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Thursday, September 13


OPEN TALK: Building Enterprise-class Decentralized Applications in a Few Weeks - A Use Case combining IoT and Blockchain
Building entreprise-class decentralized applications is not an minor endeavor; beyond the blockchain piece, a lot of off-chain components and features have to be combined (user management, workflows, orchestration, data management, interactions with the chosen blockchain framework, system integration, user interface, API…). Discover how Ondiflo leveraged Platform 6, a unique solution to develop, package, distribute and run decentralized B2B applications for structured document exchanges leveraging blockchain.

Ondiflo is a joint venture between ConsenSys and Amalto, and the first end-to-end B2B Blockchain technology solution automating and improving management and delivery of the order-to-cash ticket-based services to the Oil & Gas industry.

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Emmanuel Thiriez

Founder & COO, Platform 6 / Amalto
One of the founders of Amalto and Platform 6, Emmanuel has a long experience with leveraging leading edge technologies to streamline order-to-cash and procure-to-pay processes. He holds a MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Supelec and a MS in Strategic Management from HEC Paris... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 10:25am - 10:50am
Workshop Room 2


OPEN TALK: Decentralized App Development and a Vision for Internet 2.0
Decentralized app development - a “network effect” — what happened when platforms like Facebook and the Apple ecosystem rapidly secured huge market shares on the power of large userbases, and what is the next runaway network effect that everyone is looking for - direct and indirect network effects - Friction in network effects between apps - How blockchain tackles the synergy problem - An Example of Synergies among Decentralized applications built on blockchain - The irony of blockchain: removing friction makes monopolies difficult A vision for Internet 2.0 - Internet eras (what, when and why an era) - the digitization of information - mass access to high-utility services that were not available before. At what cost though? - A look in the future - The year is 2040 - paradigm shift

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Anton Mozgovoy

VP of Technology, Humaniq
Anton Mozgovoy is highly professional person with the experience in BMO Financial Group while implementing Apple Pay and Android Pay. Also he worked on BMO MasterCard, Overdraft, and Cheque Image Capturing projects. In 2015 founded Finlyt startup - algorithmic installment and revolving... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Blockchain for the Enterprise
There has been a lot of discussion and innovation around blockchain the consumer space but not in the enterprise space. In this talk, we are going to discuss what fundamental values blockchain bring to the enterprise and what are the use cases which are most ripe for disruption.

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Rishi Yadav

Founder & CEO, Zettabytes
Rishi Yadav has over 20 years of experience in designing and developing enterprise applications. He is an open source software expert and advises American companies on latest technology trends. Rishi was honored as one of Silicon Valley's 40 under 40 in 2014. He finished his bachelor's... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: The Promise of “The Internet of Money”
One of the grand promises of Blockchain technology is the concept of “the internet of money or value.” I'll weigh in on where we are and explore whether this real or a distraction. If you’re interested in learning why large banks, tech giants, governments, start-ups, and investors are getting involved at alarming rates, this is your talk.

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Rana Gujral

Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor
Rana Gujral is an Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor. In 2014, he founded TiZE, a Cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until its exit in 2016. Rana is a contributing columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:25pm - 1:50pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Beyond Hodl: Building a Better Future
Blockchain is impacting every industry, from finance to healthcare to space science.

Everyone working in blockchain sees the potential. But the truth is: right now, developing on blockchain is too hard and the user experience is too hostile to achieve mass adoption. While there’s a laundry list of barriers the industry needs to solve, there's also a global workforce of developers to tap into. How can we work together to bridge the gap and build the free and fair global economy of our shared vision?

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Marc Blinder

Chief Product Officer, AIKON
Marc Blinder is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer for AIKON, a technology company with the mission of making the promise of blockchain a reality. With a degree in Political Science from Princeton, Blinder’s career began as a political operative in the rough and tumble world... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Main Stage


PART 1:DAS Introduction
Speaker:Albert Lin  
Topic: What is DAS? And what is DAS Brain?

