Past Event: Block by Block: Looking to the Future of Blockchain

Tuesday May 2, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | SIE Complex, Maglione Hall, DU

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blockchain book titled Reinventing the Supply Chain A 21st-Century Covenant with America
“Could this unexplained, unexpected, and surprising event be the blockchain system, the super-lubricant of the new peer-to-peer, community-based supply chain system?... Blockchain can be that game-changing transactional process to enable peers to connect more fluidly in both information and finances, providing a 21st-century for markets.”
Reinventing the Supply Chain: A 21st-Century Covenant with America
Jack Buffington, Joint Appointment, Assistant Prof. of the Practice 
Daniels College of Business & University College

blockchain book titled Blockchain in Life Sciences
“Blockchain is demonstrating the potential to transform life sciences research, allowing more data capabilities and innovation... blockchain is revolutionizing almost every industry. Blockchain has emerged as a disruptive technology, which has not only laid the foundation for all crypto-currencies, but also provides beneficial solutions in other fields of technologies.”
Blockchain in Life Sciences
Dr. Wendy Charles
Chief Scientific Officer, BurstIQ
Faculty Member, University College

After an exciting and informative symposium in the fall, Community + Values is thrilled to announce the second part of our 2022 - 2023 C+V Symposium Series on Blockchain on May 2, 2023! DU faculty members, students, alumni, and industry experts will present the future of Blockchain in different fields.

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform various industries by enabling secure, decentralized and transparent record-keeping systems. The widespread adoption of blockchain technology in areas such as finance, the arts, supply chain management, healthcare, real estate, higher education, and more has only just begun -- this powerful technology will lead to greater efficiency, cost savings, and new business models.

You are invited to attend the second of our C+V Symposium Series as we discuss technological advancements, unique uses, regulatory frameworks, and beyond of Blockchain. See the schedule of events below.

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This Community + Values Symposium was planned in partnership with: 

Office of the ProvostCollege of Arts, Humanities & Social SciencesDaniels College of BusinessDaniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science; University CollegeEntrepreneurship@DUEmployer Connections, AdvancementDU Student Web3 ClubSustainability Council

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Join us in learning more about the future of Blockchain!

  • 12:00 pm  12:45 pm: Ethical Implications of Blockchain Technology presented by Dr. Wendy Charles, Chief Scientific Officer, BurstIQ; UCOLL Faculty Member
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Three Lightning Round Talks
    • Art After the NFT Storm presented by Professor Christopher Coleman, CAHSS
    • Web 3 and the Future of the University Student Experience presented by Matt Romo Nichols, DU Web3 Club President
    • Reports from the Bleeding Edge: Crypto-Assets and the Law presented by William “Wil” Wenzel, Esq., Owner, Red Road Legal, PC
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Networking Hour & Reception

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Ethical Implications of Blockchain Technology

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Dr. Wendy Charles will explore the ethical implications of using blockchain technology and how blockchain can be used for social good. In this thought-provoking exploration of the ethical considerations surrounding the use of blockchain technology, she will explore ethical dilemmas that can arise when using this emerging technology.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the potential societal impacts and the importance of ethical decision-making when implementing blockchain solutions.

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Dr. Wendy Charles
Chief Scientific Officer, BurstIQ
Faculty Member, Information and Communications Technology

University College, University of Denver
  • Learn more about Dr. Charles

    Dr. Wendy Charles describes a 30-year passion for health-related research with a strong background in operations and regulatory compliance. She currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at BurstIQ, a digital health transformation company specializing in blockchain and artificial intelligence. She is thrilled to serve as an adjunct faculty member at DU where she teaches courses about digital health and blockchain. Dr. Charles currently serves on the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum Expert Panel, Government Blockchain Association healthcare working groups, and IEEE working groups designing standards for blockchain technologies. She is also involved as an Associate Editor and peer reviewer for academic journals. Dr. Charles obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Science with a specialty in Health Information Technology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is certified as an Institutional Review Board Professional, Clinical Research Professional, and Blockchain Professional.

Lightning Round Talks

1:00 - 2:00 pm

In three lightning-round talks, presenters will dig deeper into the implications of Blockchain as a transformative tool of the future and the impact it can have on peoples’ daily lives. They will discuss how Blockchain can be connected to DU’s public good mission while also understanding the impact that Blockchain can have on people and the planet.


Arts & the Blockchain: Art After the NFT Storm

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Christopher Coleman
Professor, Emergent Digital Practices
Director, Clinic for Open Source Arts

Now that both NFT and crypto markets have come back to earth, we can start to have long-term conversations about lessons we learned in the art world and how blockchains have a role in to the future. We will see how artists and art markets are now using blockchains, how artists are making work on and about the blockchain, and how artists and art institutions are thinking about blockchains for archiving and proving ownership.

Learn more about Chris: Chris Coleman was born in West Virginia and he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo in New York. His work includes sculptures, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 25 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. He currently resides in Denver, CO and is a Professor of Emergent Digital Practices and the Director of the Clinic for Open Source Arts at the University of Denver.

Web 3 and the Future of the University Student Experience

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Matthew "Matt" Romo Nichols
Web3 Club President
Fourth-year student, DU

Matthew Romo Nichols, the current President of the University of Denver's Web 3 club, will investigate the potential influence of Web 3 protocols on future university student experiences. The discussion will delve into the transformative effects of Web 3 in academic areas such as credentialing, data ownership, and research collaboration. By harnessing the advantages of decentralized and distributed technologies, students can anticipate more tailored learning experiences, greater transparency in academic records, better integration with urban environments, and strengthened cross-institution collaborations in the future.

