If building decentralized financial applications was the motto topic of Ethereal, the ethereum hackathon ETH New York was all about discussing the social impact of such applications.
Speaking to a group of high school students at ETH New York, Mariano Conti – head of smart contracts at the MakerDAO Foundation – asked foundational questions surrounding decentralized financial applications like, “How do you protect your money?” and “What if banks decided you do not own your money?”
“This whole movement is called decentralized finance,” said Conti. “We’re going to see a lot of projects being created around that. It’ll hopefully be what my kids are going to use.”
The Surge track features talks and bounties geared towards educating high-school students about the basic of blockchain. The program runs through topics like “What is a smart contract?” and “How to set up a [crypto] wallet.”
What’s more the bounties associated with these sessions were not primarily of a technical nature but rather a creative one. The Surge session hosted by MakerDAO awarded students 5 DAI or about $5 for creating a MakerDAO or DAI internet meme, writing a “short rap verse about using DAI,” or making a fun hashtag about the application.
MakerDAO presentation at ETH New York. Image taken by Christine Kim.
The teams and sponsors
Creating conversations about decentralized finance and blockchain more generally was not only the focus of programming at ETH New York but also the primary focus of several hacking teams this year.