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Tuesday, October 16 (Central time)

7:00am to 7:00pm
Conference Registration
Location: Trinity Foyer
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Dapp Developer Lightning Pitches for Investors
Location: Wedgewood Ballroom
5:15pm to 8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Location: Trinity Ballroom

Wednesday, October 17 (Central time)

7:00am to 12:00pm
Conference Registration
Location: Trinity Foyer
7:00am to 8:30am
Location: Trinity Foyer
7:15am to 8:15am
Women of the future: Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion
Location: Wedgewood Ballroom
8:30am to 9:10am
The Hedera Hashgraph Advantage: Smart Contracts, File Storage, and Cryptocurrency
Mance Harmon, Co-Founder and CEO
Hedera Hashgraph
Mance Harmon, Co-Founder and CEO at Hedera Hashgrah, will be presenting a State of the Ledger address on Hedera Hashgraph, the company behind the fast, fair, and secure distributed public ledger. Mance will guide us through a brief history of Hedera Hashgraph, from conception of the hashgraph algorithm, to the launch of the Hedera public network, key roadmap milestones, and more. In the second half of Mance’s keynote, he’ll conduct an overview of the advantages of Hedera Hashgraph's cryptocurrency, smart contract, and file Storage services, over other distributed ledgers platforms.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
9:10am to 9:40am
Hedera Cryptoeconomics with Dr. Leemon Baird
Dr. Leemon Baird, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Hedera Hashgraph
Dr. Leemon Baird, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder at Hedera Hashgraph, will discuss the cryptoeconomics of Hedera hashgraph, including details around proxy staking, fees, and node payments on the Hedera public network. He’ll also touch on some of the obstacles of cryptoeconomics seen across all distributed public ledgers, and how Hedera Hashgraph overcomes them. In his closing, both Leemon and Mance will be unveiling further details of governance and operations of the initial Hedera Hashgraph Council members and their associated committees.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
9:40am to 10:10am
The future of Micropayments with Hedera Hashgraph
Patrick Harding, SVP of Product

& Jon West, VP of Blockchain Engineering
Hedera Hashgraph & Thomson Reuters
To conclude the morning keynote presentations, Patrick Harding, SVP of Product at Hedera Hashgraph, and Jon West, VP of Blockchain Engineering at Thomson Reuters, will take the stage to discuss the future of cryptocurrency micropayments, and the tax and accounting requirements to be expected. Patrick will present a brief history of micropayments and how we got to where we are today. He’ll present a live demonstration of in-browser micropayments, using an open source decentralized application and wallet extension built on Hedera Hashgraph. The micropayments dapp was created as a developer example to demonstrate the fundamentals of building a dapp on Hedera Hashgraph, while showcasing the speed and efficiency of Hedera cryptocurrency transactions which enable practical micropayments. Jon will be discussing how cryptocurrency micropayments will be treated as taxable events, and accounting for them becomes a business requirement. He’ll explain potential ways businesses might treat distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) in relation to traditional ERP software, and how DLTs will revolutionize financial business dealings globally. Jon will conclude his presentation with a real-world example of utilizing DLTs and cryptocurrency micropayments for government tax remittance purposes, leading to reduced costs and improved efficiency for both businesses and governments.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
10:10am to 10:35am
Morning Break
Location: Trinity Foyer
10:35am to 11:20am
Hedera Hashgraph Decentralized Applications Panel
Leslie Ankney, Forbes Cryptomarkets

Speakers include:

Michael Feng, CoinAlpha, Inc.
Jordan Fried, Hedera Hashgraph
Nhat Thai Nguyen, Organify
Simon Olson, Magazine Luiza
Daniel Rice, Sagewise
John Best, Best Innovation Group
Hedera Cryptocurrency is a Hedera Hashgraph platform service that allows decentralized application developers to pay for services on the Hedera public network. With the Hedera API, developers can pay node fees, service fees, and transaction fees required by their dapp, as well as incorporate the Hedera cryptocurrency into their dapp. Due to expert efficiency and low fees, Hedera Hashgraph is the first DLT to make cryptocurrency microtransactions practical. In this session, Craig Drabik, Technical Lead at TxMQ, Inc., will take a deep dive into the Hedera API from a cryptocurrency perspective, conduct live API demonstrations, and talk real-world use cases.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
11:25am to 11:45am
Hedera API: Cryptocurrency 101
Craig Drabik, Technical Lead
Disruptive Technologies Group, TxMQ, Inc.
Hedera Cryptocurrency is a Hedera Hashgraph platform service that allows decentralized application developers to pay for services on the Hedera public network. With the Hedera API, developers can pay node fees, service fees, and transaction fees required by their dapp, as well as incorporate the Hedera cryptocurrency into their dapp. Due to expert efficiency and low fees, Hedera Hashgraph is the first DLT to make cryptocurrency microtransactions practical. In this session, Craig Drabik, Technical Lead at TxMQ, Inc., will take a deep dive into the Hedera API from a cryptocurrency perspective, conduct live API demonstrations, and talk real-world use cases.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
11:50am to 12:10pm
Managing Energy Microgrids using Decentralized Structured Databases
Jiro Occolt, Director
Guard Global Ltd
Guard Global Ltd has developed a system to manage renewable energy microgrids by harnessing the power of Hedera Hashgraph DLT. The core of the system is a decentralised structured database to manage trustless interactions among interconnected members, across multiple microgrid mesh-networks. We have shown how the gossip protocol is able to handle the high speeds and volumes of transactions to cater for the demands of prosumers and consumers of renewable energy. Our aim is to extend the microgrid network across borders, thus accurate reporting and governance is a key factor in our success. Our approach is to leverage our structured data reporting capabilities to seamlessly report to various regulators and compliance agencies, as well as the microgrid stakeholders. Peer-to-peer energy trading among members will be possible via cryptocurrencies and/or fiat currency gateways.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: Trinity Foyer
1:30pm to 1:50pm
Carbon: Accessible, Stable Money
Sam Trautwein, CEO & Co-Founder
In developing markets, many people do not have access to a stable currency or even a bank account, but they may have mobile devices with internet connection. Carbon aims to facilitate a more inclusive and efficient global economy by launching reliable, price-stable cryptocurrencies that leverage Hedera Hashgraph’s high throughput and security.

CarbonUSD is a compliant, price-stable cryptocurrency that is one-to-one backed with USD. Starting off with full fiat-collateralization is essential for bootstrapping the market's trust in a stablecoin without depending on the size of an initial reserve. The team has developed a novel mechanism for transitioning to a hybrid fiat-algorithmic stablecoin model once CarbonUSD reaches sufficient scale as a fully fiat-backed token.

By deploying the algorithmic stablecoin on Hedera Hashgraph with Ethereum interoperability, CarbonUSD users will be able to tap into an advanced payments networks where transactions are borderless, have minimal fees, and are settled within seconds. Additionally, CarbonUSD serves as a gateway into the distributed ledger economy where users can trade and hedge against tokenized assets or interact with smart contract applications.

Most societies need stable, sound money to function effectively. CarbonUSD is an accessible alternative for developing economies, where adoption may catalyze the convergence towards a more inclusive and efficient global economy.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
1:55pm to 2:15pm
Hedera for Music Streaming Micropayments
Andrew Antar, Founder

