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  • Philip Straus

Blockchain@USC Community Comes Together to Host Inaugural Blockchain Hackathon

The University of Southern California hosted a successful blockchain-focused hackathon (blockathon) last weekend, the first of what organizers hope becomes a series of events bringing developers of all backgrounds together to develop blockchain use-cases and solutions to the space’s biggest issues.

More than 100 students attended the three-day event, impressing judges with projects developed on a variety of platforms including Ethereum, IOTA, and Hyperledger.

In addition to the blockchain agnostic nature of the event, what stood out was the collaborative nature of the blockathon. Two student blockchain organizations on campus, the Trojan Crypto Club and the Trojan Blockchain Society, co-hosted the blockathon alongside USC Viterbi’s Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things.

“It’s great to see the USC blockchain community uniting and hosting such an important event,” said Edward So, President of the Trojan Crypto Club and BAF Board Member. “Seeing our collaboration provide constructive blockchain opportunities to the USC community and beyond felt really rewarding.”

The Blockchain Acceleration Foundation helped organizers connect with the different blockchain groups within its network, and as a result students from organizations at UC Irvine and UCLA attended the event. The blockathon went well according to organizers, with a high conversion rate of 14 out of 18 teams able to successfully submit projects.

The winning team built an IOTA-enabled IOT system called Domum, “which helps roommates fairly and trustlessly pay for their utilities.” The three top-placing teams won gift cards and specialized t-shirts, with $1,000 in prizes being split among the winners.