$40,000 in Prizes Awarded to Hackathon Winners
Winners of the Spring 2023 Knowledge Token® Hackathon at Oxford University Announced
The winners of the Spring 2023 Knowledge Token® Hackathon recently held at Oxford University during the 2023 Blockchain in Education Summit and Digital Civilisation joint conferences have been selected.
Teams from Switzerland, England, Nigeria and South Africa (see team members below) emerged as the victors of the 3-day competition, leading the field of over 50 global entrants.
EINSTEIN CEREMONY AND FOUNDATION SUPPORT
The Knowledge Tokens will be presented to the winners during a special awards ceremony to be held in front of Einstein's Doctoral certificate (PhD diploma) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, on opening day of IMMERSIVE SWITZERLAND 2023 and the Fall 2023 Blockchain in Education Summit.
The corresponding DFINITY Foundation Developer Grants are awarded to the hackathon winners specifically to provide funding for the implementation of the winning entries on the open source Internet Computer distributed computing blockchain platform, enabling the winners to participate actively and directly in the design and development of Knowledge Token® in collaboration with the Knowledge Foundation.
Sponsored by the DFINITY Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland) and Lando & Anastasi, LLP, (Boston, USA) the hackathon at Oxford was the first in a series of ongoing Knowledge Token® hackathons, conferences and collaborations.
Doha, Qatar, Fall 2023:
The Knowledge Foundation is cooperating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the upcoming Coding4Integrity Arab Youth Anti-Corruption hackathon that is organized by UNODC's Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education and Youth Empowerment (GRACE) initiative. The event takes place this Fall in Doha, Qatar.
As an aspect of this project, young coders from the Arab region will, among other corruption-related challenges, be tasked to address an important facet of today's EdTech revolution: how to ensure integrity, ethics and transparency are upheld within existing and future knowledge systems. Participants will have the opportunity to receive Knowledge Tokens as seed developer grants to continue working on their solutions going forward.
Zurich, Switzerland, Winter 2023:
Following the event in Qatar, a broad-spectrum Knowledge Token hackathon and conference that features Artificial Intelligence (AI) and immersive technology (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, simulations and more) is planned in Zurich this Winter in collaboration with the University of Zurich Blockchain Center.
Oxford, MIT, Yale, Stellenbosch University and NITheCS, 2023-2024:
Early stage planning is now underway for the next hackathon and conference at the University of Oxford (Spring 2024) and similar events at MIT, Yale University, Stellenbosch University and the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS).
OXFORD HACKATHON WINNING TEAMS: Front End
The target for the front-end hackathon was a Token Management System (TMS) that enabled users to view and organize their Knowledge Tokens and related learner data tokens and NFTs. The winning solutions took a mobile-first design approach (designed primarily for use on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets), while still being accessible and functional using desktop/laptop computers.
The winning teams of this competition are:
Team OpinionGames GmbH, Switzerland Benjamin Lemcke Sebastian Imbach Team Oxford Brookes University, England Joshua Futcher Louie Doswell
OXFORD HACKATHON WINNING TEAMS: Blockchain
The target for the blockchain hackathon was a Token Auction System (TAS) that enabled users ("sellers" and "bidders") to exchange tokens via an English auction, for which a number of related bid, ask and settlement features were required.
The winning teams of this competition are:
Team STEM, Nigeria UNODC Coding4Integrity 2021 winner Prince Achoja Marvellous Solomon Abdullahi Al-mustapha Wakili Abdulsalam Mohammed Salma Gambo Team Blockchain Bulls, South Africa UNODC Coding4Integrity 2021 winner Joseph Gwara Batandwa Mgutsi Gerald Maswoswere Team University of Kent, England Ben Martin Gopi Gnallingam Joseph Kearney Team Oxford Brookes University, England Joshua Futcher Louie Doswell
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