Government Keynote I: US Government Blockchain Initiatives

Tim Persons, Tim Persons, Chief Scientist & Managing Director of Science, Technology Assessment & Analytics, US Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Dr. Timothy Persons is the Chief Scientist of the Unites States Government Accountability Office (GAO). Dr. Persons is also the Managing Director of GAO’s Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team. In this rare dual role, Dr. Persons’ portfolio brings critical foresight to the U.S. Congress on every area of emerging technology, from artificial intelligence to biosafety to nanomanufacturing to synthetic opioids. Dr. Persons leads a large, interdisciplinary team whose work includes:

  • advanced data analytics
  • the full spectrum of science, technology and engineering audits
  • the establishment of an Innovation Lab
  • the authoritative best practices guides for federal agencies acquiring new technology

Prior to joining GAO, Dr. Persons served in key executive roles at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and the National Security Agency. Dr. Persons received his B.Sc. (Physics) from JMU, a M.Sc. (Nuclear Physics) from Emory University, and a M.Sc. (Computer Science) and Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) degrees from Wake Forest University. He is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a council member (ex officio) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), a member (ex officio) of the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation, and a member of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) Advisory Board.

Fireside Chat: US Congressman on Blockchain Government Policies and Regulations

Hosted by Jason Brett, President and CEO, Value Technology Foundation

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Value Technology Foundation, Jason Brett believes blockchain and digital asset technology can have a profound impact on financial and other sectors of the world economy for the better. Jason is a former federal regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with 18 years of experience in financial services. At the FDIC, Jason conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis during the financial crisis of 2008. Jason evaluated counterparty risk, bond valuations, and credit default swaps for large institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bank of America. His experience as a regulator during a crisis that included the trust of the financial system and the solution offered by blockchain technology drew him to this industry in 2015. He served as the Director of Operations for Policy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce and then as Policy Ambassador for Government and Regulatory Affairs for ConsenSys where he briefed regulators on blockchain technology at the U.S. Treasury, FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, SEC, CFTC, and the Department of Commerce.  His latest endeavor is starting the Value Technology Foundation for blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals, a Non-Profit in Washington D.C. focused on education for policymakers and advocacy for research and development efforts in the United States.

Panel: Pulse of the Blockchain Industry

Moderated by Jason Rupe, IEEE Blockchain Initiative Co-chair

Dr. Jason Rupe got his Ph.D. modeling large scale systems and networks for performance and reliability. He has held titles including senior technical staff and director at USWEST, Qwest, Polar Star Consulting, and Tenica. He was the Managing Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Reliability, and has several IEEE roles currently including Denver Section Chair, VP Conferences for Reliability Society, and co-chair of IEEE Blockchain initiative. He is the Principal Architect for Proactive Network Maintenance at CableLabs.

State of Identity on the Blockchain

Anthony Nadalin

This talk will give an update on the various standards efforts going on relative to “Identity in/on the blockchain”, also will present an overall all architecture for Identity relative to the block chain.

Anthony Nadalin’s professional career emphasis has been in the security and identity space since he started work with IBM in 1983 working as a systems programmer in for the Federal Systems Division. During his 26 years with IBM he has held various roles in various locations, the last role being that of Chief Security Architect, IBM Software Group. Tony has authored 4 books, over 50 technical articles in various journals and hold over 100 issued patents. He currently works at Microsoft as a Partner Architect in Identity Division area as the technical lead for the various standards activates with emphasis on strong authentication and strong identity, and currently chairs various working groups, participate in working groups in various standards bodies and organizations including ISO, IETF, OASIS, W3C, FIDO, TCG, etc.

Decentralized Trusted Computing Base for Blockchain Infrastructure Security

Thomas Hardjono

There is a growing interest today in blockchain technology as a possible foundation for the future global financial ecosystem. However, in order for this future financial ecosystem to be truly global, with a high degree of interoperability and stability, a number challenges need to be addressed related to infrastructure security. One key aspect concerns the security and robustness of the systems that participate in the blockchain peer-to-peer networks. This presentation discusses the notion of the decentralized trusted computing base as an extension of the TCB concept in trusted computing. We discuss how a decentralized TCB can be useful to (i) harden individual nodes and systems in the blockchain infrastructure, and (ii) be the basis for secure group-oriented computations making within the P2P network of nodes that make-up the blockchain system.

