September 12, 2017
Emerging Application of Blockchain for Supply Chains
Cambridge, MA 02139
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As consumers, we want to know that the food we eat is safe and (in some cases, such as fine wines) that it’s provenance is authentic. We want to know with certainty that the gold, diamonds, and electronics we buy are not funding conflicts. And that the products we buy are not counterfeits. Supply chain managers want to track condition, location, and remove friction from global supply chains. Blockchain/ distributed ledger technology holds promise in solving these problems, with applications in socially responsible supply chains, traceability/provenance/chain-of-custody tracking, anticounterfiting, condition monitoring, customs and compliance, trade finance, and other areas that can benefit from a shared, immutable ledger.
Some of these have already been implemented, tracking millions of products; but most are still in development or pilot phase. However, the level of activity and investment is becoming intense and we expect rapid developments in this arena. In this session, we will hear from CEOs, founders, and technology experts at the companies on the forefront of this ongoing digital transformation of supply chain. You will learn:
- What are the various opportunities of using blockchain in the supply chain, which hold the most potential, and what implementations are providing value right now?
- How is or can blockchain be combined with other technologies, such as IoT, to tackle supply chain challenges in new ways?
- What are the hurdles for widespread adoption?
You won’t want to miss this provocative and engaging session (including ample audience Q&A) with the leaders on the forefronts of these new developments.
Michael Casey, Senior Advisor - Blockchain Research, MIT Media Lab