Past Meetup

Blockchain & Bitcoin: Exploring Real World Applications [Panel Discussion]

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60 people went

Bowie State University CLT Building

14000 Jericho Park Rd · Bowie, MD

How to find us

Park in Lot O (or Lot C) and enter the CLT Building

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To kickoff 2018 with a bang LAUNCH! Annapolis will be hosting a panel discussion on Blockchain technology.

Blockchain is the technology at the heart of Bitcoin and promises to revolutionize many of the services we take for granted. Much has been said and written but so our focus will be on practical applications of blockchain currently in use. Companies have been founded to do all of the following with Blockchain:

- Handle real estate transactions
- Track and sell electricity
- Manage and track identity
- Create trading markets for agricultural products
- And much more ...

Our emphasis will be on the actual activity going on, not the hype. We are pleased to bring together a number of leaders in Blockchain for an outstanding panel discussion:

Panel Members
- Xiaochen Zhang: President @ FinTech4Good
involved with dozens of Fintech/Blockchain partnerships all over the world

- Chris Franko: Founder and Lead Developer @
a decentralized cryptographic information, application, and contract platform

- Syed Husain: CEO @ Adarsa Pay
on a mission to grow financial inclusion through financial technology

- Bo Shevchik: Alliance Director & Agency Outreach Team Lead @ the Federal Reserve System
co-chairs the AGA Blockchain Working Group at the Association of Government Accountants

- Samson Williams: Partner @ Axes and Eggs
formally at Fannie Mae and now works in Fintech, Blockchain, Crowdfunding spaces

- Andrew Mangle: Assistant Professor of MIS and Blockchain @ Bowie State University
researches and teaches Blockchain and Cyber Security

- Michael Coon: Co-Founder @ TekHedz, LLC
blockchain consulting and building applications with Ethereum in Java/Go and Solidity

The event organizer and moderator will be Jim Keeney of FitterWeb Consulting.

Special thank you and shout out to Jaime Arroyave for helping us to create this panel Jaime Arroyave currently works for Informa Investment Solutions which is a market leader in intelligence and software solutions for investment professionals and financial institutions. He is also an investor and advocate of blockchain technology and in demystifying people’s understanding of this technology.

In the spirit of the new - new technology, New Year - we will meet at a new location - Bowie State University. Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. Part of the University System of Maryland, Bowie State has embarked on a number of ambitious initiatives including a new program to spread entrepreneurship to the entire campus.

So join us, January 18th 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Center for Business and Graduate Studies on the Campus of Bowie State University.