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This event will bring the world of data and blockchain together in order to create killer apps against paper. The Factom network is full of data, and we would love to see the ideas you’ll build upon while leveraging the power of blockchain technology. Come together with blockchain experts and beginners alike to hash your great ideas into action.

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Reach out to Factom on Twitter @factom or email us directly at

What is the theme for the hackathon? 
The main theme of the hackathon is, “Blockchain vs Paper”. How does Blockchain enable the world to bypass the paper? Participants will be asked to use the Factom blockchain to create solutions using data from the Factom Blockchain instead of what would be traditionally stored on paper.

Who should attend? 
Anyone who’s interested in the potential of blockchain technology! Whether you’re a designer, developer, UI/UX Guru or just someone with a great idea, everyone is welcome to form or join a team.

Can I participate remotely? 
One member, at a minimum, must be in attendance in Austin for the presentation.

How many team members do I need?
Teams can be any size (average team size 2.5)

How do I form a team?
We do encourage participants to start forming teams before the event. If you would like to start a team or are looking for a team to join, be sure to attend the Friday evening mixer or make an announcement at the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Where can I find more team members?
Local Meetup’s:Austin Bitcoin Meetup - Tuesday’s 7pm - link, Austin Blockchain Meetup - link

Factom Community Discord: link

What if I don't know how to code?
You are still welcome! As long as you come willing to learn and ready to contribute ideas, you can contribute to a team.

What technical information do I need to know beforehand? 
None at all! Non-technical members are still welcome to participate. If you’d like to prepare yourself for the hackathon, feel free to browse the Factom Documentation located on our site.

What are the judging criteria?
Judges will evaluate your hack based on the use of the Factom Protocol, Originally and Usefulness.

What are the prizes?
1st place - $2000 USD 2nd Place - $1000 USD 3rd Place - $500 USD

Who judges the winners?
The winning team will be decided by a jury comprised of industry experts and professionals at Factom.

What are the demos like?
Demos 5 minutes to pitch to a panel of judges followed by a five minute Q&A. You'll be provided with A/V support, a microphone, and a projector.

Will we be provided food during the Hackathon?
Yes, you will be provided food and drinks throughout the Hackathon. You can also bring your own food and drinks if you prefer.

What will be provided during the contest?
Free wi-fi access. Two-day food and beverages. Mentors for groups. Welcome kit.