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Saratoga Springs, NY — The City of Saratoga Springs, along with the Saratoga Springs Smart City Commission and IgniteU NY, has announced a Lunch and Learn that will focus on blockchain technology. The event will be held at the Saratoga City Center on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 12 – 2 pm. Lunch will be provided.

“Beyond Cryptocurrency: How Blockchain Technology Can Drive Economic Development in Upstate New York” will be a panel discussion about what blockchain technology means for the Capital Region—what problems it solves, and how businesses and government can tap its potential as well as overcome its current limitations. Panelists will share ideas, experiences, and viewpoints about blockchain’s impact in areas such as financial services, government, real estate, and healthcare. Following a moderated discussion and Q&A session will be time to network with local leaders, industry experts, and community stakeholders.

The second in a series of Economic Development Lunch and Learns, “Beyond Cryptocurrency” will be moderated by Mike Walsh, President & CEO of NYSTEC and founder of IgniteU NY. The event is sponsored by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, and Innovate 518.

“Blockchain technology is the future of all business and personal transactions and messaging,” said Mike Walsh, President & CEO of NYSTEC and founder of IgniteU NY. “Blockchain ranks with genome editing and artificial intelligence as one of the five emerging technologies that will transform society. ”

One of the panelists will be Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan, who is also the Chair of the Saratoga Springs Smart City Commission. The Commission, comprising a diverse community membership, was formed in 2016 with the goal of helping set Saratoga Springs on a path to becoming a smarter city.

“While cryptocurrency may be what first brought blockchain to the headlines, institutions are quickly learning how this technology will revolutionize the way they do business, no matter their size or industry. The goal of this Lunch and Learn is to show employers, IT professionals, City officials, and interested residents that blockchain isn’t just a buzzword in Silicon Valley, but an expansive, flexible technology that will impact every-day business functions such as financial services, healthcare, contract management, and real estate,” said Commissioner Madigan.

Additional panelists to date include Smart City Commissioner Amy Ryan from the City of Saratoga Springs Planning Board, NYSTEC Information Security Practice Leader Rob Zeglen, and NYSTEC Principal Consultant Selam Eyassu.

Tickets for the Lunch and Learn are $10 each, plus handling. The event is open to the public, but it is limited to 100 attendees. For more information, visit or contact Richard Lin, IgniteU NY Operations: