Hyperledger Meetup at MaRS

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Join our meetup to discuss all things Hyperledger! Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org.

If you can't imagine a blockchain world outside of Bitcoin or Ethereum, then this is not the event for you. What we will NOT cover at the meetup: ICO's, anything bitcoin or crypto-currency related, high-level / fluffy marketing stuff from people who don't know what they're talking about.

What makes our meetups unique? We talk about real world Hyperledger blockchain use cases, feature knowledgeable technical speakers, and encourage the community to share ideas and learn together. Hope you can join us!

Agenda:

6:00pm: Pizza & Drinks
6:15pm-6:20pm: Welcome (Mei Burgin / Osh Momoh @MaRS)
6:20-6:45pm: How Fairom has integrated Hyperledger into a Fintech software offering (Ajay Singh, Founder @Fairom, and Lee Bowie, Technical Evangelist @IBM)
6:45pm-7:15pm: Agricultural Supply Chain Platform (Rory O'Sullivan, Founder/CEO & Ruairi Hanafin, Co-Founder & Chief Blockchain Architect @GrainDiscovery)
7:15pm-7:45pm: Authentication for Fun and Profit (Matt Rappard, Chief Technologist and Developer @ 3Lefts)
7:45pm-8:05pm: Credential Verification Solution (Erik Simins, CEO @BlockAble Inc)
8:05pm onward: Networking

* Let us know if you have a Hyperledger project you'd like to share! This is great way to get feedback from the community. Each person will have 10 minutes to share, no slides required.

Speaker Bios (more to be added):

Lee Bowie is a Technology Evangelist at IBM, and has decades of experience as a software developer and IT architect in the public and private sectors. He has also been a DevOps Coach in IBM Labs, worked as a Cloud Advisor as part of an elite global team of consultants and now is a Technology Evangelist helping startups exploit the Cloud and grow their business.He is a podcaster and rock star to about 10 people as singer, songwriter, guitarist in The Lee Bowie Band.

Ajay Singh is founder & CEO of Fairom, a distributed ledger technology firm with applications to capital markets. Prior to launching Fairom, Ajay worked as a Risk Manager/Quantitative Analyst at Polar Asset Management Partners, a Toronto based hedge fund. Ajay also received a doctorate in physics for his research in String Theory performed in residence at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

RORY O'SULLIVAN, Founder/CEO @GrainDiscovery
Has held a diverse range of roles in the agricultural commodity space over the past 18 years, from unloading trucks at the local grain elevator to running a profitable commodity trading book at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
Travelling and witnessing inefficiencies and opaque supply chains cemented his vision for Grain Discovery. Studied Agricultural Science at University of Melbourne.

RUAIRI HANAFIN, Co-Founder & Chief Blockchain Architect @GrainDiscovery
Is a long time blockchain advocate and sees its potential in increasing social fairness and greater financial inclusion- particularly in rural regions. Has held positions in quantitative investments, researched alpha strategies, and founded
the blockchain group at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). PhD in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Matt Rappard is CTO and developer at Three Lefts. A graduate of Ryerson University, he started his career in media production while working at major networks including CBC and Corus but always felt the pull into interactive development. He pivoted to the development and production of interactive content for YTV, W Network, CBC Television, and BlackBerry through Loopmedia. He used theses skills in this emerging field as a Special Effects Director and to lead the Interactive Development department at Loopmedia. He then branched out with Romeo Ware to found Three Lefts, where he is the lead developer and technical strategist of Three Lefts technology and solutions.

Erik Simins
Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Erik worked as a top executive in both technology and pharmaceutical industries. Recognizing a massive gap in the human resource function within these businesses, he founded MAGNUS Personnel Corporation in 2011 to solve the staffing challenges of clients such as Amazon, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson and 150 others ranging from Fortune 100 businesses to technology, biotech and medical device start-ups. In 2017, Erik founded BlockAble with concise focus to alleviate these inefficiencies by redefining the entire process by empowering professionals with a platform to build a new form of digital resume that is 100% authenticated by credentialing institutions, previous employers and governing agencies.