Blockchain developers descend on Silicon Beach to build decentralized apps

Last weekend, BCG Digital Ventures and DVolution hosted our very first dAppathon, with over 60 developers from across the globe traveling to our Manhattan Beach Center.

Team Ex-Cintric, heads-down in a venture room

Team Ex-Cintric, heads-down in a venture room


Over the course of 48 hours, developers broke into 20 teams, all in a race to build the best decentralized Apps (dApps) using blockchain technology. With prizes totaling $10k and bragging rights of industry recognition, participants—some of whom were working with blockchain for the first time—also had the opportunity for mentorship throughout the weekend from DVers across multiple cohorts.

Team D.Aug ideating in the earlier hours of the hackathon

Team D.Aug ideating in the early hours of the hackathon


The weekend culminated with 20 rapid-fire pitches on Sunday afternoon for the teams to present what they’d built. The panel of judges included our very own Mike Schwartz, DV Partner and Founder of DVolution, Amy Castor, a Forbes and Bitcoin Magazine journalist, Peter Borah, one of the world’s leading smart contract architects and Dominic Williams, Chief Scientist, DFINITY and CTO and President, String Labs.


The winner of the judges' top prizes--Toothpick

The winner of the judges’ top prizes–Toothpick

The judges’ choice winner was Toothpick, a smart-contract enabled platform that empowers small business owners to grow and scale their businesses via local micro-influencers. The Peer Vote prize was split between two teams after being deadlocked in a tie between team Co|Post, a P2P delivery service for the developing world, and Billchain, a subscription billing services platform using blockchain technology. Lastly, our Community/Coach award went to You’ve Got ETH, a service to send anyone Ether via email, whether you have a wallet or not.

Dominic Williams speaks about DFINITY and the future of blockchain at the closing session.

Dominic Williams speaks about DFINITY and the future of blockchain at the closing session.

Congratulations to our four winners and stay tuned for the announcement of the next BCGDV hackathon, which will likely happen in early 2018. For photos and more about the experience, check out our Twitter Moment and the coverage in Forbes.