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Ashesi D:Lab, Blockchain Society Ghana, others, organize 1st Blockchain Hackathon in Ghana

Participants will be required to design and pitch a blockchain-inspired solution for a supply chain

Entrepreneurs, developers and technology enthusiasts in Ghana with an interest in the blockchain technology will have an opportunity to meet and share ideas on a single platform at the first ever Blockchain Hackathon being organized in the country.

The event is spearheaded by the Ashesi D:Lab Blockchain Society, Ghana, Kumasi Hive and Devless and in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and the Association of Ghana Industries will see the most creative and inspiring blockchain teams nationwide exhibiting their ability to develop creative solutions to important problems in society.

As part of the challenge, participants will be required to design and pitch a blockchain-inspired solution for a supply chain platform for the Ministry of Trade. The platform will enable buyers (large scale contractors and LSE’s) to engage suppliers (sub-contractors and SME’s) in an exchange arrangement that ensures that buyer needs are met while supplier capacity is enabled.

Organisers of the event indicated how important the program is for the technological prospects of the country.

Dr Gordon Adomdza who is Senior Assistant Professor and Founding Lead for the Ashesi D:Lab said,

“ We want to give our students exciting project opportunities. When we started thinking of the Blockchain hackathon, it was just an idea. Now it feels more like a movement. Most people we talk to can see how a blockchain-inspired supply chain system will work but want to know how it will be built and what it will require. We are sincere enough to them that we don’t know and that’s the point. We want to explore the space guided and motivated by just the possibility. These are the kinds of experiences we want to develop for our students to learn and we are excited that we can open up this very experience to other students and professionals across the country.

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Genesis, a member of the Ashesi Hackathon Organizing Team expressed enthusiasm and excitement for the program.

“This will be one of most extraordinary hackathons to kick off the year 2018. For blockchain lovers, it’ll great gains working on a real issue that solves a problem for the nation of Ghana. For me, working on something that involves the D-lab, the Ghana Ministry of Trade, Devless, Kumasi hive and many other secondary entities is magnificent. I gain from the experience and participants gain from this network of ventures. If there is one thing, that you must do now, it should be registering for this hackathon.

Yoofi, Lead for the Ashesi D:Lab Hackathon Program said:

“We want to take really tough problems that make a big impact to ensure we are creating real value. This is one that affects an entire nation and we are excited to see what kind of innovative solutions the participants come up with.”

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Paa Kow who is Lead Director at the Ministry of Trade SPX team stated:

“A hackathon that impels an active supplier-buyer engagement is the sure pathway for enterprise development in Ghana”.

“The culture of Hackathons, Accelerators, Hubs, and Incubators have been used to spark innovation and creativity in many cities around the globe leading to these cities becoming iconic. Accra is on that path as a city that is rapidly becoming home to incredible home-grown technology innovations. I am confident the Blockchain Hackathon to address a fundamental economic development necessity like supply chain demonstrates the appetite of Accra as a city of innovation and the bravery and ambition of its young men and women”, these were the words of Cecil, Founder of E-Campus and BlockChain Society Ghana.

Julius, Co-Founder Devless indicated, “Blockchain technology is the next big thing sweeping across the face of the earth… The Blockchain Hackathon is a giant step towards building solutions with and experiencing the awesomeness of the technology”.

Omar of Blockchain Society Ghana had this to say: “It’s great to see an initiative from the Min Trade to create a better supply chain solution.

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I think blockchain technology can certainly be used to explore this problem space.”

“Understanding the fundamentals and basics of application of Blockchain is critical to its adoption as an appropriate technology for Ghana and Africa’s development. We need to accelerate the creation of the critical mass of Blockchain innovators and Entrepreneurs to provide needed appropriate and relevant local solutions for an inclusive development of our society”, Jorge Founder, Kumasi Hive said.

Blockchain is, at its core, an empowering technology. It enables digital peer-to-peer transactions without the need for a trusted third party.

The Blockchain Hackathon has been organized in several other countries including Ireland and London.

The Ashesi D:Lab Hackathon series are events where students, entrepreneurs, developers and technology enthusiasts, converge to develop creative solutions to important problems in society. The impact is a key metric in the development of solutions hence problems tackled at our hackathons are wicked tough but exciting!

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The event is spearheaded by the Ashesi D:Lab Blockchain Society, Ghana, Kumasi Hive and Devless and in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and the AGI.

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