By: Lexie Newhouse
Leaders in the blockchain industry joined forces on March 5, 2019 for the “Blockchain in the Real World” event in an effort to educate students on this decentralized movement.
The panel featured current Georgia State Computer Science PhD student Jovonni Pharr, Co-Founder of BlockCities Preston Attebery, Vice President of Marketing for Provide Technologies Stacey Schneider and Georgia State Alum and Author of The Millionare Millennials Zach Hoffmeister. Elizabeth Stricker of the Creative Media Industries Institute moderated the discussion.
To kick off the conversation, the panelists shared some their favorite industry professionals and companies within the decentralized technologies space. Attebery talked on FOAM space, a FOAM protocol designed to empower users to build a consensus-driven map of the world that can be trusted for every application.
The panel shared how companies like FOAM space are disrupting the industry and finding innovative ways to apply these technologies. “The teams that inspire are the teams that aren’t scared to fail and try something new,” said Pharr, “Everything after bitcoin was inspired by bitcoin. That’s because they’re scared to try something entirely new.”
Being such an emerging industry, the panelists recognized the need for new ideas from people of different disciplines and experiences. “There’s a shortage of talent – so there’s opportunity,” explained Schneider, “You don’t have to have a ton of experience because nobody does.”
Hoffmeister echoed these thoughts on the workforce opportunity for students, saying that “No one actually understands what blockchain is but how it can be used.” The panelists used this as an opportunity to reiterate the importance of reading related literature to become better educated on the technologies, saying that “For some people, your life will change.”
Strickler welcomed questions from the audience, where one Andrew Young Public Policy student asked how far society can take this notion of decentralization. The panel introduced the idea of centralized governments and the need for global currency. “The whole point of decentralization is globalization,” said Pharr, perfectly connecting that overarching theme of blockchain in the real world.
Interested in learning more about blockchain at GSU? Visit ENI’s calendar for more blockchain events and workshops!