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MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
Machine and Deep Learning Fundamentals, implementation and new modelling strategies for your frameworks straight from the labs.
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2

DEEP LEARNING,
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Detection, tracking & integration tips for robots, drones & autonomous vehicles. Leverage conversational architecture with bot-builders and a slick UX.
Computer Vision online developer AI conference

3

APPLIED AI: STARTUPS, INDUSTRY & SOCIETY
Discover the applications of AI from startups and industry, what it takes to manage an AI company and the impacts on society with this technology.
Platform and Programme Demos online developer AI conference

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DEMOS & TUTORIALS
Be the first to discover the algorithms, APIs, platforms and tools enabling AI tech with these hands-on sessions, demos and workshops.

Keynote SpeakerS

David Sønstebø, IOTA
David has been working full time in the blockchain and IoT space since early 2012, being part of pioneering projects in the space involving decentralized identity for humans and things alike, asset management, voting on the ledger, data integrity, Internet of Things economy.


Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is unequivocally heralded as one of the most promising and fascinating technologies, perhaps only matched by AI, in the last years. Despite an onslaught of grandiose visions, clickbaiting headlines and record breaking market caps and fundraisers, very little has actually changed in the real world. For the most part, blockchain is relegated to private-instances in pilot projects and proof of concepts; the antithesis of the promise of a decentralized public immutable ledger. Why? blockchain has inherent limitations, primarily high fees and low capability of confirming transactions. IOTA resolved these two major problems by getting rid of the main bottlenecks which is responsible for the aforementioned problems. I.E. the blocks and the chain. By inventing an entirely different DLT architecture IOTA removes the fees entirely and enabling the network's ability to confirm transactions in proportion to the activity on the ledger.
Tim Draper, DFJ Venture
Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper
Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. The firm’s
investments include Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Theranos, Athenahealth, Solar
City, Box, TwitchTV, SpaceX, Cruise Automation and Parametric Technology and
many others.





He created viral marketing, a marketing method for
exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer,
instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications,
particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably,
social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral
marketing.





 

He is regularly featured on all major networks as a
proponent for entrepreneurship, innovative governance, free markets and
Bitcoin, and has received various awards and honors including the World
Entrepreneurship Forum’ s “Entrepreneur of the World” for 2015, and is listed
as one of the top 100 most powerful people in finance by Worth Magazine, #1
most networked VC by AlwaysOn, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #48 most
influential Harvard Alum.





In promoting entrepreneurship, he created Draper University
of Heroes, a residential and online school based in San Mateo, Ca to help
extraordinary people accomplish their life missions. He started Innovate Your
State, a non-profit dedicated to crowdsource innovation in government, and
BizWorld, a non-profit that teaches young children how business and
entrepreneurship work. 





He served on the California State Board of Education, and
led a movement for Local Choice in schools culminating in becoming proponent
for a statewide initiative for School Vouchers. He also led a statewide
initiative to create competitive governance with Six Californias.





Tim Draper received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford
University with a major in electrical engineering and a Master of Business
Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Patrick Dai, Qtum
Patrick is graduate of Draper University and a PhD dropped out from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Patrick was previously employed by Alibaba, and has committed himself to the development of blockchain technology with his abundant industry experience.

