SiW Blockchain Day

Featuring global thought leaders discussing the future of decentralized data, data privacy, and consumer impact. In a series of panels and talks, you will learn about how this new disruptive technology is being implemented in enterprise organizations. SiW Blockchain Day also offers a unique opportunity for participants to implement these concepts in practical hands-on exercises.  

Featuring a demo of Facebook Libra.

September 20th, 2019

BETA Climbing and Fitness
45 Harbor Dr,
Stamford, CT 06902

Featured Speakers

  • Preston Byrne
  • Bio

Attorney @ Byrne & Storm, P.C.

Preston focuses on early-stage technology companies, including industrial cryptography, cryptocurrency and interactive computer services businesses, with complex cross-border legal issues.

Preston is an attorney at Byrne & Storm, P.C., where his practice focuses on early-stage technology companies, including industrial cryptography, cryptocurrency and interactive computer services businesses, with complex cross-border legal issues. In his free time he is a fellow of the ASI. 

Previously, he was a securitization and derivatives lawyer with the London offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Norton Rose Fulbright, and after BigLaw, co-founder and COO of Monax. Monax built the first open-source permissioned blockchain client in 2014. The design has since evolved into the market-leading Hyperledger Burrow permissioned Ethereum blockchain node. Burrow is presently the Hyperledger Project’s only Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), and is used by Intel and IBM’s contributions to that project, respectively named Sawtooth Lake and Fabric, to run EVMs on those codebases. 

  • Pei Chen
  • Bio

Director, Financial Services & FinTech @ ConsenSys 

Prior to ConsenSys, Pei served as a Senior Product Manager at Goldman Sachs, leading a team of business architects and software developers to design and deploy strategic technology solutions for multiple business divisions across US and Europe.

Pei Chen holds a director role at ConsenSys, a blockchain venture production studio building and investing in decentralized applications. Her responsibilities include developing, communicating and executing strategic initiatives, as well as forging key business partnerships in the Financial Services and Fintech sector. Previously she was the Chief Operating Offer (COO) of Token Foundry, a business advisory and fundraising platform of ConsenSys that provides end-to-end solutions to promising blockchain projects.

Pei received a Master's degree in Quantitative Finance from Lehigh University and a Bachelors in Economics with a Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship from Zhejiang University.

  • Kevin Kelly
  • Bio

Co-Founder @ Delphi Digital 

Kevin brings a background in traditional equity research to Delphi Digital and is a former U.S. Equity Strategist.

Kevin brings a background in traditional equity research to Delphi Digital. In his prior role as a U.S. Equity Strategist, Kevin provided insight on global equity markets for a vast array of institutional clients and was often cited in financial journalism or discussing markets on financial media outlets (TV, radio, etc.). Kevin is also a CFA charterholder.

  • John Todaro
  • Bio

Head of Digital Currency Research @ TradeBlock

John constructs and distributes market commentary and research on the Blockchain space.

John Todaro is the head of digital currency research at TradeBlock, where he constructs and distributes market commentary and research on the space. Prior to joining TradeBlock, John traded mortgage backed securities and credit default swaps at Citigroup. John has been an active contributor in the digital currency space since 2013.

  • Alex Atallah
  • Bio

CTO @ OpenSea

Alex is the co-founder of OpenSea, the first and largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including crypto collectibles, art projects, wallet names, and more.

Alex is the co-founder of OpenSea, the first and largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including crypto collectibles, art projects, wallet names, and more. OpenSea went through the YCombinator W18 batch, raised funds from Founders Fund, Blockchain Capital, Coinbase, 1confirmation and several others, and now powers the marketplaces or sites for over 200 games and services.

Prior to OpenSea, Alex was the CTO of hostess.fm (sold to Beatport in 2014) and built cybersecurity products at Palantir for 2 years. Alex loves hackathons and bringing unusual prototypes to market.

  • Sonya Mann
  • Bio

Communications Manager @ Zcash Foundation

Sonya Mann runs communications at the Zcash Foundation, a privacy nonprofit focused on the cryptocurrency Zcash. Previously, she worked as a reporter covering the tech industry.

