Dubai’s government is on the hunt for startups to take part in a new blockchain contest, offering prizes of up to $20,000 for the winning projects.
In a statement, SDO director general Dr Aisha Bin Bishr said her office hopes to use the contest to identify companies with solutions that could have an impact on Dubai’s plans for modernization.
She said of the initiative:
To attract startups to the competition, the SDO is offering tens of thousands of dollars in cash for the best projects. In addition to the top prize, the contest features a second- and third-place prizes of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.
The Blockchain Challenge has an application deadline of 13th April, with 20 companies set to be selected to participate from all the entries.
The selected startups will then travel to Dubai in May for the actual contest, where they will be judged on the scope on their project, the degree to which it can be taken to market, and the ways in which blockchain is utilized.
Last May, Bin Bishr called blockchain “one of the most elegant and advanced technologies for cross-business efficiencies”.
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