Speakers Information2018-10-13T09:04:06+00:00

Speakers Information

Nicholas Pattengale

Nicholas Pattengale is a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has successfully applied distributed algorithms research to the benefit of numerous US government entities. He took a research interest in Bitcoin in 2010, and among other forward-looking initiatives analyzed the emerging blockchain ecosystem with respect to tech surprise. He has since fostered a robust blockchain research portfolio, and is a sought after subject matter expert on blockchain technology, its transformative/disruptive potential, and its worthwhile US government use cases. Nicholas has a PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, and a BS from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Chad Decker

Chad Decker is passionate about blockchain technology and pursues a single mission to educate the world on the benefits and promise it can offer.  With over 10 years of experience in corporate education and certification that spans many areas including Oracle, Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware. Chad is cofounder and CEO at Blockchain Training Alliance and is highly proficient at creating and leading teams, managing partners and creating technology strategy that aligns to business needs.  Currently is focused on educating and implementing Blockchain technology into the real world.

Ernesto Lee

Ernesto Lee is an impassioned blockchain entrepreneur and technologist from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area and an original founding member, co-owner and the CTO of Blockchain Training Alliance. Ernesto’s career illustrates a lifelong commitment to pushing the envelope on innovation and growing opportunities for all around him. As a graduate of Old Dominion University (BS, Physics), Virginia Tech (MS, Software Engineering), Harvard Extension School (Graduate Certificate, Business Communication), and a Doctoral candidate in Information Security at Nova Southeastern University, Ernesto has always had a passion for technology and teaching. Education has been the cornerstone of Ernesto’s career.
Ernesto is the author of Enterprise BlockChain Programming with HyperLedger Fabric and Composer, WebLogic 12c, WebSphere Application Server 9 with Liberty, Big Data for Analysts, Apache Pig, and Apache Hadoop as part of his Invent the Future series.
He has also written numerous Blockchain courses that are still in use.  Ernesto’s work as a public speaker, writer and author has quickly seen him emerge to be one of America’s most exciting thought leaders and expert voices in the field of Blockchain and technology.

Alex Kaplan

Alex is a global thought leader in the application of advanced technologies to support education institutions and lifelong learning. He has deep expertise in the application of artificial intelligence and analytics to facilitate personalized learning at scale.  Alex is an accomplished technology entrepreneur and creator of eco-systems to support transformative education technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has served as CEO, led sales and professional services organizations, led product teams, and developed strategies and messaging to catalyze and accelerate business. Alex has also fostered partnerships among the leading technology firms in the world to support personalized learning initiatives using advanced technologies. He has spoken at Harvard University, Columbia University and many conferences on the role advanced technologies will play in the transformation of education. Alex is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and help people realize their full potential.

Natalie Smolenski

Natalie Smolenski is an anthropologist who leads business development for Learning Machine, a blockchain technology firm. As an author and public speaker, she focuses on the intersections of identity, technology, and government. By bringing a scientific perspective to distributed digital technologies and social transformation, she helps audiences from all backgrounds understand how individuals connect to form communities and build the infrastructures of the future.

PJ Leimgruber and Brady McKenna

A core issue currently facing many blockchain dApps is the problem of tackling too many issues at once. Many dApps see the future, but are working on too large or problems to be practical as a protocol. How can we accelerate development? Could a modular framework comprised of various decentralized tools synthesize a bigger problem into smaller more manageable components?

Joseph Pitluck

Started coding games in QBasic at age 11. Graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2011, and immediately opened a dental practice which grew to include 4 dentists and 11 employees. Simultaneously got involved in commercial real estate in New Mexico, Texas, and Florida before launching 3 coworking locations in Albuquerque. Became involved in developing AI/facial recognition solutions for coworking spaces before migrating to blockchain based solutions.

Brandon Trebitowski

Brandon Trebitowski is CEO of Pixegon and a leading industry authority on mobile application design and development. Brandon has designed, developed and delivered over 40 mobile applications for large and small clients as well as authored several books on iOS Mobile application development, architecture and design.

