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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY
Dan Harple

Dan Harple
CEO, Context Labs


Dan Harple is the founder CEO of Context Labs, a leader in delivering at-scale enterprise blockchain-enabled systems and advising global market segments and countries on the development of highly efficient ecosystems and interoperable standards to accelerate positive change for stakeholders. Recent work at Context Labs has resulted in work taking blockchain-enabled platforms from proof-of-concept (POC) stage to at-scale production, with reference deployments in global printing/publishing, global environmental data, and cybersecurity. A technology entrepreneur for more than 25 years, Dan has founded and built technologies, companies, and products that have been used by billions of internet users, merging companies with Netscape Communications and Oracle and leading a joint venture with China’s Sina. Each of Dan’s firms successfully raised multiple rounds of Silicon Valley-based venture capital and had liquidity events at various stages. He has been a founder and CEO of technology companies, held senior executive and CEO roles for three NASDAQ-listed tech companies, and served as an advisor and investor in many others, including acting chief innovation strategy officer at RR Donnelley. He has served as a director and/or advisor for a variety of nonprofits and educational institutions, including the Berklee College of Music, Stichting Nexuslabs Foundation, International School of Amsterdam, Tabor Academy, University of Rhode Island College of Engineering Advisory Board, Friends Academy, Marlboro College, and Harrisburg Academy. Dan has received numerous awards, including Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the NEA President’s Award. He was a coauthor with internet pioneer Vint Cerf of Disrupting Unemployment, focusing on technology’s impact on employment and the economy, and has published in a variety of conference proceedings dealing with the application of CAE/CAD/CAM and finite element analysis in distributed computing environments, specifically in the field of mechanical design and ergonomics. Dan holds an MSc from MIT and degrees in mechanical engineering and psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He also attended Marlboro College.


4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 09/12/2018
Location: Expo Hall Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Blockchain and decentralization, Data Platforms
Dan Harple (Context Labs)
Dan Harple explains how distributed systems are being influenced by and are influencing operational, financial, and social impact requirements of a wide range of enterprises and how trust in these distributed systems is being challenged, elevated, and resolved by engineers and architects today. Read more.