Use blockchain technology to build the future of finance and trade networks.


Use blockchain technology to build the future of finance and trade networks.

Developers, students and aspiring entrepreneurs will have 24 hours to showcase their skills and vision for the next generation of financial services and global supply chains. The in-person competition is being held at St. Louis’s world-class start-up accelerator venue T-REX, and will be judged by a panel of experts from the industry and leading venture capital firms looking for the the next big disruptive ideas. Teams must be present to pitch to the judges and be eligible for a prize, no onlien submissions will be accepted this time. 

Follow the action online on Twitter with hashtag #DistTrade.


Day One Sunday, June 12th
10:30am - 12:00pm  Hackathon Registration
11:00am - 12:00pm  Lunch Break
12:00pm - 12:30pm Introduction, initial remarks, hacking guidelines announced, special prizes announced
12:30pm - 1:00pm Team formation
1:00pm Hackathon starts
1:30pm - 2:30pm Optional intro to blockchain programming session by Eris Industries
5:00pm Pizza Delivery
11:30pm Donuts provided courtesy of Midnight Sponsor State Farm

Day Two Monday, June 13th
2:00am Redeye Snack Session
8:00am Breakfast served
9:00am - 12:00pm Presentation rehearsals
1:00pm Hacking ends, Projects must be submitted on Devpost
1:30pm - 3:30pm Presentations
4:30pm - 6:00pm Hackathon Reception with winners announced

Schedule subject to change.

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We believe technology should be built by people with different backgrounds and perspectives. All are welcome and we’d love to have a diverse, comfortable creative environment for everyone!


The judges will award the first place prize to the team that builds the best application of blockchain technology. All submissions must be posted on Devpost.


Jeremy Gardner

Jeremy Gardner
Blockchain Capital

Tom Niermann

Tom Niermann
Achieve Communication

Santosh Sarkar

Santosh Sarkar

Mark Showers

Mark Showers

Chris Patteson

Chris Patteson

Judging Criteria

  • The problem being solved
    What problem is addressed or opportunity uncovered relative to trade finance, supply chains, inventory management, provenance?
  • The use of blockchain technology
    Is the problem being solved, or opportunity space leveraging the unique qualities of blockchain technology?
  • The commercial potential
  • The implementation and technical feasibility
  • Quality of Presentation