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Blockchain Will Be A Hot Topic At CES

While most cryptocurrency day traders are focused on the ups and downs of Bitcoin, the real money is on the blockchain.

While most cryptocurrency day traders are focused on the ups and downs of Bitcoin, the real money is on the blockchain, which could hold the key to widespread acceptance of virtual funds.

To that end, the peer-to-peer technology, which theoretically provides a secure and open distributed ledger for permanently recording transactions, will be the focus of a series of cutting-edge conference sessions at next month’s CES.

Attendees can catch a dedicated blockchain program on the first day of the show (Tuesday, Jan. 9), when CES presents “The Digital Money Forum,” a day-long conference program presented by Synchrony Financial at The Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the discussion will shift to “The Future of Blockchain,” moderated by innovation consultant Andrew Vorster and featuring panelists Tabitha Creighton, senior VP, payment solutions, iQmetrix Software; Halsey Minor, founder/CEO, VideoCoin Network; and Adi Sideman, CEO/founder YouNow.

Separate sessions will consider Moving Business to the Blockchain (3:30-3:45 p.m.) and 100 Uses for the Blockchain (3:45-4:15 p.m.).

The discussions will be followed by an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Startup Competition (4:15-5:00 p.m.) and a networking cocktail event (5:30-7:00 p.m.).

Meanwhile, dovetailing for the first time with CES is the CoinAgenda Summit, a separate, four-year-old conference series for Bitcoin and digital currency investors. The event will feature thought leaders like Jay Samit, vice chairman, Deloitte; Patrick Byrne, founder/CEO of; and Brad Mills, analyst, Alphabit Digital Currency Fund, and kicks off Sunday night (Jan. 7), immediately following CES Unveiled at 8:00 p.m., for an opening party and blockchain media showcase at Aureole.

The conference then takes up residence at Caesar’s Palace, where 40 speakers/presenters, 75 exhibitors and upwards of 1,000 attendees will fill Palace Rooms II and III from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, followed by a closing party at Omnia Nightclub at 7:00 p.m. body>