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Blockchain: a waste of resources, or the future of networking?

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Blockchain is a technology gaining wide interest, yet is not without its controversies. So join us as we try to cut through the hype and debate this topical subject at this evening event.

About the event

From their cypherpunk origins in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, blockchains now provide generic distributed ledgers, smart contracts, registration of physical assets and peer-to-peer micropayments. This substantial industry had peak market capitalisation over $800 billion in January 2018 and 1,500 listed coins and tokens in April 2018.

It is not without its controversary, in particular the ethics of recent initial coin offerings (ICOs), high-profile exchange thefts, illegal uses, and the environmental cost of mining digital coins. Yet big names are investing in it, including Andreessen Horowitz, IBM, Microsoft and Sequoia Capital. Ericsson and others even propose its use in the Internet of Things (IoT).

At this event in Cambridge on the evening of Tuesday 5th June, CW will cut through the hype to consider what blockchain is good for, and if it’s any good at all.

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17:30

Registration opens

18:00

Introduction to the event

18:05

Toby Simpson, Co-founder and CTO, Fetch.ai

18:35

Antony Rix, Granta Innovation - 'Blockchain in context – is it any good?'


Antony will cut through the hype to discuss what blockchains are useful for, and what they are not, highlighting key factors that investors, developers and enterprises should consider before adopting the technology.

19:05

Open Forum

19:30

Networking over pizza and refreshments

20:30

Event ends

Speakers

Antony Rix - Strategic Advisor, 8power, CEO & Founder, Granta Innovation

Antony has spent his career developing new technologies and building businesses around them. His PhD in machine learning and signal processing turned into his first startup, Psytechnics. At TTP, he delivered pioneering projects in mobile video, enterprise systems, medical devices and wireless communications. In 2016 he founded 8power to develop novel technology spun out from the University of Cambridge. Antony now leads Granta Innovation, a consultancy specialising in IoT, machine learning and AI.

Toby Simpson - Co-founder and CTO, Fetch.ai

Toby is a pioneer in AI, autonomous agents and shared virtual world technology. He produced the cult hit Creatures series and was one of the initial team at DeepMind looking at nature’s contribution to Artificial General Intelligence. It was the investigation into P2P distributed ledger technology and blockchain which led to the realisation that the Fetch’s vision is within reach.

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Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotic Labs

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Antony Rix - Strategic Advisor, 8power, CEO & Founder, Granta Innovation

Antony has spent his career developing new technologies and building businesses around them. His PhD in machine learning and signal processing turned into his first startup, Psytechnics. At TTP, he delivered pioneering projects in mobile video, enterprise systems, medical devices and wireless communications. In 2016 he founded 8power to develop novel technology spun out from the University of Cambridge. Antony now leads Granta Innovation, a consultancy specialising in IoT, machine learning and AI.

Tim Whittaker - Wireless Audio/Visual & DECT systems, Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in telecommunications, software, silicon and medical devices, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs 350 engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge, UK and Cambridge, MA in the USA; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

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Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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