Learn more about Matt: Matt is currently a forth-year student attending the University of Denver on a full-ride academic scholarship, majoring in the Business of the Built Environment. He has a variety of work experience from the service industry, marketing, sales, contract negotiation, Web3 as well as real estate development.

DU Web3 Club

Crypto & Law: Reports from the Bleeding Edge

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William “Wil” Wenzel, Esq.
Owner, Red Road Legal, PC

Crypto's wild-west is a distant memory and there's a new sheriff in town. How do courts and the SEC view the (relatively) new assets and organizations coming out of the crypto industry? We'll look at the state of the law impacting crypto-assets and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to divine a path forward.

Learn more about Wil: One of the first blockchain lawyers in California, Colorado, and Texas, William S. Wenzel founded his law firm with a vision of providing compassionate counsel to entrepreneurs and their businesses. Emphasizing distributed ledger technology integration, the office is outside general counsel to companies in industries like real estate, aerospace, technology, and finance. Among other “cradle to sale” business legal services, the law firm provides formation planning, employee and asset acquisition, contract drafting and negotiation, governance, risk analysis, and mergers and acquisitions assistance. Beyond assisting transactions, his office has a consistent record of favorable business litigation outcomes in state and federal court.
2022 Amendments to the Universal Commercial Code
Exercise Caution with Crypto Asset Securities: Investor Alert

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Networking Hour

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for the final section of the symposium to network, connect, and discuss how Blockchain can be used in various fields, disciplines, and industries with colleagues and industry experts!

Featured DU Blockchain Experts!

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Blockchain in Life Sciences by Dr. Wendy Charles
In her book*, Dr. Wendy Charles highlights the latest advances on the implementation and adaptation of blockchain technologies in real-world scientific, biomedical, and data applications. It presents rapid advancements in life sciences research and development by applying the unique capabilities inherent in distributed ledger technologies.

The book unveils the current uses of blockchain in drug discovery, drug and device tracking, real-world data collection, and increased patient engagement used to unlock opportunities to advance life sciences research. This paradigm shift is explored from the perspectives of pharmaceutical professionals, biotechnology start-ups, regulatory agencies, ethical review boards, and blockchain developers. This book enlightens readers about the opportunities to empower and enable data in life sciences.

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*Available to download on the DU Libraries system

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Blockchain Compliance by Design: Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain in Clinical Research by Wendy Charles, Natalie Marler, Lauren Long & Sean Manion

As clinical research moves toward real-world data capture with increased data sharing, there is a growing need for patient-centered technologies that ensure data authenticity and promote researcher and patient access. Blockchain is one of an emerging set of distributed ledger technologies with the potential to offer both research data transparency and trust, while offering robust security measures. As blockchain-based systems are being developed for clinical research applications, these systems may be required to follow state and federal research regulations, such as ethical protections for human participants and data privacy. Blockchain developers and research organizations alike are struggling to identify and interpret these regulatory requirements. Further, regulatory agencies and policymakers have not yet provided blockchain stakeholders with clear guidelines to achieve compliance. This article provides an introduction to the clinical research and health information privacy regulations in the United States as well as data design standards and electronic signature laws. We also offer recommendations for blockchain developers, researchers, and research organizations for achieving compliant blockchain solutions in clinical research.

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Growing Pains: Cryptocurrency Crashes, the Blockchain and the Future of Finance | RadioEd

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In this episode, Joshua Ross, a professor at the University of Denver, and Peter Vigna, a veteran journalist who pioneered coverage of cryptocurrencies at The Wall Street Journal discuss the history of cryptocurrencies, what caused the recent cryptocurrency crash, what Sam Bankman-Fried did wrong, potential future applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and much more.

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Reinventing the Supply Chain A 21st-Century Covenant with America | Jack Buffington

blockchain book titled Reinventing the Supply Chain A 21st-Century Covenant with America

Reinventing the Supply Chain explores the historical role of supply chains in the global economy, outlines where the system went wrong and what needs to be done to fix it, and demonstrates how a retooled supply chain can lead to the revitalization of American communities. Jack Buffington proposes a transformation of the global supply chain system into a community-based value chain, led by the communities themselves and driven by digital platforms for raising capital and blockchain technology.

Buffington proposes new solutions to problems that have been decades in the making. With clear analysis and profound insight, Buffington provides a clear roadmap to a more durable and efficient system.

Explore the Book

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University of Denver Web3 Club

Join the Web3 Club as they dive into the world of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and everything web3. Topics ranging from NFTs, DAOs, DeFi, Societal Impacts, and much more! Their purpose is to establish a presence at DU that educates and inspires others in our locale and outward to want to talk, interact, and develop action about blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

Learn more & join

Eleven Questions with Joshua Ross: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

Daniels expert shares more on cryptocurrency and blockchain’s place in U.S. banking.


Studying Business’ Cutting Edge

Hands-on exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies for Daniels’ students.


A Deeper Dive into Cryptocurrency With Joshua Ross

Eight more questions with the director of Entrepreneurship@DU,


Accelerate Webinar Series: Demystifying Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin

We keep hearing about these trends that are going to change everything - blockchain, cryptocurrency, and bitcoin - but what do they really do and what does that actually mean? This session is an introduction and overview of these technologies with Q&A at the end.

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Leveraging the Power of Blockchain

Blockchain. You’ve heard the term, but might feel unsure about what it means exactly. You know it’s essential for business and an emerging technological solution, but what is it, really? Learn more!