20+ Protocols
50m+ lines of open source code
2 days of hacking

19-20th October 2019 — Factory Görlitzer Park

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Join and connect to some of the world’s most exciting Web 3 protocols in blockchain, AI, IoT and Big Data from across The Convergence Stack, for a 2-day dev con made up of hacks, exclusive product launches, and live demos.

Sign up for a free place to be part of the exclusive event that brings together leading decentralised projects and their tribes, developers, economists, system engineers, enterprise and technical academia connecting to define the next major web cycle.

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This two-day event will focus on the practical application of open-source distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, machine learning and programmable tokens, to create a new data layer.

Alongside hacking, join workshops, panels and fireside chats from experts on the latest trends in enterprise & blockchain, tokeneconomics, interoperability, deep learning & AI, and more. These sessions are open for all, whether you are a developer, work in tech or just have an interest in the space, we welcome you to hear from lead developers, enterprise, professors, and founders.

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Attending

Trent McConaghy

Founder, Ocean Protocol

Jamie Burke

CEO, Outlier Ventures

Boris Mann

Co-founder, Fission

Nathan George

CTO, Sovrin

Brooklyn Zelenka

Co-founder, Fission

Bruce Pon

Founder; CEO, BigchainDB/ Founder, Ocean Protocol

Dimitri De Jonghe

Ocean Protocol, Head of Research BigchainDB/ Co-Founder at Ocean Protocol

Billy Rennekamp

Co-founder, developer, artist, Cosmos/ Clovers Network

Aron van Ammers

CTO, Outlier Ventures

Elad Verbin

Lead Scientist; Founding Partner, Lunar Ventures (Berlin Innovation Ventures)

Marko Baricevic

Developer Relations at Tendermint/ Cosmos

Holger Koether

Director of Partner Management, IOTA Foundation

Toby Simpson

CTO and Co-Founder, Fetch.AI

John Calian

Senior Vice President, Head of T-Labs Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs

Kerstin Eichmann

Head of Machine-Economy Lighthouse, innogy Innovation Hub

Ben Lamothe

Co-Founder & CTO, Quorum Control

Marta Piekarska-Geater

Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger

Philipp-Alexander Blum

Developer Advocate, IOTA Foundation

Samuli Pöyhtäri

CEO; Co-founder, Haja Networks

Melanie Mohr

CEO of WOM protocol

Dr. Georg (Juri) Stricker

Senior Associate, Signature Ventures

Andrew Tobin

Managing Director, EMEA, Evernym

Johann Eid

Product Manager and Developer Evangelist, Chainlink,

Yoann Berno

Senior Venture Developer, Next Big Thing

Clement Bihorel

Venture Developer, Next Big Thing

Ryan John King

Co-Founder, FOAM

Ricardo Rius,

Parity

Benjamin Kampmann,

Lead Dev, Parity

Marcin Rudolf

Co-founder & CTO, Neufund

Nathan Shedroff

Executive Director, SEED

Dr Michael Zargham

Founder & CEO at BlockScience

Sebnem Rusitschka

Founder Freeelio

Angela Kreitenweis

Founder TEGG 2019, Co-Founder Token Engineering Global Community

Konstantin Richter

CEO/Founder of Blockdaemon

Dean Tribble

CEO, Agoric

Catarina Veloso

Legal Counsel - Fractal

Júlio Santos

CPO, Fratcal

Raphael Hüfner

Senior Software Developer, Upvest

Eleftherios Diakomichalis

Cofounder, OS Coin

Katarzyna Streich

Senior Software Developer at R3

Can Kisagun

Co-Founder, Enigma

Tannr Allard

Nervos Network

Rutger van Zuidam

Founder Odyssey Hackathon

Jurgis Jaška

Senior Backend Software Engineer, DappRadar

Peter Ruppel

Professor at CODE University of Applied Sciences

Henry Palmer

Principal, Amplifier Labs

Jasmine Zhang

Venture Partner, IOSG Venture

Hugo Dias

Web Engineer, MOXY

Juliane Schiefer

Partner, Signature Ventures

Lukas Wuttke

Blockchain Specialist, Accenture

Yuki Zhou

Investment Director, Fenbushi

Alessio Treglia

Head of EMEA Partnerships at Tendermint

Howard Yeh

Lead DApp Platform Engineer, QTUM

Breaking
Down Silos

Leading practitioners from cryptography, machine learning, smart contract dev, IoT, systems engineers and crypto-economics will be exploring the implications of deploying new technologies and distributed systems in complex and challenging fields such as smart cities, Industry 4.0, and Mobility.

Partnership and volunteering opportunities

As well as participating in the hack there are sponsorship, mentor, and volunteering opportunities.

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Product Launches, Interactive Workshops, No ICO Pitches

The event will be made up of exclusive releases of the latest projects, products and test / live networks from across our portfolio and network. There will be hands-on discussion, debates and practical learnings from global experts and peers to deep-dive into topics.

