CB hosts 2020 International Blockchain Olympiad Competition
Joining hands with its strategic partner Hong Kong Blockchain Society, the College of Business of City University of Hong Kong organised the 2020 International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL 2020). Hundreds of participants from 57 teams from 47 post-secondary institutions in 15 locations, “virtually convened” in the Grand Finale on 5 July.
Participants did the pitching and exhibition online, the topics of their presentations covered various scenarios and real-world problems in supply chain, finance, health, insurance, land and real estate, government, education, construction, and other regulated industries.
As the third year of the annual event, the competition has grown to 15 locations including Bangladesh, Canada, mainland China, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, The United States, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
In his welcome remarks, Professor Frank Chen, Dean of the College of Business, expressed his gratitude to the Hong Kong Blockchain Society for its dedication in training and inspiring our students on blockchain learning, and HSBC for its generous sponsorship. “IBCOL has been a great success, not only because that it can stimulate students’ creativity in the technology, but also being able to gather all the subject experts and future talents together, to share their true passion on blockchain and cryptography developments, and to make a change to the world with secure, private, decentralised solutions,” Professor Chen added.
“We were impressed with the diversity of teams and projects this year. The high calibre of projects added to the difficulty in evaluating them,” said Dr Lawrence Ma, the President of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society and convenor of the jury. “We hope to see some of these projects come to life, and we are excited to support the IBCOL to facilitate cooperation between projects of different schools around the world.”
This year, team PChain comprised of students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology won the gold medal while the silver and bronze medalists hail from Bangladesh and Netherlands, respectively. Meanwhile, Microcent team from the College of Engineering and Blockio from the College of Business of CityU won the Best Fintech Award and People’s Choice Award, respectively.
IBCOL 2020 was sponsored by HSBC, and supported by Julia Computing, Kaplan, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong.
To learn more about IBCOL, please visit website.