Projects & Lightning Talks

Here's a sample of the Proposals we've received for Projects and Lightning talks.  Please add yours by filling out the forms here.

Projects & Lightning Talks

#FutureisNEAR: Crypto-Prototyping Series
Come enable new social realities through Blockchain with the NEAR team!
Read more.
Jessica Watson Miller
Community, NEAR

Jess has led blockchain projects at Stream and THORChain since 2017. She ran a national Effective Altruism conference and has a Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Peter DePaulo
Developer Relations, NEAR

Peter is a product-focused engineer with over 7 years of experience in tech who has shipped code to millions of users with pharmaceutical oncology clients such as Pfizer, Merck, and Roche.

Vlad Grichina
Engineer, NEAR

Vlad started his career as a professional TopCoder competitor and worked on mobile apps since 2009. He founded a 15 person mobile dev company and worked 3 years at Google on the Play Store.

TopCoder Open Finalist (2006)

Jessica Watson Miller
Community, NEAR

Jess has led blockchain projects at Stream and THORChain since 2017. She ran a national Effective Altruism conference and has a Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Peter DePaulo
Developer Relations, NEAR

Peter is a product-focused engineer with over 7 years of experience in tech who has shipped code to millions of users with pharmaceutical oncology clients such as Pfizer, Merck, and Roche.

Vlad Grichina
Engineer, NEAR

Vlad started his career as a professional TopCoder competitor and worked on mobile apps since 2009. He founded a 15 person mobile dev company and worked 3 years at Google on the Play Store.

TopCoder Open Finalist (2006)

A Website Built by Many: Launching DWeb Global Together
Designers, coders and writers: help us create a new landing page for the global DWeb brand. It will be a central place to find DWeb groups around the world.
Read more.
Iryna Nezhynska
Designer, Jolocom

Iryna Nezhynska is a designer specialising in design languages for digital products and visual communication for tech startups.

Previously a senior visual designer at Deloitte Digital and design team lead at Norwegian software agency Chimera Prime, she has recently moved to Berlin to join blockchain startup Jolocom.

Always being a “person from branding” she has been working in several industries - traditional advertising for local banks and industrial companies, digital publishing for international consumer and retail brands, software development for German fintech companies, brand experience design for insurance and financial corporations and, finally, back to software development - this time for decentralized web.

Iryna Nezhynska
Designer, Jolocom

Iryna Nezhynska is a designer specialising in design languages for digital products and visual communication for tech startups.

Previously a senior visual designer at Deloitte Digital and design team lead at Norwegian software agency Chimera Prime, she has recently moved to Berlin to join blockchain startup Jolocom.

Always being a “person from branding” she has been working in several industries - traditional advertising for local banks and industrial companies, digital publishing for international consumer and retail brands, software development for German fintech companies, brand experience design for insurance and financial corporations and, finally, back to software development - this time for decentralized web.

Big Data Swap Meet
Swap data and share some fun findings with peers
Read more.
Brewster Kahle
Founder, Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 38 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

He first called builders to "Lock the Web Open" using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.

 

Videos from the summit:

Brewster Kahle
Founder, Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 38 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

He first called builders to "Lock the Web Open" using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.

 

Videos from the summit:

Build a Blockchain
Be a part of a community building blockchains from newspapers!
Read more.
Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Build a Linked Data ImageGraph
A way to remember the fond memories made at DWeb Camp
Read more.
Margaret Warren
Artist, Technologist, Founder, Image Snippets

Margaret Warren is an artist and technologist. She is the creator of the ImageSnippets, a system for describing images using linked data, semantic web and knowledge representation techniques. 

As an artist, Margaret creates works in 2D and 3D and installation pieces in multiple styles and mediums and has been actively involved in the arts since she was a child. She has been associated with numerous galleries in Northwest Florida and was a studio artist at First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida for over 3 years and a program director and on the board of the Arts & Design Society in Fort Walton Beach for over 4 years. Her work has been shown and sold internationally and commissioned by clients. 

