Web 3.0, Polkadot, and the 2020s: The Decade of Internet Privacy Beyond Big Tech

Austin Blockchain Collective Community Meetup
Austin Blockchain Collective Community Meetup
Public group

Capital Factory

701 Brazos Street Suite 1600 · Austin, TX

How to find us

Use the elevators at the Brazos/7th entrance. Come to the 16th Floor. We'll be in the ACL room. Validated parking for $7 is available - see https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/.

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Details

The "tech boom" became the "advertising boom" in the 2010s and our online privacy has been sacrificed in the process. Web 3.0 is the movement and next phase of the internet where control, privacy, and power will be restored back to the individual and away from Big Tech.

A critical building block in the new web is Polkadot Network, which will begin its launch process in early 2020. Polkadot was founded in Zug, Switzerland in 2016 by Gavin Wood, the co-founder and CTO of Ethereum and creator of the Solidity programming language. Following the significant launches of Bitcoin and Ethereum, Polkadot now aims to solve many of the issues that have so far held back implementation of blockchain technology on a massive scale, most notably connection between blockchains, scalability, plug-and-play network security for new blockchains, and developer experience.

Austin-based Dan Reecer, Polkadot Community & Growth Manager at the Web3 Foundation, will be discussing what Web 3.0 is, why it's important, how you can participate and contribute, and the role the upcoming launch of Polkadot will play. He will also briefly discuss Polkadot's live experimental network, Kusama, and Substrate, a software development kit for building bespoke blockchains that can be standalone or easily plug into Polkadot's network. This Meetup will be mostly non-technical, and we will be hosting a follow-up online Meetup for those interested in diving deeper into technical questions.

Meetup attendees will get Polkadot t-shirts, stickers, and other swag for taking the time to come learn.

Pre-Meetup resources:

Polkadot Website - https://polkadot.network
Polkadot 2019 year in review by Gavin Wood - https://polkadot.network/polkadot-2019-year-in-review/
Follow Polkadot on Crowdcast for ongoing webinars from the technical education team - https://www.crowdcast.io/polkadot
Follow Polkadot on Twitter - https://twitter.com/polkadotnetwork
Polkadot Lightpaper - https://polkadot.network/Polkadot-lightpaper.pdf
Polkadot is looking for Texas-based Ambassadors to join its 110+ ambassadors globally. Apply to join an upcoming onboarding call and help launch Polkadot - https://polkadot.network/polkadot-ambassador-program/

Doors at 6.30pm for networking.

The program will begin promptly at 7pm with notices and audience shoutouts.

The formal program generally ends around 8.30pm. Some of us may adjourn to the Omni bar following the meetup.

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Thank you to Capital Factory - https://www.capitalfactory.com - for sponsoring event space in 2019 for the Austin Blockchain Collective Community Meetup. Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. They meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers.

Validated parking for $7 is available - see https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/.

IMPORTANT:

THE COLLECTIVE STRIVES TO ENSURE THAT ITS MEETUPS AND OTHER EVENTS PROVIDE A FORUM FOR ALL TO LEARN, REGARDLESS OF EXPERTISE LEVEL. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL WHEN INTERACTING WITH OTHER ATTENDEES. NO ONE LIKES A KNOW-IT-ALL!

ALSO, PLEASE REVIEW CAPITAL FACTORY'S CODE OF CONDUCT @ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bSK7FQPTdm11zvuHU7LkHFdiNXppyCDn/view?usp=sharing.