Blockchain Week 2019

Blockchain Week 2019

September 29th – October 5, 2019

The Annual Voice of Blockchain conference in Chicago attracts industry experts from across America and around the world. Our headquarters at the Chicago HackHaus will be hosting a series of events through the week to help bring the community together to find the time to discuss the potential of Chicago as a blockchain hub.

Please join us for some of the events below:

Voice of Blockchain Speakers Dinner– September 29, 2019, 6PM  (Chicago HackHaus)

Voice of Blockchain Day 1 – September 29 – October 1, 2019, 8AM – 6PM  (Venue SIX10)

Bitcoin & Open Blockchain MeetupOctober 2, 2019, 5:30PM (Chicago HackHaus)

Ethereum MeetupOctober 3, 2019, 5:15PM  (Chicago HackHaus)

Community Appreciation DinnerOctober 4, 2019, 5PM  (Chicago HackHaus)

To learn more about these events please Contact Us or join our mailing list!

 

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

Voice of Blockchain 2019

Voice of Blockchain 2019

September 30th – October 1, 2019

The Annual Voice of Blockchain conference in Chicago brings together decentralized ledger professionals from across America and around the world. This years’ topics include sovereign identity and digital privacy among others.

Our Executive Director, Taylor Gerring, will kicking off the discussion on day 1 with a keynote on the future of decentralized systems, and Alex will be speaking on a panel discussing the way that this technology can be applied to identity networks.

For tickets and more information visit voiceofblockchain.com.

 

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

Chicagobility 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 15, 2019

The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming.

This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the basics of blockchain technology. Hannah and Blockchain Institute were happy for the opportunity to provide an introduction to blockchain to such a young audience.

Beyond explaining the technology and its potential impact, Hannah went on to lead a hands-on demonstration where some students conducted a transaction via a blockchain network while others would look up the corresponding transaction receipt via a block explorer.


If you’re an educational organization looking for educators to teach about blockchain technology, email us at info@weteachblockchain.org.

 

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

May 29, 2019

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit May 18, 2019 On May 18th, Blockchain Institute sponsored Chicago University Blockchain Summit Conference at Northwestern University at the Pritzker Pavilion Downtown Chicago, IL. The event was put on by several Illinois universities intent on highlighting the many benefits of this transformative new technology. Clubs from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, … Continue reading Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

Girlcon 2019

GirlCon 2019

June 15, 2019

Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019!

GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and make connections with.

While at the event, we set up a booth, informing participants on blockchain technology, Blockchain Institute’s mission, and how it could possibly impact their future. We also gave away free swag to everyone like tee shirts, privacy camera covers, stickers, phone pop sockets and more!

 Jeremy led a breakout session to educate and inform students interested in learning about blockchain technology and its possibilities. It was a privilege to teach such an engaged audience that is likely to shape the future of STEM fields!

 We’d like to give a HUGE shoutout to Kyla, Molly, and all those that helped make Girlcon 2019 a great event.

We can not wait to see what comes next! To learn more about Girlcon and all they have going on: https://girlconchicago.com/

 

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

May 29, 2019

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit May 18, 2019 On May 18th, Blockchain Institute sponsored Chicago University Blockchain Summit Conference at Northwestern University at the Pritzker Pavilion Downtown Chicago, IL. The event was put on by several Illinois universities intent on highlighting the many benefits of this transformative new technology. Clubs from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, … Continue reading Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

Chicago Universities Blockchain Summit

May 18, 2019

On May 18th, Blockchain Institute sponsored Chicago University Blockchain Summit Conference at Northwestern University at the Pritzker Pavilion Downtown Chicago, IL. The event was put on by several Illinois universities intent on highlighting the many benefits of this transformative new technology. Clubs from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, DePaul University, The University of Illinois in Chicago, and The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were all in attendance.  The gathering featured 25 speakers in all. Cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and their impact on various industries were among the topics discussed. With +150 attendees, 7 universities, and 7 sponsors, it’s fair to say that CUBs 2019 was a success.

 

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

Exploring Engineering 2019

EXPLORING ENGINEERING

April 18, 2019

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School hosted Explore Engineering which is a Chicago-based event aimed to introduce high school students into the vast field of engineering.

The Blockchain Institute team provided educational materials and answered questions at the booth throughout the event.

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

BLOCKRESS Workshop

BLOCKRESS WORKSHOP

April 2, 2019

The 3rd International Blockchain Congress took place April 2nd at Chicago’s AON Center. Over 50 Blockchain professionals spoke on various enterprise blockchain topics.

The Institutes Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, led a panel of 4 in a discussion of real examples of blockchain technology in practice. The panel covered when and how to use a blockchain to crypto payment to private vs public blockchains.

