The Miami Bitcoin Hackathon, one of the world’s longest running and largest Bitcoin hackathons, will be taking place this January in Miami. Hosted at Wynwood’s The Lab Miami, the Hackathon will kick-off with a social mixer for participants and observers on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 P.M. Hacking begins the next day Saturday at 9 A.M. and will continue for about 26 hours until the next morning. Developers must create original code for applications and software that integrate Bitcoin in innovative ways. Hacking ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, so that presentations can begin. A panel of judges will review the submissions. Prizes in BTC will be awarded to the winners.
“Our goal is to get local developers interested in building applications on top of Bitcoin,” said Doug Carrillo co-founder of Bitstop, one of the largest Bitcoin ATM operators in the world. “We believe Bitcoin will change the lives of millions of people. It’s important to expose as many developers to Bitcoin as possible.”
Judges for the 2019 Miami Bitcoin Hackathon will include Bitstop co-founders Douglas Carrillo & Dainel Vera, local South Florida Bitcoin podcaster Joshua Unseth, and Ryan Brewer, a local Bitcoin developer who hosts regular Miami bitcoin developer meetups.
The first-place winning team will receive the grand prize of 2 BTC (currently worth about $8,000 USD). Second place will be awarded 1 BTC (equivalent to about $4,000 USD.) Subsequent winning placements continue to sixth place, with bitcoin prizes awarded for all.
Developers who want to sharpen their Bitcoin skills can get an edge on the competition before the Hackathon. Bitcoin developer Justin Moon is coming down to Miami to teach his popular Bitcoin programming course BUILDL Bootcamp on January 14th and 15th. Those interested in his course can learn more at MiamiBitcoinHackathon.com.
Bitcoin has grown a lot over the past year. We’ve seen the price climb as high as $20,000 and drop down to $4,000. Even though the price has been volatile lately, Bitcoin fundamentals couldn’t be better. The infrastructure, resources and scaling layers of Bitcoin have grown significantly in size which has laid fertile ground for developers to build applications easier.
Bitstop is a Bitcoin ATM operator and distributor with 100 active ATMs nationwide.