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BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN HEALTH 2020 SYMPOSIUM
The Collective is colllaborating with Dell Medical School to host an educational symposium focusing on the application of blockchain and related technologies in healthcare and health. Uniquely it will present both academic research and industry insights and case studies. Click the banner below for more information.
MONTHLY MEETUPS @ CAPITAL FACTORY - NEXT ONE IS JANUARY 20
The Collective holds meetups at Capital Factory on the third Monday of every month. They are free to attend. Every month there is some kind of presentation(s) or a panel, and each meeting starts with shoutouts from anyone in the community that wants to tell the world what they are doing, request help, look for talent, etc. There is always also time for networking. Become a member of the meetup group and receive meetup notices @ https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Blockchain-Collective-Meetup/.
Next Meetup: Monday, January 20 will focus on Web 3.0 technology and the Polkadot interoperability protocol. More info and RSVP @ https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Blockchain-Collective-Meetup/events/267281770/.
NEW FOR 2020 - HELP YOUR COMPANY STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD FOR JUST $500/YEAR
Starting at just $500/year, companies can benefit from Supporter membership of the Collective, which provides branding exposure, mechanisms to promote your offering as well as collaboration and business development opportunities. Read this blog post on the Collective's Community blog to find out all of the benefits.
FREE DIY MEMBER TOOLKIT FOR ALL MEMBERS
All members, including Community members, can leverage our DIY Member Toolkit for education and to promote their company and its related activities (product launches, partnerships, press releases, new hires, open positions, etc.). The DIY Member Toolkit is provided free of charge and its operational costs are underwritten by Patron and Supporter members. Check out this blog post on the Collective's Community blog to find out what the DIY Member Toolkit can do for your company.
Verimos provides a digital health and wellness collective that rewards everyone for the healthy choices they make daily. We help our members monetize the data they generate every day.
The Web3 Foundation's mission is to nurture and steward cutting-edge technologies and applications in the fields of cryptographically-powered decentralized software protocols.
Working groups provide an opportunity for Collective Patron and Supporter members to collaborate on education, marketing and business development activities.
Healthcare Working Group
This working group’s mission is to help develop, explore and promote the applications of blockchain technology that have the potential to positively impact health and healthcare outcomes for patients, the broader Austin community and the nation.
The initial members of the working group are:
Dell Medical School
Read the launch press release here.
Email email@example.com for more information and to become a member.
Web 3.0 Technologies Working Group
Austin Blockchain/Crypto Meetups & Related Groups
A number of local Meetups and other groups meet regularly in Austin ... please tell us if a meetup you know of is not listed. Meetups are promoted via the Collective's Twitter feed and its weekly community news blog.
Austin Bitcoin Meetup
Austin Bitcoin Developers
Austin Blockchain Collective Community Meetup
Austin Blockchain Technology/Hyperledger Austin
Austin Ethereum Meetup
Meets the last Wednesday of every month at Capital Factory. Also hosts a monthly informal happy hour on the second Wednesday of every month at Buzzmill.
Here are links to some free resources that you can tap into to learn more about blockchain and crypto. In particular, we want to provide businesses and individuals new to the technology with a good understanding of it, and whether it is right for them.
Also, meetups are a great way to learn more about blockchain and crypto. See a list here.
Useful News Services, Podcasts and Blogs
There are a lot of news sites, podcasts and blogs out there, but the quality of many is suspect. Here are some sites that are generally deemed to be the better ones.
Coin Central (produced in Austin)
The #AustinBlockchain Bookshelf
The Trust Machine
This article in The Economist in late 2015 put blockchain on the radar of many businesses. It's big picture but worth a read for sure ... https://www.economist.com/leaders/2015/10/31/the-trust-machine
Blockchain Explained at 5 Levels
Blockchain researcher Bettina Warburg explains blockchain technology to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert. Watch the video ... https://youtu.be/hYip_Vuv8J0
Robin Bloor's Explain Like I'm 5 Series
Veteran IT industry analyst Robin Bloor - now at Algebraix Data - has written some blogs to explain blockchain technology ...
Antony Lewis (who now works at R3) has written quite a few blogs about blockchain and cryptocurrency in an effort to explain what the technology is about. Here are a few of his writings.
Avoiding the Pointless Blockchain Project
Blockchain for Dummies Book
This inexpensive book - 2nd edition now available - explains the basics of blockchain and highlights a number of different platforms ... https://www.amazon.com/Blockchain-Dummies-Tiana-Laurence/dp/1119555019/ref=sr_1_1_sspa
Media Coverage of Blockchain/Crypto in Austin
Austin is getting increasingly known for its blockchain and crypto expertise and innovation. Here is some of the latest media coverage of our scene.
Austin Gets Grant to Explore Blockchain Identity Platform
PRESS RELEASE: Austin Blockchain Collective Creates Healthcare Working Group Including Dell Medical School to Focus on Applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies
PYMNTS: How Collectives Aim to Make Cities into Blockchain Centers
Cointelegraph: Austin Transportation Partners with Iota Foundation to Develop Interoperability Ecosystem
PRESS RELEASE: Austin Blockchain Collective Named 'Civic Engagement Initiative of the Year by Smart Cities Dive Awards 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Austin Blockchain Month Showcases Distributed Ledger and Crypto Innovation Throughout October
The Daily Texan: Ripple donates $2 million to McCombs for blockchain technology research
CNBC: Explosive new report reveals bitcoin manipulation
SXSW Panel Recording - Austin: A Global Center for Blockchain Innovation
Austin Inno: Can Blockchain Technology Help Austin's Homeless?
PRESS RELEASE: Austin Blockchain Collective Launches to Form Regional Blockchain Innovation Hub
Smart Cities Dive: Group forms in Austin to promote blockchain technology
Austin Inno: Austin Blockchain Collective to Advocate for Local Crypto Startups
Austin Inno: Q&A: 4 of Austin’s Cryptocurrency Experts on Blockchain’s Future
Austin Business Journal: Austin Blockchain Collective forms to highlight city's role in cryptocurrency craze
Austin Inno: Startups in Austin’s Ever-Expanding Cryptocurrency Scene
Leadership and Advisors
The day-to-day operations of the Austin Blockchain Collective are run by an Executive Director assisted by several volunteer staff members. Working groups are led by a Chair or Joint Chairs, assisted by Co-Chairs.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Chief of Staff
Jen Massing Harris
Associate Director, Smart Cities
Dell Medical School
Joint Chair, Healthcare Working Group
Joint Chair, Healthcare Working Group