UAE government to hold virtual hackathon to drive blockchain innovation

Blockchain | November 30, 2016 By:

The government of the United Arab Emirates is organizing a virtual blockchain hackathon, offering $140,000 in prizes.

Organized by AngelHack and featuring technical support from ethereum startup ConsenSys, the Blockchain Virtual GovHack is aimed at spotlighting innovations that could reshape how local and national governance can be enhanced. The hackathon dovetails with the World Government Summit, an annual gathering in Dubai set to take place in February.

Those backing the hackathon are seeking applications in areas like digitized government, e-identity and connected cities – concepts that Dubai has been pushing toward as part of its own research into blockchain. The Dubai Future Foundation, a technology initiative backed by the emirate’s government, has said that it wants to support blockchain startup activity as well.

Winners will be awarded at the 5th annual gathering of the World Government Summit, a global platform dedicated to the enhancement of government around the world, scheduled to take place between the 12th and 14th of February 2017, in Dubai. First place will receive $100,000, second place will receive $30,000 and third will get $10,000.

Registrations are open until December 12. All hackers will be required to submit their solutions on hackathon.io, including a short 2-minute video demo on their project. Last date to make the submissions is January 8, 2017.