Developers, vendors, enterprise end-users, and enthusiasts of business blockchain technologies will converge in Basel, Switzerland December 12–15, 2018 for the inaugural Hyperledger Global Forum. The first two days will feature a forum with keynotes, breakout sessions, and a technical showcase. The following two days will feature hands-on tutorials and workshop events. Come join us in Basel!
WalmartAs Vice President of Food Safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety, as well as other public health functions, for the world's largest food retailer, Walmart, serving over 240 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. Prior to joining Walmart in 2008, Frank was the Director of Safety & Health for the Walt Disney World Company, where he worked for 19 years. As a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Frank is known for his ability to build partnerships and for his innovative approaches to food safety, including being a pioneer in the use of blockchain technology to create a more digital and transparent food system. In 2008, Frank was given the Collaboration Award by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the 2007 recipient of the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Food Safety and the 2015 Industry Professional Food Safety Hero Award by STOP Foodborne Illness. Frank is also a Past President of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and a Past Vice-Chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). He is also an adjunct Professor in the Food Safety Program at Michigan State University and author of the books, Food Safety Culture, Creating a Behavior-based Food Safety Management System, and Food Safety = Behavior, 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance, by Springer Scientific. Frank is a Registered Microbiologist with the American Academy of Microbiology. He received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Central Florida and his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of South Florida.
UC BerkeleyAlexis Gauba is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. She is a Co-Founder and Researcher at Mechanism Labs, which looks to democratize the flow of knowledge within the blockchain space with a current focus on scalability and alternative consensus, Co-Founder and Executive Director of SHE(256), a movement to increase diversity and break down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and is conducting research at ThunderCore with Professor Elaine Shi. Alexis has previously given lectures at UC Berkeley Haas' MBA course on blockchain, at Draper University, and at UC Berkeley's CS Honor Society among others.
CloudCompass Computing, Inc.Stephen Curran is a 25+ year veteran in Software Solution Development and DevOps who dove into the Hyperledger Indy world in Summer 2017 and has been having a blast ever since. Working with the British Columbia (BC) Government, Stephen has helped define, build and launch the Verifiable Organizations Network (VON) - a production instance of Hyperledger Indy that makes public information about Organizations (Incorporations, etc.) in BC available in the form of Verifiable Credentials in an effort to bootstrap the Self-Sovereign Identity ecosystem. By creating a supply of Services that use Verifiable Credentials, organizations and individuals will use capabilities and create a demand for more participants in the ecosystem. Stephen is a regular presenter in the Hyperledger Indy community, helping to facilitate discussions and drive to actionable deliverables. Stephen has presented workshops on Blockchain and the Hyperledger Indy project at multiple events, including the 19th Annual Privacy and Security Conference in Victoria, BC in 2018. Stephen is also a member of the Sovrin Foundation Technical Governance Board.
EverledgerUsing her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger in building an ecosystem of trust through a global emerging technology platform that asserts transparency along supply chains. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors. Her leadership role in technology has been recognized, winning awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). She has also been named an IBM Champion for 2018.
Harvard Kennedy SchoolBruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books--including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World--as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org; and a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient.
KivaMatthew Davie is Managing Director at Kiva.org, where he oversees the company’s efforts to bring financial inclusion to the 3.5 billion un- and under-banked people globally. With operations in 80 countries, he is helping Kiva to find ways to use the existing data being produced in the unbanked world to build a platform that enables access to the trillions of dollars of idle capital in the international financial sector. Before joining Kiva, Matthew founded and/or was an early-stage operator at multiple tech companies, including Breaktime Studios (SEGA of America), Playdom (Disney) and Whole Travel. He completed his undergraduate in Environmental Engineering at UC Davis and his Ph.D in the same from Stanford University.