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Did you catch the Hackathon and MVP news from Hedera18? If not, here's the summary!

Hedera18 was Hedera's inaugural, global event helping to promote hashgraph, projects developed for the Hedera network, our community, and major community contributions, to name a few. Some of the newsworthy things to happen included the global hackathon, and the introduction of our first Ambassador MVPs for 2018/2019. Let's learn a bit more.

Sixty-seven teams competed in the first ever Hedera hackathon, on Oct 15-16th, in Bangalore, Dallas, London, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, and Tel Aviv. Winners from each location were then entered into judging for the grand prize of $50,000. The global winner was Payper, a Romania-based team that competed in the London hackathon. Payper enables web-based micropayments, a critical component of the open API economy. It was demonstrated using HTTP, making it easy for web developers to integrate into their applications. The team members were Alex Males, Eugen Males, Alexandru Popa, and Vlad Suciu. You can learn more about our Hedera18 Hackathon Global and regional winners below:

The winners from each location, each awarded $10,000 worth of cash and hbars, included:

  • Blume, a peer-to-peer internet hotspot sharing app using micropayments, from the Bangalore hackathon
  • Hash Name Service, a low-cost native implementation for a human-readable name service, from the Dallas hackathon
  • Helpon, a decentralized charity platform to transparently connect people in need with those willing to help, from the Moscow hackathon
  • Proof of Life, a solution that enables identity and life verification through voice to streamline the pension process, from the Paris hackathon
  • H X, which utilizes the speed and fair ordering of hashgraph to create a trusted secondary auction market with verified goods, from the San Francisco hackathon
  • Artgraph, a platform that allows artists to get paid in-person or online when their art is sold, viewed, or rated highly, from the Singapore hackathon
  • Cronos, an SDK for developers to create new user rewards with a shareable tokenized asset earned by time spent in app or games, from the Tel Aviv hackathon

In addition, Hedera gave out awards to 21 global Hedera MVPs, recognizing their hard work and tireless efforts to grow and foster the Hedera community. MVPs are ambassadors who have gone above and beyond in their ambassadorship by coordinating a wide array of meetups, consistently providing insightful and educational community content, and assisting with global Hedera events and outreach. The new MVPs, hailing from 14 countries worldwide, are:

Gokul Alex, Associate Director PricewaterhouseCoopers, India  
Sean Au, Founder, New Zealand  
Sergey Belets, CEO Hypersphere, Russian Federation  
Guillermo Blanco, Founder DLTRevolution, France  
Oliver Bolton, CEO Almond, United Kingdom 
Kulranjan Choudhary, Co-founder Hashora, India  
Dudley Collinson, CIO at Universities Admissions Centre, Australia 
Alexander Cyon, Founder Alexander Cyon Consulting AB, Sweden  
Arvydas Dabulskis, Blockchain and Technologies Analyst, Lithuania  
Jillian Godsil, Founder BlockLeaders, Ireland  
Lior Goldenberg, Scitex Finance Manager HP, Israel
Gossip Guy, Creator of Gossip Guy YouTube channel, USA
Vincent Holland, CTO and Partner at INVONO AB, Sweden  
Brian Kipkemoi, Entrepreneur and Technologist Onyxcoin, Kenya  
John Kwok, Consultant at Murex, Singapore  
Sherard Lier, Petroleum Engineering Consultant, USA  
Herve Moal, Director Innovation and Partnerships Arp-Astrance, France  
Scott Overholser, Development Team Lead Medici Ventures, USA  
Swayam Shah, Co-founder CryptoNests, Netherlands  
Morne Smart, Senior Consultant SAP Deloitte, New Zealand  
Elizabeth Strickler, Director, Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Georgia State Univ, USA

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