Thank you for a Great Conference!

October 12-13, 2018

Dallas-Frisco, Texas USA

Blockchain Solutions, Training & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas

The Future of Blockchain Conference 2018 was was the first of it’s kind  training & speaking blockchain technology event. It featured technologists, business, universities, gaming and the arts.   Each day began with a Blockchain 101 prior to the day’s programming to provide attendees a foundation to easily follow presentations. People from around the globe attended and enjoyed live demos, commanding keynotes, and world class training courses!

 

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.

Ann Greenberg blockchain
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Ann Greenberg

Founder & CEO Entertainment AI™
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Serial Entrepreneur and inventor, Ann Greenberg, is the Founder & CEO of Entertainment AI™, a smart content company that enables users to appear in content along with their friends and favorite creators. Entertainment AI’s SmartScript™ works across all media including live action, avatars, animations, puppets, and even robots! Ann previously co-founded Gracenote, the leading metadata and Automatic Content Recognition service (acquired by Nielsen.)

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Jon West

VP Blockchain Engineering, Thomson Reuters
Jon West
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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
Natalie Smolenski
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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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Mayor Jeff Cheney

Mayor of Frisco, Texas
Mayor Jeff Cheney
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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.

Dr. Simon Mak, BSME MBA PhD
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Dr. Simon Mak, BSME MBA PhD

Prof of Practice in Entrepreneurship SMU, eSports team Advisor, MIT Alumni
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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.

Joanna Pawluk
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Joanna Pawluk

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.

Stuart Burris
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Stuart Burris

CTO, OpenConnect.
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Burris is responsible for the overall management of OpenConnect as well as its technology vision and strategy. Burris has held a variety of research and product development roles within the company, most recently as Vice President, Research and Development. During his tenure at OpenConnect, he has been instrumental in the development of the architecture for the company’s industry-leading products used by thousands of companies worldwide. Prior to joining OpenConnect, Burris served as Vice President of Technical Services for Smartech Systems, Inc. Previously, he held a variety of development positions, including Vice President of Research and Development at Mtech.
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Felipe Huicochea

Founder, Crypto Monedas TV, Creator of Mexico's first online Presidential campaign
Felipe Huicochea
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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.

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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.

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Dr. Damon Bryant, PhD

Co-Founder of Light Pay Coin
Dr. Damon Bryant, PhD
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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.
Ali Agha
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Ali Agha

CEO Olypsis Technologies
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Ali Agha is the founder of Olypsis Technologies; a company that specializes in creating blockchain solutions for industry leaders that include Thomson Reuters and IBM.
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.
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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Jean Cedric Jollant

Director of Development, Finastra
Jean Cedric Jollant
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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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Paul Nichols

Assistant Director of the UTD Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Paul Nichols
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Paul Nichols is the Assistant Director of the UTD Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he works on cross-campus initiatives to provide entrepreneurial and innovation courses to all UTD students as well as helps manage the related curriculum at the Jindal School of Management. His background includes being a former co-founder of a $32M seed fund for high technology startups, intellectual property litigation support, and being the CEO of a spinout from the UTD School of Engineering using nonlinear mathematics for the digital control of power supplies.

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Omar Syed MSc EE AI

CTO at Shardus
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.

Ralph Liu
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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.

Joseph Akintolayo
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Joseph Akintolayo

CEO|Yourex.io, Criptoo
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Joseph Akintolayo Joseph is the Founder/CEO of Yourex.io & Criptoo. He is focused on producing tier-leading products across multiple verticals within the Blockchain and Crypto-asset industryJoseph is the Founder/CEO of Yourex.io, Criptoo, Renapay, and Philanthrolab. He’s a product architect, strategist and serial technologist based in DFW. Joseph is passionate about the potential of decentralized systems and was one of the earliest adopters of blockchain tech. He has formed or been a founder of several startups and has led growth, engineering, product development, systems architecture, project/program management, and quality assurance. After making his pivot from bioengineering and rapid prototyping, he has been engaged in the development of enterprise and consumer blockchain solutions and has a lot of hope for the potential of POS blockchain architecture. His love of philanthropy has found him a second home in strategy and digital transformation for non-profits. Joseph is a partner at Social Venture Partners Dallas and a strong believer in the indigenization of African technology. He is happy and honored to be able to advise and serve startups and non-profits alike.
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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Brendan Cooper

Digital Systems at Panini America
Brendan Cooper
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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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Mike Rondelli, Esq

Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization UNT
Mike Rondelli, Esq
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Michael Rondelli joined the University of North Texas in December, 2015 as the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization. In this role, he is responsible for managing the technology transfer function within UNT as well as other projects related to intellectual property negotiations, development of new research clusters, and developing entrepreneurial activities on campus. Prior to UNT, Michael was the Director of Licensing for the University of Southern California’s Stevens Center for Innovation where he was able to turn around the licensing function which was under-performing license goals for many years prior to his term. Prior to that, Michael built San Diego State University’s Technology Transfer Office into one of the most efficient university licensing operations, generating over $1.5 million in annual royalty revenue with only a $110,000 patent budget. Prior to technology transfer, Michael worked in corporate finance and venture capital in New York City. He earned his BSBA with honors in Business from Washington University in St. Louis, his MBA in Finance from Texas Christian University and his JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.
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Dr. Wesley Randall

Professor of Logistics, Dean of New College, University of North Texas
Dr. 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.
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.

Robert Long, Esq.
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Robert Long, Esq.

Litigation White Collar Criminal And Regulatory Defense Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin Regulation
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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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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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Ron Rohde , Esq.

Attorney at Palmer & Manuel PLLC
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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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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.
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.


Satya Bajpai
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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.

Palash Jain
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Palash Jain

Founder & CEO at Opsvana
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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.

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Tammy Meinershagen

Frisco Arts - Executive Director
Tammy Meinershagen
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Named the 2017 Spirit of Frisco by the Chamber of Commerce, Tammy Meinershagen is a change agent and champion for the arts in Frisco, TX, Tammy believes 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 in the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning Texas, Channel 8 News, Dallas Morning News, Frisco STYLE Magazine, and more. Under her leadership as Executive Director of the nonprofit Frisco Association for the Arts, the membership has grown 700%, and the collective impact of partnering businesses and artists secured the 2018 Spirit of Collaboration Award by the Junior League of Collin County. Frisco Arts is known for their innovative projects and programs, including the monthly Ladies Who Launch Luncheon, Red Carpet Concert Series, and the Frisco Arts Walk and Run, which combines arts and wellness with technology for a full day of arts appreciation at HALL Park. Through Tammy’s initiative, Frisco Arts incorporated the first mobile arts audio guide in Frisco via Otocast, which connects the listener to the original artist behind each sculpture at the Texas Sculpture Garden and HALL Collection. Tammy’s thought leadership consistently combines the arts with new sectors to increase the reach of the arts to all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. Tammy is also an accomplished pianist and violinist, and her electric violin videos in rock, metal, classical, and jazz can be found as “Frisco Violin Girl” on YouTube.

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Mark Hopkins

Futurist and Blockchain Consultant
Mark Hopkins
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Mark is a futurist and blockchain evangelist.In 2017 and 2018, he has served as an advisor and C-Level executive to a variety of blockchain projects, including Boundre Group, Veritoken, Robokind, Bitqyck, as well as several blockchain projects in "stealth mode."- In 2015 Mark founded Roger Wilco, a blockchain and cognitive consultancy. - In mid-2016, he accepted a partnership at the newly created Dallas office for Barista Ventures, which remains a nexus for activity in the Dallas startups scene.Aside from past forays into New Media like founding SiliconANGLE Media or serving as Associate Editor at Mashablee, he has worked as a developer and project manager for many large corporations such as Apple Computers, IBM, Nokia, and Cox Communications.

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Sajed Khan

FBMC Benefits Managements Inc. COO
Sajed Khan
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Sajed, serves as Chief Operations Officer, for FBMC Benefits Managements Inc. He is responsible for technology and business operations, working across the firm to drive innovation, productivity, and enhancements in processes and systems to deliver the greatest efficiency and results for colleagues and clients, in the healthcare medical broker industry. With more than 19 years of experience in the technology field, Sajed, was named Premier 100 technology leader and CIO 100 award recipient, for developing Robotic Process automation tools and disrupting the insurance industry through Blockchain. A recent MBA graduate from the University of Miami, he’s an incisive technical leader with the ability to anticipate, develop and implement organizational needs, always leveraging best practices.

Harpreet Chawla
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Harpreet Chawla

VP Digital Products & Innovation at Swych
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Harpreet is a strategic product management leader with more than 15 years of success directing and delivering innovative product solutions in digital commerce and payments domains that engage consumers with delightful, captivating and engaging experiences to maximize demand and conversion rates and ensure winning product launches.Prior to joining the Swych team, he honed his product management skills at Fortune companies like Hotels.com, Expedia, PayPal, eBay, MoneyGram, Intel and McAfee, to name a few.
Dr Andrew Konen, MD
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Dr Andrew Konen, MD

Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Director Baylor
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Dr. Andrew Konen is an anesthesiologist in Dallas, Texas and is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Larry Davis Jr, PhD
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Larry Davis Jr, PhD

Chief Engineer at Lumina Datamatics; Co-Founder at Most Valuable Recruit; Co-Founder at XChainZ.io
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Researcher creating technology for use in computer adaptive testing and performance measurement. Creating and supporting infrastructure in cloud-based environments. Creating blockchain-based applications. Has designed and implemented interactive graphical applications. Has experience with natural language processing, multi-objective optimization, Bayesian estimation.

Meet our Trainers

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.

Dr. Ephraim Feig
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Dr. Ephraim Feig

Developer Lunch Lecture - Framework for Blockchain Based Applications
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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.

Ven Kumar
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Ven Kumar

Course: Hyperledger for Beginner Developers
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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.

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Natalie Smolenski

Course: How to Issue Blockchain Based Digital Diplomas
Natalie Smolenski
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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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Bryon E Boyer

Course: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency for Lawyers and Tax Professionals
Bryon E Boyer
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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.

Lauren Hasson
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Lauren Hasson

Course: Zero to Hero
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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.
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.

Jaana Simula
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Jaana Simula

Course: Blockchain for Project Managers and Teams
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Jaana is an entrepreneur with a passion to help companies to eliminate inefficiencies and risks, to reduce costs, and to gain competitive advantage through disruptive technologies. Blockchain early adopter and thought leader, specialized in enterprise level application of blockchain technology and R3's Corda as a blockchain platform. Jaana is also a highly experienced and versatile project manager and PMO that has held every single role in software development and ERP projects - from developer to project manager to managing releases and products - during her 20+ year career.
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Palash Jain

Course: Ethereum Smart Contracts Deep Dive for New Developers
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.

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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

Course: Alternative Asset Management
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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.

Leon Gaban Developer at Trade.io
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Leon Gaban Developer at Trade.io

Blockchain 101 - Oct 12
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Leon is a Cryptocurrency investor, trader and a full stack developer at Trade.io
Joe Reeves - Computer Warlock
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Joe Reeves - Computer Warlock

Blockchain 101 - Oct 13
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I try and do my best at all times, and I love helping people. I am working slowly toward the goal of helping out fellow humans in our collective time here. I work in IT but I have a general interest in nearly everything and do things very well on my own, communication with others is key. My overall objective is to learn more about myself, others, and life. My greatest asset is learning and figuring things out, troubleshooting skills are second to few. I have not gotten into cryptocurrency and blockchain heavily. I started a small business mining coins and consulting others on building small rigs all the way up to large-scale operations. I'm a highly technical person and love to build computers, and love to teach people about blockchain and crypto. The underlying technology of blockchain excites me the most about how it will impact the internet and society in general.
Aamir Syed
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Aamir Syed

Ethereum for Beginners, Blockchain Developer at Shardus
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Specialties include building decentralized applications that run on the Ethereum blockchain, to debugging computer vision pipelines for robots, to juggling medical records/test results for doctors in an ER. A common theme though all of these, has been the need to pick up on complex ideas quickly yet thoroughly, and to be able to switch roles as necessary to tackle the problems at hand. Expertise: Programming, algorithms, blockchain technology, distributed computing, scripting, web development.
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Wayne Hall

Principal Consulting Security Engineer, Fortinet
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A network security industry veteran for 25+ years, Wayne’s roles have included IT Director of North America's largest managed service provider and Network Manager of the world’s largest and most anticipated Gaming MMO. He is currently a Principal Consulting Security Engineer for Fortinet, the Global Leader in High-Performance Cyber-Security Solutions. Wayne’s specialties include automation at mass scale and gaining DevOps efficiencies through scripting, which is likely how he earned the nickname “Sir Scripts-a-lot” by his peers. He was a musician in the US Army National Guard and serves on the board of non-profit organizations in his spare time. Wayne thinks Blockchain can solve much of humanity's problems, but only if it's secure and applies equally to all humans.

