MIT E90-East Arcade Conference Center
Blockchain technology has been likened to the internet in terms of its potential impact on the commercial world. The financial services industry has taken the lead with investments amounting to more than $1 billion in developing blockchain applications – now the focus is shifting to other sectors, and especially supply chain management.
The concept of a blockchain – a distributed, tamper-proof and time-stamped database of transactions that can be managed without intermediaries – is highly attractive in the supply chain domain, and the industry has launched a number of proof-of-concept initiatives.
However, awareness of how blockchains work and what they can accomplish is still relatively low. The lack of knowledge is exacerbated by the fast pace at which the technology is evolving.
This invitation-only MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) Roundtable will bring supply chain practitioners together to define blockchain systems. Attendees also will explore the benefits that blockchains might deliver, and how the technology could be applied today and in the future. Experts involved in real world blockchain projects will stimulate the discussions with brief accounts of their experiences to date.
MIT CTL roundtables are highly interactive events where participants learn from each other. There are no PowerPoint presentations and attendance numbers are carefully managed – the emphasis is on generating a rich discourse in an open environment.