She is also a co-founding member of a collaborative art group called the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) that has been in existence for almost 10 years. Over the years, SAP has had many art ‘camps’, art parties and given many workshops and demonstrations of collaborative art ‘playing’. The work created by SAP is very different from any of the work that is created independently by any one member of the group and this has been one of the most rewarding realizations of the SAP experience. The SAP work has won awards, been purchased into the prestigious Cinco Banderas collection in Pensacola, Florida, used for an academic book cover and sold into collections all over the world.

Margaret Warren
Artist, Technologist, Founder, Image Snippets

Margaret Warren is an artist and technologist. She is the creator of the ImageSnippets, a system for describing images using linked data, semantic web and knowledge representation techniques. 

As an artist, Margaret creates works in 2D and 3D and installation pieces in multiple styles and mediums and has been actively involved in the arts since she was a child. She has been associated with numerous galleries in Northwest Florida and was a studio artist at First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida for over 3 years and a program director and on the board of the Arts & Design Society in Fort Walton Beach for over 4 years. Her work has been shown and sold internationally and commissioned by clients. 

She is also a co-founding member of a collaborative art group called the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) that has been in existence for almost 10 years. Over the years, SAP has had many art ‘camps’, art parties and given many workshops and demonstrations of collaborative art ‘playing’. The work created by SAP is very different from any of the work that is created independently by any one member of the group and this has been one of the most rewarding realizations of the SAP experience. The SAP work has won awards, been purchased into the prestigious Cinco Banderas collection in Pensacola, Florida, used for an academic book cover and sold into collections all over the world.

Chambers of AWE
Using sound to create transformative experiences.
Read more.
Laura Inserra
Artist, Chambers of A.W.E.

Laura Inserra is a multi-instrumentalist,sound therapist, composer, teacher, and event producer. With an innate gift for music, Laura is both a self-taught and classically trained musician, which allowed her to develop her unique 'structured improvisation' technique. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions, and soundtracks for movies.

In these last years she has focused her work around the transformative and healing power of sound and music. As a result of decades of studies and practices of music and different wisdom lineages, she has developed a practice called Resonant Healing. 

Laura Inserra
Artist, Chambers of A.W.E.

Laura Inserra is a multi-instrumentalist,sound therapist, composer, teacher, and event producer. With an innate gift for music, Laura is both a self-taught and classically trained musician, which allowed her to develop her unique 'structured improvisation' technique. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions, and soundtracks for movies.

In these last years she has focused her work around the transformative and healing power of sound and music. As a result of decades of studies and practices of music and different wisdom lineages, she has developed a practice called Resonant Healing. 

Collaboration Art Creation
An engaging process analogous to decentralization in which participants collaboratively create several large abstract expressionist paintings throughout the camp.
Read more.
Margaret Warren
Artist, Technologist, Founder, Image Snippets

Margaret Warren is an artist and technologist. She is the creator of the ImageSnippets, a system for describing images using linked data, semantic web and knowledge representation techniques. 

As an artist, Margaret creates works in 2D and 3D and installation pieces in multiple styles and mediums and has been actively involved in the arts since she was a child. She has been associated with numerous galleries in Northwest Florida and was a studio artist at First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida for over 3 years and a program director and on the board of the Arts & Design Society in Fort Walton Beach for over 4 years. Her work has been shown and sold internationally and commissioned by clients. 

She is also a co-founding member of a collaborative art group called the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) that has been in existence for almost 10 years. Over the years, SAP has had many art ‘camps’, art parties and given many workshops and demonstrations of collaborative art ‘playing’. The work created by SAP is very different from any of the work that is created independently by any one member of the group and this has been one of the most rewarding realizations of the SAP experience. The SAP work has won awards, been purchased into the prestigious Cinco Banderas collection in Pensacola, Florida, used for an academic book cover and sold into collections all over the world.

Margaret Warren
Artist, Technologist, Founder, Image Snippets

Margaret Warren is an artist and technologist. She is the creator of the ImageSnippets, a system for describing images using linked data, semantic web and knowledge representation techniques. 

As an artist, Margaret creates works in 2D and 3D and installation pieces in multiple styles and mediums and has been actively involved in the arts since she was a child. She has been associated with numerous galleries in Northwest Florida and was a studio artist at First City Art Center in Pensacola, Florida for over 3 years and a program director and on the board of the Arts & Design Society in Fort Walton Beach for over 4 years. Her work has been shown and sold internationally and commissioned by clients. 

She is also a co-founding member of a collaborative art group called the Southeastern Art Players (SAP) that has been in existence for almost 10 years. Over the years, SAP has had many art ‘camps’, art parties and given many workshops and demonstrations of collaborative art ‘playing’. The work created by SAP is very different from any of the work that is created independently by any one member of the group and this has been one of the most rewarding realizations of the SAP experience. The SAP work has won awards, been purchased into the prestigious Cinco Banderas collection in Pensacola, Florida, used for an academic book cover and sold into collections all over the world.

Cyborg Physical Therapy
Get to know you and your computer on a deeper level through this meditative journey
Read more.
Angelica B
Artist

Angelica is an artist, coder and yoga teacher. She works mostly online, balancing making stupid art with personal spiritual practices. You can find her at angblev.com

Angelica B
Artist

Angelica is an artist, coder and yoga teacher. She works mostly online, balancing making stupid art with personal spiritual practices. You can find her at angblev.com

Decentralized Voting & Zero-Knowledge Proofs
Interested in governance? Come join us in discussing methods promoting privacy in voting
Read more.
Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Elephant in the Room: The Need for Mutable Data
The GUN team, long proponents of mutable & immutable architecture, would like to host a discussion group to debate this subject in full
Read more.
Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

Videos from the summit:

Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

Videos from the summit:

Games, Games, Games!
“Play hard, play fair, nobody get hurt.” Indoors, outdoors, on-going Games--let's plan them all.
Read more.
Samuel Suh, JD
Cofounder, Archon

Sam has a background in coding, management, marketing, and law. He also runs several active communities, both online and offline, moderating chats, organizing meetups, hackathons, and conferences. 

Samuel Suh, JD
Cofounder, Archon

Sam has a background in coding, management, marketing, and law. He also runs several active communities, both online and offline, moderating chats, organizing meetups, hackathons, and conferences. 

Identity, Privacy & Decentralization
Decentralization and fundamental identity
Read more.
Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Jay Carpenter
Founder, Desert Blockchain LLC

Decentralized realms of naming, numbering, addressing and identity are my areas of expertise and interest.

Internet Archive's Universal Library
Local IA server on a Raspberry Pi for limited Internet environments.
Read more.
Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

 

Videos from the summit:

Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (apc.org), co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

 

Videos from the summit:

Mindmapping DWebCamp in Virtual Reality
Come build a mindmap of the projects discussed at DWeb Camp, and contribute your own thoughts and ideas
Read more.
James Baicoianu
Principal Engineer, JanusVR

James spends most of his time making the web do things it was never intended for. A professional web developer, search engineer, and amateur game developer for 20 years, he's finally found a job which lets him combine the three, building virtual worlds for JanusVR.

Currently, he's working on pushing the boundaries of what browsers are expected to do by combining WebVR, WASM, emulation, and photogrammetry to build worlds which seamlessly blend real, historical, and virtual realities into one.

James Baicoianu
Principal Engineer, JanusVR

James spends most of his time making the web do things it was never intended for. A professional web developer, search engineer, and amateur game developer for 20 years, he's finally found a job which lets him combine the three, building virtual worlds for JanusVR.

Currently, he's working on pushing the boundaries of what browsers are expected to do by combining WebVR, WASM, emulation, and photogrammetry to build worlds which seamlessly blend real, historical, and virtual realities into one.

PLAN - Community Collaboration Software
Community Operating System for real-time logistical planning, and coordinate with high reliability, persistence, and privacy.
Read more.
Brandon Wallace
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

As a USAF veteran and senior analyst, Brandon has lived and worked around the world contributing all-source analysis and executive level decision support; including deployments to OEF and OIF.  After serving with distinguished merit, Brandon went on to attend UT Austin, graduating with honors while engaging in cross-discipline studies (communications & environmental geography). As a small business owner & technology consultant, he specializes in information systems, multi-media production, developing organizational solutions, and geo-spatial planning. Brandon is Director and co-founder of PLAN Systems, with a mission to foster human communications and relationships.

