Dr. Scott Stornetta is considered by many to be the co-inventor of the Blockchain. Dating back to 1991, his pioneering series of papers, written with co-author Dr. Stuart Haber at Bellcore, received the 1992 Discover Award for Computer Software, and were featured in the New York Times in 1995. This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work).
Mr. Antonis Polemitis has two decades of experience in higher education, private equity, and software development. He has a deep understanding of global higher education, having served as a CEO, investor, board member, instructor and technology developer in the field. He has been a principal or advisor for a broad range of corporate financings in the United States, Europe, Latin America and India, ranging from multi-billion dollar industrial buyouts to early stage venture capital. He has also led the development of high-scale cloud-based technology platforms in multiple industries.
Blockchain has revolutionized the technology industry—yet the barrier to entry has left many developers without a path to connect to the world of crypto despite its emergence as the next wave of technology. How can developers forge a path to adoption when walking through uncharted territory? In this workshop, Warren and Michael will discuss how to move the dial for developers to connect, communicate, program, while building trust, utility, and liquidity for a blockchain-powered economy. The RippleX open-source platform, which targets a network of more than 20 million developers globally, allows developers to get started with blockchain, without needing to know the nuances of the underlying protocols. Warren and Michael can discuss how a platform approach is moving the industry forward to improve the way that developers transact using protocols such as the XRP Ledger, Inter-ledger and PayID, and what that means for the broader world of finance.
Head of Developer Relations, Ripple
Warren Paul Anderson leads developer relations at Ripple. Since joining Ripple in 2016, Warren has worked as a product manager for the XRP Ledger, Interledger Protocol and RippleNet's On-Demand Liquidity product. Prior to Ripple, Warren co-founded Hedgy, one of the first decentralized finance applications that used blockchain-based smart contracts for derivatives trading. In a previous life, before discovering crypto as an early bitcoin miner in 2011, Warren spent several years building startups in the Internet of Things. Warren has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern and did graduate studies at Harvard.
Michael Zochowski leads product at RippleX, which creates tools that make it easier to build on open blockchain technologies like XRPL. Michael previously founded Logos, a blockchain startup focused on high-performance payments that was acquired by Ripple, and worked at Ellington Management Group, a multi-billion dollar quant hedge fund, in portfolio management across a variety of asset classes. Michael graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Statistics and M.S. in Applied Mathematics.