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)
Since Bitcoin was open sourced in 2009 we've been reading about how crytpocurrencies are the new internet. How do cryptocurrencies actually work though? This talk will introduce the audience to blockchains. We'll cover what a blockchain is, how it works, the cool math and theory that it uses, and discuss some applications of the blockchain beyond just cryptocurrencies. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Kelly Olson (Hyperledger TSC)
Hyperledger Sawtooth is an open source modular platform hosted by Hyperledger for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. Hyperledger Sawtooth is the second active project under Hyperledger to hit 1.0 production level. Kelly will speak to current development efforts on the project, how to get started with the code and different ways one 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)
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)
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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11:00am11:40am Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: Portland 256
Level: Beginner
Erin Morrissey (Capital One Investing)
Blockchain is a formerly niche idea that’s on the path to becoming a standard technology quickly (think responsive design, or containers). The sweet spot for blockchain is transactional data, and using an ownership tracking example, we’ll walk through the technical ideas behind it to learn how each contributes to the promises of this growing technology and 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 )
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 (Open Invention Network)
What is blockchain good for? Increased transparency, distributed control and the elimination of tedious administrative work certainly sound exciting, but we can’t put off conversations about the social impact of our work. Before “disrupting” existing systems by replacing them with blockchain, we must ensure that the power and potential to improve lives is real and reasonably evenly distributed. Read more.