Speaker Schedule

Andrey Zamovskiy

Founder, Ambisafe

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).

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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.

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Ashok Venkatraman

Vice President, Strategic Business Development, AppFusions

AppFusions

Ashok Venkatraman is Vice President, Strategic Business Development at AppFusions, leading enterprise-scale digital transformation solutions, including ones that leverage blockchain for clients in financial services, logistics, distribution and other major industries. Ashok is a market-driven strategic leader with expertise in steering strategy for customer-centric, next-generation digital solutions. Previously, Ashok has served in multiple high growth business units as general manager and head of technology for Mastercard products, platforms and APIs. Mr. Venkatraman holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

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Daniel Leon

Co-founder, President, COO, Celsius

Celsius

Daniel Leon is a business and social entrepreneur with a proven track record of growing early-stage companies and building organizations from the ground up. Daniel has co-founded and led multiple companies and not-for-profit organizations. Before Governing Dynamics, where he is a managing partner, he was CEO of Atlis Labs, a venture-backed local discovery platform powered by real-time customer referrals. Prior to that, Daniel served as CEO of Beyon3D and chairman of HereO. He was also general manager, of GroundLink, which raised more than $30 million in funding during his tenure. He started his career as vice president with the Gallup Organization. Daniel holds a degree in Economics from Brown University. He splits his time between New York and Tel Aviv.

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Dr. Donald Robinson

CEO, Craxel

Craxel

Dr. Donald Robinson serves as the CEO of Craxel Inc. which has created the highest performance and most secure distributed ledger technology. Based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, Craxel is transforming business operations with usable and secure distributed ledgers. Previously, as the CTO for General Dynamics IT - Defense, he led the development of technical solutions that won over $4B of next generation IT programs in his last 2 years. Dr. Robinson focused on complex mission critical IT solutions in the national security, intelligence, and other government services. Dr. Robinson has worked on missile defense, cyber operations systems, radar and sensor systems, space systems, battle management command and control, and UAV systems. Each of these projects involved direct advocacy to the Pentagon, international governments, and Congressional stakeholders.Dr. Robinson holds (5) B.S. degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Economics, and Applied Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College, a M.S. degree in Statistics specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence systems. and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia focused on large scale computational statistics. He also attended Oxford University and executive programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of business. Dr. Robinson is also an instructor at Caltech in cybersecurity. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).

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Brandon West

Founder & Lead Developer, DigiTix.io

DigiTix.io

Brandon is a self-taught blockchain developer. Upon graduating from UF with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship, he began his career in Finance at Walt Disney World. He found his niche writing code that automated tedious business processes and quickly found himself jumping from department to department building applications. He then went on to serve in an IT role at Royal Caribbean. He became an integral part of the project development and deployment of the new “Smart Ship” initiatives. These projects included working internationally to build the largest and smartest ships in the world that sail the seas today. By building Finance and Technology skill sets, he has won multiple hackathons/startup events/pitch competitions and naturally transitioned into the blockchain space. He is now a full-time blockchain developer, consultant, and miner. His latest project is DigiTix.io, an event ticketing platform powered by Ethereum and is set to launch in Q1 2019. You may contact Brandon at brandon@fintechconsultinggroup.com or brandon@digitix.io.

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Daniel Norkin

CEO & Co-founder, Envision Blockchain Solutions

Envision Blockchain Solutions

Daniel has gained a wealth of Operations, Business Development, Marketing Strategy and Fortune 500 Managerial experience from a wide range of industries that include Retail, Non-Profit, Hospitality and Professional Services Consulting.Based on his enthusiasm for customer service and customer facing engagements, Daniel facilitates Business Transformation strategy discussions for organizations of all sizes and industries. As a thought leader in the space, he is a frequent presenter at national / local Microsoft and Industry conferences.

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Jason Pancis

Co-Founder & COO, Envision Blockchain Solutions

Envision Blockchain Solutions

Jason is capable of adapting to fast paced industries with a proven track record in Enterprise Business Development and Startup Structure. He has had the experience of developing several different businesses from the ground level within the Supply Chain & Ocean Freight Logistics industry as well Professional Services Consulting with key roles in Business Development & Operations.His interest in Cryptocurrencies and Public Blockchains began in the First Quarter of 2017 where he began taking courses to further his knowledge within the Blockchain space.

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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.

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Pramod Achanta

Blockchain Service Leader, North America, IBM

IBM

In his current role, Mr. Achanta provides strategic advice and execution services on Blockchain technologies across various industries. Mr. Achanta is also responsible for developing innovative solutions leveraging IBM’s blockchain and cognitive capabilities for the Financial Services industry.Mr. Achanta is a proven leader with a successful track record of delivering complex solutions in a fast paced business environment. With his in-depth understanding of the business and technology challenges for sell-side, buy-side and market infrastructure firms, Mr. Achanta managed several transformation initiatives for key industry participants.Pramod is also a member of IBM Industry Academy representing Banking and Financial Markets industry. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Achanta worked for Capco, BearingPoint and Citigroup and its affiliates performing various senior roles.Mr. Achanta received MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Engineering from BITS, Pilai in India.

