Designing the future of work

Blockchain is an emerging technology that is increasingly incorporated into enterprises due to its immutable, reliable and decentralised nature. Through the National Blockchain Challenge 2019, we are looking for blockchain enthusiasts who want to design the future of work with us. 

The future of work is defined by two elements. Firstly, there is increasing globalization resulting in the gig-economy, which may result in many freelancers not being paid in an accountable, inclusive and trusted manner. Secondly, automation will inevitably result in the indiscriminate wiping out of many professions, and many workers will be displaced. Against this backdrop, how can we use blockchain technology to design a better future of work?

The National Blockchain Challenge 2019 connects institutional, academic, developer and student communities. We encourage teams to build blockchain applications that can result in fairer, more equitable, empowered and prosperous work of the future.

Besides the hackathon, we have prepared a list of master classes, check out the complete list at our website.

This event is supported by Lifelong Learning Institute


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Existing students in any of the education institutions. We welcome all tertiary students, from public and private institutions. 

We are open to all nationals but you have to be in Singapore to be part of this hackathon. 

Will there be food at the event? 
Yes, meals are included for the participants of the hackathon. Vegetarian and halal options will be available. 

Can I attend the pitches and awards without participating in the hackathon? 
Yes, you are more than welcome to join us on 16 June. It's not just the hackathon that will be happening. We have 3 insightful panel discussions, and exciting pitches line up for you. Sign up for your complimentary tickets here. 

What are the challenges? 
There will be 3 challenges for you to pick from, which we will reveal when we are closer to the event. 


Participants should submit original and creative ideas that can significantly benefit the industry. Projects should demonstrate excellent incorporation of blockchain technology and should be atleast partly functional. Lastly, the ideas should be well-presented.

How to enter

  1. Sign up on Devpost. 
  2. Find team members and create your team preferably at least 3-5 contributors. 
  3. Join the event. 
  4. Attend the masterclasses. 
  5. Come for the hackathon.  


Brendan Graetz

Brendan Graetz
Founder, DADC

Dr Rex Yeap

Dr Rex Yeap
Vice Chairman, Business Angel Network

Kenneth Hu

Kenneth Hu
CTO, BytePay Inc

Laurence Zhang

Laurence Zhang
Director of Technology, Institute of Blockchain Singapore

Mriganka Pattnaik

Mriganka Pattnaik
CEO, Merkle Science

Sam Gibb

Sam Gibb
Partner, Endeavour Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Originality (4 pts)
    1: Similar solutions in the market 2: Some innovation, but many aspects are like existing solutions. 3: Mostly unique, though some parts are like existing solutions. 4: New approach to solve this problem - solution has a unique selling point
  • Innovation in Solution (4 pts)
    1: No attempt was made to use innovative technologies. 2: Some attempt to try out new, emerging technologies. 3: Successfully implements emerging technologies. 4: Solution successfully demonstrate novel implementations of technologies
  • Technical Complexity (2 pts)
    Technology refers to programming languages, development tools, test tools, frameworks, libraries, 3rd party integrations, etc. Complexity of technology: 0.5: Very basic 1.0: Simple 1.5: Intermediate 2.0: Advanced technology
  • Functionality (4 pts)
    Technology refers to programming languages, development tools, test tools, frameworks, libraries, 3rd party integrations, etc. Functionality of technology: 1: Non-functional 2: Partial 3: Mostly 4: Complete
  • Use of blockchain (4 pts)
    1: Attempted to interact with a blockchain 2: Interacted with a blockchain successfully 3: Correct blockchain technology has been chosen 4: Blockchain verticals have been implemented successfully and solution is a working prototype
  • Presentation Quality (2 pts)
    0.5: The idea & Q&A are not conveyed at all. 1: The presentation is not fluent or organized and prototype is not well-displayed. 1.5: The presentation is steady & organized. Q&A is handled well. 2: The presentation is exciting. Q&A sheds extra nuances.