A blockchain allows you to share information and exchange value without the need of a central party or governing body. This allows for the creation of new marketplaces, new applications, and increased interoperability.

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Decentralized systems cooperate without requiring a single point of control. This design pattern provides a new way to build web applications without them turning into monopolies. Learn More


The first truly decentralized system was Bitcoin. This network was able to develop a unique form of governance through a technology known as a blockchain, which enables collaboration and trust without requiring any kind of central management. Learn More


Since Bitcoin launched in 2008, software developers around the globe have designed thousands of other cryptocurrencies based around the same concept. Each has its own unique qualities, and many of these communities are now larger than some cities! Learn More



Blockchains enable decentralized platforms which sometimes require a cryptocurrency. Blockchain is the technology that serves as the distributed ledger and allows a network to maintain consensus. Distributed consensus enables the network to track transactions, and facilitates the transfer of value and information. Learn More


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Hyperledger 2020 Chicago Kickoff

March 19, 2020

Hyperledger 2020 Chicago Kickoff Event currently postponed – Check back for updates and the rescheduled date The Hyperledger 2020 Kickoff has been temporarily postponed due to the situation surrounding COVID19.  Please RSVP on Meetup to receive reminders as the situation evolves.   Details Nvisia in partnership with the Chicago Blockchain Center and hosted at the … Continue reading Hyperledger 2020 Chicago Kickoff

The Crypto Curious Course

February 22, 2020

The Crypto Curious Course Saturday February 22, 2020 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Scroll down to see photos from this event and sign up here for advanced notice of our next course! Details The Crypto Curious Course is a four-hour workshop with a simple goal: You will walk away from it understanding how transactions work … Continue reading The Crypto Curious Course

BITDEVS CHI – Socratic Seminar 6

February 19, 2020

BITDEVS CHI – Socratic Seminar 6 Wednesday, February 19, 2019 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)   Details BitDevs Chicago is a consensus compatible fork of BitDevs NYC. They discuss Bitcoin protocol developments, computer security related to cryptocurrency, and other relevant topics in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. On Wednesday, Bitdevs Chi will be holding their sixth Socratic … Continue reading BITDEVS CHI – Socratic Seminar 6