Mann covered the business side of technology with a focus on enterprise companies, the sharing economy, and marketplaces that empower informal entrepreneurship.

Before joining Inc. she freelanced, covering many of the same topics.

Zcash Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to building Internet payment and privacy infrastructure for the public good, primarily serving the users of the Zcash protocol and blockchain.

  • Carlos Vivas
  • Bio

Global Head of Enterprise Education @ Consensys 

Carlos is a Nicaraguan computer science engineer, PhD in Innovation Economics and Global Head of Enterprise Education at ConsenSys, an Ethereum blockchain focused company and one of the main blockchain companies in the World.

Carlos is a Nicaraguan computer science engineer, PhD in Innovation Economics and Global Head of Enterprise Education at ConsenSys, an Ethereum blockchain focused company and one of the main blockchain companies in the World. He co-founded two startups, one that was purchased and the other was acquired by one of its shareholders. He lead the Academy Program of Opinno, a tech consultancy firm, and the Spanish editors of MIT Technology Review and Harvard Business Review. He’s been involved in the Blockchain space since late 2014. He has worked as a Blockchain advisor for tier-1 and large corporations in Finance, Energy, Health, and Retail industries, he was awarded 2nd place in a national-level blockchain hackathon and he co-authored two Blockchain books with top experts from the space.

  • Stephen Inglis
  • Bio

CEO @ Inportal and AI Capital LLC

Stephen's approach to tokenization is founded from participation in and all forms of securities markets from hi-frequency trading to exchanging documents to effect a private placement.

Stephen Inglis is currently CEO of InPortal, an organization developing venues for security transactions via distributive ledger technologies. 

He has had extensive experience within equity sales, investment banking, and economic development. 

  • Ryan Yi
  • Bio

Investment & Research @ CoinFund

Ryan is a researcher focusing on early-stage diligence, liquid market analysis, and constructing investment strategies.

Ryan is a researcher focusing on early-stage diligence, liquid market analysis, and constructing investment strategies. He spends most of his time around understanding issues surrounding blockchain-specific products, structuring, technology, and market trends.

  • Coogan Brennan
  • Bio

Technical Trainer @ Consensys

Coogan Brennan is an American developer, researcher and technical trainer, American Head of Education at ConsenSys, an Ethereum blockchain focused company and one of the main blockchain companies in the world.

Coogan Brennan is an American developer, researcher, and technical trainer, American Head of Education at ConsenSys, an Ethereum blockchain focused company and one of the main blockchain companies in the world. Coogan discovered blockchain while working as a self-taught tailor in Charlottesville, Virginia at the start of the Bitcoin craze. Since then, he's fallen deeper into the world of cryptography, peer-to-peer networking, and distributed programming. Coogan has committed on the Go-Ethereum client codebase—one of the main blockchain networking programs—and develops blockchain curricula ranging from beginner to advanced.

  • Gregor Žavcer
  • Bio

CEO and Co-Founder @ Datafund, Founder of Fair Data Society 

Gregor has broad experience in product, web and business development. He has been an entrepreneur as well as a startup mentor and advisor since 2005.

Gregor has broad experience in product, web and business development. He has been an entrepreneur as well as a startup mentor and advisor since 2005. In his bachelor thesis he was already studying decentralized business models and has been active in the Blockchain space since 2014. In 2017, he cofounded his new project Datafund with the mission to be an enabler for a fair data society.

  • John Peurifoy
  • Bio

Co-Founder @ Floating Point Group

John uses techniques from experimental physics and numerical analysis to solve hard problems in financial infrastructure and algorithms. He currently works on democratizing the cryptocurrency financial industry.

John was late to the digital asset world, but his interest in finance dates back to his first days at MIT. There, he first created an algorithmic trading platform that would allow anyone to run high-frequency trading strategies. John studied physics and electrical engineering, and comes from a strong background in machine learning and molecular physics. Favorite blockchain project: DAO, if security was done correctly.

