Monthly Blockchain Updates @ PwC Downtown
18 York St, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada
Join us for the June Edition of The Blockchain Society's Monthly Blockchain Updates at PwC Downtown(3rd floor).
While our discussions will be grounded in the capabilities of blockchain technology, our focus is on practical applications rather than technical details.
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6-6:30 p.m. - Registration & Networking
6:30 - 8pm - Speaker Sessions (7 minutes each, 3 minutes Q&A)
8 - 9:00 p.m. - Networking
9:00pm - Event ends
About the Speakers
Eric Lifson, Skrumble Network
Eric Lifson, Co-Founder of Skrumble Network, has 10+ years directing global strategic marketing projects, and is now leading the team behind Skrumble Network’s innovative communication technology. Skrumble Network is solving the data ownership crisis with a completely new, secure communication-centric blockchain and decentralized media communication application.
Kunal Taneja, Nobul Coporation
Kunal is is Managing Director at Nobul Corporation. Nobul Corporation is the technology company disrupting real estate. Nobul is developing AI, Blockchain and other proprietary technologies to evolve real estate across North America.
Lucia Gallardo, Emerge
Lucia was born and raised in Honduras, and moved to Canada in 2009. She has professional experience in both the public and private sectors and in 2015, co-founded Dona un Libro, Cambia una Mente, a non-profit that builds libraries in underserved schools in Honduras. The organization received President Obama’s 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Fellowship. Lucia is a Venture for Canada Fellow and a certified UN SDG Advocate. She joined the National Angel Capital Organization as Manager of Marketing & Communications. Lucia is, most recently, the Founder and CEO of Emerge, which provides customized, socially impactful blockchain solutions to clients based in emerging markets. All projects are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Emerge’s portfolio includes Homeward, a refugee screening and country referral platform, and Global Chain, a supply chain solution to minimize food waste for agroproducers. Emerge also published LEAP, the world’s first publication to track blockchain innovation in emerging markets in 2017. An updated version will be released this year, with support from NYU Stern’s Social Impact Scholars program. In her spare time, Lucia enjoys practicing Krav Maga, travelling, learning, musical theatre, and food.
Connor Spelliscy, Zeppelin
Connor runs legals and operations for Zeppelin's Transaction Permission Layer project, and consults for Polychain projects. Zeppelin builds key infrastructure to develop and operate smart contract systems; networks worth over $4.5 billion have been built on Zeppelin's systems. Polychain is the world's premier investor in cryptocurrency protocols and companies. Connor formerly worked as a corporate lawyer at Goodmans LLP, where he focused on technology and securities law.
Arthur Falls, DFINITY
DFINITY, the blockchain-based computer network backed by Polychain Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, will provide secure, decentralized cloud services. DFINITY offers far greater security than the current firewall model which powers the Web today. This means that there is now an approach to addressing the security issues that plague the internet and are forecast to lead to trillions of dollars in annual losses by 2020. This infrastructure will be simultaneously available to all people, worldwide. As an additional benefit, a much smaller local support team will be needed for an organisation to use DFINITY over traditional systems, leading to significant infrastructure cost reductions. The technologies
that power DFINITY are Threshold Relay randomness generation and Probabilistic
Slot Consensus, the WebAssembly Virtual machine (co-developed by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and the Mozilla Foundation), and the Blockchain Nervous System in platform governance. Arthur is a leading blockchain industry
observer and producer of three popular blockchain centric podcasts: Beyond Bitcoin (2014), The Ether Review, and The Third Web (2017 - present). Prior to joining DFINITY, he worked at ConsenSys where he implemented the initial content marketing strategy.
Matt Hinkley, PwC
Matt is the Cryptocurrency Lead for PwC Canada. He has been on the front line of financial innovation for many years working within the Alternative Finance industry in Europe and being a major part in building Europe’s largest online business finance brokerage giving businesses the access to thousands of online equity and debt products to help them scale. Matt now provides advisory services into companies looking at adapting to blockchain technology and also companies that specialize in the cryptocurrency industry such as exchanges and trading desks.
William Yin is the Senior Venture Manager of the Blockchain Stream at the Creative Destruction Lab, an incubator for early-stage science-based ventures. During the 10 month program, companies receive mentorship from accomplished tech entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders in blockchain/AI, including Ted Livingston, Boris Wertz, Tony Lacavera, and others. Companies also get $100K in pre-seed funding and co-working space. Prior to CDL, Will was the founder of Scent Trunk, which used AI to create custom fragrance formulations, which was later acquired by Perfumer's Apprentice.
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