ODU Interdisciplinary Mixer

You may know I’m currently finishing my undergrad degree in computer science and cybersecurity at ODU. A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Sachin Shetty, Ph.D, at a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting. Since then I’ve been working with him on a blockchain-related independent study program for credit toward my degree. He has also been gracious enough to sponsor an interdisciplinary mixer with ODU faculty and students early next month. We hope to share information on the various blockchain-related projects at the university, gauge interest in student programs. We’ve already got a few responses to our initial announcement, mostly from the computer science, software and information technology space. We’d really like to see more interest from those in other non-CS professional industries, but this should be a good start. 

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Healthcare credentialing project

We’re pleased to announce that we will be pitching a healthcare credentialing project at Start Peninsula on Nov 2. We’re one of 30 participants who will have 90 seconds to pitch their idea. 10 will be chosen to develop their business over the weekend, with a longer pitch and three $5,000 prizes awarded on Sunday. We’re confident that we have a strong use case, and the product/market fit should make this very attractive to angel and VC investors.

There are lots of applications for blockchain innovation in the healthcare sector, but we came away from the Block9 Conference with the thought that the credentialing issue, as it focuses on providers and transparency, will have fewer regulatory hurdles than a project that deals with patient data. The ROI for providers and facilities should be a no-brainer on this as well, as one source we read claimed that these providers are forfeiting thousands of dollars a day. 

In addition to the six-month wait from hiring to credentialing, the facilities are also required by insurance companies to re-certify provider credentials every year. That’s insane. We have got to do better. 

Block9 Conference

This Richmond event at the VCU College of Engineering leaned more toward development and impact, as opposed to hype and speculation. Panels included discussion on blockchain for the public good, crypto versus the SEC, IoT, government, and healthcare. We recorded most of the panels in the main room and are in the process of getting them ready for publication. We expect to have them edited, and released by the end of the month. 

Block 9 Conference, Richmond, October 20

Block 9 Conference logo

We just purchased our tickets to the Block 9 Conference, taking place in two weeks, on October 20th in Richmond, Virginia. The event, which is hosted by VCU College of Engineering, CryptoVA and Block Star Inc., features over thirty speakers on twelve panels focusing on why blockchain is next generation technology. 

If you would like to attend, you can purchase your tickets here, using promo code BUDDYUP at checkout for a 10% discount off of the $89 price. 

CryptoCoinCon – Bryan Shearer

SEVAITS presents coverage from CryptoCoinCon 2018: Bryan Shearer is the owner and founder of Shearer’s Accounting & Tax Service, and has over a decade in public and private accounting, and now specializes in cryptocurrency taxation. His presentation is important to anyone who is involved in mining or trading cryptocurrencies.