• About Blockchain for Wall Street in 2017

    Distributed Ledger Directions and Realities for the Financial Markets ...

    2017 Registration is Open!

    Registration for the 2017 running of Blockchain for Wall Street - at New York Law School on November 14th - is now open. A very limited number of 'pre-dawn early bird' tickets are available at the lowest rate. WSBA members receive a further discount. Click here to register.

    WSBA: An Advocacy Group for Wall Street in the Distributed Ledger Age

    Blockchain for Wall Street is an annual event from the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, presented for its membership and as a service to the broader industry. The WSBA is a neutral, unbiased steward of education and cooperation between Wall Street firms with a membership that is comprised of some of the most influential and seasoned technologists in the blockchain and distributed ledger community.

    A Look Back to 2016

    The debut Blockchain for Wall Street education day was a resounding success. Click here to check out social media and press coverage, and to see the topics that were covered as well as speaker and sponsor participants.

    Education Day Overview

    At 2017 Blockchain for Wall Street, blockchain pilot experiences will be featured and analyzed, while enterprise IT deployment and integrations will be explored. As your trading enterprise moves to leverage blockchain, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, Blockchain for Wall Street will provide essential education and insights for your own success. Attendees at Blockchain for Wall Street will learn about:

     

    - Early financial markets blockchain, distributed ledger and smart contract pilot experiences and lessons learned.

    - Blockchain and distributed ledger performance, scalability, deployment and security challenges and solutions.

    - Smart contract creation and deployment, with a focus on functionality, integration and security.

    - Regulatory and legal considerations related to blockchain and smart contract deployment.

    - Institutional interest, usage and attitude to cryptoassets.

    Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Blockchain for Wall Street will host the WSBA's debut Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge presentations and award ceremony. Five finalists will make 10-minute presentations featuring live (as of 11/1/17) and innovative blockchain pilot projects. A judging panel will award a winner and a runner up. See more information below.

    How to Participate

    Prospective speakers, sponsors and partners interested in participating in Blockchain for Wall Street should contact Pete Harris of Lighthouse Partners via pete@lighthouse-partners.com. Delegate registration is now open. Discounted registration is available for WSBA members.

  • Education Program

    Technology, Applications, Business, Best Practices, Futures and More ...

    8am - Registration and Breakfast in the Technology Showcase

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Breakfast will be served.

     

    Events Center.

    9am - Welcome and Opening Keynote

    The education program begins with a welcome by Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, who will then introduce the keynote presenter.

     

    Keynote presenter to be announced.

     

    Auditorium.

    9.30am - Panel: Piloting Blockchain Success in the Financial Markets

    A 'view from the top' outline of the current status of pilot projects and a look forward to production systems in 2018.

     

    * Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (Moderator)

    * Emmanuel Aidoo, Director, Blockchain & CryptoCurrency Strategy, Credit Suisse

    * Julio Faura, Head of R&D, Innovation Division, Banco Santander

    * Moiz Kohari, SVP & Chief Technology Architect, State Street

    * Further panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    10.15am - Panel: From Blockchain PoCs to Pilots - Business Impacts and Technology Lessons

    A deeper-dive focus on pilot projects that have emerged in 2017 and how they are impacting the financial markets business.

     

    * Benjamin Jessel, Managing Principal, Capco (Moderator)

    * Panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    11am - Networking Break

     

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Beverages will be served.

     

    Events Center.

    11.30am - Panel: Blockchain in Production - Deploying for Security and Scale

    How to design blockchain applications that can meet real-life financial markets performance and security requirements, and best practices for deployment and lifecycle management.

     

    * Bob Bonomo, President, Bob Bonomo LLC (Moderator)

    * Kieren James-Lubin, Co-Founder, President & COO, BlockApps

    * Justin Newton, CEO, Netki

    * Drew Rasmussen, CTO, OTC Exchange Network

    * Further panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    12.15pm - Panel: Doing The Real Business with Smart Contracts

    An update on the smart contract state-of-the-art, with a focus on ensuring that they are suitably functional and legally fit for production system purpose.

     

    * Pete Harris, Principal, Lighthouse Partners (Moderator)

    * Preston Byrne, COO & General Counsel, Monax Industries

    * Andrew Comas, Digital Architect, Microsoft

    * Joshua Ashley Klayman, Of Counsel, Finance + Projects Group, Morrison Foerster

    * Further panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    1pm - Networking Lunch

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Lunch will be served.

     

    Events Center and Faculty Commons.

    2pm - Panel: Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain Apps and Smart Contracts

    Understanding the regulatory framework and maintaining legal compliance when deploying blockchain and smart contract applications.

