1. WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry since the late 1990s. A Hackathon is an intense event that brings together computer programmers like software developers, graphic designers and user interface specialists along with industry process experts and professionals to identify issues and create software solutions, usually within a weekend.
2. WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?
The event is taking place at The Innovation Academy. Directions to the venue can be here.
3. IS THERE A COST FOR ENTRY TO THE HACKATHON?
No, BlockAthon is free to enter. We will be providing food and drinks along the way.
4. WHAT DO I BRING?
Bring laptops, chargers, mobile phones, and anything else you may think you need.
5. WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE HACKATHON?
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, in association with the Department of Finance are looking to explore use-cases for the potential application of Blockchain technologies in the Public Service at an event in January 2019.
This event aims to identify and explore real-life use-cases of distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) to develop a deeper understanding of how and why Blockchain may be utilised to improve current processes, development, citizen user experience, efficiency and more.
The two Departments will present potential Public Service business cases/problems to technical teams over the course of two days. These teams will be expected to brainstorm a potential technical solution. At the end of the Hackathon a prize shall be awarded for the best solution and this shall then be submitted for evaluation for formal project development/implementation.
6. ARE THERE PRIZES?
Yes, there are three prizes for the Hackathon. 1st Prize is €5,000, 2nd Prize is €2,500 and 3rd Prize is €1,000.
NOTE: All team members must be onsite for the presentation and prize giving on Sunday 27th January. Team members that are not present will not be allocated a share of the prize.
7. WHO OWNS MY PROJECT & IP?
The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and IP. We do encourage sharing of code with others in the community or making code open source. If using GitHub, we would ask that you create a BlockAthon folder in your person GitHub repository for the code and commit to not deleting the folder for a 6 month period.
8. WHAT IS THE PROGRAM/TIMETABLE?
Please check here. We will be updating the details before the event.
9. I HAVE A QUESTIONS THAT IS NOT LISTED HERE. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
10. I AM WITH THE MEDIA. IS THERE A PRESS CONTACT I CAN USE?
Yes, if you have any media/press questions please reach out to the below emails:
Department of Finance - PressOffice@finance.gov.ie
Department of Public Expenditure & Reform - PressOffice@per.gov.ie