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The Next Top Blockchain Startup has teamed up with the Blockchain Education Network (BEN) to run a series of presentations, workshops and Q&A’s. Come learn how to start building from leading technicians and educators. Hear from investors and blockchain organizations on how to start and scale your business.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Top Blockchain Startup Kickoff with Michael Gord

Details: Join us for the hackathon’s kickoff! The Blockchain Education Network will host Michael Gord, CEO of GDA Capital, for a live AMA session to answer all of your hackathon questions. Michael will also explain the opportunity at hand for startups and why this hackathon is great for students, developers, and grassroots projects who want to test out their idea.

Date: Saturday, June 16th

Time: 2PM EDT

Format: Come ask all your hackathon questions at a live AMA kickoff event!

Speaker: Michael Gord, CEO & Co-Founder of GDA Capital

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Introduction to Terra, Powered by Luna Brining DeFi to the Masses

Details: Interested in DeFi? Join us as we learn about Terra, a Proof-of-Stake public blockchain network that deploys a suite of fiat-pegged algorithmic stablecoins serving as the foundation for a thriving and accessible cross-chain DeFi ecosystem for mass adoption. Hear from ecosystem leaders Ezaan Mangalji, Carlos Santiago and Will Yoo on the current Terra ecosystem, ideas for the future, and a technical overview. And if you plan to build on Terra, don’t forget to prepare some questions for the Q&A session afterwards.

Date: Thursday, July 1st

Time: 2:00PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Brainstorming Session + Technical Overview & Live Q&A

Speakers: 

Carlos Santiago Roldan, Core Engineer

Ezaan Mangalji, Smart Contract Developer

Will Yoo, Ecosystem Lead

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Introduction to NEAR Protocol and Climate Neutral NFTs

Details: NEAR is an open source platform that enables creators, communities, and markets to drive a more open, interconnected and consumer-empowered world.  NEAR is the blockchain for builders.  This session presents a fast-paced introduction to the exciting new world of blockchain technology from the perspective of a software developer.  We cover the basic concepts and mental models introduced by this new technology, often called “web 3” before diving into several practical examples, all the way down to the code of smart contracts.  The session is comprehensive enough to address basic questions about blockchain technology yet flexible enough to dive deep into contract development on the NEAR platform using Rust or AssemblyScript.  Come ready to get your learning muscles moving.

Date: Friday, July 2nd

ime: 12PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop

Speaker: Sherif Abushadi, Head of Education at NEAR

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Introduction to Chainlink & Hybrid Smart Contracts

Details: Let’s chat oracles! Chainlink uses decentralized data and external computation to empower smart contracts beyond the chain. Join us as we welcome Zak Ayesh, a Chainlink Developer Advocate, as he discusses the potential of hybrid smart contracts and how you can use Chainlink for your upcoming blockchain project.

Date: Tuesday, July 6th

Time: 2:00PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop

Speaker: Zak Ayesh, Chainlink Developer Advocate 

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Building in the Metaverse - An Introduction to Decentraland

Date: Tuesday, July 6th

Time: 3:00PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop

Speaker: Nicolas Earnshaw, Developer Experience Manager at Decentraland

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Building Scalable Dapps on Polygon

Details: Join us for an interactive online seminar to learn about Polygon and its ecosystem along with a detailed demonstration on building scalable dapps. Polygon is the first well-structured, easy-to-use platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its core component is Polygon SDK, a modular, flexible framework that supports building and connecting Secured Chains like Plasma, Optimistic Rollups, zkRollups, Validium etc and Standalone Chains like Matic POS, designed for flexibility and independence. If you’re interested in learning about the possibilities of building on Polygon and all it has to offer – come listen to Yuling, our Integrations Lead, as she presents an overview of the Polygon Network and how to deploy your dapp on Polygon!

Date: Thursday, July 8th

Time: 2PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop + Q&A

Speaker: Yuling Ma, Integrations Lead at Polygon

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Building a Consumer Digital Asset on DigitalBits

Details: What is a consumer digital asset? Join us as we disucss what makes an effective consumer program and how the DigitalBits blcokchain works to achieve this. Learn how to construct a consumer digital asset program and deploy integrated assets on the DigitalBits Chain. 

Date: Monday, July 12th

Time: 2PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop + Q&A

Speakers: 

Rajiv Naidoo, Head of Research & Community at the XDB Foundation 

Kimberly Adams, VP of Marketing at DigitalBits

Brian Sutterfield, Director of Technology

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Introduction to Polkadot and Substrate: How to Build Your own Blockchain

Date: Tuesday, July 13th

Time: 2PM EDT

Format: Presentation + Workshop + Q&A

Speaker: Ricardo Rius, Engineer at Parity Technologies 

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