An Educational Exploration Into the World of Blockchains
Learn about what’s happening in the rapidly growing world of blockchains and cryptocurrency from industry specialists involved in it every day.
If you’re interested in what cryptocurrency and blockchain technology can do for the world, this event is for you.
Whether you are new to blockchains and cryptocurrencies or a multi-year veteran, these short-form lectures are designed to expose you to the technology and explore where blockchains can take us in the future.
At the US Bank Mainstage @ The Armory PDX
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Check-in opens at 9:15AM. Grab a cup of coffee in the lobby and get settled in!
Founder @ Incognito Conference & Expo
Principal @ Chain Agnostics
Distributed Ledger Technology contains more than just blockchains. Join us as we discuss the latest types of distributed ledgers emerging, from Distributed Acyclic Graph Technologies like Iota and Hashgraph, Multichains like Metronome and BlockCollider, as well as explore newer consensus mechanisms like Proof of Elapsed Time and Discuss the implications of Proof of Stake.
Adrian Cortez is a seasoned thought leader and community builder in the nascent blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) industry. With a background in international business development, investment management, and entrepreneurship, he brings a global outlook supported by an extensive network and experience across multiple disciplines. With a keen understanding of how both public and private chains fit into the ever-evolving landscape of IoT and Fintech, Adrian is sought after by some of the most active, passionate, and insightful influencers in the space for his perspective on the industry.
Adrian is a graduate of Yale University and has spent a decade conducting business and networking in China. In his spare time, Adrian organizes blockchain-related meetups and hackathons and works to advance blockchain adoption in Chicago.
Dr. Julie M. Albright
Digital Sociologist @ University of Southern California
The context in which companies do business is shifting – increasingly, younger consumers are “untethering” from traditional behaviors common to other generations, like buying a house, driving a car, getting married, etc. At the same time, they are hyper-connected to digital devices. These major demographic and behavioral shifts are ushering in new expectations and values, a process Dr. Albright calls “untethering.” Untethering represents disaggregation, where ties to people, places, jobs, traditional processes, and organizing structures in society – like churches and political parties – are being weakened or broken, displaced by digital hyper-connectivity. The blockchain and cryptocurrency represent the next evolutionary step of untethering, representing radical disaggregation from not only traditional institutions and processes – but from Nation State. This talk will explore these ideas, and outline upcoming social-technical trends, including their opportunities and challenges.
About Dr. Julie:
As a digital sociologist, Dr. Julie Albright works at the intersection of behavior and technology. Dr. Albright’s insights have made her a sought-after speaker worldwide
by Fortune 500 companies including IBM Global, SAP, Oncor, Distributech, DARPA, CS Week, Society for Petroleum Engineers, and many others.
Dr. Albright is a Lecturer in the USC Applied Psychology, teaching courses on the psychology off interactive technologies and in Engineering teaching Sustainable Infrastructure courses. She is the former Managing Director of the USC Energy Institute, and one of four principle investigators on a $121 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project, funded by the Dept. of Energy.
Dr. Albright is a multi-published author and she has appeared as a noted expert in every type of media, from radio to TV to magazines and the web, including the Today Show, CNN, The Discovery Channel, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, MSNBC, NPR Radio and many others. She is the author of the forthcoming book: Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream from Penguin Random House – Prometheus.
Great options within walking distance nearby (Deschutes, Little Big Burger, Henry’s, Sizzle Pie). We’ll see you back in the theatre at 2PM!
Mathematician @ Monero Research Lab
Are cryptocurrencies private? Are they anonymous? Do we care? If you read the marketing materials or specifications for a cryptocurrency project, you might see strong claims of privacy. But the technology you choose, and the underlying mathematics, has a huge effect on the guarantees that any given solution can provide. We’ll discuss what privacy really means in the context of cryptographic assets, why it’s important, and the approaches that different projects take.
Sarang Noether is a mathematician working with the Monero Research Lab, which conducts research and development efforts for the Monero cryptocurrency.
He holds an M.S. in mathematics, a Ph.D. in computational physics, and has extensive teaching experience in mathematics, technology, and cryptography.
Head of Digital Transformation @ Apla
Nick has 10 years experience in leading European communications agencies. He helped Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Toyota, Unilever and other brands establish their digital communications, and is the former general manager of blockchain startups, such as KICKICO which raised more than $100 million. At Apla, Nick is responsible for leading blockchain integration practice in governments and enterprises from UAE to Russia.
CEO @ Koi Research Group & CryptoCollege
Chase is a driven entrepreneur who relies on close, trusted teams of partners and advisers to deliver products people need. Coming from Vancouver, Canada, Chase co-founded Koi Research Group, CryptoCollege, and the University of Victoria’s Bitcoin Club – all education initiates in the blockchain space.
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Bitcoin, and the ideas behind it, will be a disrupter to the traditional notions of currency. In the end, currency will be better for it.”
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If you’re interested in learning more about blockchain technology, or seeking to better understand cryptocurrency, this event is for you. The Discover Blockchains agenda is designed with beginner and intermediate needs in mind, and the event is open to anyone.
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