Developer Only: Pre-Conference Sessions

Saturday, December 01

  1. Developer Registration Open

  2. Experiential Education Blockchain: A developer’s perspective (presented by Microsoft)

    Omkar Naik


    This workshop is only available to pre-conference registrants. The market for Blockchain is projected to reach a value of $20 billion by the end of 2024 and is predicted to register a whopping 58.90% CAGR. Currently it is the skill most in demand across all domains. Yet many software developers lack a better understanding of blockchain technology and have not been able leverage their skills to prepare themselves for this new growth area. This session is specifically targeted at developers and will provide an overview of blockchain technology from a developers perspective and demystify blockchain development. We will demonstrate how to leverage Microsoft Azure to build Blockchain Proof of Concepts quickly and provide guidance on how to get started.

  3. Experiential Education Concurrent Sessions: Learning Labs

    These sessions are only available to pre-conference registrants. Developers get hands-on experience learning to code on three different blockchain platforms: Hyperledger, ConsenSys Ethereum, and ChromaWay Postchain. Attendees will be split into three groups, with a maximum of 50 developers per session. Sessions will run three times, simultaneously. Developers will have the opportunity to attend all three sessions.

  4. Developer Reception at Pickwick & Frolic

    This reception is only available to pre-conference registrants

  5. Developer Event: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

    This reception is only available to pre-conference registrants; Join us (for free!) as we watch the Cavs take on the Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.

Conference Opening Day

Sunday, December 02

  1. Developer Registration and Breakfast

  2. Experiential Education Concurrent Developer Sessions: Learning Labs

    These sessions are only available to pre-conference registrants. Developers get hands-on experience learning to code on three different blockchain platforms: Hyperledger, ConsenSys Ethereum, and ChromaWay Postchain. Attendees will be split into three groups, with a maximum of 50 developers per session. Sessions will run three times, simultaneously. Developers will have the opportunity to attend all three sessions.

  3. Break

  4. Developer Lunch & Keynote – Joseph Lubin

    Joseph Lubin

    Founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) and co-founder of Ethereum

    This keynote is only available to pre-conference registrants, students and speakers. Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of blockchain computing platform Ethereum and the founder of Consensus Systems, a blockchain venture studio. ConsenSys is one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the blockchain technology space, building developer tools, decentralized applications, and solutions for enterprises and governments that harness the power of Ethereum. Headquartered in New York, ConsenSys also has a global presence, employing top entrepreneurs, computer scientists, software developers, and experts in enterprise delivery worldwide.Lubin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He worked in the Princeton Robotics Lab, at tomandandy music developing an autonomous music composition tool, and at private research firm Vision Applications Inc. building autonomous mobile robots.

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  6. Experiential Education Concurrent Developer Sessions: Learning Labs

    These sessions are only available to pre-conference registrants. Developers get hands-on experience learning to code on three different blockchain platforms: Hyperledger, ConsenSys Ethereum, and ChromaWay Postchain. Attendees will be split into three groups, with a maximum of 50 developers per session. Sessions will run three times, simultaneously. Developers will have the opportunity to attend all three sessions.

  7. Break

  8. Registration & Exhibit Hall Open for Full Conference

  9. Opening VIP Reception: Welcome to Blockland

    Larry Sanger

    Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Chief Information Officer of Everipedia

    Jeremy Gutsche

    CEO of Trend Hunter AI and bestselling author

    John Husted

    Secretary of State, State of Ohio

    Barbara Snyder

    President, Case Western Reserve University

    Brenda Kirk

    Executive Vice President & Chief Product & Strategy Officer, Hyland

    Pre-conference registrants and main conference attendees come together to network during the official conference kick-off. Hear from a state-elected leader; Larry Sanger, Co-Founder of Wikipedia; and Jeremy Gutsche, New York Times bestselling author as they discuss how blockchain technology is transforming the technical landscape. The keynotes will take place from 5 – 7:30 p.m., followed by networking and reception from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

  10. Closing Remarks + Blockland Announcements

    Jon Pinney

    Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz

    Ray Leach

    CEO, JumpStart Inc.

  11. Networking + Reception

  12. Blockland Decentralized Party

    Come enjoy a drink and bite to eat with the Blockchain community in Cleveland at the Barley House in the Warehouse District, just two blocks away from the convention. Learn more

Keynote Presentations

Monday, December 03

  1. Registration Open & Breakfast

  2. Welcome and Announcements

    Frank G. Jackson

    Mayor, City of Cleveland

    Warren Davidson

    U.S. Congressman

  3. Keynote - Nick Szabo

    Nick Szabo

    Inventor of Smart Contracts and Bit Gold

    Nick Szabo laid the foundation for the creation of Bitcoin. He defined smart contracts 14 years before Bitcoin then theorized bits having value based on proof of work 5 years before Bitcoin. With degrees in both computer science and law, and an intense fascination in the history of money, it is no surprise Nick Szabo was ahead of his block time. His ideas on the history and future of money, including the role of cryptocurrency, are well documented on his blog.

  4. Fireside Chat Keynote featuring John Donovan with Beth Mooney

    Beth Mooney

    Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp

    John Donovan

    CEO, AT&T Communications

    Beth Mooney, Chairman & CEO of KeyCorp, and John Donovan, CEO of ATT Communications, will discuss technology innovation and emerging technologies, such as block chain, driving economic development. They will discuss how emerging technologies could help Cleveland evolve into a “city of choice” for employers and talent and how we should think about developing the ecosystem necessary to support success.

