LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming will again host the WyoHackathon, but the 2019 event has expanded into a multi-day educational opportunity called the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede at the 2019 WyoHackathon.

Presented by UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, the events will take place Sept. 19-22 at the new Engineering Education and Research Building on the UW campus.

Kicking off the four-day event will be the third 2019 meeting of the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force, a bipartisan group created to draft and seek public opinion on blockchain legislation. Wyoming gained worldwide attention after 13 blockchain bills were enacted during the 2018-19 legislative sessions. These laws range from recognizing direct property rights of cryptocurrency owners to authorizing new state-chartered depository institutions that can provide basic banking services to blockchain businesses. Shortly after these laws were passed, more than 200 companies registered in Wyoming as doing business with blockchain.

The Stampede Developers Conference and Stampede Business Conference will take place following the task force meeting and will cater unique information to technologists, developers and entrepreneurs. Each conference will feature globally renowned speakers. Several workshops also will be offered to better understand the legislative environment and business opportunities in blockchain. The conferences are free and open to the public because of a significant donation from title sponsor Kraken, a champion of crypto since 2011.

Starting Sept. 20 at 3 p.m., technologists, developers and students will gather in the atrium of the recently completed Engineering Education and Research Building to compete in the second annual WyoHackathon. Many sponsors will present challenges and provide prize money, also known as “bounties” in hackathons. Last year, the WyoHackathon awarded $80,000 in bounties, and organizers hope to exceed that amount this year. Registration for the initial challenge is underway, and participants can begin work Aug. 20. The remaining challenges will be released soon on the event website.

Participants can register for the events by visiting www.wyohackathon.io, and teams can be formed the day of the event.

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