October 09, 2018 at 11:30AM
- October 10, 2018 at 5:00PM

This MIT CTL Roundtable is exclusively for members of the MIT CTL Supply Chain Exchange and invited guests. If you are not a member of the Supply Chain Exchange and are interested in attending this roundtable, please reach out to Katie Date at <datecl@mit.edu>.  

Location: MIT E40-356 (SCM Lab)

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Last October the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) convened approximately 50 supply chain practitioners and researchers in a roundtable event to assess the potential of blockchain or distributed ledger technology – an innovation that was the subject of much hype but which relatively few professionals in the industry understood. The discussions identified a number of potential supply chain applications as well as challenges in the adoption of blockchain.

Nearly one year later, supply chain practitioners have gained a better understanding of blockchain’s potential, and a number of applications are in advanced stages of development.

However, the technology and its use remains widely misunderstood. And while there are emerging applications, adoption seems to be slower than anticipated and there continues to be much skepticism about blockchain’s viability in complex supply chain environments and when data/information is unreliable.

Against this background, MIT CTL will convene a second blockchain roundtable for supply chain practitioners on October 9-10 2018. The day-and-a-half event will take place on the MIT campus.

This invitation-only MIT CTL Roundtable will comprise a half-day workshop to explain blockchain and develop a common understanding of the technology, followed by a full-day roundtable session to examine the most promising applications in the supply chain domain.  As we did last year, 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.  Additionally, researchers from the CTL Blockchain working group will share learnings from recent and ongoing interactions and data collection.

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.

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