Blockchain is the technology that has been called "the new internet" and ICO funding has reached $2.8 billion worldwide in 2017, far surpassing early-stage venture funding. There is plenty of buzz around this topic but what type of project is blockchain suitable for? How does one get from an idea to a demo-able product?
This series addresses these questions with insight from leading experts in this fast-changing space, culminating in the chance to pitch at the annual MIT AI conference held in April 2018.
- 4 in-person sessions in SF with experts on key topics to build a blockchain project - investors/founders, legal implications, tech, marketing/partnerships. Unlike some of our larger events where over 500 people were in attendance, we are capping registration to facilitate building projects and meaningful interaction.
- FREE (if current student) or 75% off annual subscription to Blockgeeks, an online learning platform for blockchain and how to code blockchain - a $399.99 value. Subscription includes on-demand video courses, Code Challenge Engine, support forums, webinars, progress reporting, help with job placement, personal success team, and more
- Smart Contracts 101 Code Lab run by Oakland Blockchain Developers, who will also help with coding questions in Slack
- Direction to other resources for learning about blockchain and how to program for blockchain
- Slack community and support
- Access to bonus webinars with experts not located in the SF Bay
- Access to on-demand professional video of the sessions (don't worry if you have to miss a session!)
- Chance to pitch at the annual MIT AI conference
- Certificate of Completion
In a decentralized world, we realize not everyone has the capability to attend in-person sessions in San Francisco. Therefore, we offer a video only option with access to post-production session recordings. Participants selecting this option are not eligible for email support, pitch competition, or Certificate of Completion. However, participants will be invited to participate in any bonus webinars and the Slack community.
Details for Other Sessions, Including Bonus Webinars
For more details on the other sessions, please see the Eventbrite link. You must register on the MIT site to receive preferential pricing:
WHO IS THIS BLOCKCHAIN SERIES FOR?
This series is for individuals interested in taking an idea and building a blockchain project. While blockchain programming experience is not assumed or necessary, we do assume a level of technical expertise such that a demo product can be built if provided direction to self-learning resources (this is not a learn how to code blockchain course). You do not have to be an engineer if you would like to team up with participants who are engineers.
The guidance provided is from experts in the space regarding various aspects that need to be considered when launching a blockchain project. Since blockchain is evolving so rapidly, this often means lively debate and commentary versus a playbook-to-ICO instruction manual.
In the quickly evolving landscape of blockchain technology, associated regulations are also evolving. China famously banned ICOs and then crypto exchanges themselves. The SEC has released the broad guidance that certain tokens will be considered securities. Lawmakers throughout the world are scrambling to understand blockchain and implement effective regulation. Meanwhile, where does that leave the blockchain entrepreneur?
Join us in a conversation with lawyers in the blockchain space. The first half of session will discuss the latest developments in the legal aspects of blockchain projects, and how that might effect you as a founder.
In this session, you will learn:
- What are important legal implications to consider?
- Security token vs utility token and SEC stance
- Where to launch your ICO? How much does jurisdiction matter?
- Accredited investors only or different Reg options in the US
- Use of foundations structure, like in Tezos
- What you cannot say in marketing materials if you want to be a utility token
- Steps to safeguard against a security designation if you want to be a utility token
- The option of conservatism and deciding to treat your token as a security
- Howey Test
- Precedent, like the DAO
Start With The End In Mind
Thursday,January 11th 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Legal Considerations & Pitch Ideas
Thursday,February 13th 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Technical Trends in Development
Tuesday,March 6th 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marketing and Recruiting, Pitch Selection,
Thursday,April 5th 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Project Pitch - Crypto Idol
@MITCNC AI Conference 2018
April 20 - 22, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Date and Time
Thursday, January 11, 2018
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM PT
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Mingle with experts and other participants
06:00 PM - 06:15 PM Guest panel discussion, FAQs (questions submitted beforehand)
06:15 PM - 07:00 PM Un-conference breakout sessions – Each speaker leads a small group
07:00 PM - 07:30 PM Nominated spokesperson from each group shares summary of breakout
07:30 PM - 07:45 PM Individual Q&A, Wrap up conversation
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