Distributed: Trade Blockchain Conference to Be Hosted at Washington University

NASHVILLE, TN/ST. LOUIS, MO—BTC Media and SixThirty are proud to announce a group of the world’s leading blockchain innovators as initial sponsors of their Distributed: Trade conference to be hosted by Washington University in St. Louis on June 14, 2016. Blockchain solutions companies Gem and Fluent join as sponsors along with fintech leaders RGAx and Thomson Reuters at an event that promises to be the first to address applications in both financial services and trade networks. Fluent, RGAx and Thomson Reuters are all headquartered in St. Louis and have a significant presence in the community.

“The Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research is proud to be a sponsor for this event,” said Anjan Thakor, Director of Doctoral Programs at Washington University St. Louis. “We believe that innovation and technological breakthroughs have the potential to transform the financial services industry and increase its positive impact on the economy.”

SixThirty’s Managing Partner, Atul Kamra, remarked: “At SixThirty, we are delighted with how our partners in the St.Louis region are coming together yet again to make this the place to be for fintech innovators and thought leaders from across the globe.”

The conference will bring the industry’s leading blockchain technology companies together with major enterprises to address how the new technology will disrupt and optimize capital markets, financial services, payment settlements and supply chain management. Conference sessions will be divided into two tracks: one focusing on financial services and the other on supply chains; events will highlight applications for blockchain technology that increase speed, efficiency and flexibility across the networks that support global trade.

“Because our focus is blockchain applications, it was important for us to bring on sponsors who represent the spectrum of commercial sectors involved in global commerce,” said BTC Media CEO David Bailey. “This group includes an international group of blockchain solutions corporations with diverse operations in a wide variety of industries.”

Fluent, an enterprise blockchain platform powering applications designed to increase efficiency in global trade and supply chain finance, sees Distributed: Trade as an important event for spotlighting blockchain applications outside capital market operations.

“Distributed ledger technology has the potential to entirely transform many verticals outside of the oft-cited use cases in capital markets, including B2B commerce, trade and supply chain finance, and supply chain management,” said Dave Sutter, COO, Fluent. “Our company is excited to participate in the conference and in the dialogue between technology providers, financial institutions and the businesses they serve.”

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets and has been at the forefront of fintech innovation. Other Thomson Reuters activities in blockchain to date have included investment in Fluent and participation in the Linux Foundation Hyperledger project.

“Thomson Reuters is excited to have the opportunity to participate in Distributed: Trade as we continue to explore the full potential of blockchain in addressing impactful use cases, including those in global trade and supply chain,” said Bob Schukai, Head of Applied Innovation.

RGAx, the innovation subsidiary of global reinsurance leader Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), has joined the event as title sponsor of the Distributed: Trade Hackathon being held June 12-13 at St. Louis’s T-REX tech accelerator venue. The Hackathon will award $25,000 in prizes for the most vibrant new blockchain solution.

“I believe that the next generation of insurance products and services will be built using blockchain protocols,” said Tim Rozar, Chief Executive Officer, RGAx. “Blockchains enable all parties to improve trust and transparency, whether that is between consumers and their advisors, or policy beneficiaries and insurance carriers. We’re supporting this Hackathon to start the ball rolling and get new talented teams thinking about the future of the insurance industry.”

Distributed: Trade sponsors and speakers will continue to be announced in the coming weeks. Discount registration tickets remain available for purchase through April 21.

For more information or to register, visit https://godistributed.com/trade/.

About BTC Media:
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, BTC Media LLC is the publisher of Distributed, Bitcoin Magazine and yBitcoin. The company is the world’s largest provider of multimedia educational and informational resources about the digital currency and blockchain industries.

About SixThirty:
SixThirty is a St. Louis-based financial technology venture fund and business development accelerator. SixThirty attracts the most innovative fintech start-ups from across the globe, and works with like-minded corporate partners and mentors to accelerate their revenue growth. The startups selected receive up to a $100,000 investment for a negotiated percentage of equity, hands-on mentorship and connections with the leading financial services companies in the country.