The Future of Blockchain

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What is cryptocurrency? What is blockchain?

We'll be featuring a panel of cryptocurrency experts who will discuss the future of a non physical currency and it's effect on a physical market.


Hannah Rosenberg ( is a web developer, economist and entrepreneur with a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a passion for monetary theory and alternative currencies, and became an early cryptocurrency adopter and enthusiast in 2012. In 2014, she was among the first to be Certified as a Bitcoin Professional by C4, the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium. She is the founder of Velas Commerce (, a Blockchain training and consultancy business, and is the organizer of the Chicago Bitcoin and Open Blockchain Meetup ( (, or @hmichellerose (


Daniel Mason ( is VP of Business Development at Springcoin and the former co-founder and CEO at Elemetric ( Daniel has experience leveraging data to build products and solve big problems, both within startups and large enterprises. Prior to Elemetric, Daniel was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Datascope Analytics (now the Data Science division of IDEO). Previous roles include Head of Data Science at VC-backed startup Belly and Senior Data Analytics Lead at enterprise software company Red Hat. Daniel holds a BS in Mathematical Business from Wake Forest University.

Dominic Tancredi ( has 17+ years of development with expertise in system architecture, database modeling, and developing web applications and 8+ years of mobile development for Android and iOS platforms. Dom has worked with enterprise clients such as Hearst Communications, Turner Broadcasting,, Bloomberg L.P. and The Children's Place as well as a host of startup clients on innovative digital products that cut the edge of the cutting-edge. He is a true craftsman at heart and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of quality in all of the work that Dom & Tom ( produces.

Dom prides himself on the growth & achievements of each one of his team members, and personally mentors developers in code, methodology, and best-practices. Because of this, he was rated as a 2017 Owler Top-Rated CEO. His motto “Do Good. Be Good.” has become the company’s motto and serves as the first two of our five Core Values. He enjoys Hackathons, helping developers on StackOverflow, and collaborating with clients on conceptualizing and building digital products for future. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago and has given presentations on digital development and innovation at multiple events including AOL Ventures, Pace University, Propeller Fest and done Oculus Rift demonstrations with the Downtown Alliance in Lower Manhattan.

Taylor Gerring ( is the founder of BLOCKCHAIN.WTF (, an online publication making it easy for the everyday person to understand and start using blockchain. After graduating with a BSBA in Management of Information Systems, Taylor deployed and managed a variety of systems for large enterprise environments before ultimately joining the blockchain industry in 2012. After working on the Hive cryptocurrency wallet, Taylor previously served on the Board of Directors for Ethereum Foundation and is currently an international speaker, educator, and blockchain consultant. @TaylorGerring

Conrad Barski ( is a medical doctor with a 14 year history in developing enterprise medical software at Wolters Kluwer Clinical Solutions, Conrad Barski has also authored multiple technical books ( ) and has been involved with blockchain technology since 2011. He is now CEO of Forward Blockchain (, focused on applying blockchain technology towards medical applications.

Linda N. Lee ( is a user-focused crypto evangelist with a mission to make encryption technologies widely adopted and easier to use. She works with the Zcash ( team to make Zcash more usable and evaluates third-party Zcash-related applications. She has a master's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on security and user research from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Tejas Shastry ( is the Vice President of Data Science at GreenKey Technologies ( Throughout his career, he has led research and development teams building machine learning algorithms across many industries, including finance, consumer electronics, materials research, and behavior recognition. At GreenKey, Shastry's team focuses on building the 'Alexa' of Wall Street by combining speech recognition and natural language processing for banks and brokerage firms, with an eye towards tailoring the resource-intensive machine learning process to flexible, distributed, and secure computing clusters.

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