You could be forgiven for thinking that the key takeaway from the DC Blockchain Summit 2017, on 16th and 17th March at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, was just the wide range of participants: the Summit brought together an impressive array of global leaders in finance, technology and government; their stated aim – “to advance the adoption of blockchain in the regulatory heart of the United States”.
But there was more to the Summit than ambition.
Discussions ranged across the future of blockchain and distributed ledger technology for financial services, healthcare, technology, intellectual property and insurance. Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, told us: “Blockchain is nearing its transition from labs to production.”
On the agenda for the Summit were a Fireside Chat with US Representatives Jared Polis and David Schweikert, co-chairs of the Blockchain Caucus, and a keynote address from Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings.
Interestingly, the Chamber of Digital Commerce co-hosted a “code-a-thon” before the Summit, with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Participants were challenged “to develop operational healthcare solutions using open source distributed ledger technology”. Open-source is one thing; we’re looking forward to a future of fintech code-a-thons.
You’ll find the Consensus 2018 conference at the New York Hilton Midtown from 14th to 16th May 2018.
Consensus 2017 kicked off just ahead of the deadline for this edition of e-Forex, and was, you know, intense. 2,000-pus delegates, speakers from just about every corner of the crypto-space, and a lot of insight into the current state of “the blockchain and cryptocurrency economy”, as we’ll be calling it until we realise that it’s pretty much taken over the “real” economy. More at www.coindesk.com.
At the Hilton Singapore Hotel participants in The Blockchain for Finance Conference, Asia-Pacific taking place on 20th, 21st June, will include HSBC, MUFG, China Construction Bank, Mizuo and OCBC Bank. The Monetary Authority of Singapore will contribute a discussion of the IP (intellectual property) challenge presented by blockchain, and there will be an opportunity to gain insight into the likely impact of current patent filings on financial services. Manulife, Allianz and AIA will provide an insurance-industry perspective on decentralisation, security and trust.
Among blockchain specialists present will be Metaverse, JEDTrade, R3, Dragonfly Fintech, DXMarkets, Streami, Keychain and Gatecoin. More at http://blockchainapac.fintecnet.com/