Blockchain Training Conference 2019

August 28, 2019

Blockchain Training Conference 2019 August 28th-30th, 2019 In August, The Blockchain Institute’s Managing Director, Hannah Rosenberg, taught a session at the Blockchain Training Conference in Denver. Organized by C4 (CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium) and aantonop Events, BTC2019 is an educational conference designed with learning objectives in mind and teachers that care about what you take away … Continue reading Blockchain Training Conference 2019

Chicagobility 2019

July 26, 2019

Chicagobility 2019 July 15, 2019 The Family Matters nonprofit, working in partnership with the City of Chicago and their Chicagobility program arranges a summer program to teach and inspire teens between the ages of 14-16 with educational programming. This year, during their technology week, Managing Director Hannah Rosenberg stopped by to teach attendees about the … Continue reading Chicagobility 2019

Girlcon 2019

June 15, 2019

GirlCon 2019 June 15, 2019 Blockchain Institute was proud to sponsor and participate in Girlcon 2019! GirlCon is an annual Chicago-based event that takes place in mid-June that focuses on empowering the next generation of female leaders. GirlCon has breakout sessions from numerous companies that the attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and … Continue reading Girlcon 2019

What is Bitcoin vs. Ethereum?

Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the person or people that created Bitcoin and wrote the Bitcoin white paper. 


The name first appeared on the paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash” that was distributed by a cryptography mailing list in 2008. The very first Bitcoin transaction took place between Satoshi and Hal Finney, a cypherpunk and programmer. While some suspect that Hal Finney may be the person behind the Satoshi pseudonym, it was never proven. After a five-year battle with ALS, Hal Finney passed away in 2014.

In 2010 Satoshi handed over control of bitcoin to the community members and stopped working on it himself. Up to that point, all of Bitcoin’s code had been written by him and him alone. Bitcoin’s goal is to act as a payment processor with its own cryptocurrency. Bitcoin’s evolution has shown to be a reliable way to send money anywhere in the world, all while avoiding the high fees and long settlement times associated with transferring currency across borders.

Ethereum is able to compute anything computable given enough resources and is therefore Turing-complete. In simpler terms, it can simulate a computer. Bitcoin’s main focus is payments and is not Turing complete. It only provides a very simple mechanism to distribute money. This reflects Ethereum’s main goal, to become the so-called “World Computer”, allowing rules to be written in any way that can be expressed by code and enable smart contracts.

While Bitcoin has transaction fees, Ethereum uses a pricing mechanism known as gas. Each smart contract or transaction requires a set amount of gas, which must be purchased with ether at the time of the transaction. The price of gas varies based off of network activity and congestion.

Eth Gas

Gas is not a token or coin. Gas is a pricing mechanism used to determine how much Ethereum should be required to purchase computing power on the Ethereum Virtual Machine. When someone pays for a transaction or smart contract execution, the gas price is determined based on current network volume. The user then pays for gas with their Ethereum in order to execute the transaction or smart contract computation.

It may help to think of gas as a computing credit, which can be purchased initially to fund a smart contract, but which changes in value over time depending on network availability.

What Can Blockchain Do?

While blockchain was created as a solution for the Bitcoin payment network, the concept has been adopted across a range of sectors and is expected to make a major impact in the way that we handle data storage. This technology even has the possibility to change the underlying structure of the internet. Currently, there are many projects exploring how blockchain technology can create change.

Communication

By using encryption and decentralization, true privacy can be achieved in messaging and communication. Currently, communication services rely on central servers that can store your information, ultimately making it prone breaches. Decentralized communication offers a more secure alternative.

Identity

Identity theft is a major problem. With so many hacks occuring, chances your information has been compromised at least once. Decentralized applications are being created that give the user complete control over their self-sovereign identity, and are able to prove who they are to interact digitally.

Supply Chain

The supply chain describes the process of getting a created good or commodity from its point of creation until it ultimately ends up in the hands of the consumer. This is a long process and many parties are involved in the transfer of these goods and the data on where those goods, came from, have been or currently are. Blockchains offer more transparent and auditable supply chain data that can provide accountability if a problem arises.

Real Estate

Currently, assets are being digitized into tokens, where the owner has complete digital control over the tokenized asset. This process could ultimately end ownership disputes, as the true owner would be able to prove that the asset is theirs. This tokenization of assets allows for a much more cost efficient and a quick property transfer process.

Blockchain technology’s impact is not limited to these fields. There is constant innovation concerning blockchains, and new use-cases are popping up regularly.

What is Decentralized Computing?

Distributed computing has been around for a long time in computer science, but in 2015 the Ethereum foundation changed that. Ethereum’s innovation was to create an economic incentive for nodes to join and help maintain a global, distributed, computer system.

Since 2015, Ethereum has risen to be the second largest cryptocurrency community, and a range of other similar projects have launched to provide more specialized versions of the same concept. Visit our downloads section for a full list of decentralized computing resources!

Also see Decentralized Storage for more interesting ideas about building distributed computing ecosystems.