Bitcoin gets all the headlines. In contrast, Blockchain technology, the fundamental computer science breakthrough that makes Bitcoin possible, is rarely discussed. But it's Blockchain that is poised to change the world, as a true game-changing innovation.
In this London Futurists meetup, Niki Wiles will frame the Blockchain as a general purpose technology that can be applied to disrupt many different types of centralised system. He will also explore where this disruptive impact might be felt first, both in the world of finance, and beyond.
About the speaker:
Niki Wiles has been involved with distributed finance since the early days of Bitcoin. He also runs the London Counterparty Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/London-Counterparty-Meetup/) group. Counterparty is an open source platform for free financial tools built on the Blockchain.
Niki has as an eclectic background in IT, finance, and marketing, and currently works as Lead Data Scientist for London-based digital media agency, 360i.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 6th June 2015.
Venue: Room GOR B04, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. Zoomed-in map follows:
Room GOR B04 is on the basement floor in the suite of Birkbeck College buildings accessed from 43 Gordon Square. The building is about 10 minutes walk from either Euston Station, Euston Square, or Russell Square - see following zoomed-out map:
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Snack Bar shop in the reception area of the building, ahead of the meeting.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.
Covering meeting costs:
A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.
This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.
Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)
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