from playing!
Students are also welcome to join as many teams as they want. However, in the spirit of fair competition, the roles of the student in each team is different:
Students may only be registered to one team; if a student is involved with a team other than their own, they would be considered an advisor to that other team, and a contestant to their primary team.
I don’t have a team, may I still join?
A lone wolf may win battles, but cannot win a war. In the long term, one cannot work alone, but since IBCOL 2019 is for many the start of a great journey, it is acceptable to have a team of one. On the other hand, most startups may have between three to six founders or founding members.
I don’t know how to write code, may I still join?
Yes. Blockchain design is not exclusively the domain of engineers or computer scientists. In fact, technical design accounts for maybe 40% of a decentralised application. Meanwhile, legal and compliance could be 50% while the business side could be 90%. Those percentages don’t add up because there are a lot of overlap. The point is that one does not need to be technical to be a participant. In fact, designing from a purely technical point-of-view will not win you any prizes! We encourage teams to be multidisciplinary, i.e. coming from many different majors of study.
The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is a multidisciplinary design and building competition. If you are a student in good standing or have graduated within 2 years, IBCOL 2019 invites you to propose solutions to real-world challenges using decentralised applications. For further details and to register, please visit ibcol.org or reach out to our Student Relations Team.