Trends in blockchain and related technologies involving Web 3.0, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, banking and finance, digital assets and esports are among the topics that will be examined at the sixth annual Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and Wyobuildathon Sept. 11-15 at the University of Wyoming.
The event is presented by UW’s Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation (CBDI). The title sponsor is IOHK.
“Now in its sixth year, the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and Wyobuildathon is a showcase for the state’s lead role in shaping digital asset legal and regulatory policies, education, technology, finance and business opportunities,” says Steve Lupien, CBDI director.
Highlights of the week include a meeting of the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Blockchain,
Financial Technology and Digital Innovation Technology; an academic symposium by the UW School of Computing; the 307 Startup Challenge for digital asset businesses; and a collegiate esports competition.
Developers and technologists will earn awards while solving blockchain-related challenges in the Wyobuildathon. High school, community college and university students have enhanced their educational and career experiences by participating in the event. Developers, designers, project managers and entrepreneurs from around the world also have entered the event in past years.
Participants in the online Wyobuildathon again will compete for prizes awarded by sponsors for blockchain-related projects.
The week will conclude with a free concert for attendees and sponsors, as well as the UW community, Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in the UW Indoor Practice Facility. This year’s featured performer is rising country music star Travis Denning.
Sponsorships are available for the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and Wyobuildathon challenges.
Information about applying for the 307 Startup Challenge will be announced in July.
“With the rapid changes involving blockchain, digital assets and cryptocurrency, this year’s Stampede will provide an important perspective on the latest in education, regulation, DeFi, NFTs, smart-contracts, banking, startups, economic development, cybersecurity, DAOs, and more,” said Steve Lupien, director of the UW Center for Blockchain and Digital innovation. “Since the inception of the Stampede, industry, governmental and educational leaders from around the world have attended the event, highlighting the opportunities, challenges and latest developments in blockchain, digital assets and cryptocurrency.”
The UW Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation (CBDI) is an interdisciplinary center focused on emerging technologies to foster innovation, economic development, and education. The CBDI is shared by the College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the School of Energy Resources. The center also involves the state’s community colleges.
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