Department of Computer Science alumnus and Chief Technology Officer Dan Larimer, will deliver a lecture titled, Why Blockchain? on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Goodwin Hall, room 190 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Larimer will discuss blockchain technology, its potential for real world usage and its ability to re-write existing business models.

“I am excited to be engaging the technology community at Virginia Tech on the topic of blockchain,” said Larimer. “The Virginia Tech computer science community is where many future blockchain leaders will start their career training and I look forward to speaking to them about the possibilities the technology will bring.”

In May 2018,, a global leader in blockchain and publisher of the EOSIO blockchain software, made an initial $3 million commitment to the Department of Computer Science in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering to help students build skills in blockchain.

As part of the collaboration, Larimer will advise the university on curricula development, including participation in live classroom sessions, seminars, and symposia.

Before, Larimer focused on developing innovative technologies and is the inventor of the widely used Delegated Proof of Stake blockchain consensus mechanism.

Larimer has worked in blockchain since 2009 and is considered an industry pioneer. He invented the Delegated Proof of Stake consensus mechanism.

About is a global leader in high-performance blockchain software. Its first project, EOSIO, supports approximately 4,000 transactions per second. aims to create a blockchain ecosystem of applications that can replace existing models of digital commerce and communications. also has committed over US$1 billion to create EOS VC, a venture capital unit that aims to help develop and support the EOSIO ecosystem through venture partnership funds and investments. has offices in Hong Kong, California, and Virginia. For more information visit and



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