Today machine learning is extremely concentrated. Data, algorithms, and trained models are owned by a select few global Internet giants. Techniques like federated learning, differential privacy, homomorphic encryption, and tokenization enable us to build secure, privacy-preserving, and collectively-owned machine learning. There is an opportunity to create software for an AI economy that supports a more equitable data economy.
Storage refers to how and where information is stored and the rules governing how it can be accessed. Instead of data being stored in the ‘cloud’ on the servers of a select few companies, new storage architecture aims to store data on peer-to-peer decentralised networks. We think the introduction of price and market dynamics for storage opens up a whole new innovation area for edge software that is only just being explored.
We need to make sure telecommunications networks do not become a point of trust in the convergence stack. With open-source hardware projects working on networking equipment, the software that runs on the equipment in the next component that needs to be decentralized. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) are making networks more flexible and configurable. We want to support projects that are working to deliver networking software is both open-source and cryptographically secure.
Middleware is a bundle of APIs sitting below the interface layer providing services to developers to make it easier and faster to deliver applications and marketplaces. Middleware in this context is a coordination mechanism. If organisations are a collection of people bundled to solve a customer problem, middleware is a collection of APIs bundled to solve application-specific software problems. This turns low-level generalized protocols into application-specific tools. We want to support projects that make it easy to deliver new market solutions utilising the lower level protocols and software in the stack for things like 3d printing and robotics.
User experience refers to a range of interfaces that make interacting with decentralized protocols and technologies more convenient and intuitive. UX includes things like browsers and mobile apps that dominated Web1 and Web2 but also emerging interfaces that will become more important such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), voice interfaces (VUI), conversational interfaces (CUIs) and NFC tags. We think there is a huge opportunity for startups to onboard billions of Internet users with well-designed experiences to make interacting with blockchains, tokens and smart contracts not just easier but delightful.

What are the key benefits of being part of the event?

  • Win prizes and bounties

    Participate in the hackathon for prizes, and earn bounties as you contribute.

  • Build something awesome

    Build a DApp on the technology stack to power a new data economy.

  • Become investable

    Experience award winning incubation advice moving your ideas from proof of concept to investable businesses.

  • Access and support

    Access mentors and technical teams from across The Convergence Stack and the wider ecosystem.

  • Build your profile

    Build you and your company’s profile with media coverage and endorsement from the biggest players in the space.

  • Join a community

    Join the world’s elite developer community from across cryptography, smart contract, machine learning and IoT hardware.

  • Food and drink covered

    Focus on building with all your food (BBQ’s, salads, snacks), beers, wine and drinks covered for the weekend.

Agenda

Saturday

Hackathon

Timings Agenda
8:00 -10:00 Registration opens, check-in and formation of new teams, breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome speech
11:00 Hack starts
12:30 Talks and workshops start
1:00-3:00 Lunch
4:00 Mentor/ team check-in with coffee and snacks
7:00-9:00 Dinner and drinks - sponsored by Deutsche Telekom
12:00 Close of Factory


Talks and Workshops

SATURDAY Lexis:
Purple zone (Ground Floor)

Lexis:
Yellow zone (Ground Floor)
Lexis:
Blue zone (Ground Floor)
First Floor (TE room) Peter
(2nd Floor)
9:30 Open to take seats Open to take seats Open to take seats
10:00 Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Opening ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Opening ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Opening ceremony

11:00 Hack starts Angela Kreitenweis, Founder TEGG 2019, Co-Founder Token Engineering Global Community, and Sebnem Rusitschka, Founder Freeelio

Kick-off/Zero-to-one

12:30 David Minarsch, Lead Economist at Fetch.AI

Fetch.AI workshop: decentralised machine learning
Getting started with Fetch.AI: Agents ‘n’ Contracts. Synergetic contracts and Agents.

Ryan John King, Co-Founder, FOAM

FOAM talk: using proof of location today
We will discuss the central components of FOAM (Proof of Location as well as crowdsourced map) , the state of the FOAM Map and past great example projects.

Sebastian Gerske, Ocean Protocol

Ocean Protocol workshop: buying and selling datasets
The workshop will focus on methods for searching, publishing, and consuming digital assets on the Ocean Protocol network.

1:00 Brooklyn Zelenka, Co-founder, Fission

Fission workshop: apps on IPFS in seconds
Learn about the Fission framework and our “live from laptop” feature. Using our command line tool and IPFS backend, we enable developers & designers bring their apps online from their laptops.

Marco Calicchia,
Blockchain Partnerships Manager, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs

Ståx – Decentralised Ecostructure for Consortia Networks
There are many challenges when sharing data in Consortia Networks. This talk will introduce the solution developed by T-Labs Ståx, the multi-blockchain orchestration suite. 

Thomas Schulz, Director of Partnerships, SEED Token

SEED talk: conversational AI

SEED is an independent, decentralized marketplace for developers and deployers of conversational AI.

1.30 Trev Harmon, Director of Customer Success, Evernym

Evernym talk: self-sovereign identity
This talk with cover the essential basics of the Hyperledger Indy-based Sovrin Network and its use from a code perspective.

