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by Colin Hirdman and Brandon Ferdig | at Minnebar 17 | 2:50 – 3:35 in Proverb-Edison | View Schedule

Blockchain is no longer just a buzzword - it’s being used in everything from finance to healthcare, from startups to enterprise. And the best part? It’s all happening right here in Minnesota.

In this fun and interactive session 🀩, be prepared to be impressed by all the ways blockchain is being applied in our lives, how Minnesota is at the forefront of its integration, and how you can get involved yourself!

We are the MN Blockchain Initiative - a Twin Cities based 501(c)(3): Our mission is to build the Blockchain ecosystem in Minnesota and establish the Twin Cities as an international hub for Blockchain & Web3 innovation.

In our session we'll cover:

  • Blockchain in the State
    • Utilization
    • Government
    • Education
    • Corporate
    • Startups
    • Research Report
  • Who is MN Blockchain
    • Events
    • Opportunities for involvement
  • Q&A and audience participation

We look forward to seeing you there!

All levels

Colin Hirdman

I'm a Twin Cities entrepreneur and Minnebar veteran. Love building and learning, you can learn about what I'm up to at I'm also a volunteer on the MN Blockchain Initiative board (

Look forward to meeting you!

Brandon Ferdig

Hi, I'm Brandon, president of Minnesota Blockchain Initiative (, the state's nonprofit advocacy org. for the blockchain industry.

We host events and facilitate discussions about what's happening in the space. We work with lawmakers and business groups and the media to help education leaders on how to best integrate the technology. Then, we make our own media (videos, articles, and, hopefully soon, podcasts) and conduct our own research.

I'm also president of The Periphery Media (, a storytelling company that likes to shine light on the people and important issues and that often go unnoticed.