TALK 1: Phoenix Zerin – Nanobots on the Blockchain: An Introduction to Smart Contracts
With the popularity of Ethereum, Smart Contracts are becoming the next Big Thing™. And for good reason: Smart Contracts are incredibly versatile, powering systems for voting, notaries, cloud storage, crowdfunding, lotteries, and yes, even for trading virtual cats. But, what exactly are Smart Contracts? How do they work? And most importantly, how do you decide if they are the right fit for your business?
Phoenix has been developing and architecting software applications for over a decade, most recently completing a 5-year stint as a digital nomad in South America. Phoenix is a Senior Blockchain Developer at Centrality and the lead developer for PyOTA, the Python API library for the IOTA cryptocurrency.
TALK 2: Liesl Eichholz – When Should I Do an ICO? Token Mechanics Explained
Does your platform really need a token? The continuing hype and fundraising opportunities around cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and most importantly, ICOs, is leading many projects to launch a proprietary currency token without fully contemplating the significance of doing so. While some token models are becoming more sophisticated, many others follow the same dangerous patterns, and fall into the same traps. Learn how to avoid these pitfalls and develop a robust, scalable tokenised ecosystem.
Liesl focuses on bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of the blockchain sector. She is currently Business Development Executive and Head of Identity at Centrality, NZ’s leading blockchain venture studio. With previous experience in blockchain consulting and legal analysis, Liesl’s involvement in the blockchain industry has included roles with ConsenSys and the Blockchain Association of New Zealand, as well as independent consulting for projects such as Lunyr.
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The venue for this event has been generously donated by Centrality.