blockchain hackathon

Second Edition! 4-6th November 2016

Dublin - 50 hours - 150 participants

what else?

Build stuff.

Last year was such a success, we couldn't avoid running the hackathon again. Join us for this weekend of learning, hacking, and building stuff.

The best technical experts in the blockchain field will be there to help and mentor you, we are here to play with technology so no worries if you are a newbie. We expect the event to be full-house again, with participants from all around the globe!

This is what will happen

and why you should be there


You will build. Most of your weekend will be spent with your team, hacking a product together. No experience needed, but some homework in preparation might help!


Workshops, talks, mentors. No matter your expertise, you will learn something there. Attendees range from newbies to core-devs, everybody here to enjoy.


This is not work. Plenty of time to relax, enjoy a coffee or a pint with amazing people.


Free food, free coffee, a lot of swag to bring home, some cool music, amazing cash prizes...

The process

Here is how it works


  • Find an idea (optional)
  • Get in the pitch queue
  • Grab the mike
  • Present in 30 seconds!

Form a team

  • Talk to the pitchers you like
  • Help you favorite to gather a team
  • Grab a table
  • Get to work!


  • Attend the workshops if you need
  • Use the mentors
  • Don't burn out
  • Enjoy!

The mentors

World-class experts, to help you during the weekend

Kevin Loaec Chainsmiths
Nicolas Bacca Ledger
Thomas Kerin Chainsmiths
Thibaut Schaeffer Provenance
Sajida Zouarhi Orange Labs - Kidner Project
Paul Williams Chainsmiths
Thomas Bertani Oraclize
Flavien Charlon Coinprism - Chainsmiths
Glenn Bolger Chainsmiths
Zoe Nolan Clearmatics
Giacomo Zucco

And more to be announced

The schedule

We are going to keep you busy...

4th to 6th of November 2016, Dublin, Ireland

Friday the 4th

  • -Opening-
    Registration: 5pm-6:30pm
    Networking: -:--pm
    Opening Speech: 6:30pm
    Sponsors talks: 6:40pm
  • -Pitches-
    Rules and Safety: 7pm
    30sec Pitches: 7:05pm-7:40pm
    Teams formation: 7:40pm+
  • -Dinner!-
  • -Hack-
    Get to work!: 9pm
    Venue closes: 11:30pm

Saturday the 5th

  • -Breakfast!-
    Venue opens: 7am
    Breakfast: 8am-8:30am
  • -Workshop-
    Bitcoin APIs
    Bitcoin scripting
    Ethereum development
  • -Lunch!-
  • -Social-
    Drinks & networking: 17:30pm
  • -Dinner!-

Sunday the 6th

  • -Breakfast!-
    Venue opens: 8am
  • -Lunch!-
  • -VIPs-
    VIP registrations: 2pm
  • -Presentations-
    Final pitches: 3pm
    Technical demo: 4pm
    Panel discussion: 5pm
    Winners announced: ~6pm
  • -Drinks-

Our amazing sponsors

Without them, this event wouldn't happen!

Silver Sponsor:

Fidelity Investments

Bronze Plus Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsor:





DCU Innovation



Contact us to sponsor the event: [email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in Bitcoin?

Yes, but we are now sold out!

Can we compete with an existing product?

No, needs to be built from scratch during the weekend!

Can I come with an existing team?

The whole point is to network and learn. You will be encouraged to mingle and spread in different teams.

Do I need an idea/project to come?

No, idea creation and team formation will be done on-site on the Friday.

How does the team formation work?

Only the best ideas will participate. That means if your idea does not get enough votes on the Friday, you will have to join another team. Why? We don't have enough time for more than 20 pitches on the Sunday.

Who owns the IP/copyright/product?

You! By default, each coder owns her lines of code, that's copyright. We will encourage you to put your work in GPL, MIT, CC or other open source licenses, but that's your call.

Why is there a fee?

To avoid no-shows. It is well worth it though, as we provide the food, drinks, coffee, swag...

Which programming language?

Any! There are APIs to make it simple for you to interact with blockchains without having to learn the core code itself.

Which blockchains? Only Bitcoin?

Any blockchain you want. Not restricted to Bitcoin. We will have mentors to help with most blockchains, including Ethereum.

What are the topics?

Anything you want. Not only Finance, not only commercial ideas.

What are the judging criterias?

This will be explained during the hackahton!

Should I learn anything beforehand?

You don't have to, but reading the Bitcoin developer doc would help to get started.

I am a beginner. Am I welcome?

Yes! This is an event to learn. Some people will be extremely talented, some just beginners, that's why it will be amazing.

I want to be an observer, not participate. Can I come?

We will have a VIP invite-only list for the presentations on the Sunday. Only participants will be allowed during the Friday and Saturday.

What should I bring?

Your laptop! (I have seen people come empty-handed to hackathons before...)

Where is the hackathon happening, exactly?

DCU Alpha, in Dublin, Ireland. Google Maps