The Blockchain Bash is a collaborative conference designed to stimulate industry growth in Los Angeles
This Innovation Jam is a one-day event where industry, experts, researchers, innovators, and venture capital come together for workshops, presentations, interactive experiences, and community engagement. The Innovation Jam objective is not to share old/current information, but to catalyze the next wave of innovation.
Jesse Lund leads Blockchain and Digital Currencies for IBM globally. Within his role, Jesse is responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and accelerating the commercialization of industry solutions to transform the landscape of global financial services. Jesse and his team work closely with IBM clients, regulators, and central banks around the world to improve end user experience, optimize operational efficiency and identify new market opportunities. Jesse’s team also leads global partnerships, represents IBM in industry consortiums, engages clients in solution design and development, and informs IBM’s strategic investment priorities within the Blockchain and cryptocurrency industries. Jesse is a financial services veteran with two decades of industry experience.
This event is for people of all experience levels! Just because you're not well versed in blockchain doesn't mean that you shouldn't come to our event. We provide content to help get you started!
We have designed the event to be a collaborative experience. This means that there will be workshops throughout the conference that will allow for you to get hands on experience with all things blockchain.
Attendees will be placed in teams to ideate and collaborate on a new blockchain or tokenization concept or application. The team will complete a simple pitch deck for the concept. Each group will then present its concept to the conference. A signal event will occur to vote on the best idea and a winning team will be selected. This activity is designed to encourage lateral-learning and facilitate new relationships.
Head of Blockchain, Financial Services @ IBM
Founder of MAPay, LLC
Founder of Crypto Realty Group
Partner of Decentra VC
Founding Partner @ Goren Holm Ventures (GHV)
CEO @ SENSE
BRIAN MAC MAHON
FOUNDER @ Expert Dojo
FOUNDER, CEO @ Paladin Trust
COO & Co-Founder @ Bitcoin IRA
Senior Compliance Officer & General Counsel @ Bitcoin IRA
General Partner @ Decentra VC
Event agenda subject to change
Jesse Lund joins us from IBM to provide an Industry-informed overview of the transformation impacts of blockchain and cryptocurrencies on banking and financial services, based on an insider’s perspective. Focus on the future of money, how we will use and think about money in the future, and how we will think about banks and their function in society.
Alon is a Founding Partner of Goren Holm Ventures (GHV), a cryptocurrency and blockchain investment fund and advisory group. GHV invests in and also incubates projects related to blockchain technology, digital currency, crypto assets and marketing and/or servicing those products. Alon is also Co-Founder of Crypto Invest Summit. He is an investor, speaker, host and leader of one of Southern California’s largest group of investors and entrepreneurs, 805 Startups, with a laser-focussed eye on building and supporting startups and entrepreneurs.
Michael K. Dershem is a seasoned business development entrepreneur who has assisted multiple ventures and attracted millions of dollars of capital. Outstanding track record in strategic business planning and development, capital and financial sourcing, multi-disciplinary problem solving, and technology development. Strong technology-transfer background from government and university research to private sector commercialization. Michael began his ‘serial entrepreneur’ career over twenty years ago. His first foray was as co-owner of RX Returns, which grew to become the largest pharmaceutical returns company in the nation. He later helped form a niche banking company, which became one of the fastest growing private companies in New Jersey. Serving as founding CEO of Pharmasset, an Emory University start-up company, successfully raised over $25 million in private equity funding and executed a $30 million research and development agreement with DuPont. The company has subsequently gone public and was acquired by Gilead Sciences for $11 Billion. Michael graduated with a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and holds an MBA as well.
Piper Moretti is the CEO of The Crypto Realty Group, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in conducting real estate transactions with cryptocurrency and the only REALTOR® in California who has completed 5 bitcoin transactions to date. Piper is a licensed international luxury REALTOR® at First Team Christie’s International Luxury Real Estate, one of the world’s largest luxury real estate brokerages as well as a Certified International Property Specialist, the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. She is also a proud advisor to the Los Angeles Blockchain Lab, CPROP.io, Block66.io, and a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association and the Real Estate Standards Organization. Her speaking engagements include Inman Connect New York 2018, National Settlement Services Summit, Realtor.com's Results Summit, Blockshow and International Blockchain Real Estate Association’s 2nd Annual Conference and UCLA Cyber Days. Piper has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Realtor.com, Mansion Global, and Commercial Observer, Business Insider and Bitcoin Magazine and was ranked #1 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 8 Influential Women Making Headlines in Blockchain.
Brian Mac Mahon, the founder of Expert DOJO, has consulted and coached in over 35 countries bringing a global perspective to starting and growing a small business. He has been teaching the power of connecting in a community and the process of turning a pay it forward mindset into a revenue generator for years. Brian combines this teaching with the experience of working with thousands of small business over the years.
Jason Huan is a cofounder and Head of Projects for Blockchain at UCLA, a club which hosts an educational series for students, blockchain events in the intersection between academia and industry, and projects in the blockchain space. He is a current undergraduate student at UCLA studying Computer Science, and is delivering the first technical course on blockchain in the school of engineering at UCLA this winter.
A Denver, Colorado native, Chris Kline joined Fortress Gold Group as a partner and Director of Operations in 2012. Chris drove the operations strategy and execution that lead to the company becoming an Inc 500 leading provider in gold and silver for IRAs. Following his success in precious metals, he was challenged to develop a way for individuals to directly invest in Bitcoin for retirement. Maryann Bullion previously served as Counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Financial Crimes Unit in the Washington D.C. area, providing legal advice and guidance to the FDIC in matters concerning the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of persons suspected of committing economic crimes against financial institutions. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Attorney in the Professional Liability and Financial Crimes Section based in Dallas, where she managed investigations and a large volume of civil plaintiffs’ lawsuits against both individuals and insurance carriers.
The mission of Blockchain Bash is to stimulate regional innovation and collaboration by bringing together stakeholders like coders, visionaries/entrepreneurs, and investors, as well as those watching from the sidelines, in an interactive event curriculum. While most conferences aim to share information through lectures and panels, the Blockchain Bash is built for innovators and doers to build relationships and learn by working side-by-side in workshops, competitions, and collaborative activities.Register Now
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