114 Blockchain 101: An L&D Introduction to a Mysterious, Disruptive Technology
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, October 24
St. Thomas B
You’ve probably heard of bitcoin and how early adopters suddenly became millionaires by investing in this cryptocurrency. The underlying technology is called the “blockchain,” and this specific technology has the potential to shake up a lot of industries, including L&D and HR. However, for a lot of people, blockchain remains a mystery. What is blockchain? And how could it eventually affect learning and development?
This session will lead you on a journey of discovery, using concrete examples. The possible applications are numerous: recruitment, learning and development, payroll, etc. Blockchain can efficiently be applied to any area where HR and L&D exchange data and where identifiers and transactional processes are required. You’ll take a non-technical deep dive in this session to understand the blockchain lingo, the components, the actors, etc. And you’ll discuss whether, how, and when L&D will be affected by the blockchain. Prepare for the future!
In this session, you will learn:
- How the blockchain works
- The blockchain lingo
- Current blockchain use cases
- Future blockchain use cases
Developers and managers.
Technology discussed in this session:
Blockchain, Ethereum, and Hyperledger.
Mathias Vermeulen, the owner of Winston Wolfe—Innovative HR Solutions, has an eight-year track record in L&D and HR management. Mathias recently decided to start his own business. He received Belgian Learning & Development Awards in 2010 & 2011 and a nomination for 2013. Topics for the 2011 & 2013 awards are in the game-based learning and gamification domain.