October 12-13, 2018

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Dallas-Frisco, Texas USA

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Blockchain Solutions, Training & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas

The Future of Blockchain Conference 2018 is a training, speaking and hands on experiential event that brings together blockchain leaders from around the world to share their knowledge, insights and experience.  Talks, Exhibits and Programming suited for any level – beginner to advanced.  Now is the time to learn about blockchain technology and it’s many use cases. Discover why people from around the globe are attending for engaging seminars, live demos, commanding keynotes, hands on workshops and face-to-face networking.   

 

Meet some of our Speakers

 

 

Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss
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Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss

co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative and chair of the IEEE Blockchain Standards Working Group; CEO of BitCasas Inc
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Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss serves as the Co-Chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative and Chair of the P2418.1 IEEE Blockchain Standards Working Group. Currently, he is the CEO of BitCasas Inc., Santa Clara, CA. He is the author or coauthor of 1 book, 4 book chapters, and 55 papers. He has conducted R&D projects for DARPA, NASA, US Army, US Air Force, Sandia National Labs, and Motorola Labs.

Dr. Ephraim Feig, PhD
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Dr. Ephraim Feig, PhD

Life Fellow IEEE, 33 Patents, 100 publications
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“A Framework for Blockchain-Based Applications” author, Ephraim helps enterprises integrate blockchain solutions without disrupting their business. Enhancing your system is always a challenge as every added feature and functionality introduces complexity and cost. He is an expert in assessing cost value and providing a framework for successfully building blockchain applications. Founding member of IEEE Technical Committee on Service Computing.

Mayor Jeff Cheney
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Mayor Jeff Cheney

Mayor of Frisco, Texas
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Native Texan Jeff Cheney was elected Mayor of Frisco, Texas, in May 2017, and holds the distinction of being the youngest Mayor of Frisco. Mayor Cheney’s big initiatives are developing Grand Park, working with the private sector to build a performing arts hall, planning the northern section of our city, keeping taxes low for our residents and protecting against density and congestion. Previously, Cheney served on Frisco City Council 2007-2016. Mayor Cheney and his wife, Dana, are the co-founders of The Cheney Group, a Frisco-based residential realty firm. The Cheney Group employs 14 Frisco residents, is the top residential real estate firm in Frisco and was recognized as the Frisco Small Business of the Year 2015. The Cheney Group joined forces with The Associates and offices at The Star. Professionally, Mayor Cheney has earned the distinction of Certified Public Accountant and a Registered Financial Advisor.Mayor Cheney attended The University of Texas-Austin where he was recognized with Highest Honors for his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting.Mayor Cheney and wife, Dana, were married in 2001 and have been blessed with three children: Zachary-15, Mason-13, and Kaytlin-11.

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Jon West

VP Blockchain Engineering, Thomson Reuters
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Jon West, VP Blockchain Engineering, Thomson Reuters. Jon also co-chairs the Tech Titans Blockchain Forum and the Accounting Blockchain Coalition's Tax Working Group. Jon has 30 years of technology experience in the tax, accounting, legal, and mortgage markets. Jon began as a software developer, then architect, now technology business leader. He current responsibilities includes leadings Distributed Ledger Technology for Thomson Reuters.

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Natalie Smolenski

VP Business Development at Learning Machine
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Natalie Smolenski , VP of Business Development for Learning Machine, a blockchain technology company. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

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Dr. Simon Mak, BSME MBA PhD

Prof of Practice in Entrepreneurship SMU, eSports team Advisor, MIT Alumni
Dr. Simon Mak, BSME MBA PhD
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Prof Mak is teaching a new MBA class on Blockchain Entrepreneurship and over the summer has done research for his class by visiting blockchain start-ups in London, Berlin, Malta, Beijing, and Shanghai. He will bring you the latest, state of the art research on blockchain business models.

Dean Jones
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Dean Jones

Lead Microsoft Extreme Labs - Microsoft Las Colinas
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Created and Lead The Incubation / Accelerator for Startups here in Dallas, TX for Microsoft. Working with all Startups, VC's, Local Higher Ed to provide resources for the Local Startup Community. Startup Saturday is a monthly networking event that unites venture capitalists looking for optimized deal flow, aspiring entrepreneurs who have business ideas with like-minded enthusiasts, mentors and business people to hash out potential business startups. Before Microsoft, Dean was the Director of Business Development he was responsible for developing/enhancing business process methodology and formulating overall sales and delivery strategy for the company. Key Business Partners: IBM, HP, SAP, Cisco and Motorola. Dean is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, IEEE Computer Society, and PMI - Dallas Chapter.
Debbie Hoffman, Esq.
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Debbie Hoffman, Esq.

