April 3, 2018 Become a Blockchain Guru at Meet Berlage’s New Blockchain Lab

Into blockchain? Know nothing about blockchain, but want to learn more — and how it could benefit your business? Come to Meet Berlage’s new “Blockchain lab,” now in the Lotenzaal every Tuesday.

The lab, called #blockDAM and initiated by Blockchain Workspace, offers the possibility to interact, network and collaborate with other blockchain experts, enthusiasts and newbies. You’ll learn what Blockchain Technology actually is and how it works, as well as how to start building it yourself.

What is blockchain?

While the word is being thrown around more and more, very few fully understand what it actually is. In a nutshell, blockchain (also called trustware) is a groundbreaking new application that enables more efficient processes and secure interactions through cryptography. The technology will become more and more important as time goes on.

The organizer, Henk van Cann, is recognized as a blockchain expert in the Dutch blockchain community. When his team was on the hunt for a great location in Amsterdam to hold the lab, the Meet Berlage stood out as the ideal environment.

"The idea is to have a decentralized organization that has a fixed day of the week to co-work on blockchain knowledge sharing, spreading the word, and meetups in a specific location, and we are very happy Meet Berlage partnered on this for the Tuesdays in Amsterdam," he said.

Why is blockchain important?

"It is a life changing event if you get it. If you don't, no worries: it'll hit  you like a friendly tsunami in 5 or 10 years time, because the technology is all-encompassing and will be present everywhere under the hood of every days tools and applications."

"The inspiration we get from visitors is due to their sudden awareness that 'our' technology is going to change society as we know it," he added. "The shiny eyes, the expressions of joy, once they 'get it'."

In fact, learning about cryptocurrency has caused many past members to change their work drastically: "The impact we strive for is that anyone, in his / hers own pace, can grasp the fundamental features of this new technology and do with that whatever he or she likes."

In addition to the weekly lab, Henk’s team is also starting a monthly meetup at the Meet Berlage, which will begin in May.

What can people expect when they come?

"Start in the listening mode. Work next to us and keep your ears and eyes open. Note what you don't know, and Google will teach you. Then in the next stage: Tell us what you do, what you need. Maybe blockchain is the right answer, mostly not. You will learn through presentation during the co-working day, and while attending the monthly meetups."

Want to join the lab?

All you have to do is select the “Blockchain Open Network” option when registering on the Seats2Meet website.

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