Business of Blockchain is a one-day conference done by MIT Technology Review in collaboration with MIT Media Lab Digital Currency. As we know blockchain technology is disrupting the world around us. It is fundamentally changing how we tackle problems. With the blockchain mania of 2017 over, the blockchain projects are now settling down, and it is up to the new innovators and startups to change the world for good.

At the conference, you will be able to meet the best pioneers in blockchain's emerging field. They will also learn about the technology and use that learning to gain an advantage in real-world. Not only that the conference is all about the separating fact from hype, and presenting you with information that really matters.

What things will be explored at the 2019 program?

The conference will explore multiple topics including the following.

  • The underlying technology of blockchain: strengths and weakness
  • Early blockchain projects: Lesson learned and how the initiatives are used to transform it for long-term key global industries
  • Impact of cryptocurrency on regulatory and legal environments
  • How blockchain can impact on social challenges including war crimes tracking to the expansion of financial services

Pre-event

They will also be hosting a pre-event explainer session on May 1st from 6.00-8.00pm that will explain things such as blockchain fundamentals. Experts from the industry and MIT will conduct the session.

Speakers

There will be a lot of speakers at the conference. Few of the notables ones include the following.

  • Robleh Ali, Research Scientist, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Adam Caplan, SVP of Emerging Technology, Salesforce
  • Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau - CEO and Publisher, MIT Technolgy Review
  • Thaddeus Dryja - Research Scientist, DCI, MIT Media Lab
  • Caitlin Long, Cofounder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, The financialization of Cryptoassets
  • Sonya Mann, Communications Manager, Zcash Foundation, The Path to Adoption
  • Mike Orcutt, Associate Editor, MIT Technology Review

and others!

Location

The event will take place at the heart of the MIT campus, i.e., MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The location is amazing as it enables you to feel the excitement and inspire yourself.

Schedule

The schedule of the conference is as follows

  • Registration & Breakfast
  • Opening remarks by Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau
  • Blockchain Today by Neha, Dan, Simon, and Monica
  • Roundtable discussion: How is Blockchain technology Evolving? By Neha, Dan Simon and Monica
  • Break & Networking
  • Privacy and Zero-Knowledge Toolset by Sonya Mann
  • Roundtable discussion: Stablecoins by Robleh, and Haseeb
  • Smart Contracts: Expanding Access to Legal Services
  • Roundtable: Security Tokens - Opportunities, Challenges, and Timing
  • Blockchain's Role in the Enterprise¬† by Adam Caplan
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Blockchain Global Impact by Hui and Sponendu
  • Blockchain's Social Impact by Alexis and Aya
  • Break and Networking
  • Regulation in the Blockchain Era by Jessica, Peter, Caitlin, and Gary
  • Closing remarks by Neha, Rhys, and Mike.
  • Reception

Tickets

If you decide to register for the conference, you will get access to all the sessions, lunch, breakfast and even the closing reception. The general admission ticket will cost you $1695 plus an extra fee of $66.80. The total cost of the ticket will be $1761.80.

Should you attend the conference?

The conference is one of the best ways to learn about blockchain. It is hosted and managed by the brightest people on earth, i.e., MIT leaders and professors. Also, there will be speakers from all over the world where you will get proper networking opportunities. They have proper arrangement for the conference. You can also take hotel arrangement by paying extra.