  5. Break

  6. Block Study Banking + Insurance Block Study with Paul Clark, Regional President, PNC Bank

    Paul Clark

    Regional President, PNC Bank, Cleveland

    Susan Joseph

    Blockchain Consultant

    Stephen Obie

    Partner, Jones Day

    Ryan Rugg

    Global Head of Insurance, R3

    Ryan Gaylor

    Director, xRapid Partnerships in Business Development, Ripple

    Mr. Clark will give an overview of high-level business challenges facing the banking and insurance industries. His remarks will be followed by a moderated panel of blockchain experts sharing blockchain solutions to the outlined challenges.

  7. Block Study Healthcare Block Study with Akram Boutros, President & CEO, The MetroHealth System

    Akram Boutros

    President & CEO, The MetroHealth System

    Evin McMullen

    Project Lead at Linnia, a startup within the ConsenSys family of companies

    Dr. Shane McNamee

    Chief Medical Officer, mdlogix

    Chrissa McFarlane

    Chrissa McFarlane, Founder & CEO, Patientory

    John Squeo

    MBA, CHCIO, Principal Director for Healthcare Technology Strategy & Lead for Blockchain Strategic Growth Initiative for Healthcare North America, Accenture

    Stephanie Perez

    Associate Director, R3

    Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO of MetroHealth System, will give an overview of high-level business challenges facing the healthcare industry. His remarks will be followed by a moderated panel of blockchain experts sharing blockchain solutions to the outlined challenges.

  8. Lunch

  9. Presentation featuring Josh Mandel, Treasurer of Ohio

    Josh Mandel

    Treasurer of Ohio

    Details to follow

  10. Workshop - Blockchain 101

    Thamim Ahmed

    Entrepreneur in Residence, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

    An introductory blockchain workshop taking participants through the foundations of blockchain. Topics will cover: The Technology Behind Blockchains & Distributed Ledgers; The Economic Implications and Business Applications of Blockchains, and The Legal/Regulatory Implications of Blockchains, which will all be backed by real world case studies.

  11. Learning Block Smart Fleets, Smart Cities: How Networked Legal Products Power Tomorrow's Economy

    Nina Kilbride

    Chief Commercial Officer of Monax

    Digital technology promises to drive business toward internet devices of all kinds, from drones to scooters to medical devices. Companies with device-driven businesses face unique challenges in starting and growing.   Learn how smart cities of the future will enable fleet operations to more easily start up, do business and manage legal rights and obligations through the entire contract and company lifecycle.

  12. Learning Block Diversity in Blockchain

    Susan Joseph

    Blockchain Consultant

    Shawnna Hoffman-Childress

    Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, IBM

    Susan Poole

    Co-Chair, EU Blockchain Forums

    Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi

    Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategist, Deloitte

    Karen Ottoni

    Ecosystem Manager, Hyperledger

    Kris Kersey

    Director, PwC Advisory Services

    Learn how the blockchain industry lacks diversity and why it is needed, particularly when you are engaging with technology that intends to democratize. Identify opportunities to create diversity and support to create inclusion.

  13. Catalysts and Challenges for Adoption of Blockchain in a World of Co-opetition

    E.G. Nadhan

    Chief Technology Strategist (Central Region), Red Hat

    Viswanathan (Vish) Krishnamurthi

    IT Innovation, Eaton Corporation

    Kelly LeValley Hunt

    Global Vice President of Sales, BlockApps

    Michael Onders

    Chief Data Officer, KeyBank

    Blockchain is gaining varied levels of adoption across various enterprises. The depth and breadth of adoption is determined by a combination of factors including business dependencies between parties that need to record transactions in a verifiable and permanent way. In the digital world that requires healthy co-existence with customers and competitors alike, a collaborative ecosystem built on a network of trust is a vital need. With a distributed ledger that no single individual controls one can draw parallels to the collaborative culture of the Open Source ecosystem. This panel of executives will weigh in with their insights on the catalysts and challenges for adoption of Blockchain in their respective industries. Attend this session to walk away with ideas on applying the concept of Blockchain to realize meaningful outcomes working with your internal and external customers, service providers, trading partners and competitors.

  14. Learning Block Building a Blockchain for Business: A Case for Open Governance for Blockchain Technology

    Chris Ferris

    Distinguished Engineer & CTO Open Technology, IBM

    The beauty of open source is that it is developed in the open as a public collaboration between companies and individuals and then made freely available to download and use. In his keynote, Chris Ferris makes the case for open governance and enterprise contributions as a path forward for world class blockchain technology for the enterprise. Learn how the best practices of open governance as well as the crucial importance of enterprise contributions to open source are driving development of world class blockchain technology at Hyperledger.

  15. Learning Block How Blockchain is Creating a new Paradigm in Digital Security

    Paul Puey

    CEO and Co-Founder, Edge

    Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have put full control of digital money in the hands of individuals. With that power comes the responsibility of securing data so that only a single user can access it. Cryptocurrency companies have stepped up and created the building blocks for this new type of security and as we’ll see, it will disrupt the way we secure data in and outside of the blockchain.

  16. Learning Block Blockchain Solutions for Government Applications

    Shane Tews

    Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

    Kevin Dennean

    CIO Wealth Management Research, UBS

    Michael Stovsky

    Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff, LLP

    Tetiana Iakovenko

    Blockchain Solution Architect – IBM

    What has been missing for blockchain is a basic trust of the new technology by governments and industry partners to take advantage of the reduced operational cost and improved data quality. Knowing the data is accurate can be lifesaving in the Health Care world. Knowing the data is up to date can be legally binding in the case of transferring ownership of an asset. Today’s regulations demand sensitive information that is exchanged on a regular basis needs to be in a secured environment that allows for privacy of the information. Digital ledgers can highlight the transformational capabilities of Blockchain technology that show the importance of utilizing the accuracy, scalability, security, expediency of blockchain technology.

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  18. Learning Block Distributed Ledger Technology Use Case for the Insurance Sector

    Joe Albanese

    Google Cloud Customer Engineer, Google

    Manish Grover

    Partnerships & Solutions, Digital Asset, Google

    Brandon Speweik

    Principal Consultant & Digital Transformation Lead, GFT

    Nate Linsky

    Technical Sales Engineer, Digital Asset Holdings LLC

    GFT, Google, and Digital Asset will showcase a new Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) use case for the insurance sector. The Flexible Personalized Insurance (FPI) use case shows how to tap into the enormous potential of advanced driving data generated by Internet of Things (IoT) trip data. By using DLT, or blockchain from Digital Asset, and combining this data securely and privately with information from various internal and external stakeholders of insurance business processes, FPI will help to redefine claims management, customer engagement and risk management capabilities across the entire motor insurance industry and address many of the other data management challenges that beset this particular sector. The solution leverages the power of the Google Cloud Platform.

  19. Learning Block Block and Roll: Music Implementations that Rock

    Panos Panay

    Vice President for Innovation & Strategy, Berklee College of Music

    Greg Harris

    President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

    Tatiana Moroz

    Singer, songwriter, revolutionary

    Pete Martin

    Founder & CEO, Votem

    With Cleveland dubbed the “Rock ’n’ roll Capital of the World,” developments in the future of the music industry have deep meaning in this great city. Musicians can soon take ownership of their rights through blockchain technology. Berklee College of Music’s Open Music Initiative (OMI) has created an open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators. This initiative will aid in the creation of sustainable business models for artists, entrepreneurs, and music businesses alike. In partnership with Cleveland-based business, Votem, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has implemented a way to aid musicians and fans using blockchain technology in the form of inductee class voting. For the first time, fans can have their voices heard through the transparency of blockchain.

  20. Learning Block Roadmap for Success as a Tech Startup in Ohio

    Ray Leach

    CEO, JumpStart Inc.

    Matthew Miller

    Senior Venture Partner, JumpStart Inc.

    Chris Powell

    CEO, Talmetrix

    Learn what it takes to start a tech business in Ohio. From establishing a sound business strategy and raising capital to connecting with corporations to boost collaboration and innovation, this session provides a roadmap of best practices to accelerate success.

  21. Learning Block Blockchain Solutions for Healthcare: Medical Record and Provider Data Management

    Stephen Morris

    Vice President, Digital Solutions, Sirius

    Jason O’Meara

    Senior Director of Architecture, Quest Diagnostics

    Learn about two real-world case studies of applying Blockchain in Healthcare. We will first profile a medical record management solution where patients are able take ownership of their medical record data and visit specialists at different hospital systems by leveraging blockchain technology while maintaining HIPAA compliance. This digital process replaces an antiquated and cumbersome paper and fax process at University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) by Sirius. Secondly, we will profile how the Synaptic Health Alliance, formed by Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare to explore the use of blockchain technology in tackling the challenge of accurate and efficient provider data management and sharing. This presentation will provide an overview of Alliance, highlight the current challenges and state of provider data exchange and the goals and approach of the initial pilot project for the alliance.

  22. Learning Block Opportunity Zones

    Alfred J. Puchala, Jr.

    CEO, CapZone Impact Investments

    Jon Pinney

    Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz

    Dan Walsh

    Founder and CEO, CityMark Capital

    Don Graves

    Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations, KeyBank

    Tracey Hsu

    Director, Social Finance

    Learn how opportunity zones have the ability to transform our city and cities like Cleveland. By allowing private investors to defer their capital gains, many experts anticipate an unprecedented flow of capital to cities outside of San Francisco, Boston and New York.

  23. Learning Block Understanding the Financial Services Impact of Blockchain

    David Allen

    COO, Equity Trust

    Will Coleman

    Director, Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company

    Jon Heavey

    MD, MBA, Cleveland Clinic International Operations

    Agada Nameri

    General Manager, iCapital

    Learn how blockchain technology has been put to use in the form of cryptocurrencies. This disruptive technology has the potential to impact many corners of the financial services industry. This panel will seek to shed light on the impacts of cryptocurrencies from different market perspectives. These learning points can be taken into other markets to learn from the adoption of cryptocurrencies in the financial services sector and will focus on: 1. Regulatory impacts: Who regulates, what do they regulate? 2. Banking System: How cryptocurrency uses multiple vendors to create an ecosystem for clients to gain access to cryptocurrency 3. Client: How individuals interact with these currencies now; and what the future may hold and how block chain technologies made that possible.

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  25. Learning Block Insurance and Blockchain

    Susan Joseph

    Blockchain Consultant

    Learn why using the technology makes sense, how there are solutions such as reinsurance that are out of the lab in into the market, how commercial insurance can use these types of solutions, and how projects work in a network group that they can evolve from a consortium to a for profit arrangement and can evolve from one technology to another and benefit the industry overall to create better infrastructure that benefits the customer.

