Pre-Conference Sessions

Saturday, December 01

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  1. Registration Open

  2. Experiential Education Learn to Code Blockchain

  3. Experiential Education Learn to Code Blockchain

  4. Blockland Bar & Brew Tour

Conference Opening Day

Sunday, December 02

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  1. Registration and Breakfast

  2. Experiential Education Learn to Code Blockchain

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  4. Keynote – Joseph Lubin

    Joseph Lubin

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

    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 Learn to Code Blockchain

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  8. Opening VIP Reception: Welcome to Blockland

  9. Keynote - Larry Sanger

    Larry Sanger

    Co-Founder of Wikipedia and Chief Information Officer of Everipedia

    Larry Sanger is best known as Wikipedia’s co-founder, Mr. Sanger has started or helped start many educational and reference websites including, Nupedia, Encyclopedia of Earth, WatchKnowLearn, Reading Bear, Infobitt, and most recently Everipedia, which he has joined as Chief Information Officer. A philosophy Ph.D. whose dissertation concerned the theory of knowledge, Sanger has also written and spoken about the philosophy of the Internet and of online communities. Sanger currently lives in Ohio, U.S.A., with his wife and two homeschooled boys.

  10. Keynote – Jeremy Gutsche

    Jeremy Gutsche

    CEO of Trend Hunter AI and bestselling author

    Jeremy Gutsche has inspired 300,000 people at over 400 events for top-tier brands, billionaires, and associations. With an MBA and CFA, the New York Times bestselling business book, Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas, Gutsche is a creative globe-roamer with a broad appeal—an ambassador of transformational leadership for major groups. His website, TrendHunter.com, is the largest, most influential, most updated collection of cutting edge ideas available anywhere. Imagine the insight from a focus group made up of 100 million people. That’s Trend Hunter—its custom innovation advisory is changing the way the world’s most powerful brands innovate. As its founder, Gutsche relentlessly tracks and finds ‘The Next Big Thing’—that valuable but elusive commodity—for a global audience that generates millions of views a month. He holds an MBA from Queen’s, is a CFA, and studied innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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  12. Networking + Reception

Keynote Presentations

Monday, December 03

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  1. Registration + Breakfast

  2. 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.

  3. 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 & 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.

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  5. Blockstudy Banking Block Study

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

    Akram Boutrous

    President & CEO, The MetroHealth System

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  8. Workshop - Blockhain 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    CEO, Knowbella Tech

    Jon Schlinkert

    CEO, Sellside

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  11. Learning Block Blockchain Applications for Manufacturing & Supply Chain

    Laura Jehl

    Partner and Co-leader of Blockchain Technologies & Digital Currencies team, Baker Hostetler

    BakerHostetler’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies team will introduce the key concepts that make blockchain a transformative technology, then focus on blockchain applications for manufacturing, including supply chains, international trade, smart contract transactions and more. They’ll discuss how to recognize when blockchain is (or is not) a good fit for manufacturing use and highlight critical issues in designing and implementing a blockchain solution.

  12. Learning Block Blockchain Creating a New Paradigm in Digital Security

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  13. Learning Block Tokenization of Real Estate Loans

    Ricardo Henriquez

    Professor at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), and Chief Innovation Officer of StremX Ltd

    Ramesh Ramadoss

    President and CEO, BitCasas

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  15. Learning Block Legal Applications Session

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  16. 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

    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.

  17. Learning Block Developer Session

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  18. Learning Block Patient Ownership of Medical Records

    Stephen Morris

    Vice President, Digital Solutions, Sirius

    Imagine a future where healthcare patients take ownership of their medical record data and visit specialists at different hospital systems with little friction. Imagine improved patient outcomes because doctors have a more complete picture of your medical history and make fewer clinical errors. This is the future that Sirius is currently building in collaboration with University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), leveraging blockchain technology. The solution allows patients to grant consent to UCM to share their electronic medical record data with other hospitals in their member network, and hospitals not affiliated with UCM while maintaining HIPAA compliance. This digital process replaces an antiquated and cumbersome paper and fax process. The future of healthcare is here, and blockchain technology is enabling this transformation.

  19. Learning Block Government Session

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  20. Learning Block Understanding the Financial Services Impact of Blockchain

    David Allen

    COO, Equity Trust Partners

    Will Coleman

    Director, Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company

    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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  22. 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.

