Meet Alice and Bob: "They are hardworking members of society but do not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and preventative health care.
Alice and Bob are your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk working in health care.
Alice and Bob cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing in savings, and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge." (Adapted from United Way: definition: The Alice Project)
The purpose of the hackathon: Participants will create a decentralized product/service to help Alice and Bob participate in a viable and sustainable way in the emerging decentralized economy. We want to demonstrate how this will empower Alice and Bob to grow their financial wellbeing.
We will start sharing more information as Alice and Bob's story unfolds....
Blockstack is a socially responsible business and a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. A browser is all that's needed to get started. Developers do not need to have any prior blockchain coding skills.
Organizers This developer hackathon to bring the greater good of decentralized technologies into action is brought to you by Blockstack, BC Blockchain Forum and Women in Blockchain Vancouver with organizer support from Advance Tech Media, The BC Government Blockchain Association, Blockspace Solutions, Decentrum and DigitalFutures.
Please contact Rama Ibrahim if you are interested in contributing to this meaningful event as a developer (participant), sponsor or mentor (experienced developers/engineers). We also welcome anyone who would like to encourage members from their communities to enrol.
Prizes, Mentors, and venue will be announced soon.
Come out and network with fellow blockchainers from across Canada and sometimes other parts of the world. This meetup is geared towards newbies, techies, entrepreneurs, students, lawyers, bankers, hobbyists and pretty much anyone who shares an interest in blockchain tech.
Learn about blockchain technologies and explore the benefits of these technologies in the public & private sectors in British Columbia, Canada and internationally, and its application at the convergence with related technologies such as Digital Identity Management, Crypto Currencies, Initial Coin Offerings, Mobile Communications, FinTech, AI, RoboAdvisers, Cybersecurity, IoT, Machine-to-Machine Learning, Big Data and Predictive Analytics.
Our upcoming themes will incude:
The Token Economy fuelled by Token Generating Events (commonly known as Initial Coin Offering - ICO's)
Regulatory, compliance and other implications of blockchain based business models
Digital Identity Management
Blockchain applications for Enterprise and Government
Let us know what other topics should be covered. Look out for our first meeting in October.