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Monday, April 8
 

9:00am

Become a Leader, Not a Casualty in the Digital Age. How Blockchain Will Transform Your Business.
Blockchain is expected have a profound impact on the digital economy. Innovators must choose if they will embrace this disruptive technology to transform or if they will simply use it to optimize mundane and potentially obsolete models. In this session, we will examine the shifting business landscape and effects of blockchain on current and future enterprise along with some key market observations.

Speakers
avatar for Mike J. Walker

Mike J. Walker

Senior Director, Applied Innovation Team, Microsoft
Mike J. Walker has a diverse background in emerging technologies, innovation, business strategy, and enterprise architecture. He has provided high-impact and pragmatic advice to CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs of global Fortune 100 companies.At Microsoft, Walker leads blockchain strategy and... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

10:15am

Blockchain in Healthcare Panel
Blockchain is designed to be a principle-based regulation system that provides high safety standards, legal certainty, and a stable environment for transactions. It provides a fact-based, immutable, and transparent record, which makes it ideal for the healthcare environment. The panel of experts in this session will review the key solutions that blockchain can bring to the healthcare industry.

Moderators
avatar for Nate Miller

Nate Miller

CEO, Consensus Networks
Prior to joining Consensus Networks, Nate served for over seven years in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Warfare Officer. He is a 2011 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering. He attended the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power and submarine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jose Arrieta

Jose Arrieta

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
avatar for Silas Garrison

Silas Garrison

CEO, HealthSpace Data Systems, Ltd.
Mr. Garrison is a seasoned business and tech leader with nearly two decades experience providing software to state and local government agencies. He was co-founder to the first company that offered a native inspection app on the iPad to public and environmental health departments... Read More →
avatar for Sean Manion

Sean Manion

CEO, Science Distributed
Sean Manion is a neuroscientist and former federal research administrator. He is CEO of Science Distributed, dedicated to bringing health researchers together with blockchain as a layer of trust for better science, cheaper research, and faster miracles. He is a co-founder of the newly... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

10:15am

The Future of Cash in a Digital Economy
In an age of Bitcoin, Apple Pay, Credit Cards, PayPal, Venmo, and countless digital payments, how does cash fit in and what is its future? Join us for a history of cash - from its humble beginnings to its future in our society.

Today, retail, grocery, hospitality, and many other industries leverage back-office automation to stay competitive as e-commerce and peer-to-peer consistently disrupt more and more businesses. To survive, companies continue to adopt robotics and automation, which work to streamline the back office and, as a result, allocate more time toward customer-facing operations. This same back-office automation is being applied to physical cash.

By leveraging cash recycling, cloud-based reconciliation, and other automation, cash can now be digitized. This contemporary management of cash lets operators save millions of dollars in legacy cash management costs while allowing customers to pay in cash, which remains a wildly popular form of payment despite its traditional nature. Like other automated back-office functions, automated cash management enables increased customer focus by shifting labor from the back office to the front of the organization.

Please join us as we explore the modern-day migration of cash into the digital realm and how physical cash is evolving to coexist with crypto-currency.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Baldinger

Mike Baldinger

Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Evention LLC, Evention
Mike Baldinger serves as managing partner & co-founder of Evention LLC, an early pioneer in automated back-office solutions in Chicago, IL. Originally established in 2004 as a technology consulting company, in 2006 Evention launched its first software application developed to automate... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

11:30am

Blockchain 101: From Cypherpunks to Enterprise Crypto
Blockchain is a transformative technology that is on the precipice of mass adoption. However, very few truly understand exactly what it is, how it came to be, and why it’s valuable. Join expert Jake Kuczeruk, Director of Partnerships at Dispatch (a next-gen protocol built for the management and analysis of data) for this session, where he will explain the nature of the relationship between cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based solutions, the basics of consensus mechanisms and different underlying protocols, and key terms and players in the overall ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Kuczeruk

Jake Kuczeruk

Director Of Partnerships, Dispatch Labs & The Bureau
Jake Kuczeruk is an San Francisco-based entrepreneur, advisor, and growth/partnerships specialist who serves in dual roles as the director of partnerships for both Dispatch (enterprise-focused blockchain protocol) and The Bureau (blockchain advisory, accelerator, and fund). Formerly... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

11:30am

Blockchain in Industry Panel
Enterprise blockchain requires special consideration. Smart contracts code the logic of a business process (including pricing, discounting, bundles, frequency of transactions, dependencies, etc.) directly into the transaction. If the blockchain is public, it would enable competitors to track business activities and understand the business processes used in its operations.

This panel will discuss strategies to prevent the dissemination of intellectual property, including permissioned blockchains on trusted nodes and private transactions.