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED

Grant Blaisdell
Grant Blaisdell
Co-founder and CEO at Coinfirm
Creating models and ventures at the intersection of tech, media and branding since his teens. Grant has been engrained within start-up and creative environments as a unique innovator in the applications of tech across culture and has done so in European, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles ecosystems.
Eyal Hertzog
Eyal Hertzog
Product Architect, Bancor Protocol
Eyal is a serial technology entrepreneur focusing on consumer technology and Internet trends for over two decades. He was the founder of Contact.com, the first social network, and Metacafe, the first online video sharing site with over 50 million users at its peak. Eyal is a well known speaker and thought leader on user generated content and cryptocurrency, and today runs product for the Bancor protocol, which enables continuous and automated liquidity across a new generation of cryptocurrencies called Smart Tokens.
Max Fang
Max Fang
President, Blockchain Berkeley
Max Fang is the President of Blockchain at Berkeley, a university-based nonprofit focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain education, research, and consulting. He is a rising senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Computer Science and Economics. For a year, he worked on core product development at ChangeTip, a Bitcoin micropayments company. He is the cofounder and main lecturer for the Cryptocurrency Decal, the world's only cryptocurrency course offered at an undergraduate level, and has conducted independent research on decentralized Bitcoin mixing. Currently, he is working on developer resources, documentation, and advocacy for the Lightning Network.
Jordan Earls
Jordan Earls
Co-founder, Qtum
Jordan is a trusted and well-known member of the cryptocurrency community and has been developing software since he was thirteen. Jordan has reviewed over 100 altcoins and identified multiple exploits in coins.
Arnaud Dazin
Arnaud Dazin
CEO & Co-founder, Map Ltd.
Arnaud Dazin is a seasoned tech leader in the Virtual and Augmented Reality space after a successful career in the video games industry where he contributed to mobile giant Storm8’s success of achieving over a billion downloads and 50 million monthly actives as an early employee. As CEO of Mapping Aggregation Platform Ltd., Arnaud is intent on using decentralized approaches to creating a crowdsourced 3D map of the world that is more accurate and up to date than any existing mapping technology.
Robert Chu
Robert Chu
Founder - Embleema
Recognizing the considerable potential of cloud and blockchain technologies in the healthcare industry and the need for better solves for care continuum and pervasive cyber-security issues, Robert founded Embleema in 2017 after a distinguished career at IBM and QuintilesIMS. Robert worked for IBM in Europe and the US for more than 15 years, serving in key technical and management positions such as Global Wireless Solutions Executive in the US and Director of Telecommunications, Media & Utilities Sector for IBM France. In June of 2007, Robert joined IMS Health France and served as the General Manager of the affiliate in 2011. He then moved to Shanghai in China in 2013 to run the Asia Pacific and China operations for IMS Health. Robert was subsequently promoted in 2015 to Senior Vice President, Global Technology Solutions, responsible for the management of a 1,400 employees and $800 million business, delivering SaaS solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industries globally. Robert graduated with a Master's Degree in Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France in 1988 and obtained a Master's in Computer Sciences shortly thereafter from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in 1990.
Leonid Logvinov
Leonid Logvinov
Software Engineer, 0xProject
Full-stack & blockchain engineer at 0x. Previously blockchain engineer at Neufund, software engineer intern at Quora and competitive programmer. Computer science at University of Warsaw.
Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof
Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof
Founder, Bitnation
Susanne is an international entrepreneur, crypto activist, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Libya, Egypt, Ghana, Netherlands and Indonesia in the past. In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication (WSC) in Afghanistan, which conducts research on local perceptions on governance. She sold WSC in February 2011 to a US firm. In the wake of the Arab Spring, in 2011 she went to Egypt and Libya to support local grassroots movements throughout the civil war. Progressively throughout the years of war, she came to understand how unsustainable the one-fits-all nation state model was, and started exploring more ethical alternatives. In July 2014 she started BITNATION, the world's first functioning Virtual Nation - a Blockchain Jurisdiction - offering opt-in peer-to-peer services traditional governments provides, from dispute resolution to insurance, security, and diplomacy. BITNATION has several thousand Citizens and Ambassadors in over 100 countries around the world. She’s the author of the forthcoming book “The Googlement - The DIY Guide To Starting Your Own Nation (And Changing The World)” - Nortia Press, and a regular writer, and speaker at conferences, having appeared in New York Times, BBC, WIRED, VICE, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, NASDAQ.com, Huffington Post, CNN, The Guardian, Swedish, Russian, German, Dutch, Venezuelan and French Television, TEDx, Google Solve For X, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, and many other venues.
Bruce Pon
Bruce Pon
Project Lead, Ocean Protocol
Bruce Pon is the CEO and co-founder of BigchainDB, a decentralized blockchain database. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion International Consulting, a consulting firm specialized in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. Bruce is a board member, advisor and investor in six startups. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan and a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Vineet Banga
Vineet Banga
VP, Software Engineering
. GE digital
Vineet is VP - Software Engineering at GE and is currently leading Predix Security Engineering teams and pushing advanced technologies like blockchain. His teams build services which span core security needs such AuthN, AuthZ, Audit, PKI & crypto related services. He’s a big believer in XP and leveraging the power of pairs to get more productive and build a #kickass eng culture. Vineet has an MS in Computer Engineering for SJSU and 18+ years experience in the software industry. 
Tiana Laurence
Tiana Laurence
Author, Blockchain For Dummies
Tiana Laurence is an author, investor, and startup founder. She is the author of Blockchain for Dummies, a #1 Bestseller on Amazon, and has a column on TechTarget where she writes about blockchain and IoT. Tiana helped create Factom Inc., a software company that builds innovative technology within the blockchain space. Her passion is growing great companies, and she loves helping young aspiring entrepreneurs learn about business and technology. She has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University.
Ilyas Vali
Ilyas Vali
Co-founder, rLoop
Coming from a strong business development background, Ilyas Vali is co-founder of rLoop; a SpaceX award winning, globally distributed autonomous organisation with over 1200 members across 50 countries. rLoop's key driver is to develop the future of transport (Hyperloop), and to decentralise the development and technology by moving onto the Blockchain.
Andre Xu
Andre Xu
Chief Spokesperson, Musicoin
Andre Xu is Chief Spokesperson for Musicoin, a project dedicated to providing indie musicians the opportunity to receive fair value for their music. Andre works on public relations and community outreach, as well as managing marketing opportunities for Musicoin. He is the organizer of Musicoin Ambassadors, a program aims to spread Musicoin's awareness through partnerships, local functions, and public talks.
Stewart Dennis
Stewart Dennis
CEO, Bitbounce
Vladimir Agaev
Vladimir Agaev
Vlad Wulf, Youtube Channel
Vlad is a Blockchain Developer who teaches on the Youtube channel known as Vlad Wulf. He has a background in Law and Computer Science. He has worked as a Blockchain developer in a Bank and is actually working in an exciting Startup in the Blockchain field. Vlad is passionate about AI's, Blockchains and disruptive technology in general.
Tim Siwula
Tim Siwula
Protocol Engineer, ConsenSys
Tim works as a Protocol Engineer with the Protocol Engineering Groups and Systems at ConsenSys where they design and build the future of blockchain interoperability and scalability, one protocol at a time. Tim is passionate about open source, developer tools, command line experiences and API's. Tim and his friend build an API for Ethereum code-named HappyChain, so they could stop maintaining a local copy of the blockchain for development. Tim has a background in research, day trading, sales and a degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco. Previously Tim worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Democratize Computing Lab, ADT and Wells Fargo.
Tatiana Moroz
Tatiana Moroz
Song Writer, Performer
TATIANA MOROZ is a soulful and outspoken singer-songwriter, and the premier artist in the Bitcoin and Liberty activist communities. Following the release of several independently produced LPs, EPs and singles, Tatiana’s album Keep The Faith was released in 2017 having been funded with cryptocurrency. Her music is a fresh take on the folk style of the revolutionary 60’s and 70’s, an original blend of pop, rock, blues, and alt country. Tatiana is the creator of TatianaCoin, the first ever artist cryptocurrency. Tatiana Coin and other artists coins allow for connecting fans directly to artists in many ways. A driving force in the industry, she is also the Founder of Crypto Media Hub, a PR, marketing and advertising agency for the Bitcoin space. "The Tatiana Moroz Show" podcast streams on several outlets including the Let's Talk Bitcoin network and is quickly growing. Tatiana performs and speaks at blockchain technology and liberty conferences all over the world including SXSW, Harvard University, the National Libertarian Party Convention, Freedom Fest, Berklee College of Music and Inside Bitcoins. She has appeared on NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance, Fox’s Stossel, RT, Infowars, Bitcoin Magazine and many more. During her talks, Tatiana shares her journey as an artist and the many uses of Bitcoin. Topics range from Blockchain technology, to the Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht, the drug war, and prison reform. She inspires people to be enthusiastic about the power of cryptocurrencies, and teaches how Tatiana Coin can be adapted for other artists. Her talks are usually rounded out with a musical performance, relating back to the causes that drive her passion.
Ouriel Ohayon
Ouriel Ohayon
co-founder, ISAI.fr
Entrepreneur/Investor. founder of Techcrunch France (sold to AOL). Managed investment programs behind Outbrain, Eyeview, Teads (Sold to Altice). Co-founded Appsfire (sold to Mobile Network group). cofounded ISAI a leading internet Venture firm behind Blabla car, Sticky Ads (sold to Comcast) and more... Ouriel graduated from HEC Paris and from CEMS Master (April 2013 Alumni of the month) .
Christine	Duhaime
Christine Duhaime
Attorney, Duhaime Law
Christine Duhaime is the founder of the Digital Finance Institute, a think tank that provides thought leadership and intellectual capital on the nexus between digital finance, AI, law, innovation, technology and financial inclusion. The DFI leads initiatives for neutral, global, inclusive and responsible technology innovation. The DFI organized and held the first FinTech Conferences in Nigeria, Iran and Canada and is convening AgTech Africa in Nigeria in 2018 for food and global security. Christine is also a lawyer in private practice in the area of financial crime and anti-money laundering law, and also does foreign asset recovery work for Chinese agencies. She is a frequent keynote speaker in tech, AI and law, having been invited to speak before the United Nations UNICTRAL on Artificial Intelligence Law and Blockchain Law, the Financial Action Task Force on FinTech and anti-money laundering law, and the Asian Development Bank on financial inclusion. Christine is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Women in FinTech, Top 100% Most Influential in FinTech and a Top 100 thought leaders across FinTech, AI and Blockchain and is in the top 5% on Klout. Christine is an AI tech founder and is involved in a handful of tech and AI startups including Chatbo, the world’s only anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing chatbot on IBM Watson with a searchable politically exposed persons and China’s most wanted database; and FemRight, a not for profit developing a chatbot to provide education to teenage refugee girls on life-saving health issues. She is also a partner in a Blockchain startup for responsible innovation.
