Next Fall, Miami University Blockchain Club will be hosting its first annual Blockchain Hackathon and Business Model Competition, dubbed the "MUBC Blockathon 2019." It will be a 3-day event where students from top undergraduate programs across the United States travel to our beautiful Oxford campus at Miami university to transform their ideas into reality. You do not have to have to be a Computer Science major or Engineering student to attend. We’re looking for people who share our passion to do awesome things with technology. It’s a learning experience for students of all skill levels!
We plan to collaborate with some big companies and provide the participants a collaborative
environment, amazing prizes for innovative programming, and a great competition.
You all must be wondering what is a hackathon? A hackathon is an event where people get together, form teams, build something new to solve a problem, and have fun doing it! Some project ideas include websites, mobile apps, robots, and more! A hackathon is an all-inclusive environment, you’ll learn something new and meet people who are passionate about technology.
A 3-day-long hackathon is not everyone's cup of tea. Only the most passionate, driven undergraduates make time in their busy schedules to participate at Miami’s hackathon and code their brightest ideas into reality. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make this year!
Do you need to drive or fly to the event? And need accommodations to stay overnight? No worries, we have your back! Follow the link below for help getting to and staying somewhere during the event. (TO BE RELEASED 11/6)
A: None, though a basic understanding is recommended. We will also have education sessions for those who want/ need it before and during the competition. We will also have professional mentors that will be walking around the rooms all weekend. There are also learning resources here.
A: NO! There are separate technical prizes of around $300, however, the majority of the prize pool does not consider technical demonstrations, only a business model.
A: Theorize a business model that is reliant on a distributed ledger (Blockchain). You should pitch a blockchain solution that provides new value and solves a business or world problem.
A: No. Any distributed ledger technology (DLT) is acceptable. If the core concepts of DLT are adhered to in your idea/ pitch, you don't need to specify any exact blockchain.
A: Professionalism, creativity, validity of the business model, ability to scale, the understanding and implementation of Blockchain in the model, and the usefulness of your solution. You will have 10 minutes to present, with an extra 5 minutes if you have a proof of concept. We will send out the final rubric during the event.
A: The ability to explain blockchain to friends, colleagues, and employers, multiple cash prizes from a pool of around $1000, and a free t-shirt to remember the event by. Also, the ability to gain and solidify connections with other University students, professionals, and alumni.
A: Not exactly. You need to be there to register and present, but you will regret not being in Benton or Farmer on Saturday as we will have professional presenters and blockchain developers mentoring you through your struggles. We will also have free food throughout the weekend in the Engineering school. However, you can do your work wherever if you so choose.
A: Yes, teams of 3-5 participants will compete. If you do not have a team, we will assist you in finding one by Friday, November 15th.