PART 2:Is the Fundamental of Blockchain Solid?
Speaker : Adolph Lu

PART 3:Douglas Ogden
Speaker : Douglas Ogden

PART 4: Panel Discussion
Topic: The application of AI&Blockchain technology

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Albert Lin

Co-founder/Chief Algorithm Architect, DAS.Link
Albert started his career as a software engineer in Amazon, and soon after he joined Tune.inc as a senior software developer. In 2016, he was recruited as the lead algorithm architect in China Renaissance, the top investment bank in China focusing on TMT industry, and from which he... Read More →
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Adolph Lu

• Tenure Professor of Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara• Head of the Particle Accelerator Lab at Stanford University• Post-doctor of physics at UC Berkeley• The theoretical physicist
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Douglas Ogden

Founder, China Sustainable Energy Program
• Founder of China Sustainable Energy Program(CSEP), North Ridge Investment Management• MS from Harvard Kennedy School• Juris Doctor of Law, university of Washington
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Yubo Ruan

Co-Founder, 8 Decimal Capital
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Nila Sun

Co-founder, S.Capital

Thursday September 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Expo Stage


KEYNOTE: Blockchain Trailblazers
Organizations and consortia across industries are rapidly looking to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies. First Movers and early adopters have already identified key benefits from blockchains including cost, immutability, transparency and new business models. Learn how these blockchain trailblazers have partnered to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with Blockchain. As a leader in open-source blockchain solutions and an early member of Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, IBM is dedicated to supporting the development of openly-governed blockchains. In this presentation you will hear how IBM is working with hundreds of organizations across financial services, supply chains, IoT, risk management, digital rights management and healthcare to implement blockchain applications.

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Janine Grasso

VP, IBM Blockchain Strategy and Ecosystem Development, IBM
Janine has held many leadership positions across IBM.  Most recently, she led the Global ISV Business where she drove embed revenue and the creation of “with IBM” which is the new digital engagement model for ISVs.  Prior to that, Janine was Vice President of Business Development... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: State of Blockchain Applications- What's Worked v. Still Needs Work
As thousands of companies have been using BlockCypher for 5 years to create new blockchain applications, we've seen applications succeed and fail. In this session, we'll look at blockchain applications that have been developed and discuss which ones have taken off and why. We'll also look at ones that have not taken off. In this session you'll hear about: - case studies spanning financial services, healthcare, energy, e-commerce - regulatory and industry challenges to blockchain adoption - common characteristics of successful blockchain applications

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Karen Hsu

Chief Revenue Officer, BlockCypher
Karen Hsu is Chief Revenue Officer at BlockCypher. With over 20 years of experience in technology companies, Karen is co-inventor of 5 patents and has worked in a variety of engineering, marketing and sales roles to bring new products to market. She has worked on Data Integration... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:25pm - 3:50pm
Main Stage


CANCELLED: Beyond Blockchain: What Distributed Applications Will Look Like in 10 years From Now
Making a blockchain from scratch is no simple task. In fact, Bitcoin, Litecoin, ZCash, and Dash all share 90% of the same code for this very reason. We’re looking to show people how easy it is to develop and create new custom blockchains and apps. We’re looking to show the full power of Lamden. Lamden is focused at being the first end-to-end development suite for blockchain applications. We do not focus specifically on smart contracts on a pre-existing system, but rather creating new and custom blockchains and decentralized systems that are not encompassed within the application space of smart contracts. Those who know a thing or two about smart contracts know that there is a limited subset of what they can do. The tools that Lamden is making supersede that subset and expose a development environment wherein any type of decentralized application can be developed. Lamden is an open source Python based blockchain network and development suite. Our blockchain was written entirely in Python and will be released, for free, to the Python community near the end of the year. Developers may be interested in why Lamden chose Python, what challenges the team has faced so far, what Lamden's tool-set will enable them to do and maybe how they can get involved. Lamden's goal is to put easy to use blockchain tools in the hands of Python developers. 

Thursday September 13, 2018 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Let the World In -- One Click Sign-Up for dApps & Create Your Own Cryptocurrency!
Bring your laptop! This workshop will be hands-on as Team AIKON walks you through how to use ORE ID to give your users easy sign-up using Google, Facebook, Github and other standard logins. We'll do a fun challenge and  show you how to create your own cryptocurrency -- all while earning yummy prizes!

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Marc Blinder

Chief Product Officer, AIKON
Marc Blinder is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer for AIKON, a technology company with the mission of making the promise of blockchain a reality. With a degree in Political Science from Princeton, Blinder’s career began as a political operative in the rough and tumble world... Read More →
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Tyler Kuhn

dApp Developer, AIKON
Sparked by a lifelong passion for gaming and 3D animation, an introduction to Flash in college forged a multi-faceted career for ace developer Tyler Kuhn.As he advanced from cloning Tetris in Flash to building a game for Travel Channel to winning a company hackathon at CrowdFlower... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: OPEN TALk: How Can Data Change our Investment Behavior ?
  • The optimization of data
  • Evaluation methodology with public data
  • Application of AI&Blockchain technology in value-based investment decisions
  • DAS Brain Algorithm

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Albert Lin

Co-founder/Chief Algorithm Architect, DAS.Link
Albert started his career as a software engineer in Amazon, and soon after he joined Tune.inc as a senior software developer. In 2016, he was recruited as the lead algorithm architect in China Renaissance, the top investment bank in China focusing on TMT industry, and from which he... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 4:25pm - 4:50pm
Main Stage
Friday, September 14


KENOTE: How Decentralized Apps Can Go Mainstream: Tokenization & The End of Extraction
New products, platforms and protocols break into the consumer mainstream when the average user engages based on the benefit of the service (i.e. faster, cheaper, better) without being forced to care about the enabling technology. To date, the users of decentralized blockchain applications have been primarily those with a pre-existing interest in the space. Some companies, like Public Market, are changing this. What’s more, tokenization is breeding unprecedented network effects for tokenized applications. Mainstream decentralized apps can provide all the benefits of network effects without the costs to the network participants that are unavoidable under private, centralized and rent-seeking network ownership. Importantly, these cost savings for users can be more than financial: they can also come in the form of increased privacy, ownership of data, and more favorable network policies.

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KJ Erickson

., Public Market
KJ Erickson is the CEO & Co-Founder of Public Market, a protocol for decentralized marketplace eCommerce. Public Market allows anyone - tastemakers, influencers, affiliate marketers, and professional merchants - to build an online storefront that sells from a pooled source of inventory... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:25am
Main Stage


OPEN TALK : Augmented Reality, Alexa and Blockchain - Made For Each Other
AR has allowed everyday objects to come to life digitally. Alexa has now enabled countless devices to interact through voice commands. These technologies greatly enhance the end user experience. Blockchain promises to allow any asset to be tracked across it’s lifecycle in a secured distributed way. However, the confluence of these three technologies leads to powerful capabilities which can greatly enhance existing business processes for enterprises. For ex: An application could use Alexa to receive voice commands to interact with an AR object and the change of state of the AR objects could be stored in a Blockchain. This allows traceability of the AR object states, Alexa commands and the overall interaction. This session will aim to walk the user through few examples leveraging Blockchain and the pitfalls to look out for along the way.

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Andrew Morgan

Director of Product Marketing, Infostretch
Andrew Morgan is the Director of Product Marketing at Infostretch. He is an experienced leader in strategic analysis, opportunity assessment, and roadmap execution.  With his guidance and expertise, he has helped companies expand their digital initiatives to unprecedented levels.   Andrew... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 9:25am - 9:50am
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Regulation and Cryptocurrencies
Future framework of token sales: Regulatory trends of 2018.


Anton Dianov

Chief Investment Officer, Jaguar Capital Advisors

Friday September 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:25am
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: Blockchain and Crypto Security: What Every Investor Needs to Know
The cryptocurrency industry has suffered US$673 million in losses during the first quarter 2018, while overall losses in the last 5 yr. is estimated at over $2.3 B .  This session reviews blockchain and cyrpto security at all levels, examines some notable hacks and what can be learned, and  looks at the security eco-systems with some practical learnings and advise, that every cyrpto investor needs to consider.  In both the companies/tokens they invest in, how they hold/store/use  blockchain and crypto.

