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Last weekend, the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship hosted a 3-day event, where aspiring entrepreneurs could find out if their startup ideas were viable. Eight different teams were in it to win it, working hard throughout the weekend, coming up with a sound business model around their ideas and perfecting their pitches.
From May 19 to May 21, the University Medical Center Groningen will be one of five Dutch hospitals hosting a 52 hour hackathon. Teams will work around the clock to come up with a cool pitch, concept and prototype, dazzle the local judges and compete on a national scale. Interested in signing up? Check out the website. Gotta be quick though, because half the spots are already filled.
“Worst audience ever!” That’s how Groningen’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer and Big Building Head Honcho Nick Stevens jokingly characterizes the applause he receives as he walks up on stage to kick off the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon. It’s exactly 1 pm, and the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world runs on a tight schedule, because there’s plenty of work to be done in the span of just one short weekend.
On 10, 11 and 12 February, the Netherlands will be the epicentre of the latest internet technology - blockchain - at the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon 2017, one of Europe's largest and most challenging hackathons. Blockchain promises to become the biggest IT-revolution since the internet. During the hackathon dozens of teams will launch prototypes for new, groundbreaking blockchain applications that will help to organize our society and economy in a smarter way. His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Special Envoy for StartupDelta, will kick off the event on Friday February 10th. An international expert jury will award a total of € 50,000 to the best solutions on the final day.
The Energy Barn at the Zernike Campus was the place to be for hackers throughout Europe on October 14 to 16, during the Hacked for Energy Hackathon. About 40 enthusiasts worked on innovative and creative solutions for sustainable energy transition last weekend, in a tireless 48 hour marathon. Four teams went home with cash prizes, with Ecocoin as the biggest winner, receiving €5000 for the Best Overall Hack. The hackathon was organized by Hackitarians, IBM, Engie, Energy Academy Europe and the Groningen provincial and municipal governments. In this pressure cooker for ideas, IT developers, programmers and graphic designers collaborated in teams on complex energy challenges during the weekend.
As part of the 2016 Hacked in Groningen Hackathon league, Hackenergy 2016 is set to run from October 14-16 at the Energy Barn (Zernike Campus) in Groningen. The event welcomes hackers from across Europe to attend and compete for cash prizes awarded by an very diverse jury, including venture capitalists, energy industry top brass, academics and government leaders.
Last Monday, during the Dutch Blockchain conference in Amsterdam, internet entrepreneur and Blockchain expert Rutger van Zuidam announced the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon; the first large scale hackathon of its kind in the Netherlands and the largest in Europe in fact. With the theme Improving society through blockchain based solution, the event is an extensive, full year programme, with the actual 54 hour hackathon held in Groningen in February. Teams and interested companies can sign up here: blockchainHackathon.eu