Wilton, CT – Blockchain enthusiasts and IT professionals enjoyed an evening of networking under the stars at Millstone Farm during Chateaux’s Scalping for Charity event on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
The night consisted of light bites, cocktails, music, and a few words from Matt Zarracina, co-founder and CEO, True Tickets, and Richard Gordon, Blockchain Solutions Sales Leader, IBM, who each provided insight to blockchain beyond cryptocurrency.
“The State of Connecticut is taking the initiative to become a hub for companies looking to expand the use of blockchain technology in all areas of business,” stated Nick Kammerman, Blockchain Solutions Sales Lead for Chateaux and emcee for the evening, referencing the SB 443 bill recently signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Blockchain beyond bitcoin was demonstrated even before guests arrived: Attendees were immediately immersed in a blockchain experience, beta-testing the True Tickets app during the ticket sales and entry process. Recently released on both the Apple and Google Play stores, the True Tickets app uses blockchain technology to empower both fans and artists with more control over ticket-purchasing life cycle.
“Gaining feedback from users familiar with the technology provides unique and invaluable insight as we continue to fine-tune the application,” explained Vijay Rathna, Senior Blockchain Architect for Chateaux. Rathna, along with other members of Chateaux, has been instrumental in the development phase of the True Tickets app.
Proceeds raised through ticket sales benefit the Suzuki Music School, whose director, acclaimed violinist Dr. Andrew Smith, led the entertainment for the evening. Musical selections of pops, classical, and jazz—even including orchestral versions of ACDC’s “Back in Black” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic”— were performed by jazz pianist Joel Martin with Stax Sinfonia. The performance also featured student pianists and vocalists from the School.
“It was great to host this event and bring together so many people with such an exciting common interest. You could really sense the overall excitement from the attendees,” added Kammerman. “As a pioneer in the blockchain development space, Chateaux’s position as a go-to partner with IBM, particularly within CT, makes us look forward to continuing to lead and facilitate greater conversation around blockchain.”
The event was sponsored by Chateaux, IBM, True Tickets, and Millstone Farms.