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Keynote Speaker Brian Forde

Brian Forde

Director, Digital Currency, MIT Media Lab; Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Washington DC, USA

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Some of Brian Forde’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship and public policy. He is currently the director of digital currency at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads efforts to mainstream digital currencies like Bitcoin through research, and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology. Most recently he was the senior advisor for mobile and data innovation at the White House, where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Forde founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, Forde was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Digital currencies like Bitcoin are poised to make a dramatic impact on most people’s lives over the next decade. To help realize the projected impact of this technology, Forde recently launched the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He is responsible for bringing together global experts in areas ranging from cryptography, economics, privacy and distributed systems to take on this important new area of research that will support the commercial and social viability of this technology. Specifically, the initiative is conducting research and engaging students on digital currency topics that address questions regarding security, stability, scalability, privacy and economics. It is also convening governments, nonprofits and the private sector to research and test concepts that have high social impact.

More About Brian Forde…

In his role at the White House, Forde was responsible for determining how the Obama Administration would leverage open data and technology to address national priorities. These priorities included crowdsourcing, the sharing economy and innovation prizes and challenges to address issues, including Hurricane Sandy, climate change and the revitalization of Detroit. A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Forde formed the White House Tech Inclusion and TechHire Initiatives, bringing together leaders from the technology community, large corporations and advocacy groups to support the hiring and training of more women and minorities in tech.

Prior to his government service, Forde brought tech and innovation to the rural mountain communities of Nicaragua. From 2005 to 2010, he was the co-founder and CEO of Llamadas, S.A., a low-cost Internet phone service provider serving more than a quarter of a million Nicaraguans. A pioneer in leveraging tech in the developing world, Llamadas, S.A. was recognized by the U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua as one of the most innovative companies in the fight against poverty.Prior to founding Llamadas, S.A., Forde served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mountains of Nicaragua, where he taught small-business classes to local high school students.

Testimonials 3

  • Brian’s command of his subject won instant respect from senior innovation executives at some of the world’s largest enterprise companies. His energy and passion ignited profound interest, as he unfolded the many ways blockchain technology might disrupt ‘business as usual’ in their industries. I’ve lost count of the times our attendees referenced his session — both at the event and in subsequent conversations.

    Microsoft Innovation Outreach Program

  • If you are at all interested or have a stake in the disruptions that technology is causing in every sector of modern society, you would do well to have Brian Forde help explain who wins, who loses, and where will we all end up.

    Personal Democracy Forum and Civic Hall

  • Brian is an engaging, compelling speaker who makes an audience instantly grasp the complexity of the new rules being written by bitcoin and the blockchain. He was a standout success at the WIRED Money conference.


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