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June 8-10, 2021
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Wednesday, June 9 • 19:50 - 20:50
Hosted Discussion: The Future of Blockchain Interoperability - Hart Montgomery, Fujitsu Laboratories of America; Tracy Kuhrt, Accenture, Susumu Toriumi, Datachain, Inc; Venkatraman Ramakrishna, IBM

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We live in a world with many interconnected networks. As we replace the networks that require distributed trust with blockchains, we will need more and more communication between these interconnected networks that have become blockchains. Moreover, we expect that there will be no "one size fits all" blockchain--we will need information, tokens, and transactions to flow between many different kinds of blockchains. In this discussion, our panelists will share their visions for this future. One panelist will give a brief introduction on the current status of blockchain interoperability and integration and the growth that this field is seeing. We will then open the floor to discussion on what the future of blockchain interoperability will be and what we need to do as a community to get there.

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Tracy Kuhrt

Hyperledger TOC Chair; Associate Director, Metaverse Continuum Architecture at Accenture, Accenture
Tracy Kuhrt is a Technology Architect within Accenture’s Metaverse Continuum business group with 20+ years of experience covering the entire software development lifecycle. Tracy has been involved in the blockchain space since 2015, with a focus on Hyperledger. At Accenture, besides... Read More →
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Susumu Toriumi

Senior Manager, Datachain
After completing a PhD (Information Science and Engineering), Susumu engaged in strategy development and new business projects for a wide range of clients such as consumer goods, logistics and insurance at the Boston Consulting Group. At Datachain, he is involved in business development... Read More →
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Venkatraman Ramakrishna

Senior Researcher, IBM
Venkatraman Ramakrishna is a Senior Researcher in IBM Research-India (Bangalore) and an IBM Quantum Ambassador. Following a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and an MS and PhD (ubiquitous computing) from UCLA, he worked in the Bing Infrastructure team... Read More →
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Hart Montgomery

Research Scientist in Cryptography, Fujitsu Laboratories of America
Hart is a research scientist in cryptography at Fujitsu Labs. He works on a number of different aspects of cryptography (and applications of crypto) including blockchain, crypto for the blockchain, post-quantum cryptography, and cryptographic complexity and has numerous academic publications... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 19:50 - 20:50 CEST
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