IIITM-K to Hold Workshop on ‘Blockchain Technology’


Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) will organise a workshop on ‘Blockchain’, a cutting edge technology designed to provide a tamper-proof and immutable data storage system and transparency in digital applications, at Technopark here on March 3.

Described as the most promising technological innovation after the advent of Internet, the Blockchain technology leverages the idea of a distributed and decentralised ledger. The history of all the transactions that had ever occurred is stored in the ledger as ‘blocks’ and distributed across the decentralised peer-to-peer network. All the validated transaction blocks are linked from the beginning of the chain to the most recent block, hence the name ‘blockchain.’

A clutch of experts, including Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy, Senior Research Scientist, IBM Research Labs; Michael Gord, Blockchain Education Network and Harsh Pokharna, Blockchain System Architect Co-founder, will be the main speakers.

Dr. Asharaf S., Associate Professor, IITM-K, will chair the workshop which is to deliberate on a slew of issues like ‘Concept of Block Technology’, ‘Business Potentials’, ‘Research Opportunities’ and ‘Future Models and Practical Use Cases’.

The workshop will be held at Travancore Hall, Park Centre from 9 am to 5.15 pm. It will explore the upcoming research opportunities, business innovations and employment opportunities provided by blockchain technology.  A panel discussion will cover the upcoming ideas and challenges in the domain of blockchains.

There will also be sessions to explore the potential application of blockchains in various business domains like banking, supply chain, financial services (fintech), asset registry, decentralised IoT, inventory, identity management, healthcare and insurance.