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Sunday, October 20 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Cryptocurrencies to CryptoKitties and Beyond

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Blockchain is a revolutionary technology that allows us to create trustless, decentralized systems with an immutable history. Such systems have found some application in finance through the speculative markets created by cryptocurrencies. They have also enabled criminal activity through providing new, difficult to track, ways of transacting value. However, these (mis)applications are not the only use case for blockchain. The technology has evolved from replicating simple ledgers to complex state machines, which can be used for performing more involved computations and thus opening new possibilities in supply chain management, insurance, and other businesses typically left to trusted third parties (such as escrow services). In this talk, expert Michael Birch will discuss some of the technical details of how blockchains work in the context of these past and future applications of the technology.

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Michael Birch

Lead Developer, CasperLabs
Michael Birch is a physicist turned software developer who now works at CasperLabs, a blockchain startup. Michael received his masters in physics from McMaster University, after which he decided to leave academia. Unbeknownst to him at the time, this started his journey to becoming... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats