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Tuesday, March 20 • 11:45 - 13:15
Blockchain: Getting Past the Hype and Considering its Value for MERL FILLING

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Join this session to get past the hype and figure out how (or if!) you should be using blockchain for MERL.

Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, blockchain is certainly at the peak of inflated expectations.

Blockchain in a sentence is a secure platform that lets people and organisations share information with each other with an unprecedented degree of trust and transparency.

International development organizations are struggling to separate the hype from reality. Blockchain could transform the way people and institutions are able to collaborate, exchange value, share information, track assets and deliver vital services. Or it could flounder like 3D Printing did.

Additionally, blockchain brings with it privacy and security concerns, especially if it contains personal or sensitive data. What questions should we be asking about potential risks if using blockchain?

We'll get past the headlines and dig deep into practical use cases and new misuses so you can make an informed decision about blockchain for your organization.

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Valentine J Gandhi

Founder, The Development Cafe
Dr Valentine (Val) Joseph Gandhi is an Implementation Scientist, Development Economist, Policy Advisor, Poverty and Livelihood Impact Evaluation Specialist, ICT4D and Knowledge Manager, currently based between Jakarta and Nairobi, with over 15 years of interdisciplinary, quantitative... Read More →
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Zara Rahman

Deputy Director, The Engine Room
Zara is the Deputy Director of The Engine Room, a non-profit organisation supporting civil society to advance their missions via strategic, effective and responsible use of data and technology.
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Wayan Vota

Co-Founder, MERL Tech
Wayan Vota is a co-founder of MERL Tech and Kurante. He is on the forefront of utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development. Wayan has worked at FHI360’s Tech Lab, Development Gateway, Inveneo, The... Read More →

Tuesday March 20, 2018 11:45 - 13:15 GMT
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