  26. Learning Block How Blockchain Can Break the Charitable Foundation Trillion-dollar Log Jam

    Charlie Lougheed

    Co-Founder and Partner, Unify Project

    Today, only about 7% of the money that has been donated to charitable trust gets distributed annually to people and projects in need. While providing social value, every dollar deployed to causes is a dollar that has little chance of returning to the fund. Because most foundations’ charters require them to operate in perpetuity, these organization have no other choice than to hold back and invest their remaining corpus with Wall Street to replenish these funds. Blockchain, specifically smart contracts, have the potential to change this by providing an operating system for social impact investing whereby return on investment comes through verified claims of performance and outcomes.

  27. Learning Block The Future of Blockchain Development

    Sergey Konovalov

    Head of Business Development, Blockchain, Cisco

    Join Cisco as they walk through their journey, going back almost 4 years, to where we are today. Hear how Cisco is deploying a truly global Blockchain network for their own supply chain ecosystem. And, hear their vision of the future - planet scale trust networks.

  28. Learning Block Do Well By Doing Good: Blockchain, Philanthropy & STEM

    Jason E. Barkeloo

    Founder/Chair, Open Therapeutics and Founder/CEO, Knowbella Tech

    Edward Chan

    Managing Director, Innova PFM, LLC

    Mark Pohlkamp

    EVP, Sellside

    Jon Schlinkert

    CEO, Sellside

    Learn about open collaboration in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics enabled by blockchain technology. In the complex fields of stem cell research, biotechnologies, therapeutics, advanced materials, computer science and information technologies, open sourcing and collaboration accelerate time to market, mitigate technical risks, and foster data transparency. This panel of executives will discuss these specific topics in depth. By engaging in open collaboration, enabled by blockchain technology, we can do well by doing good.

  29. Learning Block Smart Contracts for Federal Government

    Dr. Mike Arendt

    Acquisition and Contracting Lead, The MITRE Corporation

    Discover how the federal government can successfully leverage smart contracts using blockchain technology to enforce and codify legal contracts and policies for the acquisition of commercial goods and services. You’ll learn about three aspects of smart contracts with respect to federal acquisition and contracting: 1. Improving acquisition efficiency and reducing lead time by streamlining the agreement process; 2. Providing real-time visibility into tracking, and 3. Streamlining approval and disbursement of payments to vendors.

  30. Learning Blocks Accepting Crypto at the Counter & Online

    Joshua Holmes

    CEO, Ethode

    Waverly Willis

    Founder, Urban Kutz Barbershop

    Have you ever wondered how to accept cryptocurrencies for your business as payment? Are you interested in reaching new clients? Join this in-depth and exciting session focused on how to get setup to accept crypto both online and at your POS in a safe way that will save you money, and protect your business from chargebacks.

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  32. Learning Block Who Needs Blockchain and Why

    David Croft

    Partner, Meyers Roman

    Tonya M Evans

    Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law

    Learn blockchain history, cryptocurrency, smart contract and mining as well as legal industry uses including securities and ICOs, KYC/AML, real estate, IoT and cybersecurity.

  33. Learning Block Blockchain in Real Estate: Origination and Tokenization of Mortgage Loans

    Ricardo Henriquez

    CEO, HDJ Group

    Ramesh Ramadoss

    President and CEO, BitCasas

    Join a discussion about origination and tokenization of mortgage loans through two platforms: Homelend and BitCasas. Homelend is a P2P system for originating mortgage loans which, bypassing banks and other financial institutions, allows individuals to lend to other individuals. Its business model is based on three pillars: 1) the digitization of information flows, 2) the modularization of business processes, and 3) the syndication and securitization of financial flows. BitCasas is a Silicon Valley based startup that is building the world’s first international blockchain platform for tokenization of secured real estate loans. The platform serves as a bridge between investors all over the world and real estate note professionals with local expertise in the US real estate market.

  34. Learning Block Integrating Blockchain into College & University Curriculum

    Lisa Camp

    Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University

    Hikmat Chedid

    Professor, Lorain County Community College

    Dr. Javed Khan

    Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Kent State University

    Vincenzo Liberatore

    Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University

    Shivakumar Sastry

    Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Akron

    Dr. Nigmanth Sridhar

    Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Cleveland State University

    Elena Manilich

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Carroll University

    Elad Granot

    Dean, Dauch College of Business and Economics, Ashland University

    Blockchain technologies are taking a wide variety of industries by storm, resulting in a need for talent able to hit the ground running upon graduation. This panel of faculty from various institutions of higher education across Northeast Ohio will highlight how they have pivoted and adjusted to meet the interests of their students and the needs of employers.

  35. Learning Block The Business Case for Permissionless Networks

    Adam Gall

    Co-Founder & CTO, decent

    Blockchains are good platforms for distributing trust, and bad platforms for building centralized product offerings. The inherent nature of decentralization doesn’t mesh well with business models that centralize authority, which is often the case in a business plan. We’ll discuss the important social value propositions that decentralized systems provide the world, explain why traditional public blockchain product monetization strategies are a race to the bottom, explore a new model of building profitable products while also taking part in the decentralized revolution, and showcase a product implementing this model by bringing traditional business processes closer to public decentralized systems.

