Microsoft, IBM & Deloitte team up for blockchain hackathon

Deloitte, Microsoft, IBM, ConsenSys, Tierion and <> are teaming up to sponsor the “Building Blocks” Hackathon to be held from April 30th to 1st May in New York. 

The event is part of the packed agenda at the second annual Consensus, the world’s leading blockchain event organised by CoinDesk.

The participating sponsors represent the full spectrum of available blockchain tech providers, with representatives from bitcoin, Ethereum and the Hyperledger project attending to foster collaboration and innovation.

The weekend event will deep-dive into the blockchain industry’s most cutting edge tools and participants will have access to world-class mentors from participating sponsors. These mentors will work with teams to help them deploy working prototypes before judging each team at the end of the session. Winners can walk away with prizes of up to $5000.

CoinDesk will be accepting up to 150 applicants for the hackathon, with eligible developers split into teams of up to four contributors.

Eric Piscini, Principal at Deloitte commented: “This hackathon embodies our vision of making blockchain real. At Deloitte we are expecting innovative, disruptive yet realistic outcomes”

When and where?

The hack takes place between Saturday, 30th April, 9am-9pm & Sunday, 1st May 9am-5pm and is hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center, 11 Times Square, New York.


Hosted by CoinDesk and Consensus 2016, the hackathon is sponsored by


Participants can use any blockchain protocol they wish including bitcoin, ethereum and hyperledger and will be set briefs covering the various agenda themes at Consensus 2016.


“IBM is excited to sponsor the Building Blocks Hackathon where developers will be challenged to transform existing transactional networks to deliver real business value by building blockchain-based applications.” said Jerry Cuomo, Vice President of Blockchain Technologies at IBM.

Some of the ideas participants are encouraged to consider building for are escrow solutions, DRM, peer to peer insurance applications, automated interest & dividend payments, corporate governance solutions and metered, autonomous device payments.

Registrations close on  Friday, April 22nd.

View the full hackathon agenda and enter here.