NEO Blockchain Hackathon - Zurich

Organized by NEO
Swisscom AG, Zurich
From Nov 3rd 2018
To Nov 4th 2018
See the website


We designed this competition as a way for the community to get together and try to tackle the development side of NEO's complex ecosystem. Participants will be divided into several small teams. All teams will have 32 hours to innovate, design and develop their projects related to the theme. We wish for as many of you to try your hand at this event, we're welcoming people from all areas in the NEO community. If you're a seasoned developer, UI/UX designer, or even an avid NEO investor, please join us in this friendly competition for a chance to win some NEO or GAS!

* Free NEO T-shirts and catering are provided. 


Bounty Program!

To encourage more people especially students to actively join this Hackathon, below are extended coding subjects: 

NEP (NEO Enhancement Proposals)

NEO 3.0

NEO smart contract ecosystem

Community development of NEO in Switzerland 

Any participants will be awarded at least 10 GAS, and no ceiling for the award! 


Hackathon Location and Date

Location:Zürich, Switzerland

Date: 2018.11.3 - 2018.11.4

Hackathon Awards

First Prize - 500 NEO (1 team)

Second Prize - 450 GAS (1 team)

Third Prize - 300 GAS (3 teams)

Mystery Prize (It depends on the submitted work)

Hackathon Deadline

6:00 PM, Nov 4th (Local Time)



November 3rd (Saturday)

08:30   Sign up

09:00   Opening ceremony, announce hackathon theme and rules

09:30   Free Team Up

10:00   Start hacking!

12:30   Lunch

November 4th (Sunday)

18:00   Project Submit Due

18:30   Presentations

21:00   Awards Announcement

For detailed rules, you can check: Hackathon Specifications

For more information, you can also join our discord channel:


* The organisers or/ and professionals commisioned by the organisers will be taking photographs, recording video or making audio recordings during the hackathon which might be shared to the public. Should you wish not be photographed or recorded, please inform the organisers.




Kasimir Blaser

Senior Consultant at Swisscom Blockchain AG

He has many years of experience as developer and architect. In the blockchain space he is focusing on public blockchain technologies, smart contract development and testing, Self-Sovereign Identities, auditing protocols and operation of full nodes. 


Arno Pernthaler

Leading the Swisscom Blockchain Academy / Senior Consultant for Enterprise Blockchain Advisory

Prior to joining SCB, he was a Digital Strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte and blockchain consultant at the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Center of Excellence in Dublin. Arno has written multiple publications on blockchain and holds a Master's degree in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.


Erik Zhang

Founder & Core Developer, NEO

Author of dBFT consensus mechanism, expert on blockchain technology and computer security and a certified information system auditor (CISA) 


Fabian Whale

Co-founder of NEX exchange built on the NEO blockchain

As an early contributor to NEO and co-founder of City of Zion, NEO’s largest international developers’ community, Fabian is a highly valued member in the NEO community. He holds a PhD from ETH Zurich and Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from Maastricht University. 



Guido Rudolphi

Renowned cyber security and cryptography expert

Guido is Chief Information Security Officer for SEBA Crypto AG which is seeking to obtain a Banking and Securities Dealer licence from the Swiss regulator FINMA. He is a Bitcoin pioneer and was running the biggest mining farm in Switzerland.


Dr. Fabian Schär

Professor for Distributed Ledger Technologies (Blockchain) and Fintech at the University of Basel

His research focus is on interdisciplinary analyses of Smart Contracts, asset tokenization and Blockchain applications. He has a PhD in Cryptoassets and Blockchain Technology and co-authored several publications including the bestselling book "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets" and several scientific articles.



Dr. Thomas Bocek

Professor at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

Previously he was the head of P2P and distributed systems at the Communication Systems Group at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on communication systems and networks, especially focusing on peer-to-peer, distributed systems, including Bitcoins and blockchains. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications.  


 Peter Lin

Director of R&D NEO Global Development (NGD)

One of the early NEO developers.



NEO Global Development (NGD)

NEO Global Development (NGD) is an organization that was founded by the NEO Foundation (NF) in March of 2018. Its purpose is to focus on the execution of NF strategies surrounding technological R&D, marketing, and community development. As NEO is a non-profit, international, open-source blockchain project seeking interaction and collaboration with the global community, NGD will liaise with organizations and members of the community on behalf of NF. NGD is dedicated to realizing NEO’s vision - the implementation of the NEO Smart Economy, a new economic model empowered by technical innovation and the convergence of community forces.

Swisscom Blockchain AG

Swisscom Blockchain AG is founded by Swisscom and led by technology experts in the blockchain area with a "Big 4" background. It is supported by Swisscom's infrastructure and development know-how and offers blockchain solutions, advisory services and professional training.


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