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Women On The Block: An Evening With Influential Women In Blockchain

Women On The Block: An Evening With Influential Women In Blockchain

This month's edition of Blockchain Beginners will feature a lineup comprised of some of the most influential women in this space - all women, all evening! 50% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Project Girl Code*, a non-profit organisation teaching digital literacy skills and providing IT training to girls and young women who are vulnerable to trafficking, slavery or forced marriage. Once again Blockchain Beginners are being hosted by SapientRazorfish in their stunning London office with support from eToro and Zebra People . We will have a panel of 3 speakers followed by a Q&A session and then networking before moving on to the pub. Pizzas and refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided. Our MC for the evening will be Maria McKavanagh , whom some of you may know from our last meetup. Maria is the COO of Verv, the home energy assistant utilising AI and Blockchain technology to share energy among communities in real time. Our first speaker to be confirmed is Aga Gajownik , a business strategist specialising in tech for good. She recently started working with Wrisx, a startup that uses blockchain to minimise risk around investing in emerging markets ( ). In the past, Aga helped to launch www.sotec.io who won 2 hackathons around using tech for good. Our second speaker to be confirmed is Jess Houlgrave , who recently completed a Masters dissertation assessing the use of technology in the art ecosystem. She explored how the blockchain can be leveraged within the art world to reduce inefficiencies and revolutionise entrenched and antiquated existing market practices. She a senior consultant at Chainstarter , an ethical blockchain fundraising platform. Jess is also a Trustee for a Lewisham Education Arts Network and a member of the ExCom-Y committee at M Continue reading >>

An Introduction To Blockchain Training Course | London | Technova

An Introduction To Blockchain Training Course | London | Technova

Understanding the impact of a game-changing technology Blockchain has the potential to transform key industries, including financial services, utilities, logistics and more, but the first step is truly understanding the technology at its heart. By demystifing the blockchain technology, and providing you with the skills & practical know-how needed to initiate and manage blockchain programmes within your own teams and firms, this course will enable you to join the flow of investment and take your business to the next level. TechNOVA is delivering this interactive training course to help leading technology and business professionals get to grips with this exciting technology and understand its potential impact. Understand where blockchain came from and who the key players in the space are Learn in detail how the technology works Explore case studies and see first-hand how it works Discover current uses of blockchain and the pros and cons that have been identified Take the first steps towards working out what blockchain might mean for your team, company and industry Continue reading >>

Blockchain Beginners Intro To Cryptocurrencies And The Blockchain

Blockchain Beginners Intro To Cryptocurrencies And The Blockchain

Blockchain Beginners Intro to Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Bitcoin... Ethereum... Dash... Ripple... Everyone is talking about cryptocurrencies for one reason or another these days and now you can find out why! Monzo have kindly agreed to host us for this first event. So head down to 230 City Road for 6:30pm. One of our partners, Zebra People, have very kindly agreed to sponsor food and drinks for this event too. So expect some alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well some nibbles (we might even get PIZZA!). Check out Zebra's website here: www.zebrapeople.com . What the talks are about and brief overview of the speakers At this session Angus will introduce the concept of the blockchain using bitcoin as an example. We will learn about the basic mathematics which makes the technology work, and how it can be used in the real world as a currency. This session will be suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about the technology, and no prior knowledge of blockchain/technology/maths is required. He will explain the concepts in an accessible, non-technical way, and might even try to make some of it fun! Daniel will be looking at the next steps of how to get involved in Cryptos. Topics he will cover, in no particular order, are; Simon is Monzo's resident Blockchain fanboy and will be talking about other uses for blockchain, practical applications for outside of cryptocurrency. This will give you a great insight into the scale of the blockchain and what it means for globalisation. 8:30 - 8:35pm Richard Burton from Balance My Money 8:35 - 9:00pm - More networking and drinks 9:00 pm - Pub! The Royal Star on City Road will be our post talk venue! They have agreed to give us 10% off beers and 3 for 2 on Gin mixers. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Continue reading >>

