Brian Forde

Senior Lecturer for Bitcoin and Blockchain, MIT Sloan School of Management; Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House

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Senior Lecturer for Bitcoin and Blockchain, MIT Sloan School of Management; Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House

Brian Forde helps public and private organizations alike use emerging technologies like blockchain to amplify innovation and efficiency, improve the economy, and better people’s lives.


Brian is an educator, entrepreneur, technologist, and policymaker who has spent his life using technology to help others. As a former senior advisor for mobile and data innovation at the White House, he spearheaded the Obama administration’s efforts to leverage emerging technologies in support of critical national priorities.

MIT Sloan School of Management

He is currently a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is the former director of digital currency at the world-renowned MIT Media Lab, where he led efforts to mainstream digital currencies through research and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology. He has also advised world leaders on blockchain, and for his work, has been recognized as one of the ten most influential people in the world on Bitcoin and blockchain.


On stage, Brian shares real-life lessons on how Bitcoin, blockchain, and other rapidly advancing technologies will continue to impact business and our way of life moving forward. His innovative insights and knowledge of digital technologies have proved vital in bringing government policies and business models into the 21st century, and in leaving a positive impact on people and organizations.

Bitcoin 101: An Introduction to Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and the Future of Transactions

The future of finance, government, insurance, media and entertainment, travel, healthcare, education, the sharing economy and many more sectors will each be impacted by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, yet this technology remains highly misunderstood. In his signature talk on bitcoin, Brian Forde educates audiences on how bitcoin works, dispels popular misnomers and provides real-life examples about how it’s being used throughout the world. He’ll also provide insights on the strengths and weaknesses of this technology to prepare leaders for experimenting with bitcoin in their organizations.

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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.


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

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