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Wednesday, February 20


PRO WORKSHOP: Trusted Software Delivery with Blockchain
Software delivery pipelines are comprised of many different tools which are glued together using one or more orchestration platforms. The process from user story to code commits through testing (unit, functional, performance and integration), security audit, packaging and deployment, involves many different people and tools, and may even involve outsourced teams and SaaS or cloud-based tooling. With this complexity, how does an organization know that a change was approved and committed by a trusted developer? Who performed the code review and security audit? Were all the tests run in each of the environments as the change progressed from dev, through test in to staging and finally to production? Some proposed solutions require an organization to fully adopt a single vendor stack and keep all development within their walled garden. This approach is not flexible for modern application development, which often involves multiple technologies from different vendors. In this talk Jesse Stockall, CTO of Embotics, will describe an innovative, flexible software delivery process that uses the distributed transaction capabilities of blockchain to provide a trusted, auditable record of a change across the spectrum of tools, processes and people involved in making that change and delivering the value from it. Jesse will provide example integrations with common DevOps tools and provide insight on blockchain technologies available in the market today and explore key benefits organizations can expect to achieve from a distributed ledger using blockchain, such as greater use of distributed teams (including outsourcing) and multiple best-of-breed technologies and microservice-based architectures, while gaining the visibility, control and audit capabilities required.

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Jesse Stockall

CTO, Embotics
Jesse Stockall is the chief technology officer at Embotics. He is a proven leader with over 20 years of industry experience. He is results-oriented with a track record of delivering value to customers through technical innovation and adaptable, intuitive design. He has significant... Read More →

Wednesday February 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom - Stage A
Friday, February 22


PRO TALK: Decentralized Internet Using the Blockchain
In an era where consumers are consistently being taken advantage of by large corporations in the name of profit, a decentralized internet network is a breath of fresh air. We need something that breaks the chokehold that internet service providers (ISPs) have on the market by giving the power back to the people. Blockchain can provide a decentralized community-driven mesh network where users themselves will own and control the network’s infrastructure. The goal is to provide everyone with access to fast, secure, private and reliable internet. We need an ecosystem built around this.

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Brandon "Synth" Smietana

Co-founder, Skycoin
Brandon Smietana, aka "Synth", is one of the earliest contributors behind Bitcoin, and started Skycoin 8 years ago with a vision of creating a new, decentralized Internet. He sits on the advisory boards of several cryptocurrency projects. Synth has a background in mathematics, distributed... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 9:00am - 9:25am
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Securing Data Pipelines with Distributed Consensus
The topic of data provenance has become a catch all term for problems that range from data loss, corruption, and various kinds of security issues. Thanks to the big data and machine learning community, there are varying solutions to each problem independently.  But ultimately, there’s a new way of solving these issues at scale by repurposing implementations of distributed consensus, thus giving us full tractability on our producers, consumers, APIs, network effects, and malicious behavior.

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Wyatt Meldman Floch

CTO, Constellation Labs
With over five years of experience as a Software Engineer & Data Scientist in Silicon Valley, Wyatt Meldman-Floch is the CTO and Co-founder of Constellation Labs. Prior to co-founding Constellation Labs, Wyatt contributed to the Graphic User Interface of the Kepler spacecraft’s... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 9:30am - 9:55am
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Rethink Smart Contracts: Bringing Security and Scalability to All
Blockchain, particularly smart contracts, have the potential to revolutionize the future of work, but security and scalability concerns are preventing widespread blockchain adoption for entrepreneurs and enterprises. In this session, Marie Leaf, Head of Public Product at Kadena, will explain how smart contracts can change business operations for the better. Additionally, she will address the current challenges with Ethereum-based smart contract language which are easily exploitable and full of bugs, causing businesses to lose millions of dollars. With these concerns in mind, Marie will explain how open-source smart contract language, Pact, is addressing issues of security, speed and scalability found in Ethereum-based smart contracts. Pact allows users to upgrade smart contracts on the fly and fix bugs as they are discovered. Additionally, Pact supports Formal Verification which allows users to mathematically prove that their code does what it says it will - this is the same technology used in air and space auto-pilot programs. Attendees will walk away learning how business decision makers in all departments, from finance to marketing, can write secure, simple, and scalable smart contracts that are built on both public and private blockchains. The goal is to democratize blockchain technology for all, taking it out of the hands of expert coders and building accessible solutions for non-programmers running businesses.

