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Successful UW Alumna Featured In Lunch and Learn Series

October 31, 2017
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CEAS Alumna Caitlin Long

Caitlin Long will be the guest speaker for the University of Wyoming Cybersecurity Education And Research (CEDAR) Center’s “Lunch and Learn” event Nov. 6.

Long, the chairman and president of Symbiont, will present “Bitcoin and the Birth of Blockchain: Enabling solutions for a better future” in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Auditorium. The event begins at noon and is free and open to the general public.

Long’s presentation will detail how blockchain technology and "smart contracts" can affect people’s lives for the better by using technology to establish trust, thereby removing the need to trust institutions and decentralizing power. Her contention is that blockchain improves interactions with each other, with institutions, and with governments. It also solves a problem that afflicts many sectors of the economy, including financial services, healthcare, government and supply chains: wasted resources thanks to information duplication. New technology helps automate and streamline workflows in many parts of the economy.

Long’s company Symbiont is the leading smart contracts platform for institutional uses of blockchain technology and winner of WatersTechnology's Award for Best Distributed Ledger Project in 2016 (Buy-Side Technology Awards). She previously spent 22 years on Wall Street as a managing director in senior roles, working for Morgan Stanley (2007-2016), Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). Long has been active in bitcoin since 2012 and blockchains since 2014, and she served on Morgan Stanley's internal blockchain working group in 2014-16.

Along with a bachelor’s degree in political economy from UW (1990), Long is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1994) and the Kennedy School of Government (1994). She is a Laramie native and served two terms on the UW Foundation Board and also served on the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The presentation also will be available live and on-demand through UW’s WyoCast streaming service.

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