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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 16:45 - 17:30

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An overview of digital currency technologies and where they might fit into the Dev world. Included in the discussion will be an explanation of how the blockchain works, as well as a comparative exploration of the mechanisms powering Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, and Dash. In addition to looking at ledger issues, we’ll also discuss security, privacy, and the emergence of platform-oriented systems like NXT. The discussion will be illustrated with examples of proven uses.

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Ric Shreves

Senior Communications Officer, Mercy Corps
Ric Shreves is the Senior Internal Communications Officer at Mercy Corps and a long time advocate for digital currency technologies. In addition to his work at Mercy Corps, he is the co-founder of Coin Academy, the first digital currency education site. He’s spoken on blockchain technologies at the Inside Bitcoin conferences in Asia and was involved in efforts to foster a Bitcoin economy on the island of Bali.

Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
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