Business leaders and tech enthusiasts alike are enamored with blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that is poised to breathe new life into stagnant industries by transforming traditional business transaction processes. No longer limited to Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and digital payments, blockchain is breaking free thanks to forward-thinking organizations and individuals. Already, blockchain-based networks are being implemented in several use cases: to establish the provenance of diamonds, to track shipping containers through an international supply chain, and even to authenticate and manage people’s identities online. How will this cutting-edge technology be used next and what sorts of applications will be developed for it? That’s where you come in!
Join the Building Blocks Hackathon
Blockchain developers, grab your hats and head over to the 40th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City this weekend for the Building Blocks Hackathon at Consensus. This is your chance to build out that great idea you’ve had percolating for the last three months. At the very least, you’ll probably get some great feedback and insight from your peers. Besides, I know you don’t want to pass up the chance to get up close and personal with the latest blockchain development frameworks and tools.
From 8 AM to 8 PM on May 20 and 9 AM to 7 PM on May 21, teams of four to five people will endeavor to develop groundbreaking apps and win awesome prizes. Participants can build on top of any blockchain protocol they want, but will be encouraged to use specific software and tools through sponsor challenges. IBM will present one pair of Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones to each member of the team that wins the IBM-sponsored challenge. Register here and stay tuned to learn more about the challenge.
Develop on The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric
Not only will you get to collaborate and compete with other developers to “hack” into blockchain technology, but you’ll also get access to some excellent mentors. IBM Blockchain experts will be in attendance to guide developers looking to build on The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain framework built with modular architecture and one of eight projects maintained by Hyperledger, which is hosted by the Linux Foundation.
As a founding member of Hyperledger, IBM believes that blockchain for business requires building on top of a fully-vetted, open source architecture. Hyperledger Fabric is a framework that enables trust, transparency and accountability in business environments through permissioned networks, confidential transactions and smart contracts.
Use Hyperledger Composer
If you decide to build on Hyperledger Fabric, you’ll have the added benefit of being able to use Hyperledger Composer to model and test your business network. Hyperledger Composer is a collaboration tool for building blockchain business networks, accelerating the development of smart contracts and their deployment across a distributed ledger. Designed for both developers and non-developers, this open development toolset and framework can help you translate core business concepts to code, generate programmable application programming interfaces (APIs), integrate external non-blockchain systems and control access to resources. Read this blog post to learn more about Hyperledger Composer and how it will be featured at Consensus 2017.
Tutorials on an array of blockchain technologies will be held throughout the day on May 20. The IBM tutorial will be from 1:30 – 2:00 PM and the Hyperledger tutorial will be from 3:00 – 3:30 PM.
Contribute to the possibilities of blockchain
Developers will come up with innovative ways to use blockchain technology at the Building Blocks Hackathon. Will you be one of them? Watch this blockchain demo and then dive into the quick-start guide to blockchain development at developerWorks. You can even experiment with IBM Blockchain on Bluemix at no charge.
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As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, I have spent the last two and a half years working on blockchain with our U.S. banking and insurance clients. More recently, I have been the IBM technical executive overseeing open Insurance Data Link (openIDL), the insurance network partnership with the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS). It’s been very […]
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