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Jeff Sandene, MBA CFP

President – Sandene Strategies, LLC
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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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Roger Fung

Small Business Champion
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“A product of mom & pop businesses for over 35 years in three different countries, Roger is a champion for small businesses. He actively helps local businesses to better compete & communicate their stories both on- & offline.”
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Jessica Vittorio

Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, PLLC
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Jessica Vittorio is the Managing Attorney of The Law Office of Jessica Vittorio, PLLC. She is based in Dallas, Texas and works primarily in transactional business law, helping entrepreneurs and startups overcome obstacles so that they can focus on achieving their dreams. By combining a mastery of the law with a personal understanding of the purpose, goals, and vision of each of her clients, she provides effective solutions to a wide array of legal challenges.Jessica graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science, before moving on to earn her J.D. at Baylor Law School. After graduating from Baylor, she served briefly in Washington D.C. as Chief Legislative Counsel for a Member of the United States House of Representatives. While she thoroughly enjoyed her time with the United States Congress, her true passion remained with a more traditional practice of law.As the daughter of two business owners, Jessica grew up understanding the unique challenges entrepreneurs face. She is a strong believer in the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit and startup community to our local economies, and is committed to growing an office focused on helping founders achieve their goals.
Brenda Boehm
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Brenda Boehm

Innovative Technologies
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Brenda Boehm has made her career in bringing new innovative technology to the marketplace. Brenda’s deep industry expertise is based upon her successful leadership roles at both the executive and board levels with various innovation-focused technology companies from entrepreneurial start-ups; Starent Networks, Tango Networks, and Cyphre to Fortune 100 leaders; Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. This uniquely broad set of experiences and skills have equipped her with the insight to create a market vision that recognizes industry disruption, an ability to harness change for innovation, develop global market reach and ensure the most successful operational best practices. Brenda Boehm holds a Masters of Science (MS) from SMU’s School of Engineering in Telecommunications and a Bachelors (BA) in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from the University of Louisiana. She also attended Stanford’s prestigious Graduate School of Business Executive Program and their Advanced Computer Security Certification Program. In her pursuit of continued technology leadership she is also pursuing the Carnegie Mellon’s CISO cert with graduation set for Feb 1019.
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Scott Mairs

CEO, EMPULSE Technology Group
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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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Zuriel Murek
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Zuriel Murek

Composer & Electric Violinist
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Composer and multi-instrumentalist Zuriel Merek captivates his audiences with passionate electric violin performances. He seamlessly integrates classical technique with modern innovations and technologies he developed over the past decade while playing rock and other popular styles of music with many of the most outstanding bands in DFW’s music scene. As a solo artist, he specializes in live looping—the recording and playback of music in real-time—with his freshly reimagined arrangements of contemporary songs and a curated repertoire that spans a wide range of rock, pop, and soundtrack favorites from artists such as U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Elvis Presley, Maroon 5, Guns N' Roses, and Hans Zimmer. Zuriel forged his musical journey alongside a career teaching high school AP and IB history classes, and in 2017, with the support of his students and fellow faculty, he took the courageous leap to invest fully in his music career and release his debut solo instrumental album, The Tao Less Traveled. Zuriel produced, composed for, and performed all the instruments on the record—an original, emotive blend of rock, classical, and cinematic soundscapes. Zuriel performs both as an original music act with his backing band and as a cover artist via his solo electric violin live looping experience.

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Denise Lion
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Denise Lion

Artist - Mixed Medium
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As an artist who works in a diverse variety of media, I experiment with aleatoric processes to create strong personal moments, masterfully, by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal and by enticing the viewer round and around in circles. I often allow the inventive process to be decided by the hands of fate.With the digital glitch these unexpected visual disruptions are spontaneous and accidental in appearance, caused by digital means. My art is associated with my preoccupation with the acceleration of technology and its multifaceted advances in our lives. In my art, I try to draw my audience to both the negative and positive outcomes associated with our daily uses of technology. My works do not place an identifiable form, rather, the results are taken apart to the extent that significance is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multi-layered. I use a visual vocabulary that addresses many diverse social and political issues. My work incorporates time as well as space allowing an imagined and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.My art utilizes­­­­­­ lo-fi visual effects like stop –motion which gives a tangible eminence and a human element to the art piece. I create short narratives using miniature robot sculptures made of discarded electronics. I use electronic parts effecting a robotic look that reflects technologic culture. I create a look of entropy in a futuristic environment, creating a poignant and psychological disturbing narrative.
Roger Belveal
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Roger Belveal

Artist - Sculpture
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Master of untangling things. Futurist Sculptor. The voice of contemporary art on digital culture. Experience design strategist and mentor of UX. Decades evangelizing UX across industry spectrums, aerospace to eCommerce. Designer of apps for enhanced intelligence and human performance.