  36. Learning Block Everledger: Asserting transparency along the entire supply chain process

    Leanne Kemp

    Founder & CEO Everledger

    Since inception in 2015, Everledger has been pushing boundaries in building a global verification system that asserts transparency along the entire supply chain process, through tracking the provenance of high-value assets in an immutable manner. In just three years, Everledger’s solution has expanded into industries where provenance matters including diamonds, colored gemstones as well as fine wine, and has recently closed its Series A funding round. The rapid journey from start-up to scale-up to pioneer real-world applications of emerging technology was a challenging and rewarding one. Find out more on how this growth was achieved and takeaways from getting the markets to understand and adopt Everledger’s industry-first solutions.

  37. Learning Block Ethical AI and Blockchain: A Democratic approach

    Mark Stephen Meadows

    Founder & CEO, and Co-Founder & Trustee,

    This presentation looks at conversational user interfaces (CUIs), how they will be coupled with blockchain and AI, and their impact on our near future. Popular CUIs are Alexa and Siri. As these systems collect more user data, which is used to train AI systems, we need to consider several key issues, including: trust - who is responsible for these bots; privacy - who has access to my data; and ethics - what is my data being used for? We look at solutions, why blockchain is needed to solve problems AI introduces, and ways to provide maximum value to all stakeholders.

  38. Keynote - Alex Tapscott

    Alex Tapscott

    Author, Blockchain Revolution and Co-founder of Blockchain Research Institute

    Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into 16 languages. In 2017, Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude). He lives in Toronto, Canada. For more information about Alex, visit

  39. The Nodes Affair: An After Party Networking + Reception

    Come enjoy a drink(s) and bite to eat with the Blockchain community in Cleveland at the incredible Lago East Bank | Cucina Enoteca Birreria. Learn More

Conference Closing Day

Tuesday, December 04

  1. Registration Open & Breakfast

  2. Announcements

    Barbara Snyder

    President, Case Western Reserve University

    Harlan Sands

    J.D., MBA Bio

  3. Keynote: How Blockchain Is Changing Everyday Life

    Jerry Cuomo

    IBM Fellow, Vice President, Blockchain Technology, IBM

    Matt Zarracina

    Co-Founder & CEO, True Tickets

    How many of you believe that Blockchain IS changing everyday life? Alright, perhaps you think it’s too soon to make such a bold statement. Well, after several years of engagements, we have some compelling evidence that this is true. In this talk, Jerry shares 3 compelling examples of live Blockchain networks that are poised to change life for the positives for citizens like you and me. Jerry also shares best practices for starting blockchain projects as wells as some insights on Enterprise Blockchain.

  4. Block Study Supply Chain BlockStudy with Jason Kelley, IBM General Manager Blockchain Services

    Jason Kelley

    General Manager, Blockchain Services, IBM

    Steve O’Nan

    The Kroger Company, Program Manager, Supply Chain Technology

    Vasanthi Chalasani

    Director, Next Generation Shared Services, Procter and Gamble

    Mr. Kelley will overview industry challenges and opportunities surrounding supply chains across industries and Building a Network of Networks. This session will include learning's from over 500 client engagements and discussions with blockchain experts sharing solutions and insights.

  5. Break

  6. Block Study Government Block Study with County Executive Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County

    Armond Budish

    County Executive, Cuyahoga County

    Randy Cole

    Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

    Shane Bigelow

    CEO, Ownum

    Perianne Boring

    Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

    Robert Musiala

    Jr. Counsel, BakerHostetler

    County Executive Armond Budish will give a high-level overview of challenges facing the government sector at the county and state-level. Remarks will be followed by a moderated panel of blockchain experts sharing blockchain solutions to the outlined challenges.

  7. Fireside Chat Keynote featuring Mark Hurd with Bill Blausey

    Mark Hurd

    CEO, Oracle Corporation

    William (Bill) Blausey

    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eaton Corporation

    Details to follow

  8. Lunch

  9. Women in Blockchain Lunch Meet-up led by Hilary Carter

    Hilary Carter

    MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute

    Agada Nameri

    General Manager, iCapital

    John Kish

    Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio

    Grab your lunch and join the Women in Blockchain for an informal discussion on the industry, led by Hilary Carter

  10. Artist Spotlight: Eve Sussman presents her Blockchain project “89 seconds at Alcazar Atomized”

    Eve Sussman


    Fred Bidwell

    Executive Director, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

    Eve Sussman is an internationally recognized artist known for her 2004 motion picture 89 Seconds at Alcazar, that attempted to capture the moments before and after the image depicted in the seminal work Las Meninas. The 1656 painting by Diego Valezquez is one of the most analyzed and discussed works of art in history, and widely considered one of the most important. Sussman gained international fame as a result, and the continuously looping piece is in museum collections worldwide. The artist/filmmaker is reinventing the work as 89 Seconds Atomized in collaboration with Snark.Art, and the resulting piece will be interactive and on the blockchain.

  11. Workshop - Blockchain 101

    Thamim Ahmed

    Entrepreneur in Residence, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

    An introductory blockchain workshop taking participants through the foundations of blockchain. Topics will cover: The Technology Behind Blockchains & Distributed Ledgers; The Economic Implications and Business Applications of Blockchains, and The Legal/Regulatory Implications of Blockchains, which will all be backed by real world case studies.

