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IBCOL 2019: Why join?

The 2019 International Blockchain Olympiad will be the largest gathering of multidisciplinary student blockchain talent in history. It is no surprise that students from all over the world want to get involved somehow. There are three ways for students to “join” the IBCOL 2019:

Why compete?

If you want to run faster, run with those faster than you. Just submitting something to this international competition is in itself a very strong signal to potential employers and investors that you are serious about working on blockchain and at least in cutting edge technologies, even if you are not awarded anything. You also have a rare chance to meet like-minded individuals who are just as passionate and ambitious as you.

For projects that meet the minimal viable requirements of being a complete solution, it is an opportunity to be matched with industry partners that will take it to market, in addition to the recognition of earning the Award of Merit. The best case scenario is a funded startup or joint venture, and the worse case is a job or internship. The monetary prizes are essentially a bonus.

Why spectate?

Most of the world does not understand blockchain. In fact, most still think blockchain = bitcoin. The previous two years saw cryptocurrencies dominate the narrative on blockchain. With the crash of the cryptocurrency markets, blockchain developers can finally take back the narrative.

Most students do not understand blockchain. However, it would be prudent for students to prepare for a decentralised world, if students want to be and remain employable. Blockchain will affect every aspect of life and every faucet of the economy in the medium and long term.

In lieu of official blockchain courses or curriculums at universities, the best way to learn is from the trailblazers. High school students can also better prepare for post-secondary life by seeing and interacting with the crème de la crème of university students. For the practically minded, the immediate benefit is networking with sponsors and supporting organisations, i.e. future potential employers, whether in academics, government, or industry.

Why volunteer?

For students who choose not to compete or spectate for whatever reason, and for those who are no longer students, volunteering for the IBCOL 2019 Organising Committee is an alternative way to get involved with the scene. If you are interested, please email volunteer@ibcol.org today.


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.

International Blockchain Olympiad

International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is a multidisciplinary design and building competition. IBCOL 2019 invites students from around the world to solve real-world challenges through decentralised applications.

IBCOL Student Relations

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The Student Relations Team of the International Blockchain Olympiad (ibcol.org) assists students who are interested in participating in the IBCOL.

International Blockchain Olympiad

International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is a multidisciplinary design and building competition. IBCOL 2019 invites students from around the world to solve real-world challenges through decentralised applications.