Johann Eid, Product Manager and Developer Evangelist, Chainlink,

Chainlink talk: smart contracts in real life situations

Samuli Pöyhtäri, CEO; Co-founder, Haja Networks

Orbit DB: a decentralised database in seconds

2:00 Holger Koether, Director of Partner Management, IOTA Foundation
Philipp-Alexander Blum - Developer Advocate, IOTA Foundation

IOTA talk: state of the DAG
How IOTA enables the Internet of Things through zero-fee transactions

Yannik Goldgräber, CTO and Co-Founder at ditCraft

DAO-based Software Development--Dit is the new git!

Billy Rennekamp, Co-founder, developer, artist, Cosmos/ Clovers Network and Marko Baricevic, Developer Relations at Tendermint/ Cosmos

Cosmos: building a blockchain app
Learn why building a blockchain with the Cosmos-SDK is like building apps with ruby-on-rails in golang. Also, hear why you might want to build an application-specific blockchain and how to use the Cosmos-SDK

2:30 Can Kisagun, Co-Founder, Enigma

Enigma: private smart contracts on public networks
Hear an overview of the Enigma network and an outline of some of the major problems Enigma solves.

Maria Paula Fernandez, Founder and Managing Director, ETHBerlin

ETH Berlin: using the Goerli testnet

Catarina Veloso, Legal Counsel & Júlio Santos, CPO, Fratcal

Fractals talk: regulatory compliance cheatsheet
• Overview on the key compliance elements you need to be aware of
• Guidance on how to satisfy these requirements
• Proposed solutions and demo of free basic compliance product suited to Blockchain companies

Michael Zargham, Founder & CEO of BlockScience, and Billy Rennekamp

Introduction to cadCAD Workshop

Felipe Duarte and Pat Rawson

DAOStack workshop: deploy DAOs fast
Join this workshop to run through an overview of all design decisions to deploy a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

3:00 Dean Tribble, CEO, Agoric Systems and Chris Goes, Cosmos

Agoric & Cosmos workshop: blockchain interoperability using IBC

Toby Simpson, Co-Founder and CTO Fetch.AI

Fetch.AI for Ethereum Developers
This talk covers how ethereum developers can move to Fetch, transpilers, and all sorts of other stuff including the primary features welcoming you when you get there

Ben Lamothe, Co-Founder & CTO, Quorum Control

Quorum Control talk: Tupelo - PoS + DAG + IPFS
Come meet Tupelo, a permissionless proof-of-stake platform with an innovative new data structure purpose-built to model individual objects.

Felipe Duarte and Pat Rawson

DAOStack workshop: deploy DAOs fast
Join this workshop to run through an overview of all design decisions to deploy a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

3:30 Raynaldo Rivera, Head of Engineering & Alim Khamisa, Director of Strategy & Ops, Alkemi

Tapping into Alkemi's decentralized liquidity pools
Fundamentals of liquidity + utilizing decentralized liquidity pools for on-chain settlement

Rutger van Zuidam, Founder Odysessy Hackathon

Odyssey talk: ecosystems for good
Incubating ecosystems that solve complex challenges through mass collaboration: real-life examples & how to become part of it.

Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol

Hacking Open the Open Data Economy, Ocean style
This talk will introduce the aim of an open, permissionless data economy.

Felipe Duarte and Pat Rawson

DAOStack workshop: deploy DAOs fast
Join this workshop to run through an overview of all design decisions to deploy a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

4:00 Benjamin Kamppmann & Ricardo Rius, Parity

Parity workshop: build fast blockchains with Substrate
Substrate is an open-source modular framework for building blockchains, and is the backbone of the upcoming Polkadot network. Learn to build a custom Blockchain during this live working session with Parity Technologies.
Prerequisites: Please install and setup substrate as described here: https://substrate.dev/docs/en/getting-started/installing-substrate

Balázs Némethi, CEO Taqanu

Decentralized Identity Foundation talk talk: decentralised identity
A paradigm shift in identity management in the age of decentralization, and how DIDs will change the world.

Tannr Allard, Nervos Network

Nervos talk: a blockchain that stores any crypto
This talk will describe the problems with the economics of past blockchain networks and how Nervos has designed a smart-contract platform designed for long-term sustainability and value preservation of all crypto-assets

Felipe Duarte and Pat Rawson

DAOStack workshop: deploy DAOs fast
Join this workshop to run through an overview of all design decisions to deploy a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

4:45 Outlier Ventures Base Camp teams will be presenting and demoing their ideas Eleftherios Diakomichalis, Co-Founder, OS Coin

OS Coin talk: Radicle - paying open-source devs

5:00 Outlier Ventures Base Camp teams will be presenting and demoing their ideas


Sunday

Hackathon

Timings Agenda
8:00 -10:00 Registration opens, check-in and formation of new teams, breakfast
8:00 Hack starts
9:00-11:00 Breakfast is served
11:30 Mentor/ team check-in with coffee and snacks
1:00-3:00 Lunch
2:00 Judging of submissions
6:00-7:00 Award ceremony
7:00-8:30 Dinner and drinks


Talks and Workshops

SUNDAY Lexis:
Purple zone (Ground Floor)

Lexis:
Yellow zone (Ground Floor)
Lexis:
Blue zone (Ground Floor)
10:00 Cosmos talk: Tendermint - proof of stake at scale today
10:30 Marcin Rudolf, Co-founder & CTO, Neufund

Neufund talk: regulation-compliant security tokens

Security tokens are bound to "real-world" assets and as such create several side off-chain effects from the point of view of the network like Ethereum blockchain. A practical implementation of such protocol that is already in full use on the mainnet an also compliant with EU regulations.