John Woeltz
John Woeltz
Applied Cryptographer, CoinProtocol
John joined the cryptocurrency community in late 2011. Since then he has followed the community closely while contributing to the world's first scrypt-based ASIC mining hardware and bitcoin-based privacy services. Now in 2017 he believes that the ecosystem is ready to build the next layer of blockchain applications. John is currently exploring quantum resistant blockchain consensus mechanisms and signatures as well zero-knowledge proofs and cross-chain scaling solutions for blockchains.
Michael Feng
Michael Feng
Co-founder, CoinAlpha
Michael is one of the cofounders of CoinAlpha, a platform for blockchain-based funds. In October, CoinAlpha launched the world's first blockchain-native hedge fund that complies with US securities law. Prior to CoinAlpha, Michael was cofounder and CEO of doxIQ, a venture-backed startup that utilized computer vision to extract structured data from unstructured documents. In 2015, Michael led doxIQ to an successful acquisition by Nitro Software, Inc, a leading document productivity company. After the acquisition, he led product management at Nitro. Previously, Michael spent 9 years as a derivatives structurer and trader at JPMorgan and Citigroup, where he created over $7 billion in new securities. In 2004, he created and traded the first derivatives backed by mortgage-backed securities, 3 years before the events depicted in The Big Short. Michael has a MS in Management Science from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Goldenberg
Matt Goldenberg
CEO&Co-founder, Verity
Matt Goldenberg is the CEO of a Verity, a blockchain based reputation platform that helps anonymous users trust each other and make decisions together.
Isaac Potoczny-Jones
Isaac Potoczny-Jones
CEO, Tozny
Isaac founded Tozny to commercialize Galois’ research in cybersecurity and privacy. He has led many successful cybersecurity and identity management projects for government agencies since he started at Galois in 2004. His projects have included secure cross-domain collaboration (Navy, Intelligence Community), practical solutions in identity credentials for first responders (DHS), federated identity for the Open Science Grid (DOE), anonymous authorization and cross-domain search (DOD), mobile password-free authentication (DARPA), authentication for anti-forgery in hardware devices (DARPA), and privacy-preserving authentication and data sharing (NIST). He has applied the NIST Risk Management Framework to commercial and government projects for security assessment and penetration testing. Isaac is an active open source developer in the areas of cryptography and programming languages.
Sunny Aggarwal
Sunny Aggarwal
Researcher, Tendermint
Sunny Aggarwal is a researcher with the Tendermint/Cosmos project and an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. His interest in the intersection between technology and political economics led him to develop a passion for blockchain, decentralized technology, and cryptoeconomics.
Gabrielle	Katsnelson
Gabrielle Katsnelson
Co-founder & COO, The SMBX
Gabrielle Katsnelson is the Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder of The SMBX (Small and Medium Business Exchange). The SMBX is a platform where people can buy and trade SMB securities: bonds, shares, convertible notes, and tokens. Like the New York Stock Exchange but for small businesses and on a proprietary blockhain based technology stack. Gabrielle has a decade of financial accounting, strategy, and operations experience; including: managing the loan portfolio of the Artists Comm Fed Credit Union, the restricted royalty funds of TuneCore, and architecting financial infrastructure for countless SMBs. Having directly experienced the inefficiencies of legacy banking systems, when Gabrielle first heard about distributed ledger technology she was captivated-she knew she was going to be an active participant in its evolution.
Daniel Riedel
Daniel Riedel
CEO, New Context
Daniel Riedel serves as CEO of New Context, a Lean Security firm. He is also co-founder of the Internet of Things (IoT)-ISAO, which is dedicated to the sharing of best practices, security research and threat intelligence, both physical and cyber, for IoT. Daniel is also a member of the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Technical Committee. With over 20 years of experience in technology and operational infrastructure, Riedel is an entrepreneur with deep expertise building secure, scalable technologies and businesses. He has broad experience in engineering, security, operations, analytics and product development. Daniel has published a variety of positions on cybersecurity and threat intelligence, writing for publications such as TechCrunch, Wired, Washington Post, Dark Reading and Federal Times and has often been a speaker at global events, including Borderless Cyber and OASIS
Mark Smargon
Mark Smargon
VP blockchain, Colu
Mark is the VP Blockchain and co founder of Colu, a venture capital funded start-up that uses blockchain technology to help people by creating local currencies and building local economies. Mark has over 15 years of experience with web technologies and understanding how to leverage them to meet market needs. An expert in bitcoin and blockchain technology, Mark previously founded Bitgo.co.il, a Bitcoin payment provider in Israel as well as Creatix, a leading E-commerce provider.
Michail Brynard
Michail Brynard
CTO, Rehive
Michail leads a team of blockchain and fintech developers dedicated to building tools which enable development teams around the world to bring new products to market.
Atul	Kshirsagar
Atul Kshirsagar
Principal Software Architect, GE Digital
Atul Kshirsagar is Principal Software Architect at GE Digital. He is leading the efforts within GE Digital to bring block chain technology based solutions to address various use cases including but not limited to IIoT. At GE Digital he was also heavily involved in development of open source platform as a service - Cloud Foundry and was responsible for bringing support for IoT protocols to Cloud Foundry. Atul has done Masters from IIT Madras in Industrial Management and has over 18 years of experience in software industry in variety of domains like storage, networking, cloud, IoT and now on block chain.
Francis Jervis
Francis Jervis
Phd, NYU
Francis is an anthropologist who studies the culture of startup investing and product development in Silicon Valley & San Francisco. His research focusses on the how risk and value are handled by entrepreneurs and VCs.
Jaim Bai
Jaim Bai
Founder, Evermarkets
Jim Bai has been trading both personally and professionally for over 15 years. He spent 9 years in NYC working for Citigroup and Graham Capital, trading both discretionary and quantitative strategies. At Graham, he managed a $1bn futures and options book in a team of two. He was the co-founder of a machine and deep learning startup before forming EverMarkets, the world's first platform to trade stock, bond, and commodity futures on the blockchain. Jim went to Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in three years with degrees in computer science and computational finance.
Armin Ebrahimi
Armin Ebrahimi
Founder/CEO, ShoCard
Armin Ebrahimi is Founder and CEO of ShoCard, a digital identity verification system that protects consumer privacy through patented use of mobile devices and the blockchain. An industry veteran, he brings more than 30 years of experience in scalable platforms, online services, mobile-development and digital advertising to the ShoCard team. Before founding ShoCard, Armin was the CEO of Advertising.com Dynamic Retargeting, an AOL company. Prior to filling this role, he was Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering at Yahoo, with responsibility for Yahoo’s registration and anti-fraud platform services. He also built Yahoo’s original Display Advertising platform that served more than 20 billion transactions a day. Armin founded and was CEO of TRIicon Solutions, acquired by Tandem Computers. Armin holds a doctorate in organization management from Capella University, as well as Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from California State University – Chico.
Daria Dubinina
Daria Dubinina
CEO, Crassula.io
Daria Dubinina, CEO. Specialization: strategic management, international business development, payments. Daria has dedicated 8 years of experience to payments, ecommerce and business development. Leading strategy for multiple successful projects as a part of RBK Money payment system team and as an entrepreneur, Daria has a deep expertise in technological and business development and opportunities on the international markets.
Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones
Founder, Refereum
Dylan comes from the game industry and has been focusing on cutting out the middleman using influencer marketing. His Refereum project has been gaining viral traction with kind words from Twitch and Unity to help developers and streamers.
Patrick Baron
Patrick Baron
BD, Ambisafe
Patrick is currently the Head of Sales and Business Development for Ambisafe, which has been pioneering blockchain technology since 2010. Ambisafe has launched over 20 blockchain projects including co-development of Tether, Bitfinex, Chronicled as well as launching the successful ICOs for ChronoBank, TaaS.fund, and Polybius.io. He is a Consultancy Advisor to Blockchain at Berkeley which is UC Berkeley's student led blockchain group with over 200 student members. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Blockchain at the FinTech School where he created the Blockchain 101 web course and leads corporate workshops. He is also a cofounder of the OSCRE Blockchain Initiative which is brining together the commercial real estate industry to develop blockchain projects.
Jehan Tremback
Jehan Tremback
Founder, AltheaMesh
Jehan is a blockchain and network engineer. He focuses specifically on payment channels and mesh networks. He is a core member of the PeoplesOpen.net community mesh network and authored the Avocado state channel framework. He is currently working on Althea, a system to let routers in a mesh network automatically pay each other for bandwidth.
Will Madden
Will Madden
CEO, bridge21.io
William Madden is CEO and founder of Bridge21, a money-transfer company that uses Bitcoin in its strategy for giving customers a cheaper, faster, easier way to send fiat from one country to another. Currently dollars are sent from the U.S., processed as Bitcoin, and received as pesos in Mexico. Plans are underway to support many other currencies in the global $300-billion fiat-money-transfer market. Prior to founding Bridge21, Madden developed financial technology and or led teams at Western Union, First Data, and Paymap—including designing and building front and back-end systems of prepaid, point-of-sale, and other financial products; developing and managing operational processes; handling C-level negotiations; expanding capacities of call centers and back-offices; monitoring and improving operations efficiency; resolving and preventing high-risk and critical operational issues; preventing fraud; conforming to global regulations; and integrating U.S. point-of-sale infrastructures into major international networks, among other things. Madden has managed financial-enterprise projects with multimillion-dollar budgets for implementation all over the world.
Christina Gagnier
Christina Gagnier
Partner, Gagnier Margossian LLP
Christina Gagnier leads the Internet, Intellectual Property & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in information privacy, copyright, securities law, international regulatory affairs and technology transactions. Gagnier has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002. Gagnier has served as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Cyber-Exploitation Task Force. Christina has been a subject matter expert on Cyber Exploitation to California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). In addition to her practice, Gagnier is Adjunct Faculty at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law and serving as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. Gagnier consults technology companies on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Gagnier's specialization is in guiding clients through the "Wild West" of legal issues, whether virtual currency, the sharing economy or the ever-changing space of consumer privacy law. Gagnier has built out the securities and financial regulation practice at the firm to provide comprehensive services to clients seeking to raise capital through initial coin offerings and token sales, shaping this area of practice to keep pace with the evolving regulatory landscape with cryptocurrencies.
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AGENDA PREVIEW

[General]
The MAP of the Future is Decentralized
Arnaud Dazin
[Developer]
The economics of gas
Jordan Earls, Qtum
[General]
Solving One of the largest blockchain roadblocks: AML compliance
Pawel Kuskowski, Coinfirm
[Developer]
Artificial Intelligence and Blockchains
John Woeltz, GrAIvy
[General]
Using Blockchains to Crowdsource AI Development
John Woeltz, GrAIvy
[Developer]
Blockchain and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
Vineet Banga, GE Digital
[Developer]
Ocean Protocol - a decentralized data sharing protocol that unlocks data for AI
Bruce Pon, Ocean Protocol
[General]
Pangea - Your Blockchain Jurisdiction
Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, Bitnation
[Developer]
Beyond Blockchain: IOTA
David Sønstebø, IOTA
[General]
Building cross-border payment services on private blockchain and Lightning network technology
Daria Dubinina, Crassula
[General]
How Not to Land in Jail with Your ICO
Christine Duhaime, Duhaime Law
[General]
Blockchain 101 - for dummies
Ouriel Ohayon, ISAI
[General]
Art Is Power - Taking It Back With Cryptocurrency (followed by a live performance)
Tatiana Moroz
[General]
ICO 101 - What You Should Know Before Launching or Participating
Patrick Baron, Ambisafe
[Developer]
Using Smart Contracts to Solve the Liquidity Problem
Eyal Herzog, Bancor Protocol
[General]
The Long Tail of User Generated Currencies
Galia Benartzi. Bancor Protocol
[Developer]
Ethereum Scalability and the Casper protocol
Tim Siwula, ConsenSys
[General]
The Next Generation of Identity Verification using the Blockchain
Armin Ebrahimi, ShoCard
[Developer]
Blockchain Interoperability: Connecting Chains Together
Sunny Aggarwal, Tendermint / Cosmos
[Developer]
Dapp Development 101
Vlad Wulf
[Developer]
Smart Contracts Development 101
Vlad Wulf
[Developer]
0x - An Open Protocol For Decentralized Exchange On The Ethereum Blockchain
Leonid Logvinov, 0x Project
[General]
Trading stock, bond, and commodity futures on the blockchain
Jim Bai, Evermarkets
[Developer]
Incentivized mesh networks
Jehan Tremback, Altheamesh
[General]
Solving Entertainment Industry Problems with Blockchain
Dylan Jones, Refereum
[General]
Blockchain Use Cases, Challenges, and Vision
Max Fang, Blockchain at Berkeley
[General]
The token "risk bundle:" applying venture due diligence to cryptocurrencies
Francis Jervis, NYU
[General]
The $MUSIC Blockchain: Disintermediation of the Music Streaming Industry
Dylan Tarre, Musicoin.org
[Developer]
When do I need a blockchain? A hands-on comparison of decentralized and centralized application development
Michail Brynard, Rehive
[Developer]
End-to-end Cryptography, Pitfalls, Failure Modes, and Finding Success
Isaac Potoczny-Jones, Tozny
[General]
Reputation and Governance - Blockchain's Missing Element
Matt Goldenberg, Verity
[Developer]
Lightning Overview and Development
Max Fang, Lightning Labs

