The Africa Blockchain Instititute says applications are open for the Africa Blockchain Campus Hackathon 2021.

The aim of  the Campus Blockchain Hackathon is to give students of higher institutions in Africa early exposure to the career and business opportunities being presented by Blockchain/DLT Digital Innovations, the institute says.

The Hackathon creates a structured and sustainable community that nurtures and empowers developers by providing and democratising access to knowledge, capital and mentorship, they say.

The contest asks students from higher learning academic institutions across Africa to build blockchain applications on Free TON that will add value both to the continent and to the Free TON network,” the institute says.

Free TON positions itself as a community of the Open Source (OS) project that was created by the developers of the Telegram Open Network (TON). TON OS is designed as a decentralized operating system to handle decentralized applications.

Additionally, the Hackathon is planned to engage academia on everything and anything that they need to know about blockchain technology.

How the process works

 The Hackathon website explains that there are three steps that potential participants need to follow for the Hackathon:

      Submit Application ( meet requirements, fill-in Ideas and submit).

      Get Acceptance Confirmation ( notification, on boarding )

      Participate in the programme (build, dev tools, collaborate with mentors, jury screening)

 Programme content

According to the institute, the Hackathon will take place from February 1st, 2021 – April 8th, 2021, with the grand finale hosted at the African Leadership University, Kigali-Rwanda.

Topics covered will give participants a good understanding of blockchain and how it works. It will also cover current and future applications and how they are being implemented to change the world to its benefit.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

      Fintech infrastructure/Digital wallets and how they help those who do not have access to banking

      Human rights protections

      Land ownership registry ( seller in a land purchase/sale registrations through a blockchain application cannot sell the land twice because the registry will show which was the original buyer)

      National voting platforms

      High tech job creation

The institute also emphasises that participants will not only learn, but will have fun building stuff.

The structure of the contest

The contest is divided in to country competition, regional competition, then a continental competition. Where country, and regional competitions are virtual, while winners of regional competitions will participate physically at the contental competition.

Completely new developers are also encouraged to participate in the contest, as some of the best technical experts in the blockchain community will be there to help participants.

Regional winners receive all expense paid trip to Kigali in Rwanda for the finals. Winners will also get to go home with monetary prizes, plus other supports.

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