2019 Spartan Blockchain Innovation Competition

in #eos2 years ago (edited)

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This past weekend EOS Detroit had the honor of participating in the Spartan Blockchain two-day event at Michigan State University (MSU) sponsored by IBM, Deloitte, Lake Trust Credit Union, AJ Boggs & Company, and EOS Detroit. Spartan Blockchain, the student group who organized the event gathered together an impressive group of industry leaders and various university departments for a think tank to explore ways students could participate in the blockchain industry and establish MSU as a leader in preparing the next generation of blockchain experts.

The first day started with a private Think Tank session at the MSU Innovation Center. Around 40 of us had a roundtable discussion to discuss the state of the blockchain industry, how MSU can get more involved, and how MSU can incorporate blockchain into their curriculum on a greater scale. MSU already offered a blockchain course last fall for students. Additionally, other professors stated their intent to incorporate blockchain curriculum into their existing courses.

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After the Think Tank session, EOS Detroit had an exhibit table at MSU’s Broad Art Lab where Spartan Blockchain hosted a community meet-up for blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts in the Lansing area. Around 100 people showed up and by the end of the night, the majority of them walked away with a much greater understanding of EOS Detroit and the EOSIO ecosystem.
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The next day began with a pitch competition where students from MSU, University of Michigan and the University of Indiana presented their ideas for designing and building blockchain solutions. The four competition prizes and prize-winners were:

Most Innovative Idea ($1,500 prize)

Smartifi: a solution for the student loan crisis

Most Feasible Idea ($250 prize)

Folio: dapp onboarding “for Grandma”

Most Impactful ($250 prize)

PresDig: a prescription fraud project focusing on Opioid abuse

Best Pitch ($250 prize)

Nebulous: student transcripts on the blockchain

The competition was followed by three workshops given by angel investor David Smith, Louise Hemond-Wilson of IBM, and Philip Wiszowaty of EOS Detroit. The day concluded with Ingrid LaFleur representing EOS Detroit in a discussion on how to better prepare students for entry into the blockchain arena. Overall the event was a major success for all involved. EOS Detroit cannot thank Spartan Blockchain enough for being such a wonderful host and we look forward to supporting their future initiatives.

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