LEARN DIRECTLY FROM THE MAKERS OF THE BLOCKCHAIN

PRESENTING COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE
rLoop
MAP Ltd.
Qtum
Lightning Labs
GE Digital
ConsenSys
Rehive
Music Coin Foundation
Tozny
0x Project
NYU
Bancor
Blockchain at Berkeley
BitBounce

Agenda

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General
Developers
8:00 am
8:40 am
Opening Keynote
Tim Draper
8:40 am
9:20 pm
Blockchain 101 - for the dummies
Ouriel Ohayon
co-founder, Isai.fr

Ouriel Ohayon is an Entrepreneur/Investor. founder of Techcrunch France (sold to AOL). Managed investment programs behind Outbrain, Eyeview, Teads (Sold to Altice). Co-founded Appsfire (sold to Mobile Network group). cofounded ISAI a leading internet Venture firm behind Blabla car, Sticky Ads (sold to Comcast) and more... Ouriel graduated from HEC Paris and from CEMS Master (April 2013 Alumni of the month) .

Smart Contract 101
Vladimir Agaev
Vlad Wolf (Youtube Channel)

Vlad Agaev is a Blockchain Developer who teaches on the Youtube channel known as Vlad Wulf. He has a background in Law and Computer Science. He has worked as a Blockchain developer in a Bank and is actually working in an exciting Startup in the Blockchain field. Vlad is passionate about AI's, Blockchains and disruptive technology in general.

9:20 am
10:00 am
Moving society to digital currencies
Mark Smargon
VP Blockchain, Colu

Mark is the VP Blockchain and co founder of Colu, a venture capital funded start-up that uses blockchain technology to help people by creating local currencies and building local economies. Mark has over 15 years of experience with web technologies and understanding how to leverage them to meet market needs. An expert in bitcoin and blockchain technology, Mark previously founded Bitgo.co.il, a Bitcoin payment provider in Israel as well as Creatix, a leading E-commerce provider.

An Open Protocol For Decentralized Exchange On The Ethereum Blockchain
Leonid Logvinov
Software Engineer, 0xProject

Leonid Logvinov is a full-stack & blockchain engineer at 0x. Previously blockchain engineer at Neufund, software engineer intern at Quora and competitive programmer. Computer science at University of Warsaw.

10:00 am
10:40 am
Blockchain Use Cases, Challenges, and Vision
Max Fang
President, Lecturer, Blockchain at Berkeley

Max Fang is the President of Blockchain at Berkeley, a university-based nonprofit focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain education, research, and consulting. He is a rising senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Computer Science and Economics. For a year, he worked on core product development at ChangeTip, a Bitcoin micropayments company. He is the cofounder and main lecturer for the Cryptocurrency Decal, the world's only cryptocurrency course offered at an undergraduate level, and has conducted independent research on decentralized Bitcoin mixing. Currently, he is working on developer resources, documentation, and advocacy for the Lightning Network.

The economics of gas
Jordan Earls
Co-founder & Lead Developer, Qtum

Jordan Earls is a trusted and well-known member of the cryptocurrency community and has been developing software since he was thirteen. Jordan has reviewed over 100 altcoins and identified multiple exploits in coins.

10:40 am
11:20 am
Lessons learned from running a DApp that manages hundreds of thousands of dollars every day
Michael Feng
Co-Founder, CoinAlpha

Michael is one of the cofounders of CoinAlpha, a platform for blockchain-based funds.  In October, CoinAlpha launched the world's first blockchain-native hedge fund that complies with US securities law.Prior to CoinAlpha, Michael was cofounder and CEO of doxIQ, a venture-backed startup that utilized computer vision to extract structured data from unstructured documents.  In 2015, Michael led doxIQ to an successful acquisition by Nitro Software, Inc, a leading document productivity company.  After the acquisition, he led product management at Nitro.Previously, Michael spent 9 years as a derivatives structurer and trader at JPMorgan and Citigroup, where he created over $7 billion in new securities.  In 2004, he created and traded the first derivatives backed by mortgage-backed securities, 3 years before the events depicted in The Big Short.Michael has a MS in Management Science from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dapp 101
Vladimir Agaev
Blockchain Developer, Vlad Wulf (Youtube Channel)

Vlad Agaev is a Blockchain Developer who teaches on the Youtube channel known as Vlad Wulf. He has a background in Law and Computer Science. He has worked as a Blockchain developer in a Bank and is actually working in an exciting Startup in the Blockchain field. Vlad is passionate about AI's, Blockchains and disruptive technology in general.

11:20 am
12:00 pm
How Not to Land in Jail with Your ICO
Christine Duhaime
Attorney, Duhaime Law

Christine Duhaime is the founder of the Digital Finance Institute, a think tank that provides thought leadership and intellectual capital on the nexus between digital finance, AI, law, innovation, technology and financial inclusion. The DFI leads initiatives for neutral, global, inclusive and responsible technology innovation. The DFI organized and held the first FinTech Conferences in Nigeria, Iran and Canada and is convening AgTech Africa in Nigeria in 2018 for food and global security. Christine is also a lawyer in private practice in the area of financial crime and anti-money laundering law, and also does foreign asset recovery work for Chinese agencies. She is a frequent keynote speaker in tech, AI and law, having been invited to speak before the United Nations UNICTRAL on Artificial Intelligence Law and Blockchain Law, the Financial Action Task Force on FinTech and anti-money laundering law, and the Asian Development Bank on financial inclusion. Christine is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Women in FinTech, Top 100% Most Influential in FinTech and a Top 100 thought leaders across FinTech, AI and Blockchain and is in the top 5% on Klout. Christine is an AI tech founder and is involved in a handful of tech and AI startups including Chatbo, the world’s only anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing chatbot on IBM Watson with a searchable politically exposed persons and China’s most wanted database; and FemRight, a not for profit developing a chatbot to provide education to teenage refugee girls on life-saving health issues. She is also a partner in a Blockchain startup for responsible innovation.

