The event brought together a diverse group of attendees: a digital agency researcher, a retired math teacher, a retail technology expert, and the list goes on. I had the pleasure of meeting these tech enthusiasts when they dropped by the IBM Blockchain stand in the IBM is Making experience to learn more about the distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin. Our discussions have ranged from explanations of what blockchain is and how it works to theorizing how it can be used in different industries to transform the way people transact across business networks.
Everyone who approached wanted to try, talk and learn. This high amount of engagement and the many great conversations I’ve had are definite highlights of my own experience. Based on these conversations, below I provide some of the materials that best answer some of the basic questions visitors had about blockchain.
Crowds formed every time we started going over the basics of blockchain. Of course, this made sense because the technology is still very new. However, the amount of interest these discussions garnered made me realize how important it still is to have such conversations. So, I’d like to give a very brief overview of blockchain.
The IBM presence at SXSW is winding down, but the SXSW Hackathon is today, March 14, and tomorrow, March 15. You’ll get to see IBM Blockchain experts in action as they provide support for the hackathon teams. These teams will be writing some of the first applications to run on Hyperledger Fabric, The Linux Foundation’s open source blockchain technology platform set to move to production this month. Check out this previous blog post to learn more.
Listen to this IBM Blockchain Pulse Podcast episode and others on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn and Stitcher. How do you get on board with blockchain? In today’s episode, your host, Matt Hooper, is speaking with Alison McCauley! Alison is the founder and CEO of Unblocked Future as well as an author, speaker, and consultant. […]
Despite industry efforts, “conflict resources” can still make their way into products. A little over a decade ago, I co-published a Financial Times article that served as an industries wake-up call about this problem. The article highlighted findings from a study I’d done in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where their war was funded by […]
In the auto industry, it can be said that there are two kinds of supply chains. The first and more talked about relates to the flow of parts and components from an enormous web of suppliers into a relatively small number of car manufacturers, or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It’s largely about planning, forecasting and […]