We have brought in world class blockchain training partners from across the country to offer over ten (10) in-person training courses for every level. Expand your skillset by taking courses or workshops. 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. 

Blockchain technology will revolutionize your industry. Are you ready?  To register for classes and for the conference, visit our Registration Page

PreConference Courses – Oct 10

PreConference Courses – Oct 11

Corda for Developers ($1499)

This course will provide you the background to translate use cases to working programs, and prepare you to pass R3’s Corda Developer Certification Exam. In this course you will learn how to design, build and deploy Cordapps; Corda decentralized applications. Cordapps are built to run in Java Virtual Machines. This course is run by Enterprise BlockChain Solutions, the one and only R3 Authorized Corda Training Provider in DFW area.  Corda is a major blockchain platform with more than 200 members and partners across multiple industries from both the private and public sectors (Accenture, BBVA, Barclays, HSBC, Intel…) 

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Time and Location: Duration: 2 days, October 10-11, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Day 1 training room Frisco 6, day 2 training room Hamilton

Corda Developer Training  – Corda is a major blockchain platform with more than 200 members and partners across multiple industries from both the private and public sectors (Accenture, BBVA, Barclays, HSBC, Intel…)

In this course you will learn how to design, build and deploy Cordapps; Corda decentralized applications. Cordapps are built to run in Java Virtual Machines. This course is run by Enterprise BlockChain Solutions, the one and only R3 Authorized Corda Training Provider in DFW area. The course will provide you the background to translate use cases to working programs, and prepare you to pass R3’s Corda Developer Certification Exam.

Agenda:

  • Intro to Corda – Understand the overall architecture, key concepts and components of Corda
  • Getting Started – Learn how to set up your development environment for running and writing CorDapps
  • States – Understand how to model shared facts and agreements on the ledger
  • Contracts – Use test-driven development to create smart contracts controlling the evolution of the ledger
  • Transactions – Learn about the transaction lifecycle, and how transactions are used to propose ledger updates
  • Flows – Use our flow testing framework to develop flows allowing Corda users to automate common business logic
  • Corda Node – Learn how the node is designed, what it can do, and what it can’t. Learn what services/APIs the node offers
  • Corda Network – Understand how a Corda network is structured and how data flows between nodes on the network

Instructor: Chris Miller – co-founder Enterprise Blockchain Solutions, the one and only R3 Authorized Corda Training provider in DFW area. Chris has 20 years’ experience in enterprise application design and development in emerging industries and is R3 Authorized Corda Trainer. Prerequisites: Previous programming experience is required. Some familiarity of Kotlin or Java is ideal, but other programming experience is sufficient too. Requirements: Laptop, Chrome browser (with ability to install plugins).

Bonus: Includes the Oct. 11th lunchtime Plenary lecture for Developers by Ephraim Feig – “A framework for blockchain based applications”

To register please visit our Registration Page.  Don’t forget to register for the complimentary lunch bonus ticket with Dr. Feig.

Ethereum Smart Contracts for Beginner Developers ($349)

In this 3-hour class you will learn how to code using Solidity, the most popular programming language used for programming on Ethereum.  Smart contracts are programs that run on a blockchain and are often the most important component of distributed applications (Dapps). After learning basic programming for Ethereum Smart Contracts and Dapps, you will write and deploy your first Smart Contract on the Ethereum Blockchain.

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Instruction hours – 3. Setup starts 30 minutes at 12:30, 30 min. before class start time of 1pm

Time and Location: Thursday October 11, 12:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Room Ranger

Ethereum Smart Contracts for Beginners – After learning the basics of Ethereum and Solidity, you’ll learn what Smart Contracts are and how to write and deploy your first Smart Contract on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Prerequisites: Previous programming experience is required. Basic programming experience is sufficient.

($13 course available on Udemy for Javascript programming is helpful for novices who wish to prepare, but is not required) : https://www.udemy.com/java-the-complete-java-developer-course/)

Requirements: Laptop with wifi, chrome browser with ability to install plugins.

Class outline: In this 3-hour class you will learn how to code to create your own Dapp for the Ethereum Blockchain.  Smart contracts are programs that run on a blockchain and are often the most important component of distributed applications (Dapps). After learning basic programming for Ethereum Smart Contracts and Dapps, you will write and deploy your first Smart Contract on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Instructors:  Aamir Syed (Developer at ULC Project)

Bonus: Includes the Oct. 11th lunchtime Plenary lecture for Developers by Ephraim Feig (IEEE Life Fellow) – “A framework for blockchain based applications”

To sign up please visit our Registration Page.   Purchase this class by itself or select the appropriate “conference plus workshop” ticket for a bundle discount. Don’t forget to register for the complimentary lunch bonus ticket with Dr. Feig.

