9 Oct, 2019

West Bengal to Host Global Blockchain Conference

Kolkata will host Global Blockchain Conference on December 18 and 19 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. It is slated to be organized by the State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Department.

Speakers will include, Rosine Kadamani, who’s the co-founder of Blockchain Academy, Brazil, Bart Preneel who’s a blockchain and cryptology expert from Belgium, Sreeram Anathasayanam whose designation reads as Partner Blockchain Practice at PWC, India.

According to the event’s website, “The aim of the event is to build a holistic ecosystem on Blockchain technology in West Bengal through knowledge sharing, workshops, awareness generation and providing a single platform for all stake holders – Industry, Academia, Startups, Corporates, Governments and Investors to understand, collaborate & explore the potential of Blockchain technology. The event will be hosting international acclaimed speakers on blockchain and 2000 enthusiast participants from Industry, Academia, Corporates, startups, Governments and Investors.”

In the past, there have been several initiatives by different Indian states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, among others. The event’s website further states, “As a first endeavor, the Department of Information Technology & Electronics had identified that blockchain technology can be harnesses in maintaining transparency in crowdfunding management of any project. Thus the first live application in the country on project based crowdfunding management on Blockchain was created by Webel under the aegis of Department of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal. The solution leveraged blockchain technology to ensure that every transaction made by the donor is not only secured through the art of complex cryptography but also is completely transparent & immutable. A fully auditable trail is maintained through distributed ledgers, which are indelible and unforgeable.”

We reached out to the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Bannerjee to ask her about the event. We will update the story if she responds.