CEO & Founder, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.
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Debbie Hoffman is Founder & CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors working with clients in their endeavors related to education, strategy and development of blockchain solutions. With her experience in financial services, law and technology innovation, Debbie brings a unique perspective to blockchain innovation. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer at Digital Risk and a finance attorney at Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. She served as a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2018 Debbie was named a NAWRB Roaring Thirty Winner.͟In 2017 Debbie was named as a Top General Counsel by First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention in MReport’s Women in Housing and was a ͞Hot 100͟ in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine multiple times and has been the receipt of two Stevie® Awards.

Ven Kumar
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Ven Kumar

IBM CTO Pepsico (IEEE Dallas Blockchain Group)
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(IEEE) Ven is passionate about Blockchain and Machine Learning. He has been deeply involved in Blockchain ( Hyperledger) based solutions for food provenance, Supply chain visibility and Health &Wellness ( care giver) as it applies to retail. He is also focused on retail solutions involving Big data, Advanced Analytics, machine Learning/Deep Learning leveraging cloud and GPU.Extensive experience with IT Strategy, Software Development, DevOps, Cloud (Openstack, Amazon AWS, Azure), IOT, Blockchain, Big Data, Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing, IBM Watson, Hadoop/Hive/HBase, Web 2.0 Technologies, Business Analytics, ERP Systems.Enterprise Architecture and Service Oriented Architecture, Oracle ERP Apps, Business Process Management (BPM),TOGAF certified, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, Black Belt Trained.

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Ann Greenberg

Founder Entertainment Ai, (IEEE) Co-FounderION, Gracenote & Sceneplay (Entertainment AI™)
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Founder of Enterainment AI, a company at the apex of blockchain, AI & media. IEEE AI ethics committee. Cofounder of entertainment data company Gracenote. Licensees of Gracenote for media recognition IP include: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Mercedes, Ford, Honda, Huyndai, BMW. At her new company, Sceneplay, Ann is building a cloud-based collaborative storytelling platform that takes the script format into the 21st century to virtualize and automate media creation. Ann also runs the Hugging Company, an incubator and consultancy for both blockchain and AR/VR technologies providing cutting edge solutions for diverse industries, including entertainment, real estate and healthcare.Ann mentors Korean accelerator SparkLabs and she advises or mentors diverse startups, including Busby.io, Fem-Inc. (Prizma), MangoPlate, and Spherical, Inc. (TourWrist.) Ann designed the original immersive story-mapping concepts for a documentary about a tribe of Jews living in Ghana, West Africa and she produced hip-hop artist Blaqstarr’s SongPano (her concept for immersive album covers) for Interscope.

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Jean Cedric Jollant

Director of Development, Finastra
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Mr. Jollant is Director of Development at Finastra since early 2014. He is in charge of LenderComm Architecture, Implementation and Operations.Prior to Finastra, Mr. Jollant has held several senior technology leadership roles within the Financial Industry. His career path includes JPMorgan, FIS, ULLINK and the Cameron Group as well as several FinTech startups spanning over two decades.Recently, Mr. Jollant focus has been on applying Peer to Peer in general and DLT in particular to the Financial Industry.LenderComm has been the first project live on Corda.

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Jenny Q. Ta

Founder/CEO VCNetwork.co and Sqeeqee.com
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Jenny Q. Ta is a veteran Wall Street self-made millionaire and seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit. She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full-service broker-dealer and investment banking firm that was acquired in 2005. Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer she founded at the age of 25 and grew to a third of a billion dollars in assets. Jenny is the founder and CEO of Sqeeqee, the first-of-its-kind social networthing® site. Launched in 2015, the site gives individuals, businesses, celebrities, politicians, and non-profit organizations the ability to monetize their profiles in unprecedented ways. Sqeeqee is the first integrated ecommerce and social media platform offering live streaming and cloud data storage capabilities built from within. Ms. Ta is also the mastermind behind an interactive multi-player game Squiggy Piggy that can be played online, or downloaded on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. In 2016, together with her partner, Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo (Founder / CEO of Bubu.com), VCNetwork.co was conceived to help forward-thinking VC firms and individual VCs find the startups that have what it takes to succeed. It is a virtual ͞E-Harmony meets Shark Tank͟ matching entrepreneurs. The award-winning partnership between these two innovative women makes it clear that both understand that VC investing is all about connections.

