Science Fair

Take a deeper dive into decentralized projects, protocols, and products at our Science Fair—held during the Opening Night Party at the Internet Archive, Tuesday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. From the Great Room to the lawn, you will find 70 tables + 70 projects = countless innovative ideas.

Science Fair is a time for you to talk one-on-one with the builders of the Decentralized Web, ask questions, and try out the latest working code. Then, once you know the names, faces and projects, you'll be better set to chart your course through the Summit offerings the next day.

Who knows, you might just meet your next partner, employer, staffer or best friend in the process!  

Science Fair

A Decentralized Internet Archive
dweb.archive.org : A decentralized UI to the Internet Archive
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Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

 

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Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

 

Videos from the summit:

Althea
Althea empowers individuals and communities to build and maintain their own sustainable, decentralized internet infrastructure.
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Jehan Tremback
CEO, Althea

Jehan has a background in software consulting and has been developing blockchain software since 2013, including an early wallet for Tendermint, the Avocado state channel framework, and the RPR payment channel routing protocol. He has volunteered with the PeoplesOpen.net mesh network in Oakland for the past 3 years.

Jehan Tremback
CEO, Althea

Jehan has a background in software consulting and has been developing blockchain software since 2013, including an early wallet for Tendermint, the Avocado state channel framework, and the RPR payment channel routing protocol. He has volunteered with the PeoplesOpen.net mesh network in Oakland for the past 3 years.

Aragon
Governance for dapps, organizations, and open source projects.
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John Light
Co-founder, Author, Bitseed

John Light is the Community Lead at Aragon, a project that is building tools for the governance of organizations and open source projects. He is also a co-founder of Bitseed, author of Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank, free software advocate and contributor, and advisor to cryptocurrency startups and investors.

John has helped organize many crypto-community events including EIP0 Summit in 2018, the Decentralized Web Summit in 2016, and Blockstack Summit NYC in 2015. He also hosted the P2P Connects Us podcast, founded the Buttonwood SF cryptocurrency trading meetup in San Francisco, and is an avid reader and writer on the topics of peer-to-peer technology, philosophy, and culture.

You can find John's website at lightco.in.

Derek Alia
Frontend Developer, Aragon

A constant student. I love learning new languages, frameworks, databases and techniques. I try to have a wide breadth of knowledge on the subjects so I can select the best tool for the task at hand. I've been known to lock myself in a room for a week-end for a codefest to learn a new facet of the trade. As such, I feel confident going into any environment with the assumption that I can become proficient in it.

I love development. I'm passionate about it. I love design. I love the open web. When not in front of the keyboard, you can find me out in the sun rock climbing, skiing, or simply running. I also enjoy art, movies, the occasional video game, and traveling.

María Gómez
Strategy lead, Aragon

María Gómez is a former corporate lawyer. She worked several years in the M&A and corporate finance practice. Currently she works as the strategy lead for Aragon.one, one of the teams working for the Aragon project. A project that is building tools for the governance of organizations and open source projects. María is a local to Bogotá-Colombia, a citizen of the open world.

John Light
Co-founder, Author, Bitseed

John Light is the Community Lead at Aragon, a project that is building tools for the governance of organizations and open source projects. He is also a co-founder of Bitseed, author of Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank, free software advocate and contributor, and advisor to cryptocurrency startups and investors.

John has helped organize many crypto-community events including EIP0 Summit in 2018, the Decentralized Web Summit in 2016, and Blockstack Summit NYC in 2015. He also hosted the P2P Connects Us podcast, founded the Buttonwood SF cryptocurrency trading meetup in San Francisco, and is an avid reader and writer on the topics of peer-to-peer technology, philosophy, and culture.

You can find John's website at lightco.in.

Derek Alia
Frontend Developer, Aragon

A constant student. I love learning new languages, frameworks, databases and techniques. I try to have a wide breadth of knowledge on the subjects so I can select the best tool for the task at hand. I've been known to lock myself in a room for a week-end for a codefest to learn a new facet of the trade. As such, I feel confident going into any environment with the assumption that I can become proficient in it.

I love development. I'm passionate about it. I love design. I love the open web. When not in front of the keyboard, you can find me out in the sun rock climbing, skiing, or simply running. I also enjoy art, movies, the occasional video game, and traveling.

María Gómez
Strategy lead, Aragon

María Gómez is a former corporate lawyer. She worked several years in the M&A and corporate finance practice. Currently she works as the strategy lead for Aragon.one, one of the teams working for the Aragon project. A project that is building tools for the governance of organizations and open source projects. María is a local to Bogotá-Colombia, a citizen of the open world.

Beaker Browser
The Web should be a creative tool for everyone. Beaker brings peer-to-peer publishing to the Web, turning the browser into a supercharged tool for sharing websites, files, apps, and more.
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Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Mathias Buus
Chief of Research, Beaker Browser

Mathias Buus is a self taught JavaScript hacker from Copenhagen that has been working with Node.js since the 0.2 days. Mathias likes to work with P2P and distributed systems and is the author of more than 650 modules on npm. He is also the Chief of Research at Beaker leading the technical work on the Dat protocol.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Tara Vancil
Co-Creater, Beaker Browser

Tara is the co-creator of the Beaker Browser, a browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. She co-founded Blue Link Labs, the team of decentralization enthusiasts behind the Beaker Browser and hashbase.io. She's dedicated to building the Web of tomorrow as a Web for all.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Mathias Buus
Chief of Research, Beaker Browser

Mathias Buus is a self taught JavaScript hacker from Copenhagen that has been working with Node.js since the 0.2 days. Mathias likes to work with P2P and distributed systems and is the author of more than 650 modules on npm. He is also the Chief of Research at Beaker leading the technical work on the Dat protocol.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Tara Vancil
Co-Creater, Beaker Browser

Tara is the co-creator of the Beaker Browser, a browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. She co-founded Blue Link Labs, the team of decentralization enthusiasts behind the Beaker Browser and hashbase.io. She's dedicated to building the Web of tomorrow as a Web for all.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Blockstack: A New Internet for Decentralized Apps
A New Internet for Decentralized Apps.
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Muneeb Ali
Co-Founder, Blockstack

Muneeb co-founded Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Muneeb received his PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University specializing in distributed systems. He went through Y Combinator and has worked in the systems research group at Princeton and PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. Muneeb was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a broad range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.

 

Videos from the summit:

Jude Nelson
Engineering Partner, Blockstack

Jude Nelson earned his PhD in computer science at Princeton and worked as a core member of PlanetLab, which received the ACM Test of Time Award for enabling planetary scale experimentation and deployment. His research covered wide-area storage systems and CDNs. 10+ years of Vim usage.

Muneeb Ali
Co-Founder, Blockstack

Muneeb co-founded Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Muneeb received his PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University specializing in distributed systems. He went through Y Combinator and has worked in the systems research group at Princeton and PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. Muneeb was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a broad range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.

 

Videos from the summit:

Jude Nelson
Engineering Partner, Blockstack

Jude Nelson earned his PhD in computer science at Princeton and worked as a core member of PlanetLab, which received the ACM Test of Time Award for enabling planetary scale experimentation and deployment. His research covered wide-area storage systems and CDNs. 10+ years of Vim usage.

Book Digitization
The Digitization of Various Materials with the Internet Archive
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Chris Mankiewicz
Digitization Manager, Internet Archive

Chris worked at the Internet Archive as an archive administrator for a little over 2 years before being promoted to the position of digitization manager. Prior to that, he studied history at San Diego State University, worked in an audio/visual department at Sony Pictures in LA, and then in production for an investment bank in the Bay Area after deciding to return home. His interests include all things Star Trek, World of Warcraft, and American football, in that order. Chris is a creative goofball wrapped in a heart of gold.

Chris Mankiewicz
Digitization Manager, Internet Archive

Chris worked at the Internet Archive as an archive administrator for a little over 2 years before being promoted to the position of digitization manager. Prior to that, he studied history at San Diego State University, worked in an audio/visual department at Sony Pictures in LA, and then in production for an investment bank in the Bay Area after deciding to return home. His interests include all things Star Trek, World of Warcraft, and American football, in that order. Chris is a creative goofball wrapped in a heart of gold.

BTCR DID Method
The Bitcoin Reference DID method supports DIDs on the public Bitcoin blockchain
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Christopher Allen
Rebuilding the Web of Trust

 

Christopher Allen is an entrepreneur, technologist, and educator who specializes in collaboration, security, and trust. As a pioneer in internet cryptography, he’s initiated cross-industry collaborations and created industry standards that influence the entire internet. He worked with Netscape to develop SSL and co-authored the IETF TLS internet draft that is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. Though he’s worked within numerous privacy and security sectors, Christopher’s recent emphasis has been on engines of trust such as blockchain, smart contracts, and smart signatures, in particular decentralized self-sovereign identity. Christopher has been a digital civil liberties and human-rights privacy advisor, mobile developer, startup consultant, MBA faculty, and social web strategy consultant. He served as Principle Architect at Blockstream.

Kim Hamilton Duffy
Chief Technology Officer, Learning Machine, Blockcerts

 

Kim Hamilton Duffy is CTO of Learning Machine and Principal Architect of Blockcerts. Her focus is building decentralized systems enabling interoperable, recipient-owned credentials and identity solutions based on open standards and open source implementations. Kim is co-chair of the W3C Credentials Community Group, the standards group driving the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) specification. She co-developed the BTCR DID method specification and open source implementations. 

 

Videos from the summit:

Christopher Allen
Rebuilding the Web of Trust

 

Christopher Allen is an entrepreneur, technologist, and educator who specializes in collaboration, security, and trust. As a pioneer in internet cryptography, he’s initiated cross-industry collaborations and created industry standards that influence the entire internet. He worked with Netscape to develop SSL and co-authored the IETF TLS internet draft that is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. Though he’s worked within numerous privacy and security sectors, Christopher’s recent emphasis has been on engines of trust such as blockchain, smart contracts, and smart signatures, in particular decentralized self-sovereign identity. Christopher has been a digital civil liberties and human-rights privacy advisor, mobile developer, startup consultant, MBA faculty, and social web strategy consultant. He served as Principle Architect at Blockstream.