The MAP of the Future is Decentralized
Arnaud Dazin
CEO and Co-founder, Map Ltd.

Arnaud Dazin is a seasoned tech leader in the Virtual and Augmented Reality space after a successful career in the video games industry where he contributed to mobile giant Storm8’s success of achieving over a billion downloads and 50 million monthly actives as an early employee. As CEO of Mapping Aggregation Platform Ltd., Arnaud is intent on using decentralized approaches to creating a crowdsourced 3D map of the world that is more accurate and up to date than any existing mapping technology.

12:00 pm
12:40 pm
Art Is Power - Taking It Back With Cryptocurrency (followed by Live Performance)
Tatiana Moroz
Song Writer

Tatiana Moroz is a soulful and outspoken singer-songwriter, and the premier artist in the Bitcoin and Liberty activist communities. Following the release of several independently produced LPs, EPs and singles, Tatiana’s album Keep The Faith was released in 2017 having been funded with cryptocurrency. Her music is a fresh take on the folk style of the revolutionary 60’s and 70’s, an original blend of pop, rock, blues, and alt country. Tatiana is the creator of TatianaCoin, the first ever artist cryptocurrency. Tatiana Coin and other artists coins allow for connecting fans directly to artists in many ways. A driving force in the industry, she is also the Founder of Crypto Media Hub, a PR, marketing and advertising agency for the Bitcoin space.  "The Tatiana Moroz Show" podcast streams on several outlets including the Let's Talk Bitcoin network and is quickly growing. Tatiana performs and speaks at blockchain technology and liberty conferences all over the world including SXSW, Harvard University, the National Libertarian Party Convention, Freedom Fest, Berklee College of Music and Inside Bitcoins. She has appeared on NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance, Fox’s Stossel, RT, Infowars, Bitcoin Magazine and many more. During her talks, Tatiana shares her journey as an artist and the many uses of Bitcoin. Topics range from Blockchain technology, to the Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht, the drug war, and prison reform. She inspires people to be enthusiastic about the power of cryptocurrencies, and teaches how Tatiana Coin can be adapted for other artists. Her talks are usually rounded out with a musical performance, relating back to the causes that drive her passion.

Decentralizing High Technology: How Hardware Organizations can utilize the blockchain
Ilyas Vali
Co-founder, rLoop

Coming from a strong business development background, Ilyas Vali is co-founder of rLoop; a SpaceX award winning, globally distributed autonomous organisation with over 1200 members across 50 countries. rLoop's key driver is to develop the future of transport (Hyperloop), and to decentralise the development and technology by moving onto the Blockchain.

12:40 pm
1:20 pm
Solving Entertainment Industry Problems with Blockchain
Dylan Jones
Video games and blockchain, Refereum

Dylan comes from the game industry and has been focusing on cutting out the middleman using influencer marketing. His Refereum project has been gaining viral traction with kind words from Twitch and Unity to help developers and streamers.

Quantum Resistance and Blockchains
John Woeltz
Applied Cryptographer, CoinProtocol

John joined the cryptocurrency community in late 2011. Since then he has followed the community closely while contributing to the world's first scrypt-based ASIC mining hardware and bitcoin-based privacy services. Now in 2017 he believes that the ecosystem is ready to build the next layer of blockchain applications. John is currently exploring quantum resistant blockchain consensus mechanisms and signatures as well zero-knowledge proofs and cross-chain scaling solutions for blockchains.

1:20 pm
2:00 pm
Trading stock, bond, and commodity futures on the blockchain
Jim Bai
Founder, EverMarkets

Jim Bai has been trading both personally and professionally for over 15 years. He spent 9 years in NYC working for Citigroup and Graham Capital, trading both discretionary and quantitative strategies. At Graham, he managed a $1bn futures and options book in a team of two. He was the co-founder of a machine and deep learning startup before forming EverMarkets, the world's first platform to trade stock, bond, and commodity futures on the blockchain. Jim went to Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in three years with degrees in computer science and computational finance.

Lightning Overview and Development
Max Fang
Developer, Lightning Labs

Max Fang is the President of Blockchain at Berkeley, a university-based nonprofit focusing on cryptocurrency and blockchain education, research, and consulting. He is a rising senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Computer Science and Economics. For a year, he worked on core product development at ChangeTip, a Bitcoin micropayments company. He is the cofounder and main lecturer for the Cryptocurrency Decal, the world's only cryptocurrency course offered at an undergraduate level, and has conducted independent research on decentralized Bitcoin mixing. Currently, he is working on developer resources, documentation, and advocacy for the Lightning Network.

2:00 pm
2:40 pm
A New Way to Look at Cross-border Payments
Will Madden
CEO & founder, Bridge21.io

William Madden is CEO and founder of Bridge21, a money-transfer company that uses Bitcoin in its strategy for giving customers a cheaper, faster, easier way to send fiat from one country to another. Currently dollars are sent from the U.S., processed as Bitcoin, and received as pesos in Mexico. Plans are underway to support many other currencies in the global $300-billion fiat-money-transfer market. Prior to founding Bridge21, Madden developed financial technology and or led teams at Western Union, First Data, and Paymap—including designing and building front and back-end systems of prepaid, point-of-sale, and other financial products; developing and managing operational processes; handling C-level negotiations; expanding capacities of call centers and back-offices; monitoring and improving operations efficiency; resolving and preventing high-risk and critical operational issues; preventing fraud; conforming to global regulations; and integrating U.S. point-of-sale infrastructures into major international networks, among other things. Madden has managed financial-enterprise projects with multimillion-dollar budgets for implementation all over the world.

When do I need a blockchain? A hands-on comparison of decentralized and centralized application development.
Michail Brynard
CTO, Rehive

Michail lrynard leads a team of blockchain and fintech developers dedicated to building tools which enable development teams around the world to bring new products to market.

2:40 pm
3:20 pm
The token "risk bundle:" applying venture due diligence to cryptocurrencies
Francis Jervis
PHD candidate, NYU

Francis Jervis is an anthropologist who studies the culture of startup investing and product development in Silicon Valley & San Francisco. His research focusses on the how risk and value are handled by entrepreneurs and VCs.

