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The first Hyperledger Global Forum is a wrap! Thank you to everyone that joined us in Basel this year and helped to make the event a success.
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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.
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. Read more about Bruce's presentation.
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.
Change HealthcareAaron Symanski is CTO of Change Healthcare, where he leads the company's innovation and is responsible for IT and application architecture, and new technologies. Aaron has extensive experience in healthcare and finance, startups, and global enterprises. As a founder of a healthcare analytics startup, Aaron architected and built an innovative peer-to-peer platform that enabled leasing of analytics by authors, data by owners, and executing analytics, all while preserving each party’s intellectual property. Prior to that, as a Managing Director at Bank of America, Aaron architected, built, and ran the Rates Derivatives and Credit Derivatives global trading platforms, including back office and middle office functionality. He also architected a new enterprise Capital Management platform. Earlier, Aaron architected the Cash Pro platform at ABN Amro. This included the Cash Pro Mobile and Cash Pro Web products, where he introduced leading-edge capabilities. Previously Aaron was the founder of an equipment leasing technology provider, and one of the first hosting businesses to provide dynamic web pages. His first role was at Andersen, where he led the architecture for the International Tax Forecasting product, targeted at the world’s top 50 companies. Aaron has an MBA, MSCS, and Bachelors (Econ) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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. Read more about Alexis' presentation.
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. Read more about Leanne's presentation.
Intel Principal Engineer & Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee ChairDan joined Intel in 2000 to work on emerging web and distributed systems technologies. His early accomplishments include optimizations of matching engines for major stock exchanges and multi-tier system designs at a variety of financial institutions. Working with industry consortia in 2007, Dan led Intel’s contributions on a privacy preserving network leveraging proof of work and anonymous credentials. Since 2009, Dan has incubated new business ventures in Intel’s New Technology Group. Dan is excited to contribute the Sawtooth Lake Distributed Ledger project into Hyperledger and collaborate with the community to create something globally beneficial.
Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology. All Hyperledger software is open source, free to use under the Apache 2.0 license and openly governed by technical meritocracy.
Think of Hyperledger as a greenhouse for developing business blockchain projects from Hyperledger Labs (seed) to stable-code ready for production (fruition). All are invited to contribute to the greenhouse; collectively advancing industry goals of distributed ledger and smart contracts.
Located in the heart of Europe, Basel sits on both banks of the Rhine at the idyllic triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland. The City on the Rhine has over 2,000 years of history, with the first Celtic settlement in 30 B.C.
Basel is well known as the culture capital of Switzerland with numerous art galleries scattered throughout the city and the highest concentration of museums in the country.