Kim Hamilton Duffy
Chief Technology Officer, Learning Machine, Blockcerts

 

Kim Hamilton Duffy is CTO of Learning Machine and Principal Architect of Blockcerts. Her focus is building decentralized systems enabling interoperable, recipient-owned credentials and identity solutions based on open standards and open source implementations. Kim is co-chair of the W3C Credentials Community Group, the standards group driving the Decentralized Identifiers (DID) specification. She co-developed the BTCR DID method specification and open source implementations. 

 

Videos from the summit:

bunsanweb
bunsanweb is a decentralized web born in Tokyo which forms an open network of individual programs that freely share information between them.
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Ryoichi Ichiyama
Chief Scientist, Kanata Limited

Ryoichi's current interest is systems programming and programming languages. He has worked for several companies to design and implement programmable architecture of systems. He studied computer science from type theory to component architecture at Kyoto University and Tokyo University. He has been the main programmer for bunsanweb.

Ryoichi Ichiyama
Chief Scientist, Kanata Limited

Ryoichi's current interest is systems programming and programming languages. He has worked for several companies to design and implement programmable architecture of systems. He studied computer science from type theory to component architecture at Kyoto University and Tokyo University. He has been the main programmer for bunsanweb.

Chia Network
a blockchain based on proofs of space and time to make a cryptocurrency that is less wasteful, more decentralized, and more secure.
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Bram Cohen
Co-Founder & CEO, Chia Network
 

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Bram Cohen
Co-Founder & CEO, Chia Network
 

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COALA
COALA’s collaborative, community-driven work drives blockchain policy, technical development, and next-generation applications at global scale.
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Primavera De Filippi
Researcher & Faculty Associate, CERSA/CNRS and Berkman-Klein Center / Harvard

Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).

 

Videos from the summit:

Constance Choi
Seven Advisory, COALA

Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives (www.blockchainworkshops.org and www.coala.global) and her ongoing work is intended to foster sound public policy to allow blockchain technologies to fulfill the great social and economic promise of its technical ingenuity. Her company, Seven Advisory, also supports diverse public and private clients in global regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and strategic market development for blockchain technologies. 

Greg McMullen
Lawyer, COALA

 

Greg is a lawyer based in Berlin, where he chairs the Privacy and Data Protection subsection of the Blockchain Bundesverband. He is co-founder of the Interplanetary Database Foundation, and the former Chief Policy Officer of ascribe.io and BigchainDB. Before moving to Berlin, Greg spent five years as a litigator with one of Canada’s top class action law firms, where he worked on class actions against Facebook over privacy violations, and Visa and MasteCard alleging price fixing. He served on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and authored he BCCLA handbook on laptop and smartphone searches at the Canadian border.

 

Videos from the summit:

Primavera De Filippi
Researcher & Faculty Associate, CERSA/CNRS and Berkman-Klein Center / Harvard

Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).

 

Videos from the summit:

Constance Choi
Seven Advisory, COALA

Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives (www.blockchainworkshops.org and www.coala.global) and her ongoing work is intended to foster sound public policy to allow blockchain technologies to fulfill the great social and economic promise of its technical ingenuity. Her company, Seven Advisory, also supports diverse public and private clients in global regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and strategic market development for blockchain technologies. 

Greg McMullen
Lawyer, COALA

 

Greg is a lawyer based in Berlin, where he chairs the Privacy and Data Protection subsection of the Blockchain Bundesverband. He is co-founder of the Interplanetary Database Foundation, and the former Chief Policy Officer of ascribe.io and BigchainDB. Before moving to Berlin, Greg spent five years as a litigator with one of Canada’s top class action law firms, where he worked on class actions against Facebook over privacy violations, and Visa and MasteCard alleging price fixing. He served on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and authored he BCCLA handbook on laptop and smartphone searches at the Canadian border.

 

Videos from the summit:

Coil
Refactoring the Web Economy through the Interledger Protocol
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Stefan Thomas
Founder, President, Coil

Stefan is the Founder and President of Coil, a San Francisco based startup that wants to create a better business model for the Web. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan built new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. He has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.

Ben Sharafian
Chief of Technology, Co-founder, Coil

Ben is CTO and Co-Founder at Coil, a startup that aims to fix monetization on the Web. In addition to Web Monetization, Ben has contributed to the design and implementation of Interledger, an interoperability protocol for money. Before Coil, Ben worked as an engineer at Ripple.

 

Andros Wong
Software engineer, Coil

Andros is currently a software engineer at Coil, where he works on the flat rate monetization product across different platforms/devices and building Codius, Coil’s open hosting protocol. Previously he was a software engineer at Ripple.

Stefan Thomas
Founder, President, Coil

Stefan is the Founder and President of Coil, a San Francisco based startup that wants to create a better business model for the Web. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan built new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. He has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.

Ben Sharafian
Chief of Technology, Co-founder, Coil

Ben is CTO and Co-Founder at Coil, a startup that aims to fix monetization on the Web. In addition to Web Monetization, Ben has contributed to the design and implementation of Interledger, an interoperability protocol for money. Before Coil, Ben worked as an engineer at Ripple.

 

Andros Wong
Software engineer, Coil

Andros is currently a software engineer at Coil, where he works on the flat rate monetization product across different platforms/devices and building Codius, Coil’s open hosting protocol. Previously he was a software engineer at Ripple.

D.Tube
DTube is a decentralized YouTube built on STEEM, IPFS, and GUN.
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Adrien Marie
Founder, DTube

DTube is a decentralized video platform that utilizes the Blockchain and P2P technology. It operates without censorship or algorithms that artificially change the rankings of videos. It is ad-free, and creators and users earn revenue when they interact with the service, either by uploading content or commenting on them.

 

Videos from the summit:

Adrien Marie
Founder, DTube

DTube is a decentralized video platform that utilizes the Blockchain and P2P technology. It operates without censorship or algorithms that artificially change the rankings of videos. It is ad-free, and creators and users earn revenue when they interact with the service, either by uploading content or commenting on them.

 

Videos from the summit:

DID Universal Resolver
Implementation of a Resolver for Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs)
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Markus Sabadello
CEO, Danube Tech

Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, at the MIT Media Lab's Human Dynamics Group, at the World Economic Forum, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015 he founded Danube Tech, a consulting and development company that contributes to Sovrin Foundation, the Decentralized Identity Foundation, and various self-sovereign identity projects around the world.

 

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Markus Sabadello
CEO, Danube Tech

Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, at the MIT Media Lab's Human Dynamics Group, at the World Economic Forum, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015 he founded Danube Tech, a consulting and development company that contributes to Sovrin Foundation, the Decentralized Identity Foundation, and various self-sovereign identity projects around the world.

 

Videos from the summit:

Digital Democracy
Digital Democracy empowers marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights.
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Karissa McKelvey
Software Engineer, Digital Democracy

Karissa McKelvey is an open source software developer, writer, project manager, and activist supporting an equitable web. She develops and maintains a wide variety of tools and services for Digital Democracy. She is also a board member of Code for Science and Society. Formerly a data scientist, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she leads teams to success with diverse projects in academia, non-profits, and industry. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and volunteers at The Debt Collective as a technology consultant.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Stephen Whitmore
Digital Democracy

Stephen Whitmore works with Digital Democracy to build useful open tools that raise the bar of the commons, especially for marginalized communities.

Stephen creates and maintains open technology that enables self-determination; honors people, not profit; is sustainable for the communities that adopt it; and is maximally accessible regardless of resources or technical background. Stephen is based in Oakland, CA, USA.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Karissa McKelvey
Software Engineer, Digital Democracy

Karissa McKelvey is an open source software developer, writer, project manager, and activist supporting an equitable web. She develops and maintains a wide variety of tools and services for Digital Democracy. She is also a board member of Code for Science and Society. Formerly a data scientist, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she leads teams to success with diverse projects in academia, non-profits, and industry. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and volunteers at The Debt Collective as a technology consultant.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Stephen Whitmore
Digital Democracy

Stephen Whitmore works with Digital Democracy to build useful open tools that raise the bar of the commons, especially for marginalized communities.

Stephen creates and maintains open technology that enables self-determination; honors people, not profit; is sustainable for the communities that adopt it; and is maximally accessible regardless of resources or technical background. Stephen is based in Oakland, CA, USA.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

EOS dApp Store
Distributed Applications on EOS blockchain
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Bill Mar
Founder, EOS dApp Store

Implementer of BIOS, DOS, WinCE, Windows for embedded devices

Founded Special Computing, integrating thousands of embedded platforms

Microsoft MVP (embedded) for 12 years

Microprocessor Reference Platform Design, training, and certification

Organizer of Community groups (Makers of Phoenix with 3000+ members)

Founded EOSdAppStore to accelerate adoption of distributed applications

Bill Mar
Founder, EOS dApp Store

Implementer of BIOS, DOS, WinCE, Windows for embedded devices

Founded Special Computing, integrating thousands of embedded platforms

Microsoft MVP (embedded) for 12 years

Microprocessor Reference Platform Design, training, and certification

Organizer of Community groups (Makers of Phoenix with 3000+ members)

Founded EOSdAppStore to accelerate adoption of distributed applications

Firefox Extensions with Libdweb
See demos and learn about Mozilla’s experimental APIs for building dweb applications with browser extensions.
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Andre Garzia
TechSpeaker, Mozilla

Andre is a Mozilla TechSpeaker focused on decentralization technologies and is an active member of the Secure Scuttlebutt community. In the recent years he published books about Firefox OS and managed a Web Literacy program in vulnerable neighborhoods of Rio. He is a firm believer in empowerment through technological experimentation. His home is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lives with his wife, cats and more IoT boards than he can ever put into use.

Irakli Gozalishvili
Research Engineer, Mozilla

Irakli Gozalishvili is Research Engineer at Mozilla interested in bringing decentralized technologies into world wide web. He believes internet can be a truly public resource, but only if it breaks free of corporate silos and views decentralization as an enabling technology for this. 

Dietrich Ayala
Developer, Mozilla

Dietrich Ayala is a developer advocate at Mozilla, the non-profit makers of the Firefox web browser, where he's been working for internet freedom and shipping open source software to hundreds of millions of people for over a decade.

Andre Garzia
TechSpeaker, Mozilla

Andre is a Mozilla TechSpeaker focused on decentralization technologies and is an active member of the Secure Scuttlebutt community. In the recent years he published books about Firefox OS and managed a Web Literacy program in vulnerable neighborhoods of Rio. He is a firm believer in empowerment through technological experimentation. His home is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lives with his wife, cats and more IoT boards than he can ever put into use.

Irakli Gozalishvili
Research Engineer, Mozilla

Irakli Gozalishvili is Research Engineer at Mozilla interested in bringing decentralized technologies into world wide web. He believes internet can be a truly public resource, but only if it breaks free of corporate silos and views decentralization as an enabling technology for this. 

Dietrich Ayala
Developer, Mozilla

Dietrich Ayala is a developer advocate at Mozilla, the non-profit makers of the Firefox web browser, where he's been working for internet freedom and shipping open source software to hundreds of millions of people for over a decade.

GIF economy
GIF to the moon
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Duke Crawford
Creator, th.ai human ai

Duke Crawford figured out how to sync audio with GIF. He syncs GIF with audio visual wiki context at th.ai and thinks GIF can learn to host an attention economy where players own the game.

email: duke@th.ai twitter: @dukecrawford.

Duke Crawford
Creator, th.ai human ai

Duke Crawford figured out how to sync audio with GIF. He syncs GIF with audio visual wiki context at th.ai and thinks GIF can learn to host an attention economy where players own the game.

email: duke@th.ai twitter: @dukecrawford.

Gnosis
Redistribute the future. Gnosis builds new market mechanisms to enable the distribution of resources—from assets to incentives, and information to ideas.
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Kei Kreutler
Strategy Director, Gnosis

Kei Kreutler is a researcher, designer, and developer interested in how cultural narratives of technologies shape their use. As Strategy Director at Gnosis, she oversees messaging and direction as the company builds open, blockchain-based prediction market platforms, decentralized exchange protocols, and a secure mobile-first wallet.

Her project-based practice spans disciplines, from engagement with open source space technologies to synthetic biology research, and has been exhibited by organisations including the Victoria & Albert Museum and FACT Liverpool. In 2017 at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, she co-founded Patternist, a sci-fi, augmented reality game for urban research and alternative economies. Previously, she contributed to unMonastery, an open source initiative for networked living spaces inspired by monasticism and hackerspace design patterns. Her work focuses on organizational design and utopian conspiracies.

Kei Kreutler
Strategy Director, Gnosis

Kei Kreutler is a researcher, designer, and developer interested in how cultural narratives of technologies shape their use. As Strategy Director at Gnosis, she oversees messaging and direction as the company builds open, blockchain-based prediction market platforms, decentralized exchange protocols, and a secure mobile-first wallet.

Her project-based practice spans disciplines, from engagement with open source space technologies to synthetic biology research, and has been exhibited by organisations including the Victoria & Albert Museum and FACT Liverpool. In 2017 at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, she co-founded Patternist, a sci-fi, augmented reality game for urban research and alternative economies. Previously, she contributed to unMonastery, an open source initiative for networked living spaces inspired by monasticism and hackerspace design patterns. Her work focuses on organizational design and utopian conspiracies.

GUN
GUN is an open-source decentralized database service that allows developers to build fast peer-to-peer applications that will work, even when their users are offline.
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Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

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Priya Kuber
Chief Process Officer., GUN

Priya is an India-born San Francisco based entrepreneur. She was the 8th employee of Arduino and subsequently, the Director of their office in India. From 2018, she is also a visiting faculty for entrepreneurship, with Fondazione Agnelli in Italy. She works with GUN as a Chief Process Officer.

 

Videos from the summit:

Martti Malmi
Head of Identity, GUN

Bitcoin's first collaborator. Creator of Identi.fi and head of identity @GUN. Voluntaryist.

 

Videos from the summit:

Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

Videos from the summit:

Priya Kuber
Chief Process Officer., GUN

Priya is an India-born San Francisco based entrepreneur. She was the 8th employee of Arduino and subsequently, the Director of their office in India. From 2018, she is also a visiting faculty for entrepreneurship, with Fondazione Agnelli in Italy. She works with GUN as a Chief Process Officer.

 

Videos from the summit:

Martti Malmi
Head of Identity, GUN

Bitcoin's first collaborator. Creator of Identi.fi and head of identity @GUN. Voluntaryist.

 

Videos from the summit:

HIE of One Trustee
A reference implementation of a standards-based self-sovereign technology stack.
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Adrian Gropper
Chief Technology Officer, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation

Adrian Gropper, MD is CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights Foundation where he brings training as an engineer from MIT (ME ‘74) and physician from Harvard Medical School (MD ‘78) followed by a career as a medical device entrepreneur including launch of AMICAS, a major radiology PACS business, out of MGH. More recently, his paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition. His current project, HIE of One Trustee, uses public blockchains, standards and open source software to enable patient-controlled independent health records that can last a lifetime. He is active in blockchain standards development for identity, credentials, and reputation.

Policies and practices about control of patient health records is a growing issue for clinical, research, and economic reasons. It directly impacts the work of HHS to implement the interoperability mandates of the 21st Century CURES Act, the work of NIH to implement the All of US research initiative, the CMS API into the Medicare records, and the VA systems APIs with private-sector EHRs and health information exchanges. Patient health records are also the essential feedstock for machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine as in this very short talk to the 40th reunion class at Harvard Medical School http://bit.ly/HMS78Talk .

Adrian Gropper
Chief Technology Officer, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation

Adrian Gropper, MD is CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights Foundation where he brings training as an engineer from MIT (ME ‘74) and physician from Harvard Medical School (MD ‘78) followed by a career as a medical device entrepreneur including launch of AMICAS, a major radiology PACS business, out of MGH. More recently, his paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition. His current project, HIE of One Trustee, uses public blockchains, standards and open source software to enable patient-controlled independent health records that can last a lifetime. He is active in blockchain standards development for identity, credentials, and reputation.

Policies and practices about control of patient health records is a growing issue for clinical, research, and economic reasons. It directly impacts the work of HHS to implement the interoperability mandates of the 21st Century CURES Act, the work of NIH to implement the All of US research initiative, the CMS API into the Medicare records, and the VA systems APIs with private-sector EHRs and health information exchanges. Patient health records are also the essential feedstock for machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine as in this very short talk to the 40th reunion class at Harvard Medical School http://bit.ly/HMS78Talk .

Holo
A demo and open discussion on how agent-centric models in P2P applications can unleashing greater composability and transformative capacity in software
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Sami Van Ness
Holo

Sami Van Ness is a veteran Digital Marketer and Full-Stack Web Developer with over a decade in experience in data-driven marketing automation and brand identity management working with organizations such as Smuckers, Jif, Folgers, Sony, Best Buy, Porsche, Exxon Mobil, and more. Through an interest in cryptography and data privacy she has been involved in the cryptocurrency space for over 5 years. Prior to Holo, she did initial brand identity prototyping, web asset management, white paper and logo design for the project Promether (promether.com), and web asset management for Demonsaw(demonsaw.com).

Jean Russell
Holo

Cultivator of Flows, Jean Russell passionately transforms ideas into thriving organizations, always looking for the highest leverage points for us to shift from the world we have toward the world we want. Jean is a culture hacker, facilitator, speaker, and writer creating the future today at the intersections of technology, money, identity, and social transformation. Currently her culture hacking comes in the form of leadership within Holo and Holochain, transformative technologies for building the next internet with an eye toward building the economy for the next era.

As a founder of the thrivability movement, Jean plays with social innovators, technologists, and edge-riders from Malmo to Melbourne, and London to San Francisco. Demonstrating collaboration, she curated, "Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch" in 2010. She wrote "Thrivability: Breakthroughs for a World That Works" (Triarchy Press, 2013). Then she published, with Herman Wagter, "Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations" (Triarchy Press, 2016). 
 

Sami Van Ness
Holo

Sami Van Ness is a veteran Digital Marketer and Full-Stack Web Developer with over a decade in experience in data-driven marketing automation and brand identity management working with organizations such as Smuckers, Jif, Folgers, Sony, Best Buy, Porsche, Exxon Mobil, and more. Through an interest in cryptography and data privacy she has been involved in the cryptocurrency space for over 5 years. Prior to Holo, she did initial brand identity prototyping, web asset management, white paper and logo design for the project Promether (promether.com), and web asset management for Demonsaw(demonsaw.com).

Jean Russell
Holo

Cultivator of Flows, Jean Russell passionately transforms ideas into thriving organizations, always looking for the highest leverage points for us to shift from the world we have toward the world we want. Jean is a culture hacker, facilitator, speaker, and writer creating the future today at the intersections of technology, money, identity, and social transformation. Currently her culture hacking comes in the form of leadership within Holo and Holochain, transformative technologies for building the next internet with an eye toward building the economy for the next era.

As a founder of the thrivability movement, Jean plays with social innovators, technologists, and edge-riders from Malmo to Melbourne, and London to San Francisco. Demonstrating collaboration, she curated, "Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch" in 2010. She wrote "Thrivability: Breakthroughs for a World That Works" (Triarchy Press, 2013). Then she published, with Herman Wagter, "Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations" (Triarchy Press, 2016). 
 

