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Andre De Castro

Founder & CEO, Blockchain of Things

Blockchain of Things

Andre is a tech executive, software technologist, that majored in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). In 2014 he envisioned implementing second layer technology coupled with the global Bitcoin blockchain to advance its capabilities for industrial applications. Andre’s early grasp of the once unrealized potential of blockchain technology led him to found Blockchain of Things, Inc., and drive the development of their premier product Catenis®. Catenis allows developers and corporations of all sizes to easily integrate with or build applications using the Bitcoin blockchain, leading to reduced costs while achieving more efficiency and military-grade security. Today Blockchain of Things provides evolutionary low-code drag-and-drop tools which is paving the way for blockchain enabled application adoption. As an advocate for the crypto industry, Mr. De Castro has worked with the Federal Government’s FinCEN division in creating more clarity on cryptocurrency policies. Today, he is solely credited for the Jan 30th, 2014 administrative ruling on software development and investment activities. Thus, opening up greater avenues for well-established corporations and startups to conduct cryptocurrency business in the United States.


Fred Brandon

CEO, Brand New Technologies

Brand New Technologies

As a technologist with over 20 years of IT experience, Fred has developed solutions and spoken atvarious venues internationally. As the founder of Brand New Technologies, he has consulted withsmall businesses in an array of areas including business automation, blockchain, travel, logistics, contentmanagement, and Microsoft 365 training. In addition to helping youth learn more about technology, healso teaches a blockchain course with Althash University, a global online program that focuses onblockchain technology. His best-selling book, Adopting Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: Embracing aDigital Future, continues to be a great resource for introduction into the blockchain space.


Elizabeth Bieniek

Internal Startup Founder and Co-Founder, Webex Hologram, Cisco


Elizabeth Bieniek leads bleeding edge innovation for Ciscos Collaboration organization. Cisco Collaboration is a 5000 person, multi-billion dollar business that enables 300M people across the globe to work better together every day with Webex: messaging, meetings, calling, and AI/ML enriched hardware. Elizabeth is an active day dreamer, continually experimenting with combinations of ideas, people, and practices to find new ways of doing old things better, easier, and with a lot more fun. She focuses on the interface of people and emerging technology and how to make the lives of the former happier by efficiently and invisibly applying the latter. A problem-solver at heart, Elizabeth believes “impossible” just means no one’s done it yet. She relies on her previous experience in industries as varied as technology, art, publishing and education, as well as life and travel experience, to bring a unique flair to challenging conventional thinking and inspiring teams to achieve unprecedented results.


Shane Casey

VP, Franchise Operations & Development, Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza

Shane has been with Domino’s Pizza for almost 20 years. He started as a driver while attending college in Denver, CO and has since moved through all levels of store management and multiple unit store supervision. His dedication and attention to detail over the years earned him recognition by the Chairmans Circle (Hall of Fame) as a winning franchisee, awarded by Jeff Litman (renowned franchisee). Shane joined the corporate operations division in 1999 as a Franchise Consultant, and quickly advanced to the position of Regional Director (West) in 2001. He was then promoted to Vice President of Operations and Development in 2005 and have remained in this role since, responsible for all aspects of the franchise business for the Western half of the United States.


Bob Reid

CEO & Co-Founder, Everest


Bob Reid is the CEO and Co-founder of Everest, a fintech company that leverages blockchaintechnologies and supplies end-to-end financial solutions, facilitating eKYC/AML, digital identityand regulatory compliance associated with money movement. Applications range from remoteonboarding, virtual account creation, and Everest-supplied services such as access tocryptocurrencies, cross-border payments and DeFi tools. Before founding Everest, Bob servedas the GM at BitTorrent, Partner at Kai Labs and a few silicon valley startups with two IPOs andtwo acquisitions.


