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

Blockchain

Like open source, devops, and the agile methodology, blockchain promises to be a significant shift in software development. Decentralized and secure, blockchain is on the brink of exploding and could be a real game-changer in how we deliver data, transforming the financial, medical, and retail industries. Come hear innovative takes and the pros—and cons—of the blockchain.

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11:00am11:40am Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Lucy Wyman (Puppet)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 15 ratings)
Since Bitcoin was open sourced in 2009, we've been reading about how cryptocurrencies are the new internet. But how do they actually work? Lucy Wyman offers a deep dive into blockchains, covering what a blockchain is, how it works, the cool math and theory that it uses, and applications beyond cryptocurrencies. Read more.
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11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Tracy Kuhrt (Hyperledger)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
Tracy Kuhrt offers an introduction to Hyperledger Indy, a distributed ledger built for decentralized identity. It provides tools, libraries, and reusable components for creating and using independent digital identities rooted on blockchains or other distributed ledgers. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Kelly Olson (Intel)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Hyperledger Sawtooth is an open source modular platform hosted by Hyperledger for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. Kelly Olson offers an overview of Hyperledger Sawtooth, shares current development efforts on the project, explains how to get started with the code, and details different ways you can contribute to Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Intermediate
John Feminella (Pivotal)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
John Feminella explains the core cryptographic and distributed-systems properties that make the blockchain work as he walks you through building your own cryptocurrency from scratch. Read more.
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4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Non-technical
Myrle Krantz (The Apache Software Foundation)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Myrle Krantz explains how open source and transparent distributed systems are supporting financial inclusion and offers an overview of Fineract CN, the cloud-native version of Apache Fineract, built as a microservice architecture, and Stellar, an open source blockchain implementation for transferring fiat currencies in a secure, transparent manner. Read more.
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5:05pm5:45pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Valentin Bercovici (PencilDATA)
Personal transportation is on the cusp of the first major revolution in 100 years. Valentin Bercovici discusses the unexpected role blockchains will play in giving us all mobility choices we soon won't be able to live without. Read more.
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11:00am11:40am Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Erin Morrissey (Capital One Investing)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 8 ratings)
The blockchain is a formerly niche idea that’s on the path to becoming a standard technology (think responsive design or containers). The sweet spot for the blockchain is transactional data. Using an ownership-tracking example, Erin Morrissey walks you through the technical ideas behind the blockchain to show how each contributes and explains why any of it even matters. Read more.
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11:50am12:30pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Intermediate
Mack Hendricks (Flyball )
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The existing caller ID database is typically out of date and can't be trusted. Mack Hendricks explains how the existing decentralized caller ID database could be replaced with blockchain technology. More importantly, the blockchain could be used to authenticate calls to reduce telemarketing calls and fraudulent calls. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Non-technical
Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
Deb Nicholson explains why, before “disrupting” existing systems by replacing them with the blockchain, we must ensure that the power and potential to improve lives is real and reasonably evenly distributed. We owe it to the future to make good early decisions and to refrain from overselling the blockchain’s potential to be a force for good until we’re certain it is. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Faisal Abid (Zoom.ai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
DApp: It's not a dance move; it's the future. Faisal Abid takes you through decentralized apps (DApps), explaining what they are, how they work, and how to build them. Read more.
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4:15pm4:55pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Hyperledger was formed with the vision of establishing a community that brings together the smartest minds to solve the challenges of delivering blockchain technology for the enterprise. Christopher Ferris explains how Hyperledger's "greenhouse" is not only incubating new technologies but also entering into the collaboration and consolidation phase. Read more.
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5:05pm5:45pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Steven W (Decred)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Steven Wagner explains how the Decred project has taken blockchain technology one step further by decentralizing the process of political decision making by implementing on-chain voting by users. Read more.