Factom Paper vs Blockchain Hackathon

Hackathon | May 25, 2018
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The Factom “Paper vs. Blockchain” Hackathon on June 9th and 10th at the Capital Factory in Austin will highlight the unique work of those building projects with the Factom protocol. You will be joined with blockchain experts and beginners alike to hash your great ideas into action. The hack will take place on June 9th from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. and the winners will pitch their demonstrations to the judges on June 10th starting at 9:30 a.m. at Capital Factory. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners based on use of the Factom protocol, originality, and usability.

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 – come and build exciting applications that will leverage the power of blockchain technology.

Factom technology is leading the world in applying blockchain solutions to Enterprise, Government and Non-Profit systems. The Factom data layer provides active solutions for compliance, identity, transparent assets, and securities. With the Factom data layer, our solutions can sustainably scale and be customized to the needs of all sized businesses. With the ability to anchor into a secure, decentralized network, your data has never been more secure, forever bypassing paper as an ultimate source of truth.

We will not own the code created by participants during the event, but we do require participants to build on the Factom protocol.

To register for the hackathon, visit our Eventbrite page at bit.ly/factom-hackathon. For questions, please see the FAQs below, email us at hello@factom.com, or reach out to us on Twitter @factom.


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

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 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.

What is the schedule for the hackathon?

Saturday, June 9th

  • 8 a.m. – Intro and Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – Hackathon Begins
  • 10 p.m. -You don’t have to stop coding but Capital Factory closes.

Sunday, June 10th

  • 9 a.m. – Capital Factory opens
  • 9:30 a.m. – Presentations
  • 11:30 a.m. – Award Ceremony

What are the prizes?
1st place – $5,000 USD
2nd place – $3,000 USD
3rd place – $1,000 USD

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? How many team members do I need?
One member, at a minimum, must be in attendance in Austin for the presentation. Teams can be any size. (The average team size is 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.

Another way to find a team is through CrowdForge: bit.ly/2jMnedl

Where can I find more team members?
Austin Bitcoin Meetup – link
Austin Blockchain Meetup – link
Factom Community Discord: link

Join or form a team on CrowdForge: bit.ly/2jMnedl

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 is the judging criteria? 
Judges will evaluate your hack based on the use of the Factom Protocol, Originality and Usefulness. The winning team will be decided by a jury comprised of industry experts as well as professionals at Factom.

What are the presentations like?
You will have 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

POSTED: May 25, 2018 BY Crystal Wiese IN Hackathon

Crystal Wiese is the Director of Marketing at Factom. Working within the startup tech scene for the past 10 years she has become passionate about taking great ideas and building a strong comprehensive narrative. Graduating from the Art Institute of Portland with a degree in Design Management, Crystal has always seen the value in creating strong ties between the technical, creative and business.