Shall we play a game?
So we've been trolling you all on Twitter about this whole "Blockchain" badge concept and the general reaction has been:
"They must be trolling!"
"Cryptocurrency mining on a badge??"
The truth lies somewhere between; sure we've had some fun trolling but we think we've found an interesting use for a distributed blockchain! Our blockchain implementation is a little different:
1. It's not a centralized blockchain like bitcoin but instead a distributed "tree" of interactions
2. It operates on collaborative proof of work proving interactions are authentic
3. It runs on sneakernet instead of the interwebs!
As you walk around DEFCON and meet other folks wearing one of our badges you will trade one of your White Blocks and they will begin doing their Proof of Work. A special animation plays on each of your badges to tell you that it's building the new block. When this process completes you will see a special completion animation on your badge.