March 29, 2019

Beyond The Headlines: Blockchains for Business

A generous thank you to all of our speakers, panelists, presenters, and attendees. We hope to see you again next year!

What are corporations, governments, and providers doing to build viable, scalable, and interoperable blockchain applications?

Keynotes, panelists, and industry breakout sessions addressed the tough topics of shared governance, business models, regulatory uncertainty, and building viable ecosystems within a rapidly evolving blockchain landscape. Hands-on workshops were available for participants interested in seeing and touching blockchains in action.

The Blockchain Center of Excellence of the Sam M. Walton College of Business brought industry and academic experts on Blockchain and related topics to the 2019 Blockchain Conference for Business.

Highlights from the 2018 conference:

Conference Overview

Keynote Speakers

Speeches from recognized leaders including the Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas, Colonel James Regenor, Co-founder Blockchain Resource Group and Chief Solutions Officer, Fr8 Network, and Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration.

Client-Only Panel

C-suite/Directors of operations and innovations from Ernst & Young, Golden State Foods, McKesson, JB Hunt, Tyson, and Walmart answered the questions: How are your blockchain projects really going? Where will they realistically be in a year?

Provider-Only Panel

In a panel moderated by Tracy Black, Operating Partner at New Road Capital Partners, providers discussed their blockchain capabilities and offerings. Saurabh Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer for HSF research was also on the panel to offer insights from HfS’s recent analysis of 10 blockchain platforms.

Industry Breakout Sessions

Industry leaders hosted breakout sessions focusing on blockchain applications for supply chains, credentials, financial services, and more. Leaders included Blockchain Ready Studio, the Center for Supply Chain Studies, Ernst & Young, Golden State Foods, Grassroots Co-op, Heifer International, Idatafy, JB Hunt, McKesson, Patreos, SAP, StartupJunkie, Tyson, and Walmart.

Hands-On Workshops

Participants experienced blockchain technologies such as Hyperledger Fabric hosted by IBM, Microsoft’s Azure and Blockchain workbench, and SAS’s blockchain analytics.

Registration

Registration Fee: $225
Fee includes parking, breakfast, and lunch.

If you have questions about your registration, contact us at blockchain@walton.uark.edu or call (479) 575-4500.

Time and Place

7:00am – registration and breakfast
8:00am to 5:30pm – conference program

University of Arkansas Campus
Reynold’s Center for Enterprise Development (RCED)
145 N Buchanan Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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