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Saturday, October 22 • 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Blockchain - Systems Without Boundaries

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Blockchains have the potential to support businesses and processes without boundaries. Before blockchains, systems relied on intermediaries and duplicate data flows to manage and reconcile information between parties. Now with blockchain technology, these flows can be achieved directly in a secure and non-repudiable way. Blockchains can connect parties more efficiently and effectively than ever before, reducing the latency and inconsistency inherent in many multi-party processes. Furthermore, the secure nature of blockchain transactions and the immutability of the data allows for processes to be automated to a far greater degree due to the level of trust we can place in that data.Blockchains are a natural fit in a world of connected things.  This talk will explore the benefits that blockchains provide and how they could be used to enhance everyday interactions.

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Marty Bell

Principal Software Architect, Rakuten, Inc.
Marty has 20 plus years industrial experience with roles in consultancy, architecture and software engineering primarily in the financial services sector.  Experienced in working with diverse multi-disciplined teams and governance models in the design and delivery of enterprise scale systems.  Notable achievements include the design and delivery of greenfield retail banking e-commerce platforms, security services and the re-architecting of... Read More →
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Fergal Downey

VP of Engineering, Rakuten, Inc.
Fergal has spent 22 years working in engineering, management and leadership roles for various FinTech organisations where he has been responsible for building engineering teams and delivering High Availability, Enterprise Banking and Payment solutions. He brings a blend of technology, process, people and domain competencies to teams, providing the necessary cohesiveness across Engineering, Product, Operations and Go-To-Market functions.Fergal has... Read More →
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Stephen McNamara

CTO, Rakuten Blockchain Lab
Stephen McNamara is a highly experienced CTO and entrepreneur with over 25 years in the design, implementation, and deployment of scalable software systems; primarily in FinTech and distributed systems. He has worked on many complex products from medical informatics, middleware and messaging protocols, to very large test automation (think millions of tests) and payments (3 times). Most recently as CTO & co-founder of Bitnet, McNamara led the... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
4F Track E : Rakuten University