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Sean Salloux

COO, Baanx Group, Baanx Group
Sean has over 20+ years in mobile, crypto, banking security, amongst other sectors, and was part of creating the first e-wallet on a credit card (back in 1999!) for Gemalto, MasterCard, Korean and Japanese banks. He was employee #1 for Gemalto’s $700M corporate VC arm, the largest in Europe at the time, and invested in and acquired companies in the crypto/mobile/e-wallets/mobile and security space in US, EU, and Asia.Since then, he has been CEO of... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: The Future of Blockchain and Government Regulation
Discussing the first California Blockchain bill, AB 2658. What it is, what it means and how it and other bills and regulations will change the blockchain landscape.The discussion of this bill continues, we will discuss the pros and cons of this kind of regulation and how it is going to change the future.

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Greg Osuri

CEO & Co-Founder, Overclock Labs
Greg is founder & CEO of Overclock Labs, where he develops protocols, tools, and infrastructure to make foundational elements of the internet open, decentralized, and simple. Previously, Greg founded AngelHack and was the CTO for the world's largest hackathon-accelerator with over... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Expo Stage


KEYNOTE PANEL: YouTube in the Blockchain
Some of the best influencers in the industry will discuss their trial and tribulations of using YouTube as a means to promote blockchain technology.

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Heidi Yu

Heidi Yu, CEO & Founder of Boostinsider and BOOSTO, Serial entrepreneur. MBA graduate from Seattle University. After exiting e-commerce platform Pocomaru, she founded Boostinsider at the end of 2014, providing in-depth data analytics for 350,000 active social media influencers covering... Read More →

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Crypto Blood

Blockchain Influencer, Investor, The Blockparty Podcast
Crypto Blood is one of the top up and coming stars within the crypto space, known for his intellect and relatable nature. Blood embodies the “everyman”, and possess the gift to clearly explain complicated blockchain technology to the everyday world. Currently he maintains the... Read More →
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Nathan Leung

Blockchain Influencer, Event Coordinator, Cryptonauts
Nathan Leung is the founder of DBCasting, a production company which recently finished shooting a Sprite Commercial for Lebron James. When not at work, he maintains the Youtube channel “Cryptonauts, and MC's the NAC3 series of blockchain events!”YouTube Link: https://www.yout... Read More →
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Charlie Mav

Blockchain Influencer, Webinar Host, Ready Set Crypto
Charlie “Mav” is a YouTuber who founded ReadySetCrypto channel because he was disappointed in the quality and breadth of information that was available to the retail investor. When not catering to his 80 thousand fans, Charlie hold webinars on readysetcrypto.comYouTube Link... Read More →
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Rob Paone

Blockchain Influencer, Investor, Crypto Bobby
Rob Paone is better known as Crypto Bobby, a popular YouTuber in the Blockchain space currently closing on on 150 thousand subscribers! Currently Rob uses his channel to educate the masses on current trends affecting the cryptocurrency market!YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Solidity is King
These will be addressed:
What is a Smart Contract on Ethereum?
What kind of skill set is needed to develop an Ethereum Smart Contract?
What is Solidity?
And why Solidity is king for now?

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Ann Shin

Founding Partner, Ultrafund.VC
Columbia University Doctor of Education. Fenox General Partner for Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Sector. Interviewed by U-Channel TV, BlogTalkRadio, TechCrunchRadio…etc. Invested in 20+ ICOs and run an ICO newsletter of 2,000+ members. Meetup group Founder with well over 20,000 mem... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Regulatory Environment for Cryptocurrencies and ICOs
Regulatory landscape and outlook for cryptocurrencies and ICOs.

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Robert Crea

Of Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
Robert M. Crea counsels investment advisers, private fund managers and broker-dealers on a variety of fund formation, regulatory and compliance, and securities law matters. He regularly works with clients to structure and document U.S. and offshore private investment funds and assists... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: Enterprise Transformation with Blockchain
This session will look at a framework for mapping blockchain capabilities to 
enterprise needs leading to potential innovations and new solutions across the enterprise application stack.

