Hedera Hashgraph
Developer Conference

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Join us for Hedera18, the inaugural hashgraph developer conference, featuring our first global, decentralized hackathon across eight cities. Join thousands of developers, architects, and industry experts in-person and online to learn more about Hedera Hashgraph, the world’s fastest, most secure, and fairest public distributed ledger.

As an attendee, you’ll gain access to educational sessions presented by the Hedera team, industry experts, and ecosystem developers, where you’ll learn how to build a new class of decentralized applications. There’s plenty of opportunities to network with your peers and have a lot of fun. All conference attendees will be able to earn up to 4,000 Hedera tokens by participating in specific activities at Hedera18.

17 October
Anatole Hotel
Dallas, Texas, USA

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Event speakers

Dr. Leemon Baird Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
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Mance Harmon Co-Founder & CEO
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Patrick Harding SVP of Product
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Leslie Ankney Lead Correspondent,
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Dr. Leemon Baird

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Leemon is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. With over 20 years of technology and startup experience, he has held positions as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and as a senior scientist in several labs. He has been the Co-Founder of several startups, including two identity-related startups, both of which were acquired. Leemon received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in computer security, machine learning, and mathematics.


Mance Harmon

Co-Founder & CEO

Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder and CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at the US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.


Patrick Harding

SVP of Product

Patrick has more than 25 years of distributed computing, cyber-security, and digital identity experience, and is the Senior Vice-President of Products at Hedera hashgraph. Most recently as CTO for Ping Identity (acquired by Vista Equity), he was a key member of the executive team and was responsible for establishing the product and technology strategy. At different points in time he led the CTO Office, Product Management, PingLabs, Standards, M&A, and Security. Prior to Ping, he was a Vice-President and Security Architect at Fidelity Investments, where he guided the strategic alignment of identity management and cyber-security technologies with the goals of the business. Prior to Fidelity, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he built their Internet Security Practice in Australia. Patrick holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


Leslie Ankney

Lead Correspondent,
Forbes Cryptomarkets

Leslie Ankney is the lead correspondent at Forbes Cryptomarkets, leading the video and writing teams while helping with business strategy. She has written on NullTX (formerly The Merkle) and several other crypto publications while running Upscale International, an agency based in NYC. Leslie breaks down technically complex subjects down to make them accessible to general audiences. Her interests include AI, stable coins, and exchange platforms. She’s lived as a digital nomad in China, Japan, Thailand, America, and France. Follow her adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CryptoLeslie

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Hedera18 Global Hackathon

The Hedera18 Hackathon is our first global, decentralized hashgraph hackathon, gathering developers to compete in eight cities around the world: Dallas, San Francisco, London, Paris, Bangalore, Moscow, Singapore, and Tel Aviv.

This two-day hackathon gives you and your team the opportunity to build what’s next in fast-moving categories, such as: gaming, social causes, and micropayments.

Winners will be awarded a combination of cash and Hedera tokens, and the potential to have your project incubated and deployed on the Hedera Hashgraph public network.

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Watch the future unfold

Stay up-to-date on the Hedera18 livestream updates including:

  • Where to watch the livestreamed event on October 17

  • The launch of Hedera Wallets for iOS and Android, Hedera browser extension, and Hedera API

  • Setting up your proflie in the Hedera Portal and how to receive free tokens for testing the network

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