Prior to forming Pixegon and Treb Studios, Brandon led large mobile engineering teams for Burnside Digital in Portland Or. delivering full lifecycle mobile and web solutions. Brandon holds a BS in Computer Science from The University of New Mexico

Solve Maxwell

Solve Maxwell is an entrepreneur, investor, advisor & consultant, and trader who has been engaged in crypto-related business since 2011. He’s currently the CEO of Code Castle Corporation, a masternode operating company. As an advisor, he’s assisted several companies from conception, to initial coin offering (“ICO”), to launched products and beyond. As a consultant he has assisted companies in a wide range of matters, from working with new users developing techniques to better secure their digital assets to partnering with the City of Albuquerque to develop Blockchain-related work within the local government. As an investor he’s been involved in more than 50 Blockchain projects, including some of the largest ICOs from 2015 to date. He’s currently advising a startup tech company that has invented a new technology enabling long distance, 10Gbps data transmission.

Feng Hou

Currently serves as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Learning Officer at CNM, Feng Hou is a Harvard educated senior IT executive with more than 20 years IT leadership and digital transformation experience.

Reporting directly to the president, Hou manages over 80 staff, leading digital transformation with strategic development to improve customer digital experience, enhance operational efficiency and cut IT spending. Since he started at CNM in June 2016, Hou has established IT agile Services, technology training services and customer digital experience services without adding any new IT positions. Under his leadership, IT is creating a one stop technology service and training center to support CNM students and employees.

Last year, Hou has led the blockchain initiative to implement a student owned digital certificate and degree diploma solution, which made CNM the first community college in the nation to use blockchain technology to provide our students with digital credentials. Building upon the successful experience, Hou is working on a number of blockchain use cases from creating a universal student ID, managing faculty credit hour based pay by using smart contract to building a stackable micro-credentialing solution to certify student soft skills.

Hou is the Co-founder of Albuquerque Blockchain Alliance (ABA), he currently serves on the national reviewing board for the Blockchain Certificate Exam and is a member of the National Government Blockchain Chamber Albuquerque Chapter. Hou also serves on Board of Directors for The New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing/Communication Services (CHECS) and Board of Directors for New Mexico Technology Council. He was twice elected as the President of Florida Association of Educational Data Systems (FAEDS).

Hou holds a MS degree from Va Tech and BA from Central China Huashi University. Hou has multiple professional certifications such as Blockchain Hyperledger Development, ITIL and Cisco certified trainer. He currently lives in Rio Rancho New Mexico with his wife Michelle and 2 daughters.

Kevin Clauson

Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D., is an Associate Professor at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. He began investigating the potential for blockchain technology to address challenges with the health supply chain in 2015 as follow-up to his previous work as founding director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Center. Dr. Clauson has explored blockchain for clinical trial data sharing at the White House, CryptoKitties and CryptoZombies as hands-on assignments with his students, and serves in roles including the editorial board of Blockchain in Healthcare Today, HIMSS Blockchain Task Force, Blockchain in Healthcare Global, and IEEE Blockchain Clinical Trials SMEs. Dr. Clauson recently received the Blockchain for Education Collaboration Award, recognizing the initiative he lead for Lipscomb University in partnership with Hashed Health to build a system on the Ethereum platform to allow graduates and potential employers to verify credentials of health professions students. His digital health research appears in journals, books, and other media and his work has generated coverage by the New York Times, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, and BBC Radio. Dr. Clauson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee – Memphis and completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Bill Halverson

Bill is senior executive with CNM Ingenuity providing strategic management for education and IT services, and a Blockchain Enthesis.
Specializing : Business strategies, education program design and development. Innovation to support community needs and development.

– Leading process reengineering and improvement initiatives, systems integration, Blockchain development and certification, and cost-reduction programs.

Kim Augustine

Kim Augustine is a Manager at Deloitte in the Government and Public Services practice. She is a systems engineer with a breadth of experience with technology software implementation projects for both commercial and public sector clients. She has a passion for how emerging technologies are shaping the way organizations do business. She blends her experience as a public speaker and technologist to evangelize Blockchain technology within the public sector. Also, Kim has keen interest in guiding technologists beyond the exciting possibilities of Blockchain towards real business decisions and best practices to implement the technology.

Tom Anderson

Tom is an experienced entrepreneur and previously founded a robotics company that created the world’s first consumer 3D touch device. He was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of haptics (adding the sense of touch into computers/VR). He led fundraising of over $34 million, licensed tens of millions of dollars of game development, and took the company public. He has since founded Devvio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is his current focus. Devvio has created a blockchain protocol that has addressed all of blockchain’s biggest challenges, and is currently the world’s fastest blockchain with throughput of over 8 million transactions/second.