Skillchain Wins ‘Blockathon for Change’ Hackathon

Blockathon for Change

Kochi: Skillchain, an interstate migrant job portal, bagged the first prize in the grand finale of ‘Blockathon for Change’ hackathon held at the Maker Village here. The three-member team of IIITM-K alumnus received a cash prize of Rs. one lakh and an opportunity to incubate at the Kerala Startup Mission.

‘Blockathon for Change’ hackathon aims at leveraging blockchain technology to mitigate problems related to migrant labour. The solution developed by the winning team is related to workplace and labour relation challenges.
Team Infillcube from Kakkanad, Kochi won the second prize for their solution ‘Pravasi- a helping hand for migrant labours.’ Iridescent team from Thiruvananthapuram bagged the third prize.

P Vijayan IPS, IG, Ernakulam range inaugurated the valedictory function of the hackathon finale. On the occasion, he said, “Migrant labour is an issue which needs immediate attention. We should innovate and build a system in place to address their issues and take care of their security and welfare.” He applauded the initiative and said that innovation is the real value addition to the society.

“From Silicon Valley to Maker Village, our countries have emerged as leaders in innovation,” remarked Alexis Wolff, Information Officer at the US Consulate General, Chennai, offering felicitations. “I’m impressed to see your commitment to using your skills for social change, and I look forward to the great things I know you will accomplish,” he said. D Dhanuraj, Chairman, CPPR and Prasad Balakrishnan, CEO, Maker Village congratulated the winners and thanked participants for making the hackathon a huge success.

The blockchain hackathon was announced on December 1, 2017. Teams that submitted the best ideas in the first round were chosen to take part in an online hackathon held between December 14 and 17. The third and final phase that began on December 21 was inaugurated by K Mohammed Y Safirulla, District Collector, Ernakulam. Teams from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that qualified in the second phase presented their solutions in the finale. ‘Blockathon for Change’ aims to bring about innovation-driven ideas to help solve some of the issues that migrant labourers face and tap their potential for greater contribution to the economy. It also attempts to realise the true potential of the blockchain technology. All solutions developed during the hackathon will remain the intellectual property of developers, who will be free to develop them further.

A brainchild of the US Consulate General in Chennai, ‘Blockchain for Change’ is supported by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Maker Village, and Kerala Startup Mission.