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The NYC Blockchain Center is Open: Visit Us and Explore Blockchain in NYC and Beyond

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The NYC Blockchain Center opened earlier this year in a 4,000-square-foot space in the Flatiron District. Now, as we move into Blockchain Week NYC 2019, we invite you to take a closer look at our community, our programs, and opportunities in NYC.

by Kimberly Quinones, Executive Director, NYC Blockchain Center

The NYC Blockchain Center is an inclusive focal point for NYC’s growing blockchain ecosystem, harnessing its energy and expertise to foster growth and innovation. It is a public/private partnership between NYCEDC; Future\Perfect Labs; and Global Blockchain Business Council, the private operators of the Center. The Center combines a welcoming meeting place with opportunities for engagement among entrepreneurs, blockchain experts, and everyday New Yorkers wanting to learn about blockchain. Individuals from local startups, global companies, academia, and government are all welcome.

I joined the Center in April 2019, coming from a background in finance and government—not tech and blockchain. Recognizing the potential for blockchain technology to have a powerful and positive impact on business and employment in NYC and beyond, I am excited to be part of the efforts to grow the blockchain ecosystem in NYC. 

What began as the underpinnings of cryptocurrency is now a technology that many major corporations are testing for core business applications. Corporations and entrepreneurs see the potential for using distributed ledger technology in some of the largest business sectors in NYC, including financial services, real estate, and healthcare. We are only beginning to see the effects of this technology.

The Center invites students, individuals, entrepreneurs, corporations, and government representatives to participate in our efforts to develop the blockchain sector in NYC. Start by attending our lively community gatherings, industry leader panels, and educational seminars, listed here on our calendar and open to all. 

Join the Center as a member and enjoy even more opportunities to actively participate. Members receive priority access to in-demand events and unique engagement opportunities throughout the year. We are startups, growth companies, corporations, individuals, and students, all sharing an interest in blockchain and growing the industry. Click here for more about our membership options and benefits and contact us with questions at [email protected].

Over 650 people have already passed through the Center for a mix of seminars, panel discussions, community meetups, and developer programs. We have tackled topics such as decentralized identity systems, crypto and taxes, and token engineering, and are hosting a day-long conference on “All Things Blockchain,” as part of NYC Blockchain Week. Blockchain 101 classes in Harlem, Bushwick, and at the Center, as well as a Blockchain 101 class en Español, have all been part of our offerings. We plan more activities in all five boroughs, continuing our programming beyond the Center.

The Center is open from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Please stop in during Blockchain Week and after, to fuel up with coffee, charge your devices, network with other blockchain enthusiasts, and learn more about the Center. 

--- Kimberly Quinones, Executive Director, NYC Blockchain Center

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