Register for the Blockchain Hackathon


Join others interested in developing and growing interest in blockchain for a five-hour hackathon. Each team will be tasked with formulating and developing the best blockchain app. Judging criteria will be based on creativity, functionality, level of innovation, and user experience.

WHAT: Developers, coders, programmers, software engineers, or anyone interested in learning blockchain

WHEN: April 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free lunch provided.

WHERE: the IDEA Center at 1400 E Angela Blvd Pit Road (first floor), South Bend, IN 46617

Competition will be judged by a special guest panel of blockchain industry experts.

HOW TO PREPARE: Get early access to the SIMBA Chain Platform and start developing now:



Joel Niedig

Joel Neidig

Neidig sits on the Technical Advisory Group for MTConnect, an open-source royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. He has been an active member of MTConnect since 2009. Neidig developed the first iOS and Android-compatible MTConnect apps, and has developed over 65 manufacturing apps for the App Store and Google Play, which have been downloaded over half a million times.

Karl Burns

Karl Burns

Karl leads SIMBA Chain’s strategic partnership and developer initiatives, and is a 2020 MBA candidate at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Prior to working at SIMBA Chain, he spent 7+ years as a derivatives trader and investment banker.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Ian is a expert in distributed computing with 200 scientific publications. In addition to being the CTO for SIMBA Chain, he is also a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and won the ICO Alert top 40 influencer list for Blockchain for 2018.


Blockchain is most commonly known as the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but it’s a transformative technology with wide-ranging implications for a diverse range of sectors. The Blockchain is a chain of blocks that form a database. Devices that store these distributed data are not shared servers. Each block is an organized record that comprise a reference to the previous block and the time stamp. The list of blocks inside the database is continually expanding. The principle of the blockchain is to combine digital records into blocks. Complex mathematical algorithms link these blocks together in chronological cryptographic chain then new units are at the end of this chain. To rearrange the blocks into different places is impossible, the system will reject such action on the basis of the timestamp and structure. Blockchain has already disrupted currency, what’s next? Healthcare, Business, Government, Energy, Real Estate, Accounting, Law, or how about Manufacturing?