AGENDA

JULY 25, 2018

8:00am: REGISTRATION & COFFEE

On-site registration will be located near the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium on the 4th floor.

Please don't forget to stop by the exhibit area on the 4th floor.

Also, we're going to host the Crypto Funding Summit: Security Tokens and ICOs at the Shorin Conference Room (KC802) on the 8th floor of the NYU Kimmel Center. Your pass grants access to both events.

8:55am: Opening Remarks

9:00am: Opening Keynote by YORKE E. RHODES III
BLOCKCHAIN ENGINEERING, MICROSOFT CORPORATION


9:30am: Skills Required to Succeed in the Blockchain-Enabled Economy

Presenter:

PETER MCALINEY | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU)

Blockchain, while considered by many to be a technology, connotes a much more expansive disruption – it presents new processes, frameworks, and organizing structures for how business is conducted in the private and public sector. This paradigm shift will require the workforce to develop new skill sets. This implies that not only what is being taught in higher and continuing education must be revisited, but how – and how often – one acquires skills also must be revisited. Successful professionals need to develop a wider range of skills, will need to expand the way they think about acquiring skills, and must be
prepared to develop their own roadmap for supporting professional and career advancement.

10:00am: Panel: Blockchain for Supply Chain

Speakers:

VIVEK CHAUHAN | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD AT VIANT

CHERIE AIMÉE | DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AT SHIPCHAIN

YORKE E. RHODES III | BLOCKCHAIN ENGINEERING, MICROSOFT CORPORATION

Moderator:

MERAV OZAIR | SENIOR ANALYST | Cryptovest.com

11:00am: Enterprising the Frontier: IoT meets DLT

Presenter:

KEVIN CHEN | FOUNDER AND HEAD OF THE IOTA EVANGELIST NETWORK (IEN)

Devices and machines around are becoming more intelligent, more connected, and more ubiquitous. Is it estimated there will be 75 billion of these IoT devices out there by 2025, and that number is accelerating every year. However, the biggest obstacle is the fragmentation and lack of secure networks between these devices, highlighted by the Mirai botnet attack in 2016. If these devices cannot reliably and securely send information and data to each other, how would they be able to send payments and units of value? In this presentation, I will discuss in a high-level overview about the feasibly of blockchains and DLTs for securing IoT/M2M networks for data AND payment transactions, as well as the challenges and pitfalls of implementing this in real life. I can also spend a couple minutes to highlight a Supply Chain PoC that my small team in Washington D.C. is working on using the IOTA Tangle. So this is from a practitioner's POV.

11:15am: Opportunities and Trends in blockchain based asset tracking

Presenters:

BRITTANY MAYS NG | PRODUCT STRATEGY LEAD AT VIANT

VIVEK CHAUHAN | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LEAD AT VIANT

11:30am: The Consequences and Solutions to the Unsolved Problems in DLT/Blockchain

Presenter:

PAUL DOWDING | MANAGING DIRECTOR, BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS LEAD, STRATEGY AND SOLUTIONS PRACTICE, GARTLAND AND MELLINA GROUP.

The Bitcoin Network devised by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto solved the “double spend” problem for distributed networks recording and transferring value by utilizing an innovative way to combine encryption, hashing and a block generation competition.

The current, major DLT/Blockchain implementations have used consensus algorithms to create a different way to allow the secure means to transfer value on a distributed ledger, with the additional requirement of confidentiality.

The unsolved problems that remain are performance (with respect to scalability, capacity throughput and latency) and replicating or obviating current market practices and needs. These unsolved problems are preventing the commercially viable adoption of distributed ledger technology.

Referencing the published white papers of the current, major solutions  Paul Dowding will outline examples of the problems to be solved, their consequences to the current designs and what needs to be done to create a secure, flexible, scalable, high capacity, low latency, product and functionally agnostic DLT solution.


11:45am: How To Accelerate Your Blockchain Project By Months Or Years

Presenter:

STEVE CERVENY | FOUNDER AND CEO AT KALEIDO, A CONSENSYS BUSINESS

Enterprise blockchain is hard, but it doesn't have to be! Join us to learn how Consensys and AWS have come together to launch Kaleido, the Blockchain Business Cloud bringing the dramatic simplicity of SaaS to enterprise blockchain. We will discuss how Kaleido changes the economic equation of a blockchain project and significantly accelerates enterprises’ journey from concept to consortium, saving months and millions in the process

12:00pm: Panel: Blockchain for the Media & Entertainment Industry

Speakers:

SOWMYA GOTTIPATI | VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA LABS AT NBCUNIVERSAL, INC.

