UAE Authorities Organize Blockchain Competition 

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Dubai’s Ministry of Community Development is organizing a blockchain competition (Blockathon) that will allow developers to build highly functional distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions and win up to $8,000, according to a press release on October 6, 2019.

Dubai Blockathon 

In an effort to spur blockchain professionals to develop solutions that could be used for educational, social and recreational purposes in the region, Dubai’s Ministry of Community Development is organizing a “Social Blockathon Competition.”

The blockathon, which was announced by the Ministry during GITEX Technology Week 2019, a world-class tech event holding from October 6-10, will see participants develop solutions that would make life easier for residents of the region.

The competition will allow blockchain developers, graphic and interface designers to collaboratively build DLT-based applications that serve the community.

Specifically, participants will be required to choose from a number of available topics and themes, including “blockchain solutions for multiple use cases,” “applications for people of determination,” applications of senior citizens,” social awareness applications and more.

Built from Scratch 

Notably, participants are required to build the DLT solutions from scratch, as pre-designed software and applications are not allowed. The end product of their works must be in the form of an app or a website powered by DLT.

Participants will be judged based on the innovativeness, accuracy, security, ease-of-use, and scalability of their applications, as well as its frictionless connectivity with other applications and systems.

The winner of the Blockathon will receive AED30,000 ($,8,168), while the second and third place participants will go home with AED20,000 ($5,455) and AED10,000 ($2,722) respectively. 

The Ministry has made it clear that participating teams are expected to have submitted their blockchain solutions on or before February 1, 2020, and prizes will be given out to winners during the UAE Innovation Month event in February 2020.

Commenting on the innovative project, Saeed Abdulla, Information Technology Advisor at the Ministry of Community Development reiterated that the Blockathon is part of the Ministry’s plan to foster innovation and serve residents better.

In his words:

“The Blockathon is opened for all community members to create more community development ideas in smart applications and support the ministry’s objectives in providing essential community services, support sustainable community development visions and achieve the strategic goals of the Ministry of Community Development emerging from the UAE vision 2021 and 2071 centennial goals.”

In related news, earlier in September 2019, BTCManager informed that the UAE authorities had launched a DLT solution for information assessment of medical professionals, as part of the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021.

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