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HACKATHON
Block-Sprint

What breakthrough can you make in just two weeks?

£8,000 in prizes to be won by the top teams!

HACKATHON
Block-Sprint

What breakthrough can you make in just two weeks?

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

Info evening

If you’d like to learn more about this event before applying, come along to the Info evening on Tuesday 29th October: free pizza, the chance to find teammates and learn more about Block-Sprint.

JOIN US

Info evening

If you’d like to learn more about this event before applying, come along to the Info evening on Tuesday 29th October: free pizza, the chance to find teammates and learn more about Block-Sprint.

JOIN US
APPLY NOW

Application form

All you need to apply is a proposal to build out; if you don’t have a team you can find one at the application evening on the 8th November, and submit an applicaiton form together then. Applications close Sunday 10th November at 18:00.

Application form

All you need to apply is a proposal to build out; if you don’t have a team you can find one at the application evening on the 8th November, and submit an applicaiton form together then. Applications close Sunday 10th November at 18:00.

APPLY NOW

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

 

Friday 11th October

Information 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 October.

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 17:00 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!

Friday 11th October

Information 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 October.

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 17:00 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!

Prize

The best teams will receive

Cash prizes totalling up to £8,000 will be distributed to the best overall team, team closest to production and most original idea

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

Prize

The best teams will receive

Cash prizes totalling up to £8,000 will be distributed to the best overall team, team closest to production and most original idea

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

 

Use technology, data analytics, machine learning and multiple data sources to identify patterns and devise and implement strategies to manage flows to optimise liquidity requirements and predict and manage nostro balances.

Real-time liquidity management, prediction and optimisationHow can market participants across a decentralised network minimise liquidity requirements for making real-time or near-real time payments using netting or other optimisation techniques? How can market participants predict their daily/hourly funding needs accurately across one or multiple nodes in the network, so their nostro is always funded to enable real-time payments, without persistent over-funding?

Use technology like AI, machine learning, business rules or other approaches to identify data required for various domestic rails in a country and validate data to be able to send on possible domestic rails.

Country-scheme specific Data ValidationHow can network participants efficiently validate data required to send a cross-border payment anywhere in the world through any of the domestic rails?

Use of QR codes, aliasing, other crypto coding mechanisms to provide payee details in a simplified user friendly and secure way.

Addressability - beneficiary details and verificationHow can all the data requirements for making payments for the parties e.g. remitter (sender of payment) and beneficiary (receiver of payment) be encoded in a simplified user-friendly and secure mechanism for cross-border payments? How could we extend this to digital wallets to the unbanked e.g. M-Pesa?

Protocol, adapters or other mechanisms to bridge payment networks to send payment from A originated on one payment network to received at B on a different payment network.

Inter-operabilityHow can various payment networks in used in the world can be joined up to send payments originated from one to another?

Data sharing securely only as when required, validation mechanisms of country based compliance mechanisms applicable, exposed as a simple service to validate and decision exceptions.

Compliance Checking and Data Exchange for Compliance checkingHow can all participants in a payment easily confirm compliance against a necessary sanctions lists based on compliance requirements applicable in the jurisdiction?

Judges

 

Dr 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.

Marcus Treacher is the SVP of Customer Success at Ripple. Marcus has over 30 years of experience in transaction banking and payment technology, including 12 years in global leadership roles at HSBC. He served as a member of the Global Board of SWIFT from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining Ripple Marcus was HSBC’s Global Head of Payments Innovation, applying emerging fintech to solve customer challenges in digital payments, trade and supply chain. Marcus also works with industry communities, organizations and governments to help shape new payment practices.

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).

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.

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.