11:00 Boris Mann, Co-founder, Fission

Fission talk: licensing open-source software
There has been much discussion lately about the utility of different open source licenses for software. Join a discussion group on different needs of software licensing, from their effect on adoption, commercialization, and even regulatory considerations.

Konstantin Richter, CEO/Founder of Blockdaemon

Blockdaemon talk: node monitoring
Discuss BPM (Blockchain Manager Package) and monitoring metrics for out-of-the-box solutions and challenges of knowledge sharing across the node-runners across the validator ecosystem.

11:30 Senior developer, Jonathan Wolff, Streamr

Steamr talk: pub/sub data trading

Decentralized Identifiers: a practical primer

Decentralised identifiers (DIDs) are a building block of decentralised identity - and they're not just an idea. Discover how you can implement your own interoperable DID system and empower your users to control their digital data

12:00 Raphael Hüfner - Senior Blockchain Developer

Onboarding the 99%
The Upvest solution allows developers to easily integrate blockchain technologies into their applications, and provide secure non-custodial wallets that users will love.

12.30
6:00 Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony

6:30 Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony

Jamie Burke, CEO and Aron van Ammers, CTO Outlier Ventures

Closing ceremony


Tracks and Prizes

A Stack for Good: your moonshot for a better world

How can you leverage the Convergence Stack to do Good, with a capital G? In this track we invite you create your moonshot for a better world. The crazier, the better.

Focus areas: Learning, Storage, Networking, Middleware, UX

ETHBerlin and the DoD: community improvement bounties

ETHBerlin and the Department of Decentralization are coming to Diffusion 2019! We are excited to be hosting a track within the hackathon and there will be bounties of course. There will be Department of Decentralization Community Improvement Bounties focusing on all areas in the Convergence Stack, with a soft focus on Ethereum. Bounty details:

Middleware Community Improvement Bounty: during ETHBerlinZwei, DeFi reigned supreme. We saw incredible projects such as the mixer of mixers S.U.D.Z, Cherry Swap: swapping interest rates using the Compound Protocol, or Ratelock: fixed interest rates for lending/borrowing.

The most innovative DeFi app built at Diffusion 2019 will be awarded 1,000 EUR.

UX Community Improvement Bounty: We are looking for a project that truly moves the needle when it comes to overall User Experience and usability for the ecosystem. Working with a nascent technology it is necessary to address the underwhelming user experience and foster new mental models that users can easily rely upon when interfacing with the complexities of the Web 3 Technology Stack.

This bounty will also be awarded 1,000 EUR.

Networking Community Improvement Bounty: this is a continuation of our initiative with Protocol Labs’ Libp2p. Before ETHBerlin, we sourced feedback from developers building on Cosmos, ETH2.0, Golem and more and identified pain points that Libp2p needed to overcome for a better experience building the core networking stack for technologies such as Cosmos, Polkadot, ETH 2.0, and many others. During ETHBerlinZwei, we offered six bounties.

We are continuing this great work by allocating 1,000 EUR to a Libp2p improvement bounty at Diffusion 2019. The more Libp2p continues to improve, the more teams around the blockchain ecosystem are benefitted! If you would like to contribute to the bounty, the scope is here.

Web 2.5: onboarding the rest of the world to decentralised technology

Diffusion is all about Web 3.0 - decentralised, open, user-owned. You are the pioneers. Now how do we onboard the 99% of developers and organisations who are not into Web 3 yet? This track is focused on bridging the world of Web 2 and Web 3. Can you build a DApp that leverages one or more centralised services, while maintaining its openness and decentralised nature?

Submissions in this track are required to integrate at least one centralised service into their DApp, in addition to using the Convergence Stack.

Focus areas: Learning, Storage, Networking, Middleware, UX

The Odyssey Serendipity Network: growing a network of ecosystems

The Challenge: Creating the infrastructure for collaborative knowledge networks where questions meet people who want to help answer those questions. An open-source, decentralised network of (curated) ecosystem nodes, where people actually want to find each other. Their stories are bright stars, bound to be connected, only to find out the connection is already there.

A winning team will...develop an open-source, scalable solution maximizing the opportunities for bottom-up growth through the Odyssey ecosystem and the ecosystem of its friends and partners, like Diffusion.

