So about last week … The Enterprise Blockchain Awards at #BRG2019 were magic! Big win for #UNHLawBlockchain

Honoring the foremost thinkers, leaders, and builders in enterprise blockchain technology, the Enterprise Blockchain Awards (EBA), held during the Blockchain Revolution Global 2019 Conference, unveiled the winners at a gala ceremony in downtown Toronto. Bringing together the brightest and best of the international community, the ceremony featured a special performance by award-winning musician and technologist Imogen Heap and hosted by comedians Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath.

The judges were overwhelmed with the unanticipated number of nominations. Many categories were hotly contested. In fact, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, head of the EBA judging panel, noted “we were  very happy to have received over 100 nominations from around the world.”

The Awards Panel assessed nominations in five categories: New Frontier in Enterprise Blockchain Research, Innovative Entrepreneurship in Blockchain, Young Leaders, Enterprise Blockchain Transformation, and Blockchain Leadership. The latter, the category for which I received the EBA, honored “an executive who has championed blockchain for their industry.”

My nomination was based on my work to develop, direct, and teach in the University of New School of Law’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law online professional certificate program.

The program launched Spring 2019 and was the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive certificate that includes Blockchain and the Law Fundamentals, Tokenomics & Crypto Regulations, Data Privacy & Data Integrity, Smart Cities, Blockchain for Social Impact, as well as coverage of blockchain law issues in sports, entertainment, and healthcare use cases.

For more information and to register for the fall session, visit law.unh.edu/blockchain.

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The 2019 winners are:

Blockchain Leadership

This category honors executives who have championed blockchain for their industries and organizations:

Enterprise & Industry Leadership

Dale Chrystie, FedEx

Governance & Policy Leadership

Tonya M. Evans, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Community & Ecosystem leadership

Bernie Moreno, Ownum

[See the full list of Enterprise Blockchain Award Winners and categories]

Next stop … #SXSW for its first Blockchain Track & #BusinessontheBlock

IP, Brand and Blockchain: #BusinessontheBlock

Open blockchain protocols are generally based on open-source software, where intellectual property rights (patent, copyright, trademark) are generally not pursued. But when software developers build decentralized applications on top of open, distributed platforms, questions of IP ownership soon follow.

Additionally, building a product or service “on the block” requires savvy entrepreneurs and owners to manage and leverage trademark and trade secret rights and protections. Our panel will explore all of these essential topics.

Engage with us on Twitter via #BusinessontheBlock and @IPProfEvans @ShontaviaJEsq @KateBaucherel. We’ll be live streaming the presentation via Twitter.

March 14-16, 2019 | Interactive Track

For the first time ever, SXSW will include a specific blockchain track.

During Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Track sessions, hear from educators, technologists, investors, creators and industry leaders as they explore the ways in which blockchain technologies are being deployed and discover the power of digital currencies that are fueling the exponential rise of this technology across all industries.

See a complete list of all blockchain and cryptocurrency track sessions at SXSW 2019

Professor Evans presents @ Women in Blockchain & GA-Boston Event Tues 2/5

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The last decade has seen blockchain technology grow from an anarchic financial experiment to a global engine for organizational and societal change.

Join Women in Blockchain and General Assembly for a panel discussion on the history and future of blockchain.

We will chart the path from pre-Bitcoin computer science breakthroughs, to Bitcoin and the rise of alternative currencies, through Ethereum and the rise of smart contracts, arriving at the present day explosion of tokens, enterprise networks, and regulations governing blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Schedule:

  • 6:30 – 6:45 pm: Networking
  • 6:45 – 8:00 pm: Introductions and Panel Discussion
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm: Q&A and Networking

Meet the Panelists:

  • Jagathi Gururajan, Technology Executive, High Growth Global Companies
  • Tonya M. Evans, Chair, IP & Technology Online Programs, University of New Hampshire
  • Lindsay Nuon, Founder, Women of Color in Blockchain

To secure your spot to this event, please register here: https://ga.co/womeninblockchain

*In Partnership with General Assembly*

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love. Learn more at https://ga.co.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law: an online key to unlocking the future of business, tech & law

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When I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole of the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, I had no idea I’d turn into part-expert, part-evangelist. But here I am. And because you found your way to this post, here you are too! So we are in great company.

Blockchain Education @ UNH Law

After spending the better part of every waking hour fully immersed in the space by writing, speaking and crafting a curriculum and program, we are starting to enjoy the fruits of our labor here at UNH Law in launching a host of innovative course offerings in partnership with iLaw Ventures (a BARBRI company).

Education about blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other crypto assets, is essential. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, law students, lawyers and business professionals, as the blockchain community continues to develop the infrastructure of Web 3.0.

Honored to be a part of the #blockchainedu build

Coindesk published a substantive article, written by Leigh Cuen, to highlight exclusive details about the UNH Law online certificate program. Cuen’s article also explored the state and, more importantly the future, of blockchain education, in general. Program details are noted below. But here is an excerpt from the article:

It’s not a bear market for everyone.