Brian Antar, Co-Founder & CEO
The music industry has been a long tale of technological disruption. From records to CDs to Napster to iTunes to Spotify, the emergence of new technologies enabled new modes of distribution and new business models. One common theme has remained throughout: artists never get a fair shake. With the emergence of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, a lot of speculation has swirled around how smart contracts can increase transparency and efficiency of rights attribution. While this might help the existing music industry improve their status quo of paying artists minuscule amounts per stream over 2 years late, I believe most are missing the bigger picture. The incumbent music industry licensing frameworks are designed to take the majority of the streaming revenue before it reaches the artists, and distributed ledger technology enables new business models for the long tail of artists to go direct to fan and cut out the middlemen. Hedera Hashgraph is the first technology platform that will enable truly seamless global micropayments for music streaming which can be deployed on an app at scale. With the perfect trinity of high speed performance, mathematically sound consensus, and virtually no transaction fees, Hedera Hashgraph is lightyears ahead of its competitors in both hard technology and governance structures. The groundbreaking potential of hashgraph is to revolutionize the music industry and democratize music distribution by disrupting the existing industry juggernauts. The ripple effect will be profound and the power will lie back in the hands of the artists.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
2:20pm to 2:50pm
Deep Dive: Formal Methods
Dr. Leemon Baird, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
Hedera Hashgraph
Dr. Leemon Baird will present an introduction to how mathematical proofs can be checked by a computer, and how this can be useful in projects where security and correctness is important. These formal methods can increase our confidence that a consensus algorithm is truly Asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerant (aBFT), or that a given program correctly implements that algorithm. Examples will be shown from the proofs that have been developed for the Hashgraph consensus algorithm, using the Coq Proof Assistant.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
2:50pm to 3:10pm
Afternoon Break
Location: Trinity Foyer
3:15pm to 3:35pm
The Power of the Memo Field
Ken Anderson, Chief Developer Advocate
Hedera Hashgraph
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Location: Trinity Ballroom
3:40pm to 4:00pm
Tracking Drug Shortages with Open APIs and Hedera Hashgraph
Jim Nasr, VP of Technology and Innovation
Synchrogenix: A Certara Company
This session will develop into the practical considerations and approach taken to develop a large scale distributed ledger technology implementation for tracking drug shortage in the pharma industry, using open API technologies and Hedera Hashgraph. We'll be addressing the rationale and approach for our design and implementation, architectural components, complementary use cases, lessons learned and the roadmap going forward.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
4:05pm to 4:25pm
Almond - The Reward Platform Changing the World One Scan at a Time
Oliver Bolton, Founder & CEO
Almond is a Hedera Hashgraph powered platform that aims to create an alternative goods market to better benefit consumers, the planet and purpose driven brands. Our current consumption patterns are fueling global warming with the products we buy and consume accounting for the majority of our carbon footprint. Almond combines Hedera's DLT with IoT to create an ecosystem that supports ethical brands whilst using tokenomics to reward individuals for consuming them. Almond has launched in partnership with ‘FACT’, an organic flavoured, zero sugar sparkling water.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
4:30pm to 4:50pm
Demystifying Distributed Ledgers
Paul Madsen, Technical Lead
Hedera Hashgraph
According to the dictionary, a myth is either a:

Traditional story of ostensibly historical events.

A widely held but false belief or idea.

The distributed ledger space has both, and in this session I'll be focusing on the second interpretation— presenting a verity of myths about distributed ledger technologies. These ideas are often accepted as canonical fact, without justification, and today we will be demystifying them.

Location: Trinity Ballroom
4:55pm to 5:15pm
Smart Contracts: From Zero to Dapp Hero
John Gethoefer, Principal Software Engineer
Bumped, Inc.
Get started with Smart Contracts and the Solidity™ language. In this presentation, you'll receive an introduction to Solidity, a programming language for creating smart contracts for Ethereum and Hedera Hashgraph. You will learn step-by-step procedures to creating a simple smart contract and explore best practices for testing and developing distributed applications (Dapps).

Location: Trinity Ballroom
5:20pm to 6:00pm
Closing Keynote, Hackathon Awards, and Hedera MVP Announcement
Mance Harmon, Co-Founder & CEO

Dr. Leemon Baird, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Hedera Hashgraph
Location: Trinity Ballroom

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Get ready to code, network and learn

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,
Forbes Cryptomarkets
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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

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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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