Budget and development after Diffusion
There is budget available for developing the open source winning solution after Diffusion. The winner(s) of this challenge are invited to co-develop their Serendipity-solution with us and to test it with 2.000 participants at Odyssey Hackathon, 2-6 April 2020. When successful and with the learnings of this test, all Odyssey friends & partners are invited to run a node of the system, boosting the serendipity:)

Ambition
Since 2017, Odyssey has grown into the largest AI and blockchain hackathon in the world. Anyone who has ever been at Odyssey experiences a network and serendipity effect that is unlike any other hackathon. To get a feel for that serendipity, just have a look at the Odyssey 2019 after movie.

With the Serendipity Network we want to digitise and distribute the serendipity effect of the Odyssey Hackathon experience for everyone in the world and create a network of ecosystems committed to helping each other. Where each actor and ecosystem is connected, not based on who knows whom but on who is working on what and in which context.

Focus areas: UX, Storage, Middleware

Token Engineering: (re-)invent economic mechanisms by using simulations

Cryptoeconomic systems will allow us to establish new rules and economic incentives for blockchain ecosystems. For the first time in history we will be able to define such systems from scratch and use tokens as a programmable representation of value.

To develop such systems we can apply tools and methods from complex systems engineering. One core element are simulations that allow us to verify a specific system design before launching it to the real world. Over the last months, BlockScience developed a token modeling framework, called cadCAD.

CommonsStack.org has open-sourced cadCAD at the tegg.io conference in August - it is now available to everyone to start simulating token economies.

The TokenEngineering track seeks developers to use cadCAD to validate and improve a given cryptoeconomic building block, or create one.

In our introductory workshops you’ll learn how to design a token system from scratch, break it down to cryptoeconomic building blocks, think multiple layers of abstraction and use simulations to validate and iterate on a given module. This requires basic knowledge in Python, system dynamics, and token models.

For more details see also this Medium post and this Medium post

Head to the Token Engineering room on Saturday 11 am at 1st floor for kick-off. Attending this session is really important if you want to participate in the Token Engineering track!

Machine Learning in the Decentralised World: opening the AI silos

Machine learning has taken a great flight over the past decade. The unreasonable effectiveness of data has quickly brought us to a world where machine learning is used in almost every service we use on a daily basis. In parallel, advancements in techniques like federated learning, differential privacy, homomorphic encryption, and tokenization enable us to build secure, privacy-preserving and collectively-owned machine learning.

When data has become a digital asset, how can you leverage it in your DApp? What can you achieve with machine learning with the ever growing open datasets that decentralised systems themselves produce?

Submissions in this track are required to use a form of machine learning. Privacy-preserving forms of machine learning are preferred.

Focus areas: Learning, Storage

Shaking Up the Model: data and compute in different places

The client-server model of computing has been the dominant paradigm for decades. The vast majority of data is kept in silos, and the vast majority of algorithms to deliver value from that data is run by centralised operators. With Web 3 and the Convergence Stack we have the building blocks for different models, bringing the user back in control. Peer to peer protocols, agent-based architectures and distributed ledgers have opened the door to new ways of building ecosystems unified by software. But how do we ensure data reliability and long-term durability when users own their own data, while keeping data private? How do we enable access control in decentralised systems? In your system design, what happens at the inevitable point in the future when the cryptographic algorithms break?

In this track we want to see DApps built on the Convergence Stack that use an innovative model of storing and processing data to address these questions.

Focus areas: Storage, UX, Middleware, Learning

Sharing in Consortia Networks: permissioned, tokenized data sharing with T-Labs

Companies are constantly looking for more secure ways to share data over a trusted network, without losing time, reducing trust and ownership. Current Data Exchange Interfaces are central servers, making it hard to scale, access and take control. As we push towards ecosystem infrastructures (Ecostructures) by using blockchain, members will require access rights, safer methods to store data, scalability solutions, as well as a way to monetize data by using tokens.

In this track we would like to see developers develop a role-based data sharing solution, which encompasses digital identifiers to source (locate) data, user roles for access rights via a permissioned blockchain, and build a data marketplace to monetize data.

T-Labs recently launched an example of this with Xride Stax, a decentralised open mobility ecosystem, which facilitates collaboration in communication and data sharing between Riddle & Code, Ubirch, Jolocom, Simple Mobility, and Bundesdruckerei. With benefits such as instant user onboarding, seamless KYC processes, secure machine identities, decreased transaction fees via micropayments and improved availability via decentralized storage.

We would like developers to experiment with identification processes for users and data, attribute-based access control, scalability solutions, smart contracts and tokenized data sharing.

Developers in this track will get access to Stax, the multi-blockchain orchestration suite developed by T-Labs which can be used to spin up infrastructure for Ethereum and other technologies.

Focus Areas: Security, UX, Storage

The Usable Stack: new and better ways to use Web 3

It’s been ten years since the inception of blockchain, and using crypto and DApps is still hard. Too hard for the widespread adoption it deserves. Things are getting better: there are many great initiatives to make accessing DApps easier for new users, such as Metamask, Portis, and Torus, but to an extent these are only scratching the surface of great Web 3 user experience. How do we not only lower the barrier of entry, but make every interaction that a user has with a smart contract understandable and safe? As we extend the usage of distributed ledgers from simple value transactions to elaborate smart contracts and realise an open data economy, how do we provide ways for users to interact with it, without creating new centralised gatekeepers?

