APU Blockchain and Cryptocurrency club notch win at ETH Seoul 2023
By Digital News Asia June 27, 2023
- Five members from team alphaQuality brought home US$3k
- Trustless Badge Membership Protocol named Best Governance App
The Asia Pacific University Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Club (APUBCC) won Best Governance App ETH Seoul 2023, an Asian blockchain event from 2 to 4 June. It was only the only representative from a Malaysian university in a competition that saw participation from 48 teams comprising 250 Ethereum blockchain hackers hailing from 30 different countries.
The club's five members formed team alphaQuality and brought home the prize of US$3,000 (RM14,021) for their project, a decentralised application (DApp) named Trustless Badge Membership Protocol.
"It is a system allowing users to suggest rules for badges (like virtual awards) through voting. By making the users publicly commit to fulfilling the requirements of the proposed badge rules, unique badges will be created. These badges can be used in certain apps to give special benefits to the people who have them," said team lead Yudhishthra Sugumaran, a student with BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Cyber Security).
He added that the winning application was developed with the mentorship of APU Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, Vinesh Thiruchelvam. “By using the techniques of making the users publicly commit to fulfilling the requirements of the proposed badge rules, unique badges will be created. These badges can be used in certain apps to give special benefits to the people who have them.," said Yudhishthra.
“We were excited and challenged to compete and develop in this competition and hone our skills. Prof. Dr. Vinesh supported us on this hackathon and gave us directions and suggestions from past offline hackathons in that past teams had competed to prepare us for the hackathon," added Yudhishthra.
“This achievement has solidified APU's strength in producing talents skilled in emerging technologies applications such as Blockchain Development,” said Vinesh.
The other members of the team are Vincent Owen Toniwan and Brian Joseph Keyrupan, both studying a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering degree; Gavin Owen Susanto, a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with Specialism in Data Analytics student; and Viman Vinesh, who is studying a Foundation in Business programme.
Organised by Kryptoseoul and Dystopia Labs, ETH Seoul 2023 was held at the Lotte World Tower in Seoul. The conference features talks and presentations from experts in blockchain and cryptocurrency, as well as workshops, hackathons, and networking events.
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