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Date: 3/02/2022
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Cryptocurrency. Bitcoin. Blockchain.

Three strange words that strike fear in the hearts of old-schoolers — and joy in the hearts of disruptors. Now that crypto is here to stay, it’s time to up your game and find your fit. Harrisburg University’s free, one-day cryptocurrency conference, March 2, 2021, convenes the brightest minds and biggest innovators in their fields. In freewheeling, interactive sessions, pioneers in business, regulation, research, and banking will share their views on the role of crypto and blockchain today, and their future in a digitized world.

Sessions presented on two tracks will explore business strategies, the future of finance, investment strategies, gaming, entrepreneurship, cyber threats, and other hot topics – all from a blockchain/crypto-centric perspective. You’ll network with experts and enthusiasts, for a deeper understanding of the impact of crypto, bitcoin, and blockchain on our lives and your place in the crypto universe.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022

Track One: Crypto & Block Chain Practical Application
Track Two: The Insider View of Digital Currency
Track Three: Navigating the Crypto World

9:00 am – 9:45 am  | Check-In & Coffee Networking

9:45 am – 10:00 am  | Morning Plenaries

Opening Comments & Welcome

Speakers

Eric Darr Dr. Eric Darr
HU Steering Committee

10:15 am – 11:00 am  | Session #1

Track #1 | Crypto in Gaming

Speaker

Justin Goldston
Harrisburg University | Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management
Read Bio
Dr. Justin Goldston is a Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at Penn State University, where his research is focused on blending the practices of supply chain management, emerging technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, and sustainability to create positive global change. Goldston is also the Co-founder of SydTek (www.sydtek.ai), a blockchain startup that is looking to reinvent higher education with the Web3 way that will enable students from around the world to collaborate and build solutions centered around blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Tom Meredith
UberFi | Founder/CEO
Read Bio
Mr. Meredith, the inventor of the “Smart Token” and the patent-pending “Atomic Swap” digital wallet, created UberFi to provide financial inclusion to the 2 billion global underbanked. UberFi provides a turnkey retail Point of Sale (POS) eco-system for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). The CBDC are backed by pre paid phone minute token, BitMinutes, usable by 4 billion consumers globally. UberFi enables free money transfer and Guaranteed Loans to build credit for consumers worldwide using Mr. Meredith’s proprietary “Smart Token” and “Atomic Swap” technologies.Even before Bitcoin launched, Tom has been fascinated by digital currencies evidenced by his Smart Token patent application in 2004. He productized his Smart Tokens as the foundational technology driving BitMinutes’ products and services; bridging the gap between traditional settlement networks such as MasterCard, SWIFT and the growing Blockchain networks such as Ripple and Ethereum. The solution reduces consumer fees on global bank transfer eliminating middlemen, such as Western Union. His Smart Tokens were the first to incorporate a robust smart contract to track and validate cash transactions.Tom received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Stanford University and went on to graduate with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Harvard Business School. After Harvard, Tome began his computer career with Digital Equipment Corporation and spent another three years on Wall Street handling institutional equity research sales for large clients. He joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding VoxLink, an innovator of voice mail and e-mail integration for several Fortune 500 corporations.
Tom is a native of Williamsport, PA, the home of Little League Baseball. He now resides near Atlanta, GA with his wife Jane and several rescue dogs.


Track #2 | Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrency

Speaker

Jennifer Oswald
Momentum Inc | CEO
Read Bio

Jennifer Oswald, CEO, oversees all day-to-day activities for Momentum and is responsible for ensuring achievement of the company’s mission and financial objectives. She has an aptitude for generating new business through strategic partnerships while also cultivating new relationships with key decision makers. Jennifer’s superior customer service and leadership expertise are essential to Momentum’s long-term growth. Jennifer is passionate about growing diverse talent and investing in the future of IT professionals. Jennifer believes in life-long learning and has continued to grow her skillsets including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), ITILv3, Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, and a Change Management Professional (CMP).

Oscar Serpell
Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania | Associate Director of Academic Programming and Student Engagement, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
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Oscar Serpell oversees student engagement activities, new student programming, and alumni connections. He also is a researcher, writer, and data analyst working on several research initiatives. Previously, Oscar was a research associate with the Kleinman Center where he participated in key research projects and wrote blog posts and policy digests on timely energy policy topics. Serpell has written as a guest contributor for the Penn Sustainability Review and received the Elaine B. Wright Award for Excellence in Applying Environmental Studies to Community Service. He has held several student teaching and administrative positions in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, the Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology.Serpell has a master’s degree in environmental studies and a B.A. in environmental management, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Quigley Moderator: John Quigley
Harrisburg University | Director for the Center of Environment, Energy, & Economy & Lecturer in Sustainability

Track #3 | Developing Your Own Crypto/Digital Currency

Speakers
Andrew Hacker, Nick Fett, Kevin Tran, Stuart Russell, Richard Levin

Track #4 | Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Your Business Strategy

Speaker

Justin Goldston
Harrisburg University | Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management
Read Bio
Dr. Justin Goldston is a Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at Penn State University, where his research is focused on blending the practices of supply chain management, emerging technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, and sustainability to create positive global change. Goldston is also the Co-founder of SydTek (www.sydtek.ai), a blockchain startup that is looking to reinvent higher education with the Web3 way that will enable students from around the world to collaborate and build solutions centered around blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Fred Brandon
Brand New Technologies | CEO & Founder
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As a technologist with over 20 years of IT experience, Fred has developed solutions internationally and currently teaches blockchain with Althash University, a global online program that focuses on blockchain education. His book, Adopting Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – Embracing a Digital Future is a 3x best-seller on Amazon. He’s an advocate for helping children become proficient in STEAM disciplines and financial literacy programs. As an entrepreneur, he’s the founder of both Brand New Technologies and FLAMES Technology Centers which focuses on teaching blockchain and crypto to the youth. More information about him can be found on https://fredbrandon.info or @imfbrandon on all social media platforms.

Jimmy Vallee
Ricardo Pelayo

11:00 am – 11:15 am  | Transition into Session #2

11:15 am – 12:00 pm  | Session #2

Track #1 | Smart Contracts in the Digital Age

Speaker
Farooq Anjum
Harrisburg University | Associate Professor
Read Bio

>It’s easy to get lost in the world of crypto.  My goal currently is to provide a map to make it easy for anyone to navigate this world. I do this by teaching at Harrisburg Univ (ISEM dept – https://www.harrisburgu.edu/about/our-people/faculty-staff/farooq-anjum/ ) and writing (tweet @blockchain092, newsletter at https://vcguru.substack.com/ ). With this map, you can chart your crypto journey yourself in order to maximize your gains and minimize your losses. In addition, my expertise also extends to the areas of Machine learning, wireless technologies and cybersecurity. I teach courses in these areas too.  I have also co-founded a company focused on helping farmers make irrigation decisions efficiently.  I have written two books, have nearly a hundred research papers published, and have 15 patents granted.

Nicholas Fett

Track #2 | Entrepreneurship and Blockchain

Speakers

Ricardo Pelayo
Jay Rush
Andre De Castro
Blockchain of Things | Founder & CEO

Track #3 | Blockchain Applications in Smart Communities

Speaker

Amjad Umar Amjad Umar
Harrisburg University | Director of E-Business/Professor of E-Business

12:00 am – 1:30 pm  | Networking & Sponsor Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm  | Session #3

Track #1 | Panel: Investing in Crypto

Speakers

Jimmy Vallee
Mike Uehlein
Brian Honness

(Alex Langdon, moderator)

Track #2 | Cryptocurrency and Cyber Threats

Speaker

Jennifer Oswald
Momentum Inc | CEO
Read Bio

Jennifer Oswald, CEO, oversees all day-to-day activities for Momentum and is responsible for ensuring achievement of the company’s mission and financial objectives. She has an aptitude for generating new business through strategic partnerships while also cultivating new relationships with key decision makers. Jennifer’s superior customer service and leadership expertise are essential to Momentum’s long-term growth. Jennifer is passionate about growing diverse talent and investing in the future of IT professionals. Jennifer believes in life-long learning and has continued to grow her skillsets including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), ITILv3, Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, and a Change Management Professional (CMP).

Moses  Liskov
Andres Franzetti
Risk Cooperative | co-founder
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Andres Franzetti is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Risk Cooperative, a specialized risk advisory and insurance brokerage firm.As a dual-licensed insurance broker and Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Andres has spent his career helping multinational organizations build resilient risk management frameworks and mitigate complex risk issues. Regarded as an industry innovator, Andres has worked closely with technology companies to develop customized insurance solutions as well as deliver enhanced risk modeling and claims payment services.
Mr. Franzetti has experience across the full risk spectrum and organizations to identify and mitigate critical complex risks ranging from cyber threats, to supply chain management and cross border capital deployment. He is a recognized thought leader in the risk domain, frequent contributor, and speaker on risk. In addition to his work at Risk Cooperative, Andres also serves as an adjunct fellow for the American Security Project, a think-tank founded by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Mr. Franzetti has over two decades of experience in the financial services and risk advisory space. He holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising, and marketing.
Terrill Frantz (moderator: Terrill Frantz)

