• Collaborative AI Orchestration : Challenges and Opportunities

    Join us for this special Ocean Protocol meetup featuring distinguished industry guests sharing valuable insights into powerful AI/ML workflow tools followed by a lively panel discussion about how Ocean Protocol could be used to orchestrate innovative decentralized AI/ML workflows. We look forward to seeing you! Special thanks to Berchain and innogy Innovation Hub, who helped co-organize the event! https://berchain.com/ Speakers: Ben Goertzel, Founder, SingularityNET Atsushi Iishi, CEO, Couger Tak Lo, Partner, Zeroth Peter Wang, Co-founder & CTO, Anaconda Moderator: Dimitri De Jonghe, Head of Research, Ocean Protocol Schedule 19:00-19:10 Arrival & Welcome 19:10-19:30 Individual Speaker Presentations (each guest speaker will give a 5 minute lightning talk about their project and/or their favorite AI/ML workflow tool) 19:30-20:00 Panel Discussion hosted by Dimitri De Jonghe on “Collaborative AI Orchestration” 20:00-20:30 Drinks & Networking Speaker Bios Ben Goertzel, CEO, SingularityNET Dr. Ben Goertzel is the CEO of the decentralized AI network SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI platform company, and the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics. Dr. Goertzel also serves as Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society, the OpenCog Foundation, the Decentralized AI Alliance and the futurist nonprofit Humanity+. Dr. Goertzel is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence, a subfield of AI oriented toward creating thinking machines with general cognitive capability at the human level and beyond. He also has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics. Atsushi Ishii, CEO, Couger After being involved in the development of various services at IBM, Atsushi Ishii developed multiple large-scale search engines at Rakuten and Infoseek. He founded Couger and led the teams in Japan, US, and South Korea for developing multiple top-selling online games. He has also provided technical cooperation to one of the top teams for Amazon Robotics Challenge, provided AI learning simulator to Honda, and led the development of Cloud Robotics for a Japanese government-backed AI research project. Atsushi is currently leading the development of “Connectome” using AI, AR and Blockchain. Dimi De Jonghe, Head of Research, Ocean Protocol (PANEL MODERATOR) Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol. Tak Lo, Partner, Zeroth Tak Lo is creating startup leaders in Asia. He is a Partner at Zeroth, an AI-focused early stage funding program. Zeroth has invested in 34 companies. He pontificates at taklo.co and tweets at @tak_lo. Peter Wang, CTO, Anaconda Peter Wang is the cofounder and CTO of Anaconda, where he leads the product engineering team for the Anaconda platform and open source projects including Bokeh and Blaze. Peter has been developing commercial scientific computing and visualisation software for over 15 years and has software design and development experience across a broad variety of areas, including 3D graphics, geophysics, financial risk modelling, large data simulation and visualisation, and medical imaging. As a creator of the PyData conference, he also devotes time and energy to growing the Python data community by advocating, teaching, and speaking about Python at conferences worldwide. Note: We film meetups to share the learnings with our online community. If you do not want to be filmed, please reach out to us.

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  • Ocean Protocol Network and Token Launch

    Silicon Allee

    Let’s talk Tokenomics. Ocean Protocol is kick-starting a new Data Economy and this meetup is all about the Ocean Protocol token, Ocean Tokenomics, and the upcoming Ocean Protocol Network Launch. 18:45 Doors open, Beer & Pizza 19:00 Trent McConaghy with Jerry Pregelj, Marcus Jones, and Don Gossen - OCEAN PROTOCOL V1 PRODUCT RELEASE Abstract: Trent will give a sneak peek into Ocean Protocol’s upcoming V1 product release. He'll describe how AI/data science community will benefit from Ocean’s decentralised tools. Then, Jerry will demo the Commons Marketplace, and Marcus will demo Manta Ray Jupyter integration for data science. Trent and Don will conclude the session with a Q&A . Bio: Trent, Jerry, Marcus and Don are all working to build and ship the Ocean network. 19:35 Bruce Pon - OCEAN PROTOCOL TOKEN DISTRIBUTION Abstract: Details on the upcoming token launch and distribution of Ocean tokens, a utility token that binds and aligns all stakeholders around Ocean’s Data Economy. Presentation followed by Q&A. Bio: Bruce Pon is the co-founder of Ocean Protocol, BigchainDB and ascribe. Prior to working in blockchain, he helped to build a dozen banks around the globe. 20:00-20:30 Drinks & Networking

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  • Nature 2.0: Self-owned agents & resources with token incentives

