Blockchain: Reference Story BlockchainHub
The Deep Tech Field of Expertise in Blockchain: Reference Story BlockchainHub
Blockchain technologies and the next generation of Internet
Berlin based BlockchainHub is an interdisciplinary information hub and think tank advocating and discussing blockchain technologies, smart contracts and the rise of the decentral Web. The goal of the Hub is to bring people together across different sectors and institutions – universities, start-ups, established companies and governmental institutions alike. What initially started in Berlin in 2015 has panned out to other cities, with new BlockchainHub nodes continuously emerging across the globe.
Individuals and institutions new to Blockchain can benefit from a vast set of free online resources on the BlockchainHub website, and also through activities offered by each local Hub. The aim is to make this technology understandable to a general public and point out immediate and future use cases. Furthermore, companies and governmental institutions can contact BlockchainHub for specialised and in-depth consulting.
BlockchainHub offers a variety of events open to anyone interested in learning more about Blockchain, from meetups, conferences, hackathons, and start-up competitions. They also host a series of working groups where long term topics are discussed and tackled by an interdisciplinary team of experts.
Blockchain is a highly disruptive general purpose technology, and in the very early stages of its development and adoption. It is unclear today how this technology will exactly pan out and effect society on the long run. Therefore BlockchainHub Berlin has started a set of working groups dealing with long term implications of Blockchain: Blockchain & Law, Blockchain & Energy, Blockchain & Decentralised Governance, Crypto Economics on the Blockchain. The outcome of these working groups will be published and discussed with a general public.
About the Founder
Shermin Voshmgir is the founder of BlockchainHub and runs BlockchainHub Berlin. She is on the advisory board of the Estonian e-residency program, a curator of the DAO and regularly speaks at conferences and consults on Blockchains & Smart Contracts. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics, where she used to work as an assistant professor and currently lectures blockchain related topics. Furthermore she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. Among others her films have screened in Cannes and at dOCUMENTA.
What is Blockchain?
If the Internet we use today is the Internet of information, blockchain is the Internet of value that has the potential to fundamentally transform business, economy and society as we know it. Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin, and it is considered to be the next big thing, a game changer that allows us to decentralise trust, creating the basis for a peer-to-peer economy, powered by auto enforceable smart contracts. Transactions on the blockchain through these smart contracts are in many cases faster and cheaper and more secure than transactions that classically run through neural central authorities. Together with other decentralized protocols like IPFS & SWARM (decentralized file storage), Whisper (decentralized messaging), Social Linked Data and many more, Blockchain is contributing to the next generation of the Internet, the decentralized Web, or Web3.
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