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Blockchain Use Cases, Regulations, Strategy: Finance, IoT

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    5:30 - Doors open. Networking.

    6:15 - Welcome remarks by Keith Berry of Moody's Analytics.

    6:25 - Introduction Talk by Oleg Abdrashitov, Event Host

    6:35 - Talk #1. Industry Use Cases for Blockchain: Finance, Legal, Supply Chain, IoT, by Bruce Weed of IBM

    7:00 - Q&A break.

    7:10 - Talk #2. Introduction to Iroha Project, Accepted Under Hyperledger Umbrella, by Makoto Tokemiya of Soramitsu

    7:25 - Q&A break.

    7:30 - Fireside Chat. Blockchain Use Cases, Adoption Strategy and Regulations, with Oleg Abdrashitov of Altoros, Susan Ramonat of SEI Investments, Fredrik Voss of Nasdaq, Usha Krishnan of ChainGenie, and Fahad Chowdhury 

    8:15 - Q&A break and wrap-up.


    5:30 - Doors open. Refreshments and drinks.Networking. Members meet each other.

    6:15 - Welcome remarks by Keith Berry, Executive Director of Emerging Businesses at Moody's Analytics.

    Keith Berry is responsible for Moody’s Analytics Emerging Business Unit, based in New York. The Emerging Business Unit aims to identify, research and develop new business opportunities for Moody’s Analytics that are enabled by technology innovation. 

    Prior to this role, Keith held several key positions in MA in both the technology and product areas. Prior to joining Moody’s, Keith worked as a software engineer and software architect for Barclays Global Investors (now part of BlackRock) for ten years. Keith holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Durham University in the UK. 

    6:25 - Introduction Talk by Oleg Abdrashitov, Event Host

    Oleg Abdrashitov heads the Blockchain Practice at Altoros and the Requirements Working Group at Hyperledger.

    Oleg's career spans 19 years in software development for the financial services companies. He has built systems supporting high frequency trading, middle office and online exchanges.

    Oleg has worked at top investment banks, hedge funds and has founded startups and consultancies. He is currently engaged by clients in finance and insurance to train engineers and architect solutions on blockchain.

    6:35 - Talk #1. Industry Use Cases for Blockchain: Finance, Legal, Supply Chain, IoT


    Bruce Weed, Program Director, Startups & Developers (Watson/AI, IoT, Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud) at IBM

    Bruce Weed is the IBM global program director of Watson and big data ecosystem development, and is part of the IBM Software Group. Bruce has extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing. 

    His additional skills and experience lie in product and brand management, operational strategy, IT strategy and software development. He is also a big data evangelist who keynotes at major conferences around the world. 

    7:00 - Q&A break.

    7:10 - Talk #2. Introduction to Iroha Project, Accepted Under Hyperledger Umbrella

    • using Iroha, C++ based permissioned ledger (which has been accepted as a Hyperledger project)

    • using digital identity service built on top of Iroha 

    • working with Iroha to develop new services or solutions


    Makoto Tokemiya, Co-CEO at Soramitsu

    Makoto Takemiya of Soramitsu is the initial Iroha project maintainer. Makoto will speak about this initiative that has been recently accepted into incubation status under Hyperledger. Originally developed by Hyperledger member company, Soramitsu, Iroha was inspired by the Fabric architecture and aims to provide a development environment where C++, web, and mobile application developers can contribute to the Hyperledger Project.

    Makoto is current PhD student of applied computer science at the University of Tokyo.

    7:25 - Q&A break.

    7:30 - Fireside Chat. Blockchain Use Cases, Adoption Strategy and Regulations

    Moderator: Oleg AbdrashitovHead of Blockchain Practice at Altoros and Leader of Requirements Working Group at Hyperledger


    • Susan Ramonat, Blockchain Lead and Chief Risk Officer at SEI Investments, CEO at Spiritus Partners 

    Always driven to provide over the horizon leadership, Susan Ramonat brings over 25 years of executive experience on Wall Street and in banking. Susan established the Blockchain program strategy for a leading technology service provider to global wealth and investment managers. 

    She speaks frequently about Blockchain, cybersecurity and operational resilience for audiences ranging from healthcare, financial services, and other critical infrastructure industries to academic researchers and government agencies in the US and UK. 

    • Fredrik Voss, Vice President, Blockchain Strategy at Nasdaq

    Fredrik is heading up the strategic dimension of Nasdaq's blockchain innovation initiative. He is advising the C-suite on corporate objectives and strategies for Nasdaq's activities in the blockchain space. Fredrik is responsible for implementation and communication of approved strategies.

    • Fahad Chowdhury, Financial Service Executive 

    • Usha Krishnan, Founder at, Blockchain Consultant at Sensei consultancy

    Usha Krishnan has over 20 years of experience working in organizations that range in size and complexity from medium size businesses to a Fortune 10 corporation, in sectors that include information technology, heavy machinery, and insurance.

    She helps organizations understand how, why and where blockchain solutions should be deployed. And more importantly, how can an organization exploit the blockchain and other emerging technologies to drive up competitive advantage. 

    8:15 - Q&A break and wrap-up.

