UCA Public Lecture May 23rd: Blockchain Technology: The New Internet

Date: 23 May 2018
May 23rd 2018, 4:00 pm: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
May 29th 2018: 2:00 pm: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Public Lecture on "Blockchain Technology": The New Internet in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on May 29th at 14:00 has been postponed. We will let you know when it is rescheduled.

Shaan Muhammad Khan
Chief Executive Officer, UExel Pvt Ltd., Islamabad, Pakistan
Founder, UConnect, Gilgit, Pakistan
Founder, Passenger.pk, Pakistan
Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder, Consuldents Inc., USA/Pakistan

Abstract
The digital world has produced efficiencies, new innovative products, and close customer relationships globally by the effective use of mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, analytics and cloud technology to generate models for better decisions. Blockchain is recently introduced and revolutionising the digital world, bringing a new perspective to security, resiliency and efficiency of systems. While initially popularised by Bitcoin, Blockchain is much more than a foundation for cryptocurrency. It offers a secure way to exchange any kind of good, service, or transaction. Industrial growth increasingly depends on trusted partnerships; but increasing regulation, cybercrime and fraud are inhibiting expansion. To address these challenges, Blockchain will enable more agile value chains, faster product innovations, closer customer relationships, and quicker integration with the IoT and cloud technology. 

A blockchain is essentially a distributed database of records or public ledger of all transactions or digital events that have been executed and shared among participating parties. Each transaction in the public ledger is verified by consensus of a majority of the participants in the system. And, once entered, information can never be erased. The blockchain contains a certain and verifiable record of every single transaction ever made. Bitcoin, the decentralized peer ¬to¬ peer digital currency, is the most popular example that uses blockchain technology. The digital currency bitcoin itself is highly controversial but the underlying blockchain technology has worked flawlessly and found wide range of applications in both financial and non-¬financial world. In this talk, Muhammad Khan will present what is blockchain, how it will be used in different sectors in coming years, and how it's changing the internet for good.

Biography
Shaan Muhammad Khan is a software engineer, an entrepreneur and software consultant.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at UExel International PVT LTD, a software solution company, Founder of a new startup Passenger.pk, a long route ride sharing and hailing app for mountainous regions of Pakistan, as well as the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Consuldents Inc., an online platform which helps industry and academia to connect for collaboration. He holds a Bachelors degree in Software Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology, Pakistan and adiploma in leadership from the Swedish Institute in Sweden. He is a digital evangelist, advocates for open internet and open data to use Information Communication and Technology (ICT) for social good. He is a Fellow of the United Nations Alliance for Civilisations, US State Department Professional Fellow and the Young Connectors of Future South Asia. 
 
Location
May 23rd
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
2nd Floor Conference Room.

May 29th
University of Central Asia
School of Professional and Continuing Education, Dushanbe
47A Druzhba Narodov Avenue
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Conference Room #310

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English.

Registration
We would highly appreciate if you kindly confirm your participation by email myrza.karimov@ucentralasia.org.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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