Attribution and Secure Coding - How could blockchain help?
Daniel Riedel
CEO, New context

Daniel Riedel serves as CEO of New Context, a Lean Security firm. He is also co-founder of the Internet of Things (IoT)-ISAO, which is dedicated to the sharing of best practices, security research and threat intelligence, both physical and cyber, for IoT. Daniel is also a member of the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Technical Committee. With over 20 years of experience in technology and operational infrastructure, Riedel is an entrepreneur with deep expertise building secure, scalable technologies and businesses. He has broad experience in engineering, security, operations, analytics and product development. Daniel has published a variety of positions on cybersecurity and threat intelligence, writing for publications such as TechCrunch, Wired, Washington Post, Dark Reading and Federal Times and has often been a speaker at global events, including Borderless Cyber and OASIS

3:20 pm
4:00 pm
IoT devices, security, and using blockchain to facilitate identity and better data driven decisions for A.I.
Tiana Laurence
Author, Investor, Founder, Blockchain For Dummies

Tiana Laurence is an author, investor, and startup founder. She is the author of Blockchain for Dummies, a #1 Bestseller on Amazon, and has a column on TechTarget where she writes about blockchain and IoT. Tiana helped create Factom Inc., a software company that builds innovative technology within the blockchain space. Her passion is growing great companies, and she loves helping young aspiring entrepreneurs learn about business and technology. She has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University.

Spanning Private and Public Chains with a Blockchain Based Business
Joël Hubert
Software Engineer, Otonomos

Joel Hubert is a self-taught developer specialising in Python holding master's degrees in economics and finance. He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and has followed the Ethereum project in its entirety since inception. Joel joined Otonomos as software engineer focused on backend, smart contracts and the blockchain industry early 2016. He wrote and published the world's first compliant ESOP smart contract module and regularly acts as office lecturer on the latest developments in the sector.

General
Developers
8:00 am
8:40 am
Keynote: Beyond Blockchain: IOTA
David Sønstebø
Founder & leader, IOTA Foundation

David Sønstebø has been working full time in the blockchain and IoT space since early 2012, being part of pioneering projects in the space involving decentralized identity for humans and things alike, asset management, voting on the ledger, data integrity, Internet of Things economy.

8:40 am
9:20 am
Keynote: Using Smart Contracts to Solve the Liquidity Problem
Eyal Hertzog
Product Architect, Bancor Protocol

Eyal Hertzog is a serial technology entrepreneur focusing on consumer technology and Internet trends for over two decades. He was the founder of Contact.com, the first social network, and Metacafe, the first online video sharing site with over 50 million users at its peak. Eyal is a well known speaker and thought leader on user generated content and cryptocurrency, and today runs product for the Bancor protocol, which enables continuous and automated liquidity across a new generation of cryptocurrencies called Smart Tokens.

9:20 am
10:00 am
Solving One of the largest blockchain roadblocks: AML compliance
Pawel Kuskowski
Co-founder & CEO, Coinfirm

Paweł Kuskowski – Co Founder and CEO of Coinfirm - Entrepreneur and AML/CFT and compliance advisor, Pawel is the former head of Global AML Processes at Royal Bank of Scotland and Head of Regulatory Risk and Compliance at Eversheds. A recognized specialist in compliance and anti-money-laundering with extensive experience conducting global projects for international financial institutions and cooperating with supervisory authorities, Pawel is also the chairman of the Compliance Association of Poland.

Blockchain Applied to Healthcare
Robert Chu
Founder, Embleema

Recognizing the considerable potential of cloud and blockchain technologies in the healthcare industry and the need for better solves for care continuum and pervasive cyber-security issues, Robert founded Embleema in 2017 after a distinguished career at IBM and QuintilesIMS. Robert worked for IBM in Europe and the US for more than 15 years, serving in key technical and management positions such as Global Wireless Solutions Executive in the US and Director of Telecommunications, Media & Utilities Sector for IBM France. In June of 2007, Robert joined IMS Health France and served as the General Manager of the affiliate in 2011. He then moved to Shanghai in China in 2013 to run the Asia Pacific and China operations for IMS Health. Robert was subsequently promoted in 2015 to Senior Vice President, Global Technology Solutions, responsible for the management of a 1,400 employees and $800 million business, delivering SaaS solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industries globally. Robert graduated with a Master's Degree in Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France in 1988 and obtained a Master's in Computer Sciences shortly thereafter from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in 1990.

10:00 am
10:40 am
Building cross-boarder payment services on private blockchain and Lightning network technology
Daria Dubinina
CEO & Co-founder, Crassula

Daria Dubinina, CEO. Specialization: strategic management, international business development, payments. Daria has dedicated 8 years of experience to payments, ecommerce and business development. Leading strategy for multiple successful projects as a part of RBK Money payment system team and as an entrepreneur, Daria has a deep expertise in technological and business development and opportunities on the international markets.

Ocean Protocol - a decentralized data sharing protocol that unlocks data for AI
Bruce Pon
Project Lead, Ocean Protocol

Bruce Pon is the CEO and co-founder of BigchainDB, a decentralized blockchain database. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion International Consulting, a consulting firm specialized in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. Bruce is a board member, advisor and investor in six startups. He has an Advanced Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan and a B.Sc in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

10:40 am
11:20 am
Reputation and Governance - Blockchain's Missing Element
Matt Goldenberg,
Founder and CEO, Verity

Matt Goldenberg is the CEO of a Verity, a blockchain based reputation platform that helps anonymous users trust each other and make decisions together.

End-to-end Cryptography, Pitfalls, Failure Modes, and Finding Success
Isaac Potoczny-Jones
CEO, Tozny

Isaac Potoczny-Jones founded Tozny to commercialize Galois’ research in cybersecurity and privacy. He has led many successful cybersecurity and identity management projects for government agencies since he started at Galois in 2004. His projects have included secure cross-domain collaboration (Navy, Intelligence Community), practical solutions in identity credentials for first responders (DHS), federated identity for the Open Science Grid (DOE), anonymous authorization and cross-domain search (DOD), mobile password-free authentication (DARPA), authentication for anti-forgery in hardware devices (DARPA), and privacy-preserving authentication and data sharing (NIST). He has applied the NIST Risk Management Framework to commercial and government projects for security assessment and penetration testing. Isaac is an active open source developer in the areas of cryptography and programming languages.

11:20 am
12:00 pm
Musicoin: Disintermediation of Music streaming on the Blockchain
Andre Xu, Chief Evengelist
Musicoin.org

Andre Xu is Chief Spokesperson for Musicoin, a project dedicated to providing indie musicians the opportunity to receive fair value for their music. Andre works on public relations and community outreach, as well as managing marketing opportunities for Musicoin. He is the organizer of Musicoin Ambassadors, a program aims to spread Musicoin's awareness through partnerships, local functions, and public talks.

