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HACKATHON
Block-Sprint

What breakthrough can you make in just two weeks?

£100,000 in prizes and benefits to be won by the top teams!

HACKATHON
Block-Sprint

What breakthrough can you make in just two weeks? £100,000 of prizes and benefits to be won by the top teams!

The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies is running the blockchain technology hackathon of the year this November in partnership with Ripple.

Join us at multiple events from the 11th – 22nd November to help accelerate innovation in the areas of Payments and Decentralised Finance. 

Build with us

When

Part time between Monday 11th and  Friday 22nd November

Length

Multiple events during two weeks

Where

IDEALondon, UCL, Ripple

Registration

Attend our information evening on October 11th to learn more

Build with us

When

Part time between Monday 11th and  Friday 22nd November

Length

Multiple events during two weeks

Where

IDEALondon, UCL, Ripple

Registration

Attend our information evening on October 11th to learn more

Introducing the BlockSprint

Block-Sprint is a hackathon run by the UCL CBT in partnership with Ripple to help accelerate innovation in blockchain technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the areas of Payments and Decentralised Finance (outlined in further detail below). Consisting of multiple events over a two week period between Monday 11th and Friday 22nd November, the hackathon is aimed at:
  • Companies using blockchain technologies and AI
  • Blockchain developers
  • Data Scientists
  • Students
Block-Sprint will give participants the opportunity of being part of diverse teams including individuals from multiple companies to create original and innovative ideas, discover fresh talent for your company, and provide the perfect chance for collaboration, networking, and sharing cutting edge ideas. Over the two weeks we will provide access to mentors in specialist areas in one-to-team workshops, in order for teams to create and refine their idea before receiving support to build it out on the final day.

Information to guide your organisation

The information to guide your organisation through the necessary changes involving the adoption and deployment of new potentially disruptive distributed technologies like blockchain and how to overcome obstacles and hindrances.

 

The ability to assess the opportunities

The ability to assess the opportunities and threats that blockchains (in conjunction with other emerging technologies as well) may generate for your industry or those in your supply chain.

 

Executive collaboration and networking experience

Outstanding executive collaboration and networking experience with a community of highly regarded academics, guest speakers and interested peers.

 

Access to the UCL CBT

Access to the UCL CBT and their associates, including the latest research, newsletters and events, both during and after the programme.

 

Blockchain Coding Workshop

Blockchain Coding Workshop plus two networking events where you can interact with blockchain companies and blockchain practitioners.

 

UCL Certificate of Participation

UCL Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Introducing the BlockSprint

Block-Sprint is a hackathon run by the UCL CBT in partnership with Ripple  and supported by Capital Enterprise to help accelerate innovation in blockchain technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the areas of Payments and Decentralised Finance (outlined in further detail below). Consisting of multiple events over a two week period between Monday 11th and Friday 22nd November, the hackathon is aimed at:
  • Companies using blockchain technologies and AI
  • Blockchain developers
  • Data Scientists
  • Students
Block-Sprint will give participants the opportunity of being part of diverse teams including individuals from multiple companies to create original and innovative ideas, discover fresh talent for your company, and provide the perfect chance for collaboration, networking, and sharing cutting edge ideas. Over the two weeks we will provide access to mentors in specialist areas in one-to-team workshops, in order for teams to create and refine their idea before receiving support to build it out on the final day.

Information to guide your organisation

The information to guide your organisation through the necessary changes involving the adoption and deployment of new potentially disruptive distributed technologies like blockchain and how to overcome obstacles and hindrances.

 

The ability to assess the opportunities

The ability to assess the opportunities and threats that blockchains (in conjunction with other emerging technologies as well) may generate for your industry or those in your supply chain.

 

Executive collaboration and networking experience

Outstanding executive collaboration and networking experience with a community of highly regarded academics, guest speakers and interested peers.

 

Access to the UCL CBT

Access to the UCL CBT and their associates, including the latest research, newsletters and events, both during and after the programme.

 

Blockchain Coding Workshop

Blockchain Coding Workshop plus two networking events where you can interact with blockchain companies and blockchain practitioners.

 

UCL Certificate of Participation

UCL Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Dates

 

Dates

 

Tuesday 29th October

Information & Ideas Evening

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November

Optional Workshops

Friday 8th November

Application Evening

Monday 18th – Thursday 21st November

Product Refinement Week

Monday 11th November

Evening Kick Off Event

Friday 22nd November

Prototype Dev Day + Awards + Party!