InterPlanetary Wayback (IPWB)
A Distributed and Persistent Archival Replay System Using IPFS
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Sawood Alam
Researcher, Old Dominion University

Sawood Alam is a PhD Student of Computer Science at Old Dominion University, USA. Sawood received his B.Tech. degree in Computer Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia, India in 2008 and his M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, USA in 2013. His Master’s Thesis title was "HTTP Mailbox – Asynchronous Restful Communication". Sawood is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation titled, "A Framework of Web Archive Profiling for Efficient Memento Aggregation". Apart from his academic research in Web Science and Web Archiving field, he has a keen interest in various fields including Linux Containerization, Decentralized Web, Machine Learning, and solving technical challenges of Urdu and other Right-to-Left complex script languages. Sawood actively follows latest Web technologies.

Sawood Alam
Researcher, Old Dominion University

Sawood Alam is a PhD Student of Computer Science at Old Dominion University, USA. Sawood received his B.Tech. degree in Computer Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia, India in 2008 and his M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, USA in 2013. His Master’s Thesis title was "HTTP Mailbox – Asynchronous Restful Communication". Sawood is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation titled, "A Framework of Web Archive Profiling for Efficient Memento Aggregation". Apart from his academic research in Web Science and Web Archiving field, he has a keen interest in various fields including Linux Containerization, Decentralized Web, Machine Learning, and solving technical challenges of Urdu and other Right-to-Left complex script languages. Sawood actively follows latest Web technologies.

ixo - the blockchain for impact
Using Web3 standards and blockchain to issue digital assets representing social impact to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals
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Fennie Wang
Cofounder, ixo Network

Fennie is a lawyer turned entrepreneur in the blockchain field, as cofounder of ixo, which is a blockchain protocol for scaling impact measurement and tokenizing any project’s impact data into digital assets that can be funded, traded or exchanged.

Fennie is a US-qualified securities lawyer, who practiced in New York and London. When not working on ixo, she is involved in legal advocacy for the emergent token economy, as an advisor to New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and the New York City Economic Development Corporation on blockchain affairs, as well as working group coordinator at COALA, a cross-disciplinary blockchain technology policy group.

She started her career at JPMorgan. In between Wall Street and law school, she founded a legal services non-profit in Uganda. She holds a law degree from Columbia, and degrees in business and legal studies from Berkeley.

Fennie Wang
Cofounder, ixo Network

Fennie is a lawyer turned entrepreneur in the blockchain field, as cofounder of ixo, which is a blockchain protocol for scaling impact measurement and tokenizing any project’s impact data into digital assets that can be funded, traded or exchanged.

Fennie is a US-qualified securities lawyer, who practiced in New York and London. When not working on ixo, she is involved in legal advocacy for the emergent token economy, as an advisor to New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and the New York City Economic Development Corporation on blockchain affairs, as well as working group coordinator at COALA, a cross-disciplinary blockchain technology policy group.

She started her career at JPMorgan. In between Wall Street and law school, she founded a legal services non-profit in Uganda. She holds a law degree from Columbia, and degrees in business and legal studies from Berkeley.

JOLOCOM
Own your digital self
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Joachim Lohkamp
Founder, Jolocom/Ouishare

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart foractivism. As the founder of Jolocom, he has been working at the forefront of the decentralization movement in Berlin since 2014. With Jolocom, he is providing the identity solution that will enable real world use cases in smart contract based business models. To ultimately harvest this potential and inform innovation aimed regulation, he co-founded the German Blockchain Association (Bundesblock) that establishes the dialogue between blockchain businesses and politics. He is further active as an advisor for BlockchainHub, a decentralized Think Tank and as a Connector for OuiShare. Finally, you might find him as the Organizer of events like GetDecentralized, Decentralized Web Summit among others.

Eugeniu Rusu
Developer, Jolocom

Eugeniu is a full stack developer at Jolocom. His passion lies in Self sovereign identity systems and architectures. He designed the architecture of both the Jolocom protocol and smart wallet application. His experience stretches from blockchain technology (Ethereum, IPFS) to React, Redux, Reflux, Express, among others. Eugeniu is leading also Jolocom in the Horizon 2020 initiative named AGILE of the EU, building an adaptive IOT gateway for managing devices and visualizing data in real time and exporting data to cloud providers and personal data stores.

 

Videos from the summit:

Natascha Wittenberg
Developer, Jolocom

Natascha is a full stack developer at Jolocom (React, React Native, JavaScript, Typescript) and on decentralized technologies (Ethereum, IPFS). She has several years of experience in leadership and project management. Beyond this Natascha has 7 years of working experience in the energy sector with a focus on the intersection of IT and energy related topics.

Joachim Lohkamp
Founder, Jolocom/Ouishare

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart foractivism. As the founder of Jolocom, he has been working at the forefront of the decentralization movement in Berlin since 2014. With Jolocom, he is providing the identity solution that will enable real world use cases in smart contract based business models. To ultimately harvest this potential and inform innovation aimed regulation, he co-founded the German Blockchain Association (Bundesblock) that establishes the dialogue between blockchain businesses and politics. He is further active as an advisor for BlockchainHub, a decentralized Think Tank and as a Connector for OuiShare. Finally, you might find him as the Organizer of events like GetDecentralized, Decentralized Web Summit among others.

Eugeniu Rusu
Developer, Jolocom

Eugeniu is a full stack developer at Jolocom. His passion lies in Self sovereign identity systems and architectures. He designed the architecture of both the Jolocom protocol and smart wallet application. His experience stretches from blockchain technology (Ethereum, IPFS) to React, Redux, Reflux, Express, among others. Eugeniu is leading also Jolocom in the Horizon 2020 initiative named AGILE of the EU, building an adaptive IOT gateway for managing devices and visualizing data in real time and exporting data to cloud providers and personal data stores.

 

Videos from the summit:

Natascha Wittenberg
Developer, Jolocom

Natascha is a full stack developer at Jolocom (React, React Native, JavaScript, Typescript) and on decentralized technologies (Ethereum, IPFS). She has several years of experience in leadership and project management. Beyond this Natascha has 7 years of working experience in the energy sector with a focus on the intersection of IT and energy related topics.

Knapsack for Hope
Knapsack for Hope is a satellite filecasting technology that uses common satellite equipment to deliver digital content without relying on access to the Internet.
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Mehdi Yahyanejad
Director, founder, NetFreedom Pioneers, Balatarin.com

Mehdi Yahyanejad is founder of Balatarin.com, the largest user-generated news website in Persian and a crucial information source in the 2009 pro-democracy protest movement in Iran. He is the co-founder and director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a nonprofit organization that delivers curated digital content via satellite to regions of the world with limited internet access. He is also a researcher at USC researching new anti-censorship technologies. 

Sarah Bowers
Outreach Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Sarah Bowers works as an Outreach Coordinator for NetFreedom Pioneers. With a background in international education and nonprofit work, Sarah’s passion lies in cross-cultural inquiry and analyzing the ethics and effectiveness of international development efforts. With these interests she has joined NFP in rethinking the social impact of technology. 

 

Videos from the summit:

AliReza Firoozi
Technical Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Evan (AliReza) Firoozi is a former student activist and journalist who was imprisoned by the Iranian government for more than a year, six months of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has collaborated with several organizations and universities to translate to Farsi technical articles and applications related to internet security, privacy, and anti-censorship. While simultaneously pursuing his education in Computer Science, Evan currently works at NetFreedom Pioneers on the development and implementation of Toosheh/Knapsack, a service and application focused on the distribution of data through satellite connection.

Shadi Sharifi
Toranj Project Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Shadi Sharifi is an Iranian lawyer who practiced family law for four years before moving to the United States. Shadi is an innovator and coordinates NetFreedom Pioneers’ Toranj project - an android application that supports those at risk of experiencing violent or abusive circumstances.

Camelon Baker
Senior Engineer, NetFreedom Pioneers

Camelon Baker currently works as the Senior Engineer at NetFreedom Pioneers. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of NFP’s primary project: Toosheh, an offline technology that distributes content through satellite datacasting. Camelon has been a computer engineer for the past 20 years. 

Mehdi Yahyanejad
Director, founder, NetFreedom Pioneers, Balatarin.com

Mehdi Yahyanejad is founder of Balatarin.com, the largest user-generated news website in Persian and a crucial information source in the 2009 pro-democracy protest movement in Iran. He is the co-founder and director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a nonprofit organization that delivers curated digital content via satellite to regions of the world with limited internet access. He is also a researcher at USC researching new anti-censorship technologies. 

Sarah Bowers
Outreach Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Sarah Bowers works as an Outreach Coordinator for NetFreedom Pioneers. With a background in international education and nonprofit work, Sarah’s passion lies in cross-cultural inquiry and analyzing the ethics and effectiveness of international development efforts. With these interests she has joined NFP in rethinking the social impact of technology. 

 

Videos from the summit:

AliReza Firoozi
Technical Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Evan (AliReza) Firoozi is a former student activist and journalist who was imprisoned by the Iranian government for more than a year, six months of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has collaborated with several organizations and universities to translate to Farsi technical articles and applications related to internet security, privacy, and anti-censorship. While simultaneously pursuing his education in Computer Science, Evan currently works at NetFreedom Pioneers on the development and implementation of Toosheh/Knapsack, a service and application focused on the distribution of data through satellite connection.

Shadi Sharifi
Toranj Project Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Shadi Sharifi is an Iranian lawyer who practiced family law for four years before moving to the United States. Shadi is an innovator and coordinates NetFreedom Pioneers’ Toranj project - an android application that supports those at risk of experiencing violent or abusive circumstances.

Camelon Baker
Senior Engineer, NetFreedom Pioneers

Camelon Baker currently works as the Senior Engineer at NetFreedom Pioneers. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of NFP’s primary project: Toosheh, an offline technology that distributes content through satellite datacasting. Camelon has been a computer engineer for the past 20 years. 

MaidSafe
Security and privacy focused decentralized storage and communications platform
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Nick Lambert
COO, Maidsafe

Nick Lambert​, ​started his working life in project management roles with IBM, before a change in tack led him into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies. He has co-authored papers on decentralised networks, presented at several international conferences and holds an MSc in Marketing from Strathclyde University.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Gabriel Viganotti
Software Engineer, MaidSafe

Gabriel is a Software Engineer working with MaidSafe to decentralise the internet with the SAFE Network. He started becoming involved in the project as part of the community, actively contributing to the goal of having a free web, with real privacy, no surveillance, which helps humans to come closer and closer removing all types of borders between them encouraging cooperation. Empowering developers by removing the need of big companies which act as middleman between the applications and end users has also become one of his main ambitions in the last few years.

 

Videos from the summit:

Francis Brunelle
Community Support, MaidSafe

As a software developer, Francis has been passionate about Decentralized Web technologies since 2012. Over the years, he has developed a keen expertise with regards to many projects (e.g. SAFE Network, Beaker Browser, Dat, Scuttlebutt, IPFS, etc.) that aim to provide open source platforms for building decentralized applications.

Nick Lambert
COO, Maidsafe

Nick Lambert​, ​started his working life in project management roles with IBM, before a change in tack led him into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies. He has co-authored papers on decentralised networks, presented at several international conferences and holds an MSc in Marketing from Strathclyde University.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Gabriel Viganotti
Software Engineer, MaidSafe

Gabriel is a Software Engineer working with MaidSafe to decentralise the internet with the SAFE Network. He started becoming involved in the project as part of the community, actively contributing to the goal of having a free web, with real privacy, no surveillance, which helps humans to come closer and closer removing all types of borders between them encouraging cooperation. Empowering developers by removing the need of big companies which act as middleman between the applications and end users has also become one of his main ambitions in the last few years.

 

Videos from the summit:

Francis Brunelle
Community Support, MaidSafe

As a software developer, Francis has been passionate about Decentralized Web technologies since 2012. Over the years, he has developed a keen expertise with regards to many projects (e.g. SAFE Network, Beaker Browser, Dat, Scuttlebutt, IPFS, etc.) that aim to provide open source platforms for building decentralized applications.

Matrix
Open standard for secure, decentralized, real-time communication
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Amandine Le Pape
Founder, Matrix

Amandine is the co-founder of Matrix.org, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email, and brings the power back to the user on choosing who they trust with their data and how they want to communicate. It defines a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releases open source reference implementations of the protocol. Amandine is also Head of Operation and Products for New Vector, the company behind Riot (https://riot.im), an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool built on Matrix. She previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs and has more than 10 years of experience in mobile services and telecommunications. Amandine has a degree in telecommunications engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique de Lyon as well as an EMBA from ESC Rennes.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Matthew Hodgson
Technical Lead, Matrix

Matthew Hodgson is technical co-founder of Matrix.org: a not-for-profit open source project focused on solving the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. By defining a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releasing open source reference implementations, Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email.

Matthew juggles Matrix with the roles of CEO and CTO of New Vector, the company behind Riot.im, the flagship collaboration app built on Matrix. Previously, as a technical lead at MX Telecom (acquired by Amdocs in 2010), Matthew designed & architected Amdocs’ next-generation Video/VoIP client and network infrastructure, and draws on his Internet background to rapidly deliver carrier-grade enhanced communication solutions to network operators. He has specialised in interactive video and telephony applications for over 16 years, including co-founding a digital marketing startup, and contracting roles at Accenture and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has a BA in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Cambridge, and has lectured on VoIP at Imperial College London.

Matthew believes in the virtues of open collaboration. We live in an era where we can benefit very easily from cross-industry inputs to foster innovation and we don't make enough out of it. He wants to change the world to give access to communication and privacy to everyone while keeping the user's experience at the heart of every new product and leaving everyone the choice of their provider.

Amandine Le Pape
Founder, Matrix

Amandine is the co-founder of Matrix.org, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email, and brings the power back to the user on choosing who they trust with their data and how they want to communicate. It defines a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releases open source reference implementations of the protocol. Amandine is also Head of Operation and Products for New Vector, the company behind Riot (https://riot.im), an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool built on Matrix. She previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs and has more than 10 years of experience in mobile services and telecommunications. Amandine has a degree in telecommunications engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique de Lyon as well as an EMBA from ESC Rennes.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Matthew Hodgson
Technical Lead, Matrix

Matthew Hodgson is technical co-founder of Matrix.org: a not-for-profit open source project focused on solving the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. By defining a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releasing open source reference implementations, Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email.

Matthew juggles Matrix with the roles of CEO and CTO of New Vector, the company behind Riot.im, the flagship collaboration app built on Matrix. Previously, as a technical lead at MX Telecom (acquired by Amdocs in 2010), Matthew designed & architected Amdocs’ next-generation Video/VoIP client and network infrastructure, and draws on his Internet background to rapidly deliver carrier-grade enhanced communication solutions to network operators. He has specialised in interactive video and telephony applications for over 16 years, including co-founding a digital marketing startup, and contracting roles at Accenture and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has a BA in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Cambridge, and has lectured on VoIP at Imperial College London.

Matthew believes in the virtues of open collaboration. We live in an era where we can benefit very easily from cross-industry inputs to foster innovation and we don't make enough out of it. He wants to change the world to give access to communication and privacy to everyone while keeping the user's experience at the heart of every new product and leaving everyone the choice of their provider.

Medici Ventures Property Registry
Recording land and property rights onto decentralized ledger
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Chris Chrysostom
Software engineer, Medici Ventures

Chris Chryosostom is a senior software engineer at Medici Ventures on the DeSoto project. His experience developing software ranges from inventory management and finance applications to distributed supply chain systems. His current interest is making property rights visible by recording them on blockchain.

 

Videos from the summit:

Chris Chrysostom
Software engineer, Medici Ventures

Chris Chryosostom is a senior software engineer at Medici Ventures on the DeSoto project. His experience developing software ranges from inventory management and finance applications to distributed supply chain systems. His current interest is making property rights visible by recording them on blockchain.

 

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Meshstream
The purpose is to show what can be accomplished with peer-to-peer applications running over a wireless mesh network that is completely isolated from the Internet.
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Benedict Lau
Contributor, Toronto Mesh

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

Videos from the summit:

Nicolás Pace
AlterMundi A.C

Nicolás Pace is a member of AlterMundi A.C., a grassroots organization supporting rural underserved communities in their pursue for creating their own telecommunications infrastructure, their own piece of internet. In doing so, Nicolas has traveled to more than 15 countries, getting to know most of the community networks out there, and getting to understand the diversity and complexity of the matter. One of the latest actions he has been undertaking has been working together with REDES A.C., a grassroots organization from Mexico in supporting first nation communities. Within AlterMundi he has also been involved in the Decentralized Repository of Culture, a P2P project that tries to find a way around the digital culture distribution, involving everyone in the process: creators, curators, enthusiasts.

 

Videos from the summit:

Benedict Lau
Contributor, Toronto Mesh

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

Videos from the summit:

Nicolás Pace
AlterMundi A.C

Nicolás Pace is a member of AlterMundi A.C., a grassroots organization supporting rural underserved communities in their pursue for creating their own telecommunications infrastructure, their own piece of internet. In doing so, Nicolas has traveled to more than 15 countries, getting to know most of the community networks out there, and getting to understand the diversity and complexity of the matter. One of the latest actions he has been undertaking has been working together with REDES A.C., a grassroots organization from Mexico in supporting first nation communities. Within AlterMundi he has also been involved in the Decentralized Repository of Culture, a P2P project that tries to find a way around the digital culture distribution, involving everyone in the process: creators, curators, enthusiasts.

 

Videos from the summit:

MetaMask
Brings Ethereum to your browser
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aaron kumavis
human

try make future less bad via computers + humans + cryptography

 

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aaron kumavis
human

try make future less bad via computers + humans + cryptography

 

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Namecoin
Decentralized naming system based on Bitcoin algorithms, code, and threat model
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Jeremy Rand
Lead Application Engineer, Namecoin

 

Jeremy is Lead Application Engineer and Community Organizer of Namecoin, a naming system (currently used for DNS and identities) which backs authenticity of records with the same algorithms and code used to back financial transactions in Bitcoin. Jeremy wears many hats at Namecoin but spends much of his time working on applications which enhance online privacy.

Jeremy Rand
Lead Application Engineer, Namecoin

 

Jeremy is Lead Application Engineer and Community Organizer of Namecoin, a naming system (currently used for DNS and identities) which backs authenticity of records with the same algorithms and code used to back financial transactions in Bitcoin. Jeremy wears many hats at Namecoin but spends much of his time working on applications which enhance online privacy.

Ninja
Ninja is an anonymous P2P platform for decentralized exchanges on the blockchain.
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Duy Huynh
Founder, Ninja

Duy is the founder of Ninja, an anonymous peer-to-peer exchange, more casually known as the crypto version of Craigslist.  Prior to that, Duy was the founder of Autonomous, which creates smart office products based on AI and Robotics technologies.

Offline, Duy lives in NYC and enjoys boxing, cycling, and bagels.

Duy Huynh
Founder, Ninja

Duy is the founder of Ninja, an anonymous peer-to-peer exchange, more casually known as the crypto version of Craigslist.  Prior to that, Duy was the founder of Autonomous, which creates smart office products based on AI and Robotics technologies.

Offline, Duy lives in NYC and enjoys boxing, cycling, and bagels.

Ocean Protocol
Ocean protocol is building a decentralized intelligence network for the commons.
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Dimitri De Jonghe
Co-Founder, Head of Research, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol

 

Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. 

 

 

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Dimitri De Jonghe
Co-Founder, Head of Research, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol

 

Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. 

 

 

Videos from the summit:

OmiseGO
OmiseGO is building the public OMG Network, scalable financial infrastructure powered by Plasma.
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Althea Allen
Head of Ecosystem Growth, OmiseGO

Althea loves a good positive sum game. She helps to guide growth strategy at OmiseGO, a fintech company building the free and fully public OMG network for scalable, decentralized asset exchange secured by the Ethereum blockchain, with a special focus on incentive alignment across the crypto ecosystem.
 