Thomas Hardjono is the CTO of MIT Connection Science and Director of the Trust-Data Consortium at MIT. He leads technical projects and initiatives around identity, security and data privacy, and engages MIT’s industry partners and sponsors on these fronts. Previous to this Thomas was the Director of the MIT Kerberos Consortium, developing the famous MIT Kerberos authentication software currently used by millions of users around the world. He has been active in the areas of security, applied cryptography, trusted computing and identity management for over two decades now, starting from the mid-1990s working in the emerging PKI industry as Principal Scientist at VeriSign, which became the largest PKI provider in the world. His work included devices certificates for DOCSIS cable modems & WiFi devices, and X509 certificates for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security hardware. He has chaired a number of key technical groups, including in the IETF, OASIS, Trusted Computing Group, Kantara, Open Music Initiative and other organizations. At MIT Thomas has also been instrumental in leading research and development efforts in the areas of decentralized digital identity, privacy-preserving & trustworthy computation, blockchain interoperability models, AML/KYC in cryptocurrency systems, stable coins, and the use of smart contracts for the open music supply-chain infrastructure.

Blockchain Data Privacy: Where we are and What’s Next

Theodore Waz

An entrepreneur and investor, Ted Waz is passionate about innovative technologies and relentlessly seeks opportunities that deliver high returns to investors while making a difference is people’s lives. Focus areas include AI/machine learning, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, edge services, cybersecurity, quantum & superchip technologies. Ted spent over 20 years serving and leading Fortune 50 companies such as, UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, Emdeon, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Development Corporation and other startups delivering transparency, cross functional collaboration, sustainability, and efficiency. He has an undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College, and attended graduate executive programs at Harvard University (GSE), Harvard Medical School (SQIL), and Oxford University-Said Business School (BSP).

Blockchain Interoperability and Architecture

Claudio Lima

While the underpinnings of the blockchain protocol date back to work at Bellcore in the early 1990s, it gained wide visibility with the creation of the Bitcoin protocol in 2009. However, that protocol failed to imagine the implications of the large scale of the Bitcoin ecosystem. The biggest elephant in the room is the wasted energy of all the Bitcoin mining that fails to produce an extension of the blockchain, reported to be comparable to the energy consumption of a small country, but there are other issues of scalability, security, and general fairness. These issues apply not only to Bitcoin but to several other popular blockchain technologies. In this talk I will discuss some of the issues of what are now “legacy blockchain systems” and survey some of the ideas for future-proofing the technology.

Dr. Claudio Lima is a thought leader in advanced energy (utilities, oil and gas) and telecom/IT, working with emerging technologies and digital transformation. He has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering (UKC England, 1995), M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He served as Vice Chair of the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Standards. He led smart grid and advanced telecom/IT R&D and global initiatives and worked for almost 10 years as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS)/ Sr. Research Scientist at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs (Sprint ATL), in Silicon Valley-CA. He also served as co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)/Energy, Utility and Oil & Gas. Currently, Dr. Lima is co-founder of the Blockchain Engineering Council (BEC), chair of IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards WG – P2418.5, vice-chair of IEEE Blockchain IoT Standards WG- P2418.1, member of the Blockchain/DLT Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of PNNL/DOE, co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain in Telecom/Globecom 2019 Blockchain, technical program chair of the 2019 IEEE-NIST Blockchain Global Summit, and former global standards director of EEA Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. He has more than 12+ USPTO patents and +150 conference and peer-review papers publications.

On Avoiding Blockchain Bitrot

Fred Douglis, Chief Research Scientist, Perspecta Labs

Fred Douglis is a Chief Research Scientist at Perspecta Labs since January 2018, where he works on applied research in the areas of blockchain, network optimization, and security. He was previously with companies including Matsushita, AT&T, IBM, and (Dell) EMC. His research interests included storage, distributed systems, web tools and performance, and mobile computing. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.