Track #3 | Navigating Crypto Exchanges

Speaker

Justin Goldston
Harrisburg University | Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management
Read Bio
Dr. Justin Goldston is a Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at Penn State University, where his research is focused on blending the practices of supply chain management, emerging technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, and sustainability to create positive global change. Goldston is also the Co-founder of SydTek (www.sydtek.ai), a blockchain startup that is looking to reinvent higher education with the Web3 way that will enable students from around the world to collaborate and build solutions centered around blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Christopher Mitchell
Jennifer Silverman
Cohen & Company | Senior Digital Asset Data Specialist
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Jennifer Silverman is a Senior Digital Asset Data Specialist at Cohen & Company in Hunt Valley, MD. Her role is to bridge the gap between the Auditors and the Technology Team in the cryptocurrency space. Her main job is to various navigate crypto exchanges to figure out how to automate getting information used in audits. Jennifer has been at Cohen for 6 months. Prior to her joining the firm, Jennifer worked for the National Security Agency as a cryptologic mathematician across a range of offices and technologies. She would give you more details but then she would have to you know,… Jennifer has a degree in Mathematics from the University at Buffalo.

Track #4 | VIRTUAL

Speaker

David Lebowitz
JP Morgan

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm  | Transition into Session #4

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm  | Session #4

Track #1 | Bitcoin vs. Fiat

Speaker

Farooq Anjum
Harrisburg University | Associate Professor
Read Bio

It’s easy to get lost in the world of crypto.  My goal currently is to provide a map to make it easy for anyone to navigate this world. I do this by teaching at Harrisburg Univ (ISEM dept – https://www.harrisburgu.edu/about/our-people/faculty-staff/farooq-anjum/ ) and writing (tweet @blockchain092, newsletter at https://vcguru.substack.com/ ). With this map, you can chart your crypto journey yourself in order to maximize your gains and minimize your losses. In addition, my expertise also extends to the areas of Machine learning, wireless technologies and cybersecurity. I teach courses in these areas too.  I have also co-founded a company focused on helping farmers make irrigation decisions efficiently.  I have written two books, have nearly a hundred research papers published, and have 15 patents granted.

Alex Langan
Tom Meredith
UberFi | Founder/CEO
Read Bio
Mr. Meredith, the inventor of the “Smart Token” and the patent-pending “Atomic Swap” digital wallet, created UberFi to provide financial inclusion to the 2 billion global underbanked. UberFi provides a turnkey retail Point of Sale (POS) eco-system for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). The CBDC are backed by pre paid phone minute token, BitMinutes, usable by 4 billion consumers globally. UberFi enables free money transfer and Guaranteed Loans to build credit for consumers worldwide using Mr. Meredith’s proprietary “Smart Token” and “Atomic Swap” technologies.Even before Bitcoin launched, Tom has been fascinated by digital currencies evidenced by his Smart Token patent application in 2004. He productized his Smart Tokens as the foundational technology driving BitMinutes’ products and services; bridging the gap between traditional settlement networks such as MasterCard, SWIFT and the growing Blockchain networks such as Ripple and Ethereum. The solution reduces consumer fees on global bank transfer eliminating middlemen, such as Western Union. His Smart Tokens were the first to incorporate a robust smart contract to track and validate cash transactions.Tom received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Stanford University and went on to graduate with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Harvard Business School. After Harvard, Tome began his computer career with Digital Equipment Corporation and spent another three years on Wall Street handling institutional equity research sales for large clients. He joined the ranks of entrepreneurs by founding VoxLink, an innovator of voice mail and e-mail integration for several Fortune 500 corporations.
Tom is a native of Williamsport, PA, the home of Little League Baseball. He now resides near Atlanta, GA with his wife Jane and several rescue dogs.


Track #2 | Panel: Regulating Cryptocurrency

Speaker

Todd Cipperman

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Todd Cipperman is the founding principal of Cipperman Compliance Services (CCS) and the author of The Compliance Advantage: Ten Must-Know Trends to Protect Your Investment Firm. Todd and CCS help advisers, broker-dealers, fintech companies and funds protect their franchises against regulatory risk through the development, implementation, and operation of customized compliance programs that include ongoing review, testing, management, training, and regulatory response. Todd has over 25 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and previously served as general counsel of SEI Investments, a public mutual fund and financial technology firm, including its $65 billion proprietary mutual fund family. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Cornell University.