Ethereum Smart Contracts Deep Dive for New Developers  ($649)

This course will provide any existing developer the required knowledge to jump start his career into the blockchain programming with Ethereum. This course is for hand-on developers and programming students in colleges and universities who want to learn the fundamental concepts of programming smart contracts. The course will provide you with blockchain fundamentals, you will learn how to design, build and deploy Solidity based Ethereum Smart Contracts. You will get an optional take-home multiple choice test and a programming assignment to further continue your learning to get ready for a project on Ethereum Smart Contract development.

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Instruction hours – 6. Setup starts 30 minutes before class start time. 

Time and Location: Thursday October 11, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Setup at 8am, Room Ranger

Ethereum Developer Training – Ethereum is the most popular blockchain innovation platform and enjoys the biggest market share for development on new solutions. This course will teach you how to design, develop, test and deploy the smart contracts including the required fundamentals of blockchain. The only pre-requisite is that you understand coding and have some college level experience in writing software programs. Rest we will start from scratch about blockchain. This course will give you the necessary jump-start into programming on blockchain and if you continue the optional take home assignments, you can be ready to take projects as a blockchain developer.

This course is provided by Opsvana, A Blockchain Advisory and Implementation company specializing in enterprise training and blockchain projects. Please take advantage of the heavily discounted prices during the conference.

Agenda:

–       Introduction to Blockchain fundamental and Smart Contracts – Understand the required concepts and architecture to get started.

–       Learn how to setup dev environment for running Ethereum Virtual Machine and installing the required stack for developing smart contracts

–       Introduction to Solidity programming language (required for programming on Ethereum)

–       Learn how to write, deploy, test smart contract. Understand gas concepts.

–       Build a crypto currency live in the classroom (optional)

–       Revise all the material above and review the take home assignment for practicing your smart contracts.

Instructors: 

Palash Jain – Palash Jain is a founder and CEO of Opsvana, A Blockchain advisory and implementation services company. Prior to founding Opsvana, Palash Jain has the Managing Director and Head of Cloud Services for Tier 1 companies.

Dr. Donald Carr – Dr. Donald Carr is a hands-on developer in blockchain programming on various platforms including Ethereum and Hyperledger. Dr. Dona Carr has built various tools and platforms in this arena and has been involved for over an year in the blockchain programming world.

Bonus: Includes the Oct. 11th lunchtime Plenary lecture for Developers by Ephraim Feig (IEEE Life Fellow) – “A framework for blockchain based applications”

To sign up please visit our Registration Page.   Purchase this class by itself or select the appropriate “conference plus workshop” ticket for a bundle discount. Don’t forget to register for the complimentary lunch bonus ticket with Dr. Feig.

Hyperledger for Beginner Developers ($349 )

Learn the basics of blockchain: public blockchains and private blockchains, what smart contracts are and how to write and deploy your first one. You will leave this course with a good foundation for understanding how to incorporate Hyperledger fabric in your blockchain based solution.  After this course you will be directed to free resources on how to gain advanced developer skills using Hyperledger & IBM online resources.

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Instruction hours – 3. Setup starts 30 minutes before class start time. 

Time and Location: Thursday October 11, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Setup at 9am, Room SeaBiscuit

Hyperledger Developer Class for Beginners – Learn the basics of blockchain: public blockchains and private blockchains, what smart contracts are and how to write and deploy your first one.  Hyperledger is an open source blockchain initiative started by the Linux Foundation which consists of  members including IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Intel, NEC, NTT DATA, Red Hat, VMware.  Hyperledger Fabric is a permissioned blockchain infrastructure, originally contributed by IBM[19] and Digital Asset, providing a modular architecture with a delineation of roles between the nodes in the infrastructure, execution of Smart Contracts and configurable consensus and membership services. You will leave this course with a good foundation for understanding how to incorporate Hyperledger fabric in your blockchain based solution.  After this course you will be directed to free resources on how to gain advanced developer skills using Hyperledger & IBM online resources.

Learn more about Hyperledger and free online resources at:

https://www.hyperledger.org/   or

https://developer.ibm.com/tv/blockchain-demo-hyperledger-composer/

Prerequisites: Previous programming experience is required. Basic programming experience is sufficient.

