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Bitcoin: History, Technology, and Impact


Please join us for a discussion presented by UPenn alumnus Robert Dowling to learn about what Bitcoin is, how it works, where it came from, and what's next in the cryptocurrency industry.

More about Robert Downling below: 

Robert is the former Co-Founder and CEO at Alphagora, a US Securities and Exchange Commission registered cryptocurrency roboadvisory. Alphagora offered investment advisory services for cryptocurrencies. Their technology offerings included algorithms (quantitative and machine learning active trading strategies), an order management system (automating the execution of those algorithms on the client’s exchange accounts), and a portfolio management tool (allowing the client to manage their
funds allocations to various algorithms across different cryptocurrency exchanges and assets). (January 2019 - Present)

Robert served as Managing Director for Alluminate and as the Strategy Director for Luminous Group, both boutique blockchain consultancies, where his startup and enterprise clients pursued blockchain products in real estate, social media, and identity technologies (September 2017 - September 2018). Robert’s first role in the blockchain industry was as an intern at Consensys in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Consensys was part of the Dubai Future Accelerator. (Summer 2017)

He is also the former co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at rePurpose, the world’s first plastic credit system offsetting the plastic footprints of consumers and corporations with investment in plastic trash pickers living in dense urban slums. rePurpose won the 2018 University of Pennsylvania President's Engagement Prize, a $150,000 USD grant (March 2016 - August 2017). 

Robert is a graduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, completing through submatriculation a Master of Science of Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Master in Law (Finance/Corporate Focus) at Penn Law (Carey Law School). As an undergraduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert is a Wharton Research Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (Quantum Engineering and Photonics) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Finance) at The Wharton School. His anticipated graduation
from all of his coursework at Penn is May 2022.


Wednesday October 27th, 2021 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Upper Lobby

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