Wednesday, 23 September 2020

'Blockland' to host first blockchain hackathon at Cleveland State University

A month before Blockland holds its first "Solutions" conference, the blockchain group will challenge Clevelanders to come up with innovative ways to use the technology.

The two-day event at Cleveland State University will start with a workshop for people unfamiliar with blockchain technology. Blockchain is an online distributed-ledger system known for being the base of cryptocurrency such as bitcoin.

Though the system is lauded for its secure central database with no administrator, the technology is still new. Major companies like IBM are hastily researching best practices.

Outside of cryptocurrency, there are potential applications for blockchain in government, medical records, business and more.

Participants in the hackathon will need to come up with a prototype using blockchain.

The event is free. It's targeted to industry professionals and students in high school and college.

If people want to get more familiar with the technology beforehand, you can attend workshops Oct. 23 and Oct. 27.

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