Blockchain Forum - July 11

  • Share:
Name: Blockchain Forum - July 11
Date: July 11, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Will Blockchain's technical problems ever get solved!?

Three speakers/panelists that you will NOT want to miss!  They are each pioneers in the field of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).  Seats are limited.  Register now.

Panelists:      Mance Harmon, CEO/Co-Founder, Hedera Hashgraph  
                       Paul Snow, CEO/Founder, Factom
                       Venkatesh "Ven" Kumar, CTO Pepsico Account, IBM Cloud

    Jon West, VP Software Engineering, Thomson Reuters

Mance Harmon is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder / CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.

 Paul Snow, of Factom, the first usable blockchain technology to solve real-world business problems by providing an unalterable record keeping system. A leader in the open-source technology arena, Paul brings more than three decades of software development experience to his position at the helm of Factom. Paul's innovative approach to software and application engineering has spawned a litany of inventive open-source companies and solutions that have paved the way for Factom. A true open-source evangelist, Paul also acts as Chief Architect for DTRules, an open source project he founded in 2004 to make Decision Table based Rules Engines available to all sorts of projects.  Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University and his Master's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.  

Venkatesh "Ven" Kumar, CTO Pepsico Account; IBM Cloud, Big Data, Blockchain.  Previously he was the CTO for the Walmart Account for 5 years, where he was involved in their Blockchain initiatives for Food trust, Health & Wellness and supply chain. Ven has over 20 years of industry experience in retail, consumer packaged goods, high-tech  manufacturing, and ecommerce. Prior to joining IBM, Ven held positions at HP  as the CTO for the Nike Account Team and as a practice director at Oracle.  Ven was also the founder and CTO of a Dallas based startup, that was funded by Austin Venture and was sold to Owens Corning. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from VNIT in India.

Jon West is currently a VP of Software Engineering within the Tax & Accounting division of Thomson Reuters.  Jon has 30 years of technology experience in the tax, accounting, legal, and mortgage markets. Jon began as a software developer, then architect, now technology business leader.  He currently leads Distributed Ledger Technology for Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting.


The newly formed Tech Titans Blockchain Forum is excited to announce a series of three Blockchain Programs.   

Mark your calendars because these three Programs are designed just for you.  They will:

  • ensure that you continue your DLT learning journey
  • help you determine how and when to apply Blockchain
  • build upon each other so you will definitely want to attend all three

(Yes, we use "Blockchain" and "DLT" interchangeably.  We favor "DLT" because "Blockchain" is just one type of "DLT."  See, you are already learning!)

As you are aware, Distributed Ledger Technology is going through its own hype cycle and it is promising to change the world, but yet the number of issues facing Blockchain seems overwhelming.  Therefore, to ensure that you stay current and to help you navigate the hype cycle, Tech Titans is presenting the following Program series:

  • Program 1: DLT Technical Issues
  • Program 2: DLT Legal Issues
  • Program 3: DLT Business Issues (aka realizing ROI) 

The first Program will focus on DLT technical issues.  What are these issues, which of them are real, and can they be overcome? 

  • Hard to learn and use
  • Scalability and performance
  • Privacy
  • Competing consensus mechanisms
  • Quantum threats
  • Hackability of smart contracts
  • Public vs. private networks
  • Governance: getting the best technical decisions made and implemented as fast as possible

This Program will assume the audience has basic to medium understanding of DLT concepts. 
Still have questions about blockchain?  Checkout this quick visual guide by Thomson Reuters.

Dates & Locations:

  • July 11, 11:30am-1pm,  Blockchain Technical Issues. Location: BottleRocket
  • Sep 25, 11:30am-1pm, Blockchain Legal Issues. Location:  Jones Day
  • Nov 14, 11:30am-1pm, Blockchain Business Issues.  Location: TBD

Bottle Rocket
14841 Dallas Parkway
8th Floor
Dallas, TX 75254

Date/Time Information:
check in: 11:30 am
program: 12 - 1 pm

lunch included
Contact Information:
Shannon Skripka 972-792-2806
Before Monday, July 9 at 5 p.m.
Tech Titans members $10  |  non-members $20

After Monday, July 9 at 5 p.m., including at the door:​
Tech Titans members $15  |  non-members $25 

​ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 16 at 11:00 p.m.
Set a Reminder:
Enter your email address below to receive a reminder message.