There’s nothing better than meeting fellow enthusiasts to learn and share ideas. Fortunately there’s a number of ways to get involved with the Blockchain boom in Dublin. Many of these gatherings are open to both beginners and more experienced.
Meetup.com is a website which facilitates gatherings of enthusiasts of all types. Quite a few of these are technology related, with Blockchain being the fashionable choice at the moment. There’s a gathering ‘Blockchain forge‘ at the end of January which advertises itself as:
For the new and experienced, this is a monthly coderForge meetup for low format, technology agnostic, blockchain development ‘Forge’. These means that the meetup is there to be the missing bridge between the hobbiest, the educated and industry.
From this meetup we want to provide both an educational work-shop / resource, locally, and also a work-shop that produces applications that have practical use.
If you’re reading this after January, or fancy a look at whats coming up, here’s a few meetup groups to get you started:
Hackathons are one-off events where people get together to work and develop new (technical/coding) ideas over a short period of time. These are less frequent and tend to come up every couple of months. You have to be more proactive to find these.
There was a recent Law focused blockchain hackathon run by Matheson last November. There is another aviation-focused blockchain hackathon planned for 19th and 20th January 2018 – tickets are selling on eventbrite for €20. The event is being run by Comtrade, who sell the event as:
Let’s face it, the aviation industry is ripe for innovation. Overall, it could be safer, more careful about the luggage, less costly, more convenient, more intuitive, more personal. Could Blockchain technology actually help make it a bit better, cooler or safer?
Blockchain is especially helpful in security-critical processes. In Aviation, it could be a solution to convoluted, outdated processes. Or it could enrich loyalty programmes. In combination with Smart Contracts, Zero-knowledge proof and other technologies, new service levels could be unlocked, from which everybody – from airlines to the passengers could benefit.
The Blockchain Association of Ireland
For those looking to join an industry association, the most well known is the Blockchain Association of Ireland. They launched in December 2016 and run discussion groups, meetups and hosting summits. Personal membership of the association is €249 per year but comes with a list of benefits. The discussion groups are free to attend however. More details on the next discussion group here.