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Schedule

Pre-Conf. Courses : Oct 10
 

Wednesday, October 10

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

Thursday, October 11

Conference Day 1 - Oct 12 Opening & Business Track
 

Friday, October 12 – Business Track

  • 7:30am- Check-in & Registration
  • 8:00am-8:45am Blockchain 101 – Leon Gaban, Developer at Trade.io & IEEE
  • 8:45am-9:00am Doors open for seating
  • 9:00am-9:05am Opening Remarks – Farhin Ali of BCEN / IEEE Dallas BC Group
  • 9:05am-9:10am Announcements- Ramesh Ramadoss of IEEE BCI Global
  • 9:10am-9:30am Opening Keynote – “Inspiration” – Dr. Ephraim Feig IEEE Life Fellow
  • 9:30-9:45am City of Frisco Welcome – Mayor Jeff Cheney & Frisco EDC President- Ron Patterson
  • 9:45am-9:55 am Master of Ceremonies – Jeff Sandene – Sandene, LLC
  • 9:55am-10:10 am “Lifetime verifiable Diplomas & Digital Records” Learning Machine – Natalie Smolenski
  • 10:10am-10:45 am Education Panel – Mike Rondelli, Esq. Associate Vice President of Innovation & Commercialization at UNT, Dr. Simon Mak – Associate Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU, Paul Nichols Assistant Director – Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTD,  Mark Nausha, Dep. Director, Game Lab at SMU Guildhall – Moderator – Arnold Spencer Esq.
  • 10:45am-11:15 am BREAK & EXHIBITS
  • 11:15am-11:25 am “Startup Communities”  Dean Jones, Lead Microsoft Extreme Labs at Microsoft
  • 11:20-11:40 am “Masternodes” Dr. Damon Bryant, Cofounder of Light Pay Coin
  • 11:40-12:00 pm “Disruption of Financial Software and Taxes” Jon West, VP Blockchain Engineering at Thomson Reuters –
  • 12:00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING & EXHIBITS
  • 1:00pm-1:20pm “Real Estate & Tokenization” Ramesh Ramadoss, CEO of BitCasas
  • 1:20pm-1:40pm “Enterprise Application of Blockchain” Ali Agha, CEO of Olypsis 
  • 1:40pm-2:00pm “Blockchain Validated Learning” JC Jollant, Director of Development at Finastra 
  • 2:00pm-2:20pm “Ecosystem for Global Blockchain Adoption”  Yourex.io – Joseph Akintolayo, CEO & Dr. Antonio Paramo, PhD
  • 2:20pm-3:00pm Financial Panel Satya Bajpai of JMP Securities; Harpreet Chawla, VP Digital products at Swych;  Jenny Q Ta, CEO of VC Networks; Richard Raizes, General Partner at Plutus21- moderated by Hamiz Awan 
  • 3:00 pm -3:45 pm BREAK & EXHIBITS
  • 3:45 pm- 4:15 pm Supply Chain Fireside Chat IBM – Ven Kumar CTO of Pepsico Account at IBM; Dean Wes Randall, PhD Chair of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management at UNT
  • 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Panel – Healthcare-Insurance Use Cases Sajed Khan COO, FBMC benefits management; Palash Jain CEO of Opsvana; Stuart Burris, CTO Open Connect; Dr. Andrew Konen, MD Medical Director Baylor Center for Pain Management – moderated by Brenda Boehm
  • 4:55 pm-5:25pm Closing Keynote “The Age of Co-Creation™” – Ann Greenberg, CEO EntertainmentAI
  • 5:25pm-5:30pm Closing Remarks Farhin Ali BCEN / IEEE Dallas BC Group
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm GRAND PARTY with DJ Dluxe for ALL Attendees
Conference Day 1 - Oct 12 Technology Track
 

Friday, October 12 – Technology Track

 

