CLEVELAND, OHIO, Sept. 27, 2018Blockland, a community-wide movement to establish a blockchain ecosystem in Cleveland, Ohio, and put the region at the forefront of blockchain thought leadership, today announced the addition of Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle Corporation, to its keynote speaker lineup for the inaugural Blockland Solutions Conference, which is scheduled to take place at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland from Dec. 1-4, 2018. An early bird registration rate of $595 is still available.

Mark Hurd joined Oracle in 2010 and brings decades of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role. Hurd has been recognized as one of the technology industry’s top executives by publications such as Barron’s, Fortune and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he frequently provides expert commentary regarding IT and business on broadcast TV. Mark Hurd shares his knowledge and provides personal updates on Facebook and Twitter.

At the Blockland Solutions Conference, Hurd will discuss how blockchain technology and Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service can fundamentally transform how every industry does business. Oracle’s blockchain platform leverages the company’s decades of experience across industries and its extensive partner ecosystem to reliably share and conduct trusted transactions with suppliers, banks, and other trade partners.

Hurd joins a strong lineup of blockchain experts who are also scheduled to give keynote presentations, including Nick Szabo, cryptocurrency and blockchain innovator; Joseph Lubin, founder of Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) and co-founder of Ethereum; Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia; and Alex Tapscott, author of “Blockchain Revolution” and co-founder of Blockchain Research Institute.

“Mark Hurd is a widely respected technology expert and business executive who adds further credibility to this event,” said Steven Santamaria, co-chair of the Blockland Thought Leadership node and CEO of Folio Photonics. “Given the knowledge and experience of our already announced presenters, Blockland Solutions attendees will have access to unprecedented programming for a first-year conference.”

In addition to daily keynote presentations, the conference content will include Learning Block sessions in various verticals including banking, finance, insurance, healthcare, government, legal, manufacturing, supply chain logistics, emerging technologies and venture capital as well as workshops and meetups.

Destination Cleveland, the area’s destination marketing and management organization, is managing the conference. Sponsors of the conference include Destination Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ownum.


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Cleveland is building a blockchain technology ecosystem called Blockland. This unprecedented, community-wide movement puts Cleveland at the forefront of blockchain thought leadership as developers, business leaders, government representatives, entrepreneurs, philanthropic organizations and universities collaborate to explore and accelerate the adoption and growth of this disruptive technology. In August 2018, a first-of-its-kind partnership between Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc. and the Toronto-based Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) became reality as JumpStart joined BRI on behalf of the entire Northeast Ohio region. The membership allows JumpStart to provide Greater Cleveland entrepreneurs and existing businesses valued under $1 billion with access at no charge to BRI’s 80 groundbreaking research projects. Visit for more information.


Editor’s Note: Blockland and Blockland Solutions logos as well as headshots of the keynote speakers can be found here.