  12. Learning Block Blockchain from the Firehose

    Jacob Coulter

    Director of Product Development, Coin Ninja

    Take an in-depth look at Bitcoin, the blockchain that started it all. This session will cover all the pieces required to build a trustless distributed ledger. Learn from the most fundamental building blocks like hashing algorithms, transactions, and blocks, to the more advanced concepts such as merkle trees and elliptical curve cryptography. Knowing when not to use a blockchain is as important as knowing when to use one. Cut through the hype of “Block Chain Iced Tea” and learn where the technology solves real problems and where it is unnecessary overhead.

  13. Learning Block The Global Regulatory Challenges

    Joel Telpner

    Partner, Sullivan & Worchester LLP

    Blockchain evolution and implementation is happening at a pace well beyond the capacity for regulators to follow and understand. Disruption always poses regulatory challenges. The rollout and evolution of the Internet is a prime and directly relevant example. The implementation and evolution of blockchain applications do resemble in many ways our experience with the Internet, but with one critical difference. Looking back, Internet advancements occurred at the velocity of a horse’s gallop. Blockchain’s roll out by comparison is happening at almost light speed. Learn the opportunities and challenges in regulating this emerging technology.

  14. Learning Block Can Blockchain enable transparency and equity in the art market?

    Fanny Lakoubay

    CMO,, Senior Consultant to New Art Academy

    Judy Mam

    Founder of

    Lillian Kuri

    Vice President for Strategic Initiative & Arts, Cleveland Foundation

    There are many exciting new blockchain companies emerging in the art market. The question that this conference session will focus on is how can blockchain help to solve some of the equity issues in the art market – such as limited access to art market for buyers, a lack of transparency and unfair compensation for artists. This session will touch on 5 of the major use cases for blockchain in the art market and present some of the most compelling uses that are developing for social good: 1. Improving provenance & transparency in the art market 2. Democratizing /sharing ownership of fine art 3. Creating a more ethical way of compensating artists 4. Driving digital art sales through scarcity and the verification of editions 5. Creating new ideas, projects and conceptual art by artists

  15. Learning Block Raising Money for your Blockchain Startup

    Pete Martin

    Founder & CEO, Votem

    Michael Adam

    Founder and CEO,

    Farah Allen

    CEO/Founder, The Labz

    Chrissa McFarlane

    Chrissa McFarlane, Founder & CEO, Patientory

    Details to follow

  16. Learning Block The Potential of Blockchain in Healthcare | Solving Problems from Data Ownership & Interoperability to Battling the Opioid Epidemic

    Ike Carpenter

    Director of Technology Strategy & Innovation, ODH Solutions

    Edward Marx

    Chief Information Officer, The Cleveland Clinic

    Dr. Tiffany Gray

    DrPH, MPH, Co-Chair and Advisor for the Global Health & Disaster Relief Subcommittee, United Nations' Blockchain for Impact and Sustainable Development Initiative

    While Blockchain hasn’t achieved significant penetration in healthcare, there is potential. We will look at likely use cases in healthcare and discuss potential utilization for the healthcare provider including how Blockchain could be the solution to fix the problem of healthcare data ownership and unlock the true value of interoperability. In addition, we will share how blockchain can help battle the opioid crisis by bringing together stakeholders from across the opioid addiction landscape to create a marketplace of proven solutions that rewards payers, providers, and patients for participating, and provides transparency into program participation and outcomes.

  17. Learning Block Blockchain Trends in Public Sector

    Wendy Henry

    Managing Director, Government and Public Services Blockchain Lead

    Learn about common use cases relevant to government agencies and insights from Deloitte’s Global Blockchain Survey, released in May 2018. Gain insights into developing winning applications in the public sector, looking at critical facets of a strong blockchain application: consortium creation, operations considerations, business impact to the internal/external ecosystem and technology stack considerations.

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  19. Learning Block Regulation of Tokenization: Legal and other considerations for evaluating blockchain and other tech solutions

    Stephen Obie

    Partner, Jones Day

    Organizations across every sector and of every size and complexity are being told that blockchain technology will revolutionize their business—both for better (by reducing costs, timing and increasing security) and for worse (by disrupting existing business lines and legacy technology). As the interest in blockchain technology grows, companies will be confronted with numerous decisions, challenges, and legal issues pertaining to its adoption, including the overall design and control of blockchain systems, potential liability for use or misuse of the data they contain, and the consequences flowing from being able to track data and transactions on an immutable, near–real time basis. The precise legal issues that arise on any implementation of blockchain technology will vary, depending on the sector, product, and use case, and more fundamental legal questions need to be addressed, including the correct categorization of an asset that exists only on a blockchain.

  20. Learning Block Blockchain Talent Development in Cleveland

    Bob Eckman

    Security Principal, MCPc, Inc.

    Jen Hill

    Founder, Project Bitmoblile

    Learn how Blockchain will play a role in the future security landscape and how to develop blockchain curriculum building from cyber security experience. This talk will share insights into a model for educating K through 12 and college students, and the role that private industry should play in this process. We’ll discuss how to assimilate existing staff to this new technology and develop standards and approaches for higher ed and industry, as well as why Cleveland is perfectly positioned geographically and from a Statehouse perspective to engage this technology.

  21. Finding Capital for your Blockchain Start-Up

    Yoshi Nakamura

    Head of Sales, Galaxy Digital

    Jonathan Johnson

    CEO, Medici Ventures

    Pete Martin

    Founder & CEO, Votem

    There are myriad choices for raising capital for your blockchain start-up. From traditional equity early stage and venture capital to conducting an initial coin offering (ICO) and tokenizing your business, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each source of funding. Come to listen to investment executives and innovators in the space to understand what they look for in an investable business from some of the blockchain industry’s leading investment firms. You’ll come away with a better sense of how to get your business funded and how investors evaluate a blockchain company differently than a traditional business.

