From 17 September to 5 October 2018, the Second Blockchain Technology School held classes on Blockchain, dApps & Smart Contracts at the Institute of Informatics of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics of the University of Maribor. The school works under the auspices of the ECTA initiative in collaboration with the Jožef Stefan Institute and the Create Responsible project.
During the three-day seminars, students learned the basics of blockchain technology, smart contracts, the Ethereum platform, the Solidity programming language, decentralized applications and the use of Oracle indices as part of smart contracts. At the end of the seminars, the students were divided into groups of 2 persons each and, during 2.5 weeks, had to solve a specific task posed by the Institute of Informatics together with the ECTA initiative.
On Friday, 12 October 2018, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics of the University of Maribor, an open presentation of the final prototypes and a solemn announcement of the contest winners, who shared a prize fund of 1,000 EUR and 50,000 ECTA tokens, were held. After the speeches of the Head of the Institute of Informatics, Prof. Dr. Marjan Heričko, the leader of the Blockchain Lab: UM Group, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhamed Turkanović, and representatives of the ECTA initiative, the finalists were presented. Then a commission of 4 members, including the organizer and the patron of the School, held a meeting behind closed doors and determined the winners. They were the second-year students of the Bachelor’s degree programme Computer Science and Information Technologies – Vid Keršič and Primož Štukelj. The victory brought them the main prize of 700 EUR and 25,000 ECTA tokens.
The second place was taken by the second-year student of the Bachelor’s degree programme Computer Science and Information Technologies – Jaša Kšela, and the first-year student of the Master’s degree programme Computer Science and Information Technologies – Jože Fartek. For their excellent project, the students were awarded 300 EUR and 25,000 ECTA tokens.