 

Videos from the summit:

Eva Beylin
Strategy Guru, OmiseGO

Eva is fascinated with human behavior and how it impacts economic activity and incentive systems. She supports strategy development and research at OmiseGO, to build accessible financial infrastructure based on the Ethereum blockchain, while ensuring that all necessary components exist to on-ramp diverse, global users into web3.

Kasima Tharnpipitchai
Director of Engineering, OmiseGO

Kasima has been developing software for decades. Most of that time has been spent helping startups deliver software to production. As Director of Engineering for Plasma, he's singularly focused on productionizing Plasma research to ship the OMG Network in a safe and responsible manner. Tooling, documentation, and repeatable deployment practices put a smile on his face.

 

Althea Allen
Head of Ecosystem Growth, OmiseGO

Althea loves a good positive sum game. She helps to guide growth strategy at OmiseGO, a fintech company building the free and fully public OMG network for scalable, decentralized asset exchange secured by the Ethereum blockchain, with a special focus on incentive alignment across the crypto ecosystem.
 

 

Videos from the summit:

Eva Beylin
Strategy Guru, OmiseGO

Eva is fascinated with human behavior and how it impacts economic activity and incentive systems. She supports strategy development and research at OmiseGO, to build accessible financial infrastructure based on the Ethereum blockchain, while ensuring that all necessary components exist to on-ramp diverse, global users into web3.

Kasima Tharnpipitchai
Director of Engineering, OmiseGO

Kasima has been developing software for decades. Most of that time has been spent helping startups deliver software to production. As Director of Engineering for Plasma, he's singularly focused on productionizing Plasma research to ship the OMG Network in a safe and responsible manner. Tooling, documentation, and repeatable deployment practices put a smile on his face.

 

Open Library
openlibrary.org is the world's largest open-source, non-profit, digital public library with 3M+ accessible ebooks and a wiki metadata-catalog spanning 25M editions.
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Mek Karpeles
Software Engineer, Internet Archive/Open Library

(@mekarpeles on GitHub) is a software engineer and citizen of the world dedicated to curating a living map of the universe's knowledge. His philosophies on open access and semantic knowledge systems can be explored at https://michaelkarpeles.com.

 

 

 

Mek Karpeles
Software Engineer, Internet Archive/Open Library

(@mekarpeles on GitHub) is a software engineer and citizen of the world dedicated to curating a living map of the universe's knowledge. His philosophies on open access and semantic knowledge systems can be explored at https://michaelkarpeles.com.

 

 

 

OpenTimestamps
Open-source, trust-minimized, infrastructure to prove data existed in the past with cryptographic timestamping.
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Peter Todd
Founder, OpenTimestamps
Peter Todd
Founder, OpenTimestamps
Ouinet
Cooperative P2P caching and routing of web content to avoid connectivity issues.
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Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer
eQualitie

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer is a member of eQualitie, a company that develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. He works on the development of technologies enabling unfettered access to the World Wide Web for netizens operating in some of the most restrictive Internet environments.

 

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer
eQualitie

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer is a member of eQualitie, a company that develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. He works on the development of technologies enabling unfettered access to the World Wide Web for netizens operating in some of the most restrictive Internet environments.

 

P2P Models
Decentralized Blockchain-based Organizations for Bootstrapping the Collaborative Economy
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Antonio Tenorio-Fornés
Software Developer and Researcher, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés is a free software developer and researcher. He holds a 5 years CS/Eng degree and a Master in Research in Computer Science. He is currently developing his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, funded by an institutional scholarship, and working for the awesome P2P Models project. His research aims to provide decentralized governance tools for Commons-Based Peer Production communities. In the past, he was a core part of the technical team of the P2Pvalue European research project. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, the University of Westminster and Kozminski University. His experience developing decentralized web tools includes Teem, SwellRT and Decentralized.science, using technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS. Recent related work also include the proposal a framework for decentralized applications using IPFS and Blockchain and the design and development of decentralized.science, a project that aims to disintermediate and open scientific publication. 

 

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés
Software Developer and Researcher, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés is a free software developer and researcher. He holds a 5 years CS/Eng degree and a Master in Research in Computer Science. He is currently developing his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, funded by an institutional scholarship, and working for the awesome P2P Models project. His research aims to provide decentralized governance tools for Commons-Based Peer Production communities. In the past, he was a core part of the technical team of the P2Pvalue European research project. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, the University of Westminster and Kozminski University. His experience developing decentralized web tools includes Teem, SwellRT and Decentralized.science, using technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS. Recent related work also include the proposal a framework for decentralized applications using IPFS and Blockchain and the design and development of decentralized.science, a project that aims to disintermediate and open scientific publication. 

 

People's Open Network
People's Open is a community-owned and -operated wireless network in Oakland, California. Open source, peer-to-peer internet
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Mai Sutton
freelance writer, community organizer, consultant, People's Open Network

Mai Ishikawa Sutton is a freelance writer, community organizer, and consultant. She is a community organizer with the People's Open Network in Oakland, California and the Digital Commons Fellow with the Commons Network. Her writing focuses on intersections of human rights, solidarity economics, and digital commons. Formerly, she was the Community Engagement Manager at Shareable. Before that she was with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocating for the public interest in international intellectual property policy.

Jenny Ryan
Co-founder, Community Organizer & Treasurer, Omni Commons, People's Open Network

Jenny Ryan is co-founder, community organizer & treasurer of both the Omni Commons and the People's Open Network. She works alongside organizations to build human and communications infrastructure. She connects grassroots communities and global initiatives rooted in the shared struggle to reclaim the commons, create public spheres through the cultivation of open spaces, and enable direct democracy through principles of federation and open source or Read/Write culture. Her past research includes an extensive ethnography of online social networking, the legal and ethical dimensions of problematic online content, and posthuman anthropological explorations of how the dead live on online.

Seth Carolina
Volunteer, People's Open Network

Seth Ray is a People's Open Network volunteer && smooth (((node))) operator

 

Mai Sutton
freelance writer, community organizer, consultant, People's Open Network

Mai Ishikawa Sutton is a freelance writer, community organizer, and consultant. She is a community organizer with the People's Open Network in Oakland, California and the Digital Commons Fellow with the Commons Network. Her writing focuses on intersections of human rights, solidarity economics, and digital commons. Formerly, she was the Community Engagement Manager at Shareable. Before that she was with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocating for the public interest in international intellectual property policy.

Jenny Ryan
Co-founder, Community Organizer & Treasurer, Omni Commons, People's Open Network

Jenny Ryan is co-founder, community organizer & treasurer of both the Omni Commons and the People's Open Network. She works alongside organizations to build human and communications infrastructure. She connects grassroots communities and global initiatives rooted in the shared struggle to reclaim the commons, create public spheres through the cultivation of open spaces, and enable direct democracy through principles of federation and open source or Read/Write culture. Her past research includes an extensive ethnography of online social networking, the legal and ethical dimensions of problematic online content, and posthuman anthropological explorations of how the dead live on online.

Seth Carolina
Volunteer, People's Open Network

Seth Ray is a People's Open Network volunteer && smooth (((node))) operator

 

Qbix Platform
Just as Wordpress helps publish your own blog, Qbix helps any community to build, release and maintain its own social network and app in the store for its own members.
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Gregory Magarshak
President, Qbix
Gregory Magarshak
President, Qbix
Scuttlebutt
A decentralized social communication protocol, an active international community
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Dominic Tarr
Founder, Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Scuttlebutt was created by Dominic Tarr, a Node.js developer with more than 600 modules published on npm and who lives on a self-steering sailboat in New Zealand. It is here, from the need for offline connection with the outside word, Scuttlebutt emerged.

http://dominictarr.com/

 

Videos from the summit:

Charles Lehner
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Charles builds and maintains applications on Secure Scuttlebutt, with a focus on integrating external systems and protocols into the platform; current projects include git-ssb, ssb-npm-registry, and patchfoo.

https://github.com/clehner

Mikey Williams
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Mikey is working to solve group coordination problems. He's currently building peachcloud.org, a hosted Scuttlebutt pub-as-a-service platform. Every week in Wellington, New Zealand, he organizes arthack.nz, a local gathering to open space for creative energy.

https://dinosaur.is

Dominic Tarr
Founder, Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Scuttlebutt was created by Dominic Tarr, a Node.js developer with more than 600 modules published on npm and who lives on a self-steering sailboat in New Zealand. It is here, from the need for offline connection with the outside word, Scuttlebutt emerged.

http://dominictarr.com/

 

Videos from the summit:

Charles Lehner
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Charles builds and maintains applications on Secure Scuttlebutt, with a focus on integrating external systems and protocols into the platform; current projects include git-ssb, ssb-npm-registry, and patchfoo.

https://github.com/clehner

Mikey Williams
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Mikey is working to solve group coordination problems. He's currently building peachcloud.org, a hosted Scuttlebutt pub-as-a-service platform. Every week in Wellington, New Zealand, he organizes arthack.nz, a local gathering to open space for creative energy.

https://dinosaur.is

Seedpod
A semantic desktop built around a decentralized database filesystem, designed to empower knowledge workers with composable applications.
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Andrew Osheroff
Software Developer, Independent

Andrew is a freelance software developer based in Seattle. He’s primarily focused on building tools for empowering knowledge workers, using decentralized storage systems. Previously, he worked on the Fuchsia operating system team at Google, and was the lead developer of the Binder project, a cloud service for creating reproducible environments for hosting Jupyter notebooks (now a part of the Jupyter ecosystem). Andrew also actively contributes to multiple open-source projects, including Idyll and Dat.

Andrew Osheroff
Software Developer, Independent

Andrew is a freelance software developer based in Seattle. He’s primarily focused on building tools for empowering knowledge workers, using decentralized storage systems. Previously, he worked on the Fuchsia operating system team at Google, and was the lead developer of the Binder project, a cloud service for creating reproducible environments for hosting Jupyter notebooks (now a part of the Jupyter ecosystem). Andrew also actively contributes to multiple open-source projects, including Idyll and Dat.

