Adrián Garelik is a script writer and film producer (“To fool a thief”, “Unsuscribe”) who was always interested in technologies for video distribution on the Internet. In 2011 he worked with Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar, one of Argentina´s internet pioneers, on CinePop, a democratic network for film distribution to cinemas. In 2014 they turned their attention to blockchain technology for video distribution, which became the foundation for RSK (aka Rootstock), a smart contract platform on top of Bitcoin. After two years at RSK Adrian left to team up with Federico Abad, the creator of Popcorn Time, on the blockchain-based video sharing app called Flixxo.
Adrijan Šćekić is Co-Founder of Cryptotag, a kit for securely and permanently storing private key information into solid Titanium plates. He previously led corporate sales teams as an account manager for Ziggo, Vodafon and KPN.
Munich-based CryptoAdvance co-founder Stepan Snigirev is a quantum physicist who turned his attention to the cutting edge of Bitcoin protocol developments. He will talk about the standard key management policies used in hardware wallets and how he aims to improve them.
Andrew Hill is the CEO of San Francisco-based Textile, which aims to build a decentralized competitor to Apple’s iCloud. He has been a biologist, a mapper, a professor at NYU and a software developer. Now he creates solutions for IPFS.
Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man sentenced to life in prison at the age of 36 for his involvement in Silk Road. The dark web marketplace has made an indelible impact on the industry.
Aidan Hyman is CEO of Toronto-based ChainSafe Systems, a substantial contributor to blockchain interoperability. His team leads development of Ethermint, a deployment of Ethereum on Tendermint using the Cosmos-SDK; Lodestar, a version of Ethereum 2.0 written in TypeScript, which Vitalik Buterin personally supported with a large donation; and Gossamer, a Golang implementation of the Polkadot Runtime Environment, for which they received a grant from the Web3 Foundation.
Olivier de Jong is the CEO and founder of Airwave, a decentralized communications network which aims to apply distributed ledger technology to peer-to-peer audio and video chat without compromising usability or privacy. He has focussed on software development, peer-to-peer technologies and decentralized systems, and previously worked for another online video startup and Youmine, a Dutch company that collected and aggregated special offers and daily deals like those offered by Groupon.
Alan R. Milligan is a former software entrepreneur turned accomplished film producer. The work associated with his production studio Film-Farms, located in a farmhouse in Oslo, has received prizes at the Cannes, Venice and Tribeca film festivals in addition to more than 50 other awards and nominations. Now he has turned his attention to smart contracts with a system called White Rabbit that consists of a browser plugin to allow viewers to watch streaming films and to safely pay the rights holders.
Aleksandar Kuzmanovic is a Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University and the founder of Chicago-based bloXroute Labs. He is also an authority on Net Neutrality, and his work on this subject has earned him the National Science Foundation’s Career Award.