Mariana Danilovic

Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio and Infiom

Hollywood Portfolio and Infiom

Mariana Founded and manages Infiom, a global consensus blockchain economy for creation of DeFi, NFTs, and Consensus Blockchain Ventures. Prior to Infiom, she was the Managing Director of BitAngels, the first crypto angel network formed in 2013 that invested in launch of Ethereum. She is an Advisor to SuperWorld, Open Therapeutics, Alysida Health, uPrime, and System9.Mariana was EVP Business Development for NTN Buzztime, Inc. (AMEX:NTN) and Head of Business Development, Content Aggregation and Programming for MediaZone, a broadband video company launched and owned by NASPERS Internet (largest investor in Tencent). Mariana also founded and directed the Digital Media Incubator at KPMG LLP. Portfolio companies raised angel investments from Michael Jackson, Beny Alagem, Al Copeland, IdeaLab, David Gefen, Brian Singer, Bob Daly, Jeff Pollack of Handprint Entertainment and John Gee, Executive Director of NASA Ames Research Incubator, and VC funding from Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Intel, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Panasonic, and Chase Capital Partners.Mariana served on the New Media Board and serves on the International Committee of the Producers’ Guild of America and is a member of the Television Academy. Mariana served on the Board of the Tim Draper’s Zone Ventures Club and on the Mayor Riordan’s Digital Coast Roundtable.


Mike Vesey

CEO, IdRamp


Mike Vesey is a security systems architect, engineer, innovator, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for decentralized identity. CEO of IdRamp, Vesey brings 30 years of experience in network communications and security to modernize identity systems. He founded IdRamp in 2016 to fill the need for an easy-to-use and easy-to-implement modular platform for zero trust identity. Formerly at Webcentric, Vesey adapted internet technology to call center applications and wrote the code to power Microsoft Live Meeting. As the founder of VCI, he advised the major consultancies on network security and identity. Decentralized identity provides the new technology to finally address the systemic problems in network security, IdRamp simplifies identity and access management, and makes zero trust real.


Heather Dahl


Heather C. Dahl is the co-founder and CEO of Through her vision and leadership, Indicio has become a global leader in decentralized identity, launching a blockchain-based distributed network on five continents, creating the first implementation of a complete ecosystem for sharing privacy-preserving digital health credentials, which was donated to Linux Foundation Public Health for use by public health agencies across the world, and developing a series of innovations in software to manage identity and data sharing.Dahl is a pioneer in data privacy and security. During her tenure at Neustar, she led the research team that developed the idea of decentralization as a solution to online security. As CEO of Sovrin, she led the foundation through its most significant period of growth, which at its height saw over 80 companies and organizations support the Sovrin Foundation.Previously, Dahl was a newsroom leader in broadcasting and public radio, and was elected by her peers to Chair the Congressional Correspondents Association. She also Chaired the Board of the National Press Foundation, where she led that organization’s digital transformation.Dahl began her career in the U.S. Senate in the Office of Sen. Gordon Smith. She received her BA from Willamette University in 1995, her MSC from Columbia University in 1998, and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2008.


John DeLozier

President, Intelisys


John DeLozier serves as President of Intelisys, a ScanSource company. In this role, John oversees all aspects of the business, including sales, supplier services, operations and marketing, with a focus on growing partner and supplier relationships. He is also responsible for the development and evolution of Intelisys’ strategy, as well as innovative programs and tools to allow for enhanced partner insights and growth opportunities. John has worked with ScanSource for more than 20 years as both a partner and a supplier. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Channel Sales for 8X8. Prior to that, he served in leadership positions at CenturyLink, Unify and Virsae. He also spent nearly 20 years at Arrow System Integration, after selling the system integration company he co-founded, ACT, to Cross Telecom, which was later acquired by Arrow Electronics.


Karla Vilhelem

CMO, Market Waves

Market Waves

Full stack marketer working with innovative technology companies on strategy, PR and growth.× Speaker on the topic of innovative technologies ( Tech Supershow, Coldwell Banker, Founder Insitute)× Crowdfunding & investor relations with $65+ Mil raised× PR specialist published in Forbes, Coindesk, Yahoo, Cointelegraph× Co-founder of CryptoCamp @ Deloitte× Florida International Business Alumni


Ash Bassili

CEO, myLaminin


Ash is the Founder & CEO of myLaminin, a Blockchain-enabled documentsharing, and verification service. Ash brings a rich global experience base inemerging technology delivery, and significant leadership experience, havingserved in Big 4 management roles at the Partner level at both PwC LLP inAustralia and EY LLP in Ottawa, Canada. Ash has a BSc Hons Life Sciencesfrom Queen’s University, a MSc in Information Technology from JohnsHopkins University, and a Certificate in Blockchain Technologies from MITSloan School of Management.Our current methods of document sharing are at best inconvenient andinsecure. Email and cloud-based data storage services are dated andinefficient methods. The myLaminin platform transforms this critical functionby delivering the most secure methods available today to deliver the nextgeneration document sharing paradigm. myLaminin is designed to giveindividuals, businesses, and governments greater security, convenience, andcontrol over the sharing of important documents and credentials.For organizations, myLaminin delivers massive operational efficiencies andreduced fraud, while 3rd parties benefit from 100% assurance of documentauthenticity.