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Marie Leaf

Head of Public Product, Kadena
As Head of Public Product, Marie Leaf bridges the divide between private and public blockchain development at Kadena. Marie’s experience has enabled her to provide solutions to diversify and adopt blockchain to influence the way businesses run. Her insights continue to enhance Kadena’s... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Blockchain with Smart Contracts: A New Enterprise Application Model?
Organizations are becoming increasingly interested in the use of blockchain to solve enterprise-related issues. The potential to increase trust, security, transparency, and automation in a tamper-resistant and decentralized manner represents a huge opportunity for the right use cases. However, is it that easy? Is blockchain a new enterprise application model? What are some common blockchain topologies? Where do topics such as consensus, identity, and smart contracts fit? Join this session to learn more about these topics, their use within an enterprise/permissioned blockchain deployment, and various considerations (including myths) that should be discussed before deploying this technology.

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Nelson Petracek

CTO, TIBCO Software Inc.
As the global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of TIBCO Software Inc., Nelson Petracek is helping to shape the development of TIBCO's emerging technology platforms and products. With over 20 years of experience, Nelson works to deliver solutions for the next stage of digital business... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 11:30am - 11:55am
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Communicating With a Smart Contract Via RPC
"What is a smart contract? How does one communicate with it?" We'll go over the syntax of a basic smart contract on the Ethereum network and go over how to communicate to it using remote procedure calls.

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Pavan Katepalli

Adjunct Instructor, UC Berkeley
Pavan resides in San Francisco where he teaches data analytics and web development at UC Berkeley, creates decentralized applications and plays in the San Francisco Foosball League. Pavan entered into the cryptocurrency space in 2013 and has worked and programmed with renowned core... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Dapps: Their Role in Driving Blockchain Adoption
Jun Gong, Co-Founder of Dapp.com, will be discussing the importance of decentralized (dapps) for the growth of blockchain adoption. This educational and informative talk will touch on the general differences between dapps and apps, why the everyday person should use dapps over apps, and how dapp's play an important role in improving the overall blockchain experience. Jun will also touch on the issues that hinder developers from creating dapps along with solutions to these problems.

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Jun Gong

Co-Founder, Dapp.com
Jun has extensive experience in finance, innovation, and technology in Shanghai, San Francisco, and New York. With her MBA from Hult International Business School, Jun brings a truly international cultural and business background and deep blockchain knowledge to the Dapp.com team.Just... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Hashed by History, Looking to the Past for the Future of Blockchain
Blockchain hasn't quite hit its stride yet outside of financial applications and currency, much like the internet chatrooms of the 90's. But at its core it is a social contract created by humans, and we have been creating contracts with one another for thousands of years. This talk will look to past, covering the history of social contracts, and its lessons, lending potential use cases to apply to your next blockchain project to better understand the human element.

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Chase Doelling

Director Alliances Marketing & Technology, Cloud Elements
Chase is the Director of Alliances Marketing & Technology at Cloud Elements. Based in Colorado, surviving 3 startups an IPO and acquisition, he spends a lot of time learning about how past cultures can inform future trends of technology. Like why AI will be closer to a Terrier than... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Junior Ballroom - Stage D


PRO TALK: Blockchain & Smart Cities
Cities has to evolve with the new technologies. In this talk I will try to explain why this is a mandatory topic for existing and new cities, and how blockchain can help in the process. High level topics: - Smart cities definitions and aspects - Why are important? - How blockchain can help? - State of the smart cities in the world.

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Alejandro Narancio

Co-founder, Infuy
Computer Science specialized in blockchain, RSK ambassador and innovative technologies. Father of 2 beautiful ladies and founder of a Software factory company in Uruguay (Latin America) Expert blockchain consultant and architect. Technology and innovation lover.

Friday February 22, 2019 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Junior Ballroom - Stage D