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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





Coffee and Tea: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Andrea B. Tinianow, Esq

Director Division of Corporate and International Development for the State of Delaware

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.

Brian Behlendorf

Executive Director, Hyperledger Linux Foundation

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 newly 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.


30 Minute Break

Amber Baldet

Executive Director, Blockchain Program Lead, J.P. Morgan

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.

Scott Manuel

Vice President, Applied Innovation, Thomson Reuters

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.


Lunch: 12:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Panel Discussion 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Joshua Greenbaum (moderator)

Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting

Jeff Shelton VP Product, Gem

Ted Tanner Co-founder, and CTO, PokitDok


Tamara StClaire

Health IT Evangelist and Advisor

Opportunities for Blockchain in Healthcare

The exponential growth of blockchain applications can benefit many areas of healthcare. Healthcare challenges that can be improved via blockchain are:master patient identification, autonomous auto-adjudication, longitudinal patient history, interoperability, supply chain management, clinical trials, and unleashing data for research. Stakeholders are starting to align and collaborate in unique ways to bring together the ecosystem and brain trust that will realize these new applications. Innovative startups are playing in this space and are cutting a wide swath in the industry. Even with this rosy outlook, there are still technical challenges that exist and are being tackled aggressively by academia and industry with many POC’s highlighting potential answers. The blockchain will replace and re-architect many incumbent systems to remove friction and provide for new business models, greater efficiencies in healthcare and will move us forward in realizing the Triple Aim.


30 Minute Break

Indu Kodukula

Vice President, Development, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at Intuit

Use of Blockchain for Reinventing Identity

As we move from hype to actual practical usage of blockchain, one of the most compelling opportunities is around assured identity. This talk will discuss some of the recent innovation in thinking in this space, including the notions of core and derived identities, and how blockchain can balance security and privacy considerations for a better user experience.


Chris Patteson

Director IT Transaction Risk, Countermeasures, and Intelligence, FedEx Services

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.




The Computer History Museum


Rock Stars of Blockchain will be held atThe Computer History Museum. The Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age and exploring the computing revolution and its impact on society. The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history and in 2003 opened the Mountain View California building previously occupied by Silicon Graphics.
Computer History Museum is located just off US 101; Shoreline Blvd Exit. Parking Computer History Museum offers free onsite parking.
Distance from San Jose: 20 miles drive time; 15 minutes 

Attend the Rock Stars of Blockchain

The Rock Stars of Blockchain will be held on November 2, 2017, at The Computer History Museum.








The Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd

Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Phone: (650) 810-1010

Fax: (650) 810-1055

Directions from San Jose via US-101 North

Take US-101 North toward San Francisco. Take Shoreline Blvd Exit. Turn right onto Shoreline Blvd. Cross through the intersection. The museum is on your right.

Distance from San Jose: 20 miles

Drive time: 15 minutes