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Brian Forde

Washington DC, USA
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Named Top 10 Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain

Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2011-14)

Director of Digital Currency, MIT Media Lab (2015-present)

From Iraq to the White House, Brian Forde has helped to educate Heads of State, Fortune 500 CEOs, and thousands of others as they race to get up to speed before bitcoin and the blockchain disrupt their organisations.

Featured on the cover of the Economist, bitcoin and the blockchain have taken the world by storm and today more than $1 billion has been invested in start-ups harnessing this nascent technology. Despite this, bitcoin is still widely misunderstood.

Named one of the top ten “Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain” and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Brian breaks down this complex technology into simple, universally understandable explanations to help audiences quickly grasp one of the most important emerging technologies for the next 10 years.

Leading the world’s largest academic research initiative on cryptocurrencies at the historic MIT Media Lab, Brian draws upon his experience as both a former Senior Advisor at the White House and top technology entrepreneur to provide crucial insights and real life examples of how bitcoin and the blockchain will rapidly impact companies, consumers, and governments.

Bitcoin 101: An Introduction to Bitcoin, the Blockchain, the Future of Transactions
The future of the finance, government, insurance, media and entertainment, travel, healthcare, education, the sharing economy, and many more sectors will each be impacted by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, yet this technology remains highly misunderstood. In his signature talk on bitcoin, Brian educates audiences on how bitcoin works, dispels popular misnomers, and provides real life examples about how it’s being used throughout the world. He’ll also provide insights on the strengths and weaknesses of this technology to prepare leaders for experimenting with bitcoin in their organisations.

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"A creative and dynamic entrepreneur, with extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Brian has clear insights into how businesses can use emerging technologies to their advantage - rather than seeing it as a threat. He shows how firms can leverage their core assets to support government initiatives, achieve strategic social goals and become a leading corporate citizens in their industry."

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