Connect with us

Press Release

Columbia University to host an IBM-sponsored Blockchain Summit

Guest Author

Published

on

Columbia University to Host an IBM-sponsored Blockchain Summit
Source: Columbia University

Blockchain conferences always include an air of excitement and novelty, even if they follow a relatively predictable pattern. They are at once spectacle and substance. Developers, investors, and interested observers pour in from around the world to take part in the keynote speeches and side conversations that are propelling blockchain technology forward.

This is one of the reasons that Blockchain Columbia’s LedgerFest, taking place February 15th at Columbia University’s School of Business, stands apart from this rest. It’s the university’s first blockchain and cryptocurrency conference.

Although the conference is open to the public, Blockchain Columbia is a student-driven blockchain conference that’s meant to be both educational and inspirational, while featuring some of the most notable names in tech.

What’s in a Name?

While other blockchain conferences are hosted in large hotels in prominent cities around the world, LedgerFest is situated at one of the most prestigious universities in the world that features a student-run blockchain lap that’s developing the next generation of decentralized products. Like the university’s blockchain lab, Blockchain Columbia is focused on research, education, and development.

To put it simply, there is a lot of substance surrounding this conference.

In this way, the setting is reflective of one of the conference’s primary purpose – to educate the next generation of blockchain innovators.

As Nir Kabessa, president of Blockchain at Columbia, explains,

“LedgerFest is Columbia University’s first blockchain conference. Its main purpose is to provide students with the access and network to educate themselves and participate in decentralized ecosystems as developers, researchers, and users.”

However, just because Blockchain Columbia is education-centered, doesn’t mean that it’s lacking the big-name recognition of other conferences. IBM, which is a prominent supporter of the Columbia’s blockchain initiatives through their joint blockchain accelerator center, is sponsoring the event.

David Post, the managing director of IBM’s blockchain accelerator

David Post, the managing director of IBM’s blockchain accelerator

Columbia University’s blockchain lab plays a prominent role in IBM’s blockchain accelerator, which strives to support and nurture both early and mid-stage blockchain-focused projects. According to David Post, the managing director of IBM’s blockchain accelerator,

“What is also needed to truly bring about this sea change is the right technology and expertise which is why IBM is working with Columbia to help give these early- and mid-stage founders a way to build enterprise-grade networks that can move blockchain innovation forward.”

In the university setting, some of these projects are already bearing fruit. For example, users developed a decentralized voting tool on Ethereum for student council elections that was advised by Ronghui Gu, founder of Certik.

Already more than 50 officers are running and maintaining Blockchain at Columbia initiatives, which has made open source contributions to Ethereum, Hyperledger, EOS, and more.

This aura of advancement is the dominant ethos of LedgerFest.

A Packed Conference Agenda

Blockchain at Columbia features a deluge of prominent speakers including Eran Tromer, co-founder of ZCash – Tom Trowbridge, president of HashGraph – Santiago Siri, founder of Democracy Earth – and Tarun Gutra, founder of Gauntlet.

Tom Trowbridge, president of Hashgraph Hedera

Tom Trowbridge, president of Hashgraph Hedera

Even Citi Bank and JP Morgan Chase are sending presenters from their respective blockchain units.

While the keynote addresses always set the tone for a blockchain conference, it’s what happens between and after the sessions that can have the most value. The connections, new partnerships, and shared knowledge represent the market’s collective maturation and its hope for future advancement.

In this way, the setting and the purpose of LedgerFest is uniquely apt. Blockchain technology is at a crossroads. The technology successfully used the cryptocurrency movement to parlay the blockchain into the mainstream, and now it’s up to the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs to make it flourish.

Commenting on the conference, Santiago Siri, founder of Democracy Earth, is excited about the role of the college-age generation will play in the proliferation of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. He notes,

“LedgerFest is a great opportunity not only to speak on behalf of Democracy Earth but also to learn from the generation that will make cryptocurrency and blockchains the leading financial and political reality of the world.”

Students participating in Blockchain at Columbia – and other similar blockchain laps around the country – are the ones making the blockchain’s best ambitions a reality.

Therefore, as educators, students, developers, innovators, financers, and thought leaders coalesce at Columbia University on February 15th, the event is sure to be entertaining and the consequences could be cascading in the development of the distributed age.



Follow us on Telegram | Twitter | Facebook



AMBCrypto is not responsible for the content included in this article. Readers' discretion is required while visiting the links given in the report as AMBCrypto is not responsible for the products or services.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Press Release

Party for the POC Believers – A New Consensus, a New Era

Guest Author

Published

on

Party for the POC Believers - A New Consensus, a New Era
Source: Pixabay

One of the most influential blockchain conferences – Consensus 2019, has just ended. Leading figures from all over the worlds of business and technology are still discussing the stories that emerged during the event, on the blockchain market, tech development and more.

Consensus is the core spirit of blockchain. The Consensus conference is named after this principle. While paying tribute to the technology, it inspires people in the blockchain industry to communicate, innovate and solve problems.

Source: Socialydia

After attending the Consensus conference, the BHD Community held an invitation-only party, ‘New Consensus, New Era’, at the Hilton Hotel NY on 14th May. This party gathered people from all over the world who believe in POC consensus, hard disk mining, and BHD, and gave them a good opportunity to connect in person.

Gary, BHD Community Initiator and Hpool COO, stated,

“The POC consensus adopted by BHD will lead a new era. Compared to ASIC mining, hard disk mining costs much less. The hard disk is also the most decentralized mining hardware in the world.”

He believed that only POC could realize the initial vision of Nakamoto – ‘one person, one vote’ – and called on people to join the POC ecosystem.

Source: Socialydia

Source: Socialydia

The attending investors and practitioners had deep discussions on the POC consensus and showed high recognition and interest.

Source: Socialydia

Source: Socialydia

[Network Session at the Party]

Source: Socialydia

Source: Socialydia

[BHD at Consensus 2019]

Source: Socialydia

Source: Socialydia

[photo with the visitors]

In the era of POW, BTC was at the forefront of the scene; now the rise of POC brings a new trend. BHD is the pioneer of this revolution, with new consensus and new mining structures. BHD will become the ‘BTC’ of the POC consensus mechanism.

Media Contact:

For more details, please visit Website, Email, Twitter, Telegram and Discord.

Continue Reading

Trending