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Tuesday, March 29 • 11:35am - 12:00pm
Keynote: Why an OPEN Blockchain is Critical for Business and Innovation - Chris Ferris, Distinguished Engineer & CTO, IBM and Dan O'Prey, CMO, Digital Asset Holdings

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In December 2015, the tech industry exploded with news about the new open blockchain project at the Linux Foundation - the Hyperledger Project. The pre-announce resulted in the most inquiries in the first week of any new project at the Linux Foundation by a factor of five! While Bitcoin may be floundering, the technology that has made it possible - the blockchain - still holds huge potential to transform just about every industry. So, what is this blockchain technology that commands the attention of the biggest names in the tech and financial industries and why is it so imperative that it be open? Chris Ferris, IBM CTO Open Technology, explains blockchain technology and explains why open governance is critical to its success. Learn who is involved, what the project intends to develop, what use cases we envisage for this important new technology and why you should care. 

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Christopher Ferris

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Chris Ferris is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Industry Standards in the Software Group Standards Strategy organization. He has been actively engaged in open standards development for XML and Web services since 1999. Ferris is former chair of the WS-I Basic Profile Working Group. He co-chairs the W3C Web Services Policy Working Group and serves as chair of the W3C XML Protocols Working Group. He represents IBM on the OASIS WS-RX... Read More →
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Dan O'Prey

CMO, Digital Asset
Dan is the CMO at Digital Asset Holdings. Dan was previously the co-founder and CEO of Hyperledger, a San Francisco-based technology firm that developed the first permissioned ledger to allow financial institutions to clear and settle transactions in real-time. Prior to Hyperledger, Dan lived in Beijing where he founded and served as the CEO of MadeiraCloud (VisualOps), a visual cloud management and automation tool for Amazon Web Services.

Tuesday March 29, 2016 11:35am - 12:00pm
Grand Sierra Ballroom

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