     

    * Richard Levin, Chair, FinTech & Regulation Practice, Polsinelli (Moderator)

    * Brent Tomer, Chief Trial Attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    * Further panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    2.45pm - Panel: The Investment Opportunity of Cryptoassets

    How financial markets institutions are embracing cryptoassets for investment and operational opportunities.

     

    * Chris Burniske, Author, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond (Moderator)

    * Brian Kelly, Founder & CEO, BKCM LLC

    * Stephen McKeon, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Oregon

    * Further panelists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    3.30pm - Networking Break

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Beverages will be served.

     

    Events Center.

    3.45pm - Panel: What the CFO Needs to Know About Blockchain and Cryptoassets

    For companies embracing blockchains and cryptoassets, the impact is enterprise wide. The panel will discuss how the CFO function needs to engage.

     

    * Participants TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    4.30pm - Presentations: Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Focused presentations covering live blockchain pilots compete in the WSBA'S 2017 Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge. Five 10-minute presentation slots are available for finalists. Projects and solutions must be in live pilot or production operation by 11/1/17 to be considered. The winner and a runner up will be announced during the networking reception and will receive significant exposure via WSBA outreach channels.

     

    * Houman Shadab, Professor, New York Law School (Head Judge)

    * Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

    * Further Judges TBA

     

    * Finalists TBA

     

    Auditorium.

    5.30pm - Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge Winner & Networking Reception

    Presentation of the Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge winner and runner up awards and exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to unwind over drinks and interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and a final opportunity to view solutions and offerings.

     

    Events Center.

    6.30pm - Informal After Party

    For those that want to continue to network in an informal setting, there will be a gathering at a local bar.

     

    TBA.

  • Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Keeping it Real ... But on the Cutting Edge

    About the Challenge

    You're Simply The Best

    2017 is the year of the blockchain pilot and the Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge will feature the best examples of pilot projects that are leading Wall Street's movement towards production blockchain systems.

     

    Project submissions will be considered by a panel of judges and five finalists will be chosen to outline them during the Blockchain for Wall Street education program. The judges will then choose a winner and a runner up and a awards will be presented at the end-of-day networking reception.

     

    Submissions will be judged on these criteria:

     

    1. The functionality offered by the project in its initial MVP release - how immediately useful is it and how compelling is its value proposition for implementors and the industry as a whole.

     

    2. The vision/roadmap for the project over the next 24 months - what additional functionality is expected and how will that improve its utility? As asssesment of how the project fits into the overall competitive landscape.

     

    3. The project's usage of blockchain/distributed ledger/smart contracts technology - how well does the project highlight the key attributes of these technologies, as opposed to leveraging traditional platforms, such as databases and messaging middleware.

     

    4. The overall technical implementation, including how vital production issues, including integration, security and scalability are addressed.

     

    5. The quality of the initial written submission and how clearly benefits are articulated, including its overall business case, and its use of blockchain technology is explained. Presenting finalists will also be judged on the quality of the presentation and how key messages and benefits are highlighted in a short period of time.

    Overview of Challenge Rules

    The Small Print

    To ensure fairness to all participants, pilot project submissions are subject to a number of rules and conditions, as outlined below:

     

    1. Submissions may be made from July 1st, 2017 and must reflect projects that are in live pilot mode by November 1st, 2017. Finalists will be informed by November 6th, 2017.

    2. Pilots should deliver a 'real-life' service or function to customers and/or partners. More limited proof-of-concepts will not be considered.

    3. There is no fee to make a submission.

    4. Companies may make more than one submission, covering different projects.

    5. Finalist projects will each receive a 10-minute presentation during a session at Blockchain for Wall Street.

    6. Two representatives of each finalist project may attend Blockchain for Wall Street free of charge,

    7. Participation as a finalist in the education program does not signify that the finalist company is a sponsor of Blockchain for Wall Street.

    8. The winner and runner up awards have no monetary value.

    9. Submissions and submitting companies will initially be kept confidential. Finalist companies agree to work with the Blockchain for Wall Street team, including its PR Partner, to ensure that news about the challenge is conveyed to the marketplace in a highly visible manner.

    10. The decision of the judges is final.

     

    Complete rules will be sent to those submitting to participate in the challenge.

    The Judges

    Who You Need to Impress

    A panel of 3 judges will consider all submissions, according the the criteria and rules noted above.

     

    The Head Judge is Houman Shadab, Professor at New York Law School. Further judges will be named in due course.

    Submit Your Pilot Project

    You Need to Be In It to Win It

    Project submissions may be made from July 1st, 2017. Email Ron Quaranta, Chairman, WSBA - ron@wsba.co - to request detailed submission information. All submissions are treated as confidential. Only submissions that are chosen as finalists will be made public.

     

    If your submission is deemed eligible, you will receive submission information and you will be able to make a formal submission.

  • Speakers and Participants

    Learn From and Engage With Our Expert Faculty ...

    Program Chair: Ron Quaranta

    Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

    Ron Quaranta is Founder and Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, an advocacy group for Wall Street in the Distributed Ledger age.

    Program Co-Chair: Pete Harris

    Principal, Lighthouse Partners

    Pete Harris is Principal of Lighthouse Partners, a business accelerator for disruptive and transformative technologies. He is also Co-Founder and Research Principal at Chain Business Insights, a research/advisory firm focused on blockchain applications in the supply chain space.

    Emmanuel Aidoo

    Director, Blockchain & CryptoCurrency Strategy, Credit Suisse

    Emmanuel Aidoo is a Director at Credit Suisse within the Global Markets Division where he leads the blockchain and distributed ledger practice.

    Bob Bonomo

    President, Bob Bonomo, LLC

    Bob Bonomo is a blockchain technology expert, who was CIO at two Wall Street firms, and has spent more than 20 years designing, delivering and managing innovative global financial systems, processes and teams.

    Chris Burniske

    Author, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

    Chris Burniske is the author of the upcoming book, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond, and founding partner of a new firm in the cryptoasset ecosystem. While at ARK Investment Management, Chris helped ARK become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin, and in that process became the first buy-side analyst to focus exclusively on cryptoassets. Chris has contributed to the WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, CNBC, USA Today, and other media outlets on topics relating to Bitcoin, Ethereum and more. He chairs the Blockchain Assets Working Group for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science from Stanford.

    Preston Byrne

    COO & General Counsel, Monax Industries

    Preston Byrne is Monax Industries' COO and General Counsel. A structured finance and derivatives lawyer by training, he is also a fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, a libertarian think tank, in London. In his free time, he advocates in favor of marmot habitat conservation.

    Andrew Comas

    Digital Architect

    Andrew Comas has 25 years’ experience in banking and capital markets including 10 years at JP Morgan Chase in various architecture & operational roles. For the past 7 years at Microsoft, Mr. Comas has been using his operational experience to help financial companies introduce new technologies to achieve business outcomes. Mr. Comas is also an advisor on Microsoft blockchain initiative.

    Dr. Julio Faura

    Head, R&D for Innovation Initiatives, Banco Santander

    Julio heads R&D in the Innovation Division of Banco Santander, executing major innovation projects globally and leading new business incubation and venture creation efforts. He leads Santander's activities around blockchain, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, and founded Santander's crypto Lab,

    Kieren James-Lubin

    Co-Founder, President & COO. BlockApps

    Kieren James-Lubin is the President, COO and Co-Founder at BlockApps, the leading blockchain platform and application provider. Previously a PhD Candidate in Mathematical Physics, Kieren engaged in research in statistical physics and machine learning before founding BlockApps.

    Benjamin Jessel

    Managing Principal, Capco

    Benjamin Jessel is a Managing Principal at Capco, where he leads a variety of projects and programs across the domains of Digital, Risk and Compliance and Strategy for Financial Services clients. He is also a member of the leadership committee of Capco's Digital Practice - "Capco Digital" - which is re-inventing the future of finance through the use of digital technology.

    Brian Kelly

    Founder & CEO, BKCM LLC

    Brian Kelly is CEO at BKCM LLC and is an investor, author, and financial markets commentator. He is an expert in global financial markets, macro-economics and digital currencies. Brian has over twenty years experience in financial markets and is the author of the book The Bitcoin Big Bang - How Alternative Currencies are About to Change the World. He is a CNBC contributor and can be seen regularly on Fast Money.

    Joshua Ashley Klayman

    Of Counsel, Finance + Projects Group, Morrison Foerster

    At Morrison Foerster, Ms. Klayman is a Founding Member and Head of the firm's Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which provides a holistic, comprehensive approach to the emerging blockchain, smart contracts and distributed ledger space.

    Moiz Kohari

    SVP & Chief Technology Architect, State Street

    At State Street, Moiz Kohari is responsible for enhancements to digital enterprise architecture, and the creation of the next generation digital enterprise that delivers on-demand secure computing capabilities, driven through machine learning paradigms and all pertinent fin-tech disruptive technologies. The Office of Architecture’s charter is to work closely with all business units and end user clients to provide for the most impactful information technology innovations. Until recently, Mr. Kohari served as EVP/Head of Global Technology Innovation for the London Stock Exchange Group - responsible for blockchain, cognitive computing and low-latency initiatives. Previous to joining the LSEG, Mr. Kohari served as CTO at Novell, responsible for cloud computing initiatives.

    Richard Levin

    Chair, FinTech & Regulation Team, Polsinelli

    At Polsinelli, Richard Levin is Chair of the FinTech & Regulation Practice. He is a former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer specializing in financial services industry, representing broker/dealers, alternative trading systems, exchanges, peer to peer lenders, and digital currency platforms.

    Stephen McKeon

    Associate Professor of Finance, University of Oregon

    Professor McKeon holds a PhD in Finance and a Masters in Economics from Purdue University. His professional experience includes six years as the CFO of a Napa winery, and co-founder of Skyward, a drone software firm that was acquired by Verizon in 2017. His research focuses on cryptoassets, security issuance, and M&A, and has been published in top academic journals as well as media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and Financial Times. He joined the University of Oregon finance faculty in 2011 where he teaches in the PhD, MBA and undergraduate programs.

     

    Justin Newton

    CEO, Netki

    Justin Newton is the founder and CEO of Netki. Netki’s products allow companies to make blockchain applications easy to use and able to meet regulatory/compliance requirements. Justin currently serves on the Industry/Law Enforcement Portal Working Group of the Blockchain Alliance and the State Legislative Working Group of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.

    Drew Rasmussen

    CTO, OTC Exchange Network

    As the Chief Technology Officer for OTCXN, Drew Rasmussen is responsible for the architecture and implementation of the company’s proprietary, ground-up blockchain fabric and P2P trading network. Previously, he was Director of Software Development at PeerNova, a Silicon Valley blockchain firm, where he led the development of proprietary blockchain implementations for major Tier-1 institutions such as NASDAQ, State Street and Overstock.com, whose T0 platform is currently the first and only non-cryptocurrency-based trading platform in production in the world based on blockchain technology.

    Houman Shadab

    Professor, New York Law School

    Houman Shadab is an expert in financial law at New York Law School where he focuses on fintech, hedge funds, derivatives, securitization, startups, payment systems, bitcoin and distributed ledgers. He is also the cofounder of Clause, a startup building autonomous contracts for the Internet of Things.

    Brent Tomer

    Chief Trial Attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    K. Brent Tomer is a Chief Trial Attorney with the Division of Enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the New York office. Mr. Tomer represents the Division in enforcement actions that are filed in the United States District Court. Mr. Tomer regularly represents the Commission in actions and investigations related to cryptoassets. He is also the Division’s representative for the LabCFTC FinTech Liaison Group.

  • Sponsors

    Blockchain for Wall Street Thanks ...

    Polsinelli

    Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, and business litigation.

    OTC Exchange Network

    OTC Exchange Network (“OTCXN”) solves the biggest problems in the largest markets using proprietary Blockchain technologies developed from the ground-up for high-performance enterprise applications. OTCXN reduces risk, cost, friction, and eliminates the need fortraditional intermediaries by democratizing market access through the first and only P2P network supporting the trade-to-settlement lifecycle for institutional FX trading. OTCXN’s proprietary blockchain fabric is offered on a stand-alone basis for global enterprise businesses which require absolute certainty of event chronology, strict data privacy and security, and high frequency events recordation with immutability guarantees, while crossing organizational boundaries.

  • Partners

    Blockchain for Wall Street Also Thanks ...

    Program and Event Partner: Lighthouse Partners

    Lighthouse Partners provides business acceleration services to transformative IT vendors, with a particular focus on blockchain technologies.

    Event PR and Media/Association Partner Liaison​: Massing PR

    Massing PR offers high-quality, personalized and cost-effective public relations, marketing director and advisory services to software engineering consulting and technology companies, particularly in financial services.

  • Venue

    Location, Location, Location ...

    New York Law School

    Blockchain for Wall Street will once again be held at New York Law School, which is located at:

     

    185 West Broadway
    New York, NY 10013

     

    Convenient. Modern. Upscale. New York Law School is located in the heart of TriBeCa in Lower Manhattan, within walking distance of Wall Street.

     

    Click here for a map of the area.

     

    Click here for a downloadable map and directions.

  • Register

    SIgn Up Today at the Lowest Rate!

    Use the form below to begin your Blockchain for Wall Street registration (via Eventbrite).

     

    WSBA members receive a further 25% discount by entering the members-only promotional code. Get more information and join the WSBA at www.wsba.co. All registrations received using this promotional code will be subject to validation of membership status.

     

    Feel free to contact us with any registration questions, including to request a group discount.

     

    Members of the media should contact our PR partner Jen Massing Harris to request media accreditation.

    Cancellation/Substitutions Policy

     

    Cancellations will be accepted up until November 1st, 2017 subject to a $100 administration fee.

     

    Cancellations from November 1st, 2017 are possible but any fee paid will be forfeited.

     

    Substitutions are available through noon on November 13th, 2017 at no cost.

     

    All cancellation and substitution requests - as well as corrections and dietary requests - must be made via email.

     

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