  22. Learning Block Blockchain as a Business Transformation Enabler

    Arun Ghosh

    US National Blockchain Leader, KPMG

    Tegan Keele

    Director, Advisory Digital Enablement Practice, KPMG

    Learn KPMG’s approach, perspective and experience on bringing blockchain into the enterprise, from initial strategy to implementation and value realization. KPMG’s blockchain projects include: Fixed asset procurement, optimizing the purchasing of assets (in this case, employee laptops) using blockchain, from PO to employee distribution to financial disposition, and reducing manual management and reconciliations between internal functions (procurement, finance) as well as with suppliers; Supply chain + customs and trade management, increasing efficiency of operations, customs documentation preparation & tracking, and tax payment calculation by creating a “golden record” on blockchain of critical events related to the fabrication of aircraft parts in international manufacturing locations; and Pharma drug traceability, ensuring compliance with FDA regulations that stipulate drug manufacturers must be able to securely track and trace their products through the entirety of the supply chain – from manufacture to distributor to dispenser to patient – as well as verify authenticity of returned goods, by using blockchain to enable secure data sharing and transparency between all parties.

  23. Learning Block Welcome to the Digital Age: How the Blockchain Evolution Will Usher in a New Financial System

    Mark Yusko

    CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC

    Anthony Pompliano

    Partner, Morgan Creek Digital Assets

    Technology evolution follows a predictable cycle over time and in the past few decades, that evolution has been focused on growth in the power of computing. From the Mainframe in 1954 to the Microchip in 1968 to the PC in 1982 to the Internet in 1996 to the MobileNet in 2010 and to the Trust Net (the Internet of Value) in 2024. Join us for a lively discussion on how to position your businesses and your portfolio for the Digital Age and how to capture the incredible opportunities being created by blockchain technology. Just like how the real money was made selling the picks and shovels during the California Gold Rush, we’ll peruse the tools we need to capitalize on the Digital Gold Rush.

  24. Blockchain for the Public Sector: Use Cases, Market Overview, Legal Issues

    Robert Musiala

    Jr. Counsel, BakerHostetler

    Much of the hype around blockchain concerns private sector applications for cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. Beneath the hype, enterprises are taking a careful look at applications of this new technology that grab less headlines but that may have great impact “behind the scenes” for business process improvements that drive growth and efficiency. Arguably even more overlooked – and perhaps even less developed – are blockchain applications for the public sector, which in some cases may harness some of the best qualities of blockchain from both a financial and non-financial perspective. This learning session will provide an introduction to blockchain use cases for the public sector, along with an overview of the market and legal issues impacting adoption.

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  26. Learning Block How Mobile Voting Will Change the World

    Pete Martin

    Founder & CEO, Votem

    Eduardo Correia

    VP Electoral Solutions, Smartmatic

    Allowing every eligible voter the freedom to more easily and securely vote on their mobile device from anywhere would undoubtedly increase voter turnout; in the U.S. A mere 5% increase in turnout is almost 10 million votes - a game changer in any election. And mobile voting on blockchain finally gives voters the irrefutable proof that their vote was counted as they intended. With blockchain, we can imagine a world where every election was undisputed through the power of independent parties all coming together to validate votes in real-time. These are just some of the ways we believe mobile voting can have a positive impact on the world. Come to hear how Cleveland-based Votem and global leader, Smartmatic, are partners in making voting more accessible, secure and transparent than ever before.

  27. Learning Block Applied blockchain, demos of in production use cases for Real Estate

    Robert Zwink

    Co-Founder and CTO of SafeChain

    It’s been over a decade, and very few non-cryptocurrency blockchain pilots have moved from proof of concept to production. SafeChain, 2018 VentureOhio Startup of the Year, will demonstrate three applications of blockchain in the market today. As blockchain has pushed to the forefront of government in Ohio, SafeChain has partnered with multiple local governments to prove the benefit to both public and private stakeholders. During this session, SafeChain will demonstrate their latest technology in applied blockchain.

  28. Learning Block Blockchain and Social Media

    Hilary Carter

    MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute

    How AKASHA will Dis-Intermediate Facebook - The Blockchain Research Institute led the first-of-its-kind research project exploring the intersection between blockchain technology and social media networks, with a spotlight on the Ethereum and IPFS-based AKASHA Project. The report describes the opportunities for greater privacy and prosperity for individuals through the decentralized web and describes how blockchain-based social media applications are providing censorship resistant and cryptographically secure alternatives to Facebook. For brands, this new paradigm is creating entire new business models that more directly engage customers and reward brand loyalty.

  29. Learning Block How Mainstream Venture Capitalists Evaluate Blockchain Startups

    Tim Schigel

    Refinery Ventures

    Morris Wheeler

    Founder and Principal, Drummond Road Capital

    Tony Olivito

    Partner, Comeback Capital

    Frank Amato


    Financing block chain startups has followed a different path than companies that have exploited big technological changes in the past like personal computers or the Internet. To date most of the financing has been provided by specialized venture capital firms focused exclusively on block chain startups. But, increasingly, traditional venture capitalists have become interested in block chain companies. These mainstream VCs view block chain as just another technology wave that affects industry. Hear from several prominent investors about what they are looking for in block chain startups and how they evaluate these companies as potential additions to their portfolios.

