Beyond The Headlines: Blockchains for Business

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The Conference ‘Big Picture’

Dr. Mary Lacity, Director, U of A Blockchain Center of Excellence

The Blockchain Center of Excellence of the Sam M. Walton College of Business hosted industry and academic experts on Blockchain and business at the 2019 Blockchain Conference for Business.

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 provided sandboxes for participants interested in seeing and touching blockchains in action.

Speeches from recognized leaders include the Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Col. James Allen Regenor, Co-founder Blockchain Resource Group, Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA, Saurabh Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer for HfS, and speakers from AWS, Blockchain Ready Studio, Center for Supply Chain Studies, Google, Grassroots, Idatafy, JB Hunt, IBM, McKesson, Microsoft, Patreos, SAP, SAS, Startupjunkie, Tyson, WalMart, and Zoom.


Selected Graphic Recordings


The Conference ‘Big Picture’: Dr. Mary Lacity, Director, U of A Blockchain Center of Excellence


Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Vision forArkansas’ Growth Agenda: Be the First in Blockchain


FDA Vision: A New Era of Smarter Food Safety: Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, FDA


Dare to Reimagine Logistics: Colonel James Regenor, Co-founder Blockchain Resource Group, LLC


Client Perspectives: McKesson-Matt Langford, Director, EY- Chen Zur, Partner, J. B Hunt- Gary Dowdy, VP


Client Perspectives: Tyson-Lee Slezak, VP IT Architecture, Golden State Foods- Guilda Javeheri, CTO,Walmart- Tejas Bhatt, VP, Food Safety & Health


Provider Perspectives: Moderator-Tracy Black, Director, IBM - Ramesh Gopinath, VP IBM, Microsort - PJ Johnson, Architect, Google -Phillip Crippen


Provider Perspectives: HfS-Saurabh Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer, SAP- Sathya Narasimhan, Senior Director- Blockchains


January Meeting Notice and Agenda

Community Leaders, Educators and Employers, we want to invite you to join us for the second set of Little Rock NSEM Meetings.

West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow Road

Sunday, January 21st, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome, Recap of December Meetings and Meet Newcomers

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Digging into the current workforce and opportunity pipeline by the three cycles and cogs: Foundational Education (Experience, Exposure, Network Support), Postsecondary Credential (Educational Experience, Work Experience, Support Network), and Workplace Entry and Advancement (Professional Development, Work Support, Professional Network).

A set of questions around each that surface what we are doing in LR in each cycle and what we need to know to be effective in each. These are at least three small groups, one for each cycle. Subgroups share their initial thoughts and findings with the whole group. There is a whole group reflection on how these three are disconnected and can be better connected so no person falls through the cracks.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Putting expectations and hopes for 2018 on the calendar. Signing up for the working groups. Final reflections on the day and discussion about next steps and the Monday meeting.

Monday, January 22nd , 9 AM – Noon

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome, Recap of Sunday Meeting and Meet Newcomers

9:30 AM – 10 AM
Systems versus Programs Game with three groups who are focused on the three cycles.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cycle groups meet to discuss what it means for them in their cycle to take a more systemic approach. They come back and report to the full group.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Figure out the calendar, roles and structure going forward for the next six months.

Monday, January 22nd 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Lunch and a working session to go through the data questions presented by NSEM and the NSEM process docs to discuss what data we have and can get.  We working toward having an Integrated Action Plan by the end of the year to present to NSEM.


Thank you for your commitment to improving Little Rock's economic mobility.