2021 International Blockchain Olympiad

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Location (s):

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide

Overview

Top young talents tackle toughest global challenges with blockchain.

The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is an annual global competition inviting current and recent students to propose solutions for real-world problems with blockchain technology. In a worldwide hunt for blockchain talent, IBCOL combines the practicality of case competitions with the open-ended problem-solving culture of hack-a-thons, where participants submit a whitepaper like an academic conference and implementations of capstone projects.

Details

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BLOCKCHAIN OLYMPIAD

Mission

The mission of the International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is to support sustainability and maturity in blockchain by working with academic, industry, and government partners. Primarily working with secondary and tertiary students, IBCOL provides education and training on designing complete blockchain solutions.

Programme

The mission of the International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is to support sustainability and maturity in blockchain by working with academic, industry, and government partners. Primarily working with secondary and tertiary students, IBCOL provides education and training on designing complete blockchain solutions. The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is an annual global competition inviting current and recent students to propose solutions for real-world problems with blockchain technology. In a worldwide hunt for blockchain talent, IBCOL combines the practicality of case competitions with the open-ended problem-solving culture of hack-a-thons, where participants submit a whitepaper like an academic conference and implementations of capstone projects.

  • Promoting Awareness on Blockchain Technology & Applications:students from around the world will benefit from the experience of participating in the IBCOL program of activities, which includes seminar series, specialised training and workshops, mentoring, and networking events besides the actual competitions. This will cultivate a genuine interest in the area of innovation, originality, creativity and cutting-edge technology. It will also instill the right ethical values in the younger generation to pave the way for their further exploration of blockchain in the future.
  • Enhancing Employability by Equipping Participants with helpful Skills: the prospective and actual participants will benefit tremendously from the IBCOL programme, as they learn practical skills and knowledge outside their disciplines and push the boundaries of their comfort zones. Students get a taste of the real world, and learn how to identify and overcome challenges in actually making something happen.

Competition

The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) embodies the characteristics of a business case competition, an academic whitepaper conference, and a "hackathon" — contestants of up to six current and recent students first write a whitepaper to describe a complete solution, and finalists are required to create a poster board and a pitch presentation. This competition design rewards the students who can think deeply about a problem and the solution, and explain it to others in a coherent manner.

History

The IBCOL was founded in 2017 at the height of the cryptocurrency bubble. While most of the world was distracted by ill-conceived ideas or outright scams, the IBCOL was one of the few that dared to ignore short-term gain for long-term development of the blockchain ecosystem.

What is it like to compete in IBCOL?

IBCOL embodies the characteristics of a business case competition, an academic whitepaper conference, and a "hackathon" — contestants of up to six current and recent students first write a whitepaper to describe a complete solution, and finalists are required to create a poster board and a pitch presentation. This competition design rewards the students who can think deeply about a problem and the solution, and explain it to others in a coherent manner.

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Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Eligibility Criteria

A student is defined as a person enrolled in good standing at a recognised academic institution, or if graduated from a recognised academic institution within the last 2 years.

  • Students can be of any age. There are no age limits.
  • Students may only be registered to one team; if a student is involved with a team other than their own, they would be considered an advisor to that other team, and a contestant to their primary team.

Dates:

Deadline: As soon as possible

Program Starts: October 08, 2021

Program Ends: October 10, 2021


Cost/funding for participants:

Awards

  • Gold Medals: 1st place winner of a category with 4096 USD prize
  • Silver Medals: 2nd place winner of a category with 2048 USD prize
  • Bronze Medals: 3rd place winner of a category with 1024 USD prize
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