In this track we want to see DApps on the Convergence Stack that use innovative ways to use the decentralised web securely. We encourage you to think beyond the browser - augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), voice interfaces (VUI), conversational interfaces (CUIs) and NFC tags are all ways to engage with a cryptosystem.

Focus areas: UX

Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger: credentials for digital trust

The Hyperledger project governs a rich set of open source technologies for the decentralised web, including Hyperledger Indy which underpins Sovrin, an important component of the Convergence Stack. Other notable Hyperledger projects include Fabric, one of the most popular platforms for enterprise blockchain networks, Iroha, a modular distributed blockchain platform, and Burrow and Besu, both EVM-based blockchain code bases.

In this track we invite developers to build innovative solutions using self-sovereign identity and verifiable credentials with Hyperledger Indy, Aries and Ursa. Some themes to start with:

• Travel credentials and crossing borders
• Customer relationships in online commerce and offline (retail) commerce, and where they come together
• Internet of Trusted Things: credentials for devices

Additionally, we invite hackers to build with other Hyperledger technologies and combine them with components of the Convergence Stack.

Developers participating in this track will get access to Evernym Verity nodes, which offer a powerful interface to the capabilities of Sovrin and other Hyperledger Indy networks, including credential issuance and verification.

Focus areas: Storage, Middleware, UX

$4,000 available in bounties and prizes for:

• Integrated Credential -- Targeting integration between projects and technologies to use credentials in an innovative way.
• Empowering IoT -- Similar to Integrated Credential, but specifically targeting the use of Credentials in the IoT space.
• Social Impact -- Using SSI and credentials to address a social problem in a meaningful way.
• Travel Enablement -- Using SSI to enable smoother travel for people (and goods).

All Prizes

Overall Winners of Diffusion '19

Prize EUR Value* Paid As
Winner of Winners Diffusion Dev Con '19 €1,600 EUR & FET
Silver Runner-Up €1,000 EUR & FET
Bronze Runner-Up €400 EUR & FET
*Will be paid in a combination of EUR and Fetch.ai tokens

Track Winners of Diffusion '19

Prize Value in EUR* Paid As
T-Labs Sharing in Consortia Networks Track Winner €1,000 EUR
ETHBerlin and the DoD: Middleware Bounty Track Winner €1,000 EUR
ETHBerlin and the DoD: UX Bounty Track Winner €1,000 EUR
ETHBerlin and the DoD: Networking Bounty Track Winner €1,000 EUR
Token Engineering Track Winner €1,000 EUR & FET
Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger - Integrated Credential Track Winner €900 EUR
Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger - Empowering IoT Track Winner €900 EUR
Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger - Social Impact Track Winner €900 EUR
Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger - Travel Enablement Track Winner €900 EUR
A Stack for Good Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
Web 2.5 Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
The Odyssey Serendipity Network Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
Machine Learning in the Decentralised World Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
Shaking Up the Model Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
The Usable Stack Track Winner €400 EUR & FET
*Will be paid in a combination of EUR and Fetch.ai tokens

Technology Prizes at Diffusion '19

Prize EUR Value* Paid As Rules
Winner of the Ocean Protocol Technology Prize €1,000 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Ocean Runner-Up €250 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Ocean Runner-Up €250 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Ocean Runner-Up €250 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Ocean Runner-Up €250 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Ocean Runner-Up €250 OCEAN Build with Ocean Protocol
Winner of the IOTA Technology Prize €1,000 IOTA Build with IOTA
IOTA Runner-Up €250 IOTA Build with IOTA
IOTA Runner-Up €250 IOTA Build with IOTA
IOTA Runner-Up €250 IOTA Build with IOTA
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FAQs

How do I apply to be part of Diffusion 2019?

To apply for one of the places at Diffusion 2019, click the 'Apply now' button or head to https://diffusion2019.devpost.com and "Register for this hackathon". Please note signing up for a Devpost account does not register you for the event.

If you’d like to apply to be a mentor please head to the application form here: https://buff.ly/2ycgcpl

If you’d like to apply to be a volunteer please head to the application form here: https://buff.ly/2OAWrmH

During the hackathon, you need to enter a submission via the submission form. This will enable you to submit a project. When you create a project you are creating the project page that will house the details about what you're working on. When you want to enter that project as a submission to Diffusion 2019 that's when it is considered a submission for the prize.


Who is eligible to take part in Diffusion 2019?

1. Hackathon team

To participate in a team for the hackathon we are looking for:

▪️Web 3.0/blockchain developers with some experience;

▪️Web 2.0/enterprise full-stack developers;

▪️Front end / UX developers and designers;

▪️Data scientists.

This could be as individuals, teams or organizations.
If you are joining as a team we are looking for a maximum of 5 members.