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Salim Ali

CEO, Loyakk
Salim runs Loyakk, Inc and is a frequent speaker on Blockchain and its impact on the Enterprise Application Stack. At Loyakk, Salim is working on leveraging blockchain capabilities to enable enterprises to share and collaborate across company boundaries. Prior to Loyakk, Salim... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 1:25pm - 1:50pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: PANEL: Machine Learning for Smarter Search
To create "smarter search" in today's search engines, we need to understand a) what our users are looking for, b) what kinds of questions they've generally been interested in the past, c) what previous attempts to satisfy this search question have been, d) what others have been feeling were successful answers to this (and related) questions.  These questions are difficult in general, but with our user's collective behavior to guide us, an "80% solution" can be achieved by doing that most effective "machine learning model": counting.  The next 80% relevance gain can be found in a combination of collaborative filtering recommender systems wired through your search engine, and simple supervised machine learning for query intent classification.  If you really need to get the remaining 80% of relevance gains left, you'll need to roll up your sleeves and do some NLP or knowledge graph mining, but first let's see if you even need to get that far.

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Jake Mannix

Chief Data Engineer, Lucidworks
Jake Mannix is the Chief Data Engineer at Lucidworks. Before joining Lucidworks, Jake worked on the Semantic Scholar project at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and prior to that was tech lead for Twitter’s data science and data engineering teams, building both the... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK : Regulatory Compliance in Blockchain
With the amount of ICO scams, companies being unable to deliver on promised product, pump and dump schemes in the secondary markets, it is imperative for the space to become regulated in order to continue growing. The panel will discuss the various pros and cons to regulation, how to implement it, potential options to backdate compliance for the companies delivering on their promises.

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Brian Kanda

CEO & Co-Founder, FloraChain
A passionate entrepreneur in global trade with an eye for active markets. He founded H2Organics to build modular grow containers deployable anywhere in the world and most recently co-founded BloomHouse to produce and commercialize un-manned floral retail units. Brings extensive experience... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: Managing Identity on the Blockchain
Factom has identity management built into the core of the blockchain code allowing users to define cryptographic identities for people, documents, resources and nearly anything else. Managing identity on the Blockchain creates identities with a verifiable history; every change to the identity is permanently written to the Blockchain creating an audit trail. What’s more, hierarchical identity keys allow for easy management of identities in the real world as when low level keys are compromised externally or rotated due to internal processes, the keys can be revoked and replaced with higher level keys. Paul Snow will walk attendees through identity management on a blockchain and the many key use cases it facilitates.

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Paul Snow

CEO, Factom
Paul Snow is the founder and CEO at Factom, the creator of the first blockchain technology built from the ground up, to solve real-world business problems. Paul’s innovative approach to software and application engineering has spawned a litany of inventive open-source companies... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: A Global, Distributed Identity and Trust Management System Using Distributed Ledgers
Much of the Internet is built on use of digital certificates to provide trusted assertions. Digital certificates have many limitations that can now be overcome using distributed ledgers and other components. While many applications of blockchains have unproven value or can be implemented more efficiently without them, we demonstrate that blockchains and other forms of distributed ledgers can be used to construct a global system that solves many of the current problems in identity and trust management systems. This system allows us to establish identity and trust management systems that can gracefully scale to include the Internet of Everything. The talk will discuss many of the limitations of current certificate authorities such as: · Scale: Current CAs are hierarchical, so the production of trusted assertions is limited by the inability of CAs to efficiently organize means for trusting assertions from authorities that naturally need to cover billions of diverse topics from billions of authoritative sources that interact in non-hierarchical ways. · Perfect Forward Integrity: Certificate base systems rely on the security of signing keys. When a signing key is compromised, all certificates signed with the key both in the future as well as the past, lose verifiable authenticity. Worse, all assertions made in the past with keys downstream in a certificate chain are compromised. This exacerbates and is exacerbated by the scaling issue described above. A system with perfect forward integrity is needed whereby assertions are still valid and authenticatable as long as we know they were made before the key was compromised. · Revocation and renewability: After decades of deployment of Certificate Management systems, revocation and renewability remain difficult and unscalable even for homogeneous applications. Identity management for entities whose attributes can change often requires new thinking and systems. · Impending collapse from Quantum Computation: All certificate schemes that are in practice today are vulnerable to QC attacks that can someday render all digital certificates past, present and future useless. The proposed distributed ledger-based system will include the following features: · A heterogenous system of distributed ledgers with common interfaces can become a universal recording mechanism for all types of trusted assertions about "rich identities" for all kinds of entities. · This heterogeneous system can evolve to naturally and securely support assertions from the "natural" authorities able to cover diverse attributes about diverse entities. This system will scale as more entities need to rely on one another in an Internet of Everything. · We introduce the concept of "trusted derivatives" of distributed ledgers that can be used to efficiently make trusted assertions available to individual entities and applications optimized for their needs. · While the virtuous immutability and auditability of distributed ledgers can make revocation and renewability challenging, we can use these trusted derivatives to provide the latest trusted assertions, including any changes and revocations, available in highly efficient ways. Under this system, users of trusted information can be guaranteed the latest information provided at low latency and high reliability. Costs of the system can be scaled according to the level of assurance required. · A few simple, optimizable components can be designed to provide a highly reliable, adaptive, scalable system that efficiently transfers information from trusted assertion producers with recognized authority on specific topics to trusted assertion consumers who will use that information according to their specific applications and their own personalized policies. · The architecture allows for the use of many different types and formats of trusted assertions. This architecture will support notions of "incremental trust", blind authorization, anonymity, and confidentiality. · The system is designed to significantly reduce vulnerability to quantum computing attacks.

