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Blockchain for Internet of Things and Trade Finance

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5:45 - Doors open. Networking. Members meet each other.

6:30 - Welcome. Talk #1. IBM: Blockchain experiments in Trade Finance


Simon Stone, Software Engineer at IBM

Thomas Appleyard, Blockchain Software Engineer at IBM

7:00 Talk #2. Skuchain Brackets: Blockchain Technology for Collaborative Commerce


Srinivasan Sriram, CEO at Skuchain

Sabby Nachiyaar, Head of Operation at Skuchain

7:30 Talk #3. Z/Yen: Mutual Distributed Ledger in Trade finance


Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

8:00 - Talk #4. Gemalto: Technical challenges behind the scene around IoT, Supply chain and Blockchain


Joseph Pindar, Director of Product Strategy at Gemalto

8:30 - Panel Discussion: Blockchain for IoT and Trade Finance

Moderator: Yiseul Cho, meetup co-organiser


Simon Stone, Software Engineer at IBM

Thomas Appleyard, Blockchain Software Engineer at IBM

Srinivasan Sriram, CEO at Skuchain

Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

Joseph Pindar, Director of Product Strategy at Gemalto

9:00 - Wrap-up & Closing

Simon Stone

Simon is a solution architect in the IBM Blockchain Solutions team based in Hursley, where he is currently focusing on designing new products and services built on top of the Hyperledger fabric. Prior to this, he was a senior engineer in the IBM Integration Bus development team, working on IBMs leading integration product.

Tom Appleyard

Tom is part of IBM's London Bluemix Garage where he works with IBM clients interested in Blockchain technology, running education sessions and design thinking workshops to create and prototype ideas for Blockchain applications. Prior to this he was part of IBM's API Testing DevOps team and has an academic background in Artificial Intelligence.

Srinivasan Sriram

Srinivasan is founder and CEO at Skuchain since 2014, and also board member of Blockchain University based in Mountain View, CA.

Skuchain applies the cryptographic principles developed in the Bitcoin network to security and visibility for the global supply chain. As goods travel from manufacturers to distributors to consumers, the crucial electronic information of what the item is and where it came from becomes disconnected from the SKU itself. A blockchain offers a universal, secure ledger by which SKUs can attest to digitally to their orgins and attributes. Skuchain is building a system of next generation identifiers in the form of both barcodes and RFID tags to digitally secure the transfer of goods across the entire global economy. While most anti counterfeiting systems rely on copy restistant labels, holograms etc., skuchain relies on the uncopyable nature of a blockchain ledger to solve the problem of supply chain integrity Skuchain's system will provide cryptographic proof of each SKU's origin, supply chain than can be verified all the way to the point of consumption.

Sabby Nachiyaar

Sabby is Head of Operations at Skuchain since this March. As a highly adaptable, results oriented Operations leader with 17+ years of industry experience, Sabby has a proven track record of fueling organizational growth across multiple disciplines by building high impact teams focused on execution excellence.

She leads CIO and CEO facing strategic transformation programs where I leverage a strong operations background, technology, and the knowledge of staffing supply chain models to bring change, scale efficiency, cost savings and revenue growth. I am skilled at leading cross-functional, cross-cultural, global teams and bringing resolution to complex business issues by liaising with clients, suppliers and resources to deliver the right strategic and tactical solutions.

Michael Mainelli

A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. He co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology after a career as a research scientist in aerospace & cartography creating the first commercial digital maps of the world, then accountancy-firm partner and director of Ministry of Defence research.

He has led Z/Yen from creating mutual distributed ledgers (aka blockchain technology) through Taskforce 2000, the Financial £aboratory, Long Finance, the Global Financial Centres Index and the Global Intellectual Property Index. He is an Alderman of the City of London, Emeritus Professor & Trustee at Gresham College, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, and trustee of a several charities.

He has written numerous academic papers and his third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. Michael has been researching MDLs for over two decades and implemented several applications in areas such as clinical trials and insurance. He was BCS IT Director of the Year in 2005 for his work on predictive analytics.

Joseph Pindar

Joseph, director of Product Strategy, focusses on security and data protection, working in the Office of the CTO – part of Gemalto’s Data Protection business (formerly SafeNet). My days are spent building and communicating situational awareness to product managers and engineering leaders. I assist in formulating roadmaps and prioritizing development to align with market trends, and work across Gemalto to create go to market plans. Currently, he's focusing on IoT and Blockchain -- security issues around current IoT technology, where the current IoT tech should go and potential implications with Blockchain technology working with IBM Austin team.

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