Drew O’meara
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer and a student of computer science at Cornell University, Drew has served as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for over 17 years, including licensing software to Apple Inc. and authoring U.S. patent 9971632. He specializes in the design and engineering of real-time 3D graphics, data visualization, computation, communications, and distributed systems. Drew is the Chief Engineer and co-founder of PLAN Systems, leading the development architecture of PLAN. He is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies.

Brandon Wallace
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

As a USAF veteran and senior analyst, Brandon has lived and worked around the world contributing all-source analysis and executive level decision support; including deployments to OEF and OIF.  After serving with distinguished merit, Brandon went on to attend UT Austin, graduating with honors while engaging in cross-discipline studies (communications & environmental geography). As a small business owner & technology consultant, he specializes in information systems, multi-media production, developing organizational solutions, and geo-spatial planning. Brandon is Director and co-founder of PLAN Systems, with a mission to foster human communications and relationships.

Drew O’meara
Co-Founder, PLAN Systems

Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer and a student of computer science at Cornell University, Drew has served as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for over 17 years, including licensing software to Apple Inc. and authoring U.S. patent 9971632. He specializes in the design and engineering of real-time 3D graphics, data visualization, computation, communications, and distributed systems. Drew is the Chief Engineer and co-founder of PLAN Systems, leading the development architecture of PLAN. He is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies.

Powerpoint Karaoke from Local Archive
Present random slides we found from the Internet Archive that you've never seen before!
Read more.
Benedict Lau
Toronto Mesh & Hypha Worker Co-operative

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

Videos from the summit:

Benedict Lau
Toronto Mesh & Hypha Worker Co-operative

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

 

Videos from the summit:

Research Library Services
Research Library Services will provide DWeb Camp with local access to the "scholarly record": research papers, books, notable blog posts, etc. Participants will be able to check citations and dig into knowledge a layer deeper than an encyclopedia.
Read more.
Bryan Newbold
Web Archiving Engineer, Internet Archive

Bryan finally joined the Archive in 2017 after spending more than a decade as an enthusiastic user of Wayback Machine. Over that same time period he climbed up and down the ladder of abstraction, obtaining an undergraduate degree in physics (at MIT), operating under-ice robots in Antarctica, developing open hardware lab instrumentation for large-scale brain probing (at LeafLabs), cataloging hundreds of millions of electronics components (at Octopart), and improved production service reliability at Stripe (a financial infrastructure start-up).

Bryan is a transplant from the East Coast and enjoys the road biking, large trees, generous salads, used book stores, and world-class tech non-profits found all around the Bay Area.

Bryan Newbold
Web Archiving Engineer, Internet Archive

Bryan finally joined the Archive in 2017 after spending more than a decade as an enthusiastic user of Wayback Machine. Over that same time period he climbed up and down the ladder of abstraction, obtaining an undergraduate degree in physics (at MIT), operating under-ice robots in Antarctica, developing open hardware lab instrumentation for large-scale brain probing (at LeafLabs), cataloging hundreds of millions of electronics components (at Octopart), and improved production service reliability at Stripe (a financial infrastructure start-up).

Bryan is a transplant from the East Coast and enjoys the road biking, large trees, generous salads, used book stores, and world-class tech non-profits found all around the Bay Area.

Scuttlebooth
Grab some friends, take some photos and come explore the Scuttleverse
Read more.
Trav Fryer
Internet Gardener, Independent Artist

Trav Fryer is a computer guy. Trav Fryer does computer stuff. Trav Fryer likes plants and reducing waste. A great way to reduce waste is to mend your own clothes. It adds character to see a visible mend. And things with character are more loved by those who use them and thusly less likely to be buried in a landfill. Mottainai is a Japanese word which roughly translates to, "too good to waste". Trav thinks that's a pretty solid philosophy with which to see the the things in the world.

Trav Fryer
Internet Gardener, Independent Artist

Trav Fryer is a computer guy. Trav Fryer does computer stuff. Trav Fryer likes plants and reducing waste. A great way to reduce waste is to mend your own clothes. It adds character to see a visible mend. And things with character are more loved by those who use them and thusly less likely to be buried in a landfill. Mottainai is a Japanese word which roughly translates to, "too good to waste". Trav thinks that's a pretty solid philosophy with which to see the the things in the world.

