LINCOLN network


lincoln network

The umbrella organization over Studio, Deployed and Policy seeking to bridge the gap between innovators and policymakers for a freer and more abundant future.

lincoln studio

A product studio that partners with donors to create new technology products to solve policy and social problems. The liberty skunkworks.

lincoln deployed

A full-service digital agency that specializes in product strategy, design, and software engineering, for customers that align with our mission.

lincoln policy

A boutique think tank that works with policymakers and tech innovators to promote market-oriented ideas to stengthen American innovation.


Blockchain Conference // Hackathon

September 29 - October 1, 2017 Duke's Bullpen I&E Space
215 Morris St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701

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Blockchain technology has grown into an integral part of the Internet evolution. At its most basic level, blockchain is a distributed-ledger of records that is publicly verifiable. But this technology has the power to eliminate the need for -transaction intermediaries such as banks. By providing a completely secure way to conduct e-commerce, blockchain technology is an innovative platform fueling the growth of global economies. We will have panel discussions on blockchain implications ranging from finance to IoT to civic engagement.

Lincoln Network’s hackathon is centered on ways to integrate blockchain in both public and private sectors. We invite teams and individuals to participate in this thrilling weekend to channel their expertise into producing innovative blockchain applications. This hackathon will allow promising young techies to work together while applying blockchain towards some of the world’s biggest problems.



Friday, September 29th Duke's Bullpen I&E Space


Registration Opens

5:00 - 5:15pm

Introductory Remarks

Garrett Johnson

5:15 - 6:00pm

Fireside chat with Rep. Patrick McHenry



6:30 - 7:00pm

Blockchain Technology Overview

Mark Parzygnat, Program Director, IBM Blockchain

7:00 - 7:30pm

Blockchain and Money

Panelists: David Yerger, Ben Chan, Jameson Lopp, Andrew Garner, moderated by Lee Reiners

7:30 - 8:00pm

Everything Else Blockchain

Panelists: Ken Heaps, LeeAnn Black, Raine Haque, moderated by Jeff Ward

8:00 - 8:30pm

Team Pitches

8:30 - 9:00pm

Team Job Fair

9:00 - 10:00pm

Hackathon begins

Everyone must be out by 10pm!

Saturday, September 30th Duke Law School

9:00am - 9:00pm


9:30am - 10:30am

Hyperledger Fabric Introduction and Demo

Nik Gupta and Nick Gaski, IBM Blockchain

Sunday, October 1st Duke Law School

9:00am - 12:00pm


12:00 - 2:00pm


2:00 - 3:00pm



1st Place: $3000 cash
2nd Place: $1500 cash
3rd Place: $500 cash


Representative Patrick McHenry
U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district (Sponsor of FSIA)
Ben Chan
Director of Engineering
Jameson Lopp
Software Engineer
David Yerger
Managing Partner
Redwood Digital Group
Lee Reiners
Director of Global Financial Markets Center
Duke University School of Law
Jeff Ward
Duke Center on Law & Technology
Ken Heaps
Chief Information Officer
Latham & Watkins
LeeAnn Black
Chief Operating Officer
Latham & Watkins
Andrew Garner
SVP-Senior Strategy Consultant
Wells Fargo
Raina Haque
Founding partner
Erdős Intellectual Property Law + Startup Legal

Lincoln Network

Duke Center on Law & Technology