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BAF Members Explore the Intersection of Blockchain and Finance at ON:chain19


Conference chair Timothy Spangler provided six students and recent graduates from BAF member organizations with free passes to the inaugural ON:chain19 in Newport Beach.

Thanks to a kind gesture by conference chair Timothy Spangler, six members from The Blockchain Acceleration Foundation attended the prestigious ON:chain19 conference in Newport Beach.


The students and recent graduates who received free passes to last week’s inaugural thought leadership conference came from BAF partner organizations at UCSD, UCSB, USC, and UCLA.


"We believe it is important that events such as ON:chain19, which assemble the good and great of Southern California's blockchain and financial communities, should well-represent the young people who will be tomorrow's disruptors,” said Mr. Spangler, a lawyer, academic and blockchain enthusiast.


Attendees listened to presentations from top industry figures exploring the diverse ways blockchain is disrupting the financial system and transforming how people invest, save, transact, and plan for their future. The stacked speaker roster included SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Brian Brooks, and Bitmain Chief Operating Officer Philip Liu.


"The 40 minute Q&A session with SEC Commissioner Peirce was the high point of the conference for many (including me),” Mr. Spangler said. “She took question after question from the audience and was very generous with her time and insights."


In between speaker sessions, BAF members were able to network with industry leaders, family offices, investment professionals, and academics at the waterfront Balboa Bay Resort venue.