Global Economics & Management

Blockchain Seminar

Blockchain seminar meets once a week on Tuesday, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For further information or to be added to the mailing list please contact Michelle Fiorenza at fiorenza@mit.edu.

2018-2019

  • September 11, 2018

    Kevin Butter is R3's Research Lead, based in New York. He has led R3’s research department, helping provide thought-leadership across capital markets, cash & payments, insurance, identity, and global trade applications of blockchain technology. He also has helped spearhead the firm’s payment strategy and has been actively involved in several cash-related projects and initiatives. Prior to R3 he worked in the equity derivatives markets at Peak6 in Chicago and received his B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

    Location: E62-450

  • September 17, 2018

    Anders Brownworth With both Paxos and Gemini announcing 1 to 1 reserve backedcoins this past week, 2018 could easily be called the year of the stablecoin.Circle is soon to offer USDCoin, an ERC-20 based offering through CENTRE, whichdecentralizes the issuance as well. Anders Brownworth, Circle's ChiefEvangelist, will be with us Tuesday night to discuss the stablecoin landscape and the trading ecosystem around them.

    Location: E62-450

  • September 25, 2018

    David Fragale is Co-Founder of Atonomi, a decentralized trust and security protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). Atonomi is a spin-out of VC-backed, IoT Security company CENTRI Technology based in Seattle, WA. The Atonomi protocol enables secure, multi-vendor interoperability for the billions of IoT devices through its device identity and reputation system. Atonomi recently completed a $25M token sale and launched its beta product in May of this year. For more on Atonomi visit https://atonomi.io/.

    Location: E62-450

  • October 2, 2018

    The Media Lab DCI's Michael Casey, Rob Ali, Gary Gensler and Alin Dragos will lead a discussion on the state of things in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency environment, with a focus both on tech development and regulations.

    Location: E62-450

  • October 30, 2018

    Improving Election Accessibility via Mobile Voting

    A significant proportion of the American electorate doesn’t vote. Among certain demographics such as deployed military personnel and US citizens overseas, the turnout is 7%. In this talk Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder and Ceo, Voatz will explore if it is feasible to utilize new technologies such as smartphones, biometrics and the blockchain to make our voting process more accessible and secure for those who are currently unable to vote via the traditional methods.

     

    Location:  E62-450

  • December 4, 2018

    Mark McDowell '88 is a co-founder and General Partner at Real Ventures, Canada's largest and most active early stage venture fund. Mark oversees the fund's crypto and blockchain investments, including Blockstream, where Real Ventures led the seed round in 2013. Mark will be sharing his perspective as an institutional VC on investing in crypto, blockchain and Web3.

     

    Location:  E62-450

  • December 11, 2018

    David Burt, the Premier of Bermuda, will be presenting to the last blockchain dinner of the year. He will be talking about his government's various initiatives exploring blockchain technology, including a government-issued digital currency. Premier Burt, who leads the Progressive Labour Party (PLP), was elected into office in July 2017 as Bermuda's youngest ever premier. He has a master's in information systems development from George Washington University.

    Location:  E62-450

2017-2018

  • September 19, 2017

    Micheal Casey, will discuss the summer research that the DCI's solar energy working group did on "The Prospects of Deploying Blockchain-based Solar Microgrids in Native American Communities."

    Location: E62-350

  • September 26, 2017

    Anders Brownworth Circle  will speak about Circle's smart contract and state channel implementation, code named Spark, which proposes a standard for value transfer in regulated financial environments.

    Location: E62-650

  • October 3, 2017

    A large delegation from the World Bank Group Technology and Innovation, Blockchain Lab Initiative and the IMF.

    Location: E62-350

  • October 17, 2017

    Sveinn Valfells will focus on quantifying the barriers to entry of the proof-of-work process, an "ex ante" or predictive indicator of how likely this core function of Bitcoin is to centralize under various conditions.

    Location: E62-350

  • October 31, 2017

    Gary Gensler served as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014) leading the Obama Adminstration's post crisis reform efforts of the $400 trillion over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps, market.  He currently is Chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission.

    Location: E62-350

  • November 7, 2017

    Tradge Dryja, MIT Media Lab, DCI, will give an update on the Lightening Network.

    Location: E62-350

  • November 14, 2017

    Steve Wagner,  from Fidelity Labs. Steve is Product Manager for Fidelity’s Bitcoin, Blockchain and Digital Currency Incubator, with a focus on merging these technologies with Fidelity’s business and creating new disruptive products and services. He will discuss Fidelity Labs’ activities and learnings in the Blockchain arena.

    Location: E62-350

  • November 28, 2017

    Ari Eisenstat, Co-Executive Director of Global Sustainability Index Institute.Acrossbusinesses, governments, and civil society, blockchain has the power tofundamentally change our relationship with technology and the world. Thisdiscussion will cover topics from the opportunities of blockchain in the impactinvestment space, exploring ICOs, banking, and venture capital. From there, wewill share how governments and international organizations such as the UN areusing distributed public ledgers to maximize sustainable development. Finally,we will look to the future and imagine the future of the blockchain and theimplications of a quantum internet. 

  • December 5, 2017

    Sarah Biller is a fintech entrepreneur, innovator and educator.  She is the Co-Founder of FinTech Sanbox.  She will address the question “What is the real state of institution’s use of Blockchain and could these efforts do more harm than good?”

    Location: E62-650

  • December 12, 2017

    Fredrik Voss, Vice President, Blockchain Innovation Nasdaq. Fredrik re-joined Nasdaq in2008. He is now holding the position as Vice President Blockchain Innovationwhere he is responsible for Nasdaq's blockchain innovation initiative. In thisrole he is advising the C-suite on corporate objectives and strategies forNasdaq's activities in the blockchain space and also responsible forimplementation and communication of approved strategies.

    Location: E62-350