#Break the Block

Blockchain insurance Hackathon, 21-23 July 2017

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Main sponsors

Insurance and blockchain

The hack is done and the winners are named. We’ve wrapped up Break the Block with a few videos and interviews, and remember to check out the results too – who won and who got a special award for specific skills and features?

Just as important is the purpose that sparked our Break the Block hack. Read Simply Business senior developer Makoto Inoue’s Github repo and get the full story.

In a nut shell

Reams of code, gallons of caffeine and the all-important hacks. Watch how Break the Block unrolled in our short on-the-day film.

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The results

Break the Block’s 2017 winners are featured below, alongside special awards for sophistication, best Blockchain and concept, best code and best use case.
All the hacks are ready for you to view.

What happened at Break the Block?


  • 18.00 - Registration
  • 18.30 - Intro
  • 19.00 - Dinner & learn (Insurance)
  • 21.00 - Pitch, team formation & drinks
  • 22.00 - Close


  • 09.00 - Breakfast
  • 10.00 - Tech workshop
  • 12.00 - Lunch
  • 15.00 - Tea break
  • 18.00 - Dinner
  • 22.00 - Close


  • 09.00 - Breakfast
  • 12.00 - Lunch
  • 14.00 - Tech demo
  • 15.00 - Pitch start
  • 17.00 - Winners announced
  • 17.30 - Drinks
  • 19.00 - Close

Judges and mentors

From blockchain gurus to insurance experts, our diverse panel has been hand selected for our Break the Block. You’ll have the opportunity to pick their brains, tap into their experience, and show off your skills to the leading specialists in blockchain and insurance.

Tech/Community sponsors

  • Ethereum
  • Imperial College
  • Oraclize
  • Etherisc
  • CryptoCompare
  • RS Components PLC

Mukta Patel Senior Legal Counsel
Simply Business

Prof. Will Knottenbelt Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering
Imperial College

Nicholas Berry Partner, Corporate and Regulatory Insurance
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Thomas Bertani Founder & CEO

Vladimir Tosovic Business Development

Yiseul Cho Managing Director
Zen9 (Blockchain R&D Lab)

Danny Mitchell Technology Consultant
UK FS Blockchain Team

Quynh Tran Crypto Quant
Crypto Compare

Nick Johnson Core Developer
Ethereum Foundation

Andrei Baloiu Full-stack developer
RS Components PLC