Friday 15th November

Mentor Afternoon

Information Evening (18:00 – 21:00)

Come and learn about the event, the use cases and pain points. Find people to create teams with.

Application Evening (18:00 – 21:00)

Still haven’t created a team to apply with? Come to the application evening and listen to other peoples’ ideas and see which teams you want to take part in. Submit your application with your idea and team members before 17:00 on Sunday 10th November.

Kick Off (17:00 – 21:00)

Those teams who have successfully applied and been selected will be invited back to pitch in-front of the judges and some teams may be eliminated. This is the last chance to join a team to if you haven’t made it through.

Mentor Day (14:00 – 21:00)

Spend at least 30 mins with a mentor from various different areas and get critical feedback on your idea. Stick around and get to know the other teams and mentors at our evening drinks. Refine your pitch and resubmit the new iterated idea before 18:00 on Sunday 17th November.

Product Dev Week

During this phase, teams that successfuly make it through will be supplied with a list of mentors specific to what they want to build. Get in touch with the mentors during your own time this week and get ready to narrow down your proposition so you can build it out on the development day.

Prototype Dev Day + Awards (8:00 – 21:00)

Build out a demo for your idea with the help of developers in the room. In the late afternoon you’ll have the chance to pitch what you have built to the judges! The winner will be announced at 18:00. Enjoy the party to celebrate the end of the hackathon!

Tuesday 29th October

Information & Ideas Evening

Friday 8th November

Application Evening

Monday 11th November

Evening Kick Off Event

Friday 15th November

Mentor Afternoon

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November

Optional Workshops

Monday 18th – Thursday 21st November

Product Refinement Week

Friday 22nd November

Prototype Dev Day + Awards + Party!

Information Evening (18:00 – 21:00)

Come and learn about the event, the use cases and pain points. Find people to create teams with.

Application Evening (18:00 – 21:00)

Still haven’t created a team to apply with? Come to the application evening and listen to other peoples’ ideas and see which teams you want to take part in. Submit your applicaiton with your idea and team members before 17:00 on Sunday 10th November.

Kick Off (17:00 – 21:00)

If your idea is good enough, you will be invited to pitch in-front of the judges and some teams may be eliminated. This is the last chance to join a team to if you haven’t already.ade it through.

Mentor Day (14:00 – 21:00)

Spend at least 30 mins with a mentor from various differnt areas and get critical feedback on your idea. Stick around and get to know the other teams and mentors at our evening drinks. Refine your pitch and resubmit the new iterated idea before 18:00 on Sunday 17th November.

Product Dev Week

During this phase, teams that have successfuly made it through will be supplied with a list of mentors specific to what want they want to build. Get in touch with them during your own time this week and get ready to narrow down your proposition so you can build it out on the development day.

Prototype Dev Day + Awards (8:00 – 21:00)

Build out a demo for your idea with the help of developers in the room. In the late afternoon you’ll have the chance to pitch what you have built to the judges! The winner will be announced at 18:00. Enjoy the party to celebrate the end of the hackathon!

Prizes

The best teams will receive

Over £100,000 in prizes and benefits to be won, including cash prizes totalling £10,000 distributed to the top teams!

The chance to present their ideas at a premier blockchain conference

Introduction to VC’s to fund their venture via Capital Enterprise

Membership of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies Industry Programme

Prizes

The best teams will receive

Over £100,000 in prizes and benefits to be won, including cash prizes totalling £10,000 distributed to the top teams!

The chance to present their idea at a premier blockchain conference

Introduction to VC’s to fund their venture via Capital Enterprise

Membership of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies Industry Programme

Cross-border Payment Value Chain Pain Points & Potential Use Cases

 

Depositing funds with correspondents as and when required to make payments in an immediate window. Small buffer amounts in accounts would enable freeing up funds. Utilise AI for prediction, blockchain for visibility and a bridge currency (digital assets) for just in time funding. A dataset will be provided to enable formation of a liquidity strategy that can be applied to blockchain/dlt payment rails.

Real-time liquidity management, prediction and optimisationFinancial Institutions (Money Service Providers, Banks) need to hold large balances with correspondents in various geographies to make payments. High buffer levels are required to ensure immediate payments. This is costly.

