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Blockchain at MIT: You don’t learn with your mouth open

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After a bustling week at the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference — and another week to decompress from all the blockchain and open technology related talks, briefings, client and analyst discussions, video shoots and more — I am looking forward to next week’s event at the MIT Media Lab: Business of Blockchain 2017.

Industry leaders and pioneers in blockchain will be in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 18 for a one-day conference exploring the technology, ethics and impact of distributed ledger technology.

This year, the speaker line up is amazing. It will be great to be able to listen and learn for a change, which can be difficult when you are on the delivery end of things (as was my case at InterConnect).

Of course, I look forward to Brian Behlendorf’s keynote. He always has some great insights to share. Maybe we can spend more than the 10 minutes we had at InterConnect, like two ships passing in the night.

I’m particularly interested in Emin Gün Sirer’s talk, When Blockchains Fail. I’ve been around technology for a long time (ahem) and it never ceases to amaze me that with every new technology trend, it’s as if the industry suffers collective amnesia about the need to prepare for and deal with failure. At least until the first major “oops!”.

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The IBM sponsored luncheon will have several exciting table discussions. Jason Pontin of IBM will host lunch and explain the vast array of table discussions planned — including digital identity, off-chain smart contracts, securitized financing for renewables, and many more. Each discussion will be led by researchers from the Digital Currency Initiative.

After the lunch, my colleague Guri Ahluwalia will participate on a panel exploring the industry impact of blockchain. I always treasure learning more about the various industry use cases for blockchain. While it seems an endless list, it is always important to consider the broader business and cultural impacts of engaging with a new technology that can change how people do business.

Speaking of which, there will be two sessions discussing the business and social impact of blockchain that also have my interest piqued.

Finally, I’ve followed Joi Ito for years on social media — been on a couple of calls on which he was presenting — but I have never met him, so there’s that bucket list item to cross off.

Register now to be a part of this great event! Discount event passes can be redeemed online with the promo code IBM50. I’ll be there, then it’s back to work on hardening The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric for our v1.0 release.

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