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November 2, 2017 | Mountain View, CA


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Rock Stars of Blockchain

What You Need to Know About Blockchain

Blockchain is introducing an exciting, revolutionary approach to distributed computing. The technology has unlimited potential to help organizations improve privacy and security, reduce costs and unleash new opportunities for innovation. But it is also a disruptive force and companies are still evaluating its benefits and implications. This day-long conference will explore how leading companies are using or considering blockchain for financial services, government, Internet of Things, automotive, digital media and smart city applications. Executive presentations from the top companies will highlight lessons learned from early implementations, promising use cases, key considerations for adoption and deployment, and how to get started pursuing blockchain solutions.


November 2, 2017

Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd

Mountain View, CA 94043

Why Attend?

Here’s your chance to hear directly from industry-leading executives whose companies are investing in blockchain initiatives. The presentations will highlight

The presentations will highlight:

  • Lessons learned from the financial services industry and strategies for successful implementations
  • Why government agencies are investigating blockchain for identity management and privacy applications
  • How blockchain can improve device management and data analytics for the Internet of Things
  • Automotive industry uses cases, such as asset tracking and smart contracts
  • Blockchain’s potential to improve digital rights management
  • Smart city applications
  • Emerging architectures that can provide a foundation for blockchain applications

This is also a great networking opportunity.

Attendees will have many chances throughout the day to:

  • Engage in Q&As to get answers to specific questions
  • Interact with speakers and colleagues
  • Learn how to get started working on blockchain applications and solutions



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Brian Behlendorf Executive Director, Hyperledger Linux Foundation

Brian Behlendorf - Abstract and Bio

The Impact and potential of Permissioned Blockchains


Brian will share developments of The Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort to advance blockchain technology led by The Linux Foundation. To date, 17 new organizations and 80 members have joined to help create an open standard for distributed ledgers for a new generation of transactional applications. The goal is to create an open community for blockchain technology.  Get an understanding of how The Hyperledger Project is developing open source technology for new distributed ledgers separated from the Bitcoin blockchain. Many high-profile members of Hyperledger, notably Accenture and Digital Asset Holdings CEO, Blythe Masters, have expressed support for “permissioned” blockchains which would offer the advantages of digital currencies powered by public blockchains; fast and cheap transactions permanently recorded in a shared ledger, without the troublesome openness of the Bitcoin network.



Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.


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Mohammad Adra
Mohammad Adra, Assistant Inspector General for the Risk Analysis Research Center U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General

Mohammad Adra - Abstract and Bio

Blockchain Technology: New Possibilities for the U.S. Postal Service


At its core, blockchain technology is a way to transfer any kind of data or information in a fast, tracked, and secure way without the need for an intermediary institution. Initially developed as a financial services tool, blockchain is now being used in a variety of promising new solutions in application areas that include

  • property transfers,
  • the execution of contracts,
  • authentication services,
  • device management, and
  • records management.

 Although it is still at an early stage of development and difficult to understand the full potential of these new applications, these applications are beginning to gain traction with major companies and government entities. In May 2016, the Office of Inspector General published a paper that takes an exploratory look at the technology and suggests ways that it might be useful for the Postal Service. This presentation will summarize the findings of that research.



Mohammad A. Adra is the Assistant Inspector General for the Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC) of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG conducts independent oversight of the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Adra has been with the OIG since 2002. He is responsible for research that examines economic, business, and strategic issues pertaining to the Postal Service. Prior to his postal career, Mr. Adra worked for the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Amber Baldet
Amber Baldet, Vice President, Blockchain Program Lead, JP Morgan Chase

Amber Baldet - Abstract and Bio

Can we create a blockchain that gives financial regulators, seamless access, while protecting the privacy of parties?


Amber shares insights into the development of a blockchain, commonly referred to as a public ledger, atop a crypto-network.

This system is designed to toe the line between private and public in the realm of shuffling derivatives and payments. The idea is to satisfy regulators who need seamless access to the financial goings-on while protecting the privacy of parties that don’t wish to reveal their identities nor the details of their transactions to the general public.

She addresses issues of Blockchain such as, unlike the open free-for-all that is Bitcoin, in which anyone with a computer can participate in the network, the nodes that run a permission blockchain require some higher authority to join. In many bankers’ view, this gateway prevents corrupt or malicious operators from entering the system. In contrast, critics counter that requiring permission bucks the main benefit of a blockchain: enabling untrusted parties to interact.



Amber Baldet, is currently the blockchain lead for J.P. Morgan. She is also a key member of a technical steering committee meeting of the Hyperledger Project, an old off-shoot of the Linux Foundation that collaboratively researches blockchain tech.

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Scott Manuel
Scott Manuel, Vice President, Applied Innovation, Thomson Reuters

Scott Manuel - Abstract and Bio

Blockchain: From Satoshi to Beyoncé and the Journey Toward Commercialization


For almost 3 years a group of product managers and engineers within Thomson Reuters have been exploring blockchain opportunities and its suitability for use with our customers in the financial, risk, legal, tax, and accounting industries.  We have laughed, cried, built real software, and helped shape the community along the way.  This talk will elaborate on those learnings, highlight some of the traps, explore emerging use cases, and describe the realistic path towards commercialization.



Scott Manuel is Vice President, Head of Strategic Product Management for the Applied Innovation organization within Thomson Reuters. He and his team dream up new product and technology ideas, partner with customers and business units to build prototypes, and if successful turn them into revenue generating products. He also works closely with start-ups and other established technology leaders to bring innovative ideas to life. Scott looks for opportunities to push boundaries and disrupt the status quo.


