The dev con exploring convergence in DLT / IoT / Big Data / AI


On the 19th and 20th October at Factory Berlin join some of the world’s most important Web 3 protocols and leaders in blockchain, from across The Convergence Stack for a 2-day in-person dev con made up of hacks, exclusive product launches and live demos.

Find all details on the main event website, including:

  • Agenda including talks and workshops
  • Track descriptions
  • Speakers
  • Prizes

Our Launchpad on GitHub contains links and quickstart instructions for all of the participating technologies:

You can apply for a free place to part of the exclusive event that brings together leading decentralised projects and their tribes, developers, economists, system engineers, enterprise and technical academia connecting to define the next major web cycle. 

What are the key benefits of being part of the event? 


  • Participate in the hackathon for prizes, and earn bounties as you contribute to community developer resources. 

Build something awesome

  • Build a DApp on the technology stack to power a new data economy


  • Experience award winning incubation advice moving your ideas from proof of concept to investable businesses. 

Access to and support from industry leaders

  • Access mentors and technical teams from across The Convergence Stack including projects such as, IOTA, Fetch.AI, Sovrin, Evernym, Fission, Cosmos, Haja Networks, Alkemi, Chainlink, Enigma, FOAM, SEED, Ocean Protocol, Agoric Systems; academia including Imperial University; and multiple blue-chip companies. 


  • Build you and your company’s profile with media coverage and endorsement from the biggest players in the space 


  • Join the world’s elite developer community from across cryptography, smart contract, machine learning and IoT hardware. 

Food and drink covered

  • Focus on building with all your food (BBQ’s, salads, snacks), beers and drinks covered for the weekend

View full rules


  • Participants: Individuals; Teams; Organizations
  • Teams: maximum 5 members


To qualify for consideration by the judges, your submission must use at least one of the technologies of the Convergence Stack:

  • Fetch.AI - decentralised digital world in which useful economic activity takes place
  • Sovrin - decentralised metasystem for identity
  • IOTA - permissionless distributed ledger for a new economy
  • Ocean Protocol - a decentralized data exchange protocol to unlock data for AI
  • Agoric - secure smart contracts
  • SEED - powering the bot economy on blockchain
  • OrbitDB (Haja Networks) - decentralised peer to peer databases
  • FISSION - Developer tools for next generation hostless apps
  • Enigma - secure computation protocol that brings privacy to any kind of computation
  • Ethereum - Network for decentralized applications
  • Bitcoin - Peer-to-peer electronic cash
  • RightMesh - Networking software extending connectivity
  • Cosmos - A network of independent, scalable and interoperable blockchains
  • FOAM - Crowdsourced mapping and location services
  • Chainlink - Delivering trusted data to blockchains
  • Golem - Network for shared computing power
  • Aragon - Network for open organisations

Or your solution must use at least one of following Diffusion partner technologies. Note that a submission will be regarded more positively by the judges if it also uses one or more of the technologies out of the Convergence Stack.

  • Parity Substrate: A framework for building blockchains and spawning decentralised innovation
  • DAOStack: operating system for decentralised governance
  • iExec: blockchain-based decentralised cloud computing

The only exception to the above technology requirements is the Token Engineering track, where the design challenge is generic, not referring to a specific protocol/technology.

You must supply some visuals of your submission. A video walkthrough is preferred, screenshots are good too.


Jamie Burke

Jamie Burke
CEO, Outlier Ventures

Kerstin Eichmann

Kerstin Eichmann
Head of Machine-Economy Lighthouse, innogy Innovation Hub

Elad Verbin

Elad Verbin
Lead Scientist & Founding Partner, Lunar Ventures (Berlin Innovation Ventures)

Marta Piekarska-Geater

Marta Piekarska-Geater
Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger

Holger Koether

Holger Koether
Director of Partner Management, IOTA Foundation

Philipp-Alexander Blum

Philipp-Alexander Blum
Developer Advocate, IOTA Foundation

Andrew Tobin

Andrew Tobin
Managing Director, EMEA , Evernym

Samuli Pöyhtäri

Samuli Pöyhtäri
CEO & Co-founder, Haja Networks

Brooklyn Zelenka

Brooklyn Zelenka
Co-founder, Fission

Boris Mann

Boris Mann
Co-founder, Fission

Dominic Briggs

Dominic Briggs
General Partner, Blockwall Management

Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy
Founder, Ocean Protocol

Bruce Pon

Bruce Pon
Founder & CEO, BigchainDB/ Founder, Ocean Protocol

Dimitri De Jonghe

Dimitri De Jonghe
Ocean Protocol, Head of Research BigchainDB/ Co-Founder at Ocean Protocol

Dr. Georg (Juri) Stricker

Dr. Georg (Juri) Stricker
Senior Associate, Signature Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Diffusion of innovation: UX and DX
    Diffusion is all about the diffusion of innovation - to bring the innovation of all protocols participating in Diffusion 2019 to a wider audience. Within this, there are two main areas we ask judges to consider:
  • UX: User experience
    For projects that build a product that will be used directly by people, e.g. a DApp or a service.
  • DX: Developer experience
    For projects that build an API, tool or component that enable developers to work with the technologies out of the Convergence Stack.
  • Track fit
    Judges are connected to tracks and will consider the fit of the project with the theme of the track, and any specific rules that track might have. Track details are on the website. Don’t be afraid to ask your track mentors in the track Telegram channel.
  • Sustaining development
    It’s important that you clarify how your project will continue to be developed. How is your project still alive in 1, 2, 12… months? That might be a commercial model, and it might be something else like an open source community.
  • Convergence Stack Mashup
    Judges will rate projects to use more than one technology out of the Convergence Stack in a sensible way more highly than projects that build on a single technology.