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2018 Blockchain Forum

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:30AM-2PM EDT
Venue Address: 
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington , DC 20036
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:30AM-2PM EDT
2018-04-03 07:30:00 2018-04-03 14:00:00 America/New_York 2018 Blockchain Forum See more details at: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Venue Address: 
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington , DC 20036
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Event Details


2018: Turning blockchain potential into reality


Attendees of this event qualify for 6 Continuous Learning Points! 

Registration for this event is closed. On-site registration will be available. 

Join The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) on April 3, 2018, at The Mayflower Hotel!

ACT-IAC hosted a very successful Blockchain forum in September of 2017 where government and industry were provided an understanding of the capabilities of Blockchain as well as Lightning Presentations on those in existence in the U.S. and internationally.  ACT-IAC is planning its second and more in-depth Blockchain forum scheduled on April 3, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.  This day forum will take Blockchain to the next steps in sharing existing mature global market examples, regulatory impacts, and live demonstrations along with the introduction of an Blockchain implementation playbook.

The purpose of this Forum is to:

  • Educate participants on potential application areas and use cases for blockchain technology by exploring real-world implementations in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Generate a discussion—led by government officials and private sector executives who have implemented a blockchain solution—on lessons learned value, and benefits for governments and industry.
  • Advance public, private, and cross-discipline collaboration for continued advancement and appropriate application of blockchain technology across all mission spaces.


At the Forum, government and industry leaders from the U.S. and around the world will present real-world application areas and use cases for blockchain technology through a series of interactive live demos and Ted-like talks.  


  • Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, Esq., Deputy Chair of the 2018 Blockchain Forum, Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategy Manager, Deloitte, & Former Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury  (Moderator)
  • Tiffany Angulo, Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Legislative Assistant, Congressman David Schweikert, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus
  • Jose Arrieta, Government Chair of the 2018 Blockchain Forum, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Moderator) 
  • Greg Bateman, Managing Director, Federal Industry Ecosystem, Microsoft
  • Kelvin Chen, Fintech, Division of Supervision & Regulation, Federal Reserve Board
  • Tim Cummins, President, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM)
  • Frederic de Vaulx, Vice President, Prometheus Computing LLC
  • Heather Flannery, Chief Executive Officer, Obesity PPM
  • Mark Fisk, Partner - Public Service Blockchain Leader, IBM Digital
  • Hilary Gawrilow, Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Legislative Director and Counsel, Congressman Jared Polis, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus
  • Daniel Gorfine, Chief Innovation Officer, and Director, LabCFTC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Todd Hager, Industry Deputy Chair of the 2018 Blockchain Forum, Vice President, Macro Solutions
  • Brian Huerbsch, Lead Research Analyst, Thomson Reuters
  • Anil John, Program Manager, Cybersecurity Division, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Juan Antonio Ketterer, Division Chief Connectivity, Markets and Finance, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 
  • Venkat Kodumudi, Director, CGI Federal
  • Caitlin Long, Former Chairman & President, Symbiont 
  • Sean Manion Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Science Distributed 
  • Brent Maravilla, Acquisition Strategist, U.S. Digital Service 
  • Jim NasrVice President of Technology & Innovation, Synchrogenix, a Certara company
  • David Nguyen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, United Solutions 
  • Robert Palatnick, Chief IT Architect, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
  • Sunil Sabharwal, U.S. Alternate Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Bob Schukai, MBE, Global Head of Design, Digital Identity Solutions, Thomson Reuters
  • Tony Scott,  former U.S. CIO
  • Sherri Sokol, Innovation, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) 
  • John SpragueDeputy Associate CIO Tech & Innovation Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Valerie Szczepanik, Assistant Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit
  • Joseph Thompson, Co-Founder and CEO, AID: Tech and UN Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer for Blockchain Technology 2017 
  • Dr. Mihaela UlieruChief Alchemist, Endor.coin and Expert Coach, Blockchain Strategy Executive Program, Oxford University
  • Andrew Vanjani, Acting IT Director, Integrated Award Environment, General Services Administration
  • Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum 
  • Mark White Principal, Innovation Office Chief Technologist, Deloitte  
  • Jim Williams, Partner, Schambach & Williams Consulting 
  • Dylan Yaga, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (invited)
  • Aleksandar ZelenovicStrategy and Consulting Practice Lead, Sapient Consulting, Public Sector

Live Demonstrations:

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • United Solutions
  • Sapient
  • Others being confirmed

Leaders from the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI) Blockchain Working Group will discuss how they assembled a government and industry working group to create the government blockchain primer to help agencies build the foundational understanding.  They will also discuss the government blockchain playbook (to be published in April) that will help agencies move forward with continued development and appropriate deployment of blockchain technology, and provide guidance on building a customized, agency-specific implementation strategy. 

The Forum will also feature panel discussions by some of the key regulators, policymakers, and industry leaders on the importance of modernization, governance, and a balanced regulatory and policy approach that maximizes the benefits of innovation and minimizes the risks.  The Forum will conclude with remarks from Sunil Sabharwal, United States Alternate Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Why Attend?

Whether you are just learning about blockchain technology, are assessing whether blockchain technology is the right solution for your agency or business, or somewhere in between, the ACT-IAC 2018 Blockchain Forum is for you.  This Forum provides participants with an in-depth look at how a tailored, blockchain implementation solution is developed and executed from start to finish.  It also provides detailed information regarding what blockchain technology is, its evolution, real-world use cases and implementations, its potential to change the future, and how governments and industry can turn that potential into reality.  Along with top level keynote speeches, excellent content, and the ability to join in interactive discussions with worldwide government and industry leaders, the Forum is on the list of “must attend” for people, businesses, and government agencies who are interested in blockchain technology and are ready to explore the value and benefits for them.


  • Government: $0
  • IAC Member: $295
  • Non-Member: $400

ACT-IAC events are intended to provide an objective and vendor-neutral collaborative environment where government and industry can work together on issues of mutual interest and forge relationships based on trust.  Attendees are requested to avoid using this forum for business development purposes.