September 28/29 | Fayetteville AR


In preparation for the event, we will provide continued updates and resources to help provide information and training to all participants both before and during the event.


Whether you’re a complete beginner with an interest in learning blockchain technologies, or an experienced developer, this will be an exciting event to learn, develop, and network with your peers, mentors, and coaches from industry.

Come as you are, and have fun building the next frontier in digital infrastructure technology while competing for prizes.

An optional training session on blockchain technologies will be held from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on Friday September 28, 2018. The pre-event kickoff start at 6:00pm where students will receive and sign up for use cases.

The Hackathon will take place all day Saturday.

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Challenges

Participants at this year’s event will work on challenges provided directly from our network of partners and sponsors to help solve real world problems through innovative uses of blockchain technologies. Teams will work together to develop a functional blockchain business network to showcase to industry sponsors.

Event Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2018

  • 4:30 – 6:00pm – Optional training session on blockchain technologies
  • 6:00pm – Registration and check-in
  • 6:30pm – Welcome and presentation of use-case challenges
    1. Each company will have 5 minutes to “pitch” their use-case challenges to the student participants during the welcome reception.
    2. Rules, procedures, and logistics will be discussed before team formations.
  • 7:30pm – Networking and team formation: Participants will be asked to network, identify a use-case they want to participate in, and form a team of 4-5 members.
  • 8:30pm – Team confirmation: Participants with a completed team will register their team members with the staff and receive their swag bags and handouts. Participants without a specific team will be grouped up with help from the faculty and staff to ensure everyone has a team to work with in the morning.
  • 9:00pm – Day one adjourns

Saturday, September 29

  • 7:00am – Breakfast and late registration
  • 7:30am – Kickoff and introduction of Sponsors/Mentors/Coaches/Faculty/Staff
  • 8:00am to 4:00pm – Hackathon Development Time
  • 12:00pm – Working lunch
  • 4:00pm – Deadline to submit final project presentations
  • 4:30pm to 6:00pm – First round of judging in individual challenge rooms
  • 6:00pm to 7:00pm – Dinner and Networking; First round winners are identified.
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm Second round of judging (two parallel tracks)
  • 8:30pm – 9:00pm – Closing Announcement and Presentation of Awards
  • 9:00pm – Day two adjourns.


The Hackathon will be held at the Student Union at the University of Arkansas.

Arkansas Union
435 Garland Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Event Coordinators

The Sam M. Walton College of Business is excited to bring you this event. Blockchain technology could transform the way businesses operate, and has wide ranging applications from banking and finance to healthcare and insurance. Walton College is at the forefront of Blockchain research and education with the anticipated launch of the Blockchain Center of Excellence.

Mary Lacity

Mary Lacity

Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence, and Professor in the Department of Information Systems, Sam M. Walton College of Business

Zach Steelman

Zach Steelman

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems, Sam M. Walton College of Business

Paul Cronan

Paul Cronan

Professor, Department of Information Systems, Sam M. Walton College of Business

Rajiv Sabherwal

Rajiv Sabherwal

Department Chair and Professor, Department of Information Systems, Sam M. Walton College of Business

Register to Participate

Who can register? This event has been prepared for students currently attending the University of Arkansas. Students from other Arkansas colleges and universities are also welcome. Please sign up using your university email account so we can verify student status.