The Blockchain Rises – 2018 SXSW Programming Trends

Each year, different trends emerge from SXSW programming and act as identifiers for where we’re at and where we’re headed. From the 12 significant trends identified by the SXSW Programming Team for the 2018 event, The Blockchain Rises explores how blockchain technology is poised to change the world of business, disrupting an array of industries including finance, healthcare, government, music, film, and more. Get to know this trend and related-SXSW sessions below that we think will dominate discussions this March.

The Blockchain Rises Trend

Blockchain technology at its core provides a transparent platform on which global transaction data is registered. The technology itself is growing increasingly more mainstream by the day as the price of Bitcoin, and other digital currencies which rely on blockchain technology, continue to skyrocket. The incredible volatility of the digital currency market has caught the attention of banks, entrepreneurs, investors, and spectators alike. The broad decentralization of data could become the next iteration of the Internet.

During SXSW 2018 sessions related to blockchain technology, hear from Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of the crypto-currency Ethereum, during Why Ethereum Is Going to Change the World to learn about his vision for a decentralized future enabled by blockchain technology. Learn from Neha Narula, Director of Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab, in the session Cryptocurrencies: A New Future for Money. Dive into how “programmable money” can be used to create new incentives within economic systems during Bitcoin and the New World of Programmable Money, and hear from Dominik Schiener, co-founder of IOTA Foundation, in the session Building a Machine Economy with IOTA.

New for 2018, SXSW will present a series of sessions on blockchain technology from March 14-15. Explore how blockchain technology has the potential to impact global economic systems during two full days of programming from the Startup & Tech Sectors Track.

If you’re a blockchain enthusiast, or already in the industry, be sure to add these sessions to your SXSW 2018 schedule and stay tuned for more programming announcements through March.

Blockchain Session Highlights

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