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A recap of the 2016 conference

The first global event focusing on blockchain technology applications for both trade networks and financial services

The Distributed: Trade conference was a first-of-its-kind forum bringing the industry’s leading blockchain technology companies together with major enterprises to brainstorm how the new technology will disrupt and optimize trade networks and financial services.


Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Snow Way Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


June 12-13, 2016: 24-Hour Hackathon (held at T-REX)

June 14, 2016: Keynote, Presentations & Panels

Program Highlights

Industry leaders and fintech innovators came together for a groundbreaking summit that explored blockchain applications for supply chains, global payments, insurance services and capital market operations.

  • Managing a global supply chain on a blockchain
  • How blockchains are re-inventing financial services
  • Current initiatives and proof-of-concept projects

Featuring judges from these top firms

St. Louis: Gateway to New Frontiers


As one of the world’s top academic institutions, Washington University in St. Louis is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial activity. Its Olin Business School is one of the country's leading research-oriented business schools with a network of partners in the St. Louis community and around the world.


The “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis has been a hub of trade and commerce since its inception as a trading post. Originally a pathway to the American frontier, St. Louis is now a global hub for the financial services industry and legacy home of supply chain driven corporations. The city also sits at the forefront of financial technology with a burgeoning startup scene, elite universities and the nationally recognized fintech accelerator, SixThirty.

  • Home of 10 Fortune 500 companies
  • 12th most active venture community in the U.S.
  • Home to 46 colleges & universities



Brian Behlendorf

Executive Director, Hyperledger Project, The Linux Foundation

Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger Project. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.



Gurvinder Ahluwalia

CTO, Cloud Technical Solutions, IBM North America


Judd Bagley

Chief Evangelist, tØ


Brad Bailey

Research Director, Capital Markets, Celent


David Bailey

CEO, BTC Media


Farron Blanc

Vice President, Innovation Studio Lead, RGAx


Sandy Boxerman

Shareholder, Capes Sokol


Marc Christman

Senior Vice President, Accounts Payable Automation, Commerce Bank


Joseph Ciccolo

Founder and President, BitAML


Kevin P. Cullen

Vice President, Business Development, Volantè Technologies


Bill Donius

Ideation Consultant and Former CEO, Pulaski Bank


Tyler Evans

CTO, BTC Media


Rock Foster

Vice President and CFO, Nestlé Purina North America


Brian Fox

President and Founder,


Jeremy Gardner

Venture Capitalist, Blockchain Capital


Jeff Garzik

Bitcoin Core Developer and Cofounder, Bloq


Phil Gomes

Senior Vice President, B2B Digital, Edelman


Madhav Goparaju

Executive Director, Financial Services Advisory, EY


David Gustin

President, Global Business Intelligence


Stephen Holmes

CTO, VirtusaPolaris FINtech Banking Lab


Atul Kamra

Managing Partner, SixThirty


Leanne Kemp

Founder and CEO, Everledger


Tiana Laurence

CMO, Factom


Cindy Minor

Director, Center for Supply Chain Management, Saint Louis University


Andy Molnar

Director and Professor of Project Management, Contract Management and Aviation Management, SLU


Russell Moore

Director, Client Consulting, TSYS


Dawn Newton

COO, Netki


Tom Niermann

St. Louis Arch Angels


Iliana Oris Valiente

Cofounder, Rubix by Deloitte


Chris Patteson

Director, Transaction Risk, Collaboration and Intelligence, FedEx


Chris Principe

Publisher, Financial IT


Dalip Raheja

President and CEO, The Mpower Group


Joe Reagan

President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber


Santosh Sankar

Director, Dynamo


Dominik Schiener

Cofounder, CargoChain and IOTA Foundation


Joyce Shen

Director, Emerging Tech Partnerships & Investments, Thomson Reuters


Mark Showers

Chief Information Officer, RGA


Ronald Smith

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Dave Sutter

COO, Fluent


Wayne Vaughan

CEO, Tierion


Betsy Wells

Executive Director, Global Treasury, RGA


Lamar Wilson

CEO, Fluent


Micah Winkelspecht

CEO and Founder, Gem


Daniel Winters

President, Global Tax Accountants


Gregory Xethalis

Counsel, Kaye Scholer

Schedule of Events

Distributed: Trade featured a full day of expert presentations, panels and demos reflecting the most critical commercial developments, technical innovations and public policy issues affecting the evolution of the blockchain industry. Exhibition areas and an evening reception will provide unique opportunities for networking with industry leaders and innovators on the cutting edge of blockchain tech.


Registration with Coffee and Pastries Served in the Exhibits Area


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Blockchain 101 - Introduction, Business Benefits & Key Technologies

—Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin Core Developer and Cofounder, Bloq


Opening Keynote - Why Hyperledger? Blockchains Need Open Source Infrastructure and Open Governance

—Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger Project, The Linux Foundation


Break - Refreshments Served in the Exhibits Area

Stream: How Blockchain Will Disrupt Financial Services


Optimizing Cash Management with Distributed Ledgers


Leveraging Blockchains and Smart Contracts for Financial Securities and Derivatives Transactions

Stream: Removing Friction in Supply Chains with Blockchain


Managing Ownership and Authenticity of Supplies and Products in Global Supply Chains with Blockchains and Smart Contracts


Optimizing Supply Chain Processes with Blockchains - Use Cases


Pre-Luncheon Keynote - Doing Business with Blockchains

—Iliana Oris Valiente, Cofounder, Rubix by Deloitte


Networking Luncheon

Financial Services Stream (continued)


Streamlining Financial Audit & Corporate Compliance Processes with Distributed Ledgers


Blockchain Banking Regulation and Best Practices to Ensure Compliance

Supply Chain Stream (continued)


How Blockchain Will Underpin the Future of Global Trade Finance


Product and Proof-of-Concept Demos


Break - Refreshments Served in the Exhibits Area


Implementing Blockchain in Your Enterprise - Technology Considerations


Implementing Blockchain in Your Enterprise - Business Considerations


Conference Chair's Wrap-Up and Takeaways


Networking Reception


Conference Ends

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