Blockchain Overview

BlockBlockchain is an open-source distributed database using state-of-the-art cryptography through a distributed ledger that enables trust among disparate individuals or third parties. Blockchain transforms the way transactions happen in the Internet age. A blockchain block is immutable, the information and details of the data contained on the blockchain are virtually impossible to change. The impact on every segment of industry and services verticals is hard to calculate.


IEEE Blockchain Initiative

The IEEE Future Directions Committee, represented by the societies of the IEEE, has approved the formation of the IEEE Blockchain initiative (BCI) effective January 1, 2018. The BCI will be the hub for all IEEE blockchain projects and activities. The BCI encompasses a comprehensive set of projects and activities supported by the following core subcommittees: Pre/Standards, Education, Conferences and Events, Community Development and Outreach, Publications, and Special Projects.


Value Statement

Blockchain is a new and emerging technology family positioned on the leading edge of the technology hype curve. It is not bleeding or cutting-edge technology; nor is it fully formed, standardized, or supported by best practices. The Blockchain Technical Community is highly fragmented and badly needs what the IEEE can deliver; a stabilizing think space of seasoned professionals specifically trained and positioned to make a difference. Blockchain is by far the most forward thinking, impactful, and disruptive emerging technology family that the Future Directions Committee and the IEEE has sought to embrace.


IEEE Blockchain Steering Committee

Initiative Co-Chairs Angelos Stavrou, PhD, George Mason University
Chunming Rong, PhD, University of Stavanger, Norway
Jason Rupe, PhD, CableLabs
Ramesh Ramadoss, PhD, IoT Technologies
Pre/Standards Co-Chairs Stephen Dukes, Dreamerse Inc
Carole Carey, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC
Education Co-Chairs Quinn DuPont, University of Washington
Jim Carnes, Ciena Networks
Conferences/Events Co-Chairs James Irvine, Strathclyde University
James Won-Ki Hong, POSTECH
Peter Corcoran, NUI Galway
Community Dev/Outreach Co-Chairs Jean-Pierre Auffret, George Mason University
Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong PolyU
Publications Co-Chairs Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo
Chonggang Wang, InterDigital Communications
Special Projects Co-Chairs Ray Cline, President/CEO RWI Mining, LLC
Martin Gilje Jaatun, SINTEF, Norway
Program Managers Tim Kostyk, IEEE Future Directions
Maria Palombini, IEEE Standards Association
Sri Chandrasekaran, IEEE Standards Association


Participating OUs

IEEE Communications Society IEEE Computer Society IEEE Consumer Electronics Society IEEE Council on RFID IEEE Educational Activities IEEE Future Directions IEEE Power and Energy Society IEEE Reliability Society IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology IEEE Standards Association IEEE Technical Activities IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society IEEE-USA IEEE Vehicular Technology Society