While Blockchain started as a disruptive technology in the FinTech and Cryptocurrencies, the technology proved successful in a variety of applications and processes. It fundamentally challenged traditional modes of operation not only in financial systems, but also in fields such as energy markets, supply chain management and public administration. Only recently, Blockchain aficionados have claimed its relevance for democratic practices and national security.
In this interdisciplinary 2-day workcamp we invite students from disciplines such as IT, software engineering, politics, American studies as well as other disciplines within the range of the topic to discuss contemporary potentials for Blockchain in connection with social and political issues such as security policies, national economies, critical infrastructures etc.
During the camp, students from Bavarian universities will form groups of a maximum of 5 members, locate current challenges to social, political, and economic practices and sketch how Blockchain can be utilized as a solution. The goal is that a maximum of 6 groups will work on differing projects.
The event will be an excellent opportunity to get in touch with peers and experts from a variety of academic and technological fields to develop interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary issues that can be improved via digitized technology.
Every student will receive a stipend covering travel expenses, lodging, as well as the tuition fee for the
TechCamp upon admission.
The TechCamp will start on Friday, November 22, 2019, 2.30 p.m. and will end on Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2 p.m.
The student group with the most promising Blockchain project will win a travel grant of 1.300 € for a trip to Silicon Valley and a potential personal meeting with high ranking officials from Silicon Valley companies.
Project Pitch and Award Ceremony: December 10, 2019 in Munich
Admission Procedures and Requirements
We strongly encourage female students to enroll in the TechCamp.
Applications should include
a brief letter of motivation where you indicate why you want to participate (2-page max).
Questions that should be treated in your letter of motivation are e.g.
o What is your interest in the topic of the Tech Camp
o Why do you think the topic is relevant?
o Which social, political, or economical question do you believe are compatible with Blockchain solutions?
o What is your knowledge level in connection with digital technologies and digitization in general?
o What are your thoughts on the Blockchain technology or digitization in general in relation to current and future societal challenges?
a CV including your field of study and university program (Bachelor, Master, Ph. D., or comparable degree)
Please note that participation is only open to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Bavarian universities.
Organizers: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, acatech, U.S. Consulate General Munich
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