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TUPIANS Apply Blockchain For COOP Wins Prize At Dish 2018

"Pycellim – A Decentralized Cooperatives Network" that uses blockchain technology to log data and transactions of each cooperative bagged the 3rd Place and Accenture’s Choice Award in Decentralized Innovations Startups’ Hackathon (DISH) 2018 held last November 24-25, 2018 at Blockchain Space, Acceler8, Makati City.

Kyle Aquino and David Boado, two senior computer science students at TUP Manila worked with two other students from UST for two days to develop their entry for DISH. Aquino mentioned that he did not organize a team for the event and just went there with his thesismate David Boado and the other two from UST were only introduced to them during the event. "I did not prepare for the event aside with preparing the tools I needed to develop ethereum smart contracts and the general idea of decentralized cooperatives in blockchain network," he added.

Aquino who is an outgoing Virtual Reality Ambassador of the Philippines is not new to joining hackathons and shared message to his fellow TUPians, "We are heading to the 4th industrial revolution which requires creative thinking as its main skillset. We are all capable of having that skill so we are also capable in being at the forefront of the next revolutions. TUPians should be part of that since tech advancement is our main agenda in the University. There are a lot of opportunities out there, we should grab those now and hope for a better future not just for ourselves but also for our community."

DISH 2018 is a startup challenge that aims to enable Metro-Manila based developers to prototype and build relevant and sustainable platforms using blockchain technology. The event consisted of blockchain 101 talks (biz track), specialized break out rooms per smart contract platform (dev track), panel discussions (biz track), in-person code mentoring (dev track), and judging round which decided the top 3 teams of the competition.

The 1st Place of the competition was awarded to Cryptochamp that tokenizes memes into the ethereum blockchain, CryptoMemes. The 2nd Place was awarded to BluLemons, which is a blockchain-based Filipino themed game where scores are stored into the NEM blockchain.

DISH 2018 is jointly organized by Manila Ethereum Meetup, Blockdevs Asia, Coding Girls Manila, Makati Digital Currency, and Craft and Crypto. Among the event’s sponsors and partners include Accenture, NEM Philippines, ConsenSys, Asia Blockchain Review, BitChikka, and BitPinas.