Today, August 1, 2017, ETHWaterloo announced its inaugural Ethereum-based hackathon. The 36-hour event will take place October 13-15 at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, an independent, non-partisan think tank in Waterloo, Canada.
Although participation is free, the hackathon will be restricted to the development teams that are invited (approximately 60 teams, each comprised of up to four members). Applications will open later this summer and per ETHWaterloo’s FAQ page, registration begins at the end of August.
ETHNews spoke with Liam Horne, co-founder of ETHWaterloo, about the upcoming event.
“Each of the founding members of the hackathon has a different backstory with Ethereum, but we are united in our excitement about the potential of the technology. Personally, I have been excited about Ethereum since Vitalik introduced the whitepaper in 2014. Coincidentally, he and I were in the same class in the Computer Science program at the University of Waterloo before we both dropped out and both were awarded the Thiel Fellowship.”
Horne later pioneered Hack the North, one of the most popular student hackathons in the world. ETHWaterloo will give Horne a chance to reconnect with his prodigious classmate.
The ETHWaterloo Hackathon will begin with speaking events on Friday evening.
“Our hope is that by having leading minds in the space like Vitalik Buterin, we will both be able to inspire people to build more interesting projects and give them the resources they need to make progress. Developing applications on Ethereum can be a daunting task for someone just learning about it for the first time, but if you have an expert working alongside you as you try to figure it out, it becomes much easier.”
Horne foresees a variety of projects emerging from the weekend.
“We expect that teams will build all kinds of things ranging from developer tools, decentralized applications, hardware wallets, or even core infrastructure. We are simply aiming to bring together leading minds and ambitious developers to one place and time so that they may work together to further build useful technology on top of Ethereum.”
An interesting touch by ETHWaterloo is that the hackathon itself will be free and prizes will not serve as a major incentive for participation.
“We are focusing all of our energy on the experience of our attendees,” said Horne. “We are specifically not enticing people to attend with a big pile of money and instead are opting to create the best possible environment to build and learn and letting that be the motivation to apply.”
In addition to Horne, the ETHWaterloo team includes the following members:
- Ian Pilon, co-founder of Internet of Things Waterloo Region
- Terek Judi, co-founder of PLEX.AI and the Ethereum Waterloo Meetup
- Sonya Wach, founder, engineer, techie, product builder
- Keri Warr, computer science student at the University of Waterloo
- Mark Beylin, computer science student at the University of Waterloo and intern at ConsenSys
- Jason Matthison, general partner at Blockgeeks Lab
- Nabil Fahel, EIR at Shopify
- Tracy Leparulo, marketer, event planner, blockchain futurist