Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan to Deliver Remarks at U.S. Department of State's Forum on Blockchain Technology

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 6, 2017


Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, along with other U.S. Department of State officials, will provide remarks at the Department of State’s Blockchain Forum on October 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. In partnership with ConsenSys, Booz Allen Hamilton, and others, the day-long event will convene government agencies and private sector representatives at the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Center.

The forum aims to educate the participants on potential applications of Blockchain technology in U.S. diplomacy and development and foster potential partnerships with organizations already working with the transformative technology. Representatives from USAID, UNDP, AID:Tech, BanQu, ConsenSys, IBM, Microsoft, Bitfury, Booz Allen Hamilton, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and other companies will present examples of Blockchain’s use. Leaders from the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and the World Food Programme will also discuss their experience developing pilot projects in the field.

Afternoon breakout groups will focus on Blockchain’s potential to assist the world’s most vulnerable populations, transform foreign aid and trade, improve service delivery and human rights monitoring, enhance government services, and reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The Forum will conclude with afternoon remarks from Arizona Congressman David Schweikert and Don Tapscott, author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.

A full agenda for the day can be found HERE.

For the morning session (including Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s remarks), pre-set for cameras is 8:00 a.m. at the 21st Street entrance. Final access for writers and photographers is 8:15 a.m.

For the afternoon session, pre-set time for cameras is 1:45 p.m. Final access time for writers and stills is 2:15 p.m.

Media representatives may attend these sessions upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

 

For media inquiries, please contact Anita Ostrovsky at ostrovskya@state.gov.

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