Ireland Govt Announces Winners Of Blockchain Hackathon For Public Services

Announcements, Blockchain, News | January 29, 2019 By:

Blockathon Ireland, a blockchain hackathon for public services hosted by Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance, has announced the winners of the competition.

The two-day event, which took place on January 26-27 in Dublin’s Innovation Academy, brought together nine technical teams with the aim of identifying and exploring solutions that would enhance the services offered by the government of Ireland using blockchain technology. The participating teams’ blockchain solutions were reportedly reviewed under the following four strands, Innovation, Relevance, Solution, and Proof of Concept (POC).

Following an assessment carried out by the hackathon judges, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy and Rosa Devine, from the team AiL, received the top prize of €5,000 for their proposal around the utilization of blockchain technology to timestamp all files in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) database to track modifications and users. The goal of the solution is to increase trust between the CSO and the public while preventing administrative errors.

A team submitted by ConsenSys, The Buidlers, secured second place with their ‘TravelPort’ solution for a decentralized, frictionless toll collection for vehicles. Third place was awarded to Block Pirates for their medical device tracking solution. The second and third placed teams received €2,500 and €1,000 in prize money, respectively.

During the closing ceremony for the Blockathon Ireland hackathon, Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, said that the hackathon has been a truly rewarding and engaging experience for all involved, and underlines their commitment to develop a deeper understanding of how blockchain may be harnessed to improve current processes, citizen user experience, and cross-sectoral efficiency.

“I would like to sincerely thank each team for their participation,” Donohoe said. They have all played their part in helping to accelerate the pursuit of Irish blockchain innovation.”

Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, said that the success of the Blockathon represents the culmination of extensive preparation, and illustrates the depth of blockchain talent being nurtured on home soil.

“All the teams here today have displayed an acute ability to harness a complex technology and fine-tune their solution accordingly, impressing our carefully selected judges and mentors,” O’Donovan said. “I’m very excited to see the solution progress to the next phase of development.”