FARGO - The North Dakota State University Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise is set to host the Research and Practice (RAP) on Blockchain conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at NDSU's Memorial Union, 1401 Administration Ave.

Researchers and practitioners will gather to learn about blockchain technology and its potential to disrupt area industries. Topics include: governance in finance, ag supply chains, economic organization, the money market, and law and privacy.

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In addition to break out sessions with regional researchers and entrepreneurs, the conference will feature a keynote address by Jason Potts, director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub in Australia, the first social science research institute on blockchain.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion. Panelists include:

• Edward Stringham, president of the American Institute for Economic Research.

• Krista Pontius, director of partnerships and consulting at BullPay.

• Cameron Harwick, assistant professor at The College at Brockport, SUNY.

A pre-conference lecture by Stringham is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in NDSU's Barry Hall AgCountry Auditorium, as part of the Capitalism and Society lecture series. Stringham will present "Private Enforcement of Contracts: from eBay to Blockchain." Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Students can showcase their ideas through the Student Poster Competition. Poster presentations will take place during lunch in the Great Room with the top three winners receiving gift cards to the NDSU Bookstore for $250, $150 and $100.

The conference is free to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged. Registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rap-on-blockchain-tickets-50093654469. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for conference check-in and walk-in registrations.