UW to host 2nd Annual ‘WyoHackathon’

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CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science will host the 2nd Annual “WyoHackathon” from Sept. 19-22.

But this year’s event offers something new.

“[T]he 2019 event has expanded into a multi-day educational opportunity called the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede at the 2019 WyoHackathon,” UW said.

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Wyoming’s state legislature enacted 13 blockchain related bills during their last session. UW says this has garnered worldwide attention for the state.

“These laws range from recognizing direct property rights of cryptocurrency owners to authorizing new state-chartered depository institutions that can provide basic banking services to blockchain businesses,” UW said. “Shortly after these laws were passed, over 200 companies registered in Wyoming as doing business with blockchain.”

A meeting of the bipartisan “Wyoming Blockchain Task Force,” which helped draft the legislation will kick off the 2019 event.

That will take place Sept. 19-20 and will include discussion of proposed new blockchain legislation.

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Following that event will be the “Stampede Developers Conference” from 8 am-3 pm Sept. 20. Over 400 developers are expected to participate.

UW says that last year, more than $100,000 in awards and prizes were given out to WyoHackathon Challenge participants, adding that they anticipate giving out even more awards this year.

The WyoHackathon Challenge begins at 3 pm Sept. 20 in UW’s Engineering Education and Research Building atrium.

Registration for the initial challenge is underway, and participants can begin work Aug. 20,” UW says. “The remaining challenges will be released soon on the event website.”

Awards will be announced on Sept. 22.

The “Stampede Business Conference” will take place from 8 am-3 pm Sept. 21.

“With interest-specific tracks, roundtable discussions and networking sessions, attendees will create new solutions, win prizes, start to change the world and walk away with actionable knowledge of how to use blockchain to drive results, efficiency and transparency. We are openly accepting papers and presentation suggestions,” UW says.

Both conferences are free and open to the public.

Following those conferences and the WyoHackathon awards, “UW will host the first of four Sandcastle Invitational Challenges as part of the Sandcastle Startups Challenge global tour, leading up to its world finals in Dubai in fall 2020.”

That will take place from 12-5 pm on Sept. 22. Winners of a regional qualifier in Wyoming will get some of a $25,000 prize “provided by Sandcastle prize sponsor Green, a division of Codex.”

They would then compete against other blockchain startups for a chance to compete in Dubai for a $250,000 grand prize.

“’The (Wyo) Hackathon and other events like it bolster our college’s culture of entrepreneurship,’” UW College of Engineering Dean Michael Pishko says. “’It helps us guide Wyoming’s economic development and foster innovative growth.’”