IOHK launched Marlowe Playground and announced winners of $10000 contest

IOHK, the company behind Cardano rolls out Marlowe Playground, an application building tool that allows creation of smart-contracts for non-programmers by using visual coding.

The new platform lowers barriers to entry for Smart Contracts

What makes IOHK’s product unique, is that Marlowe Playground is aimed at those with little to no programming knowledge, allowing to visually build smart contracts on Cardano blockchain. In addition to allowing users to build smart contracts, Marlowe Playground will allow them to verify, test their smart contracts and perform simulations.

The company stated that the rollout of Marlowe Playground’s Alpha version is the key part of the ongoing delivery of smart contract functionality on Cardano, with the entire process set to take place within the next few months.

Three winners of IOHK’s smart contract development contest will share $10000 hackathon prize

With the launch of Marlowe Playground the IOHK have announced winners of $10000 hackathon contest. The Wyoming Blockchain Stampede’s social impact challenge was created to explore potential use cases for Cardano aimed to speed up the United Nations Development Goals (SDGs), which include providing financial inclusion for the world’s 1.7 billion unbanked people.

The first prize were claimed by Liqwid Finance, whose project focuses primarily on peer-to-peer lending, cutting out the “middleman” and allowing financial services such as credit, loans, and savings to everyone. Liqwid’s solution aims at creating of lending markets/pools using Cardano’s smart contract functionality.

The second prize was won by the Wavachain with a sustainable solution to industrial and hazardous waste. It’s a digital marketplace based on Cardano that would prevent waste by matching companies that create it with possible users or recyclers. Yannick Gendre from Wavachain stated that the project wanted to make it profitable for companies to manage their waste sustainably.

FundTrack, the third prize winner, proposed an innovative shift in the infrastructure underpinning sustainable projects. According to Leonard Delunas, a member of the FundTrack team, the project was designed to combat the inability of organizations to properly track effort and cost during various projects, as poor coordination can ultimately affect everything from governance to financial allocation decisions.

“Supporting grassroots innovation like this  is part of the reason we founded IOHK, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these ideas on their journey to real-world adoption.”

Stated the IOHK’s CEO Charles Hoskinson

Sources: IOHK, Cardano, Cryptoslate