Brian is Founder and Chairman of Chlu, a blockchain based technology startup, and Flexhire a premium freelance engineering marketplace. He is advisor to, and was previously CTO/CIO of, Standard Industries, a New York based global industrial holding company, overseeing a global team of technology experts. He was previously Global Head of Digital Innovation for PepsiCo. Prior to PepsiCo, Brian was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Technology for JCPenney. He is an advisory board member of the MIT Digital Currency Initiative and has previously been a member of the FedEx Ecommerce board of directors. He has spoken on Blockchain extensively and is an active angel investor and startup advisor in Europe and the US.
Brian holds a MSc in Computer Science, Networks and Distributed Systems from Trinity College Dublin where he was a foundation scholar and gold medalist.
Stephen is a highly experienced executive leader, educator and entrepreneur. His career spans 18 years, including teaching Integrated Multimedia Systems to Computer Science undergrads in Trinity College Dublin, as well as managing software and content development from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has led teams across all aspects of business, including product development, product management, investment analysis, sales and business development, and he has been part of several successful acquisitions along the way. He is currently CEO of Flexhire, a cutting-edge technology recruitment marketplace.
Stephen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he received his BA in Management Science and Information Systems, and his MSc in Multimedia Systems.
Kulpreet has a PhD in distributed systems where he developed a novel consensus protocol that is resilient to rapid changes in network topology. Since his PhD, Kulpreet has held leadership roles in various industries like online gaming, crowdfunding, marketplaces and productivity. He has led teams in startups like Jolt Online Gaming, Karmafan, Subnomine, Notificami and Flexhire. Kulpreet is passionate about open source software and is a regular contributor to the community. He is an expert in the development of smart contracts, wallets and decentralized storage networks, and strongly believes in the future of cryptocurrencies.
Kulpreet received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin and his Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He is a father of twin girls and enjoys long distance running.
Hitesh is Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin's School of Computer Science and Statistics, where he has published extensively on cryptography, blockchains and online payments.
His early research work was on electronic payments systems in 1994. He has also published peer reviewed papers in the areas of computer networks, electronic commerce, network security and mobile communications technologies. He has published a number of important papers in the area of blockchains and has co-authored a book on Electronic Payments which is currently in its second edition.
Cassidy is an expert in international finance whose research on interest rates is regularly read by senior central bankers around the world. She is using her insights and passion for blockchain technology to create solutions for the future of open reputation.
Cassidy has a Master's in International Finance from Columbia University where she also acted as a consultant for the Federal Reserve.
Enrico is a computer scientist from italy with a strong passion for open source software and peer to peer distributed systems. He has followed closely the development of the IPFS distributed filesystem and its first applications.
His projects include IPFS Boards, a browser application aiming to implement a completely decentralized discussion board and IPFS Drive, a file manager running entirely in the browser. He also built and contributed to many open source software and tools ranging from games and web applications, development tools and programming languages.
Max is an experienced senior full-stack developer with experience in mobile (React Native), server back-end solutions (Node.js, Ruby on Rails), and modern front-end frameworks (Angular, React).
Frank is an award winning designer that specializes in user interface design for the web, mobile applications and interactive installations. His work has included the design of interactive touch tables, real-time data visualizations for a bar with robotic bartenders, and the reimagining of an international bank's ATM interfaces across the globe. He has worked with such clients as PepsiCo, The Public Theater, Smithsonian, MIT, NYU, Sesame Street, UCLA School of Architecture and numerous technology startups.
Frank's work has received multiple awards, including AIGA's 50/50 design award, and has been featured in Fast Company, CNN, and Gizmodo. Frank graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Since then, he has taught design and programming at The New School, School of Visual Arts, and New York University. He has also worked at a range of design studios, including the internationally renowned agency Pentagram for 4 years, before beginning his current role as an independent consultant.