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Accenture and Hyperledger to co-host ‘Blockchain for Good Hackathon’ in Dublin
Consulting giant Accenture and Hyperledger, the Linux Foundation open source blockchain initiative, are going to co-host the inaugural “Blockchain for Good Hackathon”, scheduled to take place on September 30 and October 1 in Dublin.
The hackathon will be held at The Dock, Accenture’s multidisciplinary research and incubation hub. Developers across Ireland can participate to develop blockchain solutions for providing secure digital identities and sustainable, eco-friendly supply chains.
“Blockchain technology is on course to revolutionize how the world exchanges value, information and material,” said David Treat, event co-host and managing director in Accenture’s global blockchain practice. “This hackathon is geared to channel these innovations for humanitarian and environmental benefit, beginning with the right to identity and the need for environmentally sustainable supply chains. And we’re calling on the many talented engineers in this region to help.”
The participants will work together with top coders, architects, and leading thinkers to build innovative solutions that can positively impact millions of lives and the environment. The winning team will receive an 8,500 EUR cash prize and a two-day all expenses paid trip to visit Accenture’s Blockchain Center of Excellence in the South of France to develop their hack into a proof of concept.
“The Linux Foundation and Accenture both have long histories looking for ways to apply technology to improve the way people live and work,” said Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf, co-host of the Hackathon. “We see blockchain in particular as a technology that has the ability to drive positive impact in areas that may not have reaped the full benefit of the digital revolution.”
Accenture is a founding member of the ID2020 Alliance, a public-private partnership working to improve lives through digital identity, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In June, Accenture unveiled a prototype of a blockchain-biometric identity solution jointly developed for ID2020 with Microsoft.
At the event, developers will hear from Dakota Gruener, the executive director of ID2020 and Accenture’s Treat, member of the ID2020 advisory committee, about how blockchain could address the challenges faced by 1.1 billion people face living without an official identity. In addition, the event will also explore challenges in sustainable supply chain and trade finance.
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