The brainchild of the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA), the event is now accepting applications and will run in late November as part of the state-sponsored ‘Blockchain Promotion Week.’
Also supporting the scheme is the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, which has begun a comprehensive blockchain awareness program stretching into 2019.
According to local news outlet Money Today, the hackathon will focus on “solving social problems and innovating public and private services through blockchain technology, and the development of distributed apps (DApps) […] for improving the efficiency of the public and private sector, providing nationwide benefits.”
The winning team will receive a prize worth 100 million won (about $90,000), with applications open until September 28.
“By participating in this competition, everyone will have the opportunity to participate and contribute.”
September will also see the start of a fresh round of the Ministry’s youth training initiative. Spanning six months, participants will gain training and employment prospects in companies operating in the blockchain sector and elsewhere.