One of the eight competitors at Rise of the Rest, taking place May 1 at ConnectWise, is Tampa-based Pocket Network, a platform that helps ease developer access to blockchains.

What is a blockchain? A blockchain a system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network.

The brains behind Pocket Network, lead by Chief Executive Officer and founder Michael O’Rourke, are building a decentralized infrastructure for developers to create the mobile applications that use cryptocurrency. Once complete, any decentralized application platform will be accessible to any application via Pocket Network, allowing developers the freedom to put blockchain-enabled applications into the “pocket” of every mainstream consumer.

As O’Rourke states on his web site, “Our team believes in the vision and practical benefits of fully decentralized infrastructure. Our team is developing a relay network and tools to connect to the blockchain of your choice."

The first implementation of the Pocket Network is Minimum Viable Pocket (MVP), which allows coordination between software applications and service nodes running blockchain infrastructure. For developers, it abstracts the complexity of running blockchain infrastructure using a trusted dispatch node that fetches available nodes and routes the desired data from external blockchains.

For service nodes, MPV runs Pocket Network’s core client, Pocket Core, which connects to any blockchain infrastructure that has a hypertext transfer protocol endpoint. Nodes register with the trusted dispatch node to become eligible for participating in the system and can run any desired blockchain.

Rise of the Rest takes place Wednesday, May 1 at ConnectWise, 4805 Independence Parkway, Suite 101, Tampa. Doors open at 4 p.m. with networking with ROTR delegation and open bar. A 4:30-5:30 p.m. fireside chat, with AOL founder/ROTR CEO Steve Case and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, precedes the 5:30-7 p.m. pitch competition.

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