After years of hearing about blockchain and how it will
disrupt logistics and other industries, projects using the technology are
finally starting to show promise. Some of these projects will be featured when
the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) holds its BiTA Symposium Chicago on
Nov. 14, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The event will follow FreightWaves LIVE Chicago, being held
Nov. 12-13 at the same location. BiTA Symposium registration is separate from
FreightWaves LIVE Chicago. To register for the BiTA Symposium, visit the
registration page at https://www.bita.studio/bita-chi-register.
BiTA is one of the largest global organizations dedicated to
educating the logistics industry about blockchain and developing standards so
all parties in the freight ecosystem can benefit from the technology. The BiTA
Standards Council Board of Directors includes representatives from BNSF,
Daimler, Delta, Echo, FedEx, FreightWaves, J.B. Hunt, Kleinschmidt, McLeod
Software, Omnitracs, P&S Transportation, Salesforce, Transplace, Triumph
Business Capital, Trimble and UPS.
The Chicago BiTA event will include an update on what has
been happening at BiTA since the last meeting in May; a chairman’s update from
Dale Chrystie, business fellow and blockchain strategist at FedEx; and a look
at where the organization is heading.
The Chicago meeting will include a presentation from DLT Labs, which will show off development
of a real-world application of blockchain for over-the-road trucking. Also, the
event will feature a presentation from Dr.
Mary Lacity, a Walton professor of information systems and director of the
Blockchain Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton
College of Business.
Patrick Duffy, president of BiTA, also said that
representatives from Arthur D. Little, a global consulting firm based in Europe
with offices in 28 countries, will present the initial findings of a joint
research project between BiTA and the firm on the application of blockchain in
transportation, the supply chain and overall global trade.
The BiTA Chicago Symposium will also provide an opportunity
to mingle with some of the brightest minds in the freight and blockchain space,
including representatives from IBM, Prologis, Oracle, Salesforce, DLT Labs,
Chainyard, Agoric, Digital Asset, McCarter & English and FedEx.
“It’s the ability to interact with the thought leadership
that is really driving the change,” Duffy said. “It’s about being able to see
and interact with the latest and greatest in applications … some of which
haven’t been shown publicly until this event.”
BiTA Symposium Chicago will take place on Nov. 14, 2019, at
McCormick Place in Chicago. To register for the BiTA Symposium, visit the
registration page: https://www.bita.studio/bita-chi-register.