BILL WISE | CEO OF MEDIAOCEAN

LAUREN DELISA COLEMAN | DIGI-CULTURAL TREND ANALYST, FORBES TECH CONTRIBUTOR, PRODUCER

GEORGE MUSI | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – HEAD OF DATA, ANALYTICS & INSIGHTS BLUE 449

ANDREW LEVINE | CONTENT DIRECTOR AT STEEMIT

Moderator:

AMEETESS DIRA | COO AT INBOT

1:00pm: Presentation by Amber Baldet and Patrick Nielsen

Presenters:

AMBER BALDET | Cofounder & CEO, Clovyr

PATRICK NIELSEN | Co-founder, CTO, Clovyr

1:15pm: Transforming Utilities with Blockchain Technology

Presenter:

KHALED KHORSHID | CO-FOUNDER TREON, TRANSFORMING UTILITIES

On a global scale, there is a gap between customers’ expectations and the real experience of utility services. Digitally savvy consumers expect from their utility providers the same level of simplicity, convenience, speed, and consistency they experience with Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, and PayPal.  Blockchain technology presents utility companies with many practical opportunities to disrupt from within and digitally transform to meet customers’ expectations. I’ll focus my presentation on the telecom sector as an entry gate to transforming the whole Utility sector as it has more practical applications that could be served by blockchain, among other considerations.

1:30pm: Fireside chat: A Perspective: Blockchain Investing and Corporate Venture Capital

Speaker:

MORGAN POLOTAN | PRINCIPAL | GENACAST VENTURES | FORMED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COMCAST VENTURES

Morgan is a principal at Genacast Ventures, where his responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Genacast, Morgan worked at Bloomberg Beta, the venture firm backed by Bloomberg.

Moderator:

MERAV OZAIR | SENIOR ANALYST | Cryptovest.com

2:00pm: Blockchain Enterprise Use Cases:  Best Practices & Traps for the Unwary

Presenter:

OBREAHNY O'BRIEN | FOUNDER OF LENOX.GROUP

The hype of blockchain can most accurately be discerned by looking outside the press releases to the live implementations to date. This talk will walk through best practices in solutioning blockchain use cases for large enterprises as well as traps for the unwary. This talk is applicable to both large enterprises exploring blockchain use cases and startup companies looking to work with large enterprises in creating blockchain applications.

2:30pm: Blockchain and the Race Between Old and New Financial Systems

Presenter:

CAITLIN LONG | 22-YEAR WALL STREET VETERAN

The talk will cover efforts to deploy blockchain to fix and improve the existing financial system, where blockchain solves not just cost but also basic ledger accuracy issues faced by the current system. It will also cover the rise of a parallel financial system that does not use the trading, clearing, settlement and custody infrastructure of Wall Street but is now material in size. The race to see which one dominates will benefit Mom and Pop, regardless of the outcome.

3:00pm: Panel: Blockchain for Financial Services

Speakers:

TIANNA UMANN | CROSS DOMAIN SOLUTION ARCHITECT SAO BLOCKCHAIN ARCHITECT OFFICE OF THE CTO, AMERICAS | MICROSOFT CORP.

KENNETH A. GOODWIN JR | SENIOR MANAGING PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT AT JEANENSIS CAPITAL MARKETS

ROB NANCE | MANAGING PARTNER OF CITYBLOCK CAPITAL

Moderator:

RENEE LEIBLER | CO-FOUNDER OF HARMONIC CHAIN

4:00pm: Presentation by ALEXANDRE TABBAKH

Presenter:

ALEXANDRE TABBAKH | CEO AND CO-FOUNDER AT UNIKEYS

4:15pm: Networking Break

4:30pm: Blockchain Next - Nash equilibrium & dead weight loss

Presenter:

SUSHANT DUTT | SVP & HEAD – BLOCKCHAIN, DIGITAL & ANALYTICS AT WNS GLOBAL SERVICES

Organizations are thriving to reduce the economic losses and it’s no more about how the enterprise is interacting with markets on micro/macro rules but about internal flows with I/O. This trending is based on a core hypothesis that a decentralized consensus operations converges towards an incentive neutral equilibria. This is an absolute possibility if the Organizations can keep the nodes & actions mutually exclusive. Can they?

4:45pm: How Blockchain is Connecting The World, Empowering Individuals, and Ushering in Economic Growth

Presenter:

DOUGLAS SCHWARTZ | FOUNDER & CEO | DOVE NETWORK

5:00pm: How blockchain has changed the fundraising landscape

Presenter:

AYESHA KIANI | MANAGING DIRECTOR AT REPUBLIC CRYPTO

5:30pm: Ethereum Security Essentials

Presenter:

DAN GUIDO | CEO OF TRAIL OF BITS

On the blockchain, there are no secrets. Every transaction is logged and everyone has a copy of all of the code. Over the past year, we’ve seen enterprising hackers use flaws in smart contracts to whisk away millions. This was made possible thanks to Ethereum, the technology that powers CryptoKitties, and Solidity, a high level language used to write Ethereum’s Turing complete smart contracts. This talk will introduce smart contract security, present common vulnerability classes, and walk through the methods used by hackers to exploit them for financial gain. This talk will also cover tools & techniques to securely develop smart contracts that are resistant to these attacks.

6:00pm: GOLDEN TOKEN AWARDS

The awards ceremony will take place at the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium on the 4th floor.