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David Maher

Chief Technical Officer, Intertrust Technologies
David Maher has over 30 years of experience in secure computing and is responsible for Research and Development at Intertrust. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, he was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, Head of the Secure Systems Research Department, and security... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Expo Stage


OPEN TALK: Social Media Influencers and Celebrities for your blockchain
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David Drake

Founder and Chairman, LDJ Capital
David Drake is Founder and Chairman at LDJ Capital, a multi-family office which deals in worldwide funds accessing over trillions in assets and maintains over 50+ global directors and family office partners. More recently, David Drake is also seen as a leader in blockchain and cryptocurrency... Read More →
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Dallas Santana

Hollywood Media Executive/ Content Creator
 Dallas Santana is known for creating more than over 350 episodes of TV for networks like CBS, ABC, Direct TV, Dish, Sky TV (UK). He is also an expert in social media strategy for major brands, television shows,  movies, "A-List "celebrities, professional athletes,   and is a leading... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 3:25pm - 3:50pm
Workshop Room 3


OPEN TALK: Start-up Alley Demos - Top 5 Teams
Friday September 14, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Main Stage


KEYNOTE: User Experience on the Blockchain
Today, blockchain is a “hot topic” and not widely understood. Generally, there are two types of people in the blockchain space, the spectators, who think it is a fad or a “get rich quick” plan and the people who are more invested in the long-term potential of blockchain in our society.

When the internet was introduced no one quite understood it at first, and now we cannot imagine a world without it. Similarly, blockchain is discussed in everyday life, but no one quite understands how big of an impact it can and will have in the not-so-distant future. Adoption of blockchain will be tricky, and like all new technologies, users will need to feel like they can trust it and not fear it. Therefore, it is crucial that the user experience and design are heavily evaluated, and products must be crafted with the needs and want of the user in mind or else there will never be as great of a user adoption as needed. A more human-centered blockchain design can help attract and attain users.

Ultimately, the widespread adoption of blockchain will not be because the technology is not there, it will be because the design does not match the technology and people will be fearful. We need to remove that fear and instill acceptance and creating a great user experience is the answer

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Dominic Tancredi

Co-Founder & CEO, Dom & Tom
Dominic Tancredi Co-Founder & CEO Dom & Tom https://www.linkedin.com/in/domtancredi Twitter: @dtancredi Dom has 17+ years of development experience with expertise in system architecture, database modeling, and developing web applications and 8+ years of mobile development for Android... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Main Stage


OPEN TALK: Patent Landmines in the Blockchain
The financial services industry is making significant investments into the blockchain, a distributed ledger technology best known for enabling the digital currency bitcoin. Realizing the economic potential of blockchain technology could result in sharply lowered fund transfer times and costs while bolstering security. Recent patent applications by several financial services firms offer insight into how those firms think blockchain technology could work, and the race to patent it could lead ultimately to the next big battle over technology standards and who owns them. We will discuss patent trends affecting blockchain.

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Eric Schulman

Principal, Fish & Richardson
Eric Schulman is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. His practice is primarily focused on patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, and development and management of patent portfolios. Mr. Schulman also has experience in trademark... Read More →

Friday September 14, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Expo Stage