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Global Virtual Earth Day Event Planned for April 22nd EST From The Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition

The nonprofit organization, Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC),  is launching a new event called Virtual Earth Day Event on April 22, 2020. BSIC, who is dedicated to advancing the implementation of blockchain-based initiatives to address social and environmental challenges aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will also use the event to announce the winners of its 6-week Decentralized Impact Incubator Program, which focused this year on climate challenges. The Incubator activated a global community of developers, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and students, and supports them as they build social enterprises using innovative solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Speaking on the launch, Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director at ConsenSys and President of the BSIC Board, commented:

“We made the decision to pivot our Earth Day 2020 event from an in-person event for people in New York City, to one that is 100% digital this year and available worldwide. It is our hope that our reimagined online event will give us the opportunity to enhance awareness of solutions to further the global attainment of science-based emissions targets.” 

“During the 6 weeks leading up to Earth Day, participants from around the world have been working diligently to design applications, business models and advance technical production of their concepts. With the support of senior industry mentors, our teams have been mandated with addressing four climate-focused challenges – Mitigating Our Carbon Footprint, Designing Sustainable Cities, Peace & Prosperity, and Abating Pollution & Plastics. Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, we are excited to be awarding grants to the winning projects to support the continued development of their concepts” said Yorke Rhodes III, Adjunct Professor at New York University, Co-Founder of Blockchain @Microsoft and BSIC Board member.

“The ESG agenda is front and centre in the minds of a growing number of global citizens. Blockchain technology, as one of the most advanced technological developments of this century, has the potential and indeed the obligation, to act as a tool to accelerate global climate remedial actions. The inherent transparency of DLT can bring to light the invisible climate costs of everyday consumer choices and affect more sustainable marketplaces. The BSIC Incubator has in past years attracted over 1,200 participants from 120 global locations, with many important applications developed along the way. I am particularly eager to see what solutions the teams will develop by harnessing blockchain technologies to support climate initiatives this year.” said Steven Haft, Head of Global Partnerships at ConsenSys and member of the founding team of student activists who established the inaugural Earth Day in 1970.

This event replaces the planned physical event in New York City, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sponsors include Celo, Pepo, the Graph, City of Austin, ConsenSys, DappHero, Gitcoin, KPMG, Microsoft, and the United Nations Development Program.

Register on Eventbrite 

Richard Kastelein
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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