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UW Blockchain Society is excited to present our first-ever Hackathon and Expo event weekend, to be held at our University of Washington campus in Bothell, WA. The first two days will be the Hackathon and is for students to create software solutions with a focus on blockchain.

To conclude this exciting weekend, we will have our Blockchain Expo. Back by popular demand from the success of last year, our Blockchain Expo provides an education based expo featuring a variety of topics such as social media, a debate on bitcoin, use cases, diversity in blockchain, and crypto taxes. Most blockchain conferences cost $500+ and we wanted to provide an accessible option for students especially since there is extremely high interest regarding blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Our mission statement is to educate people in PNW about the fundamental mechanisms that power blockchain technology. We hope to create a friendly environment for all types of majors to join us!

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Venue location
22 - 24 May, 2020

We have moved the event to remote.

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These are some example tracks to choose from, we will have other challenges to be announced on the day of our event.

The Light Timeline

The most useful blockchain hack. This is something like a financial product (e.g. “decentralized online bank account”, or “buy and sell stocks”) a new digital currency that has some unique value (you can only spend it on books?) or maybe you want to create secure online voting. This challenge is for you to shine while you save the world!

The Dark Timeline

The most useless blockchain hack. We want to see the funniest and faddiest blockchain apps. If you want to build an ICO for cats, Dogecoin V2, TikTok-but-for-some-reason-its-on-blockchain... well you get it! If you make us laugh AND your useless hack achieves a useless goal (it’s got to actually do something) we give you cash money! Turn this hackathon into a wackathon for the memes.

Any ol' Hack

If you just want to do your thing and learn about blockchain, or use our simple account system with whatever you build, we will cheer you on! You can get this prize just for using one of our libraries in your hack.


Topic Discussion

We will be updating this schedule with workshops. Stay tuned for future announcements!

  • 9:30 AM

    Kick Off

    UW Blockchain Society presents a keynote speech followed by a detailed agenda.

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 10:00 AM

    Hacking Starts + Team Formation

    Start coding or join our Discord Channel to connect and form groups with other students!

  • 12:00 PM

    Adobe XD Workshop

    Learn how to add animation to your prototypes at our Mobile Design with Adobe XD workshop through 3 projects in this workshop!

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 1:00 PM

    Introduction to NEAR API

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 2:00 PM

    Introduction to Rust by NEAR

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 3:00 PM

    Docker Containerization Workshop + Mentoring Session

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 9:30 AM

    Day 2 Hacking Begins!

    Start working with your groups!

  • 1:00 PM

    Azure ML Workshop

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 2:00 PM

    Power BI & Data Science Workshop

    Join via Zoom Link
  • 5:00 PM

    Code Submissions Due

    Submit your code here.
  • 5:00 PM

    Judging Begins

    All participants can join us for online networking while decisions are being made.

  • 6:00 PM

    Winners Announced

    The official result will be published on

  • 8:00 AM

    Doors Open & Breakfast

    More free food!

  • 9:30 AM

    Kick off

    More time to network

  • 10:30 AM


    Presentations about blockchain

  • 12:30 PM


    More free food!

  • 12:30 PM

    Winner Announcement

    See below for prizes

  • 3:30 PM


    To improve skills

  • 4:30 PM


    Gain and strengthen connections


Got questions?

Email us at info@uwblockchain.org for other inquiries!

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is a digital, public ledger that records online transactions. As it’s name suggests, a blockchain is made up of a series of “blocks.” The blockchain software records each transaction in a block without the aid of a third party like a bank or payment processor.
For more information, watch this Introduction to Blockchain Video.

Must my product be blockchain related?

No, it does not have to be. However, our industry partners are sponsoring prizes for Blockchain specific Challenges!

How should I form my team?

We recommend different types of majors work together to create a finished product. This example is using 5 team members. Each team is allowed to have 4 -5 team members.

  • Front End Developer
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Business Strategist
  • Back End Developer

  • Who owns the copyright to my product?

    The code belongs to whoever wrote it! You!

    What can I do to prepare for this hackathon?

    Take a look at this curated list of materials UW Blockchain Society Developer Guide.

    Are only students allowed to join?

    We encourage anyone to join!

    Is there a channel to meet other students virtually?

    Join our Discord Channel to connect and form groups with other students!

    How should I come up with an idea?

  • What is the problem your organization is trying to solve? Who are your end users?
  • How does your initiative use blockchain, and why is blockchain a good technology for this problem?
  • What technologies or services are available to solve this problem, and how is blockchain a better solution?
  • What is your initiative’s intended impact? How do you measure it?
  • In what time frame do you think you will see meaningful impact from your blockchain initiative?

  • What do I submit?

    We will design a DevPost page for you to submit your deliverables in the upcoming weeks. You can read more about the judging criteria on the submission page, here! Deliverables include :

  • A working link to a demo of the application is required
  • Open source code must be submitted with the demo
  • Submit it by the deadline on May 23rd 4:00PM
  • Be the original work of an individual participant
  • Built utilizing NEAR protocol

  • What are the prizes?

    Each project meeting the qualifying criteria will receive a $500 cash reward from NEAR Protocol.


    Our mission

    We are backed by students with diverse talents. Twenty-four officers. Three campuses. 1000+ members.

    Picture of Zach Nelson

    Zachary Nelson

    Tri-Campus President

    Image of Chelsea Ip

    Chelsea Ip

    Tri-campus Vice President | Lead Web Developer | Software Engineer

    Rayyan Hussain

    Bothell Campus President | Software Engineer

    John Xie

    Bothell Campus Vice President | Software Engineer


    Larry Shan

    Seattle Campus President


    Jacqueline Nguyen

    Project Manager


    Sneha Ravichandran

    Chief Marketing Director | Software Engineer

    Megan Rasco

    Web Developer | Software Engineer

    Image of William

    William Thomas

    Project Manager | Software Engineer

    Image of Jolie Ip

    Jolie Ip

    Public Relations Officer


    Renee Lin

    Seattle Campus VP of General Affairs

    Margaret Connor

    Chief Technology Officer | Software Engineer

    Robbie Lin

    Robert Lin

    Seattle Campus VP of Finance


    Arda Yousefi

    Project Manager


    Simran Ravichandran

    Graphic Designer


    Duggan Burke

    Lead Web Developer | Software Engineer


    Angelina Kuo

    Social Media Director


    Daniel Zhuge

    Public Relation Director


    Evan Luputra

    UI Designer


    Beatrix Cendana

    UI Designer


    Ani Prasad

    Outreach Coordinator


    Madhav Rajkondawar

    Project Manager


    Tasha Ip

    Outreach Coordinator


    Lawrence Fiesta

    Crew Member


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