Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and The Department of Finance are to host a hackathon tomorrow where 10 technical teams will take part.
The event is to begin with a welcome drinks reception which will take place on Friday 25th January, followed by the hackathon on Saturday where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Concluding on Sunday 27th, the teams will present their solutions, followed by an awards ceremony where the top prize is to receive €5,000, some €2,500 for second place and €1,000 for the third.
Making it quite obvious that this is a taxpayer funded event as usually prizes are a bit higher, but the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, said:
“Blockchain technologies have proposed new economic, business, social and technological models that have the potential to significantly impact business and society.
As part of Our Public Service 2020, our Government has pledged to drive innovation in policy design and service delivery, as well as promote a culture of innovation across our public service.
We believe this can partially be achieved through the use of novel and alternative mechanisms, new platforms and unusual channels.
Consulting and engaging experts on innovation from across the public sector, academia and the private sector to share ideas is a valuable action under the strategy, and this hackathon offers an opportunity to do so.”
Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government, is to sit on the judging panel alongside a number of private sector blockchain experts.
The two Departments will present potential Public Service business cases and problems to technical teams over the course of two days where they will be expected to brainstorm a potential technical solution.
Topics range from supply chains to procurement to medical records and everything else in-between, with the Irish government so looking to potentially apply blockchain tech and smart contracts for efficiency gains.