($13 course available on Udemy for Javascript programming is helpful for novices who wish to prepare, but is not required) : https://www.udemy.com/java-the-complete-java-developer-course/)

Requirements: Laptop with wifi, chrome browser with ability to install plugins.

Class outline: In this 3-hour class you will learn

1) Learn basics of blockchain and smart contracts.

2) Write and deploy your first smart contract.

3) Understand  how to work with private and public blockchains, including  understanding where Hyperledger Fabric fits in to architect a blockchain based solution.

4) Learn how to use Hyperledger Composer to easily create and manage your own blockchain application using Composer, JavaScript, and API calls.

5) After this course, you will be directed to free resources on how to gain advanced developer skills using Hyperledger & IBM online resources.

Instructors:  Ven Kumar (CTO IBM Pepsico account) & IBM Dallas Team

Bonus: Includes the Oct. 11th lunchtime Plenary lecture for Developers by Ephraim Feig (IEEE Life Fellow) – “A framework for blockchain based applications”

To register please visit our Registration Page.  Don’t forget to register for the complimentary lunch bonus ticket with Dr. Feig.

Lunch Lecture for Developers – “A framework for blockchain based applications” by Dr. Ephraim Feig, IEEE Life Fellow, (*Included with Developer course)

This Plenary lecture is conducted during lunch where developers from all four (4) courses convene to have lunch and hear first hand from Dr. Ephraim Feig (IEEE LIfe Fellow 30+ patents, 100+ publications)

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Time and Location: Thursday October 11, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Room Ballroom “Frisco 2”

Framework for Blockchain Based Solutions – Have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with fellow developers from all four (4) blockchain tracks, to hear Dr. Feig lecture on his seminal abstract, “A framework for blockchain based applications” .  Lecture starts at 12:45 for 30 minute.  Afterwards you will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Feig anything and network with fellow developers before returning to your class

Requirement: Included with with Developer Course.

Prerequisite: none

Instructors:  Dr. Ephraim Feig, IEEE Life Fellow, over 30 patents and over 100 publications.  Dr. Feig regularly does keynotes, lectures and oversees developer workshops for IEEE conferences throughout the world.  We have the honor of having him travel to Dallas, TX for this special occasion and developers will get unique opportunity to benefit from interacting with him personally.

Download the paper on  ResearchGate

This lunch lecture is also open to CTO’s, IT managers and IEEE Members for $49. Choose the standard lunch ticket.

To register please visit our Registration Page.  If you are taking a developer course please be sure sign up on registration page, for this lecture for no additional charge so we can reserve your seat and order your meal.  Choose the Developer ticket.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency for Lawyers and Tax Professionals: U.S. Taxation of Cryptocurrency (CLE/CPE Pending)  – ($249)

This course should prepare you to take on clients in blockchain and cryptocurrency based businesses; as well as ensure that you understand the full compliance measures to give tax advice and complete tax returns for the most popular cryptocurrency use case situations of your clients.

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Instruction time – 1hour

Time and location:  Thursday October 11, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Room Rockhill

    Blockchain and Cryptocurrency for Lawyers and Tax Professionals: U.S. Taxation of Cryptocurrency (CLE/CPE Pending) – This course should prepare you to take on clients in blockchain and cryptocurrency based businesses; as well as ensure that you understand the full compliance measures to give tax advice and complete tax returns for the most popular cryptocurrency use case situations of your clients.

    You will learn the one example that will help you understand how crypto is taxed 99% of the time. From there you will learn how the U.S. federal tax system treats common property dispositions and how those rules relate to analogs in cryptocurrency. You will learn how to treat the tax returns of your clients who are active in the cryptocurrency market. This is an adaptation of a very popular course that has been licensed by Thomson Reuters and is available live by the instructor who designed the course.

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Who can get CLE/CPE (Pending) credits?:  Lawyers, CPA’s, CFP’s

    Instructor: Bryon Boyer, Esq – With education from the Harvard Business School and a JD from the SMU School of Law, Cum Laude, Bryon brings an enormous wealth, depth and breadth of practical experience to this course.  Bryon is the author of a two-hour version of this course which has been licensed by Thomson Reuters.  Bryon is recognized as a leading authority and does consulting work for government and business advising on tax law and cryptocurrency, as well as crypto-asset protection.

     To sign up please visit our Registration Page. 