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    Thank you for registering on EVENTBRITE with your First and Last name!

    Big Thanks to Moody’s Analytics for providing the venue and sponsoring food and drinks for the meetup!

    Moody’s Analytics offers award-winning solutions and best practices for measuring and managing risk. As an essential provider of data, financial modeling, analytical software, and specialized expertise, we deliver comprehensive credit risk capabilities to the financial community worldwide. Our deep experience in credit risk management and banking, combined with innovative and cutting-edge technology, allows us to assist customers in unique and insightful ways.

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  • Renat

    Hi all, please do not RSVP here, just use Eventbrite to save your spot:

    We will not include RSVPs with meetup nicknames because the security at the venue need your full first and last name as on ID. Please RSVP on Evenbrite, and remember to have the ID with you!

    November 23

  • Renat

    Folks, we ask you to register with the full name, as on your ID. We have to send a proper list of guests with first and last names to the venue. To make sure you are on the list, please RSVP here:

    Please remember to have your valid ID with you to show to the security.

    Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience!

    November 11

  • Renat

    Hi all, We are glad to announce the venue for the meetup, Moody's Analytics are kind enough to provide a big room and some food and drinks for the group. Please note that the confirmed date is December 6th! Sorry for the changes, there will be no meetup on November 30th.

    Stay tuned, we will update the agenda shortly to add good speakers!

    November 11

  • Sarah F.

    Renat just sent you an message. I believe I have a host and sponsor for you

    November 8

  • Renat

    Hi all, sorry, there will be no meetup tonight, the date was not confirmed. We are working to confirm the speakers and the new venue sponsor. Sorry for any inconvenience!

    November 8

  • John W.

    Hi all,

    Just joined the group and was thinking of attending this one tomorrow night (November 8th).
    Just want to confirm the address, it says TBD above.

    Is it at SAPIENT - 40 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 ??



    2 · November 7

    • mohamoud e.

      I thought the address was 224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222. I just clicked the map button for the address

      November 7

    • Renat

      Sorry folks! No meetup tonight, we are still confirming the date with another company to host the event end November or early December.

      November 8

  • Mark S.

    Anybody know what the story is for tomorrow's event?

    November 7

    • Renat

      Mark, there will be no meetup tonight, sorry for the confusion! We will let you know as soon as the new date is confirmed!

      November 8

  • Renat

    Hi all, sorry, the date was not confirmed, so there will be no meeting on November 8th! We are still in talks with speakers and venue hosts, and will try confirm the event as soon as we can! Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience.

    November 8

  • Sean

    Can an organizer please respond with the date and location for tomorrow?

    November 7

  • Ivy S.


    1 · November 5

  • Cristina D.

    We have an amazing Blockchain event on Nov 16 at 5:30 - the MIT EF NYC is hosting reception and panel for Blockchain - Smart Contracts - Turning Traditional Transactional Business models inside out - with a panel of industry leaders:

    Andy Lippman, MIT Media Lab, Todd McDonald Co-Founder and COO R3, Sharul Kfir CTO Digital Asset, Rob Palatnick, Managing Director & Chief Technology Architect, DTCC and Pramod Achanta, Partner Financial Services Blockchain Practice Leader, IBM


    October 18

  • Eddie C.

    Hi folks, this Thursday there is a presentation on HyperLedger on IBM mainframes z/VM platform. The presentation is 12PM -1pm EST.
    Title: Overview of Blockchain Concepts, Use Cases, and z Systems Exploitation AbstractThis presentation gives an overview of the Blockchain concepts. It describes the Hyperledger blockchain project and how it is different from bitcoin. Industry use cases will be shown. It also highlights the capabilities integrated into IBM z Systems that enable stronger security and higher performance.Speaker Bio:Nin Lei is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for Business Analytics in IBM Systems. He is responsible for driving systems growth into the business analytics segment by advancing assets into business solutions that meet worldwide customer needs. when Thu Oct 20,[masked]pm – 5pm (UTC) Where[masked],,,206580

    October 18

  • Natalia

    Folks, no meetup tonight, sorry! Please make sure you are not coming to Sapient this evening :) We postponed to November, and will let you know any updates soon!

    October 18

  • Solomon L.

    Hey everyone, There's a free Ethereum workshop every Mon night in Brooklyn. Come join us tonight to hear Karl Floersch of ConsenSys talk about his economic model for Dapp development.

    It will be light on coding tonight, so this is a good one to jump into if you have no programming experience.

    October 17

  • Renat

    Dear all, we will meet in November! There will be no meetup on October 18th that was a tentative date. Please bear with us, we will soon confirm the date for November.

    October 17

  • Brooks D.

    Has a location been set for this meet-up?

    October 17

    • Renat

      Hi Brooks, Sapient Global Markets will host this meetup, we will confirm the date soon.

      October 17

  • ahsan f.

    Would you like to do it in PRINCETON LIBRARY. I can get an Auditorium Reserved!!!

    October 6

    • Renat

      Hi Ahsan, many thanks for your offer! We cooperate with Sapient Global Markets who are kindly providing the space for the meetups. We are just looking to set the date. Thank you anyway!

      October 17

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