Stuart Russell
Richard Levin
Gerard Dache
Frank Gilligan
Dickinson Wright | Counsel
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Frank Borger Gilligan is a member of Dickinson Wright’s Corporate, M&A and Securities practice group. Frank regularly advises clients in structuring and executing public and private securities offerings, raising capital through Regulation A+ and Regulation Crowdfunding, and navigating the complex digital asset regulatory landscape. Frank is also a part of Dickinson Wright’s cannabis practice group where he helps clients raise capital and properly structure their securities offerings in the constantly evolving legal and regulatory landscape.As the former top securities regulator for the State of Tennessee, Frank has extensive experience working on federal and state securities matters, including public and private securities offerings and investigations. He has worked with the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, SIFMA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and various state and federal agencies and brings this experience to assist clients in helping to understand and navigate complex securities laws and regulations.He previously served as Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Securities Division and as President-Elect of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), Chair of NASAA’s Broker-Dealer Committee, and Vice-Chair of NASAA’s Fintech Committee. As Assistant Commissioner, Frank oversaw the Division’s three major program areas: Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Registration; Securities Registration; and Enforcement.Prior to being appointed Assistant Commissioner, Frank served as the Director of Securities Enforcement and Fraud Investigations for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. In that role, he led a team of skilled investigators who investigated suspected cases of insurance and securities fraud. As leader of this team, he successfully investigated hundreds of complaints ranging from technical violations to multi-million dollar frauds.Frank also previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee an as Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia.

(Mike Hussey, Weidner School Dean, moderators)

Track #3 | Proof-of-stake vs Proof-of-work

Speakers

Ricardo Pelayo
Nicholas Fett
Greg Strong
DLx Law | Attorney
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Drawing on his deep regulatory experience, Greg advises clients on compliance with securities laws, commodities laws, and other laws and regulations that may apply to activities involving blockchain and digital assets. He has successfully represented clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, and various other regulators. In addition, he has worked on a variety of cutting-edge transactions involving digital assets.Prior to joining DLx Law, Greg served as the Director of the Investor Protection Unit in the Delaware Department of Justice, where he worked as a Deputy Attorney General from 2003 to 2018. In this role, he was responsible for administering and enforcing the Delaware Securities Act. Greg was also an active member of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), serving on the five-member Enforcement Section Committee from 2015 to 2018.Prior to his appointment as Director of the Investor Protection Unit in July 2015, Greg was the Director of the Consumer Protection Unit for three years. He successfully represented the State of Delaware in many complex civil matters, alleging violations of Delaware investor and consumer protection statutes, with a particular focus on financial services matters in the wake of the financial crisis.

Andre De Castro
Blockchain of Things | Founder & CEO

Track #4 | Cryptocurrency: Innovation, Opportunities and Risks

Speakers

Jennifer Oswald
Momentum Inc | CEO
Read Bio

Jennifer Oswald, CEO, oversees all day-to-day activities for Momentum and is responsible for ensuring achievement of the company’s mission and financial objectives. She has an aptitude for generating new business through strategic partnerships while also cultivating new relationships with key decision makers. Jennifer’s superior customer service and leadership expertise are essential to Momentum’s long-term growth. Jennifer is passionate about growing diverse talent and investing in the future of IT professionals. Jennifer believes in life-long learning and has continued to grow her skillsets including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), ITILv3, Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, and a Change Management Professional (CMP).

Will Coleman
Cohen & Company | Director of Technology Services
Read Bio

Will specializes in providing coordination and oversight of audit plans, as well as training for audit managers, staff and seniors involved with cryptocurrency funds. Will’s diverse client base includes hedge funds, fund of funds, offshore funds and private equity funds. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Will serves as a technology consultant to clients on issues ranging from information technology security and controls, to big data and artificial intelligence, to cryptocurrency funds. He leads the team that designs customized systems for clients, including producing investment portfolio statements, creating Schedule K-1 packages and checking transactions for conflicts of interest to support Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In the cryptocurrency space, Will has been instrumental in helping the firm design and implement programs to audit and support these specific funds. He also works with cryptocurrency managers and their service providers to help ensure their operations are set up properly from a technology and controls perspective. Will’s experience and insight on cryptocurrencies has allowed him to become a regular presenter to advisers, institutional investors and family offices on topics that include operational issues for cryptocurrency funds, bid data, artificial intelligence and data privacy.

Christopher Mitchell
Nick Fett
Jay Rush

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  | Transition into Reception

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  | Ending Session

Blockchain Cryptocurrency: Harrisburg University’s offerings

Speaker

Farooq Anjum
Harrisburg University | Associate Professor
Read Bio

It’s easy to get lost in the world of crypto.  My goal currently is to provide a map to make it easy for anyone to navigate this world. I do this by teaching at Harrisburg Univ (ISEM dept – https://www.harrisburgu.edu/about/our-people/faculty-staff/farooq-anjum/ ) and writing (tweet @blockchain092, newsletter at https://vcguru.substack.com/ ). With this map, you can chart your crypto journey yourself in order to maximize your gains and minimize your losses. In addition, my expertise also extends to the areas of Machine learning, wireless technologies and cybersecurity. I teach courses in these areas too.  I have also co-founded a company focused on helping farmers make irrigation decisions efficiently.  I have written two books, have nearly a hundred research papers published, and have 15 patents granted.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  | Post-Conference Reception


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