Blockchain Beginners: Deciphering Icos

Blockchain Beginners: Deciphering Icos

*Purchase your tickets here* ( ) This month, General Assembly plays host to Blockchain Beginners, the brains (and beards!) behind the London Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Beginners Meetups. In this themed event, we will lift the shroud of mystery from ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) to reveal whats really going on. Industry experts shall explain the who, what, when, where and why's of ICOs. They'll also cover how to spot which opportunities you should go for and which you should be wary of. After absorbing all this info, you'll have the opportunity to put those new skills and knowledge to the test in a pitch-off! A big thank you to our headliners, Gimmer and Pundi X for agreeing to come and present their ICOs, and also to R_Block and Iconiq Labs who will be giving quick fire pitches and taking part in the panel Q&A. This meet up is open to all levels, and is a fabulous opportunity to ask questions and network with other attendees working or interested in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Continue reading >>

Open Blockchain

Open Blockchain

Blockchain is most commonly known as the technology underpinning the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. But in recent years the open source code of the Bitcoin blockchain has been taken and extended by many groups to expand its capabilities. Blockchain technology, which can be thought of as a public distributed ledger, promises to revolutionise the financial world. A World Economic Forum survey in 2015 found that those polled believe that there will be a tipping point for the government use of blockchain by 2023 . Governments, large banks, software vendors and companies involved in stock exchanges (especially the Nasdaq stock exchange) are investing heavily in the area. For example, the UK Government recently announced that it is investing 10M into blockchain research and Santander have identified 20-25 internal use cases for the technology and predict a reduction of banks infrastructure costs by up to 12.8 billion a year . The reach of blockchain technology will go beyond the financial sector however, through the use of smart contracts which allow business and legal agreements to be stored and executed online. For example, the startup company Tallysticks aims to use blockchain based smart contracts to automate invoicing. In October, 2015 Visa and DocuSign showcased a proof of concept demonstrating how smart contracts could be used to greatly speed up the processes involved in car rental rental cars can be driven out of the car park without any need to fill in or sign forms. The ability to run smart contracts led Forbes to recently run an article comparing the future impact of blockchains to that of the Web and Internet . We believe the blockchain technology and smart contracts can also be used in education in many interesting and potentially revolutionary scenarios. On this webs Continue reading >>

Universities Add Blockchain To Course List

Universities Add Blockchain To Course List

Universities add blockchain to course list Universities add blockchain to course list Demand for talented individuals far exceeds the available supply Value added: demand for people with blockchain skills grows Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg What was mispronounced? Optional: help us by adding the time Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. The market for recruiting blockchain engineers has been described as red hot. But where can aspiring software coders find training about the intricacies of this technology? There has been a surprising dearth of courses available in this nascent but fast-growing field. Yet the signs are that this is starting to change. Blockchain is a technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin , the value of which soared to more than $2,500 recently, up almost fivefold in the past year. Blockchains allow encrypted data on anything, from money to medical records, to be shared between many companies, people and institutions. This protects data from fraud while instantly updating all parties concerned. Experts say the demand for expertise is coming from all sectors from financial services to retail and it is far outstripping supply. It is a hot market at the moment because most of the large corporates want to be able to say they have a blockchain team, says Michael Mainelli , who runs blockchain training courses for senior executives and boards at his consultancy Z/Yen. Join us to discuss whats next for bitcoin and blockchain, with David Gerard, author of the Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain, and Alex Batlin, founder of Trustology, on February 27 in London Having initially kept away from bitcoin, fearing the risks of fraud and criminality, big companies now see huge potential in the underlying technology to improve the efficiency of e Continue reading >>

