Blockchain Forum


Blockchain Forum

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Blockchain technology is developing as a powerful tool for recording, sharing, and securing data of all types.  Originally conceived in 2008 as the ledger that underpins the cryptocurrency bitcoin, the technology has advanced in many ways since then and is being implemented to record transactions of all types.  Companies of various sizes—from start-ups to Fortune 500--and across all industries are exploring how to use this new technology to improve their business.  As they do so, they confront novel technological, legal, and business challenges that require thoughtful and innovative solutions from experienced industry experts along with blockchain research being conducted by universities.


The mission of the Blockchain Forum is to bring together business, legal and university leaders to learn from each other about blockchain technology and encourage its growth in North Texas.


The Blockchain Forum seeks to attract a diverse group of students, educators, researchers, lawyers, business professionals, and entrepreneurs who share an interest in blockchain technology and its applications.  This will include people with background or interest in technology, law, and business.

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Next Event

Thursday, January 24, 2019 
11:30 - 1 pm
Legacy  North
7300 Lone Star Drive, Suite C200
Plano, TX 75024


How is university blockchain research helping industry advance?

Speaker:   Duane Dimos, VP of research, UT Arlington

Panelists:  Kirk Ballou, founder and CTO,
                Murat Kantarcioglou, PhD, director, data security and privacy lab, UT Dallas
                Ravi Prakash, PhD, professor, computer science, UT Dallas
                Scott Mairs, partner, Empulse Technology Group
                Venkatesh (Ven) Kumar, CTO, PepsiCo account, IBM

Moderator:  Cijoy Olickal, CEO, Plymouth.AI

As blockchain continues to develop and show promise to provide solutions and efficiencies in many areas of business practice, there are still challenges that must be overcome for industry-wide adoptions. These challenges are being addressed by blockchain-focused platform providers and developers across the industry and university landscape. Ultimately, practice models will be developed and tested that will lead to trusted industry-unique adoptions.

This forum will:

  • show you examples of university blockchain research
  • help you understand how to engage with universities to remove roadblocks to implementation
  • provide a forum for your input to the challenges that you would like to see adressed, and
  • share what universities are doing to prepare your blockchain workforce.






2018 Events

  • Blockchain and the business landscapeBrendan Cooper, director digital systems, Panini America; Jim Johnson, co-founder and CMO, Oaken Innovations; Paige Krieger, digital development representative, IBM
  • Blockchain and the legal landscape James A. Cox, of counsel, Jones Day, Zachary Lynde, CFO, Factom Inc., Lacey Shrum, attorney & founder, H7 Consulting
  • Will Blockchain's technical problems ever get solved?Mance Harmon, CEO/co-founder, Hedera Hashgraph, Paul Snow, CEO/fouder, Factom, Venkatesh "Ven" Kumar, CTO Pepsico Account, IBM Cloud