The Greater Bay Area Blockchain Olympiad (GBA IBCOL) was held virtually from 5 to 7 August 2022. The GBA IBCOL is a regional blockchain competition amongst students in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, with sponsorship from the Innovation and Technology Commission.
Claire YU Tzu-Yin teamed up with Harriet LO Yan-Suet (Both from BSc (Hons) Financial Technology & Artificial Intelligence, Year 3) to develop a project called “Blockarian – B-Safe”, which won triple awards at the competition, including the Award of Merit, Tertiary Track Award and Fintech Runner-Up.
“Blockarian – B-Safe” is an artificial intelligence app targeted at construction issues, promoting bio-friendly buildings as well as ensuring the safety of the architecture. It can provide professional advice according to the construction guidelines of different cities in the Greater Bay Area. Claire shared that the competition offered a wonderful chance to extend perspectives and absorb new information.
“Before the tournament and throughout the event, there were numerous opportunities for conversations and sharing. I gained a lot of knowledge from other teams, not just from their project ideas but also from the way they arranged and displayed the study data and created an attractive prototype,” she said. Another team member, Harriet, also said: “This programme has given me great motivation to become an entrepreneur, a role I would have never considered otherwise…Sharings from professionals in FinTech field have inspired me a lot, also enlightened me on unlimited opportunities in this field.”
On the other hand, three COMP students, Daisy LIU Mingci, Mars MA Siqi, and Sunny WANG Zhuchen (All from BSc (Hons) Financial Technology & Artificial Intelligence, Year 4, 4, 3), together with teammates from other universities, were awarded the Award of Merit with their project “Innotar”, a blockchain-based platform for file notarization (proof of existence, ownership of a document and transfer of ownership), e-signing and verification.
The Award of Merit is the most important award in the blockchain olympiad and is designated for projects which have satisfied the minimum of a complete blockchain solution design. Top Tertiary Track Award is awarded to the project scoring over 80% from a tertiary-level academic institution. Fintech Runner-Up is given to the recognised teams in the Fintech or Financial Technology category.