The Blockchain Society & Shyft Network Conference (execs only) & shyftHACK Developers Hackathon @ Rotman

On September 11th, The Blockchain Society & Shyft Network hosted a special conference for investors, regulators, corporate and blockchain thought leaders at Rotman School of Management. Speakers from Shyft Network, Canaccord, Globalive, HyperBlock, Boardwalk Tech, 7BC.VC, OMERS and Northeastern University spoke on multiple panels in front of a large crowd of curious business executives.

For the first time ever, we also ran a Developer Conference (#ShyftHack) concurrent to The Blockchain Society Thought Leadership Conference. The event’s theme was “games” – and the challenge for developers was to build a cool gamer score infrastructure incorporating Shyft's creditability score and attestation layer.

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At the conference, attendees had the chance to hear from keynote speaker Andrew Romans, who spoke about his blockchain focused hedge fund 7BC.VC and his two books.

Shyft’s keynote speaker, COO Juan Aja Aguinaco took the stage to discuss the administration and operation of Shyft network’s business, and the execution of the company’s business plan.

Robert Young, Managing Director of Research at Canaccord Genuity, Eric So, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Globalive and Rob Segal, President of HyperBlock shared some extremely valuable insight about current Blockchain Capital Markets. 

Afterwards Graham Majoribanks, a partner at BDO Canada LLP, moderated a panel about Crypto Leadership, during which Suzanne Ennis, SVP of Global Partnerships at Shyft Network and Sunny Ray, Co-founder & President of Unocoin their experiences as leaders within the crypto space.   

The final panel of the Blockchain Society & Shyft Network Leadership Conference was moderated by Aliza Lakhani, CEO and Dean of Northeastern University Toronto. The panelists addressed venture capital in the blockchain space, with comments from Andrew Roman, CEO and General Partner of blockchain focused VC & hedge fund 7BC.VC, Jim Orlando, managing partner of OMERS Ventures, and Rob Richards, co-founder of Plaza Ventures, a Toronto-based growth-stage tech VC. 

While business leaders spoke to the assembled crowd of execs investors, regulators, and blockchain thought leaders, next door The Blockchain Society and Shyft Network were also hosting #shyftHACK – a day long hackathon which saw teams of developers attempt to build a stand out gamer score infrastructure that incorporated Shyft's creditability score and attestation layer.

Chris Forrester, the CTO at Shyft Network, gave a workshop to the room about building out gaming dApps before the coding began.  A tight 8-hour timeline kept developers working hard throughout the duration of the competition, and at 8pm the winner was announced.

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By hosting both events simultaneously, The Blockchain Society and Shyft Network were able to convey the two very complex yet intertwined aspects of the blockchain industry: the suits and the Satoshi’s, the business execs and the developers, both working together towards creating opportunity within the blockchain space.

Aaron Ballantyne