The Hyperledger Greenhouse

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90 Park Ave

90 Park Ave · New York, NY

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PwC Offices | 9th Floor **Please bring ID**

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Join us for the Hyperledger NYC Meetup on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the PwC Offices located on the 9th Floor of 90 Park Ave. Leaders from the Hyperledger team will introduce our projects and guide you through how to get involved contributing code, utilizing Hyperledger tools, joining our working groups and more. We will also have representatives from each framework discussing the design intent and core features of the projects. There will also be a breakout session for deeper discussion with the speakers and networking with the community.

Thank you to PwC ( for providing space and refreshments for this event.

6:00-6:20 Networking
6:20-6:25 PwC Welcome: Kris Kersey & Jennifer Hanania
6:25-6:40 Hyperledger Introduction: Silona Bonewald
6:40-7:30 Lighting Talks from Hyperledger experts:

* Hyperledger Sawtooth/Grid/Ursa: Silona Bonewald
* Hyperledger Iroha: Ales Zivkovic
* Hyperledger Indy: Sean Bohan
* Hyperledger Aries: Drummond Reed
* Hyperledger Burrow: Casey Kuhlman
* Hyperledger Fabric: Swetha Repakula

7:30-8:00 Breakout into separate groups for Q&A

Speaker Bios

Silona Bonewald, VP of Community Architecture, Hyperledger. Silona Bonewald is responsible for facilitating the creation of the community meta-patterns and processes that a global organization like Hyperledger requires. Silona has been involved in Open Source Communities for over 14 years where she helped four companies transition from proprietary to open source. Most recently, she lead the InnerSource efforts at PayPal.

Swetha Repakula, Open Source Contributor, IBM Open Technology
Swetha Repakulais a software engineer working in IBM’s Open Technologies division. Since late 2017, she has been working on Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain platform on its EVM integration. Previously she was a full-time open source contributor for Cloud Foundry.

Sean Bohan has been connecting the dots between the Future, Technology and the Individual for the last 24+ years. Previously was product manager for Hyperledger Indy, advised IEEE on privacy/personal data for the Ethics in Autonomous Systems (AI) working group and lead strategy and business development for a business unit of Mozilla’s dedicated to publisher sustainability and privacy.

Drummond Reed joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym acquired Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework. Drummond is a Trustee and Secretary of the Sovrin Foundation, where he serves as chair of the Sovrin Governance Framework Working Group. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange. In 2002 he received the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was cited as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.

Dr. Ales Zivkovic is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Soramitsu Labs and is a part time instructor at Penn State University. Ales is responsible for the contributions to the Hyperledger Iroha and several large-scale blockchain projects including retail payment system for central banks, D3Ledger - Infrastructure for Servicing Digital Assets and, a decentralized autonomous economy (DAE). Before joining Soramitsu Labs, Ales was the Innovation Officer at Nova KBM, the second largest bank in Slovenia.

Casey Kuhlman is the CEO of Monax a blockchain-based contract management system for small businesses. Prior to co-founding Monax, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and is an avid participant in open source software development.