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The Blockchain Event

February 11 - 14, 2020
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Finance | Healthcare | Sports | Entertainment | Real Estate | Commerce | Education | Utilities


Cannabis on the Blockchain Keynote Speakers

From Seed to Sale:
Saving the Supply Chain with Blockchain

Addressing Financial and Banking
Obstacles with Blockchain

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center
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Blockchain Education & Solutions for All Industries

We are beyond the hype cycle of enterprise blockchain and innovative leaders and technologists are building and implementing live blockchain solutions to adapt to market needs and disrupt their industries.

The Blockchain Event helps decision-makers, technologists, and developers understand the value of blockchain to their businesses regardless of industry.

Through case studies, keynotes and panel discussions the conference will focus on:

  • Understanding how and why blockchain can solve business problems
  • How to successfully define, develop, build, and implement blockchain projects
  • Practical use cases
  • Benefits businesses are realizing from their blockchain investments and implementations
  • What the future of blockchain looks like

Along with other verticals, the 2020 edition of The Blockchain Event will feature dedicated content on how blockchain is disrupting the fintech market and helping create a new global economy.



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Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.


Ruth Fisher, PHD

Co-Founder, CannDynamics


Ruth Fisher, PhD, is Co-Founder of CannDynamics, where she researches cannabis and designs algorithms and analytics to help medical cannabis users find products for their particular needs.Ruth’s work focuses on the technology and healthcare industries. She has helped companies, including Qualcomm and Amgen, in litigation support roles, analyzing market dynamics and putting values on things that are hard to quantify. She has also worked with start-ups, where she designed systems to collect and analyze information and provide meaningful and actionable information to users.Ruth is a systems modeler, an author, a teacher, a perpetual learner, and a baker. You can reach her at [email protected]


Sri Srinivasan

SVP & GM, Team Collaboration Group, Cisco


Sri Srinivasan is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Team Collaboration Group at Cisco. Sri is responsible for the Cisco Webex that includes Meetings, Teams, Calling and Devices, as well as a portfolio of on-premises and hybrid collaboration tools. Under Sris leadership, Cisco is creating a collaboration canvas to empower teams to perform at their best. This open canvas brings collaboration tools together with productivity tools and business processes for a simple, unified experience.Sri joined Cisco from Microsoft where he was GM for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Apps business in the C+E/Azure Group. Throughout his tenure at Microsoft, Sri primarily focused on the business solutions division, bringing thought leadership to help build a partner-based business model for an upper mid-market on-premises ERP and eventually its transition to Hybrid and Cloud SaaS.Sri was responsible for Research & Development of the ERP Enterprise Edition for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly known as AX) and Common Data Service (CDS), the data substrate for the Azure Business Application Platform. Sri drove the successful transformation of an on-premises business to Cloud SaaS, a first of its kind on Azure, with an industry acclaimed offering as part of Dynamics 365. Previously Sri was the Engineering Director for Microsoft Dynamics AX through 2013. Prior to that, Sri was the General Manager for the Dynamics AX Customer Success Team where he built the team for the division, enabling the Solution Architect role, and the incubation of Life Cycle Services (SaaS Service for customer/partner driven ALM), which is now a mainstream offering for Dynamics implementations and rollouts.Prior to Microsoft, Sri was one of eleven Distinguished Engineers at Peoplesoft. Sri worked on the initial web transformation of business applications, with focus on performance and scale. Sri also worked on acquisition diligence, specifically on the merger of JD Edwards into Peoplesoft.Sri has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, India.


Mike Kramer

Co-Founder & CEO, FTZ


Michael Kramer has extensive experience in the financial industry. Prior to the inception of FTZ Blockchain, Mr. Kramer was the CEO and President of Sales for Red Sand Financial. He was the driving force behind global sales, strategic marketing, and company growth. During his tenure with Red Sand, Mr. Kramer was the impetus behind raising funds totalling close to $100 Million. Due to his expansive knowledge in the financial sector, he works with venture capital firms and hedge funds in the cannabis world. For over 10 years, Mr. Kramer served the public sector in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida in law enforcement and is a long term advocate for the legalization of cannabis.In 2017, by combining his vast background in finance and law enforcement, Mr. Kramer became the Co-Founder of FTZ Blockchain. He is committed to providing the government and the people with the essential technology for security, transparency, compliance regulation, and public safety. Mr. Kramer built FTZ Blockchain to provide the innovative and effective solution to the cannabis industry’s top concerns and play an integral role in helping to eliminate the black market.


Kate Matsudaira

Director, Google Tech Engineering, Google


Kate Matsudaira joined Google just over a year ago and is a Director in Google Tech Engineering. Her teams help build the infrastructure that powers Google. Prior to coming to Google, Kate helped build several successful startups that have gone on to get acquired by companies like eBay, O’Reilly Media and Limelight. Kate started her career as a software engineer and lead at Microsoft, and Amazon. She is a keynote speaker, published author, and has been honored with recognition like NCWIT Symons Innovator Award and Seattles Top 40 under 40.


Michelle Mangione

Founder, High Heals Kitchen

High Heals Kitchen

Michelle Mangione is the founder and owner of HIGH HEALS INC (also check the company facebooks page here), a savvy and sophisticated cannabis business. Securely embedded in the brand are a wide range of cannabis disciplines. Michelle is also working with ASTM to create international standard, Dosey Dough, for dosing Standardization of THC and CBD for Cannabis and Hemp (Patent Pending in USA and Canada). The beginnings of Michelle’s enterprise were more of personal journey as she had been suffering from an illness called Cushing’s disease. Some of the debilitating effects include weight gain, high blood pressure, migraines, joint and muscular pain, general fatigue and anxiety. Severe pain was a constant reminder of her illness and opiate based, symptom masking prescriptions were not the cure. Many obstacles presented themselves including a diagnosis of terminal cancer, two separate pituitary surgeries to name a few but she was resolute to not just survive but also to flourish. Medications that covered up symptoms was not what she was interested in Michelle was seeking a cure. Though skeptical at first Michelle began using various products made from the extracted CBD compounds found in medicinal marijuana. She quickly discovered that the responsible use of cannabis was changing her life! An accomplished baker she naturally began making small batch edibles that offered a viable solution for chronic pain relief. Michelle’s compassionate spirit also guided her to infuse pet products with CBD for animals. Michelle’s heart’s desire is to own and help operate a sanctuary for wounded, abandoned and abused animals. In her mind’s eye this peaceful haven could be a place that brings harmony to both volunteers and animals alike. Because the needs are so great Ms. Mangione’s desire to see that all end users have access to dosing properly drove her to set the groundwork to aid everyone everywhere to safely and consistently dose infused products using her Dosey Dough app which is patent pending. Ms. Mangione’s sensed the deepest needs within the cannabis culture is uncanny selflessness. “If it is truly medicine we need a pipeline that permits transparency and accountability!’ Michelle’s greatest reach thus far is her pioneering a pathway to the most comprehensive, cloud-based tracking system. This patent pending system will create transparency regarding origins, quality and potency into the hands of every concerned patient’s hands.


Marie Douglas

Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers Sales, IBM


Marie Douglas is Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers (CSPs, MSPs, ISVs) Sales for IBM. She is responsible for and leads her team to work with Technology Service Providers, a NextGen segment that builds solutions for Customers based on solving a business problem with technology which include one or more IBM offerings.



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Mark Morgan

EVP of Strategy, ScanSource



Michael Patterson

Chief Executive Officer, US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development

US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Health Care Executive with over 25 years of experience in the following areas (Cannabis-Hemp Investing, Operations, Laws, Regulation, Compliance, and Management, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Home Healthcare, Therapy Management, Laboratory, Pharmacy Management, and Health Care Analytics).Michael is a subject matter expert in the Global Cannabis Industry with Gerson Lehrman Group ( and Guidepoint. He has spoken at numerous conferences including the 2019 UBS Global Consumer and Retail Conference in Boston, FBI National Academy convention in Orlando, and CBD East Convention 2018 in Orlando.Upcoming speaking engagements include ONE Senior Place in April 2019, June 6, 2019 at the Cannabis Banking Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, June 22,23 in Atlanta, GA at the US Cannabis-Medical Cannabis Society sponsored Georgia Medical Cannabis Licensure and Education Seminar, and July 12-13 at Europe CBD Expo in London, England.Mr. Patterson is an Editorial Board Member for the American Journal of Medical Cannabis (AJMC), medical cannabis contributing writer for the Orlando Medical News Magazine and Florida MD Magazine, member of the Board of Directors for the Tourette Syndrome Awareness Foundation, and licensed Occupational Therapist and Nursing Home Administrator in 4 states.


Dawna Capps Evans

Chief Advisor, Cannabis Risk Management Association

WÃœLF, LLC and International Cannabis Risk Management Professional

Currently serving as the Chief Advisor for the International Cannabis Risk Management Association; an International Affairs Association focused on managing risks for the global cannabis industry, specifically; political, economic, social, physical and legal through the sharing of information and best practices.Former Property/Casualty insurance executive with significant experience in roles focused on underwriting, business unit/regional leadership, strategic planning, building teams, and management of distribution and product development.Most recent experience related to the launch of an international P&C start-up company and subsequent Multinational Accounts Practice. Specialties include: International Cannabis Risk Management, InsureTech/ Start-Ups, Technology Insurance- I.T., E&O, Cyber-risk, Med Tech & Life Sciences and, Property & Casualty Underwriting, including Global Programs.








Fort Lauderdale | Florida

Broward County Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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