Solutions to the Puzzle of Censorship-Resistance
An open forum of how different solutions to the puzzle of Censorship-Resistance can be incorporated into the decentralized storage systems we are trying to build
Read more.
Sourabh Niyogi
CEO, Wolk

I have been leading Wolk protocol development for the decentralized web since 2017.  Over the last 20 years, I cofounded and ran mobile and social advertising businesses CrossChannel and Social Media Networks and did computational cognitive science, linguistics and machine vision research at MIT in the 90s and early 2000s. I live with a wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs in Burlingame, California.

Rodney Witcher
VP Product, Wolk

Over the past two years, Rodney Witcher has worked at Wolk focusing on designing and building a protocol that will enable a world where users wrest control of their data away from the big corporations and regain autonomy over their online presence and activity. Rodney's background lies in building large scale applications, honing his skills as an engineer, product designer and dot connector most recently as a co-founder of CrossChannel, a mobile and social advertising company, and previously at a number of companies as a software engineer. Rodney lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Courtney and son Shaw.

Sourabh Niyogi
CEO, Wolk

I have been leading Wolk protocol development for the decentralized web since 2017.  Over the last 20 years, I cofounded and ran mobile and social advertising businesses CrossChannel and Social Media Networks and did computational cognitive science, linguistics and machine vision research at MIT in the 90s and early 2000s. I live with a wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs in Burlingame, California.

Rodney Witcher
VP Product, Wolk

Over the past two years, Rodney Witcher has worked at Wolk focusing on designing and building a protocol that will enable a world where users wrest control of their data away from the big corporations and regain autonomy over their online presence and activity. Rodney's background lies in building large scale applications, honing his skills as an engineer, product designer and dot connector most recently as a co-founder of CrossChannel, a mobile and social advertising company, and previously at a number of companies as a software engineer. Rodney lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Courtney and son Shaw.

Technical Salon
A way to start conversations that don't start with name or workplace.
Read more.
Kelsey Breseman
Archiving Coordinator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative

I'm one of the leaders of the Tessel Project. I'm also a neural engineer, a lover of the woods, and an adventurer.

 

I'm currently writing a book, "Climate Change for Changemakers," exploring how engineers and entrepreneurs can get up to speed on fighting climate change. 

 

Some things I care about:

  • Community, transparency, and openness drive innovation.
  • It is important to work on things that contribute to a future you want– ideally with a majority of your time.
  • Living well includes breathing deeply, being outside, and going to sleep tired at the end of the day.
Kelsey Breseman
Archiving Coordinator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative

I'm one of the leaders of the Tessel Project. I'm also a neural engineer, a lover of the woods, and an adventurer.

 

I'm currently writing a book, "Climate Change for Changemakers," exploring how engineers and entrepreneurs can get up to speed on fighting climate change. 

 

Some things I care about:

  • Community, transparency, and openness drive innovation.
  • It is important to work on things that contribute to a future you want– ideally with a majority of your time.
  • Living well includes breathing deeply, being outside, and going to sleep tired at the end of the day.
Towards Practical Telepathy
How to store private thoughts.
Read more.
Mary Lou Jepsen
Founder & CEO, Openwater

Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder and CEO of Openwater, (https://www.openwater.cc/). Previously, she was Co-founder and CTO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and a former executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google, and Intel.  Other highlights: former MIT Professor.  Founded 4 hardware companies. 250 published or issued patents.  TIME named her one of the hundred most influential people in the world. 

Her latest company, Openwater, aims to create an inexpensive, noninvasive, portable medical imaging device that rivals MRI quality imaging at a fraction of the price and size.

Mary Lou Jepsen
Founder & CEO, Openwater

Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder and CEO of Openwater, (https://www.openwater.cc/). Previously, she was Co-founder and CTO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and a former executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google, and Intel.  Other highlights: former MIT Professor.  Founded 4 hardware companies. 250 published or issued patents.  TIME named her one of the hundred most influential people in the world. 

