Blockchain Promises Trust, But Can It Deliver? Presented by PwC

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, MIT Technology Review and Scott Likens, PwC

In this session, we will explore the notion of automating trust of “assets in motion” through the convergence of blockchain with other emerging technologies like IoT and AI. Whether the asset is digital, physical, or human, the costs of ecosystem- and enterprise-level trust take different forms. Using real world examples, hear the PwC perspective on the promise blockchain makes and if it can deliver to address the costs of having truly automated trust.

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society.

Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

Scott Likens, New Services and Emerging Technologies Leader, PwC

Scott leads PwC’s New Services and Emerging Tech practice in the United States, Japan, and China. With more than 21 years of experience in emerging technology, he has helped clients transform their customer experience and enhance their digital operations.

Scott has worked across industries with some of the biggest multinational companies to transform their business by applying a local lens to global digital and emerging tech trends. He has expertise using emerging technology and advanced analytics in many areas, including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies, and social customer engagement.

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