SES: Secure ECMAScript
Let eval() into your heart: SES enables safe evaluation of untrusted Javascript source code, so mutually-suspicious programs can interact without being too vulnerable to each other.
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Brian Warner
Founder, Tahoe - LAFS/ Agoric

     Brian builds Tahoe-LAFS, a distributed storage system that safely uses untrusted servers, and Magic Wormhole, the easiest secure file transfer tool ever.

 

Videos from the summit:

Brian Warner
Founder, Tahoe - LAFS/ Agoric

     Brian builds Tahoe-LAFS, a distributed storage system that safely uses untrusted servers, and Magic Wormhole, the easiest secure file transfer tool ever.

 

Videos from the summit:

Sharing and Preserving Cultural Heritage Materials Using Scientific Digital Representations
Developing software tools to democratize the use of imaging technology to save humanity’s imperiled cultural legacy
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Carla Schroer
Founder, Director, Cultural Heritage Imaging

Carla Schroer is co-founder and director of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) a non-profit corporation that develops and implements imaging technologies for cultural heritage and scientific research. Carla leads the training programs at CHI along with working on field capture projects with Reflectance Transformation Imaging and photogrammetry. She also leads CHI’s software development activities. She spent 20 years in the commercial software industry, managing and directing a wide range of software development projects.

Carla Schroer
Founder, Director, Cultural Heritage Imaging

Carla Schroer is co-founder and director of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) a non-profit corporation that develops and implements imaging technologies for cultural heritage and scientific research. Carla leads the training programs at CHI along with working on field capture projects with Reflectance Transformation Imaging and photogrammetry. She also leads CHI’s software development activities. She spent 20 years in the commercial software industry, managing and directing a wide range of software development projects.

Solid
Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles.
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Tim Berners-Lee
Founder & Project Director, Solid/W3C

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the technical standards development of the Web. Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL). His research group, the Decentralized Information Group (DIG), works to re-decentralize the Web. He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, UK. He is President of and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. In 2017 Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing” and considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

 

Videos from the summit:

Ruben Verborgh
Professor of Semantic Web technology, Ghent University

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – imec and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT.

 

Videos from the summit:

Tim Berners-Lee
Founder & Project Director, Solid/W3C

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the technical standards development of the Web. Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL). His research group, the Decentralized Information Group (DIG), works to re-decentralize the Web. He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, UK. He is President of and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. In 2017 Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing” and considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

 

Videos from the summit:

Ruben Verborgh
Professor of Semantic Web technology, Ghent University

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – imec and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT.

 

Videos from the summit:

Subsect
Subsect is a light weight general purpose platform for serving web content from Android and iOS devices.
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Mark Kudlac
Subsect

Mark Kudlac graduated with degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Toronto in 1985. He founded Conxsys with a partner in 1990. Conxsys developed a turnkey Linux based ERP system, Drive 2.0, for car dealerships. After a successful exit in 2000 Mark developed a voice controlled email system for mobile phones, VerbalFusion, which was crushed by the rise of BlackBerry and later smart phones.

After a period of retirement travelling and spending time with family a number of other products were developed which focused on using mobile devices as data servers. This track has culminated in Subsect which is a light weight general purpose platform for serving web content from Android and iOS devices.

Mark Kudlac
Subsect

Mark Kudlac graduated with degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Toronto in 1985. He founded Conxsys with a partner in 1990. Conxsys developed a turnkey Linux based ERP system, Drive 2.0, for car dealerships. After a successful exit in 2000 Mark developed a voice controlled email system for mobile phones, VerbalFusion, which was crushed by the rise of BlackBerry and later smart phones.

After a period of retirement travelling and spending time with family a number of other products were developed which focused on using mobile devices as data servers. This track has culminated in Subsect which is a light weight general purpose platform for serving web content from Android and iOS devices.

Subspace DB
A Decentralized Database of End-User Devices
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Jeremiah Wagstaff
Chief Hacker, Subspace

Jeremiah is an entrepreneur with a diverse background. He received a BS and MS in Cultural Geography from Texas A&M University, where he conducted field work in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He then spent eight years in the United States Army as Infantry Officer with service in Iraq. After leaving the military Jeremiah worked as a project manager at several IoT Startups where he learned to write code and build hardware. His interest in P2P networking and decentralized protocols eventually led him to start working on Subspace, where he is the founder and chief hacker. He enjoys coding in javascript, tinkering with hardware, and bringing new products and services to market.

Jeremiah Wagstaff
Chief Hacker, Subspace

Jeremiah is an entrepreneur with a diverse background. He received a BS and MS in Cultural Geography from Texas A&M University, where he conducted field work in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He then spent eight years in the United States Army as Infantry Officer with service in Iraq. After leaving the military Jeremiah worked as a project manager at several IoT Startups where he learned to write code and build hardware. His interest in P2P networking and decentralized protocols eventually led him to start working on Subspace, where he is the founder and chief hacker. He enjoys coding in javascript, tinkering with hardware, and bringing new products and services to market.

Textile Photos
A decentralized photo sharing app built on a decentralized data wallet
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Andrew Hill
CEO, Textile Photos

Andrew Hill is the CEO at Textile where he is working on building a high quality user experience for the decentralized web and sharing the process and results with the everybody. Before Textile, Andrew helped build CartoDB and received a PhD in Biology in Boulder, CO. 

Sander Pick
CTO, Textile Photos

Sander Pick is CTO at Textile where he is building the technology to help decentralize our personal data and build the epic consumer apps of the future. Previously, Sander worked at Apple and Mission Motors. 

Andrew Hill
CEO, Textile Photos

Andrew Hill is the CEO at Textile where he is working on building a high quality user experience for the decentralized web and sharing the process and results with the everybody. Before Textile, Andrew helped build CartoDB and received a PhD in Biology in Boulder, CO. 

Sander Pick
CTO, Textile Photos

Sander Pick is CTO at Textile where he is building the technology to help decentralize our personal data and build the epic consumer apps of the future. Previously, Sander worked at Apple and Mission Motors. 

The InfoCentral Project
InfoCentral is a unifying information-centered architecture proposal for the decentralized internet and the software that will live in it. It focuses on interoperability, semantics, and dynamic programmable UI paradigms.
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Chris Gebhardt
Software Researcher, The InfoCentral Project

Chris Gebhardt is a software researcher with diverse tech background and specialization in distributed systems and databases. In the last couple years, he's been working on formalizing a comprehensive architecture for decentralized information systems and dynamic software environments to make best use of them. He is especially passionate about how decentralized technologies can make the internet more civil, collaborative, and community-oriented.

Chris Gebhardt
Software Researcher, The InfoCentral Project

Chris Gebhardt is a software researcher with diverse tech background and specialization in distributed systems and databases. In the last couple years, he's been working on formalizing a comprehensive architecture for decentralized information systems and dynamic software environments to make best use of them. He is especially passionate about how decentralized technologies can make the internet more civil, collaborative, and community-oriented.

The Wayback Machine
Helping to make the Web more Useful and Reliable, one archived URL at a time
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Mark Graham
Director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As Director of the Wayback Machine he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use, more than 1 billion new web captures each week. Mark was most recently Senior Vice President with NBC News where he managed several business units including GardenWeb and Stringwire, a live, mobile, video platform for collaborative citizen reporting. Mark was Senior Vice President of Technology with iVillage, an early Internet company that focused on women and community. He co-founded Rojo Networks, one of the first large-scale feed aggregators and personalized blog readers (sold to sixapart.)

In the early days of the net he managed technology and business development at The WELL and lead their effort to build the first web-based interface for online forums, and also helped bring the pre-web Internet to millions of people by running AOL's Gopher project as part of their Internet Center. He managed technology for the pioneering US-Soviet Sovam Teleport email service and co-founded and managed PeaceNet, one of the first online communities for progressive social change, and later IGC.org, one of the world first ISPs. He also co-founded the global NGO, APC.org. Mark's early training and experience with computer-mediated communications was acquired while he served in the US Air Force, spending more than 3 years working at the Air Force Data Services Center at the Pentagon. Mark's nonprofit work includes volunteering with the open education library http://oercommons.org and as a board member of http://openrecoverysf.org.

Kenji Nagahashi
Web-Wide Crawl Tech Lead/Web Collections Software Engineer, Internet Archive

After working for a Japanese computer company as a researcher for 17 years, Kenji joined the Internet Archive in August 2010 to implement a system archiving everything on the Internet. Being a positively lazy engineer, enthusiastic about making computers work for humans with least effort, he likes mixing tools and programming languages to get things done. Loves handicrafts, cooks pasta and bakes biscotti.

 

Mark Graham
Director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As Director of the Wayback Machine he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use, more than 1 billion new web captures each week. Mark was most recently Senior Vice President with NBC News where he managed several business units including GardenWeb and Stringwire, a live, mobile, video platform for collaborative citizen reporting. Mark was Senior Vice President of Technology with iVillage, an early Internet company that focused on women and community. He co-founded Rojo Networks, one of the first large-scale feed aggregators and personalized blog readers (sold to sixapart.)

In the early days of the net he managed technology and business development at The WELL and lead their effort to build the first web-based interface for online forums, and also helped bring the pre-web Internet to millions of people by running AOL's Gopher project as part of their Internet Center. He managed technology for the pioneering US-Soviet Sovam Teleport email service and co-founded and managed PeaceNet, one of the first online communities for progressive social change, and later IGC.org, one of the world first ISPs. He also co-founded the global NGO, APC.org. Mark's early training and experience with computer-mediated communications was acquired while he served in the US Air Force, spending more than 3 years working at the Air Force Data Services Center at the Pentagon. Mark's nonprofit work includes volunteering with the open education library http://oercommons.org and as a board member of http://openrecoverysf.org.

Kenji Nagahashi
Web-Wide Crawl Tech Lead/Web Collections Software Engineer, Internet Archive

After working for a Japanese computer company as a researcher for 17 years, Kenji joined the Internet Archive in August 2010 to implement a system archiving everything on the Internet. Being a positively lazy engineer, enthusiastic about making computers work for humans with least effort, he likes mixing tools and programming languages to get things done. Loves handicrafts, cooks pasta and bakes biscotti.

