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Top 5 Takeaways
1. Blockchain is best known for its role in cryptocurrencies, and no wonder - there are more than 1600 types of cryptocurrency out there (as of July 1) with more emerging all the time. But that’s just a fraction of its potential applications. For this session, our speakers focused on other uses for the technology, from supply chain management to proving the provenance of fine art.
2. Investing in building your blockchain skills could be a smart career move. Job postings on LinkedIn for blockchain professionals increased 300% in 2017 alone. Real blockchain coders are scarce, and lack of documentation and support slows development.
3. Check out the slide deck or video of this presentation for an easy-to-understand overview of blockchain jargon, from “nodes” to “smart contracts.” It’s simpler than you think!
4. If you think you can skip learning about blockchain or that it won’t affect your life, you may want to think again! This slide made a real impression on the attendees (click to zoom):
5. Want to get involved locally?
The Austin Blockchain Collective advocates for and showcases blockchain and crypto companies, projects and innovation exploding in Austin, TX. The mission of the Collective is to establish Austin (and the Texas Triangle region) as a recognized global center of innovation in the blockchain space. Practically, it is leading activities that provide tangible benefits to local blockchain/crypto companies and projects whose daily work is making the Collective's mission a reality.
HELP US CLOSE AUSTIN’S DIGITAL DIVIDE
The Austin Forum accepts donations of used smart phones and tablets at all our events. Donated devices get a factory reset and are set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which connects every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated smart phone can change lives and help close Austin’s digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.