The blockchain e-commerce/e-government revolution

Wednesday 9 November 2016

BCS, 1st Floor, the Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

6.30pm start. Finish 8.30pm

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.

Speaker: Immo Hüneke, Senior Software Engineer at Zühlke and Secretary of the London South Branch


As demonstrated by the huge excitement about Bitcoin and rival cryptocurrencies launched since 2009, blockchain-based applications have truly arrived. Public ledgers based on blockchain technology reduce the need to rely on trusted third parties in peer-to-peer transactions and public records by substituting an incorruptible self-supervised network of users.

The blockchain gives applications in many different sectors the ability to secure and confirm the validity of information, almost in real time and at a very low cost. This talk will show how these systems work and examine, with examples, the opportunities and risks for

  • Public services
  • Finance
  • Transport
  • Commerce
  • Legal
  • Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Internet of Things
  • Security
  • etc

Bring your laptop, as we'll perform some practical exercises if time permits.

About the speaker:

Immo Hüneke works as a senior software engineer for Zühlke Engineering Ltd. and also helps to organise the SPA specialist group's London meetings. In his career, he had the good fortune to ride a succession of technological waves - micro computing in the 1970s and 1980s, object orientation in the 1980s and 1990s, the Web explosion of the 1990s, the Open Source and Agile movements from the mid-1990s onwards and the move towards Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things in the 2000s and 2010s. Could blockchain technologies represent the start of the next wave?


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