Press Release: Bretton Woods 2015 – Blockchain Workshop

For Immediate Release:

Consumers’ Research Hosted Blockchain Workshop “Bretton Woods 2015”

Washington D.C. (July 15, 2015) – Consumers’ Research announced today that it 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 intended output of the workshop is a white paper 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.

During the event, participants outlined and began drafting sections of the white paper. Consumers’ Research is currently compiling, editing, and expanding upon sections of the draft white paper and will submit it to participants and collaborators for a one-week comment period. After all comments have been heard and addressed, the white paper will be released for public comment. Finally, the white paper will be submitted to relevant policy makers and regulators.

Quote from Consumers’ Research Executive Director Joe Colangelo: “I can ascribe all success of the workshop to the quality and open-minded nature of those in attendance. The delegates surpassed our expectations in thoughtfulness, knowledge, and willingness to hear opinions that contrasted sharply with their own. In the end, we will have a product that reflects a diverse set of opinions, backgrounds, and beliefs in how technology and policy interact. Above all, I’m optimistic about the future not only because of the strength of the underlying technology, but because leaders such as these are able to gather together, set their differences aside, and work to make the world a better place.”

Quote from participant Victoria van Eyk (with permission):

Victoria van Eyk ‏@victoriavaneyk  Jul 15

@BrettonWoods is by far the best #bitcoin conference I’ve been to. Great mix of people, from all ideological backgrounds; robust discussions

 

Event website: www.brettonwoods2015.com

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Kyle Burgess is the co-founder of two social enterprises and has worked in strategy, communications, and program management for a decade. Kyle received her Master’s degree in International Relations & Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from American University.

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