New York City was buzzing with excitement this past weekend with the inaugural BlockchainWeekend NYC 2019 (Nov 7-10). In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) BlockchainWeekend featured projects from a wide range of NY based companies, startups, entrepreneurs with over 50 events taking place across all five boroughs. Creating a platform of decentralized events, the weekend was filled with workshops, panels, hackathons, and networking. The Blockchain Driven team helped to bring this multi-asset initiative together.
“BlockchainWeekend celebrates so much of what we love about New York: the coming together of technology and the people and companies who build it. The implications of and potential for blockchain—and cryptocurrency—continue to grow and its foothold in the financial world demands that New York be a leader in its development and growth. Blockchain Weekend is an encouraging step in that direction, and we applaud the leadership of forward-looking companies like Gemini and other New York blockchain companies for being a part of it.”
Executive Director, Tech:NYC
“We are excited to see collaborative, community-driven initiatives like BlockchainWeekend NYC that are helping grow New York City’s blockchain community. BlockchainWeekend is a first-of-its-kind event that aims to provide vital resources and connections to residents across the 5 boroughs, from the blockchain curious to blockchain professionals, giving everyone an opportunity to participate in the development and growth of this technology.”
Chief Strategy Officer, NYCEDC
The main event of the weekend was the BlockchainWeekend Summit on November 7th. Connecting all aspects of the blockchain space from future tech to healthcare, the Summit featured panels, networking and live projects. The lineup of speakers included a mix of members of the City’s government to leaders in the tech industry. The event keynotes included: Karen Bhatia (SVP of NYCEDC), Ben Kallos (New York City Council Member), Clyde Vanel (New York State Assemblyman), Mark Jaffe (President of New York Chamber of Commerce), Andy Saldaña (Founder & Executive Director of NY Tech Alliance), David Weild (Former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ). Live projects included 3box, Quadency, TaxMap and Columbia’s IBM Accelerator.
One of the biggest highlights of the BCW Summit was the panel on “Blockchain in Healthcare.” Heart surgeons, Dr. Lishan Aklog and Dr. Daniel Engelmen of HealthChain Solutions, a Blockchain Driven project, discussed the importance of optimizing supply chain for a high-end medical device ecosystem with blockchain technology as a viable solution. “There is a necessity for blockchain technologies in different sectors, but especially in healthcare that not only beneficial financially, but could potentially have life saving implications” said panelist Peter Borovykh, a blockchain architect at BlockchainDriven.
The discussion was both refreshing and informative, and put a spotlight on how Blockchain technology can be used throughout industries. The panel in itself highlighted the diversity of the blockchain space and represented the wide range of projects taking place.
An exciting weekend bringing together NYC’s tech ecosystem, BlockchainWeekend had an event for everyone New product showcases by Ngrave; education sessions on DApps, cryptocurrency and smart contracts; as well as various panels, workshops and hackathons.
"The Blockchain Weekend was fantastic. With 50 events to choose from, it was able to meet any criteria that a person would want. Networking with other attendees was invaluable. The depth of knowledge of the attendees at Blockchain Live was impressive. Participation in the future will be required by all who seek to move the needle for blockchain technology."
Founder, The Blockchain Academy
BlockchainWeekend NYC has even inspired events globally, with Blockchain Future Vision in New Delhi, India that took place over the same weekend. Connecting ideas across the span of the earth and enabling innovation cross-continental to flourish.
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