Hyperledger Meetup at Galvanize in Soho in November: animated people who did not want to leave

Introduction to the meetup to hear the progress of the hackathon winning teams

On the evening of November 10, 2016, Galvanize had to delay closing their Soho location as the networking at the Hyperledger Meetup was intense and participants showed no intention of leaving. When eventually everyone exited, people continued their deep discussions on the sidewalk outside Galvanize. The attendees were varied, and included representatives from the hackathon winning teams and their guests, hyperledger enthusiasts, people seeking the opportunity of another hackathon, and more. We noticed that some of the teams are considering collaborations.

Many thanks to Dan Ford and the hackathon winners for providing such an energizing evening, and to Galvanize for being welcoming hosts. We had excellent feedback on the meetup and on the hackathon as a whole, e.g., :
— “It was great! – amazing work from all the teams that participated in the hackathon.”
— “The hackathon allowed powerful minds to step outside of their normally scheduled programming and develop something new that speaks to their passion and/or works a new aspect of their skills. Because it’s open to the public, new faces and ideas are able to break into the scene.”
— “The organization, food and overall support were truly wonderful and empowering; motivation for new relationships and new paths.”
— “This has been a rewarding experience connecting with the ecosystem.”
— “It has been an inspiring event.”
— “Thank you again for such an awesome event!”

Some background to the hackathon

The teams had applied to participate in the hackathon in September, and spent the weekend of October 7-9 together at Galvanize. Before the hackathon, the participants were asked to complete 6 hours of prerequisite training on blockchain. Some people arrived at the hackathon as a team, most arrived as individuals: either with an idea for a project, or to join someone with an idea for a project. Those who had not completed the training were called “the unprepared” and were mentored by Ian Hall and Guy Hochstetler.

After the teams were formed, typically with 4 individuals, they were offered 2 hyperledger platforms to work on: LinuxOne on the community cloud and Bluemix.

Some teams tried just one platform, and some tried both platforms. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces again at the meetup.

The hackathon teams at the meetup

The formal portion of the meetup consisted of a series of short presentations from the hackathon winning teams. Each presentation was followed by questions and answers. Most team members said they spent 12-20 hours working on their projects over the hackathon weekend. Most teams continued to work on their projects after the hackathon. Some teams also meet with their IBM mentors.

The Hyperledger Meetup Agenda

The presentations and demos at the meetup

  • BlocPower TeamSlidesRecording made at the hackathon
    Unfortunately, the BlocPower team was not able to present at the meetup as they had other commitments. They joined the hackathon as a team with a project in mind. Their project relates to energy savings in buildings, which is the domain of their Brooklyn based startup. Their idea is to put information about expected energy savings on the blockchain, and then augment with the actual energy usage, e.g., directly from sensors in the building, and then verify the savings. The team worked on the Bluemix and LinuxOne platform
  • ClefPay TeamSlidesRecording made at the hackathon
    Davi outlined his idea to enable all the parties associated with the sale of music to process and verify the financial allocations through the blockchain. Davi did not have a team during the hackathon, but he worked with IBM mentors such as Jenifer Foley, Steven P LaFalce, and Francis Poeta. They built a demonstration on the LinuxOne platform.
  • Coldchain TeamSlides
    The Coldchain team was formed at the hackathon after Shishir Singh presented his idea on the first evening. At the meetup, Shishir told us about the devices that are being made, as part of this project, to emit the temperature of vaccines as they travel from the source, to the hospitals and locations where they are used. Shishir’s idea is to place the temperatures on the blockchain, to verify that the vaccines were kept in appropriate conditions, improving the quality of the patient care. Other benefits from using the blockchain include, e.g., negotiating the vaccine price or adjusting the vaccine expiry date according to how well the vaccine was kept. Shishir showed a demo where devices were writing to the blockchain, and another application was querying the blockchain. Coldchain uses Bluemix for IoT and blockchain.
  • PayOnTime TeamSlidesRecording made at the hackathon
    The PayOnTime team was formed mostly from the “the unprepared” at the hackathon. Susan Moy, who leads the team, told us about applying blockchain to the large freelance community in NYC (4 million freelancers earning $230 billion). All the parties in the freelance ecosystem record the disposition of their payments on the blockchain, and gradually build up their reputation for paying on time. The team showed a demo illustrating how the PayOnTime parties interact with each other and the blockchain. PayOnTime are using the Bluemix platform.
  • Loanchain TeamSlidesRecording made at the hackathon
    The Loanchain team was formed at the hackathon after Ling Chang presented her idea focused on providing a working capital solution that includes syndicated loans. Syndicated loans provide clients with the ability to secure large-scale diversified financing. These loans are funded by a group of investors (e.g. syndicate), where one investor serves as the lead arranger. The size of the global market for syndicated loans is estimated at $13.6 trillion, with more than 50,000 syndicated loans for more than 40,000 unique borrowers. Ling invited her CTO to the meetup. Loanchain used the Bluemix platform.
  • Spreadblock TeamSlidesGithubRecording made at the hackathon
    The Spreadblock team was formed at the hackathon after Jeremy Sevareid presented his idea of connecting spreadsheets to the blockchain, providing a familiar user interface. The Spreadblock team are using Bluemix.
The Hyperledger Meetup Presenters
Dan Ford Introducing the Meetup

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Twitter list of hyperledger people in NYC : http://bit.ly/2emkZNt


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