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Dig In! to Blockchain 2.0
Date: Nov. 8, 2018
Time: 7 – 8:30 a.m.
Location: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, 102 8 (Stephen) Ave S.W.
Cost: $10, includes breakfast
It’s been nearly 10 years since Bitcoin was announced, introducing blockchain technology to the masses.
In that time, blockchain has evolved beyond cryptocurrencies (of which there are more than 1,300!) and is now used in a variety of industries, with large organizations such as the Australian Stock Exchange working to implement the technology.
But despite the buzz, blockchain remains relatively mysterious to the every-day person and has some serious maturing to do before it will truly go mainstream.
Join us at Dig In! on Nov. 8 to explore:
- the evolution of blockchain technology;
- how the volatility of cryptocurrencies is affecting growth; and
- the current state of the technology — and where it could go from here!
Meet our Speaker
Mike currently leads ATB’s efforts around blockchain, where he actively identifies and manages opportunities to pilot and evaluate blockchain use cases with a vision to transform areas of our industry that are prime for disruption. In 2017, Mike joined the Advisory board for Blockchain Canada and leads ATB’s involvement in the R3 Lab and Research Centre — a global industry consortium of over 80 banks collaborating on distributed ledger solutions. Mike’s 20-plus years of experience managing various technology-focused initiatives in both the energy and digital marketing sectors, and degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan, plus an MBA from Queen’s University allow Mike to bring a unique perspective to ATB’s innovation journey.
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