“A crypto winter for the price is a crypto summer for attorneys,” said Jason Civalleri, adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School. “As the price sinks, you have a lot of demand for legal services.”

That’s why UNH Law is rushing to offer a new certificate program in blockchain and cryptocurrency. As exclusively told to CoinDesk, over 100 students have expressed interest in the program, which will feature of slew of industry players as guest lecturers – including Hester Peirce of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ethereum Foundation researcher Vlad Zamfir and MyCrypto CEO Taylor Monahan.

Read the full article: Lawyers Rush In: New UNH Blockchain Program Nabs Big-Name Speakers

About the BC&L Certificate Program

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Media Alert: Evans on “After the Blockchain Bubble” Wharton Biz Radio, SiriusXM 132 (12/17 @ Noon-2P)

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Today, Monday, December 17, 2018, Professor Tonya M. Evans will join Wharton Business Radio host, professor and author, Kevin Warbach, for the “After the Blockchain Bubble” episode to discuss the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Professor Evans will discuss her quest to educate educators about blockchain and the exciting future of blockchain in education, including her January launch of the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s online certificate program: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law.

UNH Law has been a Top-10 ranked intellectual property (IP) program ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking IP programs 27 years ago. Now, UNH Law is proud to pioneer the study of the next frontier of IP innovation: blockchain.

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The full power-packed slate of guests includes (in order of appearance): Michael Casey, Jalak Jobanputra, Amber Baldet, Tim Swanson, Caitlin Long, and Marco Santori.

SHOW DESCRIPTION: Cryptocurrency prices have crashed and blockchain applications have not gained traction. What comes next? Will we look back on this time as the end of an overhyped fad, or a speed bump in the development of a major technological revolution? Wharton Professor Kevin Werbach talks with seven experts in a variety of fields all relating to different aspects of blockchain. Together we’ll discuss the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Kevin Werbach is the author of “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust” and a Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School.

Tune in. Call in 844-WHARTON.

Air Date: Monday, December 17, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

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The theme of 2018? On a mission, on a roll, on a plane!

On a mission, on a roll, on a plane!

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I know it’s not over yet, but 2018 has already been one filled with amazing opportunities, experiences and accomplishments for me. I joined the phenomenal faculty at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in the fall of 2017. Since that time it has been planes, trains, and automobiles.

It feels like I created my own “Where in the world is Professor Evans” game as I traveled the world to share my experiences and expertise about the intersections of intellectual property and technology, with a decided focus on blockchain and IP. Reminds me a lot of my life before law school when I traveled the world as a professional tennis player. So I guess all of my experiences have prepared me for this moment in time.

IP Advisory

I was thrilled to be one of the faculty members featured in this month’s Franklin Pierce IP News,  which highlights some of the impressive accomplishments of UNH Law faculty. My highlight focused on a recent nomination by Judge Patricia Elaine Campbell-Smith, and appointment by Chief Judge Margaret M. Sweeney, to the IP Committee of the Advisory Council to the US Court of Federal Claims.

Blockchain Worldwide

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IP + Blockchain = Geneva!

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|Learn more about the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law Online Certificate|

My trip to Geneva has been marvelous. What a beautiful city with wonderful people here in the epicenter of global initiatives for diplomacy and business. I am fortunate to have visited here during the General Assemblies because there is so much going and so many thought-leaders from around the world in the city currently. Makes for rich opportunities to connect.

Yesterday, I participated in an invitation-only. roundtable discussion, hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), on the issue of disruptive technologies and trade for sustainable development. I shared remarks about the impact of blockchain technology on IP and international trade. This was a wonderful next step after my remarks about international dispute resolution at the Blockchain Central conference held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.

Today, I present at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Lunchtime Learning for over 150 WIPO lawyers and staff. I will give an overview of blockchain’s distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. And then take a closer look at some of the copyright, patent and trademark issues and implications of blockchain.

Not many lawyers are actively practicing in this space, although the numbers are growing. It is still very early, even though the Bitcoin blockchain was first released in 2009. But there is a lot of new technology and use cases of interest to clients, organizations and policymakers. So lawyers need to be out ahead of these innovations and in a position to advise clients about how their businesses are going to be impacted. And how their businesses or governments might leverage the technology, if appropriate.

Lawyers do not necessarily need a technological background to have a robust practice in this space or achieve a depth of knowledge. I do not have a technological background, I’m just a (very cool and creative) nerd and life-long learner with a father who’s a doctor and a mother who’s a patent attorney. But for lawyers having some computer science or STEM background, or who commit to unpacking and truly understanding this technology, those lawyers will surely enrich their area of subject matter expertise and increase the value-add to servicing clients and, perhaps, using this technology to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Clients are either in an industry that will be disrupted or want to invest in those technologies or have to deal with their own customers’ questions about Blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts. There is a hunger for information in order to, among other things, honor the 2030 SDG 9 regarding innovation and to figure out what this means for intellectual property now and in the future. And that’s where we as lawyers supply added value. That’s where we problem solve and, if we’re successful, where play a vital role in transforming the world.