  • David Noble
  • Bio

Director @ The Werth Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

David is a serial entrepreneur, educator, and a steward of  both innovation and disruption

David Noble is a faculty member in the UCONN School of Business. David teaches courses on technology innovation and entrepreneurship. He was appointed the inaugural Director of the Werth Institute in January 2018, previously he served as the co-director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Consortium and the xCITE Conference. David is an active mentor at UConn, and has recently founded the Blockchain Technology & Organizations Research Symposium.

Prior to UConn, David was a securities and corporate finance attorney, with experience representing startups from formation through the IPO process. He has extensive non-profit board experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama, a J.D. from the University of Miami, a M.B.A. from the Elon University, and B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

  • Bennett Moore
  • Bio

Digital Management Consulting @ RSM 

Bennett Moore is one of RSM’s National Lead Digital Asset Technical Resources and a senior associate in RSM’s Blockchain and Digital Asset Management Consulting Practice.

Bennett Moore is one of RSM’s National Lead Digital Asset Technical Resources and a senior associate in RSM’s Blockchain
and Digital Asset Management Consulting Practice where he is involved in the creation of integrated client teams across all
LOBs to address multi-dimensional client needs, the education of the firm on digital assets and their impacts to our clients and
our firm, and consulting on complex technical projects related the use of digital assets.

  • Jeff Marinstein
  • Bio

Founding Principal @ Marinstein & Company

Marinstein and Co., is a management advisory focused on strategy at the intersection of business and technology and an author of the blog Blockchain for Grownups.

Jeff is the Founding Principal of Marinstein and Co., a management advisory focused on strategy at the intersection of business and technology and an author of the blog Blockchain for Grownups. He is an Instructor-in-Residence at the UConn School of Business. Jeff spent 18 years at IBM as the global head of strategy and M&A for a $1.5B technology services business. He was the founder of Contingency Planning Research, a research and advisory firm specializing in risk management and IT strategy.

  • Wesley Jamieson
  • Bio

Associate, Management Consulting @ RSM US LLP

Wesley is one of RSM’s National Lead Blockchain Technical Resources and an associate in RSM’s Blockchain and Digital Asset Management Consulting Practice. 

Wes Jamieson is one of RSM’s National Lead Blockchain Technical Resources and an associate in RSM’s Blockchain and Digital Asset Management Consulting Practice. Wes is involved in the creation of integrated client teams across all lines of business to address multi-dimensional client needs, the education of the firm on blockchain systems and their impacts to our clients and our firm. He has provided tax-consulting services on digital asset taxation compliance considerations to high net worth individuals, cryptocurrency exchanges, investment companies, and hard forked blockchains.  

  • Joshua Frank
  • Bio

Founder @ The TIE 

After Graduating from McGill University, Joshua began his career working at SS&C Technologies in post-trade settlement technology.

After Graduating from McGill University, Joshua began his career working at SS&C Technologies in post-trade settlement technology. Identifying a lack of trusted and transparent data and technology for cryptocurrency, Joshua decided to leave his role at SS&C to build The TIE full-time in March of 2018. The TIE provides data, analytics, order-routing, and financial management tools to enable traders to make faster and smarter decisions and enterprises to overcome technological and regulatory challenges.

  • Vijay Rathna
  • Bio

Director of Enterprise Applications @ Chateux Software

Vijay has had vast experience in leading global teams to deliver production-ready blockchain solutions using Hyperledger Fabric. At Chateaux, he has played the role of architecting blockchain solutions for Energy, Media, and Financial Service Clients. 

 

Vijay has had vast experience in leading global teams to deliver production-ready blockchain solutions using Hyperledger Fabric. At Chateaux, he has played the role of architecting blockchain solutions for Energy, Media, and Financial Service Clients. 

As passionate programmer, he has been creating solutions with cutting edge technologies for the past 15 years. He has been working on blockchain technologies since 2012 and trained on Hyperledger with the Fabric team at IBM Hursley-UK.  