Why wait for an invoice to receive payment. Pay as you go through a number of small payments e.g. advertising revenue – pay per click, get wages paid every hour of work, pay per mile or minute. Utilise digital assets, wallets, inter-ledger and smart contracts to make this happen.

Micro - PaymentsHow can usage of services be better tracked with billing, payment and reconciliation improved.

One simple alias required to make payments that are immediately verifiable and incorporate permissioned retrieval of additional details for compliance checks. Utilise blockchain, QR codes and permissioned protocols.

Identity & ComplianceBeneficiary / Remitter information varies by country. Compliance verification require additional details. Fraud can occur through inserting different account/wallet numbers. Payments getting stuck, requiring additional information, going to the wrong place or getting returned after a few days causes delays.

Ability to send money or any digital asset from any wallet in the world to any other wallet in the world. Utilise Interledger and bridging networks/protocols for instance.

Inter-operabilityToo many networks and networks that don’t talk to each other! Can we send value from Ethereum to XRP? From Cards to mobile payments or from any wallet to any wallet?

Our current financial services systems are built in a centralised way – how could we come up with novel ways to decentralise systems, processes and business models in the financial services sector utilising emerging technologies? Create your own use case.

Decentralised FinanceHow can current financial services and processes be offered and work in a decentralised way?

Judges

 

Paolo Tasca is a Digital Economist specialising in distributed systems. He has advised on blockchain technologies different international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL CBT). Previously, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at the German Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Paolo Tasca is also a serial entrepreneur and a patent holder on blockchain interoperability.

Magdalena Baeva is Head of Commercialisation at Ripple. She works closely with customers in developing use cases and propositions that run on Ripple and help customers take get commercial value for using RippleNet. Prior to joining Ripple, Magdalena held senior roles at Barclays including responsibility for Barclays payments strategy globally and Head of Marketing for Global Transaction Banking. She also served on the European Payments Council and the VocaLink (now part of Mastercard). Magdalena developed real passion for innovation and customer insights when she worked at PepsiCo. She loves fintech and payments and is often seen testing different payments apps.

Diana Biggs is Global Head of Innovation for HSBC Private Banking. In this role, she leads on the development and management of the GPB innovation process, bringing emerging Fintech trends to GPB and the establishment of an innovation pipeline to incubate and test new ideas. Prior to joining GPB, she was Head of Digital Innovation, UK & Europe for RBWM, where she led work across fintech partnerships and pilots, innovation knowledge sharing and capabilities building, and the exploration of emerging technologies.

Pinar Emirdag formerly led the digital product development and innovation team at State Street. Pinar has worked on a number of industry changing initiatives, building new marketplaces and capital markets offerings throughout her career at London Stock Exchange, ICAP, Liquidnet, Citigroup and Lava Trading which was a successful financial technology firm which was acquired by Citigroup. She has worked on entrepreneurial initiatives as an executive, founder, advisor and board member.

Michele Curtoni works as VP in State Street’s Digital Product Development and DLT team. Prior to his current role, he was manager and strategy leader for LSEG Emerging Technologies group. Michele currently focuses on working in the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Digital Assets space. In his roles Michele has covered many aspects of the innovation cycle, from working on implementing business applications and proof of concepts with emerging technologies, to start-ups and wider Fintech space engagement. He also worked over four years in the LSEG Group Strategy division, taking a central role in several of the Group’s high profile acquisitions and corporate partnerships as well as other Group strategic initiatives. Michele holds an MSc from the University of Warwick in Economics and International Financial Economics (EIFE).

Viral Naik is a Blockchain Architect at Ripple. He is a Senior IT Executive with a proven track record of managing business facing IT departments including responsibility for delivering large scale transformation initiatives at leading global investment/universal banks. Experienced in driving strategic vision and planning with the business with a keen eye on execution. Passionate about innovation and being active participant of industry transformation as the industry is changing through several technology, business and environmental emerging trends.

