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SXSW 2019

How Blockchain Empowers Emerging Markets

Blockchain is breaking the bank, but not in the way you think. It has opened new vistas for business and is reinventing how we think about finance, security, and transparency. It is also going to empower the poor and underserved. Today’s emerging economies still struggle with volatile financial markets, unreliable infrastructure, and institutional corruption. With blockchain, the “unbanked” gain cyber wallets for financial access and digital documentation that can’t be lost or stolen. This session illuminates how Ethereum blockchain can democratize financial services to narrow the wealth gap between rich and poor. Join a DACA Dreamer and social entrepreneur to explore how decentralized technology is disrupting the poverty cycle and democratizing financial services.

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  1. Blockchain is being used to support economic empowerment, inclusion, and social justice for the underserved.
  2. Blockchain is reinventing the way people understand finance, in the U.S. and emerging economies.
  3. Blockchain technology combined with smartphones can help the poor lift themselves out of poverty.


  • Victor Santos , Co-founder and CEO, Airfox


Brooke Alexander, Account Associate, Sterling Communications

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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