Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Blockchains are the link between horseless buggies and driverless cars

Valentin Bercovici (PencilDATA)
5:05pm5:45pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Chief digital officers, chief data officers, chief privacy officers, product managers, development leaders, and blockchain developers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with Agile development

What you'll learn

  • Learn practical applications for blockchains and IoT trends, particularly those relating to the autonomous vehicle supply chain


From the invention of assembly lines to robotic manufacturing to driverless cars, automotive innovation continues at a relentless pace. Supply chain optimization is vital to success in this highly competitive industry. What once was restricted to integration of mechanical components now includes a heavy mix of regulated, mission-critical software from multiple suppliers—which must be updated “over the air” at a regular cadence.

Valentin Bercovici explores the challenges in securing, maintaining, and repairing the dynamic, heterogeneous software supply chain for modern self-driving cars, from levels 0 to 5. Along the way, Valentin reviews implementation options, from centralized certificate authority-based architectures to decentralized blockchains networked over a fleet of cars, and shares the decision criteria and ROI/TCO metrics captured to date.

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Valentin Bercovici


Valentin “Val” Bercovici is founder and CEO at PencilDATA, democratizing trust throughout digital transformation. Val is also cofounder and a senior advisor at Peritus.ai, a company focused on completing the autonomous data center vision by addressing the gap in automated tech support via machine learning. He was a founding member of the governing board at the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF), the Linux Foundation’s home for Google’s Kubernetes, the Open Container Initiative (OCI), and many other related cloud-native projects. Val has enjoyed a long leadership career. Previously, at NetApp/SolidFire, he launched multibillion-dollar storage and compliance products, created the competitive team and strategy, directed new research investments for the NetApp Data Fabric roadmap, and served as SolidFire’s CTO. A pioneer in the cloud industry, Val led the creation of NetApp’s cloud strategy and introduced the first international cloud standard to the marketplace as CDMI (ISO INCITS 17826) in 2012. Val advises numerous data-driven startups and is passionate about improving diversity within the tech industry. He has several patents issued and pending around data center applications of augmented reality and data authenticity.