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Upcoming Events with the KU Blockchain Institute

2022 May

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Previous Event

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.

David is the Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Viridi Funds. David is a KU alumni, while at KU he studied Finance and Business Analytics. Upon graduation he worked as a financial analyst for Microsoft in Seattle, Washington. Viridi Funds is a leader in ESG (environmental-social-governance) and cryptocurrency financial products. The Viridi Cleaner Energy Crypto-Mining & Semiconductor ETF (“RIGZ ETF”) is an actively managed exchange-traded fund focused on the cryptocurrency mining industry sold on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). 

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

Syed Abumusab

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.

Dr. Dan Conway - Associate Director at the University of Arkansas Blockchain Center of Excellence
Dale Chrystie - Blockchain Strategist and Business Fellow at FedEx, Chairman of the BiTA Standards Council
Praveen Rao - Digital Solutions Executive for IOT, Analytics, and Blockchain at IBM
Dr. Perry Alexander - AT&T Distinguished Professor of EECS, Director of the ITTC at KU
Ethan Puchaty - Chief Cyber Architect of the Military Space Line of Business at Lockheed Martin
Craig DeWitt - Director of Products at Ripple Labs

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. 

Jesus Flores Rangel - Principal at HACK Fund
Rachael Qualls - CEO and Co-Founder of LIQUIFI and Venture360
Pat Thelen - Vice President of Global Account Management at Ripple
Dr. Felix Meschke - Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Kansas
Wayne Beninger - Chief Operation Officer of Crudefunders
Kevin Daniels - Chief Product Officer of C2FO