BAI January Meetup Roundup 2018

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On Thursday January 18th, the Blockchain Association of Ireland (BAI) hosted its first Meetup of the New Year to discuss ‘Cryptocurrency and Tokenisation’. This is an area of growing interest and was analysed by John Gleeson and Eamonn Hynes. John Gleeson a trained barrister, a journalist at ‘The Journal.ie’ as well as Co-owner of ‘pairmobile.ie’ outlined the history of money and applied economic theories to cryptocurrencies during the presentation titled; ‘Bitcoin – History, Bubbles and the future’. 

This presentation was followed by a Q&A and our second speaker Eamonn Hynes who is a software engineer at Allstate Corporation's Technology and Strategic Ventures division. Eamonn was able to provide a developer’s perspective to some of the use cases of tokenisation such as the new Brave Search Engine. Eamonn comfortably answered even the most challenging questions of the evening after his presentation titled ‘Tokenising attention’.

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The winner of the ‘BAI essay competition of 2017’ was awarded to Daniel O’Loughlin. A €500 cash prize and BAI mug was presented to Daniel complemented by an opportunity to provide the audience insights into his essay ‘The Governmental Implications and Use-Cases of Blockchain Technology in Ireland’. The essay competition was open to all third level students with an opportunity to put forward their ideas regarding social civil and governmental implications of Blockchain Technology. The competition was well received and it was a great achievement for Daniel O’Loughlin as well as the runner-up Kevin Murray.

Finally, the evening closed with a final Q&A session with our presenters and concluding comments by Fergus Neary on behalf of the BAI. 

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The next Meetup ‘Turning information into insight - Creating a database about ICOs and Blockchain’, will be held on the 7th of February at 6 pm, Trinity College Dublin.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

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