Blockchain International Show Comes To London In June

Blockchain International Show Comes To London In June

Blockchain International Show London is atwo-day eventdedicated to the blockchain industry, uniting world-leading experts and business representatives. Heres what you need to know about this event: June 6th to 7th, 2018atLondons ExCel exhibition and convention centre This is the first BIS in London, but not the first Blockchain event in Great Britain organized by Smile-Expo, since the company has already held ICO Event London . Smile-Expo has organized more than 30 Blockchain & Bitcoin Conferences all over the world and continues with the series. The importance of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies and the way they are developing in todays world. What exciting things can people look forward to? Top-level experts from all around the world will provide their presentations in two conference halls on the topical issues concerning the technology in general as well as details within the industry. Highly interactive panel discussions based on case studies will provide real-world options for technology implementation. Visitors will have an opportunity to discover a free-to-enter exhibition that will help them to discover the latest hardware and software products based on blockchain technology used in banking, social services, infrastructure projects, computer security, automation services, IT and hardware. What opportunities are offered for those attending? Networking opportunities: Meet service providers, operators, platform providers, investors, data scientists, business analysts, venture capitalists, C-level management representatives and government representatives as well as your future partners, like-minded people and new friends. See the leading brands providing their latest developments and groundbreaking ideas to a wide audience in the exhibition area gathering Continue reading >>

Blockchain And You: What Does The Future Hold?

Blockchain And You: What Does The Future Hold?

Blockchain and you: What does the future hold? This month we will have three (maybe four) fantastic speakers for you discussing where the future lies within blockchain. Right now everyone is caught up in the ICO / fundraising bubble and it is imperative that we look at real world use cases of this technology. Blockchain is the future, but where do we go beyond piles of money and Lambos? RACHEL BLACK - BLOCKCHAIN AND YOUR IDENTITY In an age of invasive and intrusive data collection, can blockchain be used to bring about greater user ownership of data? Storing personal information is hard, costly and often detrimental to user privacy. Rachels talk follows the the evolution of identity management from centralised to distributed and self sovereign. Exploring the problems and possibilities as we enter the new world of decentralised identity. ALASTAIR BAND - RIDICULOUS THINGS THAT ONLY HAPPEN IN CRYPTO With a lack of regulation, you get some pretty funny things happening in blockchain. Alastair will talk you some of his favourites that he has seen over the past few months. Hold on tight and bring a sense of humour as we enter a parallel universe where anything goes! ANGUS MAIDMENT - BLOCKCHAIN: A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE Blockchain technology is certainly hot right now and there is a whole lot going on in the space! But what can we do with it in the future? This month, we will take a look at the grand vision of some blockchain business models, and how they interact with the other key pillars of the new "smart" future as seen by the technological utopians - namely AI, Big Data, Cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This talk will necessarily be more conceptual than previous talks Angus has delivered, and will focus on a larger timescale and broader perspective t Continue reading >>

Blockchain Beginners Intro To Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Sponsored By Etoro

Blockchain Beginners Intro To Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Sponsored By Etoro

Blockchain Beginners Intro to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain sponsored by eToro This talk is proudly being sponsored eToro ( ) who are our headline sponsor for this event. Please check out their website and download their app! Zebra People ( ) are also once again helping to make this happen. Like what we're doing? Send us some coin! What the talks are about and brief overview of the speakers 7:00 - 7:30pm: Angus Maidment - Co MD of Blockchain Beginners At this session, Angus will introduce the concept of the blockchain using Bitcoin as an example. We will learn about the basic mathematics which makes the technology work, and how it can be used in the real world as a currency. This session will be suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about the technology, and no prior knowledge of blockchain/technology/maths is required. He will explain the concepts in an accessible, non-technical way, and might even try to make some of it fun! This will cover all of the basics once again for those who missed the last event and allude to some of the more advanced bits too for those who were there! 7:30 - 8pm: Kristina Tauchmannova - Operations @ Balance Kristina, currently in the midst of a very successful ICO (Initial CROWD Offering), will be walking you through some of the Tools for Ethereum. 8:00 - 8:30 pm Scott Nelson - CEO of Sweetbridge All the way from Arizona, dubbed by some as the Silicon Valley for Blockchain, is Scott Nelson of Sweetbridge. Scott will be talking through some other applications of blockchain technology, mostly around how it can be used for the Supply Chain. It's not all about currency... We look forward to seeing everyone there! Continue reading >>

