April 6, 2018 | Fayetteville AR

2018 Walton College Blockchain Conference

Basics, Value Propositions, and Technology Options

Join us for a full-day of panels and presentations with industry leaders from ArcBest, IBM, J.B. Hunt, Tyson, and Walmart, to help you navigate the strategic use and deployment of Blockchain in your company’s ecosystem.

Throughout the day you will also have the opportunity to engage in breakout sessions where you can build your own use case, get hands-on with Hyperledger and Ethereum, or take a deeper dive into business analytics.


Dr. Mary C. Lacity
“The Business of Blockchain as the New World Order”

Dr Lacity has held visiting positions at MIT, The London School of Economics, Washington University, and Oxford University.

Her research investigates real-world implementations of blockchains, robotic process, and cognitive automation and is a thought leader on the new ways work gets done.

As visiting professor at MIT in 2017, she led a research project on enterprise blockchains that investigated how enterprises are building blockchain capabilities today in order to prepare for, and to direct, the future of business services.

She’ll be sharing the findings from her forthcoming book, A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain Applications for Business: Mindshifts, Strategies and Action Principles.

Mary C. Lacity is Curators’ Distinguished Professor and International Business Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Event Schedule

Friday, April 6, 2018


8:00 a.m. – Registration & Networking (coffee & juice provided)

8:30 a.m. – KEYNOTE Presentation: What is Blockchain? Why should we care? – Dr. Mary Lacity

9:15 a.m. – Panel Session: The Blockchain Journey. Representatives from ArcBest, Grass Roots, IBM, JB Hunt, Tyson Foods, and Walmart share their stories with Dr. Mary Lacity moderating.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 – 11:55 a.m. – Discussion Sessions

10:15 – 10:40 a.m. – How do I begin or is it for me? When to use and not to use blockchain? Mary Lacity

10:40 – 11:05 a.m.  – Digging Deeper on Strategy: What is the value proposition? –Chris Enslin and Archana Sristy

11:05 – 11:30 a.m. – Blockchain Software Overview – Hyperledger, Ethereum, and SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain Pilot? – Heather Czech, PJ Johnson, Nitin Kale, Dr. Zach Steelman

11:30 – 11:55 a.m. – Business Analytics: Empowering the Citizen Data Scientist – Dr. Beth Keiffer, Dr. Ron Freeze, and Dr. Rhonda Syler


Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)


1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Hands-on Work Sessions

Concurrent 90-minute sessions will be offered and repeated in the afternoon. Choose what best fits your needs and interests.

Session Options:

  • Design your own ‘Use Case’ work session – Nikhil Gupta, IBM
  • Introduction to Hyperledger using IBM Linux – Dr. Zach Steelman
  • Blockchain Software; Overview of SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain Pilot and Ethereum – Dr. Nitin Kale
  • Microsoft Strategy: Blockchain for the Enterprise – PJ Johnson, Microsoft
  • Business Analytics: Empowering the Citizen Data Scientist (using SAS) – Dr. Beth Keiffer, Dr. Ron Freeze and Dr. Rhonda Syler


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – (Blockchain Consortium Members Only)
Taking a Deeper Dive (what is possible, value, ROI, next steps)

4:15pm – 4:30pm – Closing Session – Next Steps


The conference will be held at the Chancellor Hotel, located off the Fayetteville town square.

70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Presented by:

The Information Systems Department and Enterprise Systems of the Sam M. Walton College of Business is excited to bring industry and academic experts on Blockchain and related topics to the 2018 Blockchain Conference.

If you are interested in how blockchain technology could transform the way businesses operate and want to learn more about its wide-ranging applications from banking and finance to healthcare and insurance, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from these speakers forging the way in Blockchain deployment, research, and education.

Register to Attend

Register today. Seating is limited! Come join us in Fayetteville April 6th as we explore the many possibilities of Blockchain.

The Registration Fee is $150. The deadline to register is March 30, 11:59 p.m. CST.