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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
11:30 - 1 pm
Location:  BravoTech
4835 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy #1000
Dallas, TX 75244

Joint Blockchain / IoT Forum

Is the Whole of IOT + Blockchain Greater than the Sum of its Parts?

Tech Titans' IOT and Blockchain Forums have joined forces to create a powerful program.  IOT and Blockchain are each valuable and complex on their own, but how can they be effectively used together?  Specifically, what happens when companies add Blockchain technology to their IOT solutions?  A common belief is that Blockchain improves IOT Security.  If so, how?  What else can Blockchain do for IOT?
Come listen to our panel of experts share information about IOT/Blockchain projects including advantages/disadvantages, lessons learned and hype vs. reality.  Our goal is to make sure you leave with an understanding of what, if anything, Blockchain uniquely offers to IOT... and best practices from our panelists.
Don't wait to sign up.  Seats will go fast for this Program!



Bobby Katoli, CERES Technology, founder
Adam Perschke,, CEO
Matt Whittington, Factom, Software Developer


Bobby Katoli is one of the founders of CERES. He leads business and tech strategy. In 2014, he created his first startup, named MassCatalyst, which was a software-as-a-service platform to automate the back office for PE funds and investment banks. Other notable works include an ETF development project for the Boone Pickens Fund which is currently traded on the NYSE (ticker: BOON), automating and optimizing trading strategies for a hedge funds, and creating the foundation for a machine learning based robo-advisor.



Adam Perschke  CEO at NOVAM. He specializes in emerging technology innovation and is a serial entrepreneur. He's provided technology innovation guidance to global entities including, but not limited to, the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Technology Accelerator, Amazon, T-Mobile, Toyota Connected, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Previously, Adam founded Inteligus Solutions, a security technologies company, focused on purpose-built OEM security solutions for access control systems, identity management and digital security for the leading Hewlett Packard Enterprise OEM in the surveillance industry.


Matt Whittington is a Lead Software Developer at Factom, a blockchain-as-a-service company. He brings over two decades of software development experience to Factom where he's responsible for building applications and focusing on IoT development in the blockchain space. Before joining Factom he spent a year dealing with the technical and regulatory aspects of launching a US based digital currency exchange. Previously, Matt was the Senior Software Developer/Architect at Myriad Development. Inc. and an Information Systems Analyst at Ascension / Seton Healthcare.






2019 Events

  • Why digital currency is important to corporations - Jon West, founder, Vercey Blockchain Consulting
  • How is university blockchain research helping industry advance? - Duane Dimos, VP of research, UT Arlington; 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; Cijoy Olickal, CEO, Plymouth.AI

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