IEEE Talks Blockchain: IEEE Global Blockchain Summit Q&A

2019 IEEE Global Blockchain Summit at NISTThe IEEE Global Blockchain Summit will be held 16-18 September 2019 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Hosted by the IEEE Blockchain Initiative in partnership with NIST, this 3-day conference will deliver educational talks, spark interesting debate and offer networking opportunities for those interested and involved in blockchain technology. Registration is open now with an early bird discount available until 31 August. This Q&A will provide the details and benefits of attending.

What are the key themes and topics the Summit will cover?

Governance and regulation are the key themes for this year’s Summit. These topics will be covered in five panels addressing Government, Industry, Energy, Healthcare and Advanced R&D in Blockchain. Additionally, there will be two fireside chats to spark lively debate on US blockchain policy and regulation, led by a US Congressman, and a second on blockchain supply chain opportunities. Other topics that will be covered include security, data privacy, DTL interoperability, bit rot, IoT, identity management, standards, cloud, smart contracts and more. For a complete look at the schedule, visit the Program page.

Who are the keynote speakers?

Three keynote speakers are scheduled for the IEEE Global Blockchain Summit. The first keynote will be given by Tim Persons, Chief Scientist & Managing Director of Science, Technology Assessment & Analytics, US Government Accountability Office (GAO). He will be discussing US government blockchain initiatives.

The second keynote will be from Anna Brady-Estevez, Director of Blockchain Initiative, National Science Foundation (NSF). She will share about the blockchain program for start-ups from NSF.

Florence D. Hudson from the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University will give the final keynote. In her talk, she will cover the trust, identify, privacy, protection, safety and security imperative for IoT in blockchain and beyond.

In addition to the excellent keynote line-up, the Summit will feature a variety of expert speakers to present and lead discussions on important blockchain topics. A full list can be found on the Speakers page.

Why should you attend?

The IEEE Global Blockchain Summit will bring together thought leaders, decision makers, regulators and technologists to discuss the opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology. The Summit offers a unique platform for collaboration across government, industry and academia to drive blockchain technology forward. Attendees will have the chance to not only learn from engaging presentations on various blockchain topics including the current technology landscape, applications, use cases, policy and regulations; but also, will have the opportunity to discuss and debate these topics with fellow stakeholders.

How do you register for the Summit?

To attend the IEEE Global Blockchain Summit you must register by 9 September 2019. There is an early bird registration discount available until 31 August 2019. Please visit the registration page for more information and to register today.

Please note that non-US citizens need to complete the NIST Access Registration form to access the facility no later than 9 September 2019. To attend the Summit, US citizens must present a valid photo ID and the name on the ID must match your registration.

When and where will the IEEE Global Blockchain Summit take place?

The IEEE Global Blockchain Summit will be held 16-18 September 2019. After a successful first event in 2018 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the summit is returning to the NIST Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For more information on the venue, transportation and hotel recommendations, please visit the Venue & Travel page.

What are other upcoming opportunities and events from the IEEE Blockchain Initiative?

The IEEE Blockchain Initiative is a program under IEEE Future Directions. In addition to hosting the IEEE Global Blockchain Summit, the Initiative also provides eLearning modules, the IEEE Blockchain Technical Briefs, a collection of short technical articles and more. Visit the Initiative’s portal for a complete list of upcoming events and resources. Join the IEEE Blockchain Technical Community, so you don’t miss the latest knowledge, resources and opportunities from the IEEE Blockchain Initiative.