Evans presents What Every CIO Should Know about Blockchain at the IBM Cloud Forum

Forward-thinking CIOs attend the IBM Cloud and Innovation Forum to keep their fingers on the pulse of the future. An essential part of a chief information officer’s duties includes researching new technologies, developing strategies about how technology can provide business value and addressing the risks associated with digital information. TechTarget

That is what I will focus on in this presentation, empowering C Suite executives to educate, engage and evolve in order to remain on the leading edge of industry. Today we focus on three areas: smart contracts, the state, federal and global legislative and regulatory landscape, and intellectual property issues in blockchain.

Blockchain education is at the heart of mass adoption and implementation. That is also the focus of the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law Online Professional Certificate I developed and lead. We played a snippet of this video during the presentation.

Watch the full video now!

Evans talks branded coins and the next wave of #blockchainedu & #innovation at #VoiceofBlockchain

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I am excited to return to the second annual Voice of Blockchain Conference, touted as the only blockchain conference to bring a no-pitch event connecting the blockchain ecosystem VoB consists of three tracks of content: Corporate and Enterprise, Digital Assets and Markets, and Impact and Innovation.

Monday, September 30th at 10:55 AM (Main Stage)

Stablecoins

Competitive Analysis of Stablecoins, with my co-panelist Nik Tchouparaov (CEO, Moneyfold Ltd), is moderated by the dynamic Alexandra Pordromos (Chicago Blockchain Center). We will explore what stablecoins are and how the definition has changed over time, as the space has matured. We will share our thoughts about some of the most exciting use cases for stablecoins and critique the impact and future of “corporate coins” like Libra, Walmart, for example, and fiat-alternative stablecoins like JP Morgan’s JPMCoin, Wells Fargo’s new dollar-pegged coin pilot for ‘better, faster, cheaper’ cross-border settlement within its system.

[CB Insights Report on Stablecoins]

Of course, we cannot help but discuss whether the Libra hearings had a positive or negative effect on the crypto ecosystem and some hurdles to mainstream adoption and proliferation of stablecoins.

The Future of Innovation

In my second panel, Preparing for the Next Wave of Innovation we will discuss whether the future of blockchain is the future of all technology. This discussion will examine the changes in funding structures, innovation, and the evolution of how society organizes itself. From enterprise to decentralized ecosystems, we will discuss how blockchain is likely to evolve to become a part our everyday life and what is needed to get there. I will focus on the impact of blockchain and crypto on education, especially higher ed, and the impact of education on blockchain and crypto.

[Voice of Blockchain 2019 Agenda]

 

 

 

Next stop, SXSW and SXSW EDU 2020 … but only if you VOTE UP my Panel Proposals!

You have the power to get my South by Southwest® (SXSW®) panel proposals approved for SXSW 2020 and SXSW EDU 2020. Please, please click on each of the links below to vote, AND be sure to share with your networks so they can do the same. Voting ends on August 23rd.

HOW TO VOTE: Click “VOTE UP” on the left side of the screen once you click the links below. The “VOTE UP” box will turn yellow as a confirmation of your vote. If you don’t already have a SXSW account, you’ll have to create one. 

QUICK LINKS*

  1. Going Global: World Wide Education (SXSW EDU)
  2. Elect Tech 2020 (SXSW)
  3. I’m a Business, Man: How to “Expertize” Yourself (SXSW EDU)
  4. Tweeting While Black: You in Danger, Girl… (SXSW)
  5. Who Will Lead Us? (SXSW)
  6. Who Will Lead Us? (SXSW EDU)

*FYI: I am part of six SXSW/SXSW EDU pitches. I’d certainly appreciate you voting for all six. But if your long on enthusiasm but short on time, please at least vote for #1 and #2! Thank you!


GOING GLOBAL: WORLD WIDE EDUCATION

Delivery of education and related services is being disrupted and transformed. Educators who want to remain relevant in the future must make the shift now.

This SXSW EDU panel of experts will explore web-based classrooms, as well as blockchain other technologies poised to deliver education and credential verification more efficiently, effectively and less expensively. and its impact on the future education and the students we educate. The future is now.

Panelists:

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ELECT TECH 2020

Today’s political climate inextricably links the tech industry to politics, despite the industry’s resistance to threats of hacking, foreign influence, and #fakenews. Disruptive technologies like AR, VR, machine learning, and blockchain can address these threats. The presidential hopeful who best understands and leverages these tools will be the last candidate standing, if history is any indicator.

This SXSW panel of experts explores the phenomenon of candidates winning unwinnable presidential elections by using disruptive technology. It also identifies strategies that 2020 candidates can adopt to leverage disruptive technology. This includes both campaign integration and proposed policies, particularly the regulation of tech companies and “corpocurrencies” like Facebook’s Libra.

Panelists:

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I’M A BUSINESS, MAN: HOW TO “EXPERTIZE” YOURSELF

Many teachers and academics have cultivated a deep base of knowledge in the fields that they teach and/or research but may not consider themselves “experts.” If Malcolm Gladwell is right that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in any given field, most people are experts in something once they’ve put in the time.

This SXSW EDU panel will outline how teachers and academics can use their knowledge to become well-known experts, with opportunities for speaking, consulting, and book publishing.

Panelists:

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TWEETING WHILE BLACK: YOU IN DANGER, GIRL …

Twitter represents a frenetic dichotomy for black women. On one hand, Twitter is a place to converse publicly and build community. The success of Black Twitter is but one example of how black women thrive in the Twitterverse. On the other hand, Twitter can be dangerous for black women. A 2018 Amnesty International study found that black women are Twitter’s most targeted group. It showed that black women are 84% more likely than white women to receive abusive tweets. It also labeled 1 in 10 tweets about Black women as abusive or problematic, with those tweets being sent every 30 seconds.

This SXSW panel will address this Twitter dichotomy. From the research, to having a large following, to going viral, this diverse group of panelists will explore the present and future of black women on Twitter.

Panelists:

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Who Will Lead Us?

In a digital society, the very foundation of democracy relies on citizens and institutions to understand the digital. Schools, colleges, companies, and governments all play a critical role in developing a common language about digital media. Evidence suggests that despite the rapid diffusion and adoption of digital technologies, public discourse has not figured out how to train, educate and model meaningful discussion about the digital. In this panel, a group of scholar-practitioner-activists will lead the audience on a journey of agenda setting. What would a public education campaign about digital media and economies look like? And, what institutions do we need to build for ethical leadership of digital media discourses that affect everyone’s lives?

Panelists:

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Who Will Lead Us?

In today’s world, the very foundation of democracy relies on citizens and institutions to understand the digital. Schools, colleges, companies and governments play a critical role in developing common language about digital media. The stakes are high. We can’t govern tech companies if we don’t have a public language to talk about tech and values.

In this SXSW EDU panel, a group of scholar-activists will lead you on a journey of agenda setting. How do we talk about the stakes of a technological society?

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Dean Evans delivers Blockchain for Law Professors Webinar for AALS Summer Series

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Tonya-SXSW-49190This session, Educating Law Professors about Blockchain, is intended to introduce you to the technology and terminology and to highlight some prominent and promising use cases in education, generally, and legal education in particular. And also, at a more fundamental level, to encourage you to consider the vital and essential role of technology in the classroom and curricula at every level of education.

There are two basic ways that we, as educators, must be prepared for this latest technological wave of innovation. The first is to educate ourselves so that we can empower our students. The second is to understand how the technology is poised to disrupt, disintermediate and transform the education industry in some really exciting ways.

About the AALS Webinar: What Professors Need to Know About Blockchain

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law elevates Evans to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

tonya_evans-headshot_2019On July 1, 2019, Tonya M. Evans became Associate Dean of the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the first Black woman to hold the position in the school’s history. Dean Evans replaces Professor Michael McCann, Founding Director of the Franklin Pierce Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2017 to 2019.

Dean Evans has substantial expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and cryptographic assets), entrepreneurship & innovation, entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, like blockchain, as well as trusts and estates law issues.

Tonya-SXSW-49190Dean Evans, a full tenured professor, joined Franklin Pierce Law in the fall of 2017. She directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the school’s former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.

Dean Evans has demonstrable and proven leadership skills and an impressive track record serving on international boards, task forces, and committees:

 

  • Member, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board
  • Member, Consensys Grants Advisory Board (2019) (previous Committee Member)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Chair, Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. Board (2012-2019)
  • Member, International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency
  • Member, International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Member, The Accord Project Intellectual Property Working Group

Prior to Franklin Pierce Law, Dean Evans served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Inclusion & Equity at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, where she first earned tenured. She also served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law during the summer of 2016.

Dean Evans is a distinguished alumna of Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the Howard Law JournalNorthwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she attended on a full tennis scholarship; and Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

Fun facts: Dean Evans is a former professional tennis player and competed most notably in the U.S. Open in 1993, a published poet (SHINE! and Seasons of Her), business owner (Legal Write Publications and LIT Braintrust), podcast co-host, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a foodie, oenophile, and world traveler.

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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