RZRblock Hackathon

Participants work on challenges provided directly from our network of partners and sponsors to help solve real world problems through innovative uses of blockchain technologies.

Join us November 8-9 for the 2019 RZRblock Hackathon!

What is the RZRblock Hackathon?

Attending the Blockchain Center of Excellence’s annual hackathon simply means coming together and using technology to solve problems. Participants will form teams to work on use cases provided directly from our partners and sponsors to solve real world challenges using blockchain technology. Teams will showcase the conceptual or functional blockchain application to industry sponsors and the NWA community.

Whether you are a complete beginner with an interest in learning blockchain technologies or a professional software developer, this is an exciting event to engage, build and network with a diverse range of students, individuals, startups, local businesses, as well as large global companies who are passionate about seeing the development of applications and talent in the blockchain industry.

We are currently looking for Event Sponsors! Multiple levels, including In-Kind options are available. Please email kgadberry@walton.uark.edu to inquire.

Time and Place

Date: Friday, Nov. 8 (6pm-12am) and Saturday, Nov. 9 (8am-8pm)

Location: Pryor Center, 1 East Center Street, Fayetteville

Breakout Location: Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, 123 W Mountain St, Fayetteville (3 minute walk from the Pryor Center)

Pryor Center

Registration Information

This year’s hackathon is open to both students of the University of Arkansas and non-students. Registration will open on October 1.

UA Student Registration: FREE – In order to register for the Hackathon, students must submit a very short personal statement to blockchain@uark.edu and our team will respond with a FREE registration code. The statement should answer why you are interested in Blockchain Technology, as well as participating in the 2019 U of A Blockchain Hackathon.

Non-Student Registration: $40 – This year will be the first time ever the BCoE has opened up this event to the professional community. Any questions regarding registration may be directed to blockchain@uark.edu.

2019 Sponsors

Meet the Judges

Brett Amerine

Chairman & Founder at Startup Junkie Foundation, Managing Director at Startup Junkie Consulting, and Co-Founder & General Partner, Cadron Capital Partners

Entrepreneurial support organization leader, venture investor, cryptocurrency investor, and investor in a variety of assets.

David Ferguson

Sr. Director Risk Intelligence, Global Security at Walmart

He leads the development and implementation of global systems and technology solutions, as well as initiatives for data infrastructure, data trust and advanced analytics to support risk reduction and improved program effectiveness.

Bjorn Simmons

Chief Strategy Officer at Wyzerr

Bjorn K. Simmons is a venture catalyst, serial entrepreneur, and champion for inclusive innovation. He currently serves as the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Venture Noire, a venture studio working across the country to build ecosystems for entrepreneurs of color providing the tools, community, and access to the capital they need to succeed in today’s digital economy.

Meet the Mentors

Lane Black

Product Manager
Walmart Technology

Jennifer Bitando

International Program Manager

Corey Breeding

District Sales Manager
Hewlett Packard

Jordan Carlisle

VP Economic Development
Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Daniel Conway

Teaching Professor and Associate Director
Blockchain Center of Excellence

Jay Davidson

Chief Technology Officer
Orion Global Partners

Karen DiCicco

Digital and IT Innovation Manager
U of A System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Caleb Futch

Learning Resources Developer
U of A Global Campus

Satoko Kato

General Counsel
New Road Capital Partners

Sokear Manithong

Application Support Analyst II
USA Truck

Manivannan Murugesan

Sr. Software Engineer
Miracle Systems Software

Dr. Zach Steelman

Asst. Professor and BCoE Academic Advisory Board Member
University of Arkansas