Blockchain Evolution

Author: Lane Nieset       

 

Blockchain Revolution Global

Don Tapscott, executive chairman of the Toronto-based Blockchain Research Institute, says the Blockchain Revolution Global conference will bring many experts together. (Courtesy Don Tapscott)

Blockchain Revolution Global (BRG), which takes place 24-25 April, is the first congress of its kind for blockchain’s leadership community. Setting itself apart from other blockchain events — which focus primarily on cryptocurrency — BRG will take on a new angle to attract attendees: leading a discussion on blockchain’s transformation of large enterprises, government, and industry.

“From the very beginning, our goal with Blockchain Revolution Global has been to bring together the world’s premier leaders in enterprise blockchain innovation,” said Don Tapscott, executive chairman of the Toronto-based Blockchain Research Institute, an independent think tank. “The response has been tremendous, and we’re pleased to be featuring such an array of global experts to attendees.”

Speakers at the MCI-hosted event in Toronto, a city at the heart of the blockchain revolution, are to include Bettina Warburg, a blockchain expert and co-founder of San Francisco-based computer software company Animal Ventures, and Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger project, which advances cross-industry blockchain technologies.

As a way to garner attention around the event and the blockchain community, BRG launched a hashtag — #BRG2019 — and introduced the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Awards, which will celebrate blockchain innovation.

“The innovation happening in the enterprise blockchain space is truly transformative,” Tapscott said in a statement. “With the Enterprise Blockchain Awards, we will recognize and celebrate those companies and individuals at the leading edge of the enterprise blockchain revolution.”

Entries can be submitted until the end of February, and the awards (decided by a judging panel chaired by renowned MIT lecturer and retired IBM executive, Irving Wladawsky-Berger) will take place at the inaugural Blockchain Awards Gala on April 24, which coincides with the conference.

Event planners say that as a way to make the experience a more collaborative one for attendees, the venue design at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will feature a 360-degree stage. Two of the main focuses of the event will be practical implementations and case studies. By hearing about the research underway from some of the movers and shakers driving innovation in the blockchain world, attendees (mostly C-suite and other high-level decision makers) will learn about progress in a technology that could be a game changer for business events.