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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain 101


Thursday, April 12th 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

On April 12, SNEEF is partnering with the Rhode Island Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association in organizing an educational event about the blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are changing the way the world works as we speak. Take part in this key event to learn the inner workings of how the blockchain works, what are cryptocurrencies and how should you approach getting involved in this massively exploding movement.

We will discuss:

What Is New Finance? We explain the concept of bitcoin, and how its underlying blockchain technology is being used by hundreds of altcoins and Initial Coin Offerings.

How Do I Invest? We explain step-by-step how to get started with an online account, how to protect your investments, and how to buy, sell, and trade.

Evaluating Investment Opportunities. We explain how to build a diversified portfolio, how to analyze Initial Coin Offerings, and how to choose altcoins.

Research and Recommendations. We explain our top picks from the hundreds of altcoins and ICOs, and walk attendees through our Plain-English Portfolio.

Disclaimer: SNEEF is partnering with the Rhode Island Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association in organizing this event. Information from this event should be treated as educational and not investment advice.


John Hargrave (Moderator)

Publisher at Bitcoin Market Journal

John is the publisher of the investment website Bitcoin Market Journal. Their mission is to make the world of New Finance accessible to ordinary investors. From bitcoin to digital currencies to ICOs, their team of analysts provides plain-English explanations and expert recommendations. John has a wealth of knowledge and we couldn’t be happier to have him join the conversation.

Nicholas Napp

Co Founder at Xmark Labs, LLC

Nicholas is a co-founder of Xmark Labs, a consulting and product development company focused on business applications for Blockchain, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He has brought more than 40 products to market, including both enterprise and consumer applications. Nicholas has delivered projects for a broad range of clients including Apple, Hasbro, HTC, Microsoft, Sony and Tencent. He is an advisor to multiple blockchain projects, and is the Board Chair at FabNewport, a non-profit focused on maker-centered learning for middle school kids.

Navroop Sahdev

Connection Science Fellow at MIT 

Navroop is a Fellow at MIT Connection Science and holds a host of leadership roles in the DLT space, both as a practitioner as well as a researcher. An economist by training, Navroop is currently building a FinTech company that seeks to leverage blockchain technology. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT) at University College London and holds three masters in IP Management, Economics of Innovation and Applied Economics.

A United Nations Youth Delegate for 2017, Navroop has co-authored Hyperledger’s Blockchain for Business online course. She speaks regularly at FinTech and blockchain conferences and currently serves on the advisory board of a host of blockchain companies, across industries. Previously, she has worked at Harvard University and United Nations Environment Programme. Her research interests are focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies, Game Theory, Networks Theory and Complex Systems Science.

Dr. Muhammad (Ali) Chaudhary

Research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-founder of Inkrypt

Dr. Muhammad (Ali) Chaudhary is a well-published data-scientist and physician working as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His work focuses on big data methodologies on loosely structured data to tackle public health and health economics issues in the U.S. He has recently co-founded Inkrypt, a distributed content hosting platform, leveraging distributed computing and blockchain technology, to tackle the issue of censorship in journalism.

Peter Borovykh

Solution Architect at Blockchain Driven

Peter made his name in finance and later became fascinated with the digital applications of blockchain in his field. He is a quant who has created his own groundbreaking algorithmic trading strategies based on quantifying the market sentiment and leveraging the emotion of market participants.

Peter is a renowned speaker on blockchain and its future possibilities and has been featured in numerous publications such as Business Insider, MSN, Future Trends, Yahoo Finance, Fortune, Inside Bitcoins, and many others. Peter has spoken at conferences on blockchain and crypto markets around the globe. He is a solution architect at Blockchain Driven and is the author of the book “Blockchain Applications in Finance”.

Hanaan Rosenthal

Founder of Decentralized Technologies

Starting out as a computer graphic automation specialist in 1990 in the finance and sports licensing fields, Hanaan designed automation systems for The New York Times, Adidas, Victoria's Secret, Associated Press, Reuters, Fidelity investments and more.

Since 2017 Hanaan has been devoting all his time to creating and improving cryptocurrency trading systems and blockchain technology.

He's also an author, sculptor, and a barefoot runner.

Giovanni Feroce

Former Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, LLC.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, LLC. Specialties: Over 20 years of successful management and leadership experience with a reputation for meeting the most challenging organizational goals and objectives. A highly experienced and innovative professional experienced in all aspects of operational management. He was responsible for building Alex and Ani from a small $2 million dollar entity into a multi-billion dollar company. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business. An Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, he has served as the first liaison from U.S. Central Command to the U.S. government for all six core agencies, CIA, FBI, DEA, Dept of Homeland Security, the Dept of State and the Dept of the Treasury. He was also elected and served as one of the youngest state senators in United States history. Giovanni has recently taken an interest in how blockchain can be used to better improve government operations and it has recently become his main platform for change.

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