The Smart Contract Alliance, an initiative ran by the Chamber of Digital Commerce to promote real-world application of smart contracts, has announced the launch of the Smart Contract Symposium, a conference to take place in New York City on December 5th, 2016. Of particular note is that renowned cryptographer Nick Szabo, who coined the term “smart contracts,” will give the event’s keynote address.
Szabo to Keynote New York Symposium
The Chamber expects to host over 250 executives from financial institutions and firms exploring this technology at Microsoft’s Time’s Square Headquarters.
“Attendees will have unprecedented insight into the past, present and future of smart contracts technology,” said Perianne Boring, Founder & President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.
Co-chaired by Mark Smith, CEO of Symbiont, and Sean Murphy, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, the Smart Contracts Alliance includes an array of industry executives across technology, regulatory, and financial sectors to explore the potential opportunities and challenges faces by smart contract’s technology.
“The Chamber of Digital Commerce is spearheading an important initiative to help educate the business and policy community about the unique opportunities and challenges of smart contracts technologies,” said Szabo.
The Smart Contracts Alliance launched in July 2016, and its participants include: Blake, Cassles & Graydon, Bloq, Cognizant, ConsenSys, Deloitte, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Monax (formerly Eris Industries), Georgetown University’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Gem, IBM, Microsoft, MIT Internet Trust Consortium, Norton Rose Fulbright, Perkins Coie, Pillsbury Law, String Labs, Symbiont, Tether, t0.com and Wipfli.
Also speaking at the Smart Contracts Symposium will be Jeff Garzik, CEO of Bloq and Bitcoin Core Developer, as well as Marley Gray, Director of Business Development Blockchain & DLT, at Microsoft. Panels will also include a technology panel titled “Platforms, Applications and Innovation”, as well as a regulatory panel, titled, “Legal & Policy Panel: Code is Law?”
Tickets for the event can be purchased online, here.
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