Previously, Mr. Rathna worked at Scientific Games creating and leading teams to build award-winning products. His areas of expertise are Blockchain Solutions, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Before working at Scientific Games, he was the technology head of a startup in Bangalore, India. A constant learner, Mr. Rathna is pursuing his Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University, New York.



  • Scott Gralnick
  • Bio

Scott Gralnick, Co Founder of Portis

Scott Gralnick - co-founder & CBOPublished author turned entrepreneur Scott started his first software company in 2011 when apps were just becoming popular.From creating software companies to consulting with a focus on raising capital, branding, and post customer success, Scott has always been focused on the human aspect of interpersonal communication.

BIO Scott Gralnick - co-founder & CBOPublished author turned entrepreneur Scott started his first software company in 2011 when apps were just becoming popular.From creating software companies to consulting with a focus on raising capital, branding, and post customer success, Scott has always been focused on the human aspect of interpersonal communication. In early 2017 Scott focused his time in early-stage investing into blockchain companies. Scott lives and breaths to solve problems through human connection, and Portis has become the perfect place to do that.

  • Jesse Karasin
  • Bio

Jesse Karasin, Sr Consultant @ Synpulse Management Consulting 

Jesse currently works for Synpulse, a global management consulting firm specializing in financial services. Jesse works closely with fintechs in order to improve processes and innovate at large organizations. Jesse is also part of the global security token offerings team, building awareness of the benefits that come along with tokenizing private assets.

Jesse currently works for Synpulse, a global management consulting firm specializing in financial services. Jesse works closely with fintechs in order to improve processes and innovate at large organizations. Jesse is also part of the global security token offerings team, building awareness of the benefits that come along with tokenizing private assets.

 

Previously Jesse worked as a consultant to multiple entrepreneurs focusing on strategy, structuring buyouts, and raising different forms of capital. Before that he was as an equities trader and has received his MBA from Baruch College in NYC.

 

  • Wilson Withiam
  • Bio

Wilson Withiam, Research Analyst @ Circle

  • Cameron Bale
  • Bio

UX and Product Designer @ NFT.Kred

Cameron is focused on bridging the gap between decentralized apps and traditional social web experiences. He is the co-founder and producer of NFT.NYC - The leading Non-Fungible Token event.

  • Debarghya Sengupta
  • Bio

Debarghya Sengupta, Director of Enterprise Architecture @ Connecticut Department of Administrative Services

Conference & Session Themes

8:00am - 9:00am

Conference opening, breakfast networking, and registration

9:00am - 10:00am

Morning Keynote: Preston Byrne “Free Speech Money: an update on the state of Bitcoin as a force for human liberation”

10:00- 11:00am

TOPIC: Institutional trading – The Tie and floating point group

TOPIC: ETHEREUM 101 Hands-On Exercises with Crypto and Smart Contracts

11:00am - 12:00pm

TOPIC: FACEBOOK LIBRA- Intro to Tokenization and Demo of Facebook’s cryptocurrency

SPEAKERAlex Atallah

TOPICOpen Sea

TOPIC: Chateaux Software – Hands-On Intro with Hyperldger

12:00pm - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00pm - 2:00pm

SPEAKERS

TOPIC: Research – Coinfund, Delphi Digital, tradeblock, Ar.ca

SPEAKER: Gregor Zavcer

TOPIC:​ Datafund.io

TOPIC:​ Smart Contracts- Best Practices: Security and Performance

2:00pm - 3:00pm

SPEAKERS: Stephen Inglis, Pei Chen, Jesse Karasin

TOPIC: STO Panel 

TOPIC:​ Public Privacy – ZCash & GC (onstage podcast)

TOPIC:​ Permissioned Blockchains

3:00pm - 4:00pm

SPEAKERS: Bennett Moore & Wes Jamieson

TOPIC: RSMUS

Speaker: Cameron Bale

TOPIC:​ What is an NFT & Real World Application

TOPIC:​ Mass Adoption of NFT Consumer Apps Panel

TOPIC: Jeff Marinstein

TOPIC:​ Blockchain: Disruptive Innovation is Coming Soon