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Saturday, April 6


Blockchain Hackathon
Presented by SIMBA Chain


Join others interested in developing and growing interest in blockchain for a five-hour hackathon. Each team will be tasked with formulating and developing the best blockchain app. Judging criteria will be based on creativity, functionality, level of innovation, and user experience.

WHAT: Developers, coders, programmers, software engineers, or anyone interested in learning blockchain

JUDGES: Special Guest Panel

WHEN: April 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: the IDEA Center at 1400 E Angela Blvd Pit Road (first floor), South Bend, IN 46617

HOW TO PREPARE: Get early access to the SIMBA Chain Platform and start developing now: app.simbachain.com

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Karl Burns

Strategic Partnerships Manager, SIMBA Chain
Karl Burns leads SIMBA Chain's strategic partnership and developer initiatives, and is a 2020 MBA candidate at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Prior to working at SIMBA Chain, he spent more than seven years as a derivatives trader and investment banker.
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Gerard Dache

Executive Director, Government Blockchain Association
Gerard Dache is the Executive Director of the Government Blockchain Association (www.GBAglobal.org). He has over thirty years of experience traveling around the world working with organizations to use technology to solve problems in the public and private sector. His military experience includes infantry, intelligence and logistics and his private sector experience ranges from small... Read More →
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Joel Neidig

Joel Neidig is the CEO of SIMBA, a Blockchain as a Service platform. He has 14 years of experience integrating manufacturing technology and software development. In 2016, Neidig spoke at the White House by invitation of the National Economic Council in recognition of the progress... Read More →

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Phil Gomes

Chief Communications Officer & Director of Communications, respectively, Bloq, Inc. & Chicago Blockchain Center
Phil Gomes’ career in the communications field is characterized by his passionate interest in technology, media, and emerging forms of communication. His approach uniquely blends the philosophies of open-source and hacker culture with best-practices in corporate communication... Read More →
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Ian Taylor

Chief Technology Officer and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, respectively, SIMBA Chain and the University of Notre Dame
Ian Taylor is a expert in distributed computing with 200 scientific publications. In addition to being the CTO for SIMBA Chain, he is also a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame and was named to the ICO Alert Top 40 Influencer list for Blockchain... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Innovation Park at Notre Dame 1400 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617, USA
Tuesday, April 9


Happy Hour and Industry 4.0 Awards
In the past, this region’s manufacturing competition was within a short drive. This resulted in a closed lips, heads down mentality. But now and for the foreseeable future our competition is globally. The South Bend-Elkhart region has the potential to become THE leader in advanced manufacturing in North America but getting there will require cooperation and openness amongst this region’s manufacturers. The purpose of the Industry 4.0 awards is to recognize and incentivize the best advanced manufacturing implementations in the region, including awards for best automation implementation, best robotics implementation and others.

Join us for light appetizers and drinks followed by the Industry 4.0 awards

Tuesday April 9, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601


1st Source Bank Commercialization Award Dinner
Limited Capacity full

Presented by 1st Source Bank

The $20,000 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award was established in 2010 with a $1 million gift from 1st Source Bank. It is presented each year to a faculty member from Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend for successfully transitioning their technology from the lab to the marketplace.

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Jon McNeill

COO, Lyft
Jon McNeill's experience as an entrepreneur earned him a reputation as both an innovator and implementer. He is the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2013 he was named "Most Admired CEO" in the midsize company category in Boston. Jon has founded eight companies, led... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Morris Inn 1399 N Notre Dame Ave, South Bend, IN 46617, USA
Friday, April 12


Startup Showcase
Similar to a school science fair, the Startup Showcase is an opportunity for teams from the McCloskey New Venture Competition and local community participants to share their ventures with Irish Entrepreneurs, IrishAngels, competition judges, potential investors, and other distinguished guests attending events during IDEA Week. This is an outstanding opportunity to network with a number of influential members of the Notre Dame entrepreneurial community, and is typically one of the most exciting events of the entire final events week.

Friday April 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dahnke Ballroom Duncan Student Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556


McCloskey New Venture Competition Finals
The final event will feature presentations by finalist teams competing in the McCloskey New Venture Competition. Those attending will vote to decide the winner of the $5,000 Sutherland Family Award for Best Presentation.

Nearly $400,000 in cash and in-kind services will be awarded, including the McCloskey Grand Prize; the Start-Up SB/Elkhart/Elevate Ventures Grand Prize; the Marshal County Economic Development Award for Greatest Social Impact; the Schurz Communication Award; the Research Like a Champion Award; the IOIPay Award for Best Woman Owned Business; the RSM Award for Tax/Accounting Services; the Equifund Best Undergraduate Award; the Larock Best Graduate Award; the Palo Alto Software Awards for Best Written Plans; the IrishAngels Award; the First State Bank Business Banking Award; the Plug & Play Startup Camp Awards; the Workman Nydegger IP Prize; and the Michael Best & Friedrich LLP IP Prize.

Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Dahnke Ballroom Duncan Student Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556