First Montevideo Blockchain Meetup

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Uruguay is creating capabilities and starting projects in Distributed Ledger Technologies.
Monday sunset witnessed a group of people meeting to talk about distributed ledger technologies in a rooftop very close to the Catholic University in Montevideo. In fact, Alejandro Narancio, a seasoned architect and software developer for more than 15 years, who runs a professional services company servicing customers in Latin America and United States, conducted this first meetup.
Since 2010, he has actively engaged with bitcoin and blockchain technologies. Currently, he is leading a project that is fully based on distributed ledger technologies using IBM Bluemix Alejandro decided to start blockchain meetups in Montevideo and kicked off explaining to the audience what is bitcoin, how blockchain works, the importance of the smart contracts and some platforms like Ethereum. We expect future meetups to include deeper sessions that will discuss multiple applications across different industries, and address topics that are of interest to the numerous audience that we have unexpectedly attracted.

The meetup

The meetup group was created by mid-December 2016 and got interest very quickly with many folks joining the group. Alejandro had to close the meetup invitations weeks in advance since the interest filled the rooftop capacity.
Alejandro proposed a very practical agenda, just to show the basics of these technologies and its origins. Uruguay audience learned about bitcoin’s features, components, mining, and underlying blockchain technology, including hashes, blocks, and block chains.
He also explained the concept of public and private blockchains, and showcased how these technologies can be applied to real-world business use cases. The audience was highly engaged and showed a lot of interest in exploring these technologies further. That’s why the audience kept the attention to listen about smart contracts (something Nick Szabo started to talk about 20 years ago), what they are and some examples, and main platform products like Ethereum, Hyperledger IBM Bluemix and Argentinian RSK Rootstock Smart Contracts. The session finished with some details about Ethereum platform.
Organizers have planned more meetups to address topics such as blockchain and the internet of things, Solidity (which is currently the most popular language for writing smart contracts in Ethereum), as well as Hyperledger and blockchain-based architectures.
After the meeting the crowd enjoyed pizzas, crafted beers and cupcakes. The attendees received a Paper Wallet Gift and a Cheat Sheet from the host InfUY who sponsored the event.
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