Ireland’s first legal blockchain hackathon will be held in Dublin in November 2017.

Michelle McCoy tells us more about the event and what participants can look forward to.

When and where is it on?

Ireland’s first legal blockchain hackathon will be hosted in Matheson Dublin offices, on the 3-4 November 2017 in association with Deloitte, IBM and DCU Ryan Academy.

How many years has it been going?

This is the inaugural year for the blockchain hackathon.

What was the inspiration to start it?

The initiative is part of Matheson’s Smart programme which is designed to inspire innovative thinking and the creation of new efficiencies incorporating the latest innovation themes such as Fintech, AI and Blockchain.

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

This legal blockchain hackathon will provide everyone with valuable insights and brilliant networking opportunities.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

The hackathon will be split into two phases:

  • Friday, 3 November: ‘Learn It, Pitch It’

Participants will learn about blockchain – how it works, what its features are and the advantages it offers over existing technologies and systems.

  • Saturday, 4 November: ‘Create It, Win It’

Participants will learn how to “hack” an idea in a team setting and will put that into practice, finding ways in which blockchain can be used to improve their businesses and industries. Teams will then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

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

This event is all about bringing together, appreciating and rewarding new ideas. Blockchain is a completely new way of working and a technology where the rules have yet to be set. There are no losers in a hackathon.

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

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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

The DCU Ryan Academy is excited to be supporting this event which is at the intersection between innovative Irish law firm in Matheson and a massively disruptive new technology in blockchain.


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