With countries around the world in varying states of lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, MouseBelt has quickly organized REIMAGINE 2020 (RI2020), a virtual blockchain conference and networking event taking place May 18-21.
Marketed as “the world’s largest blockchain education event”, the San Francisco-based blockchain accelerator is hoping the virtual conference will “serve as the standard for blockchain events going forward.”
The 72-hour non-stop conference is 100% free and registration is now open to anyone interested in learning more about blockchain technology.
Building a Decentralized Future
RI2020 will explore the following themes:
- What solutions can blockchain / crypto provide in the new global economy?
- What kind of future does blockchain make possible?
- What are the current barriers to adoption?
Organizers have designed the conference “to inspire you to create and implement the solutions needed to build a decentralized future” and the schedule is structured around these three main tracks:
- Inspiration. Expert lectures, panels, interviews, keynote talks, demonstrations, and student / researcher presentations will provide attendees with the latest information on blockchain skills and industry trends.
- Creation. Workshops, roundtables, and mentor-led discussion groups will allow attendees to develop an early-stage project or startup, with paper sessions, pitch competitions, and hackathons also taking place.
- Implementation. Business development workshops and legal symposiums will help attendees expand their business and understand the current regulatory framework.
There will also be a fourth track for those interested in cryptocurrency trading.
There is a strong emphasis on making new contacts, with dedicated networking breaks scheduled every 2-3 hours of the 72-hour event. Networking events will include: facilitated small group discussions; one-on-one ‘matchmaking’ sessions; a career fair; and even virtual afterparties featuring live musicians!
An Opportunity for University Students
Conference organizers are planning for over 10,000 attendees, comprising blockchain professionals, developers, business executives, investors, venture capitalists, professors, researchers, and students. Students in particular are expected to make up a significant proportion.
“There will be ample opportunities for students to learn about some of the cutting edge technology and the latest trends in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. By getting to meet other like-minded students, educators, and industry partners from all over the globe, students will find themselves in an invaluable environment where they are able to make friends, gain project partners, and learn about employment openings.”REIMAGINE 2020
Participating university blockchain clubs include Blockchain @ IU (Indiana University), Blockchain at Mason (George Mason University), Blockchain at Fordham (Fordham University), MU Blockchain (Miami University), TBS Blockchain Club (Toulouse Business School), KNUST Blockchain Hub (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana), Mount Blockchain Club (Mount St. Mary’s University), KCL Blockchain (King’s College London), Blockchain Economics Club (Southern Illinois University), UTD Blockchain (University of Texas at Dallas), NU Blockchain Group (Northwestern University), Blockchain at Portland State (Portland State University), Chicago Booth FinTech (University of Chicago), Blockchain at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and UW Blockchain Society (University of Washington).
These are just some of the 80+ universities supported by the MouseBelt University Program, an international network of student blockchain organizations which aims to bring blockchain education to students around the world. All sponsorship funds from RI2020 will go towards the University Program.
But there is no requirement for attendees to be a member of a university blockchain club. RI2020 provides an excellent opportunity for all students around the world to learn more about blockchain technology and network with industry professionals. It may even inspire you to establish your own blockchain club!
And the good news is that all sessions will be recorded and subsequently made available on the conference website, so you can catch up on any sessions you can’t make.
The conference is being organized in partnership with BlockTV, a 24/7 streaming news channel covering blockchain and cryptocurrency markets, and Crypto Coin Trader, a Facebook group dedicated to investment analysis for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
These companies are all members of the Blockchain Education Alliance, described as “a network of industry leaders committed to driving blockchain innovation by supporting education, research, and entrepreneurship at universities and beyond.”
The Alliance provides a mechanism for industry professionals to support blockchain education by contributing funding for research and conferences, delivering educational content, and collaborating with students on real-world blockchain solutions. One example of this collaboration is the cross-campus UC Blockchain Initiative. RI2020 is another.