The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon took place in Zurich from June 21-23. According to a statement, the event attracted over 200 blockchain experts from nearly 20 different countries. A total of 41 teams from around the world developed applications for real-world problems in the fields of eGovernment, agriculture and food, mobility, finance, supply chain, and intelligent parcels.
Winners were announced in all six areas, and two teams shared the 25,000 Swiss francs main prize: Team Blockbyte won with its Lend-it app, which can be used to list and lease agricultural land, including information about soil quality, and Team Axelra, which developed an app that that rewards people for reducing their CO2 footprint.
The Swiss Blockchain Hackathon was organized by Trust Square, CV Labs, the Crypto Valley Association, the Swiss Blockchain Federation, Bitcoin Association Switzerland and Swiss ICT. The individual teams received support from partners such as Amazon Web Services to develop their solutions.
At the opening ceremony, Carmen Walker Späh, President of the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich, highlighted blockchain’s great potential: “Together with partners from politics, industry and academia, I am committed to creating legal certainty, favorable general conditions and a broadly supported ecosystem so that Zurich and Switzerland can maintain the positions of internationally competitive blockchain locations.”