UXNight: The Blockchain

UXNight: The Blockchain

January 17, 2018  •  San Francisco, CA

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies are drastically transforming our economy and making it easier to anonymize purchases and improve the security of technology.   For this UXNight, we'll teach you all about the different types of Blockchain technologies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, and more. Designers who work in this space will explain their process and their design choices.

This event features Nisa Andrews, Product Designer at Uber. Nisa also works on independent projects to enhance the usability of blockchain apps and websites and is a cryptocurrency enthusiast.

Part I:  "How Blockchain Works"

with Sloane Brakeville, Founder of FR8 and Formerly Blockchain Specialist at IBM

Before diving into blockchain systems design, it's important to have a grasp of how money and contracts work, historically speaking. In this presentation, Sloane Brakeville will teach you how currency is established, how money works, basic terminology relating to the blockchain, about contracts, securities, and then we'll hand the mic over to Nisa to teach everyone about Ethereum. 

Sloane Brakeville Founder at FR8 Former Blockchain Specialist at IBM

Sloane Brakeville
Founder at FR8
Former Blockchain Specialist at IBM

About Sloane Brakeville
Sloane Brakeville is currently at Fr8, a company building solutions for the freight industry on the blockchain. Previously he was a blockchain specialist at IBM, working with Fortune 500 companies to educate and build on blockchain opportunities in their industries. 


Part II:  "Designing Decentralized Applications" 

with Nisa Andrews, Product Designer at Uber
& Independent Decentralized Apps Designer


Nisa Andrews Decentralized Systems Designer & Product Designer at Uber

Nisa Andrews
Decentralized Systems Designer
& Product Designer at Uber

For this UXNight, designer Nisa Andrews will teach us about Ethereum, how blockchain works, and she'll show us the difference in systems architecture when designing for a blockchain app. Nisa will also showcase case studies of Decentralized Apps she's worked on including WeTrust and PayEthForward.

You'll learn about terms like distributed ledgers, initial coin offerings, how companies are raising millions of dollars in seconds, and the token system. You'll also learn how this new system design works in the favor of individuals instead of corporations.


Part III: "ICOs & Fraud:  A Panel Discussion"

Featuring John Adams, Security Software Engineer

There's so much skepticism about blockchain, yet why are VC's investing billions into the industry? Is blockchain a conspiracy? Can you make money from nothing? What about hackers? We are here to discuss all of these topics with security expert and hacktivist, John Adams, who will be the skeptic, vs. a blockchain expert and technologist (TBA). If you'd like to participate in this debate, email Andi Galpern at andi@cascadesf.com.