Moderators
avatar for Joel Neidig

Joel Neidig

CEO, SIMBA Chain
Joel Neidig is the CEO of SIMBA, a Blockchain as a Service platform. He has 14 years of experience integrating manufacturing technology and software development. In 2016, Neidig spoke at the White House by invitation of the National Economic Council in recognition of the progress... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Perkins

Scott Perkins

Senior Vice President, Quisitive Technology Solutions
Scotty Perkins is an operations, compliance and information technology leader with expertise in blockchain and the payments industry. With nearly 25 years’ experience, he has held senior positions in operations, compliance, IT, business development and procurement, andspecializes... Read More →
avatar for Rajat Rajbhandari

Rajat Rajbhandari

CEO and Co-Founder, dexFreight
Rajat Rajbhandari, PhD, is a CEO and co-founder of dexFreight, a startup building decentralized logistics platform for shippers and carriers to collaborate on blockchain and smart contracts. He is also leading a project at Port of Veracruz to build Latin America’s first blockchain-powered... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

1:30pm

Blockchain for Government Panel: Socially Meaningful Use Cases and Non-Disruptive Innovation
Blockchain applications in the public sector include overseas e-voting, digital identity data, property rights and land registry, municipal bonds and taxes, public financing, cross-border remittances, and more. This technology is about creating trust in multisector cross-border relationships, therefore, it must be friendly with policymakers and industry incumbents around the world.

Join our panelists to learn more about ways frontier technologies like blockchain and emerging industries must work collaboratively with governments to thrive.

Moderators
avatar for Luke Kim

Luke Kim

Chief Marketing Officer, Vite Labs
Luke Kim is a digital nomad from Seoul and Tokyo and chief marketing officer at Vite Labs. Kim is a former business development manager at City Innovate Foundation and SuperPublic CoLab at United Nations Plaza, head of U.S. relations at European Innovation Academy, director of strategic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Linnett

Samantha Linnett

Innovation Design Lead, City of Syracuse - Mayor's Office
Samantha Linnett serves as the innovation design lead for the city of Syracuse's Office of Accountability, Performance, and Innovation, or Innovation Team (i-team). Linnett uses her communications and human-centered-design skills to perform community outreach and manage stakeholder... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Clarke

Kenneth Clarke

Project Manager, Blockland Cleveland at JumpStart Inc.
Kenneth Clarke is the project manager for Blockland Cleveland, an audacious, all-hands-on-deck, full-blown community effort to build, support and promote the city of Cleveland as an innovative technology center using blockchain technology as the catalyst. Blockland’s goal is to... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

1:30pm

How Blockchain has Redefined Entrepreneurship Panel
Join this session to learn everything you need to know about how to get a company started with blockchain. The panel will take a look at alternative approaches to entrepreneurship that blockchain enables, and traditional and non-traditional use cases will also be reviewed.

Avoid the pitfalls by learning from seasoned experts!

Moderators
avatar for Michael Ketigian

Michael Ketigian

Poet & Technologist, inverse K
inverse K is the stage name of Michael Ketigian: a poet and technologist who explains and explores complex ideas through the art of verse. He would perform under his given name if it were more easily spelled and pronounced (it's keh-TEE-jee-an), but reality dictated otherwise. The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jake Kuczeruk

Jake Kuczeruk

Director Of Partnerships, Dispatch Labs & The Bureau
Jake Kuczeruk is an San Francisco-based entrepreneur, advisor, and growth/partnerships specialist who serves in dual roles as the director of partnerships for both Dispatch (enterprise-focused blockchain protocol) and The Bureau (blockchain advisory, accelerator, and fund). Formerly... Read More →
avatar for Matt McKibbin

Matt McKibbin

Founder and Chief Decentralization Officer, DecentraNet
Matt McKibbin is the co-founder of Decentranet a purpose-driven advisory firm focusing on amplifying transformative technologies to positively affect the seven billion people on the planet. McKibbin has been a blockchain evangelist since 2013, when he coordinated the DC Blockchain... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Rustrum

Chelsea Rustrum

Co-founder and Founder, respectively, Blox7.com and Blockchain for Good
Chelsea Rustrum explores shared ownership and value distribution through the lens of the sharing economy and blockchain technology. She’s the author of It’s a Shareable Life, the founder of Blockchain for Good, a social and educational series, and the co-founder of Blox 7, a new... Read More →
avatar for Monika Proffitt

Monika Proffitt

Founder, Rise Housing
Monika Proffitt is an international speaker, writer, and social entrepreneur. As an expert in the blockchain space and several-time founder, Proffitt has developed the business acumen over the last two decades to bring a high level of clarity, focus, and sustainability to every project... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

2:45pm

Implementation - the Beginning of a New Blockchain Era and a Sign of Maturity
As we pass the 10-year anniversary of bitcoin white paper, we close an important “Proof of Concept” chapter in the book of the blockchain. Much has been learned during the past decade and understanding key aspects of this period allows us to be ready for the next chapter.

With these experiences in hand, we can step into a new era of “Implementation.” No matter the age or area of focus, opportunities are awaiting those who are driven by ingenuity, innovation, and creativity. Blockchain technology allows for the optimization of processes in all industries from finance to space exploration.

Early to blockchain, Irina S Litchfield is dedicated thought leader. She will be delivering this message to wide range of audience and empowering them to take steps toward applying blockchain to their industry.

