Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business hosted its first Blockchain Innovation Competition involving various blockchain research projects on May 3rd with several judges from the Atlanta business community. The competition comes at a time when FinTech companies in Atlanta are booming. Recently 25 of the largest FinTech companies employed 27,000-plus Georgia workers.
The competition was hosted by GSU’s Institute for Insight at Robinson College of Business, with support from the Department of Finance. It is tightly linked to the FinTech class for graduate students, Introduction to FinTech, the brainchild of Dr. Baozhong Yang, Associate Professor of Finance, and Dr. Yusen Xia, Professor of Analytics and Director of the Institute for Insight.
The event grew to be a 75-person attended professional business pitch competition. The pitches exceeded all expectations and the judges were blown away by the quality and innovation of the students. Dr. Yang did an amazing job teaching the concepts and programming, considering the fact that there was a range of professional programmers to students who had never coded before.
The top 3 winning teams were:
DappyFish: Fighting Fish Fraud with Blockchain
- Denise McCurdy, Executive Doctorate in Business
- Siyan Guo, MS Analytics
- Kiran Ingale, MS Analytics
- Phuong Nguyen, MBA
- Thien Vo, BS CIS
SnapShut: Digital Avatar on Blockchain
- Abhishek Chandrakumar Bagla, MS Finance
- Mercedes Bovell, MS Finance
- Richard Getty, BS Finance
- Riddhi Jhawar, MS Finance
- Tai Kuo, MS Finance
- Satish Manda, MBA
- Ruchika Pahwa, MS Finance
- Priti Shaw, MS Finance
NuWave: Auditing Using Blockchain
- Matan Becker, MS Analytics
- Kevin Diaz, MS Aanlytics
The Creative Media Industries Institute was invited to help teams that were interested in creative digital assets on the blockchain. One group worked on putting a digital twin or avatar on the blockchain to protect one’s digital representation and physical identity online. Another pitch was presented by an undergraduate student, Elijah Sullivan, who created a full concept to create a new ecosystem for charity.
Judges from the Atlanta business and FinTech community included Anand Thaker, CEO of IntelliPhi; Sean Banks, Partner of TTV; Roop Singh Bio, Founder of Intuit Factory; Loren Williams, Technology Leader for EY’s Audit Analytics Program; Nneoma E. Njoku, Vice President and B2B/Corporate Practice Lead for MSL Atlanta; and Marie-Antoinette, Founder and CEO of C2Legacy.