Blockchain 101

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Event Description: The last decade has seen blockchain technology grow from an anarchic financial experiment to a global engine for organizational and societal revolution.

We will chart the path from pre-Bitcoin computer science breakthroughs, to Bitcoin and the rise of alternative currencies, through Ethereum and the rise of smart contracts, arriving at the present day explosion of tokens, enterprise networks, and decentralized applications.

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.

In this session we will:
Explore the history of blockchains
Explain the technology that make blockchains possible
Examine exciting new decentralized applications that use blockchain technology to change the world.

Speaker: Alex Voto
West Coast Regional Director, Consensys

Alessandro Voto is a West Coast Regional Director for Consensys, a Brooklyn-based blockchain technology venture studio, and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a Bay Area non-profit futures think tank.

Alessandro connects organizations and social entrepreneurs with the San Francisco Bay Area blockchain community to build decentralized applications and services. He sits on the Governance Committee of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and works with ConsenSys' Enterprise team to form strategic technology partnerships.

His focus lies at the intersection of economic design, peer-to-peer technology, and social change.

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