State of Innovation: Local leaders discuss Texas' growing role in the blockchain industry
Blockchain technology is taking off in Texas, and several local leaders are helping make that happen.
On Tuesday, NTX Inno sat down with Natalie Smolenski, head of business development at Hyland Credentials and executive board member at the Texas Blockchain Council; Mance Harmon, co-founder and CEO at Hedera Hashgraph; and Hamiz Mushtaq Awan, founder and partner at Plutus21 Capital, to discuss ways blockchain and cryptocurrency companies are working in public and private sectors to advance the technology at the latest virtual State of Innovation meetup.
“Blockchain is just really a platform that's going to be used by entrepreneurs and innovators to build in all kinds of industries,” Awan said at the event.
The discussion kicked off with Smolenski talking about the Texas Blockchain Council’s work with the recently wrapped up legislative session. The organization has been working with lawmakers to make Texas a leader in the space. During the session, Hyland and Hedera unveiled the council’s first proof of concept, working with Texas’ Secretary of State office to use the technology to authenticate government records and securely store them.