Past Events

Grand Finale Event

$500,000
USD cash + sit down with Block.one and EOS VC

Global Events

London . San Francisco . Sydney . Hong Kong

$100,000
USD cash + travel
$25,000
USD cash + travel
$10,000
USD cash + travel
Best Social Media Post
$3,000
USD cash
Best UX Design
$3,000
USD cash
Greatest Social Impact
$3,000
USD cash

*All winners are responsible for all applicable taxes.

Those placing 1st-3rd in each event will receive a travel stipend per winning team member for travel and lodging to compete in the Grand Finale.

Judges

Rob Jesudason

Block.one Group President

Rob is a member of Block.one’s Board of Directors and is responsible for group global operations. Prior to joining Block.one, he worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), a global top-12 bank by market capitalization (A$125 billion) for six and a half years, most recently as its Chief Financial Officer. Before CBA, Jesudason worked at Credit Suisse as Head of Global Emerging Markets for its Financial Institutions Group. Earlier in his career, he held positions at JPMorgan, Barclays, GE Capital and McKinsey & Company.

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Rob Jesudason

Block.one Group President

Rob is a member of Block.one’s Board of Directors and is responsible for group global operations. Prior to joining Block.one, he worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), a global top-12 bank by market capitalization (A$125 billion) for six and a half years, most recently as its Chief Financial Officer. Before CBA, Jesudason worked at Credit Suisse as Head of Global Emerging Markets for its Financial Institutions Group. Earlier in his career, he held positions at JPMorgan, Barclays, GE Capital and McKinsey & Company.

Dan Larimer

Block.one CTO

Dan specializes in software creation and development and has founded several successful companies that focus on innovative technology, ranging from virtual reality simulators to unmanned vehicle control systems to several second-generation blockchain companies – most notably BitShares, Steemit, and Block.one. He is the inventor of the widely adopted Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) and Decentralized Autonomous Corporation (DAC) concepts. Dan has worked in blockchain since 2009 and is considered an industry pioneer. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science, and serves as a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor to the university.

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Dan Larimer

Block.one CTO

Dan specializes in software creation and development and has founded several successful companies that focus on innovative technology, ranging from virtual reality simulators to unmanned vehicle control systems to several second-generation blockchain companies – most notably BitShares, Steemit, and Block.one. He is the inventor of the widely adopted Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) and Decentralized Autonomous Corporation (DAC) concepts. Dan has worked in blockchain since 2009 and is considered an industry pioneer. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science, and serves as a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor to the university.

Mark Levitt

Trixta CEO

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, and a four-time South African chess champion. He was CTO and co-founder of Gyft.com, which exited to First Data in 2014. In addition, he was also CEO and Founder of Chesscube.com, a leading chess site in 2007. Most recently, Mark became the CEO and co-founder of Trixta, which provides a software development suite of visual tools for organizations to work with blockchains. Mark is also an angel investor in multiple early stage startups.

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Mark Levitt

Trixta CEO

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, and a four-time South African chess champion. He was CTO and co-founder of Gyft.com, which exited to First Data in 2014. In addition, he was also CEO and Founder of Chesscube.com, a leading chess site in 2007. Most recently, Mark became the CEO and co-founder of Trixta, which provides a software development suite of visual tools for organizations to work with blockchains. Mark is also an angel investor in multiple early stage startups.

Chris Folayan

Mall for Africa CEO and Founder

Chris is a well-established successful serial entrepreneur, board advisor, mentor, and speaker with over 25 years of C-level role experience in marketing, technology, startups, and corporate acquisitions. Born and raised in Nigeria, Chris founded his first venture at age 7 by recycling tires with a group of friends which he ran for 2.5 years prior to attending boarding school in Nigeria. He migrated to the U.S to attend college in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Coming from Nigeria, he was amazed by all that he saw around him in the technology boom era and by the growth of the internet. Chris decided to teach himself various programming, design and software languages which he used as a foundation to catapult himself into various high level advisory roles in Fortune 500 companies. By age 19, he was working on his first patent while pursuing a BA degree in marketing from San Jose State University. After graduating from college, he founded and sold several companies globally while establishing new companies in Africa, USA, Middle East and Asia. Before Chris founded his current venture, the award-winning Mall for Africa and Mall for the World platform, Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc a multi-million dollar globally recognized Silicon Valley-based, award-winning software agency serving and consulting clients such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, Accenture, CapitalOne, EMC, the US Government and many others in over 60 countries. Chris has a learn-as-you-grow, out-of-the-box thinking philosophy that drives strategy and business growth.

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Chris Folayan

Mall for Africa CEO and Founder

Chris is a well-established successful serial entrepreneur, board advisor, mentor, and speaker with over 25 years of C-level role experience in marketing, technology, startups, and corporate acquisitions. Born and raised in Nigeria, Chris founded his first venture at age 7 by recycling tires with a group of friends which he ran for 2.5 years prior to attending boarding school in Nigeria. He migrated to the U.S to attend college in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Coming from Nigeria, he was amazed by all that he saw around him in the technology boom era and by the growth of the internet. Chris decided to teach himself various programming, design and software languages which he used as a foundation to catapult himself into various high level advisory roles in Fortune 500 companies. By age 19, he was working on his first patent while pursuing a BA degree in marketing from San Jose State University. After graduating from college, he founded and sold several companies globally while establishing new companies in Africa, USA, Middle East and Asia. Before Chris founded his current venture, the award-winning Mall for Africa and Mall for the World platform, Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc a multi-million dollar globally recognized Silicon Valley-based, award-winning software agency serving and consulting clients such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, Accenture, CapitalOne, EMC, the US Government and many others in over 60 countries. Chris has a learn-as-you-grow, out-of-the-box thinking philosophy that drives strategy and business growth.

