Fighting for Fundamental Digital Rights

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Our long journey towards a Can’t Be Evil future has begun. Join the community that is fighting for fundamental digital rights. Come meet with developers, entrepreneurs, and other Blockstackers that want to help end data breaches, predatory ad models, and the commoditization & abuse of individuals' digital identities.

This meetup will be mainly focused on overviewing Blockstack for our new community members, and to catch up the existing community with new technical updates, our App Mining Program and other efforts we have going on.

7:00-7:10 - Introduction
7:10-7:30 - Blockstack Overview c/o Diwaker Gupta
7:30-7:40 - Open Q & A
7:40-7:55 - Blockstack Apps Demo
7:55-8:05 - Open Q & A
8:00-8:35 - Networking

Meet some of the Blockstack Team

Diwaker Gupta
Dr. Diwaker Gupta – Head of Engineering, Blockstack PBC
Diwaker Gupta is Blockstack PBC Head of Engineering. Diwaker joins us from Dropbox, where he spent 4 years in a variety of leadership roles across Engineering. Most recently, he led engineering for Intelligence at Dropbox — a group of 30+ engineers, PMs and designers — encompassing Search Infrastructure, Search Quality, Machine Learning, ML Platform and new product initiatives. During his tenure at Dropbox, Diwaker oversaw major infrastructure initiatives and product launches, including a new search engine for Dropbox. Before Dropbox, Diwaker was on the founding team at Maginatics, an enterprise storage startup building a next-generation cloud-native filesystem acquired by EMC in late 2014. Diwaker received his M.S and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2009, working with Amin Vahdat who is currently a Google Fellow. Diwaker’s research work has been cited more than 3,000 times and won numerous awards, including Best Paper in OSDI 2008, UCSD CSE Best Dissertation in 2009 and Middleware Test of Time in 2016.

Louise Ivan
Louise is the Community Partner at Blockstack. He is currently based in Amsterdam, where he previously worked with various tech-startups with expertise stemming from the intersection of the arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. Passionate towards the creative process, he spends his free time painting and surfing.

Kyran Burraston
Kyran is a User Interface Engineer working at Blockstack. Originally from Bristol, UK, he now lives in The Netherlands. Previously, he worked for a number of fintech startups building cryptocurrency and precious metal trading platforms.