How Blockchain is Changing My Industry: Real Examples of Blockchain Business Innovations

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30pm— 8:30pm
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University of Miami - Storer Auditorium
5250 University Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
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Join the Wharton Club of South Florida to kick off it's 2018 - 2019 event schedule as the club presents an exciting exploration of blockchain innovation.

Bitcoin may have everyone's attention, but it’s blockchain — the encoding technology behind cryptocurrencies and thousands of other data applications— that is transforming everything from banking to healthcare to the music industry. Sound like hype? Not according to these guests of the Wharton Club of South Florida who represent both large corporations and new startups in the blockchain space.

Rafael_Mercado.jpgRafael Mercado is the Chief of Staff to the General Manager and an Associate Partner of IBM Business Consulting, the $17 billion unit responsible for business applications of blockchain. As the current marketplace leader in the deployment of blockchain technology, IBM is at the forefront of working with industry partners to implement services in banking, logistics, and healthcare. Mr. Mercado leads the Client Experience Office ensuring high-quality engagements with IBM's clients across industries and works with numerous clients in the South Florida area, from agriculture to hospitality.

Albert_Final_edits-38.jpgAlbert Santalo is founder and CEO of 8base, an application development platform, and ecosystem that is using disruptive technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence to greatly accelerate digital transformation. 8base unites the entire world of software authors, contributors and users working together in a thriving decentralized ecosystem. He is the former Chairman and CEO of CareCloud, a company he founded in 2009 that is working to modernize the antiquated healthcare industry with a cloud-based platform. CareCloud reached #127 on the 2014 Inc. 500 list and is backed by NVP, Intel Capital, First Data Corp. and others.

Arias.jpegAna Arisawa is responsible for IBM’s blockchain business development with focus on TradeLens- a collaborative program between IBM and A.P. Moller-Maersk to transform and digitize global trade leveraging Blockchain technology ( Ms. Arisawa believes passionately that blockchain technology can make global trade more seamless and more efficient by providing the elements of trust and privacy that were missing in previous generations of technology, thus it will unlock a digital transformation in the space. Ms. Arisawa holds an MBA degree in “Strategy, Marketing & Operations” from The Wharton School- University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.Sc degree in Production Engineering from “Escola Politecnica- University of Sao Paulo- Brazil”.

Moderator: Cynthia Hollen, eShopWorld
cynthiaHollen.jpgCynthia Hollen, WG’94 is the US president of the Global Digital Commerce solutions company, eShopWorld. eShopWorld markets, sells and delivers products for some of Americas favorite brands to over 200 countries around the world, from checkout to returns. eShopWorld is exploring ways to lead the global retail distribution in package security, complete customer tracking transparency and evolving the global compliance/reporting process to increase speed and accuracy of deliveries using innovative technologies including blockchain.

We expect wide interest from our entire Wharton community for this event and encourage our members to invite other alumni, non-members and guests to come and network, learn and experience the benefits of the Wharton Club of South Florida.

6:30 - 7:30 - Registration & Cocktail Hour
7:30 - 8:30 - Presentation and Q&A

Wharton Club of South Florida Members & Guests: No Cost
Non-Members: $25 *Early Bird* registration, $35 after September 29

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University of Miami - Storer Auditorium

5250 University Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146, United States,
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