Charles Hoskinson will be the keynote of the Blockchain conference

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Cryptocurrency expert Charles Hoskinson – founder of Cardano (ADA cryptocurrency), founder of IOHK and former co-founder of Ethereum – will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Blockchain for Business conference, hosted by the Blockchain Center of Excellence at Sam M. Walton College of Business at U of A.

The Blockchain for Business 2021 conference is a free online event that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, October 8. Students, executives, industry practitioners, and academics from around the world, as well as those located in Northwest Arkansas, are invited to attend. Register now.

Learn from experts on topics like corporate leadership, sustainable supply chains, decentralized finance, tokenization, scalable system architecture, inclusive design, food and drug safety, let them -pass digital health and more with companies and researchers focused on technology and digital ecosystems.

Hoskinson is a Colorado-based tech entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University in Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder to study analytical number theory before entering cryptography through industry exposure.

His professional background includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held various positions in the public and private sectors. He was the founding chair of the Bitcoin Foundation Education Committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013.

Hoskinson’s current projects focus on educating people about cryptocurrency, being an evangelist for decentralization, and making crypto tools easier to use for the general public. This includes leading the research, design and development of Cardano, a third-generation cryptocurrency launched in September 2017.

For more information on the conference and to see other guest speakers, visit

The Blockchain Center of Excellence board members sponsoring the event are Accenture, ArcBest, EY, FedEx, FIS, Golden State Foods, IBM, JB Hunt Transport Inc., McKesson, Microsoft, Tyson Foods and Walmart.

About the Blockchain Center of Excellence: The Blockchain Center of Excellence was created in May 2018 within the Information Systems Department. The centre’s mission is to make Sam M. Walton College of Business a leading academic leader in the research and education of blockchain-enabled digital technologies and ecosystems.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $ 2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world on Arkansas Research News.

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