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Silicon Halton Meetup #97: BLOCKCHAIN - Changing The World Around Us

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Milton Education Village Innovation Center

555 Industrial Drive

Milton, ON L9T 5E1

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"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." - Don Tapscott.

Blockchain technology has been hailed as everything from the renaissance of money to the new internet. Early adopters are looking for ways to apply the technology, with use cases currently focused on financial services at the industry level, and even in terms of new forms of governance at the discipline level. This meetup aims to present an overview of this fascinating technology.

Blockchain - Changing The World Around Us

Join us on November 14, 2017 at the Milton Education Village Innovation Center to learn more about Blockchain technology, including:

  • What is Blockchain technology and why does it matter to the world? Is it really the new Internet?

  • Key aspects of Blockchain technology you need to know - trust, peer to peer systems, cryptography, cryptocurrency, immutability, and consensus.

  • The threat of disruption - and why banks really got involved.

  • Understanding the challenges and constraints of Blockchain technology. What makes a good blockchain use case?

  • Introducing Blockchain for developers - how to get started.

  • Finally - insights from ETHWaterloo: the world's largest Ethereum hackathon.


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Guy Pearce - Managing Partner: REData Performance Consulting and Board Director: IIBA

Guy Pearce (BSc, BCom, MBA) has served on various Boards in Banking, Financial Services and Retail over the last decade, as well as on their Risk, Audit, Governance and Credit Committees. He has also served as CEO of a multinational operation serving 100,000 customers in three countries with a staff complement of 700. He has published numerous articles and presented numerous keynotes on various aspects of governance, risk, IT and data around the world, and is interested in the competitive transformation potential and governance implications of Big Data, IoT, and Blockchain. His $94.95 million big data case study is an example of a practical outcome of this interest.

Denys Linkov - University of Toronto Computer Science Student / Tech Under Twenty Lead

Denys is a third year student at the University of Toronto studying Computer Science. He enjoys reading, discussing and exploring everything related to tech, including Blockchain and Bitcoin. Denys leads the Silicon Halton Tech Under Twenty initiative and has interned at two Halton companies - Geotab and VL Omni in the two summers. Denys has been selected as a participant in EthWaterloo - the world's largest Ethereum hackathon. He will be joining 300 other ambitious developers for the opportunity to build the decentralized future and work alongside the inventors of Ethereum. He will be sharing his insights and experiences about the hackathon.

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