Thanks to the hype and sky-rocketing values of bitcoin, ethereum and the like, blockchain - the technology underpinning these crypto-currencies - has quickly become a household word.
Whilst it’s perhaps too early to make a call on whether blockchain is a bigger revolution than the internet, it is clear that it can provide much needed trust, accountability and transparency in an age of growing digital partnerships and the looming threat of cyber-crime.
Blockchains can enable better information sharing and better business processes, giving stakeholders more confidence and reducing cost, risk and the need for intermediaries.
Potential applications appear endless, so in this event our panel will be discussing:
- Opportunities for applying blockchain technology for:
- Quality assurance
- Smart contracts
- Supply chain management
- Verifying identity
- Limitations and risks associated with implementing the technology
Rosa Thompson - Project Manager, ConsenSys & Co-organiser, Women in Blockchain Melbourne
Rosa is a Project Manager at ConsenSys, a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralised world. As venture production studio, we are focused on building and scaling tools and enterprise software products powered by Ethereum. Our mission is to use these solutions to power the emerging economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet. Our teams are busy at work building the future of identity, financial markets, commerce, security and infrastructure.
She is also the Co-Organiser of Women in Blockchain Melbourne. Her background is in the startup space at home in Australia and in San Francisco and Las Vegas, where she founded Girls in Tech LV. She’s been a speaker at SXSW V2 in Las Vegas, delivered workshops for Zendesk engineers and moderated multiple panels for the Henley Club and Academy Xi. She is very interested in business innovation, alternative economies, decentralised governance and future tech. She is currently completing both an MBA and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Joseph Liu - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
Joseph is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He got his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong at 2004. Prior to joining Monash at 2015, he has worked as a research scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore for more than 7 years.
His research areas include cyber security, blockchain, applied cryptography and privacy enhanced technology. He is currently the Director of the Monash-Collinstar Blockchain Research Lab. His remarkable research in linkable ring signature forms the theory basis of Monero (XMR), one of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world.
Lyndon Gasking - Founder, Zoetic.AI
Lyndon has been a part of 3 successful start-ups from Australia, Denmark & the US that have gone on to be sold for an aggregate of $½ billion+ . He most recently founded Zoetic.Ai - building a private social network & smart mirror platform for aged care. Prior to this he founded getlunched.com a location based social network for lunchtime in London.
In London for 9 years he was also the Managing Director of AOL Platforms across Asia & the Middle East. Lyndon has been involved in a broad range of technology companies was attracted to the Blockchain, and Crypto as a side to his Zoetic business. The transfer of value to assist the elderly along the lines of BeMyEyes specifically.
Lyndon has a number of friends, and ex-colleagues in this emerging space, and is both an advocate, and skeptic at the same time. He holds a small quantity of a number of cryptos specifically focused on messaging, and the easy transfer of value within conversations. He’s working on an algorithm to sort ICO’s, and is an advisor to two upcoming ICO projects.
Dr Donald Feaver –CTO- E2Language.com, Branded Trust Assurance Systems, LearningBase and TDS Web 3.0 Solutions
Don is the CTO of a group of technology companies at various stages of commercialisation. E2 (e-education) is fully commercialised and BT (responsible supply-chain tools) is well advanced, LearningBases’ commercialisation journey is just beginning. TDS is the software development arm of the group servicing the three platforms as well as custom builds for external clients. Don has experience designing and developing business/workflow process network based platforms using different methodologies and technologies including blockchain for responsible supply-chain and education related applications.
Don is a former Professor of Law, an active researcher and widely published in academic journals. His academic research has focused on applying systems theories to legal and regulatory problems- a useful toolkit in relation to the formulation of commercial applications of blockchain technology (i.e., responsible supply-chain due diligence, chain of custody and multi-tier supplier visualisation).
Ticket price includes drinks, light refreshments and a copy of the event report.