Blockchain in Chicago is an event happening February 22nd, 2018 at Venue 610 in Chicago. This writing contest will be decided by the likes and shares you give to the article along with a little weight from the judges (Hannah, Joe, and Danny). The point is to get a little extra marketing out there for the event. Sure there is a fully decentralized way to do this, but as a community organization we are simply having fun experimenting with a new technology. Payments will be posted on the 28th with transaction ID and addresses.
For info on the event check out blockchaininchicago.com
For info on us check out chicagoblockchainproject.com
And now an article from a community member:
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A thriving social economy is vital to our society. Not because it makes us feel good to see that
1,000 dogs were rescued or that the local food pantry has its shelves stocked, but because
social investments save lives. In 2014 one man poured a bucket of ice water on his head and
shared it on social media, eventually resulting in over $115 million in donations to the ALS
Association. These new funds from an estimated 2.5 million people were credited with cracking
the DNA code of ALS, a giant leap toward a cure for three forms of the
deadly disease. That’s measurable impact on a global scale.
Every year billions of dollars in assets flow into the social sector from individuals, corporations,
social benefit corporations, impact investors, foundations, and from all levels of government.
Nonprofit organizations including charitable organizations, associations, hospitals and
governments then create social good from the contributions.
While technology and innovation often bypass the social sector, blockchain technology is too
important to let this to happen.
The Chicago Blockchain Project, founded by Joe Hernandez (aka ‘Disruption Joe’), is purposeful
about integrating the social sector in their events, even hosting a panel early this year for the
State of Illinois Blockchain Initiative launch of their report.
The Blockchain in Chicago: Kickoff To 2018 will be no exception with a full session dedicated to
Blockchain for Social Good. The panel experts below will highlight projects from the Blockchain
Research Institute, Urban Array and Chicago’s Meetup Group for Social Good.
Reshma Kamath is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, an ABA
NextGen Innovation Fellow, and also a researcher at Blockchain Research Institute in Toronto.
Reshma is exploring how to leverage legal blockchain technologies both locally and
internationally. As part of her fellowship with the ABA Center for Innovation, Reshma is
exploring how blockchain technology can be leveraged in human rights arenas.
Marquis Davis is the founder of Urban Array a blockchain application that uses smart contracts to
give ‘regular’ people the ability to organize and build communities. The application rewards
crowd-sourced community work allowing people to have ownership of their communities. Urban Array seeks to create autonomous organizations, run and owned by the consensus of
members of the network.
Soren Spicknall is host of BSGC, Chicago’s Meetup Group for Social Good. He will shed light on
how BSGC supports those individuals and organizations looking at blockchain technology for
the benefit of the social sector. BSGC engages with Chicago’s blockchain community and the
social sector to apply this emerging technology to society’s most pressing problems.
Matt Wolf is founder of Dandelion, a technology company that manages a distributed
workforce for nonprofit organizations. Dandelion's Chicago office and is focused on bringing
blockchain solutions to the social impact space and is working on a blockchain solution for the
Cook County Land Bank.
This panel of social sector enthusiasts will show through their projects, how blockchain as an
open, borderless, set of negotiated rules, is uniquely suited for projects in the social sector
Collaboration and trusted networks already exist
Exchange of value (sometimes very small) between two parties is needed
Processes are not automated and friction occurs
Innovative and leap-frogging opportunities exist to create new and effective distributed
The blockchain ecology is evolving fast. Creating space in this new environment for
collaborations with the social sector will ensure that our global society is enriched at numerous
If you work in the social sector or hope to contribute to this important segment of our society,
this event is for you.
Please show your support blockchain initiatives in the social sector (and my article), with your
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