State of Blockchain 2016: Where Do We Go From Here?
Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
During 2015, the buzz around ‘blockchains and distributed ledgers’ eclipsed the previous hype around bitcoin and cryptocurrencies with many incumbent technology and financial services companies jumping on the ‘blockchain’ bandwagon alongside fintech start-ups. As 2016 looks to be a year when actual building begins, who is building what? How are different blockchains and distributed ledgers developing? And what requirements are needed to take the emerging technologies to the next level, including smart contract adoption, payments, identity management, etc.
Dir of Enterprise Business Dev & Strategy
Co-Founder - ConsenSys Enterprise
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS investment bank in equities analys...Show the rest
Co-Founder - ConsenSys Enterprise
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.
Andrew’s role at ConsenSys is a multi-faceted approach to enterprise business development, communications, and strategy.Hide the rest
Carol Van Cleef
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
CRO/COO & Founding Exec
The Linux Foundation
Mike Woster is the Chief Revenue Officer and a Founding Executive of the $65 million Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation is host to dozens of open source projects spanning tens of thousands of c...Show the rest
Mike Woster is the Chief Revenue Officer and a Founding Executive of the $65 million Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation is host to dozens of open source projects spanning tens of thousands of community developers and over 650 corporate members across all areas of technology. The Linux Foundation takes the collaborative DNA of Linux, the largest and most successful collaboratively developed software in history, to other industries and markets and builds developer ecosystems around disruptive open source technologies.
Corporate members include IBM, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Docker, Github, Oracle, HP, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Fujitsu, NEC, Huawei, Cisco.
Mr. Woster and his team have been the engine for growth and sustainability at The Linux Foundation. He has developed a unique strategy to expand the foundation beyond the Linux kernel to become a high growth business that provides strategic advice and networking for businesses wanting to leverage open source, builds ecosystems for developers and corporations around disruptive open source technologies, and delivers open source training and certification. He maintains strong relationships with a vast network of technology thought leaders and C-suite executives at the hottest tech startups and Fortune 100s.
Mr. Woster built and operated the Collaborative Projects, Training, and IT services business units, oversaw finance and operations, and hired much of the executive team to scale the business.
Notable industry initiatives Mr. Woster helped launch include Node.js Foundation, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Native Compute Foundation, Cloud Foundary Foundation, R Consortium, OpenDaylight, AllSeen Alliance, and DroneCode Project.
Mr. Woster earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science and Honors Engineering from Texas A&M University.Hide the rest
Exec Dir Group Digitization Lead
Sandra Ro is Executive Director, Group Digitization Lead at CME Group. She is responsible for leading efforts around nascent digital technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies for CME Group....Show the rest
Sandra Ro is Executive Director, Group Digitization Lead at CME Group. She is responsible for leading efforts around nascent digital technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies for CME Group. Formerly, she was the Global Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) and Metals Research and Product Development at CME Group based in London. She was responsible for the development of FX and precious, base, ferrous metals solutions within listed and cleared OTC products, as well as CME Europe, a new London exchange, launched in April 2014.
Ro brings her client advisory, structuring and trade execution experience in OTC FX forwards, options, and exotic structures to CME Group. Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Ro led the EMEA FX and interest rates mergers & acquisitions advisory group in connection with hedging derivatives in large cross border transactions, as well as in IPOs, bond issuances, and special situations at Morgan Stanley London.
Before that, Ro worked at Deutsche Bank as a FX structurer on the London trading floor, providing hedging solutions for corporates as well as REITs and private equity clients.
Currently, Ro sits on the Board of the Yale Alumni Fund (YAF), elected to the Executive Committee for 2015-2016, and the Leadership Giving Committee. In addition, she sits on the Policy Committee of the Foreign Exchange Professional Association (FXPA), the RMB USA Working Group created by Michael Bloomberg - Operating Models subcommittee, is a core founding member of the Post Distributed Ledger (PTDL) and co-Lead of the Regulatory Working Group, FIX Protocol Digital Currency and Blockchain Working Group, and several other industry groups.
Ro holds a M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School and a double B.A. Degree in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University. Her senior thesis was on the Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weaponry in the 20th century.Hide the rest