Meet the Speakers - Blockchain & Law: Morning Symposium
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Blockchain week NYC is just around the corner and our popular Blockchain & Law series is set to take place on May 18th. To give you a little taste of who you'll be hearing from we asked some of the speakers to give you a bit more about their background and to describe what their "Aha moment" was that turned a curiosity into a passion. 


Daniel Dewar | Founder, Paperchain

Daniel DewarAfter working as a freelance record and mix engineer in Brisbane, Daniel moved to New York City where he worked as a sound designer in the film & television industry. While in New York, he transitioned to digital strategy and data roles before moving back to Australia in 2013. 

After working in digital production, Daniel headed up the marketing & strategy team at one of Australia's leading data and analytics agencies, leading the agency’s transformation from a consultancy to a marketing & ad technology company.

In 2016, Daniel founded Paperchain, a decentralized liquidity platform for digital media markets allowing media owners to turn their daily media transaction data into into low-cost, working capital.


Daniel will be demonstrating how to deploy a token to the Ethereum Testnet to interact with a payment application.


Who will benefit by attending your presentation?

People who are interested in seeing a practical use case for a Decentralized Application. I know for many people, it's hard to grasp theoretical discussions and even analogies without seeing how it could work in an every day scenario. My goal is provide a demonstration for a process that most people would go through in their every day lives.
Which industry are you most excited to see blockchain technology applied in?
Not so much an industry but communities. People who have traditionally been unable to access financial, identity or voting infrastructure. 
What would you name your own token?
I don't know. Flick? After my cat.
What was your Aha blockchain moment? 
Johanna Collins-Wood | Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Johanna Collins-Wood is a lawyer at Pepper Hamilton LLP where she is part of the firm’s Blockchain Technology practice group. She has advised blockchain companies and cryptocurrency funds on various legal and regulatory issues. She is a regular speaker and writer on the legal issues faced by this industry and has been quoted by Coindesk. Johanna has a background in initial public offerings, public capital markets offerings, securities compliance and regulatory work.
Johanna will be on the panel titled: Generation Blockchain: Why Millennials are Flocking to Blockchain, and How Regulators Can Facilitate Long-Term Growth in the Industry.
Who will benefit by attending your presentation?
Everyone. There have been a lot of presentations talking about the “how” of blockchain and cryptocurrencies – how they work, how they can cause changes and disruptions to industries – but our presentation seeks to answer the “why”. Why is this technology so popular? More specifically, why is this technology so popular with millennials? It could be argued that, in some ways, this topic is better suited for a sociology or psychology college class, but I think it is a question that no one has truly explored. Millennials are the driving force behind this technology, and so what is it about this technology that has resonated so much with them? I think that anyone who is interested in this technology and what is driving it will benefit by attending our presentation.
Which industry are you most excited to see blockchain technology applied in?
I am particularly excited about the number of women who are involved with blockchain technology across all disciplines – from investors, to lawyers, to programmers, to company founders. There are so many highly qualified women involved with and excited by this technology, and it gives me hope that, at least in blockchain, we will be able to push back against the “brotopia” culture that is pervasive in much of tech and entrepreneurship. In addition, I am also interested to see how this technology impacts supply chain management, particularly for retailers who are currently struggling due to other technological innovations.
What would you name your own token?
If I was going to create a token, I would want it to be used for something that would have a positive social impact. As such, I would name it Pono, which is a Hawaiian word that is typically translated as “righteousness,” but also encompasses the ideas of justice, balance and hope.
 What was your Aha blockchain moment? 
Jenny Leung | Former regulator at the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
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Jenny Leung previously worked at the Australian securities regulator in the Market Infrastructure and Technology teams. Her role focused on the regulation of exchanges and clearing houses as well as policy issues and the impact of new technology. Her experience included participating in discussions with the Council of Financial Regulators working group on Blockchain, reviewing regulatory sandbox applications received through the Innovation Hub and drafting ASIC's first guidance note on the use of Blockchain technology for financial services/markets.
Jenny will be on the panel titled: Generation Blockchain: Why Millennials are Flocking to Blockchain, and How Regulators Can Facilitate Long-Term Growth in the Industry.
 What was your Aha blockchain moment? 
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