Scott has been with Thomson Reuters for 8 years fulfilling leadership roles across the organization. Scott began his career at Thomson Reuters in the Management Associates Program, completing strategy and technology rotation assignments with the Healthcare, Learning, and Legal & Regulatory businesses. He has also held product management, innovation leadership, and technology strategy roles in Corporate Technology and the Intellectual Property & Science business.


Prior to Thomson Reuters, Scott worked as an equity portfolio manager at Franklin Street Partners, a commodities trader at Duke Energy, a competitive intelligence leader at Enron Corporation, and an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Scott received his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Andrea B. Tinianow, ESQ.
Andrea B. Tinianow, ESQ. Director Division of Corporate and International Development for the State of Delaware

Andrea B. Tinianow, ESQ. - Abstract and Bio

The Delaware Blockchain Initiative: A catalyst for innovation


Last May, Delaware Governor Jack Markell took the bold step of announcing his support for blockchain technology and issuing an invitation to the blockchain community to come do business there. With that announcement, the Delaware Blockchain Initiative (DBI) was launched. The DBI promises to create a welcoming regulatory environment; offers support for amending Delaware corporate law to enable the authorization of distributed ledger shares; commits to implementing blockchain technology for State government applications and names Andrea Tinianow, a Delaware attorney, and director of the State’s corporate and international development division, to become Delaware’s Blockchain ombudsperson—the first person to hold that title in Delaware or anywhere else.


In the year since the announcement, Tinianow, along with Symbiont, the State’s technology partner, and Marco Santori, the State’s legal ambassador, has worked to develop a loose coalition of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, including technology providers, financial institutions, auditors and law firms to work to establish Delaware as the jurisdiction of choice for blockchain activity. Andrea’s talk will provide an overview of the DBI’s progress to date, its vision, including next steps, and explore the real value that Delaware can provide companies looking for the right blockchain home for their innovative applications.




Andrea B. Tinianow, Esq. joined the Delaware Department of State in 2014 to lead its brand new Division of Corporate and International Development. Soon after, the Division established the Global Delaware platform to attract foreign direct investment, increase exports and drive new revenue to the Division of Corporations. Since that time, Ms. Tinianow has sought to position Delaware as the jurisdiction of choice for innovative companies seeking to do business in the U.S.


In May 2016, Ms. Tinianow collaborated with the Governor’s Office to launch the Delaware Blockchain Initiative for which she serves as its Ombudsperson, as designated by then-Governor Jack Markell.


Prior to joining the State of Delaware, Ms. Tinianow was Vice President Business Development and Assistant General Counsel for Corporation Service Company (CSC), where she was responsible for developing new products and services. She also managed litigation, advised senior managers, and developed legal policies for the company. While at CSC, she was the Senior Advisor and a guest contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulations, a blog she helped to create.

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Chris Patteson
Chris Patteson, Director IT - Transaction Risk, Countermeasures, and Intelligence FedEx Services

Chris Patteson - Abstract and Bio

The future of Blockchain and the Enterprise: Beyond Coins and Contracts


While the practical applications of deploying blockchain in the Enterprise remains murky there are opportunities that are emerging on the horizon. Now is the time for large organizations to consider these opportunities and their engagement strategy as the technology matures. Chris will explore what executives and enterprise architects need to begin considering as part of their strategy timing.


Chris Patteson has more than two decades experience in Supply Chain across multiple domains including Operations, Reverse Logistics, Security, and Supply Chain technology. Early in his career, he worked on strategic optimization projects with Fortune 500 companies: UPS, Bridgestone / Firestone, and Black & Decker. In these organizations, he applied Lean and Industrial Engineering principles to improve IT processes, operational intelligence, and effectiveness. During the inception of Internet revolution in the late 90’s, Chris shifted his efforts to apply these same principles to emerging challenges in the .com and technology space working on, and several ventures and angel funded entities.

Chris returned to FedEx in 2003 as a Reverse Logistics product manager and transitioned to a Strategic Operations Research role in 2005. With the emergence of new threats and risk in the first decade of the new century, Chris became heavily active in applying technology, analytics, and data science to the management of Security risk within FedEx. First working with FedEx Global Security and Internal Audit to modernize their governance, risk, and compliance platforms, and currently working with FedEx information security on architectures related to risk systems and risk data science.

He currently serves as Director – Transaction Risk: Countermeasures and Intelligence, using advanced data modeling techniques to create actionable intelligence for managing FedEx risk.


Jeff Shelton

Jeff Shelton
Jeff Shelton, VP Product, Gem

Jeff Shelton - Abstract and Bio

Bio: Jeff grew up on the sandy beaches of Maui where his family had been working in the sugar industry since the 40’s. An avid golfer and go to caddie for Michael Jordan and other celebrities in Maui, Jeff made a difficult move to Seattle, where he earned a dual degree in Creative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington. Jeff worked in every medium and genre, making music videos, producing documentaries, online content, and educational materials, as he wound his way from the Independent Feature Project in Seattle to Madonna’s Maverick Films, then Content House,, New York Times Baseline, and finally, Study mode. His body of creative, consumer, and enterprise focused work brought Jeff home to Gem. While not at work, Jeff is an active leader in the product community and currently sits on the board of directors for the Product Managers Association of Los Angeles.