2. Mentors

We are also looking for mentors, who will also be an integral part of the event. Mentors will help the teams of developers compete in challenges including the build of dapps, network improvements, stack integrations, tooling and documentation to accelerate adoption and network growth.

Mentors come in various forms; technical, legal, business, artificial intelligence, blockchain, data science, cryptography, regulation, etc.

Mentors contribute to the success of the event by guiding the teams around obstacles, working closely with the teams and encouraging collaboration between them.

3. Volunteers

We are also looking for volunteers to help run and support Diffusion 2019 this could include the distribution of sustenance to teams; checking-in participants, speakers, and mentors; and being on hand for advice and support over the weekend.

Do I need a team to participate in Diffusion 2019?

We are interested in both individuals and teams to join.

If you are an individual looking for a team visit the Participants page on https://diffusion2019.devpost.com to see other users who are registered for that hackathon.

If you’ve registered for the hackathon, you’ll see yourself at the top of the list. In this area, you’re able to indicate if you’re looking for teammates or not via the checkbox option. If you’re looking for a team, complete the text box to introduce yourself, and ideas you have, or what kind of teammates you’re looking for.

If you see someone you’d like to team up with, click the “Message” button to compose a message and send them an email. The email will be sent from the email address associated with your Devpost account, so the person you’re messaging can reply to you directly. You’ll only be able to message each user once.

Where is Diffusion 2019 taking place?

It’s taking place at Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park Lohmühlenstraße 65, 12435 Berlin, Germany on 19th and 20th October.

Are there any specific rules for the application I should be aware of?

Yes, please see the below:

▪️You will receive a GitHub repository once you register via Devpost to submit your work. Only submissions in your official repository will be considered.

▪️Your submission must use at least one of the technologies of the Convergence Stack:

Fetch.AI - decentralised digital world in which useful economic activity takes place.

Sovrin - decentralised metasystem for identity.

IOTA - permissionless distributed ledger for a new economy.

Ocean Protocol - a decentralized data exchange protocol to unlock data for AI.

Agoric- secure smart contracts.

SEED - powering the bot economy on blockchain.

OrbitDB(Haja Networks) - decentralised peer to peer databases.

Ethereum - Network for decentralized applications.

Bitcoin - Peer-to-peer electronic cash.

RightMesh - Networking software extending connectivity.

Cosmos - A network of independent, scalable and interoperable blockchains.

FOAM - Crowdsourced mapping and location services.

Chainlink - Delivering trusted data to blockchains.

Golem - Network for shared computing power.

Aragon - Network for open organisations.

▪️You can use any programming language, operating system or technology platform you want.

▪️You may use existing code to start with, but you must make clear which new work you have produced in the hackathon. Your submission will be judged only on the new work.

▪️You must adhere to the Code of Conduct below.

How do I edit my submission once I’ve submitted it?

Head to https://diffusion2019.devpost.com, click the “Manage your submission” button on the right side.

You’ll then be able to select the submission that you want to edit, message a manager about your submission, or enter a new submission. If you choose to edit your submission, complete all of the required fields on the submission form and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

Who will be judging the hackathon as part of Diffusion 2019?

CEO, CTOs, Core Dev Teams & Commercial Teams from across the Convergence Stack and its ecosystem. The names will be released over the upcoming weeks please follow Outlier Ventures social channels for more information.

▪️Telegram: Outlier Ventures
▪️Twitter: @OvioHQ
▪️LinkedIn: Outlier Ventures

What is the prize fund?

The total amount is still to be finalised but there will be multiple token prizes from projects across the stack available to be won.

What will the agenda of the event look like?

The two-day event will be focused on the practical application of distributed ledger technology, smart contracts and programmable tokens, to create a new data layer, and enable other deep technologies like AI and IoT to combine and converge in order to define the next major web cycle.

It will be a hackathon-style event with teams of developers competing in challenges including dapps, network improvements, stack integrations, tooling and documentation to accelerate adoption and network growth. The event will also feature a series of exclusive product launches, live demos, enterprise partnership announcements and Q&As from founders and core dev teams from across The Stack as well as presentations from leading developers, economists and system engineers.

A more detailed agenda will be shared in the months leading up to the event.

What is the Code of Conduct?

We ask that all those who participate help us create an inclusive, welcoming and safe community. To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, organisers and volunteers are expected to conform to the following code of conduct.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, religion or position. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Expected Behaviour

▪️Please treat all other hackers with the utmost respect.

▪️Please treat all sponsors, organisers and judges with the utmost respect.

▪️Participate in a genuine and active way with an open mind.

▪️Be kind to others and respect their work, time and perspectives.

▪️Do not insult or put down other attendees.

▪️Behave professionally.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Any behaviour seen to be intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

▪️Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or political views;

▪️Sexual images in public spaces;

▪️Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following;

▪️Harassing photography or recording;

▪️Inappropriate physical contact;

▪️Unwelcome sexual attention;

▪️Sustained disruption of talk or other events.

Unacceptable behaviour from any member of the community, including sponsors, staff and those with decision-making authority will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to adhere immediately.