Speakers
avatar for Irina Litchfield

Irina Litchfield

Founder, BlockchainCubed
Irina S. Litchfield is the founder of Blockchain Cubed. She is an investor, author, and spokesperson for Blockchain Global Regulatory Infrastructure. She is community leader, correspondent and columnist. Early to the blockchain space, she also co-founded US-based Bitcoin Exchange... Read More →
avatar for Mohammed Irfan

Mohammed Irfan

Managing Partner and Head of Research, Bloccelerate
Sheikh Mohammed Irfan is a serial entrepreneur, author, inventor, and philanthropist. He is currently the Managing Partner and Head of Research at Bloccelerate VC, a global blockchain venture fund based in Seattle. His focus areas are in the fields of emerging technologies and its... Read More →
avatar for Zane Witherspoon

Zane Witherspoon

CTO, Dispatch Labs
Zane Witherspoon is an expert in distributed consensus architecture currently leading the development of the Dispatch protocol, a house project of the larger Bureau ecosystem. Formerly a network security specialist, Zane started investing and developing in blockchain back in 2016... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

2:45pm

Practical Blockchain
It’s easy to get lost in the jargon, technology, trends and controversy surrounding blockchain. Add regulatory issues governing cryptocurrency and it is more than challenging to assess how any of it can have practical application. Join this panel discussion and interactive workshop to gain an understanding of these new tools as applied in the real world. Executives will present a case study example addressing the similarities and differences between blockchain and cryptocurrency as well as the Initial Coin Offerings and Security Token Offerings.

Moderators
avatar for James Malackowski

James Malackowski

Chairman & CEO, Ocean Tomo, LLC
James E. Malackowski is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Tomo, LLC, the Intellectual Capital Merchant BancTM firm providing industry leading financial products and services related to intellectual property including financial expert testimony, valuation, strategy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Hirl

Joe Hirl

Patent agent
Joe Hirl worked as President in Jefferson Capital Resources Inc., at Zodiac acquisition of ILC, as President at TCOM Corp., as Buyout of Lighter-than Air Technology, as Senior Vice President at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and he worked at International Security SystemsCurrently he's... Read More →
avatar for Jim Falvey

Jim Falvey

General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Office, EMX
Jim Falvey is an attorney with a focus in commodities, derivatives, securities, fintech/regtech, and intellectual property (often associated with financial markets). Jim is general counsel of EverMarkets or “EMX,” a crypto derivatives exchange. He is also co-founder and general... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601

4:00pm

Why Our Institutions Are Destined to Become Open-Sourced
This fireside chat explores upcoming changes in our world as a result of new blockchain technology applications and widespread adoption. Audience Q&A will follow a series of four short talks by our four speakers.

Matt McKibben:
Innovation has driven society to invent technologies which enable previously centralized institutions to be open-sourced. Much like Martin Luther led to the open-sourcing of Holy Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation, we are now seeing a similar open-sourcing and forking of other historically centralized institutions such as banks and governments. This talk will explore this theme of open-sourcing modern institutions and the resulting impacts on the world. 

Matt McGraw:
DLT isn’t a technology innovation, it’s a business model innovation. Businesses can now be closer to partners and consumers of goods and services – a permanent and open source joint venture. The obvious benefit is this is more sustainable, ethical even – but what does it mean for corporate governance?

Irina Litchfield:
Entering a new era in blockchain. Irina is co-founder of the US-based Bitcoin Exchange and built an online bank in Mexico, which specializes in micropayments. Litchfield is one of the first female founders in crypto industry.

Susan Oh:
Susan Oh is the founder of MKR, an AI-based system that measures and grades the trustworthiness of text and voice reports. Susan will share in her unique area of experience in this exciting and practical application of blockchain technology.

Speakers
avatar for Matt McKibbin

Matt McKibbin

Founder and Chief Decentralization Officer, DecentraNet
Matt McKibbin is the co-founder of Decentranet a purpose-driven advisory firm focusing on amplifying transformative technologies to positively affect the seven billion people on the planet. McKibbin has been a blockchain evangelist since 2013, when he coordinated the DC Blockchain... Read More →
avatar for Irina Litchfield

Irina Litchfield

Founder, BlockchainCubed
Irina S. Litchfield is the founder of Blockchain Cubed. She is an investor, author, and spokesperson for Blockchain Global Regulatory Infrastructure. She is community leader, correspondent and columnist. Early to the blockchain space, she also co-founded US-based Bitcoin Exchange... Read More →
avatar for Matt McGraw

Matt McGraw

CEO and serial entrepreneur, Dispatch Labs
Matt McGraw is a successful leader, CEO, and serial entrepreneur who takes pride in finding great talent; helping to uncover and activate a fun, positive culture and mission; and design high-performance, high-growth operations. McGraw has taken multiple companies from zero to $10... Read More →
avatar for Susan Oh

Susan Oh

Founder and CEO, MKR AI
Susan Oh is a civic technologist in AI and blockchain integration towards scalable solutions for social good. She is the founder of MKR AI, which uses machine learning to measure and grade the trustworthiness of text and voice reports, and a governing member of the Non-governmental... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Century Center 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., South Bend, IN 46601