Blockchain Interoperability: Connecting Chains Together
Sunny Aggarwal
Researcher, Tendermint / Cosmos

Sunny Aggarwal is a researcher with the Tendermint/Cosmos project and an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.  His interest in the intersection between technology and political economics led him to develop a passion for blockchain, decentralized technology, and cryptoeconomics.

12:00 pm
12:40 pm
Pangea - Your Blockchain Jurisdiction
Susanne Tempelhof,
Founder, Bitnation

Susanne Tarkowski is an international entrepreneur, crypto activist, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Libya, Egypt, Ghana, Netherlands and Indonesia in the past. In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication (WSC) in Afghanistan, which conducts research on local perceptions on governance. She sold WSC in February 2011 to a US firm. In the wake of the Arab Spring, in 2011 she went to Egypt and Libya to support local grassroots movements throughout the civil war. Progressively throughout the years of war, she came to understand how unsustainable the one-fits-all nation state model was, and started exploring more ethical alternatives.  In July 2014 she started BITNATION, the world's first functioning Virtual Nation - a Blockchain Jurisdiction - offering opt-in peer-to-peer services traditional governments provides, from dispute resolution to insurance, security, and diplomacy. BITNATION has several thousand Citizens and Ambassadors in over 100 countries around the world. She’s the author of the forthcoming book “The Googlement - The DIY Guide To Starting Your Own Nation (And Changing The World)” - Nortia Press, and a regular writer, and speaker at conferences, having appeared in New York Times, BBC, WIRED, VICE, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, NASDAQ.com, Huffington Post, CNN, The Guardian, Swedish, Russian, German, Dutch, Venezuelan and French Television, TEDx, Google Solve For X, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, and many other venues.

Deep dive into the Ethereum protocol
Tim Siwula
Protocol Engineer, ConsenSys

Tim Siwula works as a Protocol Engineer with the Protocol Engineering Groups and Systems at ConsenSys where they design and build the future of blockchain interoperability and scalability, one protocol at a time. Tim is passionate about open source, developer tools, command line experiences and API's. Tim and his friend build an API for Ethereum code-named HappyChain, so they could stop maintaining a local copy of the blockchain for development. Tim has a background in research, day trading, sales and a degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco. Previously Tim worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Democratize Computing Lab, ADT and Wells Fargo.

12:40 pm
1:20 pm
ICO 101 - What You Should Know Before Launching or Participating
Patrick Baron
BD, Ambisafe

Patrick Baron is the Head of Sales and Business Development for Ambisafe, which has been pioneering blockchain technology since 2010.  Ambisafe has launched over 20 blockchain projects including co-development of Tether, Bitfinex, Chronicled as well as launching the successful ICOs for ChronoBank, TaaS.fund, and Polybius.io. He is a Consultancy Advisor to Blockchain at Berkeley which is UC Berkeley's student led blockchain group with over 200 student members.  He is an Adjunct Instructor of Blockchain at the FinTech School where he created the Blockchain 101 web course and leads corporate workshops. He is also a cofounder of the OSCRE Blockchain Initiative which is brining together the commercial real estate industry to develop blockchain projects.

Solving email spam with Credo tokens
Stewart Dennis
Founder & CEO, Bitbounce
1:20 pm
2:00 pm
IoT devices, security, and using blockchain to facilitate identity and better data driven decisions for A.I.
Tiana Laurence
Author, Investor, Founder, Blockchain For Dummies

Tiana Laurence is an author, investor, and startup founder. She is the author of Blockchain for Dummies, a #1 Bestseller on Amazon, and has a column on TechTarget where she writes about blockchain and IoT. Tiana helped create Factom Inc., a software company that builds innovative technology within the blockchain space. Her passion is growing great companies, and she loves helping young aspiring entrepreneurs learn about business and technology. She has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University.

Incentivized mesh networks
Jehan Tremback
Founder, Altheamesh

Jehan is a blockchain and network engineer. He focuses specifically on payment channels and mesh networks. He is a core member of the PeoplesOpen.net community mesh network and authored the Avocado state channel framework. He is currently working on Althea, a system to let routers in a mesh network automatically pay each other for bandwidth.

2:00 pm
2:40 pm
Use Cases for a Private Blockchain
Gabrielle Katsnelson
COO, The SMBX (The Small and Medium Business Exchange)

Gabrielle Katsnelson is the Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder of The SMBX (Small and Medium Business Exchange).  The SMBX is a platform where people can buy and trade SMB securities: bonds, shares, convertible notes, and tokens. Like the New York Stock Exchange but for small businesses and on a proprietary blockchain based technology stack.  Gabrielle has a decade of financial accounting, strategy, and operations experience; including: managing the loan portfolio of the Artists Comm Fed Credit Union, the restricted royalty funds of TuneCore, and architecting financial infrastructure for countless SMBs.  Having directly experienced the inefficiencies of legacy banking systems, when Gabrielle first heard about distributed ledger technology she was captivated-she knew she was going to be an active participant in its evolution.

Blockchain and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
Vineet Banga
VP, Software Engineering
, GE Digital

Vineet Banga is VP - Software Engineering at GE and is currently leading Predix Security Engineering teams and pushing advanced technologies like blockchain. His teams build services which span core security needs such AuthN, AuthZ, Audit, PKI & crypto related services. He’s a big believer in XP and leveraging the power of pairs to get more productive and build a #kickass eng culture. Vineet has an MS in Computer Engineering for SJSU and 18+ years experience in the software industry. 

2:40 pm
3:20 pm
The Next Generation of Identity Verification using the Blockchain
Armin Ebrahimi
CEO, ShoCard

Armin Ebrahimi is Founder and CEO of ShoCard, a digital identity verification system that protects consumer privacy through patented use of mobile devices and the blockchain. An industry veteran, he brings more than 30 years of experience in scalable platforms, online services, mobile-development and digital advertising to the ShoCard team.  Before founding ShoCard, Armin was the CEO of Advertising.com Dynamic Retargeting, an AOL company. Prior to filling this role, he was Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering at Yahoo, with responsibility for Yahoo’s registration and anti-fraud platform services. He also built Yahoo’s original Display Advertising platform that served more than 20 billion transactions a day. Armin founded and was CEO of TRIicon Solutions, acquired by Tandem Computers. Armin holds a doctorate in organization management from Capella University, as well as Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from California State University – Chico.

3:20 pm
4:00 pm
Closing Keynote: Connecting Devices with Blockchain
Patrick Dai
Founder, Qtum

Patrick is graduate of Draper University and a PhD dropped out from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Patrick was previously employed by Alibaba, and has committed himself to the development of blockchain technology with his abundant industry experience.

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