Don Cravins

COO, National Urban League

National Urban League

Don Cravins, Jr. serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Urban League where he leads its corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative. He also leads the League’s evaluation and development of corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance policies. Don graduated from LSU in 1994. Upon graduation, he attended the Southern University Law Center and obtained a juris doctorate in 1998. Since 1998, Don has been a licensed attorney and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. In 2004, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 2006, he was elected to the Louisiana Senate. During his tenure in the Louisiana Senate, Don was heavily involved in post-Hurricane Katrina issues as the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee and was an active member of the Juvenile Justice Commission of Louisiana. In January of 2009, Don left the Louisiana Legislature to serve as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In January of 2013, he began serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana. In addition to his duties at the National Urban League, Don is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. He also serves as a Major in the District of Columbia Army National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Don is also a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a Life Member of The Rocks, Inc., and a Board Member of the 100 Black Men of Prince Georges County. Don’s honors include being inducted into the Southern University Law School Hall of Fame in 2018 and being named a Distinguished Alumnus of LSU in 2015. Don and his family reside in Maryland and New York.


Justin Goldston

, Penn State University

Penn State University

Dr. Justin Goldston is an Assistant Professor at Penn State University as well as a Visiting Professor andGraduate Advisory Board Member at Georgetown University. As his academic research is focused onblockchain and sustainability, he looks to put that research into practice within the Bit.Countrymetaverse where he is building SydTek University with other founding members of The SydTek DAO.Outside of being a five-time TEDx speaker where he discussed blockchain in 2019, Goldston has over 20years of experience consulting with organizations worldwide on enterprise-wide digital transformationinitiatives. Goldston has also evaluated doctoral programs for the Massachusetts Department of HigherEducation and has led and assisted in the development of Blockchain, Sustainability, ArtificialIntelligence, and Supply Chain Management programs and courses at Georgetown University, TexasA&M University, The University of the Cumberlands, and the International University of Applied Sciencein Bad Honnef, Germany.


Sara Rushinek, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Technology and Health Informatics, University of Miami

Avi Rushinek, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting, University of Miami

Aidan McCarty

CEO, Unum ID

Unum ID

Aidan McCarty co-founded Unum ID to revolutionize digital identity and fortify commerce. Unum ID is backed by Franklin Templeton, Samsung, NEXT, and Draper Associates, was just named a Future50 company by InsureTech Insights, and is working with a number of Fortune 1000 companies to rapidly drive adoption of good digital identity. As co-CEO, he leads the company’s strategy, direction, and operations. A passionate technologist at heart, Aidan’s goal is to invert the broken model of online identity across industries and make all online interactions more private, seamless, and secure. Aidan is a published author, lecturer, scientific researcher, and Ozy Genius Award recipient. Prior to founding Unum ID, Aidan ran SENSA Labs — Stanford University’s top social entrepreneurship incubator — taught Hacking4Defense, and founded the civic engagement startup Be Heard.


Ian Johnson

Project Manager, Viewfin Canada Corporation

Viewfin Canada Corporation

An entrepreneurial and people-focused operations leader with over 12 years of experience of building up numerous companies including start-ups and more complex businesses across multiple jurisdictions, with a focus on strategy, process and structure for a business to thrive, in the alternative asset management and cryptocurrency/blockchain industries. At this moment Ian is Project Manager of crypto startups, with more than 7 years in the industry of blockchain and decentralized networks. Launching more than 30 ICOs between 2017 and 2019, Including Defi projects and later helping NFTs marketplaces and Artists to launch and promote their NFTs.


Tanya Shastri

Vice President of Products, Vmware


Tanya Shastri is VP of Products, Blockchain at VMware where she leads product management and go-to-market for the Blockchain Business Unit. Prior to this, Tanya was at Google where she headed Strategic Business Development for Google Cloud technology partnerships. Tanya co-founded Natero (acquired by Freshworks), a SaaS big data analytics platform. Earlier she worked to productize innovative technology in the CTO’s office at NetApp, and started her career at Cisco where she held several roles in product management and software engineering. Tanya holds an MBA from Haas, UC Berkeley and an MS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY