Consumers’ Research teamed up with Fintech Worldwide to organize and execute Blockchain Conference D.C., the 8th in Fintech Worldwide’s series of blockchain conferences around the globe, held Tuesday, August 2, at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at George Washington University. Panelists presented and discuss how blockchain technology is being applied to finance, commerce, real estate, smart contracts, identity, distributed autonomous organizations, global financial inclusion, supply chain transparency, and more. Panelists also discussed the digital currency regulatory environment, consumer protection concerns, and the future of blockchain tech.
Consumers’ Research hosted Bretton Woods 2016 from Sunday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. This was the second annual Bretton Woods workshop held by Consumers’ Research to examine bitcoin and blockchain technologies. The goal of this year’s workshop was to produce guiding principles on consumer protection best practices for businesses working with digital currencies and other blockchain-derived digital assets. Workshop participants included representatives from relevant legislative and regulatory bodies, as well as a diverse array of fintech, blockchain, and traditional financial industry leaders. Together, these experts developed a list of consumer rights as well as guiding principles intended to guarantee those rights for adoption by companies working with digital currencies and distributed ledger technologies in the financial services industry.
Consumers’ Research hosted “Bretton Woods 2015” from July 13, 2015 – July 15, 2015, an “under the radar” workshop at Omni Mount Washington Resort held in the spirit of the original Bretton Woods Conference. The purpose of the workshop was to gather a small group of experts from various backgrounds to drive consensus on the future of the perception, regulation, and adoption of blockchain technologies.
Workshop attendees included leaders of the Bitcoin community as well as several stakeholders of various relevant backgrounds not typically associated with Bitcoin. The workshop’s output is a white paper (see below) addressing the challenges of this new technology – how it is defined (in the media, by consumers, by the private sector, by policy makers), how it and its many use cases are regulated, and how it may shape consumer protection.
On July 22, 2015, Consumers’ Research hosted an intimate discussion of “Learning by Doing” with author James Bessen. In his book, Bessen makes the case that society shouldn’t be scared of the coming wave of automation, as technological advances have historically created wealth for societies. For those who will be replaced by robots, the solution is broader education and skill specialization, not stronger unions or government regulations that make work.
June 9, 2015 at noon: A casual lunch and discussion of the takeaways from the Necker Island Block Chain Summit featuring the announcement of a new blockchain initiative being spearheaded by Consumers’ Research.
May 20, 2015 at noon: A casual lunch to discuss the future of Bitcoin hosted by CR in preparation for the Block Chain Summit – a set of intimate discussions highlighting critical issues and solutions that can be addressed using Blockchain technology.