Lethbridge Blockchain Workshop and Hackathon

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Experts from academia/industry will pose real-world problems and participants will design smart contracts and pitch to experts. No prior experinece in coding or blockchain is necessary. We will show you the tools of the trade!     


Organizing Committee

Robert Benkoczi (Mathematics & Computer Science) 

Muhammad A. Khan (Mathematics & Computer Science) 

Afrooz Maotari-Kazerouni (Dhillon School of Business) 

Greg Vilk (University Industry Liaison Office) 

Rossitsa Yalamova (Dhillon School of Business) 



Orientation and First Workshop 

Friday, Feb 1, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

University of Lethbridge, Anderson Hall 177 (AH 177) 

Dr. Robert Benkoczi: LBWH Workshops, Competitions and Prizes (4:00 - 4:15 p.m.)

Dr. Muhammad A. Khan: Decentralization via Blockchain: A No-Strings-Attached Framework (4:15 - 4:45 p.m.)

Abstract: Blockchain means different things to different parties. From mining cryptocurrencies to reducing accounting overhead and from supply chain management to smart contracts, blockchain technology serves many different needs. This talk describes the decentralized framework common to most of these applications. We discuss how blockchain delivers transparency, immutability and consensus in a peer-to-peer setting, without focusing on any particular application. Participants would be able to interpret the talk in the context of their backgrounds and interests. No strings attached! 

Mahshid Aghania: Hands-on Lab Activities (4:45 - 6:00 p.m.)


Weekly Friday Workshops (Optional but highly recommended)

Every Friday, Feb 1 - March 8, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

University of Lethbridge, Anderson Hall 177 (AH 177) 

Each workshop features a 30-minute talk by an expert from academia/industry followed by (optional) hands-on lab activities to reinforce understanding. Details TBA. 


Problem Pitch Competition

Friday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

University of Lethbridge, Venue TBA 

Details TBA


Smart Contract Competition (Finale)

March 15, 2:00 p.m. - March 16, 6:00 p.m.

University of Lethbridge, Venue TBA 

Details TBA



We highly recommend attending the orientation and the workshops for team building and preparing for the competitions. 

We request that you BRING A DEVICE (laptop/tablet/phablet) capable of browsing the web.A limited number of devices might be available for University of Lethbridge students. 

Food and drinks will be provided.  


Register for free via Eventbrite: http://uoflsmartcontracts.eventbrite.ca 

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Muhammad Khan | ma.khan@uleth.ca | (403) 329-2130 | http://directory.uleth.ca/users/ma.khan

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