    We’ve been busy and we want to update you on the next steps towards the Hackathon. Join us for our third and last Meetup. The events leading up to use case experimentation will focus on the development of building blocks for a new form of social paradigm called Nature 2.0 and to join us at our Nature 2.0 track at the world biggest Blockchain Hackathon: https://www.odyssey.org/odyssey-hackathon/? As always, refreshments and food are on us. Doors open at 6:30pm, we are starting at 7:00pm sharp. Pizza and beers on us! Dimitri De Jonghe | The Road to Nature2.0: Self-actualization Talk 1: From Human Enhancement Technologies to Nature Enhancement Technologies Clement Bihorel | Blockchain Reseacher Weeve & NBT AG Talk 2: Showcase: Real DAO’s Community Nave Rachman | Head of Business Development at DAOstack Talk 3: On Self-Sovereign Free-Range Algorithms Elad Verbin | Lead Scientist & Founding Partner at Berlin Innovation Ventures Talk 4: Autonomous Artificial Artist Gene Kogan | Researcher Sourcestone Nature 2.0 aims for an ownerless layer of natural resources and intelligent agents that promote sustainable public utilities in a world of abundance. Join us for our event series prior to the world biggest blockchain hackathon taking place in April 2019. In Nature 2.0 assets are no longer owned by companies or individuals. Therefore they are no longer constrained by the motives of their owners and can address a more commonly shared need in society. The decentralized nature of blockchains has bootstrapped the existence of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) which nobody fully controls.

  • Nature 2.0: Public data & AI networks for data commons

    For this meetup we are thrilled to welcome speakers from Parity, Puraqvo, and Kryha. As always, pizza and beer are on us. Doors open at 6:45pm, we start at 7:00pm sharp. Nature 2.0 aims for an ownerless layer of natural resources and intelligent agents that promote sustainable public utilities in a world of abundance. The events leading up to use case experimentation will focus on the development of building blocks for a new form of social paradigm called Nature 2.0. In this first meetup we are going to address the following issue: How do we access decentralized IT? Talk 1: Tools for Blockchain Innovation Thibaut Sardan, Product Owner @ Parity.io Scalability, security, isolated blockchains, and a lack of governance are holding back blockchain innovation. Substrate and Polkadot aim to resolve these blockages and make it easier than ever for blockchain architects to create the future. Thibaut will review how these technologies work and how you can use them to create ecosystems never before possible. Talk 2: Waterhives Liviu Mantescu, Founder @ Puraqvo Be – belonging and containing Act – intelligence and instinct Flow – beacting and presence The three categories above are necessary to understand a hive. How the three categories operate in a concreate situation? An example will be given: Puraqvo – a swarm of sensors measuring water quality in agriculture. The result is a waterhive: a distributed, self-governing entity which reproduces itself using humans as incubators. Talk 3: Understand & engage with Blockchain Technology Tobias Disse, CEO & Co-Founder @ Kryha Join us for our event series prior to the world biggest blockchain hackathon taking place in April 2019. http://www.blockchaingers.org More Details will follow soon, you can also check: www.nature2.ooo. This series of Nature 2.0 meetups is a cooperation between Ocean Protocol and Nature 2.0.

  • Product Milestone Announcement: Trilobite Release

    We’ve been busy and we want to update you on a major project milestone. Join members of Ocean Protocol’s core development team as they reveal exciting new features of Ocean Protocol Testnet v0.2 (Trilobite ) including capabilities for registering and exchanging digital assets, connecting a data marketplace to the network and the abstraction of modular service agreements into smart contracts. There will also be a special Ocean bounty announcement. As always, refreshments and food are on us. Doors open at 6:45pm, we are starting at 7:00pm sharp. Talk 1: Product Update Executive Director Don Gossen shares what’s new at Ocean Protocol including the recent product release and the updated roadmap for network release. Don has spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling the world wrangling data. It is his goal at Ocean Protocol Foundation to change the way in which people and companies manage and work with data. He has worked for some big names like Everis UK, NTT Data Corporation, and the Revere Group, primarily in Business Intelligence, Business Development, and Data Analytics roles. His work has taken him to London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Don has a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta. Talk 2: Ocean Network Troy McConaghy, Core Development Team Member will unpack Ocean Protocol’s Trilobite release and explain how you can connect a data marketplace to the network. Troy has been working for BigchainDB and ascribe since 2015. Before that he was a virtual worlds developer, a rocket scientist, a physics major and a pig farmer. Talk 3: Modular Service Agreements Head of Research Dimi explains the abstraction of modular service agreements into smart contracts. Dimi is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.

