Rules of International Blockchain Olympiad


  • Eligible contestants may be of any age and any education level.

  • Eligible contestants may be a current or recent student of a recognised educational institution.

  • IBCOL OC20 determines what is a recognised educational institution.

  • IBCOL OC20 determines who is a current or recent student based on physical or electronic verifiable proofs.


  • Teams may consist of a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of six (6) contestants.

  • Teams may submit one (1) or more projects.

  • Teams must appoint a liaison who will be communicating with the OC20 of IBCOL and their X-BCOL.

  • Teams must select one representative institution or country if contestants hail from different educational institutions or countries.

  • Teams must select either Hong Kong or another region if some contestants hail from outside of Hong Kong.

  • Teams must send or appoint at least one representative to attend IBCOL 2020 Finals to be eligible for final competition.

  • Teams unable to physically attend IBCOL 2020, but would like to showcase their project at the symposium may submit a pre-recorded video that would be looped, i.e. continuously played.

  • Teams must arrange for a chaperone if any contestants are under the age of 18 during their time in Hong Kong.


  • Projects may use any blockchain network or platform.

  • Projects are primarily represented by a whitepaper or presentation with no limit on length nor restriction on formatting.

  • Projects may have optional technical proof-of-concept or prototype.

  • Projects may submit additional copies of whitepapers, presentations, proofs-of-concepts, or prototypes in their native language but if complications arise, the English version shall prevail.

  • Projects may receive sponsorship or support but must be declared.

  • The intellectual property arising from the projects belong exclusively to their respective teams, and may not be reproduced without written permission from the owners of the IP.


  • Projects are provided a table with WIFI access and electrical supply in Type G power sockets for up to two (2) laptops, and two (2) poster boards, each has space for up to six (6) A3 sheets, or equivalent.

  • Projects may use any blockchain network or platform.

  • Projects shall use this space to present their project for judges and other symposium attendees; there is no time limit, but recommended length of presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.

  • Poster board content may be multilingual, but English must be one of the languages present.

  • Teams may choose to present in any language if the judge also understands the language; English is the default language.

  • Teams are responsible for the printing of the poster board content.

  • Teams are advised to complete setting up at least half an hour before the official start time of the symposium.


  • Teams are provided no more than twelve (12) minutes to make a pitch presentation for each qualifying project, without a Q&A period.

  • Teams that finish their presentation between ten (10) and twelve (12) minutes are assigned bonus points for every ten (10) seconds under twelve (12) minutes.

  • Teams are provided visual reminders for the 7th Minute, the 9th Minute, the 10th Minute, and the 11th Minute.

  • Presentation slide content and speech may be multilingual, but English must be one of the languages.

  • Presentation files will be presented in 16:9 on either Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Sheets; a PDF backup is recommended.

  • Presentation file names must be named, according to the pre-assigned project ID, country name, and project name.

  • Presentation files must be submitted by 23:59 HKT the day before the presentation, otherwise it is assumed that the team has elected to present without presentation slides.