Speaker: Natalie Smolenski, Senior Vice President, Learning Machine
This talk introduces Blockcerts, a new type of digital record that is anchored to a blockchain and owned for life by recipients. Blockcerts empowers individuals who achieve vocational qualifications to take them anywhere in the world, share them with anyone they choose and verify them instantly and for free–without needing to contact the training provider or any records vendor to validate authenticity. Blockcerts are already being used for vocational training by community colleges and training programs around the world. This talk spotlights three real-world use cases: Central New Mexico Community College; the National Training Agency in the Bahamas; and the Institute for Tourism Studies in Malta.
Natalie Smolenski is an anthropologist who leads business development for Learning Machine, a blockchain technology firm. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.