The Blockchain Workbench talk

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The word “Blockchain” seems to be everywhere and yet almost no one has experienced the technology unless you’ve traded Bitcoin. In this session, we will discuss Azure Blockchain Workbench and where we think it works well. As well as places that it likely won’t fit. We’ll also discuss the ways in which Microsoft is working to make blockchains easier to deploy and manage.

Speakers:
> Paul Edlund - Concept overview and adoption
> Mark Rentmeester & Min Maung - Development process deep dive

Paul Edlund:
Paul is the Chief Technologist for Microsoft’s central regional business. In his role, he focuses on applying Microsoft’s long term Research & Development to their enterprise customers.
In addition, he guides customers through Microsoft’s overall cyber security strategy. His desire is to help people navigate intersection of business and technology. Paul started with Microsoft in 2007 as
a Technology Strategist and more recently, was the Director of Microsoft’s Core Infrastructure business in Microsoft’s Midwest District. Throughout his career, he’s been a passionate advocate for
making technology applicable and understandable for everyone. He’s known for his passion, strong technical acumen and thoughtful approach to customer interactions.

Mark Rentmeester:
Mark has 20 years of leadership experience in software development teams designing and implementing business solutions for Windows Server and Microsoft Azure cloud platform environments as a solution architect, technical lead, and consulting practice lead.

He has extensive experience in Microsoft technologies and agile processes to deliver applications with integration across systems for mid to large enterprises in a variety of industries. Mark’s recent work includes a mix of emerging technology projects involving AI, Machine Learning, IoT, and blockchain.

Min Maung:
Name a new technology that Min isn’t interested in. Min has developed on all platforms from Blockchain to IoT devices, not to mention multi-platform mobile development. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development. Of course, that also means that he has had countless smartphones and devices. Being technologically agnostic, he does not stop tinkering with mobile platforms like Android, he creates his own personal microcontrollers for robotics projects. When he’s not coding, he’s building robots. When he’s not adding more robots to his robot army, you will see him speaking at conferences such as That Conference and CodeMash. Monday through Friday, you’ll find him at Concurrency, architecting IoT, Cloud, and Blockchain solutions.

Agenda:
6:00 PM: Refreshments and networking hour
7:00 PM: The Blockchain Workbench talk
8:30 PM: Q&A and wrap-up

Event sponsor: Concurrency, Inc.

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