About Texas Blockchain

Students at the University of Texas exploring blockchain technology as it relates to engineering, finance, computer science, & economics.

Our Story

The founders and advisors of Texas Blockchain believed in creating an organization that made The University of Texas at Austin a major contributor to the blockchain ecosystem.

Texas Blockchain was founded in the fall of 2017 by Alan Orwick, Preston Sledge, and Jake Katzmarek. The organization began as a small gathering of students eager to learn and over time grew into a large community of crypto experts.

Texas Blockchain was able to grow due to influences from early advisors such as Professor Sriram Vishwanath and Professor Cesare Fracassi. Both of these Professors have aided and advised hundreds of students interested in learning blockchain technology.

Now, the club is focused on building up from the foundation,  expanding the blockchain community at UT-Austin, and eventually building a community of chapters across the state of Texas at member universities.

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Explore our club's impactful journey through this succinct timeline. Spanning from its inception to the present day, each milestone marks a pivotal shift in the direction of our organization. As we advance through time, fresh perspectives continually breathe new life into our club. Embracing this constant evolution, we remain committed to cultivating our club's potential to its fullest.



Alan Orwick, Preston Sledge, and Jake Katzmarek lay down the first stones. Started as a small reading club, they fostered the club and laid down the path for future growth.


Professor Sriram and Cesare Join

Dr. Sriram Vishwanath and Dr. Cesare Fracassi join the organization as the club's sponsoring professors and expand the club's possibilities. From sponsors, hackathons, and connections, they allowed for the solidification of what we are today.



Under Owen Robertson’s leadership and with Julian Saks, Jake Levy, Armel Talla, Anish Maddipotti, Savindu Wimalasooriya, Esha Bora and Viren Govin joining, Texas Blockchain sets its foundations to grow with a long term vision.


Texas Blockchain Lifts Off

Building upon the foundations, Texas Blockchain finalizes the introduction of the following divisions: Research and Writing, Labs, Incubator, Investment Fund, and DAO.