  • Nature 2.0: Decentralized Access Control for machines and IT infrastructure

    For this meetup we are thrilled to welcome speakers from Xain, Weeve and Ocean Protocol. As always, pizza and beer are on us. Doors open at 6:45pm, we start at 7:00pm sharp. Nature 2.0 aims for an ownerless layer of natural resources and intelligent agents that promote sustainable public utilities in a world of abundance. The events leading up to use case experimentation will focus on the development of building blocks for a new form of social paradigm called Nature 2.0. In this first meetup we are going to address the following issue: How do we access decentralized IT? Talk 1: In Nature 2.0 nobody knows you are a machine Dimitri de Jonghe, Head of Research & Co-Founder at Ocean Protocol Talk 2: Intrinsic Identity in Nature 2.0 Ricky Thiermann, Application Engineer at Spherity Talk 3: Universal access-control protocol for machine networks Trinh Le-Fiedler, Executive Director at XAIN Foundation Talk 4: Blockchain robotic AI oracles in service to the cybernetic forest as a juridical person Marcus Jones, Lead Data Scientist at Ocean Protocol Join us for our event series prior to the world biggest blockchain hackathon taking place in April 2019. http://www.blockchaingers.org More Details will follow soon, you can also check: www.nature2.ooo. This series of Nature 2.0 meetups is a cooperation between Ocean Protocol and Nature 2.0.

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  • Chainlink, Enigma & Ocean Protocol present: Smart Contracts & the Privacy Layer

    It's the week of the Web 3 Summit, and we're throwing our doors open at Ocean's Berlin offices to welcome Enigma, ChainLink, and the 9984>> Community! It is a smaller, more intimate space, so spots are very limited. As always, refreshments and food are on us. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers: Fred Fortier, Senior Software Engineer, Enigma Talk: Privacy Layer for the Decentralized Web Sebastian Gerske, Core Developer, Ocean Protocol Talk: Parity Secret Stores Sergey Nazarov, CEO, ChainLink Talk - Securely connecting Smart Contracts to off-chain data and events All talks will be followed by a short Q&A. We will update this page as more information becomes available. See you then!

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  • Decentralized Private Machine Learning, and more...

    Silicon Allee

    Secure and anonymous sharing of data is tedious, and traditional methods have so far failed us. At Ocean, we are interested not only in the emerging technologies which facilitate secure data sharing, but also in the potential of a world where enough high-quality data is available to propel future applications forward. For this meetup, we are thrilled to welcome Francesco Gadaleta of Fitchain.io, Verv COO Maria McKavanagh, as well as Fang Gong of Ocean Protocol. As always, pizza and beer are on us. Doors open at 6:45pm. Francesco Gadaleta, PhD., Founder, Fitchain.io Talk: Fitchain.io: Decentralized Private Machine Learning Training machine learning models based on private data is usually performed via encryption of data, models or both. The complexity of current encryption schemes and the computational requirements of modern machine learning methods, make encrypted machine learning unfeasible for real world applications. Fitchain allows data providers to open their private data to algorithms created by data scientists without disclosing nor encrypting them. Incentives to all the actors involved in the process (model owners, data owners, computing providers and validators) make the fitchain marketplace sustainable and balanced in game theoretic terms. Bio: Francesco Gadaleta, PhD. is the founder of fitchain.io, Techstars alumni, and former member of the Advanced Analytics Team of Johnson&Johnson Pharmaceutical Companies. His interests range from applied math, machine learning, cryptography, blockchain technology and decentralised systems. He has worked in domains such as healthcare, bioinformatics and personal finance, while creating the most accurate ischemic stroke predictor from real world evidence data (RWE). He has also helped people manage their money by designing an advanced financial chatbot at Abe AI. He is the host of the podcast datascienceathome.com, has a weakness for highly-skilled individuals, long distance running and chocolate-flavoured Italian gelato (not to be confused with ice cream). Maria McKavanagh, COO, Verv Talk: Exchanging data for electricity: a new data marketplace for energy with the consumer at its centre Maria will provide insight into the rich and untapped energy data sets in the home that can be unlocked by high-speed data sampling and advanced AI. Maria will explore the value behind their new business model that will be facilitated by the Ocean platform, and the importance of providing a safe and secure ecosystem whereby consumers are in full control of their data. Bio: Maria McKavanagh is the COO of Verv, the company behind the VLUX Token. Verv is creating a new energy marketplace that's powered by data as they look to bring energy bills down to zero. Maria is a global keynote speaker and advocate of women in tech. For the second year running she has been nominated as one of the most influential women in UK tech. Previously she worked for NASDAQ data acquisition specialist National Instruments where she was responsible for a multi-million pound sales territory across a range of industries from Aerospace and Defence to Consumer Electronics. She holds an MEng degree in Electrical Engineering. Fang Gong, Researcher, Ocean Protocol Talk: Bringing Privacy to Ocean Protocol At Ocean Protocol, we unlock data for AI and use Token Curated Registries (TCRs) to maintain a registry of high-quality datasets through voting. Privacy is essential to protecting the confidentiality of voters and prevent potential attacks. Fang will go into detail more details during his talk and explore the ways of bringing privacy to Ocean. Bio: Fang is a researcher working at Ocean Protocol. His research interests focus on mechanism design for tokenized ecosystem. Fang received his Ph.D. degree from electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013.

