By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

The Blockchain for Good Hackathon takes place Saturday, 30 September and Sunday, 1 October. Full agenda can be found here.

How many years has it been going?

This is the inaugural event.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Accenture and The Linux Foundation both have long histories of looking for ways to apply technology to improve the way we live and work. Blockchain, in particular, is a technology that has the ability to drive positive impact in areas that may not have reaped the full benefit of the digital revolution. Specifically, Accenture is a founding member of the ID2020 Alliance, the supporting arm of the UN-affiliated ID2020 organization. Its mandate is to bring verifiable digital IDs to the 1.2 billion individuals, including 65.3 million refugees, that currently have no proof of existing. Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation open source blockchain initiative of which Accenture is a premiere member, includes the open source self-sovereign identity project Hyperledger Indy and also has a dedicated Identity working group focused on these challenges. The ability to provide a unique identity can apply to things, too—establishing provenance and trackability throughout the supply chain to assure things like timber, fish, coffee and palm oil have been ethically sourced and followed sustainability protocols.

Similarly, Accenture is working on applying blockchain to ensure sustainable protocols are followed along the supply chain for areas including energy, palm oil, fishing, wood, clothing, coffee and more. By providing greater transparency and traceability, we can assure fair trade and labor practices, reduce overfishing and deforestation and keep goods that are fraudulent or under sanctions out of the supply chain.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

Participating developers will work together with top coders, architects, and leading thinkers from Hyperledger and Accenture to build innovative solutions that can positively impact millions of lives and the environment.

They’ll hear first hand from David Treat, Accenture Blockchain Lead and ID2020 Alliance Board Member, Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger and Dakota Gruener, the executive director of ID2020 about living without an identity and the challenges we’re facing to solve this issue.
They’ll hear first hand from Simon Whitehouse, Accenture Senior Managing Director and David Tighe, Bank of Ireland Head of Innovation on some of the challenges in sustainable supply chain and trade finance.

What opportunities are on offer for people?

The grand prize winning team (up to 4 people) will receive an 8,500 EUR cash prize, plus a trip to the Accenture Blockchain Center of Excellence in France, for 2 days. The visit to the Accenture Blockchain Center of Excellence includes prototyping and a tour of the facility. They will also get a visit to the Liquid Studio at Accenture The Dock in Dublin. The Liquid Studios are part of Accenture’s Innovation Architecture and, for blockchain, are where we work with clients to rapidly prototype.

All participants will be recognized with a custom hoodie and both Accenture and Hyperledger will share news from the event in real time and in follow-up blogs to ensure participants get all the exposure they want. This is a great way for blockchain developers of all experience levels to learn and add to their resume. Accenture provides an invigorating location at Dublin’s Silicon Docks to collaborate with leading blockchain developers and technologists.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Familiarize yourself with Hyperledger technologies and the problem space in Identity and Supply Chain

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

The event is free, with a $50 fee applied for anyone who registers and does not attend. Register here

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

These are big problems and it will take many talented individuals to build the solutions. We hope that those participating and beyond view this as a first to come together, collaborate and help realize the next step in digital identity for all and more sustainable and eco-friendly supply chains.


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