James Hedley

Quicket Founder and Director

James Hedley is a Founder and Director of Quicket, a fast and effective online ticketing service for events of every size. Within minutes anyone can create an event profile and start selling tickets though our secure online payment gateway. Quicket provides users with seamless Facebook and Twitter integration making it an incredibly powerful viral self marketing tool. Without any of the expensive administrative and advertising costs incurred by other ticketing services. Quicket is able to offer an industry beating commission of only 4.9%. This makes Quicket a truly unrivaled tool for marketing and selling tickets online in the South African market.

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James Hedley

Quicket Founder and Director

James Hedley is a Founder and Director of Quicket, a fast and effective online ticketing service for events of every size. Within minutes anyone can create an event profile and start selling tickets though our secure online payment gateway. Quicket provides users with seamless Facebook and Twitter integration making it an incredibly powerful viral self marketing tool. Without any of the expensive administrative and advertising costs incurred by other ticketing services. Quicket is able to offer an industry beating commission of only 4.9%. This makes Quicket a truly unrivaled tool for marketing and selling tickets online in the South African market.

Nichole Yembra

Venture Garden Group (VGG) Chief Financial Officer

Nichole Yembra is the Chief Financial Officer at Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner at GreenHouse Capital, the VGG investment arm. At VGG, she is responsible for investor relations and the financial strategy of the 7 technology companies under its umbrella as they serve public and private clients across the aviation, power, education, financial services, and social investment sectors.

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Nichole Yembra

Venture Garden Group (VGG) Chief Financial Officer

Nichole Yembra is the Chief Financial Officer at Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner at GreenHouse Capital, the VGG investment arm. At VGG, she is responsible for investor relations and the financial strategy of the 7 technology companies under its umbrella as they serve public and private clients across the aviation, power, education, financial services, and social investment sectors.

Alan Cloete

Deutsche Bank Asia Former CEO

BCom (Hons), University of Cape Town. Chartered Accountant. Formerly with Lehman Brothers. Since 1997, with Deutsche Bank: former Co-Head, Structured Credit Trading, Credit Derivatives; former Head, Global Finance & Foreign Exchange (GFFX); GFFX encompasses all foreign exchange trading, debt financing, short-term interest rate trading, global exchange services and fixed income prime brokerage activities of Global Markets, leading the bank to a number 1 ranking in foreign exchange for each of the past seven years; since June 2012, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific and Member of the Group Executive Committee.

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Alan Cloete

Deutsche Bank Asia Former CEO

BCom (Hons), University of Cape Town. Chartered Accountant. Formerly with Lehman Brothers. Since 1997, with Deutsche Bank: former Co-Head, Structured Credit Trading, Credit Derivatives; former Head, Global Finance & Foreign Exchange (GFFX); GFFX encompasses all foreign exchange trading, debt financing, short-term interest rate trading, global exchange services and fixed income prime brokerage activities of Global Markets, leading the bank to a number 1 ranking in foreign exchange for each of the past seven years; since June 2012, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific and Member of the Group Executive Committee.

Titi Adeoye

Sankore Investments Founder and CEO

Titi Odunfa Adeoye is the Founder and CEO of Sankore, a diversified investment platform with a wide array of investment products and services. Sankore also runs an innovation arm that builds and invests in early stage ventures with a focus on investech, artificial intelligence and market infrastructure.

Prior to founding Sankore Investments, Titi was Head of Investment Strategy at Zenith Capital where she led teams responsible for investment management, research, and new product development. At Goldman Sachs in New York, Titi worked as a member of a team responsible for investment strategy, tactical asset allocation and portfolio advisory services for private funds. In this capacity, she developed investment strategy and capital allocation expertise across a range of geographies and asset classes. Her previous experience also includes business strategy, restructuring, consulting, accounting and auditing with KPMG Consulting and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Washington DC.

She holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting (summa cum laude) from Howard University.

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Titi Adeoye

Sankore Investments Founder and CEO

Titi Odunfa Adeoye is the Founder and CEO of Sankore, a diversified investment platform with a wide array of investment products and services. Sankore also runs an innovation arm that builds and invests in early stage ventures with a focus on investech, artificial intelligence and market infrastructure.

Prior to founding Sankore Investments, Titi was Head of Investment Strategy at Zenith Capital where she led teams responsible for investment management, research, and new product development. At Goldman Sachs in New York, Titi worked as a member of a team responsible for investment strategy, tactical asset allocation and portfolio advisory services for private funds. In this capacity, she developed investment strategy and capital allocation expertise across a range of geographies and asset classes. Her previous experience also includes business strategy, restructuring, consulting, accounting and auditing with KPMG Consulting and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Washington DC.

She holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting (summa cum laude) from Howard University.

Technology

First-in-kind features for blockchain platforms to increase usability, scalability, and flexibility are now available.

Scalable

Support thousands of Commercial Scale DApps Inter-blockchain Communication Separates Authentication from Execution

Flexible

Freeze and Fix Broken Applications Generalized Role-based Permissions Web Assembly

Usable

Web Toolkit for Interface Development Self Describing Interfaces Declarative Permission Scheme

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