Mentors

 

UCL CBT

Niall RocheUCL CBT

Payments

Magdalena BaevaRipple

Financial Services Strategy

Indy ChahalNomura

VC

Alex BeasantDeloitte Ventures

VC

Richard MuirheadFabric Ventures

Payments

Tom GroganLaw

Law

Anne RoseMishcon

Law

Raoul LumbSMAB

KYC/Compliance

Renier Janse van RensburgGrowth Pains

KYC/Compliance

Tariq KhanOutrun Ventures

AI

Alastair MooreUCL CBT

AI

Stylianos KampakisUCL CBT

Blockchain Strategy

Evgeny GokhbergEverledger

Blockchain Strategy

Gilbert VerdianQuant

Registration

Entering this hackathon is completely free

Team members must come from at least two out of the following four groups (companies, institutions, students and academics).

All teams must have at least four members

You are encouraged to add students to the mix – this is a great hiring opportunity! If you have trouble forming a team, please still submit an application or get in touch with us and we’ll try and help.

UCL operates an open IP rights system such that IP will not be owned by UCL or other partners running this hackathon

 

Registration

Entering this hackathon is completely free

Team members must come from at least two out of the following four groups (companies, institutions, students and academics).

All teams must have at least four members

You are encouraged to add students to the mix – this is a great hiring opportunity! If you have trouble forming a team, please still submit an application or get in touch with us and we’ll try and help.

UCL operates an open IP rights system such that IP will not be owned by UCL or other partners running this hackathon

 

FAQ

How much are we expected to build during this hackathon?

Our aim is for you to develop out an idea to innovate in one of the pain points/use case areas we have outlined during the first phase of the hackathon –  although you are not limited to only these areas . If you reach the finals, we’ll support you to build out a prototype during the dev day; you can also start building before that if you wish.

 

Are there any limitations on the technologies we can use during the hackathon?

You are free to use whatever technologies you like during the hackathon. Interoperability is a theme and we encourage multiple blockchain technologies to be used.

Do we have to submit ideas based on the use cases and pain points described for this hackathon, or can we pitch others?

You are free to submit whatever idea you like on the themes of payments and decentralised finance. We will aim to support you as much as we can but given the resources we have there will be a greater degree of support for the pain points and use cases we have described.

What do we need to do to take part?

In order to take part in this hackathon, you’ll need to fill out the application form. The application form asks you to provide information on your team members and to submit your ideas in up to 1000 words (and upload a pdf or presentation if you like). If your idea is selected, at least one of your team will be required to come and pitch it at the kick-off event on the evening of Monday 11th November  in front of our judges.

How much time do I need to commit over two weeks to take part?

This hackathon consists of three compulsory events and two optional events in the late afternoon and evenings over the course of two weeks, from the 11th to 22nd November. You’ll be expected to send at least one team member to each of these events to continue participating in the hackathon. Our aim is for you to think through the idea over the two weeks while getting support from us along the way. If you make it to the final, we’ll support you in developing your idea into a working prototype.

What are the requirements for forming a team?

We encourage teams to include diversity by collaborating with other individuals working at companies and institutions, and students and academics. That’s why we’d prefer when you apply you include at least two of the above groups in your application. If you need help to find diversity or team members, just let us know by contacting arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I don’t have enough team members – can you help?

Come along to our information evening on the 11th October and/or to  application evening  on the 8th November to meet individuals to form a team. We can also help and if you need any assistance in putting a team together, please get in touch with arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

How do I learn more about the use cases/pain points?

Come to the information evening on the 11th of October! At this event we’ll be explaining more about the use cases/pain points and you’ll get the chance to discuss these with some of the individuals that will support you during the event. After the 11th of October we will also be releasing a recording of the presentations given at this event. For more information please email arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I still have questions, who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at arianna@capitalenterprise.org with any questions that you have and she’d be happy to help you.

How much are we expected to build during this hackathon?

Our aim is for you to develop out an idea to innovate in one of the pain points/use case areas we have outlined during the first phase of the hackathon –  although you are not limited to only these areas . If you reach the finals, we’ll support you to build out a prototype during the dev day; you can also start building before that if you wish.

Are there any limitations on the technologies we can use during the hackathon?

You are free to use whatever technologies you like during the hackathon. Interoperability is a theme and we encourage multiple blockchain technologies to be used.

Do we have to submit ideas based on the use cases and pain points described for this hackathon, or can we pitch others?

You are free to submit whatever idea you like on the themes of payments and decentralised finance. We will aim to support you as much as we can but given the resources we have there will be a greater degree of support for the pain points and use cases we have described.

What do we need to do to take part?