  23. Learning Block Developer Session

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  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Learning Blocks Accepting Crypto at the Counter & Online

    Josh Holmes

    CEO, Ethode

    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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  28. Learning Block Who Needs Blockchain and Why

    David Croft

    Partner, Meyers Roman

    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.

  29. 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

    Dr. Shiva Shivakumar

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

    Dr. Nigmanth Sridhar

    Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Cleveland State 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.

  30. Learning Block Balancing People and Profits: 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.

  31. Learning Block Manufacturing/Healthcare Session

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  32. Learning Block Socioeconomic Distribution of Blockchain – Ethical AI and Blockchain: A Democratic approach

    Mark Meadows

    Founder & CEO, Botanic.io and Co-Founder & Trustee, SeedToken.io

    This talk looks at how a conversational AI system is a mirror, composed of two identities. The input from the user and the output from the AI system contain vast arrays of valuable data. But AI (and the user data upon which it is built) introduces new problems such as displacement of jobs, loss of control, and questions of governance. We look at solutions, why blockchain is needed, and ways to provide maximum value to all stakeholders.

  33. Keynote - Alex Tapscott

    Alex Tapscott

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

    Details to folloAlex 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 www.alextapscott.com.w

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Conference Closing Day

Tuesday, December 04

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  1. Registration & Breakfast

  2. Fireside Chat Keynote featuring Mark Hurd with William (Bill) Blausey

    Mark Hurd

    CEO, Oracle Corporation

    William (Bill) Blausey

    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eaton Corporation

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  3. Keynote - Jerry Cuomo

    Jerry Cuomo

    IBM Fellow, Vice President, Blockchain Technology, IBM

    Details to follow

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  5. Blockstudy Government Case Study

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  6. Blockstudy Manufacturing Block Study

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  7. Lunch

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

    Hilary Carter

    MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute

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  9. 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.

  10. Learning Block The Global Regulatory Challenges

    Joel Telpner

    Partner, Sullivan & Worchester LLP

    Details to follow

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

    Fanny Lakoubay

    CMO, snark.art, senior consultant to ARTrendex

    Fred Bidwell

    Executive Director, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

    Yehudit Mam

    Founder of DADA.nyc

    There are many exciting new blockchain companies emerging in the art market. This session will focus on how blockchain can 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, including: improving provenance & transparency in the art market; democratizing and sharing ownership of fine art; creating a more ethical way of compensating artists; driving digital art sales through scarcity and the verification of editions; and creating new ideas, projects and conceptual art by artists.

  12. Learning Block Developer Session

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  13. Learning Block Blockchain and Social Media

    Hilary Carter

    MSc CBP, Managing Director, Blockchain Research Institute

    How AKSHA 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.

  14. Learning Block Blockchain Trends in Public Sector

    Wendy Henry

    Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

    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.

  15. Learning Block Banking + Finance Session

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  17. 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.

  18. Learning Block Blockchain Talent Development in Cleveland

    Bob Eckman

    Security Principal, MCPc, Inc.

    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.

  19. Learning Block Diversity in Blockchain

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

  20. Learning Blocks Manufacturing + Healthcare Session

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  21. Learning Blocks How Mobile Voting Will Change the World

    Pete Martin

    Founder & CEO, Votem

    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 hear how Cleveland-based Votem is doing this for elections from the Emmys to the Rock Hall as well as the States of Colorado, Alabama and Montana.

  22. 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.

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  24. Learning Blocks Who Pays for Open Source: 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. It sounds perfect but, at the end of the day, who really pays for open source to meet the demands of quality code contributions and best of breed maintenance? In his keynote, Chris Ferris explores this provocative question making the rounds in developer circles today and 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.

  25. Learning Block Economic + Workforce Development Session

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  26. Learning Block Developer Session

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  27. Learning Block Manufacturing + Healthcare Session

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  28. Learning Blocks 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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  30. Learning Block Legal Applications Session

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  31. Learning Block Economic + Workforce Development Session

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  32. Learning Block Developer Session

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  33. Learning Block Manufacturing + Healthcare Session

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  34. Learning Block Government Session

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  35. Learning Block Blockchain Solutions for Banking and Finance

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

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