Douglis is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and a fellow of the IEEE. He has volunteered with IEEE-CS since 1993 and was named a member of the Golden Core in 2012. He served as EIC of IEEE Internet Computing from 2007-2010 and has been on its editorial board since 1999. He is also on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, as well as ACM Transactions on Storage. He formed the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on the Internet, chairing it from 1997-2000, and previously chaired the TC on Operating Systems from 1996-1998.

Panel: Blockchain Government Projects and Activities

Moderated by Jason Brett, President and CEO, Value Technology Foundation

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Value Technology Foundation, Jason Brett believes blockchain and digital asset technology can have a profound impact on financial and other sectors of the world economy for the better. Jason is a former federal regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with 18 years of experience in financial services. At the FDIC, Jason conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis during the financial crisis of 2008. Jason evaluated counterparty risk, bond valuations, and credit default swaps for large institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bank of America. His experience as a regulator during a crisis that included the trust of the financial system and the solution offered by blockchain technology drew him to this industry in 2015. He served as the Director of Operations for Policy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce and then as Policy Ambassador for Government and Regulatory Affairs for ConsenSys where he briefed regulators on blockchain technology at the U.S. Treasury, FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, SEC, CFTC, and the Department of Commerce.  His latest endeavor is starting the Value Technology Foundation for blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals, a Non-Profit in Washington D.C. focused on education for policymakers and advocacy for research and development efforts in the United States.

Government Keynote II: The National Science Foundation (NSF) Blockchain Program for Start-Ups

Anna Brady-Estevez, Director of Blockchain Initiative, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Anna Brady-Estevez joined the National Science Foundation as SBIR/STTR Program Director in 2016 and started the Distributed Ledger portfolio covering a broad range of technologies (blockchain, DAGs). In this role she brings breadth of background across entrepreneurship and venture capital, innovative research, and direction of corporate strategy and investments. Anna has served as a collaborator with numerous startups having worked as an inventor for an early-stage venture-backed startup, and a Principal Investor for an early-stage venture firm. Anna’s contributions in innovation have been recognized since 2009 when she was selected as one of approximately 30 Kauffman Fellows from around the globe, for leadership in innovation and venture capital. She served as Director of Corporate Strategy for leading multinationals including The AES Corporation and Cummins Inc., and advised numerous clients while serving as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Anna’s work in these roles resulted in more than $6 billion of infrastructure investments with enhanced returns, identification of billions of dollars in cost reduction opportunities, contributing to a core transformation team of a trillion dollar entity in energy, and the implementation of several new technologies spanning nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, Big Data and Internet of Things, along with new equipment that enabled transforming energy economics. Anna holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; and a B.S. from The Johns Hopkins University.

Decentralized Computing and Trusted Execution Environments: Lessons Learned

Mic Bowman, Intel

Dr. Mic Bowman is a senior principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the distributed ledger research group. Mic has spent over 20 years working on large-scale databases and distributed systems. For the last three years, he has served as a member of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee contributing to various aspects of architecture definition and evaluation of technologies for privacy and confidentiality. He is currently working on methods for improving the security, scalability, and privacy of distributed ledgers. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona.

Fireside Chat: Blockchain-Enabled Next-Generation “Circular Economy” Supply Chain Models

Michaela Ulieru, Co-Director, Endor and
Joseph Francis, Principal Director, Accenture

Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is a scholar of distributed intelligent systems, having pioneered a series of technologies that are bundled under the collective name of “Blockchain”, which consists of over 200 peer reviewed publications, hundreds of invited keynotes and talks, advisor to governments on the adoption of emerging technologies to improve the lives of citizens, as well as mentor to many successful entrepreneurs. In her capacity as Member of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development, Dr. Ulieru advocated to include blockchain among the Top 10 future and emerging technologies at the World Economic Forum in 2016.

Dr. Ulieru is also President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy, aiming to capitalize on her achievements as the Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Information Infrastructures for the eSociety which she held for five years since July 2005. In 2007 she was appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada by the Minister of Industry, to advise the government and provide foresight on innovation issues related to the ICT impact on Canada’s economic development and social well-being against international standards of excellence. In 2006 she was appointed to the Science and Engineering Research Council of Singapore, and in 2010 she was appointed Expert in ICT-Enabled Innovation at the Executive Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation of Romania, and as Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa. As a tenured professor at the University of New Brunswick (2005-2012) she founded the Adaptive Risk Management Laboratory with Canada Foundation for Innovation sponsorship. She led several large scale projects funded by NSERC, DRDC, CANARIE and NBIF targeting the management of complex situations through more organic ways of governance.

Industry Keynote: The Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security Imperative for IoT: Blockchain and Beyond

Florence D. Hudson, Special Advisor, NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University

Our increasingly connected world leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) creates great value, in connected healthcare, smart cities, and more. The increasing use of IoT also creates great risk. We will discuss the challenges and risks we need to address as technology leaders in IoT and TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, and Security – for devices, systems and solutions we deliver and use. Blockchain may be part of the solution, if deployed with end to end trust and security in mind, at a system level with TIPPSS. Florence has led IEEE working groups on clinical IoT data validation and interoperability with blockchain, and blockchain for clinical trials. She will share the insights from these initiatives, as well as from her work developing the IoT and smarter planet strategies during her years in IBM, and consulting in industry, research, government and academia.

Florence Hudson is Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, consulting in advanced technologies, diversity and inclusion. Formerly IBM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, and an aerospace engineer at Grumman and NASA, she is Special Advisor for TrustedCI – the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University, and Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University. She serves on Boards for Princeton, Cal Poly, and Stony Brook Universities, Blockchain in Healthcare, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Standards Committee (EMB-SC). She is Chair of the IEEE Standards Association working group (P2733) for Clinical Internet of Things (IOT) Data and Device Interoperability with TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security. She authored IEEE articles on “Enabling Trust and Security – TIPPSS for IoT” and “Wearables and Medical Interoperability – the Evolving Frontier”, a chapter on “TIPPSS for Smart Cities” in the 2017 book “Creating, Analysing and Sustaining Smarter Cities: A Systems Perspective” , and is Editor in Chief for the book “Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT” with 16 women authors from around the globe. She graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Panel: Blockchain Government Projects and Activities

Umit Cali, 2nd Vice-Chair, IEEE Energy Blockchain Standards P2418.5
Srinkhil Gourisetti, Grid Cybersecurity Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL)/DOE
Moderated by Dane Christensen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

This panel will discuss blockchain energy applications, platform technology, use cases and applications, cybersecurity of mission critical assets, transactive energy and others. It will also discuss IEEE P2418.5 Blockchain Energy standards development.

Dr. Umit Cali is a seasoned technology researcher conducting academic-based research activities in energy analytics, blockchain and economics in UNC Charlotte. Dr. Cali has 19 years international experience in the fields of energy systems, data science, blockchain technologies, ICT, energy markets and economics. He has worked for IBM International (Istanbul/Turkey) as a network engineer and project manager, a senior researcher in energy informatics and economics (Fraunhofer Institute – Germany), an Energy Consultant (Lahmeyer International- Germany), a Manager in wind energy project development and energy markets/energy economics (EnBW –Utility in Germany), Chief Technology Officer for an international service provider in energy efficiency (KREEN Renewables GmbH- Germany/Switzerland) and assistant professor in three universities (Gediz University- Turkey, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte).

Dr. Cali is also co-founder of US (NSF SBIR funded) and Europa based technology startup companies which are active in advanced energy informatics and blockchain. He is serving as active member of IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards WG (P2418.5).

Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti is a Grid – cybersecurity research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). During his research engagement at PNNL, he worked on several smart grid cyber-physical security projects addressing the security and grid systems interaction challenges and needs of critical facilities and infrastructure. He has been actively involved in research projects on security engineering solutions and responses for critical infrastructure. He is the Co-PI for DOE Cybersecurity projects such Keyless Infrastructure Security Solution – a blockchain-based system for critical infrastructure; Mitigation of External-exposure for Energy Delivery Systems; Cybersecurity Framework. He is one of the lead authors for DOE-PNNL led buildings cybersecurity framework and the lead developer for vulnerability assessment tools. He is the Co-PI for the development of on-going cyber-physical security non-intrusive applications. He was a technical lead for an incentive-based hardware-in-the-loop project where the grid simulation software and hardware systems interact in real-time. Under a DARPA project, he also led a team to develop red team – blue team cyber-physical attack scenarios for grid systems. In the IEEE Blockchain working group, he is the co-lead for cybersecurity task force.

Setting the Standard: Blockchain and the Coming Token-Powered Economy

Ron Resnick

Blockchain has the potential to benefit everyone across the globe. However, the task of developing blockchain or tokenization solutions calls for continuous collaboration between creators and the people they will be serving. Learn how individuals, companies, consortiums, think tanks and innovators are working together to harness blockchain and tokenization to make an immediate and concrete difference around the world interoperable through a shared set of industry standards and corresponding certification testing to validate solutions conform to the standard. Blockchain can become the shared infrastructure for global collaboration and exchange. By applying a standards-based approach to blockchain applications, services and tokens, world marketplaces can provide access to essential services and enable more individuals to protect their personal data and assets. Join as we discuss the work that lies ahead, and explore how blockchain standards and standardization of tokens can help make a lasting impact; from buying your next plane ticket to serving the world’s disenfranchised communities. Tokens surround us in everyday life, but we hardly notice them. Blockchain was initially all about the concept of what we now call a token, a crypto currency. Smart Contracts captured the imagination of the enterprise market in 2015 which has perhaps over indexed towards them since. As blockchain technology matures, it’s natural to stop, look back and evaluate how far we have come. In doing so, many have come to the realization that we have neglected the basics of blockchain and its true strength for lack of standards.

Ron Resnick is a business development professional with over 25 years of experience successfully growing high technology businesses and their ecosystems. Ron is a frequent speaker on blockchain and has spoken at the World Economic Forum’s Davos, Ethereal Summit, SXSW, Consensus, Ethereal Foundation’s DevCon conference, among others. Before his appointment as EEA’s first Executive Director, Ron served as President and Chairman of the Board for AirFuel Alliance, continuing the role he occupied within Power Matters Alliance.

From 2002 – 2012, Ron filled various roles at Intel and as President and Chairman of the Board of the WiMAX Forum, an industry association driving 4G wireless broadband. At Intel, Ron launched and served as General Manager of Intel’s Broadband Wireless business startup delivering one of the first 4G broadband modems. Initial role at Intel included Intel Capital Investment Director and Director of New Business Development at Intel’s Architecture Labs, successfully funding and managing the launch of multiple seed and new business ventures.

Earlier in his career, Ron was Vice President of Marketing at a computer peripherals manufacturer and developed one of the first VOIP instant messaging applications. Prior to his contributions in the corporate world, Ron also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

A Lawyer’s Perspective on Blockchain: Legal Code vs Smart Contract Code

Leonard C. Tillman

An overview of some of the high level issues associated with incorporating the vagaries of the law into a binary automated system.

Leonard C. Tillman is a partner with Balch & Bingham LLP, an Alabama-based law firm. Leonard has over 32 years of experience and brings a unique perspective to energy blockchain matters having spent the first 17 years of his practice as a member of the firm’s banking section and then transitioning to the firm’s energy section for the most recent 15 years. Leonard is a member of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) which was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy as a team to help shape the architecture of a highly intelligent and interactive electric system. Leonard recently was a panelist and a session co-moderator at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)/GWAC-sponsored Transactive Energy Systems Conference in Minnesota. Leonard has been named to the list of the Best Lawyers® in America for his work in Commercial Transactions/UCC Law.

A Framework for Blockchain Governance

Thomas B. Cox

Based in part on the work of the Wharton CryptoGovernance Workshop, this talk provides foundational definitions for blockchain governance concepts and builds from it to establish a comprehensive framework for identifying, analyzing and assessing the governance scheme of a new or existing blockchain system, public or private.

Thomas Cox is Chief Governance Officer at StrongBlock and has spent two years working exclusively on issues of blockchain governance. Mr. Cox was an invitee to the Wharton CryptoGovernance Workshop (July 2019). He worked previously for Block.one, IBM, and Oracle Corp. One of the first certified Oracle DBAs, Mr. Cox is the author of the Low Administration Oracle Specification, the Oracle DBA Checklist, the DBA Maturity Model, and many other white papers and articles, and of the book “Oracle Workgroup Server Handbook.” He ran for Governor of the state of Oregon in 2002. Mr. Cox holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Panel: Blockchain in Health Care

Moderated by Heather Flannery, Co-Founder, Blockchain in Health Care Global

This panel will discuss blockchain health care applications, platform technology, digital asset identity management, data pricavy and cybersecurity. It will also diiscuss IEEE Health Care standards development.

Heather Flannery is the Co-Founder of Blockchain in Healthcare Global, and Co-Chair of Blockchain Task Force, HIMSS. Blockchain in Healthcare Global (BiHG) is a new 501(c)6 membership organization within the IEEE ISTO (ieee-isto.org) working to mitigate the barriers to adoption of blockchain, and converging innovations such as AI and IoMT, in healthcare delivery and the life and social sciences while advancing progress in scientific reproducibility, medical ethics, human rights, and global inclusion. BiHG is developing a trans-jurisdictional policy roadmap and regulatory agenda, seeding industry self-regulation, and driving infrastructure and standards development and adoption in support of the common business interests of its members and for social good.

Blockchain Research: What are the Hot topics and What’s Next

Peter Mell, NIST

Vertical Market Enterprise Blockchain Applications

Anant Kadiyala, Director Blockchain & IoT Industry Solutions, Oracle

Multi-Ledger Multi-Cloud: The First Step for Enterprise Blockchain Deployment Automation

Lino Quagliariello

Lino Quagliariello is a successful entrepreneur that, for the last 20 years, has been successfully advising CIOs from midsize and large companies on how to best leverage innovative and legacy technologies for the best business outcomes. Currently, Lino is focused on educating and enabling midsize companies to leverage blockchain as a competitive advantage, by leveraging a real hybrid cloud and on-premises decentralized environment, achieving the best business outcome.


Blockchain in Emerging Economies: Institutional, Technological, Market and Infrastructural Challenges

Nir Kshetri, Bryan School of Business and Economics

Dr. Nir Kshetri is Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a research fellow at Kobe University. He holds a Ph D in Business Administration from University of Rhode Island. He has authored eight books. His 2014 book, Global Entrepreneurship: Environment and Strategy (Routledge: New York) has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. He has published about 120 articles in various journals. Nir worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank during 2017-2018. He also participated as lead discussant at the Peer Review meeting of the UN’s Information Economy Report 2013 and 2015. Nir was the winner of 2016 Bryan School Senior Research Excellence Award. He is also a two time winner of the Pacific Telecommunication Council’s Meheroo Jussawalla Research Paper Prize (2010 and 2008). Nir has been quoted/interviewed and/or his work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets worldwide such as Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, TV Mundo (Peru), ABF TV (Brazil), Fortune, Time, Christian Science Monitor, SF Gate, U.S. News & World Report, New Boston Post, Observer and Salon. In March 2018, he gave a TED Talk about the potential roles of cryptocurrencies in fighting poverty.

Blockchain in Government: A Playbook for Adoption

Frederic de Vaulx

Frederic de Vaulx is Vice President of Prometheus Computing where he helps develop the vision, innovation and strategy of the company. He is also a Senior Software Engineer and Program Manager overseeing the design, architecture and development of custom software applications for Prometheus’ federal and commercial clients. Frederic is a member of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and Co-Chair of the Blockchain Working Group that published a blockchain primer in late 2017 and a first version of the blockchain playbook in early 2018.

Panel: Advanced Blockchain Research

Peter Mell, Sylvere Krima, James Shook and Loic Lesavre, NIST

This panel provide an overview of advanced blockchain research topics led by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Loic Lesavre is a research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Telecom SudParis – IP Paris, France in 2017. His work is focused on blockchain research and development for identity management and cryptocurrency systems. In October 2018, he was awarded a scholarship from ConsenSys to complete the ConsenSys Academy Ethereum Developer Program.

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