Hype or the future?  Often debated, particularly given the volatility in Bitcoin - the blockchain currency people talk most about.

Bitcoin gets blockchain tech a lot of press. But also possibly holds it back.  Their two respective futures shouldn't necessarily be seen to be intertwined as the technology behind blockchain could be a winner in its own right.

This article provides a good, understandable overview of what it is and what its potential is.  A good read for those interested in understanding this growing area of fintech.