We are happy to announce that the first local Blockchain Gauntlet events have been launched by region leaders in cities across North America including Toronto, Chicago, Charlotte, Washington DC, New York, Baltimore and Puerto Rico. These local hackathons focus on a diverse range of topics including, tech for regulation, women in tech, financial technology, among others. Every hack that is developed at each of these local hackathons can also be submitted to the Blockchain Gauntlet accelerator to compete for prize money and mentorship that can take the proof of concepts developed to the next level.
The first hackathon was this past weekend in Charlotte and was hosted by the Charlotte Blockchain meetup group. The Washington event starts today through a partnership between the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Women Who Code to “host a blockchain beginner hackernoon in partnership with the Blockchain Education Network’s global educational gauntlet”. The Puerto Rico event is being hosted by Jose Montero, the region leader for the Blockchain Education Network in Puerto Rico, and happens this Thursday.
The hackathon in Toronto and Chicago are planned as inaugural events and are called RegHackTO and the Chicago Blockchain Developers Conference, respectively. RegHackTO is being hosted by the Ontario Securities Commission’s OSC Launchpad, with support from MLG Blockchain Consulting, with a goal of having software developed to help simplify regulations. The Chicago event is in partnership with the Chicago Bitcoin Center and includes all the universities in Chicago including Northwestern, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Patrick Guay, the region leader of the Blockchain Education Network in Canada, lives in Ottawa and is travelling to Toronto to participate in RegHackTO and enter his hack into the Blockchain Gauntlet.
“The gauntlet is a very exciting event. Just like with blockchain technology, we have a decentralization of hackathons all over the world. Also, your hack will be showcased to high-level judges working in the industry, potentially sparking something special. It is definitely worth participating”, said Guay in a quote to the Blockchain Education Network. Guay recently won a prize at the Distributed: Health hackathon that was hosted by BTC Media in October.
by Michael Gord
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club is excited to announce that the first BitCrawl in Canada will be on St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. St-Laurent Boulevard is at the center of downtown Montreal and is a hub of the city’s best entertainment. The goal of the campaign is to foster interest in Bitcoin throughout the downtown Montreal community and ultimately allow residents of the neighbourhood to live entirely on Bitcoin.
The event begins on Friday, November 27 when members of the club will go through their day using only Bitcoin. They will pick up food at a neighbourhood supermarket, stop at Blue Dog’s hairdresser, get a Burrito for dinner, then join the rest of the BitCrawlers at Gerts, the McGill campus bar, and go on a pub-crawl to two other bars and a nightclub.
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club is giving every student who comes on the BitCrawl $20 of bitcoin to use throughout the night. In addition, for each person who comes, the club is giving a dollar of bitcoin to both McGill Students for Make a Wish and McGill Students for Save a Child’s Heart. “The event is meant for students to use bitcoin for the first time as much as for venues to accept bitcoin a first time”, says Michael Gord, one of the club co-founders.
“Students across the world are running clubs to discuss blockchain technology and stimulate enthusiasm. Getting the local business community to share this enthusiasm and curiosity is a milestone that every club wants to get to. McGill is inspiring students across the world to engage their communities and drive grassroots adoption.”
Dean Masley, Executive Director of the College Cryptocurrency Network
The McGill Cryptocurrency Club accepts donations to McGillCrypto.TipMe.com. For more information about the BitCrawl, please contact the McGill Cryptocurrency Club (firstname.lastname@example.org). More details can be found at bitcrawl.ca. To receive some free Bitcoin follow @McGillCrypto and @BitcoinCrawl on Twitter and watch the hashtag #StLaurentBitCrawl to see what happens. A video recap of the event will be published after the event concludes.