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Brahma Sen

CEO, InAge Tech

InAge Tech

Mr. Brahma P. Sen is the CEO of InAge Technology that provides software services to Federal government. Over last 10 years, he has worked as a consultant with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in their Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), a federal government mandate to increase the quality of Healthcare while reducing cost. His passion includes leveraging technology to achieve this aim. As part of the PQRS program, he was involved with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) initiative and using Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) as the data standard for inter-operability among Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. He is currently involved in implementing different POCs using Blockchain technology for different Health care, Insurance and Smart City initiatives.

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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.

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David Drake

Founder and Chairman, LDJCapital

LDJCapital

David Drake is Founder and Chairman at LDJ Capital, a multi-family office which deals in worldwide funds accessing over trillions in assets and maintains over 50+ global directors and family office partners. LDJ Capital has holdings in Victoria Partners, a 500 family office network based in London; LDJ Real Estate Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group.More recently, David Drake is also seen as a leader in blockchain and cryptocurrency. He saw the value of digital assets when everyone was avoiding it. It all started in 2011 when Drake collaborated on the JOBS Act to create new laws underlying all fundraising in the U.S. for all ICOs. He runs a $200M LDJ Cayman Fund focused on cryptocurrency, mining, and ICO acquisitions. LDJ Capital Credit also offers middle market bridge financing to seed upcoming ICO’s. Previously, he held a majority stake as a Managing Partner with Robert Hambrecht in an Alternative Energy Fund NewCommons Capital 2009-2010. Drake has been involved in TMT (technology, media, telecoms), realty, hospitality, cleantech, energy, and social impact investments for more than 20 years. He is an advocate of innovative investing in private equity, capital formation policies and developments globally, and the US JOBS Act which he lobbied for in the US Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he represented the US Commerce Department at the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome in 2012 and was invited to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. and as a speaker at the UK Parliament in 2013.His investment, The Soho Loft Media Group, produces and sponsors over 200 global conferences annually and his articles are syndicated in over 100 publications. One such event was April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from NASDAQ, NYSE, KKR, and Carlyle Group. He advances financial innovation through his work as an international speaker and writer. He has spoken in top universities like Cambridge, NYU, Cornell, Columbia, and writes regularly for major publications like WSJ, Forbes, Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters. He is the co-author of the books Planet Entrepreneur and is the author of the upcoming books The Crowdfunding Economy and LIFEE: Life Instructions for Entrepreneurs and Executives.Previously, Drake has acted as general partner in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds, seed funds and hedge funds. Drake’s holdings have media partnership with the European Business Angel Network, European Venture Philanthropy Association, and Angel Capital Association of North America. He sits on 4 angel networks and has co-founded two angel networks. Privately, Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies for many years. His years in the performing arts as a former board adviser to the Washington Ballet reached an apex March 2015 with a board director position at the New York City Opera.Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, David Drake has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.please click HERE for Mr. Drakes bio, images, and logo

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Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee

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.

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Noah Rafalko

Executive Director, MessageComm

MessageComm

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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)

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Ken Silverman

CEO nationpay.io, 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.

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David Haimes

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

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.

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Amy Vernon

VP, Communication, Rivetz

Rivetz

Amy Vernon is a digital Swiss Army Knife. She is now VP of Community for blockchain cybersecurity startup Rivetz. She started her career working at The Miami Herald, where she was a member of the staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Since then, she’s worked with media companies, social analytics platforms, apps, and even the American Museum of Natural History. She co-founded a predictive analytics platform for news publishers and was the top female submitter of all time on Digg.com when that meant something.

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Adam Caplan

SVP, Emerging Technology, Salesforce

Salesforce

Adam is the SVP of Emerging Technology and is currently focused on Salesforce’s blockchain strategy. He previously ran the Strategic Projects consulting organization at Salesforce, a global team building custom applications on the Platform, helping companies reimagine what’s possible with Salesforce and turning their visions into reality. Adam joined Salesforce through the acquisition of Model Metrics in 2011. He founded Model Metrics in 2003, a consulting company that was focused on helping enterprise organizations accelerate the adoption of cloud computing and enterprise mobile applications. In 2011, he was named CEO of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association.Adam earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Aman Ali Pogaku

Certified Blockchain Expert, Wright State Unversity

Wright State Unversity

Aman is a Computer Science Masters Student at Wright State University and he is a Certified Blockchain and Cryptocurrency expert. He has published numerous articles on Hacker Noon technology publication. His research interest lies in Blockchains use-cases. He is currently working with Wright State Universitys Sustainable-Mobile-Autonomous-Real-Time-Translational Lab under the guidance of Dr. Yong Pei on using Blockchain Technology for Professional Asset Management.

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Moderator List

Lawrence Harte (Moderator)

Senior Editor, Blockchain Media Magazine

Blockchain Media Magazine

Lawrence Harte is a Tech Media and business technology expert. He is the senior editor for Blockchain Media Magazine, Host of Blockchain Media Podcast, Editor of Blockchain Dictionary (blockchaindefinitions.com), and co-author of “Blockchain Technology and Business Implementation” book. Lawrence is the co-founder of the Blockchain Technology and Business Meetup Group Orlando and expert consultant for communication companies including Google TV, Samsung, Nokia, and others. Mr. Harte has an executive MBA from Wake Forest University and a BSET from the University of the State of New York.

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Doug Mohney (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief, Cidera Analytics

Cidera Analytics

A principal at Cidera Analytics, Doug has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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