Six High-Profile Judges Added to EtherCamp’s Hackathon Panel
The November event offers $50,000 prize to team with most disruptive idea.
EtherCamp, an ethereum blockchain full-stack provider, has announced the addition of six new judges to the 16-judge panel that will be evaluating competitors in the organization’s second annual global hacking event in November.
Designed to help programmers and entrepreneurs develop ideas and expose them to the world, the EtherCamp hackathon will reward the most innovative ideas with money and opportunities to network with mentors, investors and early adopters.
To secure those rewards and opportunities, teams — or “camps” — will have to impress a panel of judges and sway fans. Camps will be assessed based on the disruptiveness of their ideas, and their potential to change the world of finance.
The six judges are well-known names in the blockchain ecosystem, whether for business ventures, social influence, or intellectual contributions:
Alex Shelkovnikov leads the UK corporate venturing and blockchain operations at Deloitte, a multinational corporation that provides professional services, such as auditing, financial advisement and enterprise risk management. Shelkovnikov is also a founding member of Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine.
“The idea of an online hackathon is great in its ability to scale on a global level,” said Shelkovnikov.
Shelkovnikov added, “I’m looking for things that will become transformational to the industries. I’m looking for things that will show the potential of blockchain tech and be applied in mature sectors.”
Shelkovnikov has a PhD in Wireless Communications from the University of Westminster. Since 2012, he has taken a number of continuing education courses on business and entrepreneurship.
Meni Rosenfeld is the chairman of the Israeli Bitcoin Association.
He has been involved in Bitcoin since 2011, focusing his professional skills on the technology since being introduced to cryptocurrency in March of that year.
He is also the founder of Bitcoil, Israel’s first bitcoin exchange. Rosenfeld has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, with a specialization in machine learning.
Mihai Alisie is the co-founder of Ethereum, one of the largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, which stands at US $966 million as of press time, according to Coin Market Cap.
Alisie also co-founded Bitcoin Magazine, one of the oldest and largest cryptocurrency news publications on the Internet. Bitcoin Magazine has been owned and operated by David Bailey’s BTC Media since early 2015.
Dr. Pavel Kravchenko
Pavel Kravchenko is the founder of Distributed Lab, an organization that deals in research, intellectual property, and banking solutions in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
Kravchenko is also an advisor for DECENT, a blockchain content distribution platform, and vice chancellor of the Kharkov National University of Radioelectronics.
Primavera de Filippi
Primavera de Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research in Paris. De Filippi is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
There, she researches governance models as they relate to distributed networks like the blockchain. De Filippi has published op-eds regarding blockchain technology and has given public talks on the technology’s potential.
Jaan Tallinn is the co-founder of Skype and Kazaa, known for writing the peer-to-peer engines of both products. He currently sits on the Board of Sponsors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and has founded and participated in several other scientific organizations.
Tallinn graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics.
Fun fact: Tallinn holds the world record for most software downloads with almost 500 million under his belt.
For the event, each judge on the 16-person panel will have a portion of votes to award to the camps they favour. All voting will be on the blockchain, allowing for a transparent selection of winners.
The best idea will receive a $50,000 prize payable in the winning team’s cryptocurrency of choice. Runners-up will also receive a prize.
The hackathon has received over 200 submissions from registered participants since registration for the event opened in mid-July.
If interested in participating register at: https://hack.ether.camp/
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