November 22nd, 2018

On the 27 & 28 of October, BTC.com organised the first Bitcoin Cash hackathon in Europe, in Amsterdam. In short; non-stop 32 hours, 90+ hackers, 6 judges, 14 mentors, 14 submissions and 48 pizzas were the perfect ingredients for a hackathon!



BCHDEVCON Amsterdam is part of a global series of hackathons powered by Permissionless Ventures. Launched during San Francisco’s Blockchain Week, we were delighted to organise the next hackathon in Amsterdam. Stay tuned as Israel and other countries are up next!

The Wormhole Protocol was released this summer, enabling the creation of tokens and smart contracts as a meta-layer on top of the BCH blockchain, an exciting development for the BCH network. Gabriel Cardona, lead developer at Bitcoin.com and working on BITBOX and other BCH projects, was one of the judges and ready to support the teams that were looking into building tokens on BCH.

Read more about the Wormhole Protocol: Ultimate Guide to the Wormhole Protocol 🌀

Ultimate Guide to the Wormhole protocol: https://blog.btc.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-wormhole-protocol-8bc1f6914858

Gathering the crypto community in Amsterdam!

We were thrilled to gather 90+ hackers with various backgrounds that shared a common interest for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. This crowd of fierce individuals is well aware that blockchain technology is here to stay, and they all took their chance to leave their mark on this booming industry!

Check out all the pictures on Facebook page

The BCHDEVCON judges

Shout-out to our judges that supported the teams during the hackathon. We would like to invite you to check their work, their technical deep dives and insights about our industry.

Amaury Séchet

Lead developer from @Bitcoin_ABC, Amaury Séchet was the first to answer our call and shared his insights about the future of Bitcoin Cash. Watch his technical deep dive talk about the “Next Steps for Bitcoin Cash”.

Paul Wasensteiner

Executive Director of the Bitcoin Cash Association, Paul Wasensteiner joined us from Germany, to share his knowledge about community building in the BCH ecosystem. We look forward to organising more meetups across the world to teach and inspire everyone about peer to peer electronic cash!

Gabriel Cardona

Senior Developer at Bitcoin.com and BITBOX, Gabriel Cardona was there to share his knowledge with all the teams. During the technical deep dive, he discussed the tokambrian explosion we will witness on BCH thanks to the Wormhole protocol that enables the creation of smart contracts and token on BCH.

Nikita Zhavoronkov

As part of our elite panel of judges, we also welcomed Nikita Zhavoronkov an information security and AML/CFT specialist as well as lead developer of the very popular blockchain search and analytics engine: Blockchair. In addition, Yedige Davletgaliyev, Blockchair’s Chief Research Officer was part of the team of mentors that supported the teams relentlessly for 32 hours.

Screenshots from https://blockchair.com/

Ryan X Charles

We welcomed Ryan X Charles, co-founder and CEO of Yours.org and Money Button, two companies built on BCH. As an entrepreneur, he’s interested in reaching the mainstream global audience and cares about instant transactions and low fees, two critical properties of Bitcoin Cash.

Alejandro de la Torre

Last but not least, Alejandro de la Torre, early bitcoiner and VP of Business Operations at BTC.com was chaperoning the whole hackathon. Click on the video to hear his insights about Proof of Work, the 10 year celebration of the Bitcoin whitepaper and the BCH hard fork.

BCHDEVCON brought to you by: Alejandro de la Torre, Paul Wasensteiner, Gabriel Cardona, Eléonore Blanc, Nikol Daru, Amaury Séchet, Ryan X Charles, Epperly Li, Nikita Zhavoronkov

Tank you to all our judges and mentors, who shared their valuable knowledge with the hackers, as the 32 hours ticked down.

Congratulations to all the teams! 🎉

All teams were free to code on which ever blockchain was best suited for their project. As a result, hackers could choose to hack either on the BCH track or the general blockchain track.

Congratulations to all 14 teams for building a project in 32 hours (all submissions are available on Devpost) and special shout-out to PandaCash for winning the BCH track and dAppMap the general blockchain track!

Winner of the General Blockchain track: dAppMap

“dAppMap is a common platform for dApp developers to publish and promote the cool new prototyes, MVPs and alpha version of their dApps. Early birds eager to use dApps can find latest projects here and get opportunities to earn ‘airdrops’. Plus, investors can pitch in with their funds on projects they are excited about. All this on the blockchain in a decentralized manner. Projects submitted on the platform can also serve as proof of ownership of the dApp.” Saurabh Dayama

dAppMap, winners of the General Blockchain track

Winner of the BCH track: PandaCash

“PandaCash speeds up the development workflow for developers building on top of Bitcoin Cash, and it enables them to work locally without connecting to a test network. It provides a configurable one-click blockchain that can be used to run tests, execute commands, and inspect the resulting transactions.” Adrian Barwicki

Read more: “Pandacash Wins Grand Prize at BCH Devcon”

PandaCash, winners of the Bitcoin Cash track!

Til next time!

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