This weekend, a student-run organization from Johns Hopkins University will host a free Web3-focused event that features a panel of venture capitalists accepting project proposals from attendees.
[email protected]‘s Web3 Conference takes place on Saturdays, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the university Fast forward U building in Remington. It is intended for an audience with varying levels of experience with blockchain technology. To this end, the conference has panelists like venture capitalists Daniel Niklas and Porter Smith of Capital Picus and Andreessen Horowitzit is Crypto a16z funds, respectively. Dr. Jim Liewassociate professor at Hopkins who teaches a course on blockchain, will also participate in the panel.
Founder of [email protected] Rohit Bhat said the event aims to help anyone interested in Web3 understand that these are really about new protocols for the Internet, not just NFT.
“If you come from a naive point of view, it’s hard to know or feel like someone isn’t trying to get money from you,” Bhat said. Technically. “A big part of what we do is to make information accessible to everyone. They can come, they can learn. It’s a place to ask questions.
Bhat has been working with blockchain technology for five years. He’ll be graduating with his master’s degree in cybersecurity in two weeks; In the fall, he will begin a doctorate. program in computer science, with a focus on blockchain technology, at UCLA. David Thomasa freshman computer science major at Hopkins and president of [email protected], will take over the organization after Bhat graduates.
The parents of both leaders are serial entrepreneurs. Bhat discovered the blockchain thanks to a friend who introduced him to the creator of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto‘s, “The Book of Satoshi”, while Thomas learned the basics of Web3 from his mother. Thomas used his later learning to start Tyzehis own company that uses blockchain to support a real estate stock market.
While the upcoming conference will be largely focused on decentralized finance, the organizers plan to have a broad conversation about what blockchain is – and what Web3 can be.
“We have crypto professors and people who have never bought crypto before [coming to the conference]”, said Thomas. “We hope that everyone takes something away from this. Both towards the beginning of the discussion and towards the end of the discussion, we will have points that will be invaluable for people who have not never touched blockchain before.
Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-