If the unacceptable behaviour continues, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning.

Harassment and other unacceptable behaviour reduce the value of our event for everyone. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of staff immediately.

Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

I still have questions, who can I talk to?

Please contact contact@diffusion.events for more information.

Who are our media partners?



Do you pay for visas or travel?

Whilst all food and drink at the event is covered we don't cover visas or travel to the event.

Mentors

A Stack for Good: your moonshot for a better world

Antonio Nardella - IOTA
Artiona Bogo - SAP
Balazs Nemethi - Taqanu
Benjamin Kampmann - Parity
Bogdan Nedelcu
Haischel Dabian - Kryha
Hendrik Hofstadt - Certus One
Michael Reuter - Datarella
Pelle Braendgaard - Stake Ventures
Raynaldo Rivera - Alkemi.ai
Robert Radek
Sebastian Wrobel

ETHBerlin and the DoD: community improvement bounties

Alim Khamisa - Alkemi
Ben Bollen - ETHBerlin
Elias Haase - ETHBerlin
Nick Todorov
Nikola Madjarevic - 2key.network
Pro Gevorgyan - ETHBerlin

Web 2.5: onboarding the rest of the world to decentralised technology

Boris Mann - Fission
Brooklyn Zelenka - Fission
Chris Veselinov - LimeChain
Dean Tribble - Agoric
Eugene Aseev - Chainstack
Felix Machart - Greenfield
Johann Eid - Chainlink
Patrick Mayr - Cherry Ventures
Raphael Huefner - Upvest
Ricardo Rius
Richard Littauer

The Odyssey Serendipity Network: growing a network of ecosystems

Jan-Peter Doomernik - Nature 2.0 /Odyssey (Enexis)
Rutger van Zuidam - Odyssey
Stefan Kunst - Odyssey

Token Engineering: (re-)invent economic mechanisms by using simulations

Angela Kreitenweis - Token Engineering
Benjamin Horvath - Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
Billy Rennekamp - Cosmos/ Clovers
Colin Andrews - Freeelio
Dr Michael Zargham - Token Engineering
Eleftherios Diakomichalis - OSCoin
Esen Esener
Felix Lutsch - Chorus.one
Jasmine Zhang - IOSG
Nick de la Forge
Onur Solmaz - CasperLabs
Paul Walton - Agoric
Petar Atanasovski - MVP Workshop
Sebnem Rusitschka - Freeelio
Sylvia Alexandra Niewiem - Siemens
Tanja Romahn - Siemens
Tannr Allard - Nervos Network

Machine Learning in the Decentralised World: opening the AI silos

Georg (Juri) Stricker - Signature Ventures
Josh Croft - Fetch.AI
Maria Pavlova - Capital Group
Pranay Valson - Upvest
Toby Simpson - Fetch.AI
Trent McConaghy - Ocean
Zied Guesmi - iExec

Shaking Up the Model: data and compute in different places

Ben Lamothe - Quorum control
Can Kisagun - Enigma
Holger Kother - IOTA
Kevin Tharayil - Quorum Control
Luis Shemtov - Berlin Innovation Ventures
Paul Kohlhaas - Molecule
Philipp-Alexander Blum - IOTA
Sebastian Gajek
Sebastian Gerske - BigchainDB

Sharing in Consortia Networks: permissioned, tokenized data sharing with T-Labs

Abhijeet Singh Rathore - T-Labs
Alexander Manecke - T-Labs
Denis Chikanov - T-Labs
Dirk Thatmann - T-Labs
Maksim Sukhotin - T-Labs
Marco Calicchia - T-Labs
Marcus Ulbricht
Peter Ruppel - CODE University
Philip Toepffer - T-Labs

The Usable Stack: new and better ways to use Web 3

Catarina Veloso - Fractal
Chris Ward - Ethereum Foundation / Kauri
Julio Santos
Jurgis Jaska - DappRadar
Marko Prljic
Nathan Shedroff - SEED
Rachel Black - 3Box
Thomas Schulz - SEED

Identity and and beyond with Hyperledger: credentials for digital trust

Agata Kukwa - dac.digital
Andrew Tobin - Evernym
Dominic Briggs - Blockwall
Marinela Pavlova
Marta Geater-Piekarska - Hyperledger
Trev - Evernym
Vladan - Evernym

Generalist mentors across all tracks

Bruce Pon - Ocean Protocol
Clement Bihorel - Next Big Thing
Howard Ye - Qtum
Isaac Sultan
Jessica - FOAM
Julien Beranger - iExec
Vesa-Ville Piiroinen - Haja
Lukas Wuttke - Accenture
Marko Baricevic - Tendermint
Michael Bingel
Ryan Gill - Crucible Network
Ryan John King - FOAM
Samuli Pöyhtäri - Haja
Sandeep Bajjuri
Sheridan Johns - Ocean Protocol
Silvan Jongerius - TechGDPR / BerChain
Vasco Santos - MOXY
Yoann Berno - Next Big Thing
Zafar Mahmood