Sid Ramesh, Chainguru 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.
Sid Ramesh is the CEO and Founder at Chainguru, a small consultancy that specializes in research and development for making Blockchains accessible to businesses and consumers. An early contributor in the Enterprise Blockchain space, Sid has worked for IBM’s Blockchain team as a Software Engineer and has contributed to open-source Blockchain projects such as Hyperledger Fabric. He spent last summer working at Symbiont, a market-leading smart contracts platform for financial sector use-cases of blockchain technology. Sid is also actively involved in educating the community about Blockchain technology. He co-founded Badger Blockchain to bring the Blockchain movement to UW-Madison and runs Madison Blockchain, the largest Blockchain meetup in Madison, WI.
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.