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  • Workshop: Building Token Curated Registries on BigchainDB

    Token Curated Registries have the potential to motivate people to participate in community-driven decision-making processes. BigchainDB provides a much better compatibility for TCRs because of it's support for simple JSON schema for assets. The workshop will cover the following topics (in order): 1. TCR concepts 2. Application development concepts on BigchainDB 3. Building a TCR on BigchainDB 4. TCR use-cases and solution approaches 5. Best practices for BigchainDB application development (through a sample TCR app) This workshop will be lead by Gautam Dhameja. Speaker Bio: Gautam heads Consulting Services at BigchainDB. He is a co-author of "Beginning Blockchain" book and also the co-creator of the RBAC (Role-based Access Control) framework for BigchainDB assets. For most of this decade, he has been developing and delivering enterprise software including Web & Mobile apps, Cloud-based hyper-scale IoT solutions, and more recently, Blockchain-based decentralized applications (dApps). He possesses a deep understanding of the decentralized stack, cloud solutions architecture and systems design. **Space is limited. If you RSVP, please make sure to attend. Otherwise, leave the spot open for another hopeful attendee :)**

  • BigchainDB and DutchChain present Nature 2.0

    Silicon Allee

    BigchainDB and DutchChain are inviting the blockchain and A.I. community to learn about the teams winning the worlds biggest blockchain hackathon and find out how they can connect and contribute to their endeavors. We too will look ahead to the[masked] season, kicked-off in the Dutch National Hall of Knights, where a Nature 2.0 track will be introduced. Nature 2.0 combines and extends AI * blockchain into a symbiosis of biology and machine, for a future of abundance. The following post on Nature 2.0 of Trent McConaghy, founder of BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol, joint work with meetup speakers Dimitri de Jonghe and Jan-Peter Doomernik: https://medium.com/@trentmc0/nature-2-0-27bdf8238071 As always, refreshments and food are on us. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speakers: Oskar Person, Tech Lead and Co-Founder, Consense Talk: The future with self-sovereign consent Where did free will emerge from? We tend to think of freedom and control as opposites. However, over the ages life strived to create control systems to protect itself from the entropy of the environment. We build circumstances under which we have the power and the right incentives to exercise our own decisions. Can free will evolve even further? Anton Gavrilov, Core Developer, Parity Technologies Talk: Private Ethereum Transactions Brief excursus into the private transaction solution from Parity aimed to provide data privacy on public and private Ethereum chains. Will cover high level architecture, current state of the development, and possible use cases for the technology. Dimitri de Jonghe, Researcher and Co-Founder, Ocean Protocol Talk - Intro in Nature 2.0 Rutger van Zuidam - CEO & Founder DutchChain and Blockchaingers Haischel Dabian and Dan Acristinii, Kryha, Winner of Blockchaingers Hackathon 2018 Talk - Blockchain on Satellites Jan-Peter Doomernik, Enexis (Dutch Grid Operator, Ecosystem Lead Partner Blockchaingers and Track Lead of the Nature 2.0 Track[masked]) Talk - The Nature 2.0 Track Q&A on Nature 2.0 We will update this page as more information becomes available. About DutchChain DutchChain organizes Blockchaingers, which gathers the largest, most complete and open, international ecosystem of 6000+ active participants of developers, board members, startups, scientists, policy workers, regulators, students and entrepreneurs, with official support of the EU and the Dutch government. The Blockchaingers Innovation Program to them is a launch pad for exponential blockchain based solutions, with over 15 deep dives, events and the largest blockchain hackathon in the world. The basis is the Netherlands, the stage is the world. Check out the aftermovie of the 2018 Blockchaingers Hackathon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h87L6IRu0s

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