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Blockchain Track [clear filter]
Monday, October 1


Blockchain Track | "Explain Like I'm 5" Blockchain & Crypto Basics - Live Podcast Recording
This session will be a live podcast recording featuring Dr. Robin Bloor, Chief Strategy Officer, Permission.io. He will engage in one or more conversations to deliver educational basics regarding blockchain and crypto technology. basing those conversations on a series of blogs already published. These blogs form a series titled "Explain Like I'm 5".  

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Dr. Robin Bloor

Chief Strategy Officer, Permission.io

Monday October 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's


Blockchain Track | Blockchain for Artists and the Arts
This session - with Jeremy Drzal of Collections.io as MC - will explore two ways that blockchain has applicability to artists and the arts:

(1) Blockchain can help artists get credit for their work, prevent black market sales and forgeries, and help to make sure collectables are always shipped and handled in a consistently correct manner. Karen Kilroy of Kilroy Blockchain describes how blockchain and cryptoanchors would have helped her to prove the authenticity and ownership of a painting which, as a teen, she gave to David Bowie. Little did she know he would keep it until his death, and that it would turn up in a New York City museum in 2018.

(2) In fact, blockchain can actually be art itself. Sebastián Brocher presents CryptoArte, an art collection with each painting based on 576 consecutive blocks that exist on the Ethereum blockchain. Paintings may be purchased and downloaded, and verified as authentic using an ERC721 token.

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Jeremy Drzal

Founder, Collections.io

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Sebastián Brocher

Founder, CryptoArte
An Ethereum enthusiast, Sebastián Brocher is a technology executive and entrepreneur with an artistic mind. He created CryptoArte.io, a generative blockchain art collection, non-fungible token, and decentralized application, to help grow the Ethereum community by fostering awareness of the technology in a fun and accessible way.Previous to CryptoArte, Sebastián founded multiple startups (including SiteCondor... Read More →
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Karen Kilroy

Chief Executive Officer, Kilroy Blockchain
Karen Kilroy is a life-long technologist with heart. Living in Austin, Texas, she has invented several products including Kilroy Blockchain PaaSRiley, and Carnak. Karen believes that artificial intelligence doesn't have to be scary and that technology can be proactively designed to be used for good. Karen's background includes many years of working as an open source software engineer, which has prepared her for the new world of cognitive... Read More →

Monday October 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's


Blockchain Track | Making an Impact with Blockchain
Bitcoin, ransomware, scams, bubble. These are often words that come to the front of people's minds when they hear "blockchain" or "cryptocurrency". While the blockchain, like any new tool, has the potential to be used for nefarious purposes, this technology has enormous potential to enable positive social change and progress. Join Topl and other Austin startups to learn about how blockchain technology can be used to underpin universal basic income, tamper proof voting, improved healthcare outcomes, financial inclusion, and impact investing.

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Chris Georgen

Founder & President, Topl
As Founder and CEO of Topl, Chris is working to inspire and mold a unique blockchain protocol built specifically to power economic development in emerging markets. Before starting Topl, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Chemical Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During... Read More →

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Wei Escala

CEO, Eggschain
Results-driven P&L leader with extensive marketing, sales and GM experience in B2C and B2B industries. such as Procter & Gamble (B2C), Kraft Foods (B2C and B2B), Evenflo (B2C and B2B), Frito Lay (B2C) and Valvoline (B2B). At Eggschain, Wei is responsible for overall business leadership... Read More →
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Richard Hurley

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Paul Snow

CEO, Factom

Monday October 1, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's


Blockchain Track | Three Public Blockchains Not Called Bitcoin. Or Ethereum.
This session will highlight three existing, live blockchain platforms that might be considered as alternatives to Bitcoin and Ethereum. Presenters will discuss the functionality of the platforms and the kinds of applications being built on them.

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Joshua Konkle

Co-Founder and CEO, PouchPoints
Servant LeadershipBlockchain, community, experience, loyalty - doing business good(tm)

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Jared Tate

Founder & Creator, DigiByte Blockchain Network
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Alexandra Tinsman

Regional Head, NEM North America

Monday October 1, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's


Blockchain Track | Blockchain for Business Enterprises - AMA Panel
Blockchain is much more than a platform for cryptocurrencies. It is already being used to underpin business applications in verticals as diverse as healthcare, supply chain, fintech, legal, accounting, real estate and energy. This panel of Austin blockchain and business experts will highlight some current applications and answer audience questions as to the applicability of the technology to others - perhaps one that's your business focus.

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James Beecham

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Karyl Fowler

CEO, Transmute
Hybrid applications (on prem + cloud + blockchain). Identity access management (IAM).
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Pete Harris

Austin Blockchain Collective
Pete is the Executive Director of the Austin Blockchain Collective, an organization that advocates for and showcases blockchain and crypto innovation happening in Austin, TX. Pete has 40+ years of IT experience, often working with leading edge technologies. He is a recognized expert... Read More →
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Brandon Thomas

Grayline Group
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Jay Williams

Co-Founder and CTO, Capstan Platform

Monday October 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Room 16th Floor, Antone's


Blockchain Track | Blockchain Happy Hour
At the end of the day we will get together for an informal networking happy hour as a venue close to Capital Factory. It will be a great opportunity to reflect on what you have learned during the day and to discuss it with colleagues and new connections. Come to an earlier session to find out the details.

Monday October 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm