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Ripple: XRP on the Chain
Matt Hamilton - Principle Developer Advocate RippleX
Matt Hamilton graduated with his degree in computer science in 2000. Post graduation, he has amassed over 20 years of technical experience. He has worked for IBM, ran his own technology consulting and development firm, and many other exciting experiences. In February of 2021, he started at Ripple as the Director of Developer Relations. He now is the Principal Developer Advocate for RippleX.
Clear Contracts: Smart Contracts Solutions
Justin & Logan have teamed up to launch Clear Contracts. Clear Contracts is an earlier market maker in easily adoptable smart contracts for business and individual use. Clear Contracts is building on the Cardano blockchain, which is rapidly growing in adoption and capabilities.
Justin Schrenier - Co-Founder
Logan Panchot - Co-Founder
Justin is a KU alumni, getting his BS in computer science. While at KU Justin founded Mantis Merchandise, a merchandizing platform for social media influencers. He also interned as a software engineer with Young Innovations and Brand New Box.
Logan graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Science, Technology, and Society. While at Stanford, he played soccer winning a national title in 2017 and earning All-Pac 12 honors. After graduation, Logan was drafted in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft where he played professionally. He has since left professional soccer to pursue founding a start-up.
Cryptocurrency Month - September
Ronald AngSiy - Head of Marketing for Amun
David Khalif - Co-Founder & Head of Operations at Viridi Funds
Ronald is the Head of Marketing at Amun / 21 Shares. Prior to that Ronald was an undergraduate marketing major at Indiana University Bloomington. He later attended Harvard University for Summer Venture in Management Program and University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School for his MBA. Amun / 21 shares is a world leader in crypto exchange-traded-products (ETPs). ETPs work almost identical to ETFs but instead of being a diversified portfolio of stocks, it’s a diversified portfolio of cryptocurrencies. Furthermore, Amun / 21 shares has the support of a couple big name investors like Cathie Wood and Anothony Pompliano who reside of their board.
Red Hot Research - March 5, 2021
Joining KUBI for Red Hot Research was Fernado Machado-Stredel and Syed Abumusab. Topics explored during the Red Hot Research event are the use of blockchain to track taxonomies of birds, the economic ecosystem created by cryptocurrencies, blockchain in the future of decentralized energy production, the KU Blockchain Research Initiative, and blockchain’s application in supply-chain and marketing.
Kati Ballentine, Senior studying Marketing, Director of Marketing of KUBI
Edmond Cheung, Senior studying Information Systems, Business Analytics with a minor in Supply Chain, Director of Research & Development of KUBI
Rhett Phillips, Senior studying Mechanical Engineering, President of KUBI
Fernando Machado-Stredel, PhD candidate in the EEB Department and the Biodiversity Institute, Ornithology Division
Virtual Sam's Club and Walmart Speaker Event - November 5, 2021
Co-hosted with KUBI, Olivia Lyons and Eli Steiger joined us to speak on fresh produce traceability from farm-to-fork. Blockchain has been implemented in both Sam’s Club and Walmart’s supply chain system to ensure fresh, quality products in every bite.
Olivia Lyons – Senior Merchant – Salads and Refrigerated Vegetables at Sam’s Club
Eli Steiger – Blockchain Software Product Manager at Walmart
Cybersecurity Conference - October 18th, 2019
We explored cutting edge use-cases of new technologies that involve digital identity management, supply chain resilience, and the future of digital payments. We educated our audience about digital ecosystems, trustworthy data structures, emerging technologies, and the increasing role cyber-attacks are playing in our global society.
Digital Finance Conference - April 5th, 2019
We addressed a wide range of emerging technologies, all focused around the digitization of assets. We discussed topics including the creation and tokenization of digital ecosystems, bonded tokens, blockchain-backed private equity markets, micro-payments, and crypto-economics.