Consensus 2015 Scholar Application

The digital currency summit Consensus 2015(http://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2015/), in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), is providing 50 diversity scholarships for the event on 10th September in New York City.

In a bid to increase diversity within the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space, the scholarships are being offered to people of color and women between 18 and 25 years of age. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form below!

Scholarship is for admission to Consensus 2015 only and unfortunately does not include travel or housing.

Final day to submit your application is Friday, August 28th, 2015.
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    Digital Currency for Social Impact

    Digital currencies like bitcoin are poised to make a dramatic impact on most people’s lives over the next decade. With more than $800 million invested in digital currency startups, many entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are building numerous companies on this emerging technology. There is also a growing interest among forward-thinking business and civic and philanthropic leaders who are exploring the social impact potential of digital currencies and blockchain technology. The reason for this is that the technology offers the possibilities for authoritative authentication of transactions, contracts and documents in a decentralized environment, with the expectation that done correctly, the information stored on it could not be deleted or manipulated by any person or institution. The transparency that comes with a publicly available ledger could then help curtail corruption, improve automation and dramatically lower costs for governments, NGOs and businesses. Moreover, in digitizing the function of exchange and bypassing fee-charging middlemen, cost-based barriers to entry could be significantly lowered – facilitating micro-payments, for one – so that previously unavailable services could be now be offered to people on low-incomes.
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