STOP COVID-19 Hackathon Adds Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, as Expert Judge

New York, NY, April 17, 2020–After officially launching the STOP COVID-19 Hackathon yesterday, ConsenSys Health and co-sponsors Gitcoin, ConsenSys, Hyperledger, and OpenMined announced a new judge in their Ethereum-based competition to build Web 3.0 tools in the fight against Covid-19.  Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, will join as an expert judge, giving engineering participants a rare opportunity to have their solutions reviewed by two Ethereum Co-Founders, as Joe Lubin, CEO of ConsenSys is also confirmed as a judge.

Although best known for his groundbreaking work on Ethereum, Buterin has also prioritized giving back to the community by donating to organizations including the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), a non-profit focused on addressing the hazards associated with artificial intelligence (AI), the SENS Research Foundation (SRF) for the research and development of diseases associated with aging, and GiveDirectly, a charitable organization for refugees in East Africa.

As a judge, Buterin will join Lubin, as well as Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger; Dr. Alex Cahana, Chief Medical Officer and EMEA Market Leader of ConsenSys Health; Dr. Sean Manion, Chief Scientific Officer of ConsenSys Health, Dr. Jonathan Holt, Chief Medical Informatics Officer of ConsenSys Health, and Debbie Bucci, Director, Patient-Mediated and Institutional Data Exchange at ConsenSys Health.

The STOP COVID-19 Hackathon judging begins on May 11.  To join the competition as a healthcare and life sciences mentor or as a technologist, visit

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