Blockchain Executive Education Programme

Blockchain Executive Education Programme

8 evenings (6:30pm to 9:30pm) - over 8 weeks We don't have a date for this course yet. Please contact UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies to register your interest. This eight-week executive programme will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of blockchain business models, including their opportunities and risks. It will equip you with the insight, network and tools to guide your organisation on how to deal with these disruptive technologies. You'll learn about the technologies and how to assess economic, legal and regulatory implications. You'll also learn aboutthe impact of blockchains on industry and society - today and in the future. The course is taught by leading academic lecturers and blockchain practitioners who are implementing the technologies on the frontlines. This programme being run by the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT). This programme is aimed at business leaders, innovators, regulators and public policy makers. It's particularly suited tomid-to-senior-level managers in organisations looking to explore blockchain applications for their industries. It's also suitable for those who want to develop links with the UCL CBT to collaborate on joint research or applied contract work. You don't need any prior knowledge of blockchains to take this course. The following outlines the main areas of teaching spread over eight weeks: 1. Technology behind blockchains and distributed ledgers In part one, you'll learn about the underlying elements of what makes up a distributed ledger and the history behind blockchains. How do distributed ledgers differ from existing technologies available? What are the benefits they bring? How many different distributed ledgers exist? How can we distinguish good ones from bad ones? You'll also learn about differen Continue reading >>

London Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies Workshop | General Assembly

London Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies Workshop | General Assembly

Explore the history of digital cash and blockchain technology Explain the technology that make blockchains possible Examine exciting new decentralized applications that use blockchain technology to change the world. Whether you are a developer building for the future of the Internet or a curious enthusiast making sense of the hype, this session will help you understand why blockchain technology just might be the next great coordinating tool for humanity. This class is designed for anyone without prior knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology. Ability to understand how Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain implementations work under the hood Understand what smart contracts are and be able to conceptualize smart contract applications, otherwise known as decentralized applications (Dapps) Know what it takes to release an initial coin offering (ICO) on the Ethereum network Students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer, but no previous experience in data analysis or Google Sheets is required. Access to Google Sheets. (If you do not have access, create a Google account.) Students should have some basic technical aptitude, orientation to computers, and the curiosity to learn new tools. Continue reading >>

Blockchain Conference & Exhibition Event | Blockchain Expo Global

Blockchain Conference & Exhibition Event | Blockchain Expo Global

Blockchain Expo will be returning to Olympia Grand, London 25-26th April 2019. Conference materials for Blockchain Expo London 2018 will be available on Wednesday this week and may be purchased here . The worlds largest Blockchain conference & exhibition Blockchain Expo, the leading global established blockchain for business event, will be arriving at Londons Olympia on 18-19 April 2018, bringing together industry leaders for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies. Blockchain Expo is expected to attract over 6,000 dedicated blockchain delegates over the two days. Presented in a series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies with a focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging Blockchain space, Blockchain Expo will explore the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including; manufacturing, retail, financial services, legal, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more. The Blockchain for Enterprise conference track will take place on 18 and 19 April, and will look at a key industry verticals and the impact blockchain technologies have on their evolution. From healthcare, supply chain and food traceability to energy, logistics, manufacturing retail, real estate and more this is the blockchain for business track that is a must attend for those examining blockchain enterprise strategies. On day 1 (18 April), paid delegates are invited to attend the ICOs & Cryptofinance track, exploring regulation, ICO tools, and changing venture capital models. Insurance, banking, payments and more will be explored in the Transforming Financial Services track on day (19 April). The free conference Continue reading >>

