Adjunct Professor Raina Haque to discuss blockchain technology at TEDx Wake Forest on Feb. 17

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Professor of Practice Raina Haque

Raina Haque, an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Law, will discuss blockchain technology at TEDx Wake Forest that will be held from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Wait Chapel.

This year’s  TEDx theme, “The Broken Box,” will draw speakers who have “broken boxes” by redefining boundaries within their respective fields. TEDx Wake Forest will offer a speaker panel of diverse specialties. In addition to Haque, speakers include a motivational speaker pursuing a wish list around the world, a human rights advocate and former CEO of one of the largest modeling agencies in the world, the executive vice president of the Justice, Homeland Security and Transportation division of a top consulting firm, an entrepreneur involved in startup management and a paired talk regarding the connection between dance and medicine.

Haque is the founder of Erdős Intellectual Property Law + Startup Legal and practices as an IP and business law attorney. She enjoys being an advocate for innovation across multiple industries. Her technical background is as a software developer in bioinformatics and fintech. She counsels software companies, design firms, startups, small businesses, and inventors across industries. She is among the first blockchain tech patent attorneys and serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Future of the Law Blockchain Committee where she is tasked to come up with guidance on blockchain technologies/cryptoventure law for members at large.

“I’ll be presenting a short (<18min) high-level talk at TEDx Wake Forest about blockchain technologies,” Haque explains in an email. “Over the past two years, I’ve been evolving my approach in educating about Bitcoin and more importantly, blockchain technologies for those who are new to the area.  This presentation is for those new to the ideas about blockchain technologies.  In the future (if not already) many of you will have ideas for scholarship in how blockchain technologies can and will intersect with your areas of law; many of the themes in the power of this technology intersect with the great themes we are always grappling with in the legal profession and in legal scholarship.

“Amazingly, this technology may actually enhance both efficiency and fairness in our judicial system and in all our transactional dealings.  The technology is in its infancy (with the implementation of Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies getting the most media attention at the moment), but the rabbit hole goes deep once you “get” the power of the idea behind it and the mechanics–blockchains are  immutable, tamper-evident, anonymized/deidentified, and cryptographically secured public database of transactions, in which control and access are distributed and de-centralized; thus, cutting out the need for many, if not all, traditional intermediaries.  Of course, there will be problems in implementation, which means more areas for legal scholars to explore.”

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

Tickets for TEDx Wake Forest are free for students, faculty and staff and $15 for the public.  For parking, signage will lead you to parking lot A (next to Wait Chapel), which will be available for TEDxWakeForestU guests.