Dr. Leemon Baird

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

Hedera Hashgraph

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.

Speaking:
9:10am
2:20pm

Mance Harmon

Co-Founder & CEO

Hedera Hashgraph

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.

Speaking:
8:30am
5:20pm

Patrick Harding

SVP of Product

Hedera Hashgraph

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.

Speaking:
9:40am

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 @CryptoLeslie.

Speaking:
10:35am

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Andrew Antar

Founder

Hearo.fm

Andrew Antar is a developer and designer from Philadelphia who cofounded hearo.fm with his brother while at Brown University. He is a classically trained violinist and has developed private ledger blockchain software for Comcast.

Speaking:
1:55pm

Brian Antar

Co-Founder & CEO

Hearo.fm

Brian Antar is the Co-Founder & CEO of hearo.fm. He has a Master`s and Bachelor`s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a violinist, creative writer, and a front-end software developer. He founded Hearo.fm to create opportunities for artists around the world to share their music, and has built a global network of artists, teachers, engineers, music enthusiasts and more with some of the best technology available.

Speaking:
1:55pm

Craig Drabik

Technical Lead, Disruptive Technologies Group

TxMQ, Inc.

Craig Drabik is a software architect and engineer with over twenty years of experience in the design, development, and implementation of enterprise and consumer applications. Craig has lead the implementation of dozens of applications in most industry verticals, including the automotive, energy, manufacturing, and technology. Craig currently leads TxMQ`s Disruptive Technologies Group, which provides advisory, consulting, and implementation services for distributed ledger, IoT, cognitive and AI applications.

Speaking:
11:25am

Michael Feng

Co-Founder and CEO

CoinAlpha, Inc.

Michael Feng, Co-Founder and CEO of CoinAlpha, is a serial entrepreneur at Silicon Valley. He was Co-Founder and CEO of doxIQ, a venture-backed startup that utilized computer vision to extract structured data from unstructured documents. In 2015, Michael led doxIQ to an successful acquisition by Nitro Software, Inc, a leading document productivity company. After the acquisition, he led product management at Nitro.

Previously, Michael spent 9 years as a derivatives structurer and trader at JPMorgan and Citigroup. In 2004, he led a team that created and traded the first derivatives backed by mortgage-backed securities.

Michael has a MS in Management Science from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Speaking:
10:35am

Daniel Rice

Co-Founder & CTO

Sagewise

Daniel Rice is the Co-founder and CTO of Sagewise. He is a veteran software engineer and team leader with expertise in distributed ledgers (DLT), cryptocurrency, blockchains, and finance. Daniel’s most recent role prior to joining Sagewise was as CTO for Totum Risk which provides portfolio analytics software. Totum was selected for YNext incubator in 2016, which was awarded “top accelerator” honors by Finance Magazine. Daniel has helped launch over 20 products, and as an entrepreneur his personal apps have racked up over 5 million downloads.

In 2014 Daniel founded Bitcoin Developers Los Angeles to focus on building a developer community around blockchain technology. He has also consulted as CTO for several early blockchain startups and published a whitepaper on managing price volatility of cryptocurrencies.

Daniel is also the founder and organizer of the Orange County CTO Forum. He holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Speaking:
10:35am

Jiro Occolt

Director

Guard Global Ltd.

Director Jiro has over 30 years of experience in information systems and reporting technology, of which the past 4 years have been dedicated Structured Data Reporting and Distributed Ledger Technology. As well his deep knowledge of software development and management consulting, Jiro`s industry experience spans from financial services, energy and manufacturing to aerospace. He has worked in director and senior management positions in organisation including: Guard Global Ltd, PwC, Accenture, IBM, Northrop-Grumman and Schlumberger. He actively works with industry thought-leaders to develop and implement solutions to automate the integration of financial and sustainable development reporting across industry sectors. Jiro holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering and a master’s degree in computer engineering.

Speaking:
11:50am

Ken Anderson

Chief Developer Advocate

Hedera Hashgraph

Ken is passionate about a distributed economy, and is the Chief Developer Advocate of Hedera Hashgraph. He is a serial entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in system design and software architecture. He has built a team of award-winning engineers and consulted as interim-CTO for various companies during periods of restructuring. Previously, he was the lead contributor to the TM Forum’s REST API design guidelines, now used throughout the multi-trillion global telecom industry. Ken graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems from California State University, and was an Intelligence Sergeant in the United States Army.

Speaking:
12:00pm

Jon West

VP of Blockchain Engineering

Thompson Reuters

Jon has 30 years of technology experience in the tax, accounting, legal, and mortgage markets. Jon began as a software developer, then architect, and now technology business leader. He has developed and delivered large-scale software products generating up to $1B in revenue, and he has led 500-person teams. His current responsibilities include leading Distributed Ledger Technology for Thomson Reuters. In addition, Jon serves as co-chair on the Tech Titans Blockchain Forum. He is also co-chair for the Tax Working Group within the Accounting Blockchain Coalition.

Speaking:
9:40am

John Gethoefer

Principle Software Engineer

Bumped, Inc.

John Gethoefer is a Principal Software Engineer at Bumped, Inc. (https://bumped.com/) and based in Portland, Oregon. John shares a vision of the future landscape of software development encompassing smart contracts built on decentralized ledger technology (DLT). When not writing code, John enjoys exploring the natural world and is an avid freediver.

Speaking:
4:55pm

Paul Madsen

Technical Lead

Hedera Hashgraph

Paul Madsen is a technical lead at Hedera Hashgraph. Madsen has participated in various design, chairing, editing and education roles for a number of identity standards, including OASIS SAML, OAuth 2.0 and FIDO Alliance. He holds a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Carleton University and the University of Western Ontario, respectively.

Speaking:
4:30pm

Jim Nasr

VP of Technology & Innovation

Synchrogenix: A Certara Company

Jim Nasr is the VP of Technology & Innovation at Synchrogenix, a Certara company. Jim leads strategy and implementation of emerging technologies—including: blockchain, open APIs, real-time data services and machine learning—to improve patient outcome and transform life sciences.

Prior to joining Synchrogenix, Jim was the Chief Software Architect at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Jim led a number of initiatives around modernization of CDC’s public health systems, through design and implementation of interoperable software (based on microservices and modern DevOps), data as a service, blockchain and open source software. Prior to CDC, Jim was the CEO and co-founder of Armedia, a technology firm focused on building enterprise solutions for managing unstructured data.

Speaking:
3:40pm

Sam Trautwein

CEO & Co-Founder

Carbon

Before Carbon, Sam Trautwein was on the founding CS team of Plenty, a Softbank-backed AI hydroponics company. He studied Computer Science with a concentration in AI at Stanford University.

Speaking:
1:30pm

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