In order to take part in this hackathon, you’ll need to fill out the application form. The application form asks you to provide information on your team members and to submit your ideas in up to 1000 words (and upload a pdf or presentation if you like). If your idea is selected, at least one of your team will be required to come and pitch it at the kick-off event on the evening of Monday 11th November  in front of our judges.

How much time do I need to commit over two weeks to take part?

This hackathon consists of three compulsory events and two optional events in the late afternoon and evenings over the course of two weeks, from the 11th to 22nd November. You’ll be expected to send at least one team member to each of these events to continue participating in the hackathon. Our aim is for you to think through the idea over the two weeks while getting support from us along the way. If you make it to the final, we’ll support you in developing your idea into a working prototype.

What are the requirements for forming a team?

We encourage teams to include diversity by collaborating with other individuals working at companies and institutions, and students and academics. That’s why we’d prefer when you apply you include at least two of the above groups in your application. If you need help to find diversity or team members, just let us know by contacting arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I don’t have enough team members – can you help?

Come along to our information evening on the 11th October and/or to  application evening  on the 8th November to meet individuals to form a team. We can also help and if you need any assistance in putting a team together, please get in touch with arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

How do I learn more about the use cases/pain points?

Come to the information evening on the 11th of October! At this event we’ll be explaining more about the use cases/pain points and you’ll get the chance to discuss these with some of the individuals that will support you during the event. After the 11th of October we will also be releasing a recording of the presentations given at this event. For more information please email arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I still have questions, who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at arianna@capitalenterprise.org with any questions that you have and she’d be happy to help you.

FAQ

How much are we expected to build during this hackathon?

Our aim is for you to develop out an idea to innovate in one of the pain points/use case areas we have outlined during the first phase of the hackathon –  although you are not limited to only these areas . If you reach the finals, we’ll support you to build out a prototype during the dev day; you can also start building before that if you wish.

Are there any limitations on the technologies we can use during the hackathon?

You are free to use whatever technologies you like during the hackathon. Interoperability is a theme and we encourage multiple blockchain technologies to be used.

Can we submit ideas outside of the payments and decentralised finance areas?

You are free to submit whatever idea you like as long as there is an element of payments and/or decentralised finance. We will aim to support you as much as we can but given the resources we have there will be a greater degree of support for the pain points and use cases we have described. For example submitting a marketplace which utilises micro-payments could be one example.

I want to work on the Liquidty Prediction use case. Can we get access to the data before hand?

A schema of the dataset and some sample data will be made available approximately two weeks before the beginning of the hackathon. The full dataset will be available to work on after the initial kick-off event. Utilising machine learning is one element of coming up with a solution to the Liquidity Prediction use case and should also have a solution to improve payment management.

What do we need to do to take part?

In order to take part in this hackathon, you’ll need to fill out the application form. The application form asks you to provide information on your team members and to submit your ideas in up to 1000 words (and upload a pdf or presentation if you like). If your idea is selected, at least one of your team will be required to come and pitch it at the kick-off event on the evening of Monday 11th November in front of our judges.

How much time do I need to commit over two weeks to take part?

This hackathon consists of three compulsory events and two optional events in the late afternoon and evenings over the course of two weeks, from the 11th to 22nd November. You’ll be expected to send at least one team member to each of these events to continue participating in the hackathon. Our aim is for you to think through the idea over the two weeks while getting support from us along the way. If you make it to the final, we’ll support you in developing your idea into a working prototype.

What are the requirements for forming a team?

We encourage teams to include diversity by collaborating with other individuals working at companies and institutions, and students and academics. That’s why we’d prefer when you apply you include at least two of the above groups in your application. If you need help to find diversity or team members, just let us know by contacting arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I don’t have enough team members – can you help?

Come along to our information evening on the 11th October and/or to  application evening  on the 8th November to meet individuals to form a team. We can also help and if you need any assistance in putting a team together, please get in touch with arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

How do I learn more about the use cases/pain points?

Come to the information evening on the 11th of October! At this event we’ll be explaining more about the use cases/pain points and you’ll get the chance to discuss these with some of the individuals that will support you during the event. After the 11th of October we will also be releasing a recording of the presentations given at this event. For more information please email arianna@capitalenterprise.org.

I still have questions, who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at arianna@capitalenterprise.org with any questions that you have and she’d be happy to help you.