    Legal and Financial Implications for Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrencies (CLE Pending) – ($249)

    This course is appropriate for anyone who makes decisions on payment acceptance methods for businesses.  The course is designed to provide you with an overview of existing options to start accepting cryptocurrency; as well as ensure you understand compliance measures for current laws & regulations on accepting alternative convertible assets (cryptocurrency).

    Legal & Financial Implications for Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrencies - Click for Details

    Instruction time – 1hour

    Time and location:  Thursday October 11, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Room Rockhill

    Legal and Financial Implications for Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrencies (CLE Pending) – This class is appropriate for anyone who participates in making decisions on accepting cryptocurrencies for business.  Accepting cryptocurrency is no longer just a marketing tool for companies, but an alternative method of payment that fortune 500 companies like Overstock.com have been using for years.  Innovative business owners interested in gaining a competitive edge are seeking to understand how this is done.  This course is designed specifically for this interest.  The course will provide you with an overview of existing options to start accepting cryptocurrency; as well as ensure you understand compliance measures for current laws & regulations on accepting alternative convertible assets (cryptocurrency).

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Who can get CLE/CPE (Pending) credits?:  Lawyers, CPA’s, CFP’s

    Instructor: Ron Rohde, Esq.

     To sign up please visit our Registration Page.

    Blockchain for Project Managers and Project Teams ($499)

    This 1/2 day advanced non-technical Blockchain Project Management class by Enterprise BlockChain Solutions dives into the challenges of successfully managing blockchain projects and implementations, and helps creating a good framework for your project from the beginning. This is an essential class for your executives, Product Management and Development Organizations, project teams and stakeholders when you’re planning on your first blockchain project.

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    Instruction hours – 3.5.  

    Time and location:  Thursday October 11, 8am – 12:00pm, Room  Whirlaway   

    Blockchain for Project Managers and Project Teams – This 1/2 day advanced non-technical Blockchain Project Management class dives into the challenges of successfully managing blockchain projects and implementations, and helps creating a good framework for your project from the beginning. This is an essential class for your executives, Product Management and Development Organizations, project teams and stakeholders when you’re planning on your first blockchain project.

     

    Prerequisites: None.

    Requirements: None.

    Agenda:

    • What is blockchain?
    • How blockchain works
    • Key blockchain concepts 
    • Do you need blockchain?
    • Choosing the right blockchain platform
    • How are blockchain projects different?
    • Biggest challenges in blockchain projects
    • Key success factors in blockchain projects
    • Planning your blockchain project
    • Project governance model
    • Stakeholder management and new stakeholder groups
    • Importance of customer feedback
    • Technical considerations during implementation
    • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as a way to finance your blockchain project

    Instructor: Jaana Simula is Co-Founder of Enterprise BlockChain Solution. She has over 20 years of experience in all roles of a software development project, and holds PMP and CSM certifications. Jaana is a blockchain thought leader and presented her research on successful blockchain project management at UTD Project Management Symposium in May 2018.

    To register please visit our Registration Page.

    How to Issue Blockchain based Digital Diplomas ($129)

    Ideal for educators, this nontechnical class will teach you how to easily create and issue your own blockchain-based certificates & diplomas.  At the end of this course you will have your own blockchain based course completion certificate.  This class will go over what a blockchain is, how they are being used to verify digital records and provide you an overview of the existing landscape of options in digital identity.  Initially developed in collaboration with MIT Media Labs and Learning Machine, Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying blockchain based certificates.  Featured in Forbes, PC Magazine, MIT News and CoinDesk,

    Digital Diplomas, Identity and Blockcerts - Click for Details

    Time and location:  Thursday October 11, 3:30 – 4:30, Room Hamilton-Lebanon

    Ideal for educators, trainers, coaches, or organizations that provide recognition for acheivement.  This nontechnical class will teach you how to easily create and issue your own blockchain-based certificates & diplomas.  At the end of this course you will have your own blockchain based course completion certificate.  This class will go over what a blockchain is, how they are being used to verify digital records and provide you an overview of the existing landscape of options in digital identity.

    This class on the business of issuing digital diplomas and digital identity will give you a thorough understanding of the landscape and the feasibility of issuing your own digital records. This course will cover one popular option thoroughly, Blockcerts.  We will learn how The Govt of Malta and The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is using blockcerts for digital records including the licensure and credentialing of medical practitioners.

    Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying blockchain-based certificates. These digital records are registered on a blockchain, cryptographically signed, tamper-proof, and shareable.The initial design and development was led by MIT’s Media Lab and Learning Machine. Learn how it works directly from Learning Machine.

