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 (BLK) effective January 1, 2018. The BLK will be the hub for all IEEE Blockchain projects and activities. The BLK 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
Ramesh Ramadoss, PhD, New Caribbean Ventures LLC
Hunter Albright, PhD, Curve10
Conferences/Events Co-Chairs
Gora Datta, UC Berkeley
Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum
Claudio Lima, PhD, Blockchain Engineering Council
Community Dev/Outreach Co-Chairs
Sristhi Assudani, SettleMint
Christine Fahey, Blockchain901
Erwu Liu, PhD, Tongji University
Catarina Reis, PhD, Polytechnic of Leiria
Education Co-Chairs
Hunter Albright, PhD, Curve10
Quinn DuPont, PhD, University College Dublin
Publications Chair
Gora Datta, UC Berkeley
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
Standards Chair
Ramesh Ramadoss, PhD, New Caribbean Ventures LLC
Transactive Energy (BCTE) Co-Chairs
Hunter Albright, PhD, Curve10
Ümit Cali, PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Paul Heitman, Businovation
Claudio Lima, PhD, Blockchain Engineering Council
Farrokh Rahimi, PhD, OATI
Privacy & Security Tech Chair
Chris Gorog, PhD, BlockFrame Inc.
Healthcare/AI Tech Co-Chairs
Gora Datta, UC Berkeley
Heather Flannery, ConsenSys Health
Program Manager Terence Martinez, IEEE Future Directions


Call for Interest to Volunteer for IEEE Blockchain

IEEE Blockchain is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the initiative and support ongoing activities. This is a call to all IEEE Blockchain Technical Community Participants. For more information, please access our Call for Interest page and sign in with your IEEE Blockchain Technical Community account. If you are not a participant of the IEEE Blockchain Technical Community, sign up today.


Participating OUs

IEEE Communications Society IEEE Computer Society IEEE Consumer Technology 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