Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 24, 2016
BTC Media announces a 24-hour blockchain hackathon to be held in Nashville, Tennessee on October 1-2, 2016 in advance of its Distributed: Health conference. Over $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the competition to the best applications of blockchain technology for healthcare, insurance, identity, media management and other use cases.
Competing hackathon teams will be challenged to build applications that address healthcare opportunities including interoperability, electronic medical records, identity and trust, claims processing and pharmaceuticals, among other issues.
The event will be held at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a world-class tech hub for entrepreneurial startups, providing business resources, connections and a vibrant community workplace experience in the heart of downtown Nashville. Blockchain University Co-founder Robert Schwentker will be facilitating the hackathon.
“We’re excited to host our second blockchain hackathon,” said BTC Media CTO Tyler Evans. “The first Distributed: Trade hackathon featured 16 teams presenting innovative applications of blockchain technology for identity, insurance and even tracking blood donations. Like the St. Louis event, this competition will feature teams from corporate giants, blockchain startups and the nation’s top universities.”
David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media, pointed out that “Nashville is the ideal venue for this event and the conference, given its ranking among the top centers in the U.S. and the world for healthcare innovation.” Nashville is also home to BTC Media’s international headquarters.
Of the hackathon’s $20,000 in prize money, $10,000 will be awarded as a Grand Prize to the team who creates the most vibrant application related to the exploding opportunities for blockchain solutions in healthcare. Conference sponsor Gem will award a prize of $5,000 in bitcoin to the team with the best application built using the GemOS blockchain platform. BitFiniti - The Blockchain Experience will award the winning team with a presenter's package which includes the opportunity to promote their winning project at center stage and exhibit in the presenter's gallery at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel on October 30 - November 2. BitFiniti will also provide hotel accommodations and travel expenses.
The panel of judges for the competition will include representatives of major players in the venture capital community as well as corporate executives and technology innovators. The hackathon is sponsored by State Farm, BitFiniti and Gem with participation from Jumpstart Foundry, FBS Capital, the Blockchain Education Network and Martin Ventures.
“The [hackathon] for us was an opportunity to learn how to tie our love of coding and love of blockchain tech together and learn how to code blockchain applications,” said Dev Bharrel, a student who was among the winners at the Distributed: Trade hackathon in June. “We are just a bunch of 20-year-olds who now, because of this hackathon, have the opportunity to build something greater than ourselves.”
The Distributed: Health conference, to be held on October 3, 2016 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, is a first-of-its-kind event bringing healthcare leaders and blockchain technology innovators together with other major enterprises to address how the new technology will disrupt and optimize the healthcare industry.
About BTC Media:
Headquartered in Nashville, BTC Media LLC is the publisher of Distributed, Bitcoin Magazine and yBitcoin. BTC Media is the world’s largest provider of multimedia educational and informational resources about the digital currency and blockchain industries.