Blockchain For Business

Blockchain For Business

Master, deploy and fully leverage the transformational power of blockchain technologies across your business. 5 day intensive master class for business leaders and innovators running in 2020 (date TBC) Blockchain is poised to revolutionise the way businesses perform, log and protect the security of their transactions at scale. Getting ahead of the game as an early adopter will future-proof you and your business, securing an irreversible market advantage in the longer term. To harness the power of blockchain you need to grips with the technology, understand its potential and build an actionable road map for you and your business. Blockchain for Business empowers you with the understanding, frameworks and practical tools to leverage this transformational technology and position your organisation at the forefront of innovation. Highly practical yet grounded in the latest research, the course is enriched by insights from leading-edge practitioners and extensive use of real-world case studies. Learning is accelerated through hands-on sessions on the practical application of technology that address your specific business challenges, and the dynamic interchange of ideas and perspectives with a broad range of fellow business leaders and change-makers. You emerge with the strategic decision-making capabilities, the future-proof technical and managerial insights, and the innovation mindset to formulate dynamic action plans that drive real value for yourself and your business. Master the technologies behind blockchain and explore their application in the business context. Understand how emerging blockchain and cryptotoken ecosystems are set to impact economies, finance, government, regulation and business. See how these technologies can be harnessed across different sectors, func Continue reading >>

Blockchain Bros' London Powwow: Regulation, Education, Oversaturation

Blockchain Bros' London Powwow: Regulation, Education, Oversaturation

Blockchain bros' London powwow: Regulation, education, oversaturation BlockchainWeek The hype around blockchain is just as frustrating for people trying to legitimise the technology as it is for those watching from the sidelines but behind the fluff, its proponents argue there's real potential. With Bitcoin prices dominating the news and every Tom, Dick and Harry jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, most people are getting sick of the distributed ledger technology. And speakers at last week's London BlockchainWeek conference certainly did their fair share of pearl-clutching about the tech's breathless publicity. (Although such messages were arguably undermined by the wealth of "fund my company's ICO" pitches spread across the event, and the Bitcoin fanbois cheering every mention of rising share prices.) Panellists in debates across the two days condemned scam initial coin offerings, where firms offer nothing but a nice idea, and came down hard on a situation that they said had led to too much money being thrown at immature businesses. The investor just quickly reads a business white paper and sends the money... If you raise $100m, what's your incentive to deliver? But they also tried to temper the gosh-isn't-all-the-hype-terrible, arguing that the dotcom bubble faced a similar situation and still pushed out a few successful companies. Some maintained that the "bad players" would be weeded out over time, leaving the market open for the genuine companies. Not everyone agreed, though, expressing concern about the ICO funding model, which sees companies raise money by selling cryptocurrency and digital tokens, ostensibly to develop a platform to support them. Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring However, investors described being swamped by 30 to 40 Continue reading >>

London Financial Studies - Blockchain For Financial Markets: Technology And Business Applications (london)

London Financial Studies - Blockchain For Financial Markets: Technology And Business Applications (london)

Blockchain for Financial Markets: Technology and Business Applications Get past all the hype around blockchains and gain a definitive understanding of the current state, as well as realistic expectations, of this technology. The programme draws on the underlying technology and the business model of public blockchains - Bitcoin and Ethereum - to form the knowledge base, upon which you will learn how to develop businesses; as well as understanding how this can revolutionize transactions, securities, financial contracts and platform apps. Analyze the most promising private blockchain solutions via a series of workshops, coding exercises and real-case examples. Explore different Smart Contract possibilities and their use, as well as the reality of Initial Coin Offering (ICO), with a focus on current financial applications and a look at future applications that can be developed. The teacher has 15 years' experience in leading model and software development in the banking sector. He started research on Blockchain back in 2013 and wrote the first article proposing blockchain and smart contracts as a solution for modernizing financial markets. Since then, he has worked on derivatives and clearing on the Blockchain, developing the first test market for collateralized derivatives in Ethereum. He has been a board member of R3, the London-based bank Blockchain consortium, and is a member of the scientific committee for Blockchain Lab, a Swiss-based consortium of Bitcoin developers. His work on Blockchain for Finance has been featured in the Risk Magazine, Coindesk, Harvard Business Review, Bitcoin Magazine and other journals in both the financial and blockchain world. Continue reading >>

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