Brennan Fife and Roz Stengle, University of Wisconsin
In a nutshell, Blockchain is just a shared ledger for recording the history of transactions that cannot be altered. With Blockchain technology, businesses can reimagine key business processes in a decentralized trust model allowing for increased efficiencies, reduced costs and entirely new business models / markets.
Since Blockchain ties together several well-known computer science and economic concepts in a unique manner, it has fueled an entire ecosystem of companies, developers and enthusiasts who’re working towards unleashing its full potential. Much has been said and written about the potential for blockchain technology to help solve some of the world’s most enduring problems but we’re still ways off to making it a reality.
Moreover, the technology has attracted a lot of hype and media attention over the past year which makes it difficult for a beginner to make sense of it all. This talk will give you a pragmatic introduction to Blockchain technology and its business applications including ones related to data.
Brennan Fife is entering his senior year, having enrolled in UW-Madison’s L&S Honors program in economics and computer sciences. Currently one of the officers for the university’s student blockchain organization, Badger Blockchain, he spends his time discussing and blogging about the progress within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, mainly focusing on bleeding-edge crypto protocols and privacy-preserving technologies. This past summer he interned with Omega One, a ConsenSys Mesh startup based out of Manhattan that offers institutional investors a decentralized trade execution platform. Working next to lead Ethereum developers and Bridgewater alumni, he supported their research into various permission-based blockchain architectures, including R3’s Corda and JP Morgan’s Quorum.While he enjoys his time down the ‘crypto rabbit-hole’, he also spends time running through the streets of Madison, an activity he’s done for the past decade.
Roz Stengle studies Computer Science and Economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison and is one of the co-founders of Badger Blockchain. As current co-president, she facilitates regular talks and discussions about the emerging technology with the university and greater Madison community. She has worked with a handful of startups in the Madison area, and spent this past summer interning with Citi, focusing on technology in the financial sector.