More than a dozen blockchain and cryptocurrency sessions and events are slated to take place during South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, while last week Vermont nods approval of blockchain in real estate deals.

When South by Southwest (SXSW)’s festival in Austin, Texas, kicks into high gear this week, more than a dozen blockchain and cryptocurrency sessions and events will be among the featured topics. The event, which began on Friday and will continue through Sunday, will  include such sessions as Why Blockchain Tech Equals 10X the Internet’s Value on Monday, Cryptocurrencies: A New Future for Money and Entertainment Will Bring Cryptocurrency Mainstream on Wednesday, and On the Bleeding Edge: Esports and Ethereum on Friday.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Battle of the Cryptos – Worldwide will be held in New York. The one-day event will feature a luncheon keynote address by Patrick Byrne, tZERO founder and CEO of, who will present “Why We Fight: Blockchain solutions to mischief and poverty.”

On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Cryptocurrencies and ICO Markets.”  The hearing panel will include Chris Brummer, a Georgetown University Law Center professor, Mike Lempres, chief legal and risk officer for Coinbase, Robert Rosenblum, a partner at law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Peter Van Valkenburgh, director of research for Coin Center.  The hearing will delve into the potential economic and capital opportunities that ICOs and cryptocurrencies offer businesses and investors, as well as review adherence to applicable laws to protect investors and the current state of relevant regulations.

Last Week’s Events

Vermont’s South Burlington is one of the first cities to allow the use of blockchain when it comes to real estate transactions.  The Vermont city gave the nod to blockchain-related real estate transactions because of its encryption capabilities when it comes to securing deeds and other documents.

Coinbase on Thursday named Eric Scro as its vice president of finance, adding another key executive to its rooster. His appointment followed another Coinbase executive hire, when the company named former LinkedIn mergers and acquisition head Emilie Choi to the post of vice president of business development. 

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