We are thrilled to be running a Blockchain Hackathon in New York City on October 7-9, 2016, at Galvanize’s new campus at 315 Hudson Street in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Registration is sold out : http://ibmblockchainnyc.eventbrite.com

News on Nov 17, 2016:
The winning teams presented at a meetup on Nov 10 : https://developer.ibm.com/opentech/2016/11/18/six-teams-the-hyperledger-meetup-that-would-not-end/

News on Oct 10, 2016:
The winning teams: https://developer.ibm.com/opentech/2016/10/10/ibm-blockchain-hackathon-nyc-the-winning-teams/
Day 2 of the hackathon: https://developer.ibm.com/opentech/2016/10/09/blockchain-hackthon-teams-from-talkathon-to-hackathon/
Day 1 of the hackathon: https://developer.ibm.com/opentech/2016/10/08/blockchain-hackathon-teams-will-we-be-eight-tomorrow/
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at Galvanize in Soho on Nov 10, 2016 – Registration information here http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Hyperledger-Meetup/events/234931033/

News on Oct 7, 2016:
We are sold out in all categories (student, startup, enterprise & IBM). We continue to send emails to those registered asking them to give up their places if their plans have changed, so more of you can participate. For those who want to observe the final team presentations, we are planning a meetup on Nov 10, 2016 to share hackathon experiences, presentations and conclusions.

  • Hackathon participants :
    • Please bring photo id
    • Please complete the 6 hour blockchain education https://developer.ibm.com/courses/all-courses/blockchain-for-developers prior to the hackathon – to make for a better event.
    • You should bring a device (laptop, iPad etc) that you can use to connect to wifi – & working with your team – design &, build your app, & create your final presentation to the judges.
    • If you would like to develop your applications locally prior to or in conjunction with deploying to the cloud, we recommend that you install Docker and Docker Compose on your device as well.
  • IBMers should check the “Manhattan Technical Vitality” community – in the communities inside IBM on the intranet. They will locate more information. Members of the IBM Manhattan Technical Vitality Community (an affiliate of the IBM Academy of Technology) are supporting this hackathon.
  • Any questions, please contact Susan Malaika malaika@us.ibm.com

Hackathon Overview:

IBM Program Director for Blockchain Eileen Lowry

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 7th (evening) through Sunday, October 9th (afternoon) The event is open to all developers. Among the participants will be local corporate enterprises, startups, students, and fintech enthusiasts. The participants will work in teams of 4 and will have access to industry, blockchain, and design thinking mentors who will be available for consultation over the 3 days. On Sunday afternoon, the teams will present and show, their demos to a panel of judges. Prizes, including a prize from Clerky, and publicity will follow.

At the hackathon, developers will have access to the hyperledger fabric, a cutting-edge blockchain development environment. They will have access to the crucial tools necessary to build a real enterprise-class cloud application at scale, today! The developer-friendly, open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 100 tools and services of the most prominent open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services like Watson, Internet of Things, Big Data & Analytics, and Mobile, among many others.

FIX Trading Community’s Cristina Dolan

Social Media:

A Sponsor, Judges and Judging Form:

The participants will meet, and even present to, amazing judges and sponsors. Sponsors and judges include:

The Judging Form


Superb mentors and experts are available through the weekend to work with the teams. Many of the mentors acted as pitch coaches. They include:

IBM Vice President Larry O’Connell

The Agenda:

The agenda currently looks like the following – and here is an agenda summary with timings.

Oct 7- 5:30pm for 6:00pm start – 9pm
Friday evening : presentations & goals & judging criteria & getting started. Kick-off participants include Ray Jones, IBM Vice President; Eileen Lowry, IBM Program Director for Blockchain; Mary Wallace, IBM Technical Leader; and Bruce Weed IBM Program Director for Startups and Developers
Activities include:

  • Blockchain Explained
  • Blockchain Use Cases
  • IBM Fellow Krishna Ratakonda
  • Step by Step – Blockchain
  • Introductions to all the mentors & the judging criteria
  • Split up into teams, Start work and ideation process in teams

Oct 8 – 10am-9pm
Saturday Hacking day
Some local and remote special guests such as Luis de Bruin (Blockchain and the City of Amsterdam) and Tim Richer, IBM Blockchain Marketing Leader

IBM Program Director for Startups & Developers Bruce Weed
Oct 9 – 10am-4pm
Sunday morning – Get presentation & demo ready
Sunday afternoon – Final presentations & judging


We ask all participants to complete this 6 hour blockchain education prior to attending.

IBM Technical Leader Mary Wallace
If you get far in the education, and start building your blockchain app in Bluemix, these resources may be useful to you:

If you would like to become more familiar with Bluemix, you may find this 4 hour module helpful https://developer.ibm.com/courses/all-courses/bluemix-essentials/

For the geeks among you who want to install your very own hyperledger fabric:

We are offering two blockchain platforms – Bluemix & LinuxONE. You will learn about the Bluemix blockchain offering in the prerequisite education above. Some of you may like to try LinuxONE as well. It does mean installing your own hyperledger fabric. So if you plan to use LinuxONE, consider proceeding with these steps ahead of the hackathon. The steps typically take less than 2 hours. You can find a quick-start guide to register and deploy a LinuxONE Community Cloud virtual server here: https://developer.ibm.com/linuxone/wp-content/uploads/sites/57/virtual-servers-quick-start.pdf


For IBM: @sumalaika , @tmenner , @guyhoch
For Galvanize: lauren.koester@galvanize.com

This blog entry shortlink: https://wp.me/p6tTze-1Mt

Meetup in New Jersey on Sep 9, 2016 where we discussed the Hackathon:

On the way to, and at the meetup in Jersey City on Sep 9, 2016 – one of the students attending said he would defer his return to his home country by a month in order to participate in the hackathon!
On the way to, and at the meetup in Jersey City on Sep 9, 2016 – where we first announced the Hackathon

Some Tweets about the Hackathon

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