Her latest company, Openwater, aims to create an inexpensive, noninvasive, portable medical imaging device that rivals MRI quality imaging at a fraction of the price and size.

⚡️Lightning Talk: Building Blockchains with Cosmos
Building Blockchains with Cosmos
Read more.
Hans Schoenburg
Developer Relations Engineer, Cosmos

Hans is hopeful that web tech can provide social prosthetics for a more just and sustainable world. He started in tech by founding an online gift economy and is curious to see where blockchains can take us. Hans is a developer relations engineer at Cosmos as well as a contributor to the Handshake project.

Hans Schoenburg
Developer Relations Engineer, Cosmos

Hans is hopeful that web tech can provide social prosthetics for a more just and sustainable world. He started in tech by founding an online gift economy and is curious to see where blockchains can take us. Hans is a developer relations engineer at Cosmos as well as a contributor to the Handshake project.

⚡️Lightning Talk: Cryptoart in Form and Function
Learn how to make and have fun with Cryptoart
Read more.
Duncan Krostue
Western Governors University, Student of Marketing

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found artMuseum.io to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain.

       As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018.

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

Duncan Krostue
Western Governors University, Student of Marketing

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found artMuseum.io to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain.

       As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018.

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

⚡️Lightning Talk: Decentralizing Page Experience with the #OverWeb
Learn all about the #OverWeb and more!
Read more.
Daveed Benjamin
Founder/Visionkeeper, Bridgit

Since BS and MS in Engineering at Stanford, Daveed has had leadership roles in startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises in emergent fields. As a "Shift Shaper," his work focuses on collective wisdom and altering systems of consciousness for positive impact. Daveed worked on decentralization in early 2000s focusing on energy, food, and water and on building local economies. Now his focus is decentralizing linking and the web experience. As CEO and Visionkeeper of Bridgit, Daveed is building post-blockchain protocols that provide 360 context for any idea or object as well as discovery orders of magnitude faster than search. Author of first-of-its-kind augmented reality book,Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature. Daveed is an Active Dreaming teacher, a SoulCollage® Facilitator, a Green For All fellow, and Founder Gym graduate.

Daveed Benjamin
Founder/Visionkeeper, Bridgit

Since BS and MS in Engineering at Stanford, Daveed has had leadership roles in startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises in emergent fields. As a "Shift Shaper," his work focuses on collective wisdom and altering systems of consciousness for positive impact. Daveed worked on decentralization in early 2000s focusing on energy, food, and water and on building local economies. Now his focus is decentralizing linking and the web experience. As CEO and Visionkeeper of Bridgit, Daveed is building post-blockchain protocols that provide 360 context for any idea or object as well as discovery orders of magnitude faster than search. Author of first-of-its-kind augmented reality book,Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature. Daveed is an Active Dreaming teacher, a SoulCollage® Facilitator, a Green For All fellow, and Founder Gym graduate.

⚡️Lightning Talk: Design patterns for the dweb
Talking about UX patterns of decentralized apps
Read more.
Shokunin .
Epona

Shokunin is the founder of Permaweb.io and the IPFS Discord. He is building the first suite of consumer apps on top of the IPFS stack. 

Shokunin .
Epona

Shokunin is the founder of Permaweb.io and the IPFS Discord. He is building the first suite of consumer apps on top of the IPFS stack. 

⚡️Lightning Talk: Enhanced Privacy with Decentralized Identity
A discussion about identity and privacy related issues and solutions towards a privacy-preserved Internet
Read more.
Yisi Liu
CTO, Dimension

Yisi is now working with fantastic developers at Dimension.im on various projects towards a decentralized and privacy-preserving web. He is focusing on how to apply cryptography algorithms and schemes to the real world, including two ongoing projects at Dimension, maskbook.com and tessercube.com, to bring users a web with privacy. He used to be a natural language processing researcher but decided to work on real world cryptography and data privacy protection when he realized the double edged sword of how big companies are using and "abusing" user's data in their lives. He is a true believer of a decentralized web and would like to bring it to more users all over the world.