Tammy Meinershagen
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Tammy Meinershagen

Frisco Arts - Executive Director
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Considered a change agent and champion for the arts in Frisco, TX, Tami Meinershagen believe that exposure to and experience of arts and culture are essential to the health of each individual, as well as the community as a whole. Her work in the arts has been featured on Good Morning Texas, Channel 8 News, Dallas Morning News, Frisco STYLE Magazine, Frisco LIFE Magazine, Frisco Enterprise, Community Impact Newspaper, Good Life Family Magazine, KVGI Radio, KRLD News Radio, Radio Luz, Dallas' Korea Daily News, and more. Named Frisco STYLE Magazine's "Person to Watch" in 2016, awarded the 2017 "Spirit of Frisco" by the Chamber of Commerce, and named 2018 "Best Advocate for the Arts" by Frisco STYLE, she is proud to serve the community as the leading voice of arts advocacy in

Frisco, TX. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Frisco Association for the Arts, the city's official arts advocacy agency.

Joanna Pawlik
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Joanna Pawlik

CEO, Orion Vault
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Joanna Pawluk is the CEO and co-founder of Orion Vault (orionvault.com), which is bringing the art and blockchain world together. She is an entrepreneur, bringing business from ground zero through early stage funding to global operations, a blockchain and cryptocurrencies expert, and pro at building partnerships across the globe. Award winner and frequent speaker at conferences in the UK, USA and Asia.Joanna is a true renaissance woman – the daughter of a lawyer and ballerina, with a passion for culture and supporting art in all its forms. Joanna decided to combine her love of the arts and business into one and create Orion Vault, which builds infrastructure for future art investments and donations. Orion Vault supports artists and museums with sustainable patronage and donation models to thrive in their creativity and curation of world’s culture.

Dr. Gordon Jones
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Dr. Gordon Jones

Principal and Chief Investment Officer for Birddog.Ventures, co-founder and President of UhX | the universal healthcoin
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Dr. Jones earned his Masters and Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of SC. After graduating from The Citadel and serving two tours in the military, he has acquired 25 years of digital health innovation, entrepreneurship, and business development. Most recently heco-founded UhX | the universal Healthcoin as a solution to leverage blockchain technology to reinvent healthcare delivery and payment. He is also the Principal and Chief Investment Officer for Birddog.Ventures, a Caymans Holding Company which has venture into several crypto and blockchain projects around the world. He is a multi-sport athlete playing soccer (only coaching now), tennis, running, triathlons, and a two time member of the US Men’s Masters Beach Ultimate Team winning Silver at the 2004 World Games and Gold at the 2007 World Championships in Brazil. With his wife, Jennifer, they have adopted 5 children to care for and raise to be independent and contributing adults. They are founders of the 501c3, OurATA.org, providing speech, occupational, and physical therapy to children in need and, most recently, the establishment of the Augusta School of Integrated Learning - a pre-school combining therapy and educational services for those with special medical needs integrated with neuro-typical children from the community.

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Satya Bajpai

Investment Banking - Blockchain & Digital Assets, IEEE
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Satya Bajpai currently leads the Blockchain and Digital Assets Investment Banking at JMP Securities. Satya is a Banking executive with 15+ years of experience in advising CEOs, CFOs and Board members on Strategic Advisory, IPO and M&A for Technology and related sectors. His past experience includes Technology Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, where he announced transactions over $60Bn. Satya is MBA from NYU (Dean’s List) and has an Electrical Engineering degree from IIT Mumbai. Satya is also an Adjunct Professor at USF School of Management.

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Ralph Liu

An Unchained Investment Banker on Blockchain High
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Ralph has been a board level investment banker, seasoned derivatives trader on WallStreet and in many Asian financial centers. Currently, he is a venture investor and advisor in many Blockchain technology-based Fintech and Proptech companies through the California based incubator company Advanced e-Financial Technologies, Inc. (AeFT). He was formerly the Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase in Hong Kong, Vice President of UBS in Singapore after starting his career with Morgan Stanley in New York. His last corporate role was as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of ChinaEverbright Bank in Beijing. In between, Ralph also built and ran a successful Singapore-based derivatives trading, risk management and banking system Fintech company in the 90’s called ARMS (Advanced Risk Management Solutions) which provided services over 26 countries covering from Asia, the Middle East to Eastern and Central Europe. Ralph brings strong visions, high-level contacts and financial oversight to MuleChain.

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Omar Syed MSc EE AI

Blockchain/DLT Architect at ULC Project
Omar Syed MSc EE AI
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Omar has been involved with helping large organizations such as NASA, Yahoo, and Zynga build scalable, fault tolerant, distributed systems for mission critical applications. In early 2016 he started Unblocked Inc., a blockchain consultancy company. In 2017 he organized the Unblocked Ledger Coin project. Omar holds a B.S. and M.S. from Case Western Reserve University with specialization in Artificial Intelligence. Omar along with his son Aamir invented the strategy board game Arimaa and offered the Arimaa Challenge Prize to promote break-through research in AI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arimaa for more info.

Gurvinder Ahluwalia
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Gurvinder Ahluwalia

Cofounder & COO Beyond Protocol Founder & CEO Digital Twin Labs
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Steward clients, companies, and industry in bringing to purpose recent eras of computing. Core member of skunk-works project on Blockchain since 2014 with Samsung. Delivered $10’s of millions in sustainable savings and business growth to customers. Standards work includes NIST, Cloud Standards Customer Council, and The Open Group. Open source work includes OpenStack, CloudFoundry, Hyperledger, Ethereum. Talk forums include Davos, MIT, Stanford, Google TechTalks, UC Berkeley, NIST, Interop, DevCon5, ARM TechCon, VentureBeat, Cloud Security Alliance, Samsung Developer Conference. Nominated to IBM Academy of Technology.

Bryon E Boyer, Esq.
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Bryon E Boyer, Esq.

Attorney, Cryptocurrency Tax and Asset Protection Law Specialist
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Bryon is a tax and startup lawyer specializing in taxation and structuring of cryptocurrency ventures (mining, trading, and ICO capitalization). Bryon’s practice places special attention on asset protection, ease of venture management, and tax efficiency. Bryon offers life-cycle service to small businesses.

David Hirsch, Esq
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David Hirsch, Esq

Cyber Liaison, Fort Worth Regional Office, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commision
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David Hirsch joined the SEC’s Fort Worth office in 2015 as an enforcement attorney. Prior to his service with the SEC Dave was a litigator with the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, and later he co-founded and ran a private investigation firm focused on securities fraud investigations. Dave graduated from UCLA School of Law and clerked for Judge Edward J. Schwartz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Dave serves as the Cyber Liaison for the SEC Fort Worth Regional Office and is a member of the SEC DLT Working Group and the Dark Web Working Group. He received the Staff Excellence Award in 2018.

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Arnold Spencer, Esq.

General Counsel, Coinsouce
Arnold Spencer, Esq.
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Mr. Spencer serves as General Counsel for Coinsource, the leading operator of Bitcoin ATMs in the United States. He oversees all legal and compliance matters for Coinsource, and participates in strategic planning and operations. He oversees the ongoing development and implementation of Coinsource’s AML policies, including addressing national and international money transmissions. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Spencer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas. He specialized in securities fraud, financial fraud, and money laundering prosecutions, and personally prosecuted more than 100 federal cases. Mr. Spencer was selected as one of the trial lawyers that prosecuted criminal violations arising from the collapse of Enron. Among other high profile cases, he prosecuted a South American casa de cambio for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and obtained one of the longest sentences ever imposed by a federal judge against a defendant for money laundering. At the Justice Department, Mr. Spencer was a national speaker, author and leader of nationwide implementation of SAR Task Forces, and continues to speak and write about enforcement priorities, and often of more interest, compliance measures that companies can undertake to avoid enforcement actions. He authored the chapter regarding international money laundering for International White Collar Enforcement (Aspatore, 2015). Prior to his civil service, Mr. Spencer worked at Haynes & Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas and Morgan Stanley in New York. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Texas Law School.

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Robert Long, Esq.

Litigation White Collar Criminal And Regulatory Defense Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin Regulation
Robert Long, Esq.
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Robert Long previously served as a senior attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result, Rob is uniquely qualified to defend regulatory and white collar investigations and prosecutions; advise corporations, hedge funds, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other market participants on compliance and regulatory matters; and conduct internal investigations.

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Ron Rohde , Esq.

Attorney at Palmer & Manuel PLLC
Ron Rohde , Esq.
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International corporate law with a focus on real estate and finance. Strong background in immigration and outside counsel services. Personal interest in blockchain and crypto community, currently working with large mining clients and other applications.

Felipe Huicochea
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Felipe Huicochea

Founder, Crypto Monedas TV, Creator of Mexico's first online Presidential campaign
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Entrepreneur, Investor, Technologist, Author, Occasional speaker, political hacktivist and YouTube famous. Felipe’s internet experience spans over 20 years and has worked in infrastructure, operating one of first internet regional nodes in Mexico in the mid 90’s, creating the first online multi language collaboration platform for the Organization American States (O.A.S.), running (and winning) of Sqeeqee.com & and building mission critical systems for a VoIP company in the early 2000’s. He has applied his extensive technical background to educate people across the world on what he considers to be a fundamental shift several orders of magnitude greater than what the internet of information ever was. In his wife’s words: He’s the whole enchilada.

J L Marechaux
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J L Marechaux

Head of Technology
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Jean-Louis Marechaux (aka JL) is the Head of Technology at JDA Labs, the R&D entity of JDA Software. In this role, he leads teams and research initiatives to assess the viability and the applicability of emerging technology to the supply chain and retail industry. Since 1996, through many projects in multiple industries (bank, finance, transportation, government, software), JL acquired extensive skills in web technologies and Agile software development. Then he worked more than 10 years at IBM Software where he held different positions such as Software Engineer, Solution Architect, Community of Practice Lead, and Worldwide Cloud Advisor. As part of his technical evangelist role at IBM, JL has been a speaker at many conferences and he published several articles on technologies. Recently, at the JDA FOCUS conference, JL was a panelist and a speaker on blockchain technologies for the supply chain industry.

Matyas Zaborszky
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Matyas Zaborszky

Marketing Advisor
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Author, ICO Marketing & PR Strategic adviser, fintech, coach, speaker at ICO & Blockchain conferences and workshops, university lecturer, member the board of PGA Hungary

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Joseph Akintolayo

CEO|Yourex.io
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Joseph Akintolayo is Joseph is an entrepreneur, strategist and technologist based in DFW. He is passionate about decentralized systems and was an early adopter of blockchain tech. He boasts interests in Venture Philanthropy, Data Science, music, and funny memes.
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Alfred Jost

expert in the solar market, market economy and corporate business - former investment banker
Alfred Jost
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Mr. Jost is an international expert in the solar market, market economy and corporate business. As a former investment banker, Mr. Jost has successfully founded and managed more than 10 companies, with cumulative profits greater than $100 million.
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Palash Jain

Founder & CEO at Opsvana
Palash Jain
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Palash Jain is a business innovator, blockchain evangelist and a practitioner. Hefounded Opsvana for Blockchain advising and implementation focusing on innovating solutions in FinTech, Healthcare and Telecom domains. Palash Jain is a active speaker and trainer in this domain. Palash Jain, in his 20 years of career, has served many roles from Solution Architect to Managing Director and Head of Cloud of Services for various Tier 1 companies. Palash has provided solutions to various Fortune 100 companies like AT&T, Verizon, TWC, DellEMC and others. Palash Jain has successfully incubated new business lines and led various Distributed Cloud, Data Center, App modernization, Big Data Transformational solutions totaling New Sales Revenue of $200M+ across the Globe. Palash Jain has a MBA degree from University of Texas at Dallas. Palash did his M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and his B.S. in Computer Science from DAVV Indore.

Rama Raju
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Rama Raju

Founder of Give Or Die Co-Founder of MEU
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Mr. Raju founded Give Or Die, a consulting agency to help people donate their cryptocurrencies to IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) foundations, non-profits, and public charities. Rama is currently developing smart contracts on the Ethereum platform for donors and charities to utilize as receipts for their transactions and to make it simple for them to report their tax information to the IRS.Mr. Raju co-founded MEU Connect, a mobile application that utilizes inaudible sound to let people exchange contact info and connect with each other using a simple swipe of their finger. MEU is currently developing the app and plans to leverage blockchain technology by utilizing a decentralized cloud data service to store user and contact info.Mr. Raju also has over a decade of diverse work experience at Fortune 100 companies such as IBM, AT&T, Citigroup as well as multi-billion dollar companies in the hedge fund, private equity, and asset management industries.


Dr. Damon Bryant, PhD
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Dr. Damon Bryant, PhD

Co-Founder of LightPayCoin
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Dr. Bryant is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in behavioral economics, mathematics, human and artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain-based technologies. His academic ancestry includes Dr. Phil Zimbardo of Stanford University, the lead researcher in the famous Stanford Prison Study, and Dr. John Tukey of Princeton University who is one of America's greatest mathematicians and is credited with creating the terms "software" and "bit" used in the name Bitcoin. Dr. Bryant has conducted AI-based research and development activities within world class organizations. Like Dr. Tukey, Bryant worked as a Research Fellow at the world's largest educational testing company, the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. He also served as a Global Human Capital Management Advisor at IBM during it corporate turnaround in the mid 2000s. He also conceived and developed the Smart Test Technology platform, an AI-based assessment and course recommendation engine. He is a 2004 graduate of The University of Central Florida with a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a former US Army Officer.
Brendan Cooper
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Brendan Cooper

Digital Systems at Panini America
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Brendan leads digital transformation for Panini, the world leader in licensed collectibles. He has launched new lines of business with initiatives in eCommerce, mobile gaming, big data, blockchain and machine learning.
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Lauren Hasson

Founder, DevelopHer
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Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer, a career development platform for tech women by tech women, and a software engineer at a prominent Bay Area fintech company where she builds their apps and is a principal member of their information security team.

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Wesley Randall

Professor of Logistics, Dean of New College, University of North Texas
Wesley Randall
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Wesley S. Randall, Ph.D., Professor of Logistics, is Dean of New College, and is responsible for the University of North Texas’s regional campus operations. Dr Randall is charged with building innovative partnership and curriculum strategies that make the University of North Texas regional campus operations the first choice for generation z, adult learners, and transfer students. Dr Randall is a leading researcher in the area of complex system maintenance, repair, and overhaul, and performance based contracting (PBC). Dr Randall was selected as a DC Velocity Rainmaker in 2010. Dr. Randall is a retired USAF officer. He served as a program manager on major acquisition projects such as the F-22 and F-16. He was also a logistics commander, and an operational logistician employing the F-16, A-10, & F-117 aircraft in peace time and war. His research has dozens of articles appearing in journals such as Journal of Business Logistics, Defense Acquisition Review, Journal of Supply Chain Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Transportation Management, Transportation Journal, and The International Journal of Logistics Management.

Meet our Trainers

Ven Kumar
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Ven Kumar

IBM CTO Pepsico
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Ven is passionate about Blockchain and Machine Learning. He has been deeply involved in Blockchain ( Hyperledger) based solutions for food provenance, Supply chain visibility and Health &Wellness ( care giver) as it applies to retail. He is also focused on retail solutions involving Big data, Advanced Analytics, machine Learning/Deep Learning leveraging cloud and GPU.Extensive experience with IT Strategy, Software Development, DevOps, Cloud (Openstack, Amazon AWS, Azure), IOT, Blockchain, Big Data, Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing, IBM Watson, Hadoop/Hive/HBase, Web 2.0 Technologies, Business Analytics, ERP Systems.Enterprise Architecture and Service Oriented Architecture, Oracle ERP Apps, Business Process Management (BPM),TOGAF certified, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, Black Belt Trained.

Satya Bajpai
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Satya Bajpai

Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets Investment Banking @ JMP
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Satya Bajpai currently heads the Blockchain and Digital Assets (crypto-currencies, coins, tokens, contracts etc.) coverage at JMP. Satya is a Banking executive with 15+ years of experience in Corporate Finance, Strategic Advisory and M&A for Technology related sector. His past experience includes Technology M&A Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, where he announced transactions over $60Bn.

Bryon E Boyer
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Bryon E Boyer

Attorney, Cryptocurrency Tax and Asset Protection Law Specialist
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Bryon is a tax and startup lawyer specializing in taxation and structuring of cryptocurrency ventures (mining, trading, and ICO capitalization). Bryon’s practice places special attention on asset protection, ease of venture management, and tax efficiency. Bryon offers life-cycle service to small businesses.

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Ron Rohde, Esq.

Course: Legal and Financial Implications for Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrencies (CLE Pending)
Ron Rohde, Esq.
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International corporate law with a focus on real estate and finance. Strong background in immigration and outside counsel services. Personal interest in blockchain and crypto community, currently working with large mining clients and other applications.

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Richard Raizes

Course: Alternative Asset Management
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Richard Raizes graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Finance as part of the Alternative Assets Program. He spent 4 years in Corporate and Investment Banking, focusing on Specialty Finance and Oil & Gas. Richard is now investing in cryptoassets full-time and is recognized as a subject matter expert in the DFW Metroplex.

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Hamiz Mushtaq Awan

Chief Financial Officer, Plutus21 Crypto Fund I
Hamiz Mushtaq Awan
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Hamiz Mushtaq Awan graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Finance as part of the Alternative Assets Program. Hamiz is the founding partner of Plutus21. Hamiz is a serial entrepreneur and has more than 7 years of experience investing in alternative strategies across multiple countries. Hamiz is now operating alternative investment vehicles full-time and is an active speaker in the investing community of the DFW Metroplex.

Dr. Simon Mak
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Dr. Simon Mak

Course: Blockchain Business Model Strategies
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Dr. Simon Mak is Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics and the Associate Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business. He specializes in business model strategies, lean launch, start-up business planning, entrepreneurial strategy, corporate entrepreneurship, global entrepreneurship, and blockchain entrepreneurship.

Palash Jain
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Palash Jain

Course: Ethereum Smart Contracts Deep Dive for New Developers
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Palash Jain is a business innovator, blockchain evangelist and a practitioner. Hefounded Opsvana for Blockchain advising and implementation focusing on innovating solutions in FinTech, Healthcare and Telecom domains. Palash Jain is a active speaker and trainer in this domain. Palash Jain, in his 20 years of career, has served many roles from Solution Architect to Managing Director and Head of Cloud of Services for various Tier 1 companies. Palash has provided solutions to various Fortune 100 companies like AT&T, Verizon, TWC, DellEMC and others. Palash Jain has successfully incubated new business lines and led various Distributed Cloud, Data Center, App modernization, Big Data Transformational solutions totaling New Sales Revenue of $200M+ across the Globe. Palash Jain has a MBA degree from University of Texas at Dallas. Palash did his M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and his B.S. in Computer Science from DAVV Indore.

Ephraim Feig
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Ephraim Feig

Course: EOS Dapps & Smart contracts for Beginner Developers
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“A Framework for Blockchain-Based Applications” author, Ephraim helps enterprises integrate blockchain solutions without disrupting their business. Enhancing your system is always a challenge as every added feature and functionality introduces complexity and cost. He is an expert in assessing cost value and providing a framework for successfully building blockchain applications. Founding member of IEEE Technical Committee on Service Computing.

Chris Miller
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Chris Miller

Course: Corda for Developers
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Chris Miller is co-founder of Enterprise BlockChain Solutions, a blockchain development company. As an educator and advocate of blockchain solutions in enterprise systems, his focus is on privacy and security of distributed systems. His career in architecting and deploying cloud based mission critical financial systems in demanding environments provides a background in enterprise class encryption, data security practices, and disaster recovery strategies for high-profile clients including Fortune 50 companies such as WalMart, Exxon Mobil, McKesson, and AT&T. Excelling in communicating complex ideas across all organization levels and technical backgrounds, Chris has contributed to early distributed application development and education.

Meet our Moderators

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Jeff Sandene, MBA CFP

President – Sandene Strategies, LLC
Jeff Sandene, MBA CFP
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Jeff is a seasoned financial executive, who recognizes the transformative impact distributed ledger technologies will have on the financial services industry. His technology mission is to learn more about blockchain’s issues and potential, and to spread this knowledge across industries. Jeff is a member of Metroplex Tech Titans’ Blockchain Forum committee, and frequent attendee of blockchain conferences. Jeff has twenty-two years of experience as a wealth manager for corporate executives, entrepreneurs and retirees. He founded his current firm in 2005. A competitive distance runner, Jeff incorporates the planning, discipline and perseverance required for athletic success into customized Marathon Wealth StrategiesTM for accumulating and protecting his clients’ financial assets. Jeff is an avid reader and a big believer in the continuous process of self-improvement. In 1988, he earned an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas. His professional designations include Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He’s currently writing a book on evidence-based investing. Jeff has completed twenty marathons, including four Boston Marathons used to raise $20,000 for March of Dimes. He’s an active member of Toastmasters International, and a fan of Dallas Stars hockey.

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Farhin Ali, IEEE

Board of Directors BCEN
Farhin Ali, IEEE
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An entrepreneur, motivational speaker, IEEE member, neurofeedback ambassador and an artist. As the founding organizer of IEEE’s Dallas Blockchain Group, a past president of CWRU’s IEEE Chapter, and VP of the American Welding Society at the Edison Welding Institute, Farhin has a history of taking on professional leadership responsibilities. She has held roles in engineering, field applications, robotics, welding instruction, supply chain distribution, education (Upward Bound), and neurofeedback. She is co-founder and President of Blockchain and Crypto Education Network (BCEN)

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Scott Mairs

CEO, EMPULSE Technology Group
Scott Mairs
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Mr. Mairs is a proven global technology and business executive with over 25 years in telecommunications, banking, insurance, and private equity. His primary focus is leading digital and business transformation by leveraging technology innovation to drive growth. He is currently leading multiple blockchain projects ranging from the build out of 700MW crypto currency mining hash centers and hyperscale datacenters in South America to launching global brands physical and digital products as crypto collectibles. He has served in multiple C-level, Partner, Managing Director and other global leadership roles including Citibank, Bank of America, Sungard, and multiple IT and Strategic Advisory Consulting Firms. Mr. Mairs served as global team leader for supporting implementation of the European Monetary Unit on Citibank’s General Ledger and other core systems. He has worked with the Federal Reserve Bank and US Department of Treasury core systems controlling currency circulation. Mr. Mairs serves on the Advisory Board of University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for Finance Strategy Innovation, where he also served as a Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Executive MBA Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of North Texas, Masters’ Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and MBA, International Business from Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.

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Schedule

Pre-Conf. Courses : Oct 10

 

Wednesday, October 10

Pre-Conf. Courses & IEEE Blockchain Launch : Oct 11

 

Thursday, October 11

Day 1 Full Day Conference - 2Tracks- Oct 12

 

Friday, October 12

  • 7:00am Registration opens
  • 8:00am Introduction to Blockchain free class & Networking
    • Blockchain Foundations
  • 9:30am Opening Remarks & City of Frisco Mayor’s Welcome 
  • 10:00pm-12:00pm Conference Plenary Presentations & Exhibits
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch included 
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm Conference Presentations & Exhibits
    • Track 1  Business
    • Track 2  Technology & Innovation
  • 7:00pm Grand Party
Day 2 Half day Conference & Full day eSport (DOTA2) Tournament sponsored by Microsoft Oct 13

 

Saturday, October 13

  • 7:00am Registration opens
  • 8:00am Introduction to Blockchain free class & Networking
    • Blockchain Foundations
  • 9:00pm-12:00pm Conference Presentations & Exhibits
    • Track 1  Business
    • Track 2  Technology & Innovation
  • 12:00pm Closing Remarks
  • 1:00pm Tours & Networking

Blockchain Certificates for Graduates and Attendees!

We have brought in world class blockchain trainers from across the country to offer over ten (10) in-person training courses. This is the first blockchain conference in the DFW metroplex (Dallas, TX) to offer students blockchain-based certificates of completion with the same enterprise software MIT uses to issue blockchain based diplomas to graduates. Trainees will be awarded their Course Completion Certificate as a blockchain based record using Blockcerts (open source) thanks to our generous sponsor Learning Machine!  Attendees may email info@futureofblockchainconference.com to be issued proof of presence certificates as well.

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The Location

Dallas-Frisco Conference Center 7600 John Q Hammons Drive Frisco, TX 75034

Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology, also known as DLT (distributed ledger technology), secures information and promotes transparency of transactions with an immutable ledger.  Developed first for cryptocurrencies and smart contracts, DLT offers a mechanism for companies to improve efficiency, trust and provenance of data while reducing cost and waste.  This is going to profoundly change the way business is conducted and create new careers for the future. Marc Andreessen (CoInventor of Netscape) says, “I firmly believe 20 years from now we will be taking about blockchain technology as we now talk about the internet”.

Igniting Innovation & Opportunity

According to a survey by World Economic forum, blockchain is anticipated to account for 10% of GDP in less than 10 years. In 2017, $8B was invested in blockchain startups and over $3B was in revenue from the blockchain enterprise sector.  For every 15 jobs in blockchain, there is only 1 qualified individual.  Prepare for the future with world class live training appropriate for newcomers, developers, managers, C-suite executives and business support professionals who need to understand the needs of their customers.  Get trained and get your course diploma with the same enterprise software that issues MIT graduates their blockchain diplomas.

International Collaboration

As progressive businesses scour the world for blockchain talent, Dallas-Frisco, TX is the natural place to find it.  Not only does it’s central location make it one of the most geographically desirable hotspot’s for technology jobs and business in America, but it has affordable international flights, reasonably priced premiere accommodations, world class universities and business friendly government. Learn blockchain while at the epicenter of explosive growth of new corporate headquarters for finance, eSports and technology verticals. This conference is an opportunity to bring together the east coast, the west coast and the global community.

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