Cleveland hosts blockchain convention

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(Cleveland) - More than 1,300 people are expected to attend the Blockland Solutions Conference at the Huntington Convention Center downtown this weekend. Its an effort to make Cleveland the center of blockchain technology attracting new high-tech jobs.

Blockchain is accounting software that some believe will revolutionize the business world. Eric Ward is chief learning officer at Drive-I.T., a technology company in Akron. He tells Channel 3 News, blockchain is the accounting software that keeps bitcoin and other cyptocurrencies organized. It's supposed to be easily searchable, and highly secure, and backers believe it will revolutionize the business world. 

However, some critics claim blockchain's potential is unproven at this point.  

Attending the conference are developers and anyone interested in learning how blockchain technology can be used in business applications as well as 151 speakers, 81 of whom are from outside Ohio.

Presented in a series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies, the conference will focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging blockchain space. 

Event attendees can expect to meet like-minded individuals in a series of networking opportunities and will have an opportunity to ask questions to the event’s more than 120 thought-leading speakers. 

Featured speakers include:

· Nick Szabo, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Innovator

· Mark Hurd, Oracle Corporation

· John Donovan, AT&T Communications

· Joseph Lubin, Founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) and Co-founder of Ethereum

· Larry Sanger, Co-founder of Wikipedia 

 Blockland is working with blockchain thought leadership such as developers, business executives, government representatives, entrepreneurs, philanthropic organizations and universities collaborate to explore and accelerate the adoption and growth of this possibly disruptive technology. 

In August 2018, a first-of-its-kind partnership between Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc. and the Toronto-based Blockchain Research Institute became reality as JumpStart joined BRI on behalf of the entire Northeast Ohio region. 

The membership allows JumpStart to provide Greater Cleveland entrepreneurs and existing businesses valued under $1 billion with access at no charge to BRI’s 80 groundbreaking research projects. Visit www.blocklandcleveland.com for more information.

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