Blockchain consultancy ConsenSys has held its first Blockchain Developer Bootcamp in Beirut, Lebanon.
The bootcamp attracted 32 participants, and included a three days of blockchain developer training followed by a 30-hour hackathon.
Participants received in-depth training on how to create a development environment, build decentralized applications (dApp) with Ethereum smart contracts and integrate the dApps with web applications.
The hackathon developed ideas for different challenges, from refugee donation tracking to education certification verification to real estate data transparency, among others. The hackathon was then followed by a demo day where teams pitched their ideas and showcased their prototypes to a panel of judges from ConsenSys, Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company, part of the PWC network), UK Lebanon Tech Hub, Middle East Venture Partners and Flat6Labs.
In addition to a cash prize, the hackathon winning team, BlocRefs, which proposed an elegant solution for refugee donation tracking, received an invitation to a one-week design sprint at UK Lebanon Tech Hub as well as the opportunity to pitch to ConsenSys MENA XLabs.
"The aim of this bootcamp was to empower this diverse and talented group of participants with programming experience and give them a platform to learn from the experts, foster their interest in blockchain technology and hone their skills," said Marc Ziade, Business Operations & Strategy Director at ConsenSys.
"To say that we exceeded expectations would be an understatement. The level of engagement from the participants not to mention the quality of the discussion and pitches are indicative of what we have known all along, there is an immense amount of talent in Lebanon that needs to be harnessed," he added.
The ConsenSys team was ably supported by partners including Beirut Digital District (BDD) and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company, part of the PWC network) as Platinum Sponsors, UK Lebanon Tech Hub as Gold Sponsor, and Middle East Venture Partners and Flat6Labs as Sliver Sponsors.
"We are excited about the partnership between Beirut Digital District Academy and ConsenSys, a global leader in blockchain, to deliver practical and in-depth trainings accessible to developers and entrepreneurs in Lebanon. We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback received on the first pilot, a 5-day bootcamp for developers, and we are looking forward to continuing our collaboration and working together to create sustainable blockchain expertise in our ecosystem," said Mouhamad Rabah, CEO of Beirut Digital District.
"We are proud to have been part of the panel of judges at one of the first blockchain bootcamps in the region, organized by ConsenSys. The participating teams did a great job. They identified societal and environmental issues that blockchain can help to solve, and then developed convincing pitches and working demos. We believe that such events and partnerships will continue to support us in unlocking the potential of blockchain technology for the private and public sectors. Congratulations once again to the winning teams," added Imad Atwi, Manager at Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company), part of the PwC network.
The Lebanon bootcamp was the start of a series of developer bootcamps ConsenSys is planning throughout the region.