    “In 2017, MIT began issuing digital diplomas to select groups of students graduating within Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD degree programs. These tamper-proof records are registered on the Bitcoin blockchain, so they can be shared peer-to-peer and independently verified. The blockchain, combined with strong cryptography, provides a new security infrastructure that guarantees the authenticity of these records and enables convenient verification.”- Learning Machine. Featured in Forbes, PC Magazine, MIT News and CoinDesk,

    While some colleges and educators are using enterprise software to issue diplomas you have options, there will  be a demonstration of issuing Blockcerts records with and without the use of enterprise software so you can get started right away.

    Machine enterprise software that uses Blockcerts open source standards, for records that are verifiable for a lifetime.

    https://www.blockcerts.org/

    To register please visit our Registration Page.

    IEEE Dallas Blockchain Group – Open to the Public ($20)

    Join us for our first Dallas Blockchain Group Launch meeting.  Our Keynote guest is Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss.  He is the coChair IEEE Global Blockchain Initiative and the chair of the Standards Working Group.  Joining us will be IEEE Executive members who are active with blockchain projects from around the globe.

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    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  Room Ballroom “Frisco 2”

    Join us for our first Dallas Blockchain Group Launch meeting.  Our Keynote guest is Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss.  He is the coChair IEEE Global Blockchain Initiative and the chair of the Standards Working Group.  Joining us will be IEEE Executive members who are active with blockchain projects from around the globe.   Ephraim Feig, IEEE Life Fellow and author of “Framework for Blockchain Based Applications” will be presenting technology trends around the globe.  Dr. James Olivier will be presenting  Blockchain Patent Landscape.

     

    Tax & Bookkeeping Workshop Hours (*Included)

    Tax peace of mind. According to credit Karma’s estimates, only .04% of tax filers have filed a Form 8949 for cryptocurrency gains and losses.  The lack of cryptocurrency tax filings “emphasizes the difficulty in accurately reporting your crypto gains and losses,”  Free help for conference ticket holders.  Meaningful help is here. Bring in your laptop and work on downloading your crypto reporting spreadsheets and get help understanding what to do with them

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    Workshop

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Room Rockhill

    Drop in session for help using your exchange’s online service for downloading transactions or introduction to options such as CoinTracking to record cryptocurrency transactions for tax purposes.  Get help from Tax & bookkeeping service professionals, Brett Quigley, JD of JMV Financial and Professor Jillian Verdun.

    Please signup for no charge

    Zero to Hero (*Included)

    Recharge your technology career.

    Recharge your Tech Career.

     

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  Room Hamilton-Lebanon

    Zero to Hero: Learn to Build Your Value + Become Indispen$able in Your Tech Career

    This course if for both Men and Women.  Far too many of our nation’s best and brightest tech women work as hard as they can to advance their careers without really understanding how important it is to build their value and communicate their worth. It’s time to teach women how to work smarter, not harder, to become more effective and invaluable to the companies they work with. Lauren shares her personal story of going from zero network, zero skills, and no job prospects to becoming a highly valued, top engineer with global connections in just three short years. Women will come away with steps they can take to immediately start building their value and become indispensable at work and in their tech careers as they return from investing in their blockchain technical skills.

    Name: Lauren Hasson

    Title/highlight: Founder, DevelopHer

    Bio: 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.

    Her work has been featured in Apple keynotes, she was one of 100 top innovators invited to attend the UK G8 Innovation and Decide Now Act Summits with the United Nation’s technology council, and she’s won multiple, high-profile hackathons. She holds a degree from Duke where she completed a triple majorwith honors in electrical engineering, computer science, and economics in just four years.

    But, despite all her accomplishments, she was surprised to learn she was paid 50% less than a male peer. So, she took action and invested in learning how to negotiate for herself. And, in less than two years, Lauren tripled her salary! That’s an additional six figures that she earns year after year after year!

    That’s exactly why she founded DevelopHer – to champion tech women and mentor fellow female engineers on the importance of negotiation and building their worth. She’s on a mission to bridge the gender income gap, one woman, one negotiation at a time.

    Blockchain Business Model Strategies – Prof. Simon Mak – SMU

    Blockchain Business Model Strategies

    Instruction time – 2 hours

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Room Hamilton-Lebanon

    Topics Covered

    • Intro to Blockchain
    • Traditional Business Model Basics
    • Token Economics and Business Models
    • Open Source Business Models
    • Class Exercise: Building Your Blockchain Business Model

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Instructor: 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.

    Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Mak worked in engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corporation, and then joined a venture capital-backed software start-up Mercury Interactive in Silicon Valley that went IPO and was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $4.4 billion. He founded a health-related dot.com and presented to top-tier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, and then was the vice president of sales and marketing for a start-up Chinese business magazine, and most recently he was vice president of marketing and business development for a small, private-equity backed software company in Dallas and led the sales expansion into the Japanese market and the eventual company sale to a Japanese systems integration company.

    Recent Awards:
    2018 SMU Cox Teaching Innovation Award
    2018 Nominee, Dallas Start-up Evangelist of the Year Award
    2016 Global Educator of the Year by the Dallas Global Chamber of Commerce
    2016 SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award
    2015 SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award (for work in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship at SMU)
    Relevant Research:
    Dr. Mak is creating a new MBA course called Blockchain Entrepreneurship: Business Model Strategies. His research for the class has taken him to Berlin, London, Malta, Shanghai, and Beijing where he has met with blockchain start-ups.

    Dr. Mak is also a crypto investor and has dabbled in crypto mining!
    Dr. Mak is the faculty advisor for the SMU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club, the MBA Entrepreneurship Club, the SMU e-Sports Club, and SMU Intervarsity.

    To sign up please visit our Registration Page. 

    Alternative Asset Management  – Raizes & Awan – Plutus 21

    Alternative Asset Management

    Instruction time – 2 hours

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 10:30 – 12:30 pm.  Room Hamilton-Lebanon

    Course: Business of Blockchain – Alternative Asset Management (2hour) – 45 min Hamiz, 45 min Richard, 30 minutes Q/A

    Topics Covered

    • What are alternative assets and why are they important?
    • Modern investment portfolio theory and where alternative assets fit.
    • Crypto as an alternative asset.
    • Analyzing alternative investment opportunities.
    • Analyzing crypto investment opportunities.
    • Why companies adding blockchain to their business should act as venture capitalists?

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Instructor(s):

    • Richard Raizes

    o   Chief Investment Officer, General Partner at Plutus21 Crypto Fund I, L.P.

    o   Richard 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.

    • Hamiz Mushtaq Awan

    o   Chief Financial Officer, General Partner at Plutus21 Crypto Fund I, L.P.

    o   Hamiz 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.

    To sign up please visit our Registration Page. 

     

    Security & Digital Assets – Wayne Hall

    Security & Digital Assets

    Instruction time – 1 hours

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 4:30 -5:30 pm.  Room Rockhill

    Course: Security & Wallets (1hour)

    Topics Covered

    • What is digital security?
    • So you’re into crypto, or crypto is into you.  Whether you’re a business looking to accept crypto payments or an enthusiast who wants to keep their crypto secure, this talk will give you tips and tangible techniques you can implement right away to increase your security posture.  This talk is for beginners and veterans alike, as every area of security has different levels – you just need to get to the next level.

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Instructor(s):

    • Wayne Hall

    Wayne Hall – Principal Consulting Security Engineer, Fortinet

    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.

    To sign up please visit our Registration Page. 

    Neurofeedback Primer – Farhin Ali – Frisco Neurofeedback, LLC &  Darlene Drew, LPC – Sereneco, LLC

    Neurofeedback Primer with CEU's for LPC's by Darlene Drew of Sereneco

    Instruction time – 1 hours

    Time and location: October 11, 2018, 9:00 am – 10:00 am.  Room Hamilton

    Course: Neurofeedback (1hour) – 60 min Farhin Ali – onsite presentation.  Includes scheduling for onsite session for an additional 60 min CEU

    Topics Covered

    • What is Neurofeedback
    • History of Neurofeedback
    • How it works
    • Who it helps
    • FAQs
    • Case Studies , Chemo Brain Study & PTSD Study results

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements: None

    Instructor(s):

    • Farhin Ali

    o   CoFounder, Frisco Neurofeedback, LLC

    o   Farhin worked 3 years as a tutor counselor for Upward Bound to help increase college entrance rates for disadvantaged students while studying Arts and Education at Baldwin Wallace College.  She went on to graduate from Case Western Reserve University with BS in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. She spent 12 years as an engineer and was inspired by the dramatic results neurofeedback had for loved ones, when Rx drugs had failed. Farhin coFounded Frisco Neurofeedback in 2012 to make it more widely available & accessible.  She is interested in blockchain for the potential for decentralizing research and lowering costs.

    To sign up please visit our Registration Page. 

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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.

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    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
    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.

    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
    Wayne Hall
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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.

    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!