  • 7:30am Check-in & Registration
  • 7:30am-9:50am Closed until after Mayor’s Welcome
  • 10:10am-10:15am Master of Ceremonies – Roger Fung
  • 10:15am-10:50am Platform Technology Panel – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger, Shardus, Blocknet- Omar Syed of Shardus, Ven Kumar of IBM, Chris Miller of EBCS , Ali Agha of Olypsis, Dr. Damon Bryant, PhD of Light Pay Coin- moderated by Palash Jain of Opsvana, 
  • 10:50am-11:10 am “The role of Marketing in successful Projects” Matyas Zaborsky  
  • 11:10am-1:00pm Room closed until after Lunch
  • 1:00pm-1:35pm “A Distributed Ledger for Global Scale Applications”  Omar Syed, CEO of Shardus
  • 1:35pm-1:55pm “Enterprise Blockchains”   Chris Miller coFounder of EBCS
  • 1:55pm-2:15pm “Protecting your Digital Assets”  BFirm- Bryon Boyer, Esq of BFirm
  • 2:15pm-3:35pm “Compliance and Recent Enforcement Actions.”   Arnold Spencer, Esq, General Counsel at Coinsource
  • 2:35pm-3:15pm Legal Panel  SEC – David Hirsch, Esq, Bell Nunally – Robert Long, Esq, BFirm – Bryon Boyer, Esq, Arnold Spencer Esq., Palmer & Manuel – Ronald Rohdes, Esq – Moderated by Jessica Vitorrio, Esq.
  • 3:15 pm -3:45 pm BREAK & EXHIBITS
  • 3:45 pm- 4:05 pm “Energy & Sustainability” Dr. Alfred Jost, Solar Market Expert
  • 4:05 pm- 4:25 pm “Peer to Peer Delivery” Ralph Liu, CEO of MuleChain
  • 4:25 pm- 4:45 pm “Emerging Markets & Financial Disruption” VC Networks – Jenny Q Ta, CEO
  • 4:45 pm- 4:55 pm  Shift to Closing Presentation
Conference Day 2 - Oct 13 Main Presentation Room & Post Conf. Celebrations
 

Saturday, October 13

  • 7:30 am Check-in  & Registration opens
  • 8:00 am-8:45 am Blockchain 101- Joe Reeves – Computer Warlock & IEEE 
  • 8:45 am-9:00 am Doors re-open for seating
  • 9:00 am-9:10 am Opening Remarks – Jaana Simula – EBCS
  • 9:10 am-9:30 am Keynote “Looking forward by Looking Back” – SMU -Dr. Simon Mak – eSport Student Faculty Advisor
  • 9:30 am-9:35 am master of Ceremonies – Jeff Sandene
  • 9:35 am-9:10 am “Graves DAO for Musicians “ –  Michael Mayes of MPG Research & Communications
  • 10:00 am-10:30 am  “Blockchain Gaming Projects” –  Mark Hopkins CEO of RogerWilco
  • 10:30 am-11:15am BREAK, NETWORKING, visit DOTA2 Tournament Start
  • 11:15 am -11:35 am “Digital Collectibles & Blockchain Trends” – Brendan Cooper of Panini
  • 11:35am -12:05  pm Closing Keynote “Spawning of a New Era with Blockchain”  Felipe Huicochea of CryptoMonedasTV – director of Mexico’s first Presidential Election TV Campaign
  • 12:05 -12:20 pm Conference Closing Remarks – Farhin Ali BCEN / IEEE Dallas BC Group & Jaana Simula – Enterprise Blockchain Solutions / IEEE Dallas BC Group
  • 12:30 pm LUNCH  & NETWORKING & EXHIBITS
  • 12:30 -1:30pm Musical Performance – Looping Violinist – Zuriel Murek 
  • 1:30 pm-1:50 pm Arts & Tech Panel– Roger Belveal – Professional Artist. Diane Lyons – Professional Artist, Tammy Meinershagen, Executive Director of Frisco Arts – moderated by Michael Mayes of MPG Research & Communications 
  • 1:50-2:50pm Musical Performance – Curated Performers by Mark Landson of Open Classical
  • 3:00 pm-3:30 pm Digital Blockchain Records – Demo – Learning Machine – Daniel Paramo  
  • 3:30 pm-4:00 pm Pharus – Platform Demo
  • 4pm – 7pm – Lounge area & Tours to NVM (National Video Game Museum) or Dallas Cowboy Star Stadium.
  • 8:00 pm – Tournament Award Ceremony
DOTA2 Tournament - Oct 13
 

Saturday, October 13

  • 7:30am Registration opens
  • 8:45am-9:00am Doors open for setup & Prep
  • 10:30 am – Battle Ready Round 1
  • 11:00 am – Start Round 1
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm LUNCH & NETWORKING & EXHIBITS
  • 8:45am-9:00am Spectator seating & Exhibits
  • 8:00 pm Award Ceremony

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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