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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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Chris Ferris

IBM Fellow, CTO IBM Open Technology (Former Hyperledger Governing board member), IBM
An IBM Fellow and CTO Open Technology for IBM, Christopher has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 40+ year career in IT. He has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He has overall... Read More →
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Dan O'Prey

CMO, Digital Asset
Dan (CMO & Head of Community, Digital Asset) was the co-founder and CEO of Hyperledger, a San Francisco-based technology firm that developed an innovative distributed ledger to allow financial institutions to clear and settle transactions in real-time. Prior to Hyperledger, Dan lived... Read More →

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