DATE: Monday, March 18, 2019
TIME: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Reston Town Center, Reston, VA (hotel info)
Complimentary Afternoon Session (registration required)

Registration Speakers


Blockchain (Distributed Ledger) technologies are finding applications in an increasing number of business areas, including retail, the Internet of Things, logistics and financial services. New applications create new opportunities as well as new regulatory and legal challenges, both in the use of cryptocurrencies and in other far-reaching applications. Join OMG in learning more about how this transformative new technology is being put to use and the role of standards in providing commercial lift and enhancing competitiveness.

The OMG Blockchain Event in Seattle last fall was about technologies and tools. This upcoming event in Reston VA will focus more on Applied Blockchain: real applications of the Blockchain architecture across industries and government in areas such as supply chain integration, point of sale, business expense tracking, logistics, financial transaction tracking, and the many uses of blockchain inside U.S. governmental organizations.


time presentation
1:00pm - 1:15pm Welcome and Blockchain Technology Overview
Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Object Management Group
1:15pm - 2:00pm

The Potential for Blockchain in the Supply Chain
Kevin Otto, Senior Director of Community Engagement, GS1

With growing interest in the transformative promise of blockchain, it has become clear that focused industry discussions are needed to address the future of transparency and data sharing in the supply chain. Hear from GS1 US on their cross-industry blockchain discussion group, the use cases that are being discussed, and the linkages between the GS1 standards and blockchain.

2:00pm - 2:45pm NIST and Blockchain: Activities, Lessons Learned, and Thoughts for Blockchain Implementors
Dylan Yaga, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology  - view PDF

An overview of NIST’s previous and current activities regarding blockchain technologies. Some lessons learned from implementing blockchain software and smart contracts, as well as some thoughts for organizations looking to implement or adopt blockchain technology.
2:45pm - 3:00pm Refreshment Break 
3:00pm - 3:30pm

IOTA: An Alternative Blockchain Architecture - view PDF
Mike Bennett, Head of Standards, IOTA Foundation

IOTA represents a new breed of distributed ledger technology applications with a scalable graph based immutable data structure and flexible architecture. This talk introduces the IOTA Tangle and the main components of the Tangle architecture and sets out the vision for immutability applications in the Internet of Things, smart vehicles, healthcare and other verticals. These initiatives are all to be supported through OMG standards introduced by IOTA.

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Hedera Hashgraph – a fast, fair & secure distributed ledger - view PDF
Paul Madsen, Technical Architect, Product Team, Hedera

For a public distributed ledger to be considered ‘enterprise ready’, it must satisfy fundamental criteria in performance, security, stability and governance. Hedera Hashgraph is an emerging public ledger that is optimized for meeting these requirements.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Panel: The Usage and Future of Blockchain
Moderator - Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Object Management Group
Dylan Yaga, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mike Bennett, Head of Standards, IOTA Foundation
Paul Madsen,Technical Architect, Product Team, Hedera
Dr. Nick Stavros, President and CEO, Jackrabbit Consulting

4:45pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up and Closing Comments, Announcements
Mike Bennett – Head of Standards, IOTA Foundation
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