  30. Learning Block Challenging the Clinical Trials Status Quo: Blockchain and the Art of the Possible

    Heather Flannery

    Health Circle Global Lead, ConsenSys

    During this talk, the speaker will provide an overview of the current and potential uses of blockchain in healthcare and life sciences, including a discussion of its convergence with other innovations such as the family of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Next, a number of current-state challenge areas specific to clinical research will be explored, moving into 'the art of the possible' as we envision clinical trials of the future through the lens of blockchain technology and its newly-enabled business models. Finally, the key barriers that must be removed to fully realize this vision will be outlined, including highlights of promising work in progress in the areas of governance, scalability, standards development, and more.

  31. Learning Block Blockchain Solutions for Banking and Finance

    Todd Miller

    Vice President, US Business Development, ChromaWay

    Learn about various use cases including lending, asset management and transfer. We will give overviews and demonstrations of blockchain solution products in production including Postchain relational blockchain and Esplix smart contract/secure workflow distributed application (Dapp).

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  33. Learning Block Insurance Disruption: Enter Blockchain

    Brett Hornung

    Management Consulting, Accenture

    - Insurance has historically not been synonymous with innovation. However, with the emergence of revolutionary technologies like blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DTL), real opportunities to fundamentally disrupt the insurance industry have emerged. This segment will examine how InsurTechs, carriers, and other industry participants are using blockchain/DLT to create operating efficiencies, improve insurance cycle times, and increase customer satisfaction and retention.

  34. Learning Block Cleveland Blockchain & Digital Futures Hub

    Dr. Suzanne Rivera

    Vice President for Research and Technology Management, Case Western Reserve University

    Subbian (Raj) Govindaraj

    System Architecture Manager, Rockwell Automation

    Panelists will present a proposal to create a think tank in Cleveland devoted to advancing a variety of digital innovation platforms, including but not limited to blockchain. This session will describe the vision for the think tank, explain its research and innovation agenda, and propose a plan for attracting world-class faculty and researchers.

  35. Learning Block Zero to Sixty: Blockchain Accelerators

    Akul Penugonda


    Troy Vosseller

    Co-Founder, gener8tor

    Charles Stack

    Co-Founder and CFO, Flashstarts

    Scott Shane

    Managing Director, Comeback Capital

    - Since 2007, business accelerators – organizations that provide support services and cash to startup companies in return for equity – have been an increasingly important option for founders of software startups. Many of these accelerators have helped block chain companies get started and grow. Learn from managing directors at three accelerators what they are looking for in block chain startups and how they can help those companies to find customers, raise money, and grow.

  36. Learning Block Benefits of IoT and Blockchain for the Supply Chain

    Brian Ray

    Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

    Manoj K. Malhotra

    Dean, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University

    Kris Kersey

    Director, PwC Advisory Services

    Michael Minkevich

    CEO, Intellectsoft

    Senthil Virthachalam

    Business Development Executive - Global Trade Digitization, Industry Platforms, IBM

    Two important new technologies are combining to increase efficiency, reliability, and speed for manufacturers, suppliers, and logistics service providers. Intelligent things and blockchain are among the top 10 strategic technology trends in 2018, according to Gartner. By 2019, with increasing adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) across industries, IDC estimates that 20 percent of all IoT deployments will have basic levels of blockchain services enabled. This panel of experts will examine how this powerful combination already is transforming the supply chain in several industries and the lessons industry can learn from these early use cases.

  37. Learning Block Blockchain Use & Community Centered Design at the Local Public and Social Sector Levels

    Leon Wilson

    Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer, The Cleveland Foundation

    Lisa Marks-Canty

    Chief Executive Officer, ChainNinja Blockchain Solutions

    Catherine Tkachyk

    Chief Innovation + Performance Officer, Cuyahoga County Office of Innovation and Performance

    As part of deeply understanding how and where blockchain solutions can have a positive social impact on local residents in the Greater Cleveland area, the Cleveland Foundation hosted a local Blockchain for Social Good Challenge, as a way to get local government and nonprofit organizations more involved with both understanding and applying blockchain-empowered solutions in their agencies. This effort tied into the Blockland Philanthropy node’s efforts and desire to see continued tangible action within our community after the Solutions Conference. Representatives for local government agencies and nonprofits came together to identify local solutions that put “residents” first in the design. Join us to hear about the process, lessons learned and hear from the finalists. During this session the 1st and 2nd place concepts will be announced, earning prizes of $7,500 & $2,500 respectively.

  38. Learning Block Blockchain Innovation in Financial Services

    Phil Kelly

    Director of Business Development, ConsenSys Solutions

    Benjamin Nadareski

    Corporate and Business Development, DrumG, a ConsenSys funded enterprise blockchain company

    Crypto currency markets are now well established and are reputedly attracting attention from institutional investors. Digital security issuance took a major step forward in September with a World Bank-sponsored bond issuance. Cross industry activities are starting to be streamlined by blockchain based consortia such as the recently launched Komgo group backed by Citi, Shell, ING and others. What does the road forward look like? This session will give a 'state of the union' in blockchain-related activity in Financial Services and discuss the near-term outlook, with specific reference to areas such as: Tokenization of Everything - streamlining securities issuance and trading, putting formerly-illiquid assets on the chain and fractionalizing; Enterprise Networks – connecting and deploying blockchain infrastructure inside leading institutions for frictionless data, asset and information.