From land registries and trade finance to cryptoassets, the rapidly proliferating array of blockchain applications have simultaneously elucidated the promise and peril of “disrupting the trust business.” The inaugural Blacksburg Blockchain Symposium on the political economy of financial technologies invites you to participate in a dialogue among entrepreneurs, policymakers, and academics to discuss the emerging questions, problems, and dilemmas created by blockchain technology.
Tucked away in the rolling ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains sits an epicenter of the blockchain revolution, Blacksburg, Virginia. In addition to Virginia Tech, Blacksburg is home to prominent blockchain innovators, entrepreneurs, academic experts from all corners of the tech space. This creative ecosystem is the ideal venue for conversations and explorations on the potential and pitfalls of blockchain.
Blockchain technology is hailed (and feared) as the most transformative technology since the internet. But does it provide us with more resilient alternatives to our existing institutions? What are the social consequences of this new “tech-topia”? What about its dystopian counterpart?
Getting here: Blacksburg is accessible by car, air and rail: click here for details.
Staying Overnight: To reserve a room, please contact the Main Street Inn (540-552-6246) and ask for the “Blockchain Symposium” rate. This rate is only applicable for reservations made by March 30.