MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative Announce 2019 Business of Blockchain Conference on May 2

Join industry leaders as they examine how blockchains can change how the world does business

MIT Technology Review Mar 20, 2019, 09:30 ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TodayMIT Technology Review announced the third annual Business of Blockchain event, which will take place on May 2, 2019 at the MIT Media Lab. The event is held in collaboration with the Digital Currency Initiative, an MIT Media Lab research group focusing on cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, and brings together industry leaders and pioneers in this emerging field to examine the technology, ethics, and impact of blockchains.

Credit: MIT Technology Review | Pictured: Amber Baldet, former JP Morgan Blockchain Lead, at the publication’s Business of Blockchain event in 2018

Credit: MIT Technology Review | Pictured: Amber Baldet, former JP Morgan Blockchain Lead, at the publication’s Business of Blockchain event in 2018

The blockchain mania of 2017 has worn off, but there are many lingering questions around which projects and ideas will remain in 2019. This one-day conference will explore where the technology and its applications are headed and create a conversation around defining the next phase of blockchain. 

Join industry experts and company leaders as they look back at lessons learned over the years and predict the road ahead. Speakers will address navigating this ever-changing landscape and the strengths and weaknesses of blockchain, as well as promising new initiatives. Session topics will include: 

  • How to leverage blockchain technology for social impact, and the importance of increased diversity in emerging tech 

  • How the Asia Pacific region is navigating explosive growth in the blockchain market, amid crypto restrictions 

  • Smart contracts and expanding access to legal services 

  • The future of crypto and how cryptocurrency, banks, and regulation will co-evolve 

  • Designing a price-stable cryptocurrency 

  • The evolution of blockchain technology, and how issues like interoperability and scaling might be the key to wider adoption

The growing line-up of speakers includes: 

  • Ariana Fowler - Blockchain Strategist, UNICEF 

  • Caitlin Long - Cofounder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition 

  • Sopnendu Mohanty - Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

  • Charley Moore - Founder and CEO, Rocket Lawyer 

  • Haseeb Qureshi - Partner, MetaStable Capital 

  • Jessica Rosenworcel - Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission 

  • Peter Van Valkenburgh - Director of Research, Coin Center 

  • Simon Whitehouse - Senior Managing Director, Financial Services, Growth and Strategy, Accenture 

  • Hui Zhang - Director, Ant Financial Blockchain Division

PwC, a global professional services firm that helps companies reimagine their business and transform their organization's outcomes with digital and emerging technology, will serve as Business of Blockchain 2019's Event Sponsor, and BIGfish Communications will return as Media Partner. 

Click here for full conference details, registration, and partnership opportunities.

Media who would like to attend the event should reach out to to learn more about obtaining press credentials. 

About The EmTech Event Series
MIT Technology Review's EmTech Event Series dives into emerging technologies that will drive the new global economy. From mainstage keynotes to Q&As and small discussions, these events provide a curated view of the year's most important developments. EmTech gives attendees the opportunity to discover future trends and learn from the most innovative people and companies in the world. Currently in its 18th year, EmTech events have quickly become a must-attend for entrepreneurs, innovators, policy leaders, media and more. This year's EmTech events include EmTech Digital, March 26-27; Business of Blockchain, April 23; EmTech Next, June 4-5; and EmTech MIT, September 10-13. Learn more.

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