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IBM, Other Blockchain Industry Veterans to Inform at First Annual Blockchain Shift Conference in Miami

New kids on the blockchain are entering the cryptocurrency market in the wake of its climb to astronomical heights last year, the result of exuberance over the the open-source ledger’s technology and its potential to reduce dependence on governmental fiat currencies while building a secure and transparent record of business transactions. The first annual Blockchain Shift conference, set in Miami, is a place for this rising generation of fintech entrepreneurs and investors to network and become better informed about the diverse industries adapting the technology for market purposes.

The October 11-12 tech conference will include elected leaders, Wall Street veterans, regulators and crypto enthusiasts in a caldron of Miami convention culture that seeks to advance the democratization of finance. The conference is particularly valuable to startups, which will gain a chance to energize their crowdfunding drives with a presentation stage.

Among the key speakers presenting insights on the technological revolution in the world of business and finance, IBM will field six of its experienced managers at three events.

Distinguished Engineer Christopher Ferris, IBM’s CTO over Open Technology in the Digital Business Group, will open the conference’s first day of business with a discourse on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Organization, an open source community where the smartest engineering minds could gather to solve the challenges involved in adapting blockchain technology to innovative new uses. Ferris has technical responsibility for all of IBM’s strategic open source and standards initiatives and represents IBM on the Hyperledger Governance Board. He will talk about how Hyperledger came into being, how it grew from its initial vision into a mature community of focused engineers, what the varied active and incubating projects are, and what he believes are some of the key new innovations to look for in the coming year.

Later in the day, former IBM Global Business Development Executive for Media and Entertainment Bartt C. Kellermann, now the founding CEO of Global Capital Acquisition and its worldwide “Battle of the Quants” conferences, will moderate a panel discussion on “Cryptocurrency Trading – The Current and Future Landscape of the Crypto World — Who Will Survive and Where Will Prices be at the End of the Year?”

On the second day, Adam Mastrelli of IBM Blockchain Ecosystem’s Strategy and Business Development section will moderate a panel titled “Women in Blockchain — Leaders of the Blockchain Paving the Way for Gender Diversification” that will feature IBM Blockchain Product Manager Laura Loughran, IBM Blockchain’s Blockchain Offering Manager Carolyn Rogers and IBM Cloud Worldwide Technical Vice President of Innovation and Technologies Rene Bostic.

Loughran is currently bringing to market the IBM Food Trust Solution, a Blockchain ecosystem dedicated to transparency and accountability in the food chain. Rogers is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for the company’s blockchain platform. Bostic leads the Cloud technical sales mission for IBM’s varied services.

For more information, visit https://blockchainshift.io/

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