Yisi Liu
CTO, Dimension

Yisi is now working with fantastic developers at Dimension.im on various projects towards a decentralized and privacy-preserving web. He is focusing on how to apply cryptography algorithms and schemes to the real world, including two ongoing projects at Dimension, maskbook.com and tessercube.com, to bring users a web with privacy. He used to be a natural language processing researcher but decided to work on real world cryptography and data privacy protection when he realized the double edged sword of how big companies are using and "abusing" user's data in their lives. He is a true believer of a decentralized web and would like to bring it to more users all over the world.

⚡️Lightning Talk: Multiple Transport Layers for the Decentralized Web
Learnings from wiring Wolk's decentralized blockchain to the Internet Archive's Multiple Transports Layer
Read more.
Rodney Witcher
VP Product, Wolk

Over the past two years, Rodney Witcher has worked at Wolk focusing on designing and building a protocol that will enable a world where users wrest control of their data away from the big corporations and regain autonomy over their online presence and activity. Rodney's background lies in building large scale applications, honing his skills as an engineer, product designer and dot connector most recently as a co-founder of CrossChannel, a mobile and social advertising company, and previously at a number of companies as a software engineer. Rodney lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Courtney and son Shaw.

Rodney Witcher
VP Product, Wolk

Over the past two years, Rodney Witcher has worked at Wolk focusing on designing and building a protocol that will enable a world where users wrest control of their data away from the big corporations and regain autonomy over their online presence and activity. Rodney's background lies in building large scale applications, honing his skills as an engineer, product designer and dot connector most recently as a co-founder of CrossChannel, a mobile and social advertising company, and previously at a number of companies as a software engineer. Rodney lives in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Courtney and son Shaw.

⚡️Lightning Talk: P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival
A quick description of the ValueFlows semantic web model as a "schema for the economy"
Read more.
pospi ·
Systems architect, developer & catalyst, Holochain REA Project

Pospi is a former web developer turned blockchain developer turned Holochain developer. His current engagement is HoloREA, a general-purpose resource accounting framework for complex value exchange which has origins in a 40-year body of work. He has a strong interest in ethical production and conscious consumerism, and previously created Everledger’s diamond provenance technology before working at the Ethereum development studio ConsenSys on a range of other blockchain projects. He left that industry in late 2018 after concluding that the profit motive would corrupt and subvert any good that might be achievable, and now dedicates his efforts to building digital commons & social fabric in ecosystems hoping to create viable alternatives to capitalism.

He is based on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, close to his great loves of rainforest creeks and sparsely populated beaches.

http://pospi.spadgos.com/

 

pospi ·
Systems architect, developer & catalyst, Holochain REA Project

Pospi is a former web developer turned blockchain developer turned Holochain developer. His current engagement is HoloREA, a general-purpose resource accounting framework for complex value exchange which has origins in a 40-year body of work. He has a strong interest in ethical production and conscious consumerism, and previously created Everledger’s diamond provenance technology before working at the Ethereum development studio ConsenSys on a range of other blockchain projects. He left that industry in late 2018 after concluding that the profit motive would corrupt and subvert any good that might be achievable, and now dedicates his efforts to building digital commons & social fabric in ecosystems hoping to create viable alternatives to capitalism.

He is based on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, close to his great loves of rainforest creeks and sparsely populated beaches.

http://pospi.spadgos.com/

 

⚡️Lightning Talk: Scaling Decentralization: 2M+ Monthly Users on GUN protocol
A brief introduction to the protocols, tools, and algorithms for a scalable egalitarian future!
Read more.
Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

Videos from the summit:

Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

 

Videos from the summit:

⚡️Lightning Talk: Understanding BFT (classical) Consensus
Come learn about the history of Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) Consensus and much more!
Read more.
Peter Lu
@_kitchen, Developer, @ThunderProtocol

Peter is a cute developer among other things

Peter Lu
@_kitchen, Developer, @ThunderProtocol

Peter is a cute developer among other things

⚡️Lightning Talk: Web Crawlers in the Browser
Create your own personal search engine in the browser -- can you be your own google?
Read more.
Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

⚡️Lightning Talk: What I learned from WebTorrent
Lessons learned starting and running a P2P open source project.
Read more.
Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.

 

 

Videos from the summit:

Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.

 

 

Videos from the summit: