Sofia Crypto Meetup #39 - The Naked Truth About DLT

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Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is considered a dirty word among the hard-line supporters of the global cryptocurrency experiment. DLT-based solutions are viewed as private and/or centralized, and thus, not really blockchains in the Bitcoin sense of the word. If blockchain platforms are not decentralized, open, censorship-resistant, and immutable, what advantage can they possibly have?

Enterprises have some ideas in this respect. They are not interested in mixing decentralization, security and game-theory to create new types of applications and governance models. They are focused on solving their own problems and keeping or improving their position vis-à-vis their competitors. It's all "business as usual". There is nothing wrong with that. If a problem could be solved with blockchain-like technology – why not give it a try?

The guys from R3 [https://www.r3.com/] are definitely “giving it a try”. They are building up an image especially tailored to corporates – “A blockchain platform built for business and longevity.” R3 is an enterprise blockchain software firm working with a broad ecosystem of more than 300 participants across multiple industries. They develop Corda, an open source blockchain platform, and Corda Enterprise, a commercial version of Corda for enterprise usage.

One of these 300 participants include INDUSTRIA [https://www.industria.tech/], a global consultancy and development firm which focuses on DLT development on top of the two Corda platforms.

For this edition of SCM, we have invited the INDUSTRIA team to share their experience in developing various DLT solutions for clients from different industries. Maybe Hristo, Petko and Kalina will also help us change our perspectives on DLT and revise the “truths” about DLT that we have already established in our minds.

Here is the agenda:
19:40 – The biggest news in June – by Vladislav Dramaliev
19:55 – Document and process management on DLT, by Hristo Gatsinski, INDUSTRIA
20:10 – Asset tokenisation on DLT, Petko Karamotchev, INDUSTRIA
20:25 – The importance of User Experience in DLT, by Kalina Dimova
20:40 – Q&A Session

More information about the speakers:

Petko Karamotchev
One of the founders of the R3-partner enterprise blockchain/DLT solutions provider INDUSTRIA.tech. Holds degrees from University of Portsmouth, UK and Cotrugli Business School, Croatia. Member of the British Blockchain Association and the Nordic Blockchain Association. An advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain in London and a liaison expert to the ISO/TC 307 Committee on Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Founder Institute Mentor.

Kalina Dimova
User experience and visual lead with a focus on designing complex enterprise solutions for the Fintech industry. Kalina Dimova has more than 9 years of experience in almost every design discipline. Studied Sculpture at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia and Marmara University, Istanbul. Believes in cognitive design.

Hristo Gatsinski
Software developer with 2+ years of experience with DLT and Blockchain. Prior experience with Python and JavaScript. Corda certified since September 2018. Holds a software engineering degree acquired in the Technical University of Sofia. Participated in a series of hackathons organised by CBC and winner of a prize from Barclays DerivHack hackathon.

The refreshments are kindly provided by BitHope.org, while the video recording is possible thanks to æternity. Puzl Coworking will be once again hosting the meetup.

The presentation will be in English. There is no entrance fee or need to register.

Get out of your Bitcoin-maximalist mind-frame and meet DLT.