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IBM Tech Talk Series with Big Couch, ConsenSys, EduDAO

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IBM Tech Talks is back again on February 27th! Get ready for another round of exciting conversation with start-ups who discuss innovative technologies, methods, and how they are disrupting existing business models within the start-up community. In partnership with the IBM Blockchain practice and IBM thinkLeaders, Tech Talks is bringing you three incredible Blockchain start-ups that are revolutionizing the entertainment and academic community respectively.

About the Companies?

Big Couch (Featured Speaker: Irina Albita, Co-Founder)

Big Couch has created a platform where producers, employers and crews can connect, share and work directly, while energizing the entire film industry along the way. Showcased profiles turn into jobs, and jobs transform into independent films and fresh productions. Their goal is to fuel and spark the independent film scene by interlacing professionals’ experience and by empowering the talents of our time.

They plan to alter the independent film industry through “crewfunding”, a concept of film production, based on shared economy principles, already successfully applied to famous films. Big Couch makes Crewfunding available to any filmmaker, who can gather the resources they need by having crews invest their skill and time into the project. In return, crews receive a transparent package of profit points and deferred payments, negotiated through unbiased contracts.

Twitter: @BigCouchFilms

ConsenSys (Featured Speaker: Amanda Gutterman, Chief Marketing Officer)

ConsenSys is a venture production studio building decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for Blockchain ecosystems. The ConsenSys “hub” coordinates, incubates, and spawns “spoke” ventures through development, resource sharing, acquisitions, investments and the formation of joint ventures. These spokes benefit from foundational components built by ConsenSys that enable new services and business models to be built on the Blockchain. In addition to the development of internal projects and consulting work, ConsenSys is interested in the identification, development and acquisition of talent and projects on an ongoing basis.

Twitter: @ConsenSys

EduDAO (Featured Speaker: Christopher Lema, Chief Community Officer)

EduDAO’s mission is to provide a low-cost, fully accountable funding platform for the most underfunded education-related organizations while bringing people together to support and empower local communities to drive positive changes in their neighborhoods.

They believe the keys to rolling out eduDAO successfully involves instituting a bootstrapped approach to enacting change in education, which incorporates a fully collaborative ecosystem with a number of other organizations.

The success of eduDAO specifically involves: slow roll-out and governance, having a team with a great diversity in experience, connections with in-person groups to build the necessary communities ensuring that the right problems are being highlighted and addressed, and empowering groups of volunteers to help arrange and coordinate the community.

Twitter: @theEduDAO

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