Tuesday, March 3 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Panel: Competition, Collaboration, and Connection: How Hyperledger & Ethereum Communities Thrive - Kaia Myers-Stewart, Maryam Mahjoub & Analia Ramos, ConsenSys; Allison Irvin, IBM; Rita Arrigo, Microsoft

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If there is one thing you should have learned by now as a contributor in an emerging field as exciting, complex, and unpredictable as blockchain, it's this: it takes an ecosystem to launch a disruptive technology.

Hyperledger and Ethereum are two highly visible open source blockchain projects driving innovation on the global stage at the moment, and although the relationship between their associated communities is commonly framed from the outside as an adversarial one, there is in fact a lot more collaboration going on between them (both publicly and behind the scenes) that is worth an exploration, perhaps even one that goes beyond commonly understood depictions of "competitors" and "partners", and delves instead into a new way of working, innovating, and collectively harnessing the inexhaustible passion of a diverse subset of dreamers, thinkers, and doers to mobilise our global community in a movement that's all about organising ourselves differently- from how we transact, to how we interact.

This panel will showcase the perspectives of four HLF community contributors, each of whom play key roles as the architects, product builders, and adoption drivers of Ethereum and/or Hyperledger solutions; each representing organisations (organisms, if you will!) that co-exist in the blockchain ecosystem as both adversaries and allies, competitors and collaborators, professionals and friends.

Here, panelists will come together not only to discuss how this "symbiotic tension" may be the key to a blockchain-powered future, but also to ruminate on the barriers that remain when it comes to unlocking the full potential of Ethereum and Hyperledger-based technologies, and how our communities can leverage our collective talent, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit to do better.


Kaia Myers-Stewart

Product Owner, PegaSys


Allison Irvin

Software Engineer, IBM
Allison Irvin studied a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) at the University of Melbourne and is a software engineer and researcher at IBM. In addition to authoring several scientific research publications, Allison is emerging as a young technical leader... Read More →
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Analia Ramos

Scrum Master, Technical Writer, PegaSys Orchestrate (ConsenSys)
With a background in Computer Engineering, and over 10 years of professional experience, Analia has worked on various projects in international transversal operations in software development, oil-field services, blockchain strategy .Analia works as a scrum master and technical writer... Read More →

Maryam Mahjoub

Product Marketer, PegaSys
Maryam Mahjoub is Product Marketing Lead for PegaSys, the protocol engineering group at Consensys. She joined the team in March of 2019, helping with the positioning and launch of various PegaSys products, including Hyperledger Besu. Maryam has over 17 years marketing experience... Read More →

Rita Arrigo

Chief Digital Advisor, Microsoft
Rita Arrigo, Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft. With a passion for emerging technology to re-imagine the possible with AI, Mixed Reality, IOT and Blockchain. She designs programs of change, envisions with Design Thinking & Inclusive Design, hacks, prototypes and delivers. Her passion... Read More →

Tuesday March 3, 2020 2:00pm - 2:40pm
101 B-C
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