Imagine my surprise when I heard the announcement that the Eos Global Hackathon Grand Finale is going to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on the 7th December 2018.
The EOS Global Hackathon series serves Block.one’s goal of supporting a decentralized global community from the ground up. The hackathons are a first-of-its-kind event in the world of blockchain and enables hackers, developers, designers and entrepreneurs in creating a new wave of blockchain applications (DAPPS) with real-world utility using EOSIO code that secure life, liberty and property.
The EOS hackathons comprise four, two-day hackathons held throughout various locations worldwide. At each event, $144,000 is awarded and the top three prize-winners from each of the four Hackathons will compete in a Grand Finale Competition event in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2018.
The first Eos hackathon event, in a series of five taking place around the world, was hosted in Hong Kong in June 9-10 2018 and drew more than 350 entrants from 17 countries.
The second hackathon took place in Sydney, Australia, August 4-5, 2018 featured more than 200 entrants from across the globe.
In September 23, 2018, Block.one, brought its EOS Global Hackathon series to Europe, and London’s Science Museum played host to one of the UK’s biggest-ever blockchain hackathon events.
The company behind the EOS blockchain, Block.one, announced that its next hackathon event will be held in San Francisco on November 10-11, 2018. This will be the forth in a five part series that started in Hong Kong. The hackathon challenge will be released on the day of the event to ensure a level playing field for all participating! The San Francisco event marks the first time that Block.one has hosted a hackathon in the Western Hemisphere.
Block.One has announced that the Global Eos Hackathon Finale will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 7th December 2018. A first for Africa which has much to gain from adopting this transforming technology. Cape Town should be the perfect location for competing teams from east and west.
Why Cape Town? Cape Town is located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town, is the oldest urban area in South Africa at latitude 33.55° S (approximately the same as Sydney and Buenos Aires and equivalent to Casablanca and Los Angeles in the northern hemisphere) and longitude 18.25° E.
Its iconic landmark, Table Mountain, with its near vertical rock face and flat-topped summit over 1,000 m (3,300 ft) high, flanked by Devil’s Peak on the left and Lion’s Head on the right, together form a dramatic mountainous backdrop enclosing the central area of Cape Town, the so-called City Bowl. When the South Easter wind blows a cloud, known as the “tablecloth”, sometimes forms on top of the mountain.
Connecting east and west is a role that Cape Town has played since 1488 when Bartholomew Diaz, the Portuguese navigator searching for a sea route to the east rounded the peninsula and named it Cabo Tormentosa, (The Cape of Storms). This was later changed to the Cabo da Boa Esperanca, (The Cape of Good Hope) to signify that rounding the Cape would bring hope that a sea route to the east was possible. Ten years later, Vasco da Gama completed the sea route from Portugal around the Cape to India. This event opened up the trade route between Europe and the East.
Antonio de Saldanha was the first European to land in Table Bay. He climbed the imposing mountain in 1503 and named it ‘Table Mountain’
In 1580, Sir Francis Drake sailed around the Cape in The Golden Hind and the ruggedness and breathtaking beauty of the peninsula inspired him to write – “This Cape is a most stately thing, and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth”.
In 1652 the Dutch East India Company, decided after repeated pleas and recommendations from their ships’ officers, at last decided to establish a refreshment station at Table Bay to supply vessels sailing east and west.. They sent three small sailing ships, the Dromedaris, the Reijger and the Goede Hoop under the command Jan van Riebeeck to secure a suitable spot on the shores of Table Bay. Their objective was to grow fruit and vegetables, trade and barter for livestock with the indigenous peoples and build a hospital for the sick after the long sea voyage. Ships would also need to be repaired. Jan van Riebeeck’s first fort, subsequently replaced by the Castle of Good Hope, was Cape Town’s first building. The castle is open to the public.
In the 19th century, now under British administration, Cape Town outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa. Today greater Cape Town has a population of over 4 million.
For those of you who can make it to Cape Town you will not be disappointed by what the mother city has to offer. Cape Town is being quoted as fast becoming the new tech hub of Africa.
It will be in your interest to allow a few extra days to enjoy the unique attractions and some sight seeing. Remember its summertime in the Cape so don’t forget to bring your bathing costume.
Table Mountain: https://www.tablemountain.net
Robben Island: http://www.robben-island.org.za
Groot Constantia: https://www.grootconstantia.co.za
Cape Point: https://capepoint.co.za
Kirstenbosch Gardens: https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
City Walk: https://capetownbig7.co.za/category/city-walk/
Wine Tasting http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/eat-drink wineries/constantia/explore-the-cape-winelands/