Speaker Schedule

Andrey Zamovskiy

Founder, Ambisafe


Andrey has been involved in cryptocurrency development since early 2010. Andrey has founded and took leading technical roles in multiple first of their kind projects, such as BitMerch (first bitcoin merchant service), HolyTransaction (first multi-currency wallet), and Tether (first fiat currency on the blockchain).


Aman Quadri

CEO, AMSYS Blockchain

AMSYS Blockchain

Aman Quadri, CEO of AMSYS Blockchain, has extensive experience with tech & IT in the medical sector and has combined his knowledge with delivery into multiple healthcare systems to now work on solving the issues with EHRs and medical wellness. In his view, every person should have 24/7 access to his or her updated medical records. With blockchain adoption, healthcare has the chance to make drastic changes in how we share information through blockchain, improve real-time data through IoT integration, and proactive healthcare management through machine learning and AI processes. The ability to change healthcare delivery and reduce costs to payors, hospitals, and clinics, and in turn through value based payments, increase physician reimbursement can be solved through AMCHART.


James Simmons

CEO, Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts

James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader used to tackling big problems in hard industries. He spent the past several years at Everyone Counts, a leading innovator in election technology, first as head of product and technology and then as CEO. While there he launched the most advanced and secure voter registration and citizen engagement platform in the world, piloted online voting in the U.S. presidential election, and oversaw high profile public and private voting for the United Nations, the Oscars and Emmys, three of the Big 4 accounting firms, and governments around the world. In October 2018, Everyone Counts was acquired by Votem Corp., creating the world’s largest dedicated blockchain voting company.James is no stranger to highly-secure, highly-regulated industries. He began his career as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman working on control algorithms for missile defense satellites, spent almost a decade working on defense and intelligence projects that included autonomous vehicles, sensor data fusion, warfighter-machine interface systems, and culminated with two years in the Middle East managing the technology team for the U.S.’ forward-deployed armored vehicle fleet. Seeking opportunities to innovate and disrupt faster, James left big aerospace and took a series of leadership roles in small, fast-growing technology companies. At Verify, he led the design, development, and deployment of a supply chain management system that proved so successful it had 50 of the Fortune 500 using it within six months of launch. His next challenge was in the legal services space as head of product development for LegalZoom, where he helped lead the companys pivot from transactional to subscription-based relationships and launch their industry-leading mobile apps. In addition to his day-to-day leadership, James is a recognized expert in technology leadership and policy. He also speaks regularly at venues as varied as South by Southwest, the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the International Association of Government Officials. In recent years, he has become an advocate and evangelist for blockchain technology and its application across multiple sectors including civic engagement, legal services, supply chain, and national security.In his free time he enjoys reading, running, volunteering with a local dog rescue, skiing, and collecting whiskey. James was born in the United States, spent time growing up in the Philippines and Switzerland, lived and worked in Kuwait, and has a love for travel and exploration that has led him to visit over 60 countries. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, California.


Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services, IBM


Jason Kelley leads IBM’s Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.Prior to this role, Mr. Kelley led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design, &Innovation, helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention, applying IBM Design Thinking and the application of Agile, DevOps and innovative technology. His teams bring endless energy, creativity, and outcomes for IBM clients around the world, delivering unique business capability with the marriage of analytics, automation/robotics, Watson, and cloud technologies. Mr. Kelley also served as IBM CTO and design leader for IBM Business Process Outsourcing, and previously managed IBM’s Analytics business in North America, China and Asia Pacific. He has also led initiatives in IBM’s Software, Global Technology Services, and Sales and Distribution units across industries.With 13 with years of military service as an Army Airborne Ranger, Mr. Kelley values integrity, leadership, and loyalty, and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Corporate America Supports You (CASY) organization and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, both national nonprofitsoffering employment assistance for current and former military personnel and their spouses. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Kelley also earned an MBA from the Cox School of business at Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Kelley contributes to IBM’s ongoing leadership in patents as the holder of three U.S. Patents with others pending.


Jesus Rodriguez

Chief Scientist, Managing Partner, Invector Labs

Invector Labs

Jesus Rodriguez is a technology expert, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and internationally recognized speaker and author. Jesus is the Chief Scientist and Managing Partner at Invector Labs, a platform that is reimagining software development on-demand using artificial intelligence. Prior to Invector Labs, Jesus founded Tellago, an award-winning software development agency focused on the latest technology trends. Jesus has been the recipient of several industry awards including the Inc. 500 and Stevie Awards for American and international business. He serves as a board member in several enterprise software companies. Jesus is a regular speaker at technology conferences and a contributor to technology publications such as CIO.com, ComputerWorld, InfoQ and many others.


Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee


Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice.He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, South by Southwest, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University.Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and several more.During his 9+ years at McAfee, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education.


Chong Li

Co-Founder, Nakamoto & Turing Labs, Inc.

Nakamoto & Turing Labs, Inc.

Chong Li is Co-Founder of Nakamoto & Turing Labs, Chief Architect and Head of Research at Canonchain. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University (in the City of New York). He was a staff engineer at Qualcomm Research.Dr. Li received a Ph.D degree from Iowa State University and a B.E degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a holder of 200+ U.S. patents (granted and pending). Dr. Li has published many technical papers on top- ranking journals, including Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE trans. on Information Theory, Automatica, etc. He has also served as reviewer and technical program committee for most prestigious journals and conferences in communications and control society. He is the author of the book ``Reinforcement Learning for Cyber-physical Systems’‘.Dr. Li has broad research interests including information theory, machine learning, blockchain, networked control and communication, PYH/MAC system design for advance telecommunication technologies (5G and beyond)


Ken Silverman

CEO nationpay.io, nationpay.io


Ken Silverman is an American entrepreneur, inventor and computer scientist with 20+ years architecting platforms, systems and complex algorithms. Chief Scientist and CEO of blockchain-based cardless banking solution, NationPay ( Nationpay.io ), he is the inventor of the bank account ==> token wallet solution. Ken is also CEO of RealSafe ( RealSafe.co ) Proof of Ownership, corporate management platform that can potentially replace subscription-based management companies such as the Gust Equity Management platform owned in part By David Rose. RealSafe could become a recognized facilitator of the Delaware Electronic Ledger Initiative. Formerly, co-founder and vice-president of technology at Webmind Inc. co-founded with Ben Goertzel, architecting the AI-engine that formed the base of the Webmind project for hundreds of scientists, the precursor for what became Open-Cog, which will be the mind of Sophia the robot, the first robot citizen and spokes-android for SingularityNET. Former Chariman and CTO of Spotwired, Ken built a sophisticated architecture that provides the heart of his latest social commerce engine under the developer name KenGenius. Designed for merchants to setup their online community representing their real-world location in minutes, each community features point of presence social gifting, on the fly editing of real world parameters, news and information. Users are provided the tools of each merchants real-world location, embedding gifts in their messages, interacting, meeting new people and gifting old friends alike. Ken first spoke on an open blockchain panel with Alexandra Levin Kramer at the IBREA blockchain conference in New York in 2017 regarding the future of crypto in real estate. There he was the first person to present to the public the idea of solving the entire titling problem by abstraction at the corporate level, in other words via tokenization of the company share unit as a passive action. Since he has authored whitepapers and architected platform designs for several companies planning ICOs and appeared on over 50 blockchain panels at places such as IT Expo in Ft Lauderdale among others.


David Haimes

Senior Director, Oracle Cloud Applications Research and Development Organization, Oracle


David is a Senior Director in the Oracle Cloud Applications Research and Development Organization, focusing on next-generation functional and technical architecture. With close to 20 years at Oracle, David has held various roles working on the development of the Financial Management product suite. He began at Oracle in the UK, building features for EMEA. In 2000, he moved to Oracle HQ in the Silicon Valley to lead a number of initiatives for the Fusion Cloud Financials Suite and develop products from the ground up for the cloud. Most recently, David drove the design, build and launch of the Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service.In his current role, David is tasked with developing the vision and strategy for Oracle’s financial management system. He is leading the efforts across all applications development on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology. His areas of interest include Blockchain, NLP, Chatbots, AI and Machine Learning, and new UX paradigms.


Moderator List

Andy Abramson (Moderator)

CEO, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.Founded in 1992, Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, since 2000 the company has participated in the 40 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors. Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. He has held a series of marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional sports teams - Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, with roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.Often quoted in the consumer and technology press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and OTT technology. He is also heard on the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.


Harry Brelsford (Moderator)

CEO, SMB Nation

SMB Nation

Harry Brelsford is the founder and CEO of SMB Nation, a Seattle-area global community of over 50,000 MSPs, IT Pros, Technology Consultants and Resellers. Brelsford is a well-respected thought leader on business technology matters including analytics, cloud computing and network infrastructure. Perhaps best known for his leadership in the Windows Small Business Server era, today Brelsford, a serial entrepreneur, participates in a wide range of startups in addition to overseeing. Street cred? Brelsford has written 20-books on business technology topics, 400+ articles, six major certifications (including MCT) and a Masters in Business Administration. He is currently earning his Microsoft Professional Certificate in Big Data, a two-year program.


Akshay Sharma (Moderator)

, Tech Analyst

Tech Analyst

Akshay Sharma is a tech analyst, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms and an entrepreneur in the tech sector, having worked for firms that are now part of leading firms like Intel, IBM, Ericsson, and Gartner.