If you do not have a team, you can still participate by joining a team here:


Please message @Henry Liu [Staff] in our Slack channel to join a team!


All times are CST (Central Standard Time). Workshops Webinars will be recorded and can be watched offline.


12 PM - Slack Channel Opens and Team Formation Begins


12 PM - Mentors and Judges Announced


5:00 - 5:15 PM - Hackathon Kickoff

11 PM - Finalize Teams


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Healthcare and Energy Workshops

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Mentoring


12:00 PM - Submissions Due

1:00 PM - Presentation Orders Posted

1:30 PM - Live Presentations Start (Required)

3:30 PM - Live Presentations End 

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Winners Announced

Why it matters:


One in 5 workers in the U.S. alone have filed for unemployment benefits in the last two months. We all personally know someone who has been furloughed or laid off. As we look ahead amid the global economic crisis to bring people back on their feet, many are emotionally devastated, financially concerned, and insecure about their ability to contribute.

In order to turn things around, we believe that it's crucial for us to redirect energy to learning new skills, solving critical problems and adding immediate value to potential employers. Employers who have practical problems to solve.

Among our workforce there are those who need new challenges that push them to learn. They need to know that they can confidently make an impact today, from their home, with experience they already have from their respective industries.


Our Goal:

To showcase innovative student and entrepreneurial talent. To build resumes and portfolio work. To bond new team members to advance each others' careers. And to connect our mentors, judges, and sponsors to the best minds to tackle these challenges of the future.

1. Healthcare Challenge

“Showcase verified / trusted testing results. How can we create a digital passport / ID using emerging technologies like ArcBlock’s blockchain identity layer, IOT or other ideas to clear workers and consumers to return to public?”

2. Energy Challenge

“Help get energy industry workers back to work faster. How can we leverage emerging blockchain technology like Hedera Hashgraph, AR, IOT or other ideas to showcase expertise or verify work? ”




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This event was created and hosted by staff and student interns at YGC. YGC is an enterprise innovation studio in Austin, Texas. Learn more at YGCdata.com


All individuals, regardless of location, are encouraged to participate. Individuals can sign up as teams (we recommend teams of no more than 5 members for productivity) or can be matched into teams.


Graduate students focused in industries such as Healthcare and Energy will receive priority access to team formation.


The final presentation will include a live presentation of 5 mins to our Hackathon Judges that showcases design, research and demo of a working prototype. Followed by 3 min Q&A.


Please include all relevant files to your project in your submission to Devpost.

Hackathon Sponsors


$9,000 in prizes

Future of Work 1st Place

Future of Work 2nd Place

Future of Work 3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ken Erickson

Ken Erickson
CEO | Bridge Purchasing Solutions

Lutz Beck

Lutz Beck
CIO | Daimler Trucks North America

Lisa Besserman

Lisa Besserman
Head of Program | Indeed Incubator

David Altounian

David Altounian
Associate Dean | St. Edwards University

Tom Caven, MD

Tom Caven, MD
Chief Medical Officer | Ascension Seton

Jesse Teichman

Jesse Teichman
Investment Manager | Future Energy Fund | Chevron Technology Ventures

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson
Chief Developer Advocate | Hedera Hashgraph

Ashley Jennings

Ashley Jennings
Managing Director | Texas Innovation Center | University of Texas Austin

Tanner Cerand

Tanner Cerand
VP of Investment Research | BuildGroup

Robert Mao

Robert Mao
CEO | ArcBlock

Judging Criteria

  • Customer / Problem Validation
    How practical is the problem for the entire industry? Are we truly solving a pain point for an entire industry or is this a nice to have for one organization? Who did you consult to validate this problem?
  • User Experience / Customer Experience
    How will the customer or the user interact with your solution? Why is your proposed interaction the most efficient way? What are the alternatives in comparison?
  • Speed of Implementation
    If you were to implement it today, how quickly can we deploy the solution? How many people, departments and other roadblocks that you would potentially face?
  • Immediate Impact / Value Add
    Once correctly implemented, what is the projected value of this solution? Can you show it in terms of the potential hours saved, cost reduced or revenue generated?

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