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Blockchain Ireland Week: 40+ Interesting Events to be held nationwide, May 24 – 31

Blockchain Ireland Week

When and where is it on?

The Inaugural Blockchain Ireland Week which runs from May 24th to 31st will bring together the enthusiastic ecosystem of entrepreneurs, academics, developers and corporate leaders to drive momentum, interest and opportunities in blockchain around the island of Ireland. This is an opportunity for the blockchain community and the interested public to attend workshops, talks, hackathons and networking events.

What is Blockchain Ireland?

Blockchain Ireland is a combined effort of government and Irish based companies, led by the IDA Blockchain Expert Group, to help promote and grow a best in class blockchain ecosystem in Ireland, positioning our country as a global forerunner in this dynamic and important space. “Ireland is already well placed as a developer hub, with Google, Amazon Web Services, Stripe and ConsenSys having Engineering teams here, Blockchain Ireland seeks to build on this base of development excellence. ConsenSys is honoured to act as an industry figure in this group representing the advancement of Ireland’s tech scene.” says Johanna Moran, Community Lead at ConsenSys Ireland

What was the inspiration to start Blockchain Ireland Week? Why is it so important?

“We are on the verge of a new technology architecture for the 21st Century called Web 3.0 and blockchain will be at the heart of it. It’s important that Ireland is an active contributor and participant in Web 3.0 to secure future jobs and business opportunities. Having a thriving blockchain ecosystem in Ireland will help us achieve that goal. We here at Oracle are delighted to play our small part.”  Says Ian Keane, Oracle Head of Sales Consulting for UK & Ireland

“Whilst there have been Blockchain weeks held in NY, London and Paris, Ireland is just as suitably primed to host such an event given the presence of so many FDI and indigenous blockchain firms operating here. Blockchain Ireland Week is also unique in that we are approaching this on a national scale. Blockchain Ireland week is a celebration of the enthusiastic and burgeoning ecosystem surrounding this technology which will enable the transformation of so many industries. ConsenSys are delighted to play a part in cultivating this community. This is vital in pro-actively positioning Ireland for the smart economy of tomorrow and the future of work.“ Says Johanna Moran, Community Lead at ConsenSys Ireland

“ConsenSys is the world’s largest blockchain company and it is brilliant that they decided to invest in Ireland and to establish such a significant presence, bringing together such an experienced team here. ConsenSys is proud to be hosting several events which will drive awareness and reinforce the relevance of Ireland as an epicentre of blockchain activity, expertise and talent.” Johanna adds.

“Mastercard is a leader in Blockchain and we are currently third in the world for the number of Blockchain patent submissions. We wanted to help raise awareness in the community and in our own company of the possibilities for this exciting new technology. As a large technology employer in Ireland we want to help build and develop a pool of talented resources that can help bring more high-tech Blockchain jobs to Ireland.” Says Peter Nolan, Vice President, Mastercard Labs R&D Ireland

“Blockchain is almost certainly going to be one of the most important technologies over the next 20 years and it’s important for ‘Ireland Inc’ to be at the forefront of this. We have a great reputation in the tech sector, hosting many if not all the leading players and this takes this to the next level. I really hope this week offers attendees a fuller sense of how Blockchain works and what it can offer Irish business and accountancy. Blockchain is something that’s coming up more and frequently and which our research into the ‘future of the profession’ as being one of the next ‘big things.’ 

The potential of Blockchain to change accountancy is both wide and deep. Recently I met with one of our members Claire Fitzpatrick of Consensys, who remarked that ‘Blockchain will be as disruptive to professional services as the internet was to the travel industry’. It was obvious that we should get on board with Blockchain week, to raise awareness, share information and facilitate a debate about the technology and the profession.” Says Joe Carroll, Head of Professional Development at Chartered Accountants Ireland.

What exciting things can people look forward to? How can people book tickets?

With events held nationwide tailored to the interests of Corporates, Developers, Designers, Social Impact parties and Startups, there is plenty to get involved in. From property to privacy, fintech to medtech, and data to digital voting, this week will offer a plethora of exciting and inspiring activities. With attendees travelling to Ireland from across the globe and events hosted Ireland’s most prominent blockchain organizations, there is so much to look forward to. All events are free of charge, you can view the calendar and register here.

“We aim to help to help demystify the technologies underpinning Blockchain and show that a developer with skills in object-oriented programming and experience in building secure, resilient and scalable solutions can have a career in Blockchain.” Says Peter Nolan, Mastercard

“Most people in the industry see Oracle as just a database company, where we have been quietly and persistently changing the business into a cloud company. Blockchain Ireland week give us a chance to show the Ecosystem just what Oracle has been up to in Blockchain, Analytics and Machine Learning.” Says Ian Keane, Oracle

“We are holding an interactive event with a panel of industry speakers including Claire Fitzpatrick from Consensys along with a representative from the Department of Finance, Mai Santamaria. We’re hoping to inform and spark debate and the appetite for this based on the level of interest we’ve seen is encouraging. We’re showcase some case studies about exciting uses the technology is already being put to such as ‘Tokenisation of Real Estate’ assets, a bricks and mortar application that will I think bring Blockchain out of the cloud and into the real world for those in attendance.” Says Joe Carroll, Chartered Accountants Ireland

“We are excited to be hosting a Blockchain Hackathon,  Workshops, Talks and Meet-ups in our new Dublin city offices. We are also thrilled to have Sophia Lopez and Steve Cerveny, Founders of Kaleido attending to offer a talk on advances in enterprise blockchain that are driving adoption and spawning the creation of entirely new value networks.

Kaleido is a subsidiary of ConsenSys, which purposes to help blockchain companies get off the ground faster by offering plug-and-play services like a block explorer, distributed file storage, and identity registry. Amazon Web Services is one of many players that has partnered with Kaleido to offer a full-stack blockchain enterprise platform on the cloud. It will be interesting to hear how companies like Amazon can use blockchain technology to reduce the cost of trust, increase efficiency and unlock new opportunities for value creation.” Johanna Moran, ConsenSys

 Some of Events of Interest :

  1. Blockchain Hackathon
  • Date: May 24th – 26th
  • Location: ConsenSys Ireland, 48 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4
  • What you can expect: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided as well as prizes for the top three presented projects.
  • Participants Criteria:
     Must have an interest and/or basic understanding of Ethereum, UX/UI, writing code or any skill that will help create the next great project on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Prizes: 1st place €2000; 2nd place €1000; 3rd place €500
  1. Blockchain Ireland Week – Cork presents May 24th in various locations around Cork.
  • 7.30am to 9.30am: Blockchain Ireland Week in Association with [email protected] Tech Talks
  • 10am to 12pm: Opportunities for Security Tokens – Why are we so excited? (UCC)
  • 2-4pm:  Digital Asset Market Places – new ways to raise funding and trade. Venue: Republic of Work, 12 South Mall
  • 4-6pm: Hodl a Drink in Electric
  • 8pm till late: Pints n Blocks at the Oval
  1. Meet Blockchain Ireland Night – Dublin
  • Date: May 29th
  • Location: ConsenSys Ireland, 48 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4
  • 6:30 – 7:00: Networking (Food and Beverages)
  • 7:00 – 7:10: Welcome and Intro to Blockchain Ireland
  • 7.10 – 7 15: Dave Feenan Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet Announcement!
  • 7.15 – 8.00: Panel: Joyce O’Connor Founding President NCI, Julie Maupin INATBA and Gilbert Verdian ISO TC/307. Moderated by Lory kehoe MD ConsenSys Ireland
  • 8:00 – 8.30: Networking
  1. Blockchain Ireland Wrap party hosted by Bank Of Ireland – Dublin
  • Date: May 30th, 6-8pm
  • Location: Bank of Ireland Innovation Lab, 88 Camden Street Lower, D02 PY23 Dublin 2
  1.  Demystifying Blockchain: Platforms, tokens, Identity, Supplychains & Business models – Galway  
  • Date: May 31st, 10.30am-1pm
  • Location: GMIT Galway Campus, Old Dublin Rd, H91 T8NW

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