 

Tokenized Exquisite Corpse & Poem
Illustrate your inspiration or pen a pun and we'll make it into crypto-art together
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Duncan Krostue
Western Governors University, Student of Marketing

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found artMuseum.io to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain.

       As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018.

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

Duncan Krostue
Western Governors University, Student of Marketing

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found artMuseum.io to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain.

       As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018.

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

Urbit
Urbit is a secure peer-to-peer network of personal servers, built on a clean-slate system software stack.
Read more.
Morgan Sutherland
Product Manager, Tlon

Morgan is a product manager working on Urbit with a background in media art. His current work is on security UX, and long-term he's interested in calm, timeless interfaces.

Gavin Atkinson
Designer, Tlon

Gavin is a designer working on Urbit. Most recently he has focused on visualizing cryptographic data like public keys and other identifiers.

Chris Johnson
Web Developer, Tlon

Chris is a web developer / UX designer who turned to decentralization after a decade of stagnation in social media innovation. He quit Twitch in April of 2017 to do decentralization research and found the broader community. Now he works at Tlon, finally building the next-generation web interfaces of his dreams.

Morgan Sutherland
Product Manager, Tlon

Morgan is a product manager working on Urbit with a background in media art. His current work is on security UX, and long-term he's interested in calm, timeless interfaces.

Gavin Atkinson
Designer, Tlon

Gavin is a designer working on Urbit. Most recently he has focused on visualizing cryptographic data like public keys and other identifiers.

Chris Johnson
Web Developer, Tlon

Chris is a web developer / UX designer who turned to decentralization after a decade of stagnation in social media innovation. He quit Twitch in April of 2017 to do decentralization research and found the broader community. Now he works at Tlon, finally building the next-generation web interfaces of his dreams.

Web3 Foundation
Web3: building the base for decentralized applications
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Peter Czaban
Executive Director, Web3 Foundation

Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. He obtained his Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Oxford, reading Engineering Science where he focused on Bayesian Machine Learning.

He has worked across defense, finance and data analytics industries, working on mesh networks, distributed knowledge bases, quantitative pricing models, machine learning and business development. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular implementing consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack.

He has given multiple talks at conferences (TOA, BPASE, DevCon, EdCon) and meetups.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Jack Platts
Communications, Web3 Foundation

Jack works from Berlin, Germany where he is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and coordinate all protocols within the Web3 Tech stack. Jack leads various community and communications efforts in the domain of decentralized technologies at the Foundation.

Jack served an Associate and Head of Crypto of Ulysses Holdings. As an Associate Jack provided support to the CFO, Head of People, and other Ulysses Partners in the form of investment research, financial modeling, and operational functions. As Head of Crypto Jack led the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain related investments and partnerships.

Previously, Jack was an Analyst at Bain Capital in Boston, MA and the Founder and President of Cypher League Media in Brooklyn, NY.


 

Dina Carabas
Development Partnerships, Web3 Foundation

Dina is a member of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. She is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and other technologies that build the base for decentralized applications. Previously, she served on the management board of Parity Technologies where she helped to build the organization and operations.

She obtained her Masters of Engineering and Business degree from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and she worked for 5 years with McKinsey & Company where she advised a variety of global companies in strategy, organizational development and operations.

Ashley Tyson
Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives, Web3 Foundation
Peter Czaban
Executive Director, Web3 Foundation

Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. He obtained his Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Oxford, reading Engineering Science where he focused on Bayesian Machine Learning.

He has worked across defense, finance and data analytics industries, working on mesh networks, distributed knowledge bases, quantitative pricing models, machine learning and business development. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular implementing consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack.

He has given multiple talks at conferences (TOA, BPASE, DevCon, EdCon) and meetups.

 

 

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Jack Platts
Communications, Web3 Foundation

Jack works from Berlin, Germany where he is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and coordinate all protocols within the Web3 Tech stack. Jack leads various community and communications efforts in the domain of decentralized technologies at the Foundation.

Jack served an Associate and Head of Crypto of Ulysses Holdings. As an Associate Jack provided support to the CFO, Head of People, and other Ulysses Partners in the form of investment research, financial modeling, and operational functions. As Head of Crypto Jack led the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain related investments and partnerships.

Previously, Jack was an Analyst at Bain Capital in Boston, MA and the Founder and President of Cypher League Media in Brooklyn, NY.


 

Dina Carabas
Development Partnerships, Web3 Foundation

Dina is a member of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. She is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and other technologies that build the base for decentralized applications. Previously, she served on the management board of Parity Technologies where she helped to build the organization and operations.

She obtained her Masters of Engineering and Business degree from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and she worked for 5 years with McKinsey & Company where she advised a variety of global companies in strategy, organizational development and operations.

Ashley Tyson
Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives, Web3 Foundation
WebTorrent
Torrents in your web browser
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Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.

 

 

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Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.

 

 

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WeTrust
WeTrust is building Spring: the premier crypto crowdfunding platform by providing value (fundraising) and engagement (social interaction)— for social entrepreneurs and nonprofits.
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Alfonso Pating
Product Manager, WeTrust

Alfonso is the Product Manager at WeTrust, a blockchain technology company creating a decentralized, financially inclusive, socially impactful ecosystem. Previously the co-founder of Rosca Finance (rosca.io), the only product on the market that allowed consumers to build credit history through saving and investing their own money. A former banker for over 12 years, he's worked at renowned international financial institutions across the globe, spanning US, Taiwan, Spain and China.

Mike Cohen
Business Analyst, WeTrust

Mike is a Business Analyst at WeTrust. Although having entered the cryptoeconomy full-time only recently, Mike has been mining, trading, blogging, and observing the cryptocurrency world for years. Prior to joining WeTrust, he was IT & Operations Manager at a successful telecom consulting firm headquartered on Union Square in SF.

Alfonso Pating
Product Manager, WeTrust

Alfonso is the Product Manager at WeTrust, a blockchain technology company creating a decentralized, financially inclusive, socially impactful ecosystem. Previously the co-founder of Rosca Finance (rosca.io), the only product on the market that allowed consumers to build credit history through saving and investing their own money. A former banker for over 12 years, he's worked at renowned international financial institutions across the globe, spanning US, Taiwan, Spain and China.

Mike Cohen
Business Analyst, WeTrust

Mike is a Business Analyst at WeTrust. Although having entered the cryptoeconomy full-time only recently, Mike has been mining, trading, blogging, and observing the cryptocurrency world for years. Prior to joining WeTrust, he was IT & Operations Manager at a successful telecom consulting firm headquartered on Union Square in SF.

ZeroNet
using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network
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Tamas Kocsis
Founder, Programmer, ZeroNet

 

Tamas is a self-taught web builder from Hungary who has been in love with the Internet since the dial-up era. He is the founder and programmer of ZeroNet (https://zeronet.io), which allows you to create decentralized, P2P and real-time updated websites using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

 

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Tamas Kocsis
Founder, Programmer, ZeroNet

 

Tamas is a self-taught web builder from Hungary who has been in love with the Internet since the dial-up era. He is the founder and programmer of ZeroNet (https://zeronet.io), which allows you to create decentralized, P2P and real-time updated websites using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

 

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Λ L Ξ X Λ N D R I Λ
Λ L Ξ X Λ N D R I Λ is the first application to use Open Index Protocol and was built by the OIP team alongside the specification. It is a web application to search and browse all records published to the Index.
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Devon Read James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol & Alexandria.io

Devon Read James is the inventor of Open Index Protocol (OIP), a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and CEO of Alexandria.io, where you can find anything published to the Open Index. He has worked for Apple and Sony, deployed twice overseas as a US Marine infantryman, contributed to Emmy & Oscar winners as a post-production artist, and co-founded a small design/manufacture/import business. He is obsessed with how decentralized technology can make the web more open, transparent and trustworthy.

 

 

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Amy James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol & Alexandria.io

Amy James is the co-lead author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and co-founder of Alexandria.io where she serves as strategist, writer, speaker and advocate for artists. She has previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators, audiences & the web is the most exciting story she’s ever told.

 

 

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Kristoffer Newsom
Content Creator, Λ L Ξ X Λ N D R I Λ

Kristoffer Newsom is a content creator at Alexandria.io and a multidisciplinary artist, focused on the intersection of scientific thought with creative expression and intuition. Kris has worked as a Photographer for Print and Web, in Film/TV as a Cinematographer, Colorist, Editor, Producer, and Director, and as a Designer, Machinist, and Product Developer in the Automotive and Consumer Products industries. He thinks the decentralized web will bring a new era of unparalleled creativity and economic development.

Devon Read James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol & Alexandria.io

Devon Read James is the inventor of Open Index Protocol (OIP), a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and CEO of Alexandria.io, where you can find anything published to the Open Index. He has worked for Apple and Sony, deployed twice overseas as a US Marine infantryman, contributed to Emmy & Oscar winners as a post-production artist, and co-founded a small design/manufacture/import business. He is obsessed with how decentralized technology can make the web more open, transparent and trustworthy.

 

 

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Amy James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol & Alexandria.io

Amy James is the co-lead author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and co-founder of Alexandria.io where she serves as strategist, writer, speaker and advocate for artists. She has previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators, audiences & the web is the most exciting story she’s ever told.

 

 

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Kristoffer Newsom
Content Creator, Λ L Ξ X Λ N D R I Λ

Kristoffer Newsom is a content creator at Alexandria.io and a multidisciplinary artist, focused on the intersection of scientific thought with creative expression and intuition. Kris has worked as a Photographer for Print and Web, in Film/TV as a Cinematographer, Colorist, Editor, Producer, and Director, and as a Designer, Machinist, and Product Developer in the Automotive and Consumer Products industries. He thinks the decentralized web will bring a new era of unparalleled creativity and economic development.