Blockchain: hope or hype?

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 24 September

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has an almost unlimited number of applications beyond finance. From digital identities to kidney transplants, blockchain technology solves the problem of intermediary trust between parties without a central authority. But how does the blockchain work? And has its usefulness been overstated? Join John Domingue and Sajida Zouarhi to find out more about this exciting technology and see how it is being implemented in real-world situations, in this joint event with the Embassy of France.

About the speakers

John Domingue is the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University and the President of STI International, a semantics focused networking organization. He has published over 250 refereed articles (h-index 50) in the areas of semantics, the Web, and eLearning. His current work focuses on how blockchains (which underpins Bitcoin) can enhance educational value ecosystems and its relationship to Linked Data. He currently serves as Theme Leader for the UK’s National Institute of Coding; the OU representative to W3C; the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ESWC Conference Series, and on the Applied Ontology Journal and Journal of British Blockchain Association’s editorial boards. From January 2015 to January 2018 he served as the Project Coordinator for the European Data Science Academy which aimed to address the skills gap in data science across Europe.

You can find him on Twitter: @johndmk

Sajida Zouarhi is a Blockchain Architect at Consensys (formerly R&D engineer in Critical Data management). She is the founder of the Kidner Project and has been contacted by the WHO to help prevent Kidney Traffic with Blockchain.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


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