The International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL) is an annual blockchain solution design competition for students and fresh graduates from any area of study or industry. IBCOL invites young people to offer solutions to pressing problems and challenges facing society today. Pioneer a pathway to our digital future!
This year's International Blockchain Olympiad revolves around building the foundations for the peace and prosperity of our planets and people as envisioned by the United Nations. As such IBCOL has aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Catalysed by the coronavirus pandemic, this decade will see the complete digital transformation of society for work, play, and everything in between. The dramatic collapse of cryptocurrencies, (so-called) decentralised finance, NFT and metaverse fads does not invalidate the role of blockchain, but rather validates that nearly no one knows how to build a blockchain solution.
It was for the purpose of preparing students and young professionals for correct and complete blockchain solutions that the International Blockchain Olympiad was founded in 2017. Quietly growing into its 5th year, the International Blockchain Olympiad hosts its 2022 finals in the cautiously optimistic jurisdiction of Shenzhen. Situated in the Greater Bay Area of China, this host and this region encourages students to explore cross-border data interchange scenarios.
This year's IBCOL finals has three major changes:
Contestants may choose to represent the country/territory in four ways: by birthplace, by citizenship, by residency, or by where they are studying or have studied.
Entries have been standardised to a eight-question profile, with the traditional whitepapers, posters, and pitch decks required only for those advancing to the finals stage.
Prizes include the traditional top three medals and the awards of merit, and also 51 gold, silver, and bronze prizes for 17 categories for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.